Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2018 4:30 pm


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: April 19, 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.


Comment: Thank you, they are so pretty!
Comment: Love the envies - thank you!
Comment: Very profile fun stuff, thank you!
isabellasnow rated for On The Move #3 on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: Karen, you sent such wonderful cards! Thank you kindly for reading my profile and sending cards you thought I would love (I DO ;+) Also loved the froggy envelope!
Comment: Loved your photos! Cute bonus of "a chicken just for fun" :o)
georgiafae rated for WIYM - Homemade Envies - USA on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: How wonderful-love the envelope you mailed it it and loved the envelopes inside. Such fun subjects-animals-children's book page-great april fool's halloween envie and what a wonderful surprise int the cute kitty envie-a super great scottie dog magnet. Thanks for being so generous and making for me such a great partner-thanks for sharing!
Juniebird rated for Washi Tape Sample Swap - March on Mar 20, 2018
Comment: These washi tapes are definitely new to me... love them! And are those Magic the Gathering cards they are wrapped around? Haven't seen any of those for ages, can't wait to reveal more of them! Thanks so much for the wonderful swap!
m3i5 rated for Washi Tape Sample Swap - March on Mar 18, 2018
Comment: Hi Karen, Thank you very much for your washi selection and the pretty stamps :)
Noel rated for NYUP: 4 pcs in an envie #8 on Mar 13, 2018
Comment: Super cute cards..thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you SO SO much Karen!!! Holy smokes this was such a fun envie! Definitely made my day! I love how you made the different flips on the inside envie to find the surprise brads (love them!) the paper bits and the totally unique ribbon! You obviously looked at my profile, and you NAILED it. Thank you so much :)
Comment: Thank you. =)
Comment: Wonderful card!!! And stamps! Thank you so much!!
SilverD rated for PBS: Two Profile Based Postcards #1 on Feb 2, 2018
Comment: WOW! Thank you so much! I can not thank you enough for such wonderful postcards and photos. Mr Zip is AWESOME! I want to make one for my PO. I have never seen a Mr Zip display, so very cool! You're the first person to send me post office pcs, thank you they are my very favorites. 💗 And the envelope, how perfect for me! 😎 Wishing you much happy mail, thank you for mine! 📬
Terri07 rated for MAE - Using Calendar Pages on Jan 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful, fun envies. Loving those frogs!!
Comment: Thanks for all the postcards, Karen! I love them!
AZBobbi rated for WPS - Animal Postcard #34 on Jan 3, 2018
Comment: Hi Karen -- thanks for the packet of great cards. The black cat one is so cute -- I just got a black cat this year. And yes, it is far too cold -- I'm a bus/walking person, so it's a challenge, haha. So many layers! Best, al
Comment: Dear Karen, what a joy to look at your Magpie Journal :) It was so much fun to make one, but it's even more fun to receive one :) I wish you a wonderful Christmas time and a creative 2018!!
susieq11 rated for TT&E: Note Cards on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the profile related note cards!! All really nice. We had a lovely autumn here too. We had our first freeze yesterday and today it was 70! Looks like the cooler days will be here to stay starting tomorrow though. Enjoy the weekend and thanks again! : )
mummsie rated for TT&E: Note Cards on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: They are wonderful. Thank you.

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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.

kiddomerriweather on Jan 17, 2018:

Thank you for the AATW January wish. I'm so happy to have all the pennies from Woodman's. It's 7:30AM and fried clams sound yummy right now. In my defense, I've been up 6 hours and my gut enjoys fried foods 24/7 anyways. I'm always thrilled to get pressed pennies!

shirleyinCA on Jan 13, 2018:

Thanks very, very much for the wonderful AATW January Wish! Fabulous postcards that perfectly fit my profile and oodles of the postage stamps I wished for. You made my day!

Lonestarchild on Jan 11, 2018:

Oh WOW! Thank you so much for the B&W PCs for Jan AATW. These are truly wonderful -- so interesting and unusual. Love them! Thank you!

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