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Bucket

Bucket
Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: June 12, 2024
Birthday: March 13, 1984
Country: United States
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About Me

I work in marketing at a university hospital system and have a wonderful partner and sweet baby son. We have a big friendly mutt in our household too.

I am an avid reader and writer. I love literary fiction, memoir, fascinating history/social science, and the classics.

I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountaineering with my family. We love the outdoor opportunities here in the Pacific Northwest!

Maxwell Butte

Favorite Crafts

I'm a paper crafter, and dabble in painting and drawing.

Things I like to make and also like to receive:

*Handmade notecards/postcards

*Zentangles

*Zines

*Journals

*Mail art

*Naked mail

*ATCs, inchies, twinchies

*Mandalas

*Paper flowers

*Origami

Non-crafts I like to swap:

*Postcards (see section below)

*Books, reading, etc (see section below)

*Letters/notes

*Notecards

*Paper crafting supplies

*Journals

*Stationery (not for computer)

*Googly eyes, brads, non-flat stickers

*Tea

I do a lot of zentangles and love to swap them. I'm not particular about using the official trademarked Zentangle method or patterns. Below are some samples of what I've created!

Mandala zentangle

Twinchies

Handprint

Colors

My favorite color is yellow, closely followed by pink/red. I love yellow and pink together! I also like green and really like multi-colored items.

As far as shades, I tend to prefer bright, vibrant shades and jewel tones. I like pastels - especially yellow and pink. I'm not too excited by earth tones or darker shades.

Postcard preferences

MAPS! - especially unusual maps (like a historical map, a map of a small town, or some sort of themed map).

Typical tourist cards - scenic/city views, cards from a tourist destination/landmark, etc.

I prefer NAKED postcards, with a message and a stamp.

I also enjoy USED vintage postcards - the older the better, with old stamps and interesting old messages.

Favorite Books

I prefer literary fiction, short stories, biography, memoir and well-researched, well-written history and social science. I am interested in book reviews and recommendations. I don't like most genre fiction (like romance, mystery, thriller, etc...) and I don't usually like series fiction.

Favorite novels: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Solace of Leaving Early, A Tale of Two Cities, Midnight's Children, The Once and Future King, Joseph Andrews, Cat's Cradle, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Gilead, Ada, Tinkers, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Grapes of Wrath, Sacred Hunger, Waterland, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Sometimes a Great Notion, All the Light We Cannot See, Americanah, Salvage the Bones, Love Medicine

Favorite short story authors: Anthony Doerr, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Carson McCullers, George Saunders, Junot Diaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edgar Allan Poe, Lucia Berlin

Poetry: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, ee cummings

Check out my Goodreads (link above)

Things I love

animals, bright colors, nature/the outdoors, stationery, map postcards, notecards, journals, word puzzles and games, logic puzzles, the number 4, Girl Scouts, hiking and camping, books and reading, The Beatles, German beer coasters, papers for card making, extremely fine line pens (005) in all colors, tea, handmade envelopes, naked mail, zentangles, short stories, challenges, biking

Looking for a good theme for a profile-based swap to send me? Some ideas I would enjoy, in no particular order:

*Yellow and pink

*Outdoorsy/natural

*Adventure/mountain/active outdoors

*Ducks

*All things German

*Writing/journaling

*Books/reading

*Zentangle

Tea

I like black and green teas - flavors always welcome! I enjoy flavors like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, any sort of nutty flavors, and I love coconut. Fruit flavors are hit and miss - sometimes great, sometimes not.

I don't care for herbal teas or earl grey.

Dislikes

*Hello Kitty, kawaii, Disney, Diddl, any other trademarked characters

*Vintage (unless it's used postcards), Victorian, ephemera, steampunk, etc...

*Gothic, dark, horror

*dollar store, kitsch, trinkets

Ratings

KSENiA rated for R&W: May 2024 TBR progress on Jun 18, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: I will pass along the traveler you sent. Thank you for the extra items.
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: May 2024 TBR progress on Jun 9, 2024
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Comment: You had a super busy month! It's great you got any reading done at all!
Brokenwings87 rated for R&W: May 2024 TBR progress on Jun 5, 2024
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Comment: I really like how you break down your list by year....I will have to figure out how to do that for next year (this is the first year I have done a TBR).
KSENiA rated for R&W: April 2024 TBR progress on May 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: April 2024 TBR progress on May 12, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I'd say on the out-of-print book, you could either buy a used copy or an ebook. Just my two cents! Thanks for always joining the swap!
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Comment: Thank you for the well-traveled postcards 😊 I'll be sure to send them on in the next round
Brokenwings87 rated for R&W: April 2024 TBR progress on May 1, 2024
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Comment: Glad it's not just me adding to TBR like crazy. Thank you for sharing!
LilacSilence rated for R&W: March 2024 TBR progress on Apr 10, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Brokenwings87 rated for R&W: March 2024 TBR progress on Apr 9, 2024
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Comment: You have given me a new idea of tracking by year. I made a master sheet recently and will see how that goes O_O Hard to keep things straight / sort things out for added / removed right now. Thank you for sharing!
Aleesha rated for R&W: March 2024 TBR progress on Apr 8, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for your review and sharing your updates.
KSENiA rated for R&W: February 2024 TBR progress on Mar 13, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. I really loved what you wrote about The Pillow Book. I always wanted to read it, since I first heard about it in my favorite movie of the same name. I definitely need to read the original.
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: February 2024 TBR progress on Mar 6, 2024
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Comment: It happens! I hope you have more time to read soon! Thanks for sharing!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing and great recommendation. You spoke so well about the Pillow Book that I have ordered it. Can't wait to read it :)
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: January 2024 TBR progress on Feb 13, 2024
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Comment: At least you read all TBR books, I have trouble with that LOL
KSENiA rated for R&W: January 2024 TBR progress on Feb 11, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Aleesha rated for R&W: January 2024 TBR progress on Feb 7, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your extensive TBR list. I like that you set some individual goals for yourself to clear up the older books on your list. Good luck!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: December 2023 TBR progress on Jan 2, 2024
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Comment: You did a great job! Each year is different. You're still down quite a bit from the start in 2019.
mysmashbooklife rated for R&W 2024 TBR Planning on Jan 1, 2024
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Comment: Good luck with your TBR. You have so many on there! Have fun reading!
Aleesha rated for R&W 2024 TBR Planning on Jan 1, 2024
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Comment: Wow! Thank you for such a detailed TBR list! I might just have to make a list like this for myself.

Rating Overview

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5.0000 461 84 86
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Comments

littlehana86 on Dec 31, 2022:

Hello Kara! Thanks for the extra you've sent to me. You shouldn't have. That is so nice of you. Next time you just have to let me know if anything.

spinweaver on Dec 6, 2022:

Hello! Please check the message I've sent to you

DaisyNY on Jul 4, 2022:

Hi Kara! Thank you for working on this card so many years ago - it finally made its way home this week. I like the work you did on it.

wolfeagle on May 6, 2022:

Thank you for working on my mermaid waves Collaboration postcard. I love it.

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:

hny

Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

marianne81 on May 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for your addition on my collaboration card, I love the clock you made. you can see the finished peace here https://flic.kr/p/2fE6aFS I still haven't figured how to add a foto in my messages so you have to copy the link to see the picture.

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

Artistic on Sep 24, 2018:

Welcome back!!

TereDiane1954 on Jun 8, 2018:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!?? I love that book♥ Welcome back :)

latentsmile on Nov 19, 2013:

Here's hoping all is going well with you in life. Feel free to apply back to the Mandalas group if you return to swap-bot. I am just cleaning house of inactives. <3

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