Swap-bot Time: June 20, 2024 9:49 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: June 19, 2024

Country: United States
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I'm in my 40s (ack!) and currently live in North Carolina although I was born and raised in Iowa. I work in the government sector (my undergrad degree is in Geography and my masters is in Public Administration). However, I first started out wanting to be a film director! And now I'm pursuing it through making my own amateur films. I'm still very much a creative person who loves movies, music, and books. I have many hobbies but not a lot that I stick with for very long. I am an amateur photographer although not one who can sell (although I did win $100 in a contest once).

MY DOGGY: I love my dog more than anything!Toby is a 15 year old Min Pin mix with 3 legs. Long story but to condense it, he was found running down a street by a friend of mine who rescued him. Despite a chip linking him to a shelter, we were unable to find his original owners. He's become a cherished member of our family. In his old age, he no longer plays with his toys much except for his favorite and can only have soft treats and food.

Update: We did his DNA and he is 50% cocker spaniel, 18% rat terrier, and the remainder is mixed breed. Kind of a shocker as he looks nothing like a cocker spaniel!

Update: Toby passed away 7/13/23. I am heartbroken and will forever miss him


I don't do a lot of crafting as I'm somewhat of a disaster at it but I love to put together packages for people. I'm also a chemo angel so I'm always putting together care packages for my patients and special assignments.

*Vintage Christmas and Easter decorations-think 1950s and 1960s kitschy stuff

*Some Kawaii-mostly food with faces, the tofu guys. I can find a use for big and small memos but don't use sticker flakes

*I love mermaids and fairies

*Fair trade items, especially jewelry and hair accessories (I love 10,000 Villages)

*Little felt animals.

  • Things made out of recycled materials (especially things made out of old soda cans)

  • Handmade and/or unique jewelry-I have pierced ears and love little stud earrings, generally wear necklaces and bracelets (I have a tiny wrist, about 6.24 inches) Please note: I much prefer silver over gold

  • Things from other countries/cultures-local snacks, crafts

  • Aromatherapy (scented lotions and soaps, herbal goodies, essential oils)-I am stocked up on soap for a good while so please don't send at this time

  • Seeds for plants and flowers

  • Japanese blind boxes

  • Bath and body spa items-bubble bath, bath fizzies, bath salts, scented soaps, shower gels, facial mask packets, foot soaks, foot pads (I like most fruity and flowery scents but dislike musky smells)

  • Antique and vintage stuff-old rhinestone jewelry, clip-on earrings I can deconstruct, shoe clips, pearl jewelry

  • Cuff bracelets-made out of anything (leather, old belts, old neckties, crocheted)

  • Fun hair accessories-I love felt and fabric hair clips, headbands, barettes, etc. Handmade is awesome!

*Cactus/succulent themed stuff

*I like making pocket letters but I don't have a stash of scrapbook paper so any pocket letter backings would be great. Also fun stuff to put in them.-I'm stocked up on supplies now and not making as many pocket letters

*I've just gotten into comic books/graphic novels. I'm a Marvel fan (do not like DC at all). My favorite characters are Ant Man and Wasp, Captain Marvel (female version), and Loki. I also like Doctor Who comics and independent stuff like Paper Girls.

Food and Drink: Willy Wonka Runts, those Spree hearts that come out at Valentines day, Pocky, food from other countries, Kinder chocolate, Tea (Mostly fruity varieties and only white or black-no green tea), I don't drink coffee but I can save it for my mom when she visits me, Hot chocolate (especially flavored varieties and White Hot Chocolate)

Colors: My favorite colors tend to be cool tones: purples, blues, and greens. I tend to wear a lot of black, grays, and browns so I try to spruce up my wardrobe and add color through accessories.

Animals:My favorite animals are dogs, rabbits, and turtles.


  • I don't have any use for quilting stuff or sewing supplies

  • I don't collect postage stamps, postcards, magnets, or key chains

  • I have no desire to pass on any FBs or Slams so please do not send those

  • Please no religious items (unless if buddhism/eastern thoughts)

  • Unless I'm in a swap that particularly calls for them, I don't really want ATCs, PCs, FBs, or inchies. If this is all you have to trade, please don't be offended if I send this on to someone who collects it.

  • I keep my nails really short so I never wear nail polish or decorate my nails in any way

  • There are a few themes I've grown to really dislike during my time here on Swap Bot: cupcakes (I'm so sick of these!), Hello Kitty, Disney

  • I really dislike anything cinnamon flavored.

*Dollar Store bath and body stuff-can't use these as I have sensitive skin

*Please don't send me childrens toys. I don't have kids so I can't use them. Getting a treasure box or stocking full of cheap kids stuff tends to disappoint me.

No Known Allergies but I really can't tolerate the smell of cigarette smoke. If you are a smoker, please try to keep your swap items away from it or air it out before sending.

Favorite Music

His Name is Alive, Coldplay, Modest Mouse, Black Eyed Peas, Sufijan Stevens, Tori Amos, Franz Ferdinand, Ruthie Foster, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, MGMT, The National, Broken Social Scene

Classic Jazz-Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong

I listen to a lot of different music and like a lot of different genres. The only ones I don't care for are classic rock, 80's, and country.

Favorite Books

Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Kage Baker's The Company series, Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, Life of Pi, Middlesex, Watership Down

I read a lot so it's hard to narrow down to favorites.

