Swap-bot Time: June 26, 2019 2:56 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: June 25, 2019
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.


Comment: Such a gorgeous flower! I love the orange theme!! Thank you!
young46356 rated for NYUP: Scattergories PC Swap - H on Jun 24, 2019
Comment: Well, certainly interesting answers, best wishes, Rich
suepier rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards, stickers, and bingo card. It was so kind of you.
Comment: Thank you so so much for the goodies! I loved absolutely everything inside. I can tell you really put thought into this package :) Thank you so much Karen, I can't even tell you which part was my favorite because I truly loved all of it (including the envelope!). <3
Paige1900 rated for CPG: By the Ocean PC - US Only on Jun 11, 2019
Comment: Great card and message. 👍
lilmermaid rated for Hero/Villain/Sidekick PC Swap #5 on May 31, 2019
Mye rated for Themed Washi Swap #3: Animals 🐱 on May 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the samples :)
Comment: Aw, Karen, what a great selection of profile based postcards you sent me! My fancy has definitely been tickled! Love the Popeye & Olive Oyl one the most, but the Grateful Dead Cyclops comes in a close second. And the beetle beetles notecard is worth a ♥ in itself! Thanks so much for a great swap.
TexyDeb rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #8 on May 28, 2019
Comment: ha ha ha, I don't like this one either, thank you for a truly ugly postcard P.S. I LOVE the postage stamps!
wittmert rated for NYUP: Scattergories PC Swap - G on May 11, 2019
Comment: Gallivanting is such a great word!
DreZee rated for Themed Washi Swap #3: Animals 🐱 on May 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great animal themed washi! I only had 1 of them, so 4 were new to me!
Comment: The envelope you made is adorable and I just love the postcards and stickers, thank you so much!
Piroshilove rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on May 1, 2019
ahnlynn rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on May 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I love all the dinosaur stuff!!
Comment: Loved it all, thanks so much, orange flowers pretty and the vintage signs were very fun!
Mamabemus rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on Apr 29, 2019
Comment: thank you so much for reading my profile and sending some awesome things. By far the best package I received. I wish I could give you more than 1 heart
Nbecker rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on Apr 23, 2019
MidsummerDream rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! You tailored this especially for me! Thank you! I loved all the owl items!!!
Soapboxgirl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies!! You went above and beyond the call!!! <3<3<3
Cobweb rated for Stuff the Mailbox #16 on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: What a fantastic bit of 'stuff' it was all spot on. That Llama! What a character.

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JediLibrarian on Apr 8, 2019:

Holy wow!!!!! Thank you times a billion for the lovely March wish. I am so thrilled to receive the floss. The colors are perfect for my next project. I'm embroidering my hiking trips so the neutral colors are so appreciated. You are the best!! Thank you thank you!!

bluehairedmary on Apr 3, 2019:

Thanks so much for the llama and alpaca love for the Wonderful Wishes group! I love the magnet and stickers!

susieq11 on Apr 1, 2019:

Sorry - for Wonderful Wishes March!!

susieq11 on Apr 1, 2019:

Thank you sooo much for the adorable little Snoopy plush and tins! I loooove them! Hugs to you! : )

goinjenny on Mar 22, 2019:

Thank you for the stamps in WW March

kiddomerriweather on Mar 18, 2019:

(March WW) Thank you for the pressed pennies. I don't have any from Ellis Island, so I'm absolutely thrilled to receive these!

goinjenny on Jan 27, 2019:

Thank you for the note cards in AWG

ChrisAnne on Jan 23, 2019:

Thank you so incredibly much for the Curious George post cards! I don't know if I will be able to share them to send or if they will become part of my collage art to keep. Thank you!

bluehairedmary on Jan 17, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcards and the LLAMA note card! All amazing! Happy mail for my AWG January Wishlist!

MSturgill87 on Jan 17, 2019:

Via AATW I meant! LoL #mombrain

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