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Date Joined: January 24, 2008
Last Online: June 16, 2016
Birthday: June 8
Country: United States
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About Me

My name is Kari and I live in Waukesha, Wisconsin with my husband, 11 year old son Jamie, 4 year old daughter Katie and two cats. I am a SAHM, and love being home with my kids! We enjoy many outdoor activities, and love to have fun! It's finally summer here in Wisconsin, and we are enjoying all sorts of fun, outdoor activities!



Books and Art

I love to read - and I will read anything and everything. I can't even remember a time when I didn't have my nose in a book! I am a quintessential bookworm - there are books everywhere in our home.

Some of my favorite books are "A Prayer for Owen Meany" and "The Son of the Circus" by John Irving, "Tai-Pan" by James Clavell, "I, Claudius" by Robert Graves. When I get a little blue, I read "Little Women" to perk me back up - I love that book so much! One of my all time favorite books is "Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut.

I fell in love with NC Wyeth's works as a child since my copy of Treasure Island and Robin Hood had his art on the cover. I'm an equal opportunity Wyeth lover and enjoy Andrew's work as well. I also love John Waterhouse and Jessie Wilcox Smith. Their works make my heart sing!

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit, sew and do hand embroidery. I also draw and paint, but really haven't done more than sketches and doodles since painting and toddlers just don't mix well.

I really love sew! I remember being about 6 or 7 and being totally in love with those cutsey little girl basic sewing machines that you'd see in the JC Penny's catalog. Santa never brought me one for Christmas, but it did spark a deep interest in the needle arts for me.

My Mom taught me the most rudimentary sewing skills and I enjoyed the sewing unit in home economics in junior high school. Then I didn't touch a sewing machine for almost 20 years, but started doing little sewing projects, and have graduated to clothing, quilts and other sewn crafts.


I have a pretty eclectic taste in things, and love so many different styles. I like modern, but really enjoy vintage things.

I like all colors, but really like:

  • blue-greens
  • lime greeney
  • turquoise
  • aqua
  • raspberry/chocolate combination
  • turquoise and chocolate combination
  • aqua, white and cherry red combination
  • orange and pink combination

I prefer bold colors over washed out pastels. I’m pretty easy to please color wise. That being said, I don't enjoy for the color purple.


  • mushrooms/woodland
  • vintage
  • Foxes, hedgehogs, frogs, cupcakes, lady bugs, cutsey, Japanese juvenile prints

I love fabric from the fancy quilting stores; Moda fabrics make my heart go pitter-pat! I really like the reproduction 1930's fabrics, retro, fun and funky patterns. I like polka-dots quite a bit too. I like rick-rack, patterned bias tapes and fun print grosgrain ribbon.

I love my coffee high-octane (French or Italian Roast) and my chocolate milk or semi-darkish. (But not too dark.) I love to try new and different candy and foods from around the world!

I love to try new spices and spice blends from around the world, but I don't care for super-hot spices. A little heat is fine, just not melt your tongue and sinuses hot! Hooo-boy!

I really enjoy receiving recipes - local favorites, your family's favorite, tried-and-true comfort food, exotic - I love to try new things!

Yes, please!

  • Any color embroidery floss, or embroidery accessories.
  • Patterned grosgrain ribbon in 5/8 inch, 7/8 inch or 1 inch width.
  • I collect cookie cutters, so any unusual or interesting non-run of the mill cutters would be wonderful!
  • Reusable shopping totes - I really like the kind that fold into themselves to make a little pouch.
  • FQ's in modern style fabric like Michael Miller, Amy Butler, Sandy Gervais or the Moda Lines, Joel Dewberry, Robert Kaufman
  • Mix CD that you made. I like just about any music style except for rap and hip-hop. My heart belongs to 80's music, folksy type music like Michelle Shocked, Iris DeMent and Elizabeth Mitchell and bluegrass. I also love Irish music.
  • Yarn - any color, weight or fiber as long as it is a natural fiber. (Wool, cotton, linen, soy, hemp, bamboo, silk, alpaca or cashmere blends.)
  • Knitting stitch markers - store bought or made by you!
  • Blank note cards
  • Blank recipe cards
  • Recipe card with your favorite recipe
  • Anything handmade by you! :-)

Favorite Edibles

  • I love all forms of marzipan
  • German oblaten lebkuchen (I prefer the sugar glaze over the chocolate covered.)
  • Anything hazelnut
  • French or Italian roast coffee please (I like dark roasted, oily beans)
  • Something local to you
  • Something savory
  • Interesting flavors of mustard - I love mustard.
  • We eat popcorn almost every day. I love interesting flavors like lime, salt and cracked black pepper or local favorites.
  • Something typical for where you live
  • Your favorite food/drink
  • Your kids' favorite snack
  • YOUR favorite snack :-)
  • KinderSurprise, Bueno, Hippo or Maxi - YUM!
  • Candy - we aren't too picky around here - we'd love to try any kind!
  • Wafer cookies
  • Dry dip and soup mixes
  • Sending anything that I can't get here in Wisconsin will totally make my day!

