Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2018 8:44 pm


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: July 20, 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:

Michigan-D 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.


Margothecat rated for Margo's PC Swap - Horses on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful horse postcard. I love it!
luvmesum20 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 20, 2018
nannydino rated for Margo's PC Swap - Horses on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Hi Karen thank you for the awesome colorful art PC. scratch n sniff postage stamps!!!crazy .Happy summer swapping peace love light
Dragongrrl rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Omg, I don't even know where to start. I love everything! And I can tell you made this package just for me, I love the dragon and the penny! If I could you more hearts, I would! Thank you for reading my profile!
Autumn5 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you! The things you sent are so perfect!
Ajijic rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Loved the two postcards , thanks for the cool package!
lindseyjae rated for Stuff the Mailbox #9 on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: thanks for the great stuff!!! also i liked the cool stamp on the envie :D
marinda rated for Margo's PC Swap - Horses on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you! :)
judee0624 rated for NYUP 4 pcs in an envie #11 on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cards. They were good choices for me.
Comment: Thank you for the bag. I like the summer-y feel of it. Is Shaw's a grocery store? I have never heard of it.
CarolinePotatoe rated for Top Swap PC on Jul 7, 2018
Comment: Very cute postcard! Thank you!!
Soph rated for WIYM: Animal Mail Art & Surprise on Jun 25, 2018
Comment: Thanks a lot for the pretty envelope and the lovely notecard, sticker sheet and washi tapes. It was a pleasure being your swap partner.
VioletFaye rated for MAE. - Swapping Out on Jun 21, 2018
Comment: Thank You for my Wonderful Envelopes.
Comment: Ooh thank you for the beachy pcs! I love them, especially the seashell one - we collect seashells so it's perfect! Many thanks!
Comment: THANK YOU so much for the nice cards you have sent. You are right: can't go wrong with birds and flowers. The Canada geese are hilarious!!! I love everything!
Momskii rated for WIYM: Red, white & blue envies on Apr 27, 2018
Comment: thanks, great choices
CatieCat388 rated for WIYM: Red, white & blue envies on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: They're great. Thank you.
matt319 rated for Mega Postcard Swap *USA* on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you, they are so pretty!
Comment: Love the envies - thank you!

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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 πŸ’œ everything πŸ‘

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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