Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2021 5:19 am


Date Joined: January 12, 2014
Last Online: August 31, 2021
Birthday: September 22
Country: Ireland
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★ Bonjour, mes cheries ★


Cara here. Irish girl. Lover of letters & crafts. Maker of things. Drinker of tea. Reader of poetry. Hopelessly in lust with wander.

Hello there, I'm Cara. I'm from Ireland and am currently studying English literature and French. I am a native English and Irish speaker, and am on my way to becoming fluent in French.

I have just started learning Hindi! Anyone who speaks it or is learning too, message me and we can correspond!


I upload pictures of my incoming & outgoing letters / mail art to my instagram account: Carasloveletters. I would love to interact with Swapbotters more on IG, so be sure to contact me there x

★ Wishlist ★

1 Wanderlust

I am a lover of every culture, currently using Swapbot to travel the world without leaving my bedroom. I would love to receive tokens from your country which express your culture. Some ideas include:

  • A train / bus ticket
  • A pamphlet / leaflet for a local tourist attraction
  • A cutting from your newspaper
  • Anything in your native language

I also adore maps, bucket lists, ticket stubs, etc.,

2 Francophile

I am a self-diagnosed Francophile. I adore everything related to French culture and language, from des croissants to Les Miserables. I would love to receive anything related to

  • Paris
  • Film noir
  • French ephemera

★Aussi, si vous parlez français, écrivez-moi en français. Je ne suis pas encore couramment, mais j'aime à penser que je suis proche.★

3 Bibliophile

I am an obsessive reader, and this love manifested itself in the form of an Etsy shop I run independently to put myslef through university. CarasBookishCharms, in which I sell miniature books and quote pendants. It's my ultimate display of craftiness!

I love everything vaguely literary:

  • Books
  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Typewriters

My favourite writers include: Oscar Wilde; Anne, Emily and Charlotte Bronte; William Shakespeare; Alfred Lord Tennyson; Pablo Neruda; Jane Austen; F. Scott Fitzgerald; George R. R. Martin; Khaled Hosseini.

Favourite YA authors: John Green; Stephanie Perkins; Rainbow Rowell; Rae Carson; Laini Taylor; Wendy Higgins; Veronica Rossi; Suzanne Collins; Veronica Roth; J.K.Rowling; Neil Gaiman.

I am an aspiring author and have a passion for writing. I genuinely believe there's a novel in me somewhere, I just have to dig it out. What I write varies according to my mood: soaring euphoria usually results in some epic fantasy, and heartbreak (which is frequent) makes for some deeply melancholy poetry.

4 Tea, Tea, Tea

I love tea in all its many splendid forms. Especially

  • Oolong
  • Black
  • Darjeeling
  • Muscatel

I love loose tea leaf or bagged.

5 Vintage Love

Everything, everything, everything vintage. Anything reminiscent of another time or place. Real or replica:

  • Tickets
  • Photos
  • Stamps
  • Stickers
  • Headed Paper
  • Music Notes Paper

I love history, especially Tudor England, the Renaissance, the Borgias, Classical Civilasiations of Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt.

6 Miscellaneous Loves

  • Confetti in Envelopes
  • Indian Elephants / Henna
  • Project Life Cards
  • Bollywood (Especially SRK - DDLJ)



My greatest dislike is plain envelopes! Draw on them, college them, stamp them, make them ART!

Also, I don't need more art supplies. I would prefer you included some used postage stamps or some vintage tickets than a sheet of stickers.

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My Recent Outgoing Mail Art

From my instagram, Carasloveletters.

Private Mail Art Swap?

I love one on one mail art swaps. If you are interested in exchanging some postal beauty with me, please send me a message. We can set up a private swap and spread the mail art love.

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It's a pleasure to make your acquiescence!


