Swap-bot Time: October 24, 2020 9:56 pm


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


ayahsantos rated for Take These Please on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Take Care!
rhinoluvr rated for The Unworthy postcard on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Karen, Thanks so much for these lovely flowers in pots & jars. You've sent this PC to a good home. If I'd seen this in a regular swap, I'd have just blamed its week of travels down the coast for the little ding. Take care & have Fun :)
KarenFife rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ocean PC - US Only on Sep 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Cape Cod postcard and telling me about your past and current visits there! We were in Chatham once with my husband’s dive club. I loved the architecture and atmosphere there. Always wanted to go back.
Comment: That is such a sweet story, thank you for sharing. I would love to see these oddly adorable pangolins stay protected.
Lantana149 rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Spring swap :) on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: I was finally able to get back into my office building and check my UPS box! Thank you for the lovely swap, PC and stickers are right up my alley!
Comment: I love Frozen because of watching with daughter and having the love story be between sisters <3
Comment: Such a fun swap! Thank you!
Comment: I love Snow White because I remember watching it in the theater
Comment: Thank you for the great card!
Comment: Thanks for all the great postage stamps! I really appreciate the themes you picked for me too.
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, “trashy” 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 don’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 ❤️❤️❤️😊

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Autist on Sep 3, 2020:

Thank you for granting my wish of ribbon for my chandelier. It is all ver lovely. AWG. Cheers, Evan

ChrisAnne on Sep 2, 2020:

Thank you for the patriotic cards and post cards. I really like the choices and will put them to good use.

BusyB on Aug 29, 2020:

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for all the doll ephemera you sent for my journals! These are perfect! I appreciate you remembering me for my August wishes on AWG.

Lonestarchild on Aug 29, 2020:

Thanks so much for the lovely care package idea for color based. I looked on pinterest and those look fun. Will def be doing that. Thank you! Aug AWG

orneryswife on Aug 28, 2020:

Thank you so much for the great happy mail, granting my August wishes. The post cards are great, and the stickers as well!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 27, 2020:

Thank you for the August WW! It was so much fun going through all the ephemera you sent. I can't wait to put it to use in upcoming journals and other artwork. This made my day! =D

pkpeace on Aug 27, 2020:

Thank you so much for the awesome ephemera... it's definitely a trip down memory lane for me... I know many of these places! I've been sharing photos of it with my cousins who also remember these buildings and businesses! We grew up off of Rt 9 which is where a lot of these places used to be. Thanks so much for the very thoughtful. wish! The lace is gorgeous and new to me so I am excited to use it! Have a great day!

Poohtat on Aug 26, 2020:

Thank you for the fun froggy wishes from AWG Aug. I love it all

chimerix on Aug 25, 2020:

Thank you for the stamps, quarter and the Bicentennial PC for my AWG Wishlist. Much Aloha!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 4, 2020:

Thank you for the July WW! Those cards definitely gave me a chuckle!

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