Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 12:39 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: October 15, 2018
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Karen. I live in a small town 35 miles S/W of Boston, Massachusetts. I am married and have 2 children, a son 25 and a daughter 21. We have 5 cats, all of them rescue cats. They all showed up at our backdoor at various times looking for food and finding their forever homes.

I enjoy walking around town, in the woods,and on local biking paths. Where ever I go I carry my camera. I take photos of anything that catches my eye,scenery,buildings, signs, birds, and other animals. I have started making postcards of my favorite photos.

When my daughter went off to college I was little lost. Soon there after I took on 3 projects. The first one I call my owl project. Every week I have made some sort of owl craft,cards,ornaments, key tags, magnets, etc. I am no longer doing this project but I left it listed here in case others find some inspiration with it.

The second is something I planned to do when I was in high school but never got around to. Now I have the time. I want to visit all 351 cities and towns in the state of Massachusetts. Not just drive through but actually visit and see the local sites.

  • Update: on 11/10/13 I visited my 117th town. I have now seen 1/3 of the towns in the state. Yay!

  • Update: on 6/8/14 I have reached the half way point ! The town of Lanesborough , Ma was a fitting stop for my 175th town. I drove to the top of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. It is literally and figuratively all down hill from here. :D

  • Update: on 1/18/15 I made it 2/3rds of the way through my quest by visiting town # 234.

  • Update: on 12/8/15 I have now been to all 343 mainland towns. The 8 remaining towns are all island towns. I plan to visit these in the spring.

*Update: on 6/25/16 I visited my last town, Gosnold, on the Island of Cuttyhunk. Gosnlod is the least populous town in the state with only 75 year round residents.

*What's next, you might ask. I had so much fun traveling around Massachusetts that I have decided to move on to neighboring Rhode Island. It shouldn't take nearly as long to visit all of RI. There are 39 cities and towns in the state. :D

The third project I call Mama Rochat's Mail Club. I write letters, send cards and holiday themed packages to my daughter and her friends at college. Some are for her friends from her high school days but many are her fellow college students. Members are suppose to answer my letters, some do sporadicly, but I know they are busy with their schoolwork. I send them mail anyway. I know from feedback from my daughter that it brightens their day.

Favorite Books

I enjoy reading, mostly mystery novels. I like Janet Evanovich, Robert Parker, Dick Francis and Dean Koontz.

Favorite Movies

I like romantic comedies,musicals,dramas, and Disney.

Favorite colors

Bright colors, blue,orange, green, yellow

things I like




herding dogs


fine point Le Pen




office supplies

vintage and retro

dark chocolate







sea animals

old barns

flea markets

antique stores

pressed pennies

postcards i would like to rece

No religious cards please. I do not mind handmade, vintage or interesting ad cards. I also like illustrated postcards. If possible I would prefer non-tourist postcards. I know this is not always possible and that's OK. Postcards of strange roadside attractions and unusual or funny signs. I have no problem with Zazzle postcards.

I am looking for postcards of NFL stadiums for a coworker. I have Arrowhead Stadium, AT& T (Cowboys Stadium),Cardinals Stadium, Georgia Dome, Gillette Stadium, Invesco Field, Lambeau Field, Qwest Field, Reliant Stadium, Soldier Field

I am looking for vintage postcards of Massachusetts. I am planning make a scrapebook of my travels around the state and would like to include current postcards with vintage cards . Kind of comparing now and then views of places I have been.

Favorite Crafts

sewing, photography, making note card and postcards from my photographs

do not send

please at this time do not send fb, slams, or crams.

wish list

unused non-tourist postcards, color wheel, address labels, anything totoro, shipping labels, deco packing tape, sealing wax and presses, postage stamp craft punch, casino dice for a friend, pressed penny album

My nephew is trying to complete his state quarter collection. He is looking for these elusive coins:

Washington D.C.-D American Samoa-D&P Guam-D

D is from the Denver Mint and P is the Philadelphia Mint (for those who might be wondering, located on the head side of the coin to the right of Washington's pony tail :) )


I like black tea, flavored black tea, earl grey,herbal teas, chai, fruit teas to mix with black tea for iced tea. I really like blueberry and peach but can not find them locally. Also Twinings Christmas Tea.


LovelyLindaSwap rated for 2018 PC Series - Sept on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cards.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful note cards, very nice work. I really like all of them. Where did you find the frame note cards? I really like those and they would save a lot of time. Thank you.
Lonestarchild rated for Envelope of Animals on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: BIRDS! One of my favs. Such a fun swap. Thank you so much!
Vickyen rated for WPS - Food Postcards #8 on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Hi Karen! Now I have finished vacation #2 and yes, they were both awesome! Back to work on Monday - boo, hiss! LOL! But have to pay for the fun, so... I have not eaten a lobster, so fill I must be missing out!! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
kittyhahahotbot rated for WIYM: PINK POSTCARD on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Flamingos! Yay! lol I bought several pink flamingos this year. lol So this postcard was pretty enjoyable and made me laugh. Thank you!
catonip rated for WIYM: Washi tape swap USA on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the washi <3
Comment: Thank you! Love the postcards!
simcoe54 rated for Your Currency Choice on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the coins, banknote and postcards. What a lovely surprise when I went to my mailbox. You made my day!
pbcquiltlover rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful goodies!
kayebubbly rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Cute swap! Thanks !
Elliepatterson rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful swap. The handmade barn envie was neat. I enjoyed all the great extras. One of the postage stamps you sent of a butterfly moth was gorgeous. Thank you so much 🌻 Happy swapping
LunaMoody rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 30, 2018
Comment: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Bridgette rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 28, 2018
Comment: 💙💙💙💙loved the frog envie, thank you for all the profile goodies, I especially loved the elephant stickers-so beautiful!
tlemon4 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for a awesome swap, I loved everything !
Nurse101 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great goodies!
isleofone rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thank You!
mylove4craft rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Great package! Thanks!
stephielentz rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 22, 2018
LisaLisa3 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much!!! : )
christy102194 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies! :)

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zurdoswifey on Jul 13, 2018:

Thanks for the AATW June wishes ...the Halloween tags and fairy PCs were great...I absolutely love these PCs

Have a fantastic weekend =)

simcoe54 on Jul 10, 2018:

Thanks so much for the coins, banknote and postcards. What a lovely surprise when I went to my mailbox. You made my day!

yvonne401 on Jun 28, 2018:

Thank you for my AWG June wish of butterfly die cuts!



MsRose on Mar 26, 2018:

Karen, thank you SO much for the lovely AWG Wish that you granted for me ! I 💜 everything 👍

crescendo on Mar 8, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful surprise birthday package!! More in my PM...

Ryleighsmom on Mar 2, 2018:

THANK YOU for the Box Tops and blue goodies you sent in Jan. in AWG group!!!

zurdoswifey on Feb 27, 2018:

Thanks for the washi and unicorn for my Feb wishes in AWG...he's already on my unicorn board haha...the washi was great =)

Babsmomof5 on Feb 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for the wonderful envelope filled with uplifting and fun magazine articles and the EG postcards. One of the articles really struck me as I recently added a guest book to my guest bathroom as a funny aside. I adore handwritten things, and the idea of an actual guestbook by the door is amazing and something I think would definitely bring joy i to my life!

orneryswife on Feb 3, 2018:

Thank you for the AWG January wish for handmade envies! These are fabulous! 😘

CurlyTea on Jan 30, 2018:

Thank you for the maps in AWG. They are perfect.

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