Swap-bot Time: July 8, 2020 6:34 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: July 8, 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.


macka rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: The card was absolutely beautiful. I have never seen any card that pretty before. I drink chai tea all the time. Thank you very much..
2Hearts rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Whata great swap partner! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much for this great selection of red items. I really enjoyed how you have wrapped everything.
Comment: Hi Karen! Thank you for the lovely note - I hope you enjoyed your hike! Love all the goodies, so sweet of you to send so much fun stuff! I am working on an art journal for a friend and see some of this making it into the journal and sending some of it to her for mine! LOL! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Many thanks for all the fun, โ€œtrashyโ€ treasures!!
luvmesum20 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 27, 2020
CajunLady rated for 1-INCH of PCs MAR 2020 on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
klover rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the fun goodies! Cant wiat to use them. :-). The vintage stuff is awesome. Love the postcard picture of Lewis Carroll. The alice in wonderland image is wonderful. The stamps are great! I can't wait to put the Lewis Carroll picture on my alice in wonderland journal. I have been looking for the perfect thing and this is it. Thank you for reading my profile and picking stuff accordingly. Thanks again and have a great day! (sorry for the delayed rating; I have been out of state caring for my mom post stroke. I have just recently returned home). Thank you for understanding.
Jtran0831 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 20, 2020
Kjrobinson rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 20, 2020
Comment: You are amazing! Thank you so much for all the goodies. I donโ€™t remember if I put how much I love squirrels on my profile (did I?- or are you somehow psychic?) opening your envelope to find all the squirrels goodies made my day. You were my favorite partner for this swap as your envelope brought me the most joy. Thank you. So many hearts to you โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š
Mailingmamma rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much!
young46356 rated for WIYM: MAKE ME A POSTCARD on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Karen, have fun and be safe on your hikes. Rich
crochetjunkie rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute stuff, love the stickers!!
PinotAndPostcards rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for all my goodies! And cool stamps!
Artistic rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 10, 2020
Comment: Adore the library postcard!! And love that you sent a envelope of profile-specific items. Thank you!
Love2ScrapNCraft rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: I received my swap 3/7/20. Thank you. I love the Disney stickers, Glue Dots and the typewriter paper. I love it !!!!
Jenny19 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for everything!
MailFromGeorgia rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: :O An ENTIRE cow related package!! Thank you so much
denisedecker58 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for an awesome swap!
travellinCat rated for Stuff the Mailbox #22 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap

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grammypammy on Jul 7, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Word Find book from WW. I would love to send you something from your wishlist, but can't find it in the group. I'll keep watching for it. Thanks for thinking of me!



tcornell on Jul 6, 2020:

Thank you for the envelopes that you sent to me for June WW โ™ฅ

MiRdLHWY43 on Jul 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the envelope of stationery for June WW. I love everything especially the silly story ones๐Ÿ˜›

Mimosagirl on Jul 5, 2020:

Thank you so much for the WW June. These bandaids are so cute!

caf1988 on Jul 4, 2020:

Wonderful Wishes June

Thank you for the fantastic postcards!! Seriously, I usually highlight a favorite, but these are all wonderful!

Barbara on Jul 3, 2020:

Hi Karen, Thank you so much for the beautiful vintage postage stamps and first day covers! I will have a good time placing them in my albums!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 2, 2020:

Thank you for the June WW! You made my day! I'm thrilled to have the pressed pennies. I don't think I have any representing a sports team (until now). I'm tickled pink to have the opossum sticker! You know I'm around opossums all the time, and I've never had one hiss or scream at me. Maybe they're screaming internally. LOL!

chimerix on Jul 2, 2020:

Thank you so much for another June wish! I love the dragons and they will be put to use shortly! And thanks for the quarter. Aloha

AWG June

susieq11 on Jul 2, 2020:

Thank you so much for the wishes for WW June!!! I can't wait to use all the cool clippings for collage and mail art!!! And the Snoopy paper is adorable! Have a nice holiday weekend! : )

chimerix on Jun 30, 2020:

Thank you so much for the temp tattoos you sent for my June wish. Aloha!


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