Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 10:41 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: January 22, 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: Love the classy postcards you sent and thank you so very much for the adorable fabric "paper dolls!" So unique and amazing! I also admire your practical, worthwhile and achievable resolutions: change the word "coffee" to "Coke" and they would all be perfect for me, too . . . now to just DO them!
bck rated for 5 blank PCs swap 💌 - USA #2 on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP Vintage PC #1 on Jan 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I love llamas they are very cute :)
mejulia rated for MZA: Blind envie swap #4-stickers on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: I love the stickers, thank you!
pernie123 rated for NYUP Vintage PC #1 on Jan 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you. I have visited the Wrigley Circus Museum in FL.
evanselli rated for WIYM: Use Your Stickers Postcard on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute PC. I loved the cat and the dog riding bikes!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty envelopes!
Comment: Great selection!! Thank you, Karen.
young46356 rated for WIYM: LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD SWAP on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Hi, thanks for the card. I have only been to the lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana. Rich
simcoe54 rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #16 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Love your postcard choices. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the samples.
Comment: AWESOME postcards, I love them. What is this ROUS??? And the signs and the survival techniques and the cat on the postbox that reminds me so much of France. THANK you for a great swap :):):)
suepier rated for WPS - Food Postcards #8 on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great strawberry postcard.
lou rated for Mr. Zip: share a fun fact ... on Oct 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the great note and facts AND your super-fun mail-themed postcards, always fun to be your partner! Also loved your illustrated envelope, really special!!
SilverD rated for Mr. Zip: share a fun fact ... on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Jumping for joy!!! Thank you so so very much for the post office postcards to add to my collection! Not just one but THREE, HAPPY DANCE!!! 💃 Also enjoyed the facts. Really love the envelope, the mailbox with letters is super cute! I do love my Mr Zip lunch box. I actually got two so I could actually use one at work but I still haven't used it. I think I'll take it tomorrow!
LovelyLindaSwap rated for 2018 PC Series - Sept on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cards.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful note cards, very nice work. I really like all of them. Where did you find the frame note cards? I really like those and they would save a lot of time. Thank you.
Lonestarchild rated for Envelope of Animals on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: BIRDS! One of my favs. Such a fun swap. Thank you so much!
Vickyen rated for WPS - Food Postcards #8 on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Hi Karen! Now I have finished vacation #2 and yes, they were both awesome! Back to work on Monday - boo, hiss! LOL! But have to pay for the fun, so... I have not eaten a lobster, so fill I must be missing out!! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
kittyhahahotbot rated for WIYM: PINK POSTCARD on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Flamingos! Yay! lol I bought several pink flamingos this year. lol So this postcard was pretty enjoyable and made me laugh. Thank you!

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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

MSturgill87 on Jan 17, 2019:

Thank you for the paperclips via AWG! My fave is the little duck!

drgngirl on Jan 16, 2019:

Thank you, Karen, for the postcards and note papers from AATW for January! They are great! I love the bear PC!

tcornell on Jan 16, 2019:

Thank you so much for the used postage stamps- I can't wait to use them in projects, such a nice selection! January AWG <3 Tracy

debbiespoms on Jan 16, 2019:

Hi Karen! Want thank you so much for granting my January wishes in AWG. So sweet of you do so and I love the craft bows & flowers! Can't wait to use them!

Lonestarchild on Jan 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the AWG Jan wishes -- exactly what I wanted !!!

isabellasnow on Dec 1, 2018:


OrigamiGrace on Nov 22, 2018:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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 =)

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