Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2021 6:28 am


Date Joined: August 19, 2008
Last Online: September 15, 2021
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




*Mail art

*Naked mail

*ATCs, inchies, twinchies


*Paper flowers


Non-crafts I like to swap:

*Postcards (see section below)

*Books, reading, etc (see section below)



*Paper crafting supplies


*Stationery (not for computer)

*Googly eyes, brads, non-flat stickers


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




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


*Adventure/mountain/active outdoors


*All things German





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.


*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


Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful reading suggestions, Kara! I ❀️ the 20ies very much, but haven't read much yet! I loved the notecard you used too! πŸ€—
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Looks like you're making great progress. :) I'm still very impressed that you are getting your books from the library, rather than buying them! Hope you have a happy fall :)
Comment: Looks like you made great progress. Summer time also makes me more prodicutive. ^_^ Thanks for sharing
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #99 on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Wow. This is an oldie. Thank you.
Snailmail1772 rated for R&W What I'm reading postcard on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous postcard! I enjoyed Overstory as well. I need to read Jhumpa Lahiri soon. I see her books everywhere.
Response: You're welcome! Glad you like the postcard!
Comment: Congratulations on a great month! And thank you for sharing your progress =)
Comment: Well done, 10 books! :D I hope to read some Jules Verne in the Future. What was your favorite from the 10 books you've read? Thanks for sharing.
Response: Hard to choose! I think my favorites of these 10 was the short story collection What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi -- These are super experimental stories, which is right up my alley.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Even though I have a degree in literature and have heard of Proust and his influence, I realized I've never read any of his work. I'm a slow reader, so I've added the audiobook of Swann's Way to my library wishlist.
Response: I have the same degree and never read Proust in school either. It's too long for even a semester, I'd say!
Comment: Great job! Thanks for sharing!
KSENiA rated for R&W: June TBR progress on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
USAFwife rated for R&W: June TBR progress on Jul 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your progress! Do you read outside when you can?
Response: Oh yes!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: June TBR progress on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Good job!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: May TBR progress on Jun 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing, great job!
USAFwife rated for R&W: May TBR progress on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Congratulations on your progress and thank you for sharing. :) Do you like the Maise Dobbs series? I've had people recommend the books to me, but I couldn't get into them and haven't gone back to the series. The summaries always sound good though.
Response: I really enjoy them! But I don't usually enjoy the mystery genre -- for me it's all about the character of Maisie.
FairyLady rated for R&W: May TBR progress on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Looks like you had a very focussed month, well done I would say. ^_^ Thanks for sharing.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In April I read ... on May 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing! And good job!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In April I read ... on May 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing your list. :) Was "Wonder Boys" good? a few people have recommended it to me, but I'm not sure if I would like it. Congrats for making progress on your 2009 books, too!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In April I read ... on May 6, 2021
Comment: Funny how you're talking of summer while I'm here, freezing with the first colds xD Great progress with your list, congrats!
Comment: Thank you for sharing.

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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 bookβ™₯ 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

anrtist on Aug 21, 2012:

HEY, I SENT U an invite to the new LLL, Location group, I think you will enjoy it ;-)

LizzyJo on Aug 1, 2012:

I'm glad you like the little German book. I love the font, but agree that it would be really difficult to read.

savannahjan on Jul 31, 2012:

I'd love to see the collaborative letters started up again! :)

LizzyJo on Jul 25, 2012:

Your pages are on the way. :-)

LizzyJo on Jul 16, 2012:

I'm glad you like the German book page. I wanted to include something I thought you would like.

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