Swap-bot Time: June 30, 2022 5:41 am


Date Joined: April 27, 2009
Last Online: April 22, 2017
Birthday: February 23, 1978
Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

My name is Karina, I'm a mom, wifey, home maker & craftster. I'm originally from England but had lived in the US for nearly 18 years now (I've lost most of my accent and cravings for soggy chips aka fries). My two kiddos are a 9, almost 10 year old girl and a 5 year old boy. The hubby works from home as a computer nerd doing very technical things in his man cave.

In a previous incarnation I lived in New York and worked for a big graphic design company, doing huge fancy PowerPoint shows for Pepsi & Heineken (to drop a few names), so the contrast between TN & NY was a little shocking at first but now I love it... mostly - I do miss the diversity & restaurants.

Nowadays I mostly make fun stuff for my Etsy shop ( www.KariKatzi.Etsy.com ) and local gift & toy shops, but have also illustrated book covers and written content for card games.

My user name is KariKatzi as I will always have a special place in my heart for cats, (I've been called a "Cat Whisperer" by several different people on different occasions) but really love all animals. We currently have a kitty, a golden retriever and a tree frog and a big old fish tank is coming soon!

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit, cross stitch, needle felt, paint and generally get in a bit sticky mess with my kids! I love funky yarn, groovy buttons & swirly bright colors that go zing together!

My main craft money makers are my knitted (hot-water-bottle covers) Kuddle Kritters, needle felted rattles & Gnome Place Like Home night lights made from home grown gourds.

I also love photography & am a compulsive graphic designer, I find it actually impossible to not re-design docs that come my way! Hee hee

Favorite Books

Authors - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Chris Moore, Cornelia Funke & J. K. Rowling. Comedy with a touch of the dark side and some magic makes me a happy bunny

Books - Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, the Little Prince, The Never Ending Story, Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems & Frank Muir's Whattamess

General likes and dislikes...

Well I'm pretty easy going. The main thing I love best is to get prezzies (or swaps in this case).


  • Nature & the natural world, animals, gardening (I'm a newbie but have some veggies growing now), fresh flowers, plants & herbs

  • Nature spirits, fairies, gnomes, toadstools.

  • Lolcats, Totoro, snarky crosstitch

  • Stars, universe, spirituality (but not organized religion see below), healing, creativity, joy, laughing, funny things, cartoons.

  • Music (kinda gone a bit alt. folk in my old age, ex. Weepies, Regina Spekto, Lily Alen) but always keen to hear new music though especially from different cultures and genres.

  • Giving gifts to my friends, I can always use cards, gift wrap, tags etc.

  • I like fresh natural smells like freesias, rose, lavender, lilacs, green tea etc but my nose is super hypersensitive so with smelly things less is definitely more than enough.

  • Recycled art, funky furniture & design, handmade stuff, non-commercialism (apart from IKEA that is! Love IKEA Hee hee).

  • Knitting, painting, sculpting, photography, buttons, ribbon, natural cotton, bamboo, wool etc fabrics (especially oriental, retro, funky patterns).

  • Buying from local artists, farmers etc. Buying 'fair-trade' items that aren't made in sweat shop, slave conditions.

  • And last thing, incase it helps you gauge my taste... We don't have TV just rent DVDs but I absolutely LOVE Flight of the Conchords, Futurama, Heroes & Firefly (may it RIP).

  • Cute funky things & toys, monsters, aliens, animals, dragons


  • NO FOOD! I love chocolate & goodies but am on a strict wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, citrus-free, joy-free diet for a while so please don't lead me into temptation! If you must send something edible then (non-caffeinated) herbal tea is safest for now (boo hoo).

  • Not keen on plasticy fabrics (polyester, nylone etc), especially chintzy, flowery patterns, hearts or animal prints etc

  • Country, wood cabin, seaside etc motifs

  • Not into postcards

  • Icky bugs & spiders, poison ivy, wasps

  • Not at all a sports person

  • No religious stuff please ie. Jesus/Jehohva/Allah/etc stuff (I am a spiritual person but in my own way, so no offense intended)

  • Do not like stinky candles (ie Yankee Candles) especially factory created smells like linen, rain water, vanilla pie, apple cinnamon and so on, in fact it's probably best to steer clear of smelly stuff in general.

  • Don't like violence or cruelty


I have NEVER EVER EVER flaked on a swap and never will! Well unless something really really bad happens to me on the way to the post office - but I'm sure even then I'll find a way to get your swap sent out on time! Hee hee.

If you feel that I haven't sent your swap in good time, please let me know before you rate and we'll twig out what happened and of course I will do the same for you! I won't badmouth flakers publicly because hey we're all human and things happen. But I promise that I will do my very best to keep SwapBot.com fun!


MaryWolfe rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! End April on Apr 28, 2017
Comment: What a delight to receive and go through your mail! Every piece is something I can use, even the embellishments! Thank you so very very much! <3 <3 <3
iriss2 rated for February Birthday Gift & Card Swap on Apr 1, 2010
Comment: thanks for the pretty package, love the sweet bird, thanks, iris
thefancyladygourmet rated for etsy shop swap on Jan 7, 2010
Comment: thanks so much everything is so cute im going to take to crayons to my neice to color with her and thanks for making everything my favorite color green!
gemkorn72 rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 27, 2009
Jazza rated for Rainbow coloured swap round 2 - kids on Nov 23, 2009
Comment: the kids loved all the gifts that you sent for them. best swap ever!
Response: Yey awesome! Happy early rainbow Christmas!
GreekPrincess rated for SECRET SANTA GIFT EXCHANGE on Nov 17, 2009
Comment: Thanks ...loved everything
Response: Awesome! I had a lot of fun putting it all together You know if I had a squillion dollars I could of got you something from here! http://www.hautelook.com/catalog/hellokittynov09wj hee hee
IssueGirl rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 10, 2009
Comment: Thanks for the flyer! I love the gourds :)
KiraKitty rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 9, 2009
pthalostars rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 9, 2009
Comment: love the flyer that goes along with yr card, very nice to see a sample of yr work, thanks!
Response: thanks
Liv2cre8 rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 9, 2009
milesowilley rated for Mug Me! on Nov 9, 2009
mina79 rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 9, 2009
SMichalek rated for Business Card Swap on Nov 9, 2009
Comment: Are you part of the Creative Home Arts Club? I recognize that notecard as some the club sent me a few months ago! Thanks!
Response: Hee hee yes but I've been trying to get out of it again since I joined!
Comment: Loved the package thanks so much =)
Comment: I love the colorful way you formatted this...you also seem like someone who may be interested in the group I started (mind revolutionaries and chocolate milk)! ...and thanks for joining my swap! :)
ladyeteria rated for SEND STUFF 2 - newbies welcome on Jun 3, 2009
Comment: Thanks for book, It is very interessant...
Comment: Thanks for sending! :] I really like your answer to the "Epiphany I've had". I really wish my mom would think that way.

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structuredchaos on Sep 7, 2009:

Hello :)

I just wanted to stop by and invite you to the "Shop Swap & Blog" USA Swap!


4getmenot71 on May 3, 2009:

Welcome to swap-bot! :) You look like my kind of person!

Love2Teach on Apr 28, 2009:

Thanks for joining my swap! There's also a main meal version of this swap if you want to join that too! Happy Swapping!

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