I do like a lot of classics, particularly those of the Regency and Victorian periods so items reflective of those periods are always nice.

Favorite Movies

Breaking the Waves, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Silence of Sleep, Life is Beautiful, Harold and Maude, Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, Pride and Prejudice (A&E Colin Firth version), Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson version)

I love old B movies, particularly when shown on Mystery Science Theater. I love the Gamera series and would love to have some Gamera stuff!

Favorite Television

Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (classic and modern series-the third doctor is my fave of the classic and Matt Smith in the new series)

Britcoms! (incl. Vicar of Dibley, The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, Mr. Bean, Father Ted, Are you being served?, Little Britain, Red Dwarf)

Comedy/Sketch shows: Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Mystery Science Theater 3000


I generally go to the Post Office once a week so depending on what day you tag me, it may be 5 days before I can get the item out. However, all tags will be sent out within 7 days.


I love giving gifts! If you get a package that has an extra in there for you, it's simply because I had something in my stash I thought you might like. Please don't feel obligated to give me a heart for anything I include as an RAK.


bluerose3 rated for CPG: Rainy Day Gifts - US on Apr 2, 2024
Comment: Thank you. Opened one gift today since it was rainy. Excited to open the others (though to make the mystery last longer just one per rainy day).
RiverTopanga rated for CPG 2024 Easter Cards - US on Mar 17, 2024
Comment: Cari, thank you for the cute Easter card. I would have given you a heart, but you did not write a note about your Easter, (past, present, or future) as required by the swap. I would have loved to learn how you will celebrate Easter πŸ°πŸ‡. Swap requirement: Write a short note to your partner - how do you plan on celebrating? Are you dying any eggs? Or like me, just eating the Cadbury ones;)
Response: Sorry I missed that line in the swap. I'm not doing much for Easter, just putting together an Easter egg hunt for my dog, with treats in plastic eggs. I think he'll enjoy it.
Comment: Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful birthday :)
LavenderSprinkles rated for PVT Bday Party on Feb 25, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the gifts you sent. These are all things I have never used before. Have a great birthday.
Comment: Thank you so much for my gifts; they are perfect and made me smile
vontakk rated for Anything Goes Valentine Swap USA on Feb 9, 2024
Comment: Loved this, thank you!!
Comment: Thanks a lot for your birthday envelope. I'm really looking forward to open it on my birthday 🌷 I love snail mail birthday cards!
andee73 rated for Anything Goes Valentine Swap USA on Feb 7, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the great holiday card. I hope that you have a wonderful New Year!
HappyMom rated for CPG: Cozy January on Jan 2, 2024
Comment: On my gosh Cari! This package was over-top spectacular. You really outdid yourself and spoiled me with perfect cozy items. Dark chocolate is my favorite, coffee is my lifeline, the mug is so pretty, the socks are so fluffy, and I am blown away at your generosity. Thank you so very much and Happy nNew Year!
noone7212 rated for The Nice List on Dec 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the card! :⁠-⁠) I hope you're having a great New Year!
Comment: Thanks so much Cari! Happy New Year
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and the extra goodies. I hope to see you on the next swap. Happy Holidays.cd
JJcrafty rated for The Nice List on Dec 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much! Merry Christmas
Comment: Merry Christmas and a very, very happy new year. The magic of Christmas never ends when the greatest gift is your family and friends
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year!!!
Comment: Thank you for the marshmallow and pretzel snowmen card. It reminds me of my kids. Merry Christmas.
Comment: Thank you!!

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heliogal on Jun 16, 2024:

You are so incredibly thoughtful to send me a birthday gift for the LSRUS June wish list!! it made my day to receive your lovely gift of the the lotion bar and fun lip gloss!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me I will really enjoy these items!!!

kiddomerriweather on Jun 12, 2024:

Thank you so much for the very awesome and thoughtful June WW/birthday gift! The Lush lotion bar is absolutely divine. I think it’s my new favorite thing. Aside from the Gummy Bear lip balm butter that is. It really tastes like gummy bears! I’ve been wanting to try it, but our Trader Joe’s is soooo far away. Thank you for the candy as well. You truly made my day!

jamicam on Jun 10, 2024:


Thank you, Cari, for the Surprise Tag! I love the junk journal bundle and can't wait to use it!! So nice of you!!

Zefaniya on May 31, 2024:

Thank you for the CPG wishes! 😊

TeaNi on May 30, 2024:

thank you

for granting a CPG wish for me with the pretty plant themed wish mail! :)

OrigamiGrace on Apr 30, 2024:

Thank you so much for the flower seeds from my April wishlist at CPG! I'm sowing them this week!!

MamaKek on Apr 30, 2024:

Thank you so much for the beautiful bouquet of sunflowers to brighten my day. You put a big smile on my face with that fun surprise. And I’m feeling much better, thank you! 😊🌻 πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Love, MamaKek, LSRUS April Wishes

ladyaries7 on Apr 23, 2024:

Thank you for my birthday card and face mask- LSRUS April wishes

jamicam on Apr 22, 2024:


Cari, thank you so much for the quirky animal images for April WW. I love them and will smile when I use them! I also love the crinkly bag you send them in - had to hold onto that for awhile after opening just to hear the crinkles LOL

Swan on Apr 22, 2024:

Thank you for the birthday wishes (LSRUs April wishlist)!

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