My Kids

Here's a little information about my kids - they love getting Swap-Bot mail!

Things my 11 year old son James (Jamie) would enjoy:

  • baseball or football cards - especially Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers
  • He loves the Beatles (as in the band) pin back pins, book marks, printed art, mix CD's, things inspired by the Beatles.
  • He collects stamps
  • His favorite color is blue
  • Harribo gummies
  • bubble gum
  • he likes any candy except black licorice
  • cool pens/pencils or novelty erasers
  • mechanical pencils
  • Hot rod type car or motorcycle magazines
  • Inexpensive art kits
  • Things about nature and the natural sciences
  • Guinness Book of World Record type factoid stuff
  • he has just gotten into making models, so anything to do with or a model (car, plane, motorcycle etc.) would truly make his day!

Things my 4 year old daughter Katie would enjoy:

  • She loves cute alligator things
  • Hair accessories: clips, ties, headbands etc. any color/print or theme.
  • Any kind of washable art supply
  • inexpensive art kits
  • Mini notebooks
  • Fun socks like the ones in the dollar bin @ Target. Her shoe size is child size 10/11 (4T-6)
  • coloring books
  • She likes all colors.
  • Anything Hello Kitty, Disney Faries, or Princes Tianna (from Disney's Princes and the Frog)
  • My Little Pony (any kind - she's not picky)
  • Stickers, on sheets. (die cut stickers are frustrating for little fingers.)
  • Care Bears
  • Any kind of candy - she's not picky
  • Doll clothes for a 12-13 inch baby doll
  • She's pretty girly, and not picky, so if it screams girl, she's all in.

No, Thank You

  • honey
  • chicory coffee
  • decaf coffee
  • flavored coffee
  • Vegemite or Marmite. I have both in my pantry already!
  • artificial green apple/sour apple and watermelon flavor
  • Anything melon or cucumber scented.
  • Anything Bratz Dolls, Disney, Marvel Comic or other character items unless specified please.
  • lotions and bath products unless it is a swap for that type of thing
  • anything strongly scented - especially floral (rose, gardenia, jasmine) and cigarette smoke. It gives me headaches and makes my stomach hurt- thank you for understanding!
  • acrylic, acrylic blend or nylon yarns. Ouch! It hurts my fingers.
  • I don't scrapbook, so any kind of scrapbooking supplies would go to waste at my house. (This includes papers, die cut shapes, brads, phrase stickers etc.) I appreciate the thought, but I'd rather have you save them for someone that really enjoys scrapbooking. :-)

Things I'd Like to Swap For

My son is fluent in German, and I am always on the look out for age appropriate books and magazines in German. Do you have access to books or DVDs in German and want to swap for some? PM me!


