Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2018 10:09 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: January 21, 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: 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.
goinjenny rated for TT&E: Note Cards on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Karen, thank you for the postcards. I really appreciate the Rhode Island Lighthouses one. I did not have it. Shirley
nannydino rated for Creatures Great and Small #11 on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: Hi Karen, thank you for the great PC of the red fox, I love the quote! Blessings of peace love light.
Comment: Thank you for the card!...Ellis Island is on my bucket list of travel
Comment: What a fantastic assortment of cards - I love every single one of them, thank you!
Mustluvdoggies rated for MAE - I Spy Mini Envelopes on Aug 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the darling mini Envelopes! They're all so cute! I love the little cat ones! I can't wait to use them. Thanks for the wonderful swap!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelopes! I also loved the envelope you used to send them! I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!
Comment: OMGOMGOMG you made my Monday with this AMAZING swap. Thank you so much for the gorgeous envie and the perfect washi, stickers, PC! Wish I could give you 100 hearts 😍😍😍😍
emilynhr rated for WIYM: Not My State Postcard - USA on Jun 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
vyl87 rated for State you DON'T live in PC-US Only on Jun 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I have driven through New Mexico a couple of times going back and forth from California to Texas where I now live. It's a nice place.
Comment: Thanks for the great famous people cards that you sent for this swap as well as the stamps!!!
Comment: Thank you for the great swap! I LOVE the stickers!! and purple washi!!! Awesome!! Thanks! Have a great day! Shelley
Hugsie86 rated for Washi Washi! 5 on May 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the washi! It arrived this week!
Comment: Awesome postcard, lots to see and study there: the plane, the people, the fashions. And bonus swap love to you for using an aviation stamp! :)

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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!

crescendo on Oct 5, 2017:

Thank you very much Karen for the envie of EYES for my September AATW wish! These will be great for my inspiration collage. Hope you and Babs are out traveling the states this fall!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 5, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


susieq11 on Jul 6, 2017:

Thank you SO much for all the poodle goodness for AATW July! OMG, amazing!!!! I will treasure them - they're going right on one of my poodle shelves, lol!! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you again!!! XOXO

urbexarchaeology on Jul 5, 2017:

Oh my goodness - the stickers you sent me via June's AATW are absolutely perfect! They are exactly what I was looking for and haven't been able to find. Thank you so much!

anrtist on Jun 30, 2017:

Thank You So MUCH!!!!!
For the AWESOME AATW June wish collection received from @mamarochat !

Thank you for all the time I know you put into this too! :-)
Blessings, cc

goinjenny on Jun 29, 2017:

Thank for the PCs for June AATW!

USAFwife on May 20, 2017:

Have you looked up Atlas Obscura for your visits? Lots of out of the way places listed there - i hope to visit some this summer. :)

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