Comment: Will change if I get letter
Aleksis rated for CaraDurnin & Aleksis on May 22, 2014
Comment: Oh, I love all the thing very much! Thank you, you're the best!
Tiiamaria rated for Map Your Reading 1st quarter on May 3, 2014
Comment: Thank you for your map and descriptions of the books you've read. I've also read some of those but will keep the rest in mind!
Comment: Thanks so much, Cara, for your reviews and for the map showing locations. I've reserved the first in the Sevenwaters series at my public library and am looking forward to it.
Comment: Thank you for your reading log (and the bookmark)! I like the way you have it set up with the picture/cover blurb/review/quote. And I think I've found a couple of books I'd like to check out. :)
cynaemon rated for Secondhand Poetry III on Mar 29, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the nice poem and all the extras.
Comment: What a treat, a St. Patrick's Day card all the way from Ireland! I loved the lovely envelope, card, & extras - thank you very much. I especially loved the Irish phrases you sent :0)
Response: I'm so thrilled you liked it! Tá failte failte roimh! <3
Comment: It was great! I'm so happy!!
Response: Thank you, I'm thrilled you like it! <3
Comment: Hey Cara! -sorry for such a late rate on this one (been away from the computer....well, trying, ha ha). I loved it! -the book page cutout leaves are fantastic and the pc was great, Oh! -and I totally flipped over that coin!!!! (SO cool) Thank You, Thank You! ♥
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was a pleasure swapping with you! Have a wonderful day <3
Comment: Hey Cara! So happy to see you in the mail again :D Thanks ever so much for joining in -I'm so glad you had fun! And Yay! for clover confetti (especially from Ireland ♥) Thanks for the addes touches (Gaelic phrases) & I hope to see you in the mail again some time :D Take Care!
Response: I had such fun with this swap. Hurrah for confetti indeed! Tá failte roimh!
Comment: Thanks for the excellent swap pkg. I loved learning the Irish phrases. Now I want to learn the whole language! Hope you're having a great weekend!
Response: I'm thrilled you like it! Have a wonderful day! <3
Comment: great envielope
Response: Thank you! <3
Comment: Top o' the morning to ye Cara! I simply love your envie! I can almost hear the tune the leprechaun is playing! Go raibh maith agat! Enjoyed your note - how lucky was I to actually get an Irish greeting from Ireland! Thanks for the stickers too. :) Dawn is ainm dom.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Tá failte failte roimh! <3
Comment: Cara, you outdid yourself! Thank you so much for making such a beautiful envelope and putting such wonderful items inside of it! You're awesome.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Have a wonderful day! <3
Comment: Everything about it was so artistic and detailed. It's my favourite package from you yet! The shamrocks and leprechauns and harps! Also the watercolour picture? So beautiful! I can't wait to do another private swap with you after I finish my exams. Beaucoup d'amour, Clem x
Response: A pleasure swapping with you! Have a wonderful day! <3
A127 rated for ✉ Snail Mail Envie ✉ #12 on Mar 4, 2014
Comment: Loved it all and your envelope is so beautiful! Keep up what your doing! Thanks!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Have a wonderful day! <3
Comment: I love, love, love this! The envelope is amazing; the henna designed hands, the elephant, the stamps. So much attention to detail! Your letter is beautiful, and I adored the ribbon you wrapped it in. And all the extras and vintage ephemera! Such a thoughtful package to receive. Thank you so much!
Response: It was absolutely my pleasure! I'm so glad you like it! <3
Comment: What a delightful envelope! Sometimes it feels EXACTLY like that here on the Oregon Coast. Cloudy with rain just on you as you walk. Thanks for sharing - I may steal that idea (I hope you don't mind). Rain is a constant theme here. And the goodies inside were delightful. Mini airmail envelope, doily, awesome book mark, tag, and beautiful stamps. Even the pages from Romeo and Juliet! I'd never read one that had an explanation of the words as it went along. Very interesting reading. Makes me want to get a copy. Even the cord that held it all together I will use again. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! You made my day!
Response: I'm so delighted you like it! I definitely feel "under the weather" here in rainy Ireland sometimes. Absolutely, steal away! Thank you for your wonderful feedback, it means the world to me! <3
Comment: Love the mail art and the ephemera you sent me. Happy swapping!
Response: Glad you like it! Have a wonderful day! <3
Comment: As always, your mail soars above and beyond my wildest expectations. You're a very talented artist and I am exceedingly jealous of your mail art xD. The attention to detail on the envelope was phenomenal and the bakers twine wrapped letter was such a joy to read. Thank you for encouraging me to join Swapbot and hosting this private swap for us. I am so unbearably keen to recreate Paris with you again. x
Response: Writing to you is always a pleasure. Many more to come, I hope xo

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ladydy5 on Feb 26, 2014:

Welcome to our group Artistically Inclined.
Keep a lookout for our International swaps.

ClementineStClair on Feb 23, 2014:

Bonjour, ma cherie! Merci beaucoup pour me parler de ce site! Je l'aime. Je ne peux pas attendre pour «swap» avec vous une fois de plus! xox

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