Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2020 12:24 pm


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: February 23, 2020
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.


PaperProf rated for WIYM: Send 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much, Karen! You really spoke to my interests and style with this swap. The postcard of the cat that you sent looks just like my Cleo, so I love it!
LadyJo rated for WIYM: Send 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the package of awesome things! I loved it all! The postcards are great! The Arcadia Lighthouse I visited, but wasn't collection postcards at that time. Great to have that one!
skinny52 rated for WIYM: Send 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: You rocked this swap! Thanks so much for absolutely everything!
squince rated for TT&E: Big SC PC #3 USA on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Loved the rhino card, llama paper and cat washi!!! 3 of my favorite things! :)
Response: Yay! :D
goinjenny rated for TT&E: Big SC PC #3 USA on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thank you. Love it all :)
Comment: Thank you for all that you sent! Especially like the 1979 Best Selling Paperbacks card. You definitely made my day! Thanks too for the pickle matchbook. So cute.
Leekoba rated for Just Randomness Giveaway #7 on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Good luck hiking the Bay Circuit Trail! Happy Swapping!
Comment: All three were fabulous! I appreciate the extra one. The doggie reminds me of my son’s dog with the ears like wings. The airstream trailer brings memories of camping with my grandparents. The RI map card is sweet. Thank you bunches!! :D
Goodmorningfelicity rated for Fast Blind Swap 4 on Dec 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for all the cute gooodies!
coleenfranks rated for CPG Handmade Envies - US Only on Dec 15, 2019
Comment: Karen, very pretty envies. And thanks for the washi since I have no Christmas tape at all.
Comment: Love the samples! I don't have any of these! Thank you!
Comment: Groovy PC haven't seen this image before . It has so many layers in the art work to look at over and over and see seomthing new from each angle. The moon is magic! Thank you for sending me this PC for my colection. Really enjoyed your note and hope you go for it.
wittmert rated for NYUP: Scattergories PC Swap - K on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: Love your answers! Thanks for joining.
Comment: You sent such a cute postcard I love it! The cat looks so funny and cute. I loved your response, happy autumn!
Comment: So sorry I am delayed in rating you. I loved you photos. I appreciate that you send me birds that I love too. Great swap πŸ₯°
Widellia rated for WIYM Stickers and Washi Tape on Aug 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you 😍😍 I loooove all of them, especially the fox stickers 😍
nisforneville rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #16 on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: The only sport I pay attention to is hockey. I do have a friend who lives in Kansas, so this pc made me think of her. :)
Comment: LOVE the Poe postcard and stamp! (And the Humphrey Bogart one!) Thank you very much and I’m so happy you joined the swap! : )

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pkpeace on Nov 7, 2019:

~~ Thank You! ~~

I love the Pi Pin!!!! I'm surrounded by math teachers (husband and friends) and everyone loves this pin!

tcornell on Nov 4, 2019:

Thank you for the unused postage that you sent for AWG October!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Nov 4, 2019:

Thank you for the postcard from your trip (AWG). It seems like a lovely place to visit! The willow tree sounds awesome! Also, you have very lovely handwriting :)

hollycm6 on Nov 3, 2019:

Thank you for the glue dots for AWG... they are greatly appreciated!

phillaine on Nov 3, 2019:

Thank you for thinking of me and sending sweet surprises for my October AWG wish list. Fun washi samples, and the botanical postcards are absolutely delightful. Have a nice day! β™₯

Lonestarchild on Oct 31, 2019:

Thank you for last day of the month sweet surprise of AWG wishes! Loving the ocean stuff and the fall envies are perfect! Thank you!

goinjenny on Oct 30, 2019:

Thank you for my wishes in A Wish Granted October!!

LadyJo on Oct 29, 2019:

Thank you for the postcards! I will be using them! This was for AWG USA October.

yvonne401 on Oct 26, 2019:

Thank you for my AWG October wish of Christmas washi! They will come in handy for my Christmas swaps.



HappyMom on Oct 26, 2019:

I love the notecards you shared with me for my October wish in AWG - Thank you!!


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