AnnMarie rated for Phoenix Rising Friendship Scarf on Mar 11, 2012
Comment: Sorry about the late rating, I have been crazy busy! Thank you for the lovely chains
Comment: This was an extremely thoughtful swap! Thank you so much for the handmade towel in a theme you knew I would appreciate, the AWESOME chocolates, and all the other goodies. It's always fun to swap with you!
jannikinz rated for NFS Beginners: Travel Tissue Cover on Feb 27, 2012
Comment: Thankyou. It's lovely and has found it's new home in my handbag already :)
dreamerkins rated for Phoenix Rising Friendship Scarf on Feb 23, 2012
Comment: OMGOSH!!! Bamboo!! I seriously took it out and rubbed it on my face because it's so soft. I love Bamboo!!! thank you!!!
CSNYfan rated for I Heart Phoenix Rising! on Feb 1, 2012
Comment: Oooooh! I opened up my package and I loved what I saw! Thank you for the really beautiful mug rug - I've wanted one for a while and now I have one! Your pinwheel pattern looks great with the fabrics - it is so fun and whimsical, like you wrote. I'm bringing it to work for my desk so I can show it off. Thanks also for the fancy chocolate - I might share with my husband (since he saw it!) Thanks for your nice note as well - I love hearing about how people make stuff and the thought process behind it. You did such a fantastic job. : )
Comment: <3 I love your colorful packages and can't wait to discover what's inside! Thank you already! :))
Comment: This is going to be so much fun - can't wait! =)
Comment: I got the package and I don't know how I'm going to wait to open all the little goodies! Thanks in advance for making my holidays special :)
Comment: Got your package...I am probably going to use every oz of will I have...must not open yet.... YEAH...everything was awesome!
Taisa rated for NFS: Grocery Bag Holder on Jul 25, 2011
Comment: Dear Kari, thank so much for the great swap: I really love the bag in mint and blue with brown colours, it's very cute :))))
hescrafty rated for Make a T-shirt Tote Bag on Jul 18, 2011
neca84 rated for Etsy Favs,,, the Phoenix Way on Jul 14, 2011
Comment: thanks Kari its great
Comment: Thankyou for such an awesome piece of fabric...:)
vintervila rated for Non-Crappy $1 Swap on May 11, 2011
Comment: Oh kari the pads are so gorgeous! Thank you so much! And hmmmmm fruit loops I am happy like a kid would be! Lovely swap as usual, thanks a bunch!!
Response: I'm so glad that you like the hot pads Sara! I thought of you when I bought the fabric. :-)
hoppyloo rated for Welcome New Phoenix Rising Members! on Apr 26, 2011
Comment: Kari - Thank you so much for such a fab package! Love that it was all contained in one of "those" bags (will be using that tomorrow for work!) Everyone was beside themselves when they saw the peanut butter eggs! And the mixes look delicious - Hope is itching to try them :) Thank you too for a lovely chatty letter - look forward to hearing from you again :) XXX ETA the maple/almond butter is just divine! In fact all the nutty butters are fab - something very new to us :)
Response: You are so very welcome Becky! I was so excited to see one of "those" bags in the store! I laughed to read that you guys were so excited to get the PB eggs - they are good! I really like chocolate and PB too, so I can totally understand the excitement! I'm glad you liked everything! [hugs]
nanthom rated for Private Happy Swap on Apr 7, 2011
Comment: Ooo...LA LA! What a yummy package! I just love those Happy Hippos. Thanks for the other Kinder candies also. I am sure that they will be delicious as well. Thanks for setting up this swap! It was fun.
Duckygirl rated for Spread the Spread! on Mar 24, 2011
Comment: Thanks, so much I can't wait to try it :)
jhibbs1969 rated for Midnight Munchies (US Only) on Mar 17, 2011
ellie1200 rated for Update your Etsy Faves! on Mar 10, 2011
Comment: I love the magnets!! I've admired that shop since about the time I first discovered Etsy and I think this is the first thing I've owned from there. I just think his little monsters are so cute! Thank you!!!

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biasbabe on Jul 16, 2013:

Hope you come back soon. hope everything is ok.

xxkarenlxx on May 12, 2013:

I know you haven't been here in quite a while, but we're still missing you. :) I hope your mother's day is fabulous!

biasbabe on Mar 5, 2013:

Haven't see you for a while. Hope that everything is ok. Robin

xxkarenlxx on Feb 19, 2013:

Hi Kari, I haven't seen you around in a while and wanted you to know I've been missing you. I hope all is well for you and your family.


sugaraddict on Jan 12, 2013:

Hey dear! I'm hosting a Valentine Baking Swap which I thought you might enjoy :) Do pop by and check it out if it interests you yea.. Thanks!!

biasbabe on Dec 31, 2012:


Hope this year brings many smiles!

biasbabe on Dec 25, 2012:


Merry Christmas

bettflow09 on Nov 1, 2012:

Kari.....I just want to apologize for the comments I have made about and to you. There was no excuse for my behavior! I guess I was just upset that you would not acknowledge my messages and would not give me an opportunity to make up the swap and to let me show you how very sorry I am for flaking on you. I am very sorry for my actions. I will admit that recently I was able to get your snail mail addy through the wishlist group, but I have reconsidered and will abide by your wishes. I will not mail you the package I had put together for you since you have made it very clear that you do not want anything from me. I am very sorry that I have hurt you and I sincerely hope that you can find it in your heart to accept my apology. I am truly sorry!

Snuggles555 on Aug 30, 2012:

Looks like your stalker is hosting swaps now. Good Grief! (State Map Swaps #3 & #4) That's just not right! Sorry but really???

bettflow09 on Aug 21, 2012:

UPDATE 8/21/2012 - Welp, I have noticed for about the past week or longer that you are logging on almost every day, so it has become obvious to me that you are ignoring my messages asking you to contact me so that I can make up the following swap: Sewing Colour Hunt Swap - JANUARY. I am pretty tired of begging and pleading at this point, so if you would rather just leave things like they are....all I can say is, it's your loss:))) Oh well, atleast I tried and that's all I can do:)

Otherwise.....I am very pleased that all of my other partners have received their packages and have changed my ratings to reflect that they are pleased with the goodies I sent them:)) Feels SOOOO GOOD to do the right thing and to be totally caught up with the good partners and able to forgive the bad:) I just want you to know sweetie that I forgive you and hold no grudges:))

Hope you have a great day and GOD BLESS:)))

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