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Date Joined: October 9, 2009
Last Online: January 12, 2012
Birthday: June 3
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello from sunny Florida! I am a slow swapper who enjoys making each package; I'm having a great time with the Swap-Bot experience. I use crafting, creativity and swapping to ward off workaholism. I like working with paper and beads, and strive to re-use and re-purpose material whenever I can. I have two daughters in college and a very supportive husband. One of my daughters is studying environmental sciences, so the push to reduce, re-use, and recycle is a real presence in our household. FYI: I do re-swap items I've received that I cannot use, are duplicates, etc. If you send something and would prefer I not do this, just let me know. Otherwise, we'll let the swapping universe sort it all out so that everyone gets what they need. :)

I've been learning to cook vegetarian over the past 5 years because of my two veggie-girls. I'm still getting used to it but have really enjoyed the health benefits of not cooking with meat.

In my professional life I work primarily with graduate students and people with disabilities. It is intense but fun and rewarding. I do a lot of work on the computer for research, writing, and teaching. The best part about my job is that I get to do something different everyday. Very important-I get bored easily.

Our family is one that cherishes diversity in every sense. Our home is open to people of all races, ethnicities, and orientations. My happiest days are ones in which the house is full of family and friends just hanging out.

I live in a beautiful part of the world and love waking up and going out to get the paper in my bare feet. I have some wonderful avocado, mango, and banana trees in my yard. We are very popular with the squirrels.

I have a cute rescue dog who is an unusual breed - Leonberger. They are 'gentle giants' bred from Bernese Mountain dogs, Great Pyrenese, and Saint Bernards. Our little AbbieRose was the runt of the litter and has a deformed paw, but at she's 75 pounds she is big in our hearts and lives.

Things I Like

  • sea glass
  • coffee-flavored candy
  • milk or white chocolate, and pecans
  • vintage children's books or book pages
  • positive energy
  • citrus-lemon, lime, orange, tangerine (mmmm!): flavors & colors
  • sheep, monkeys, frogs, and hedgehogs (did I spell that right?)
  • Reading to little children
  • Frida Kahlo
  • good felt
  • henna
  • helping pet rescue organizations
  • second chances
  • volunteering for drum corps and winterguard
  • terrariums
  • people who resolve conflicts peacefully and proactively
  • swappers who are proud of what they send

Styles I Like: Shabby chic, Retro (especially 1930-1960), A little bit of steampunk

No, Thank You

Things I Don't Particularly Care For:

floral fragrances; anything too formal; religious or military things; Dottee dolls; TV; the smell of cigarette smoke; mean people; Stickers; the color Gray; Teddy bears and other stuffed animals; Rude drivers; Barbie; Nickelodeon; Disney or other licensed characters Anything with artificial sweetners

Things I Like To Re-Purpose:

old costume jewelry (broken parts = okay); vintage cards, books, dictionary pages pre-1970 children's books

Things I'm Trying to Learn

  • It's okay not to be perfect.
  • This, too, shall pass.
  • Where there is great love, miracles happen.
  • No act of kindness is ever wasted.
  • Frustrating people are usually the ones who need the most love.
  • Tomorrow is another day.
  • Be as kind to yourself as you are to others.
  • It's all good.

Favorite Movies

Amelie, Best in Show, Mighty Wind, Off the Grid, Princess Bride, That Thing You Do, Moonstruck, Lord of the Rings, Triplets of Belleville, Avatar, Cadillac Records

Wish List

  • Pieces of sticky-back canvas (any size)
  • Fun twine, ribbon, and fiber;
  • Manila tags (the kind from office supply stores)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Anything by Tim Holtz or Martha Stewart
  • Scraps of burlap
  • Nice felt
  • Old maps
  • Clear cello bags (any size)
  • Back issues of Somerset magazines
  • Mini dominoes
  • I'd like to try some Bento things.

Didn't Get Your Item?

Please PM me and let me know. Flaking is bad karma - I would never do it intentionally.

Things I'd Enjoy Sharing

-Handmade gift tags
-Handmade bookmarks
-Hand-inked backgrounds for ATCs, inchies, bookmarks, etc.
-Tropical leaves from my yard (e.g., sea grape, palm, ferns, mango, bougianvilla, croton, etc.)
-Punched shapes from my paper stash: circles, squares (scalloped, plain); cupcakes, trees, flowers, tags, apples, rocket ships, 'thank you,' and more
-I have a crimper and would be happy to share some papers with that texture.

Watch Your Karma

Seriously, @Jesshens1125 flaking on a random envie (Nov 9, 2009)?? Was it worth it??

Still waiting for Altered Domino #2 swap from my partner @ShoppingRobin (hope she is okay!). The gracious @Lulumik has angeled this. She's the hostess with the mostest!


Comment: thanks
weyrmistress rated for Somerset Christmas Challenge on Dec 1, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much; lovely angel basket!
littlepinkflamingo4 rated for Somerset Surprise EDITED on Nov 29, 2011
Comment: Lovely swap, gorgeous bird and lovely brooch. Thanks so much. Cheers Helen
foreverpackrat rated for Somerset Fall Challenge on Nov 10, 2011
Response: Thank you!!!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pennant. The colors and embellishments give it such a vintage feel. This is my first pennant, so what a great start. Kathy
phillyzee rated for Somerset Inspiration Tag on Nov 1, 2011
Comment: A beautiful tag with all kinds of goodness attached to it! Things I will definitely use. Thank you so much!!!
Response: Thanks for the kind words, quick rating, and the heart, Phyllis! Hope we get to swap again soon.
MzPatti rated for TOAS Stocking Stuffer Swap - USA on Oct 31, 2011
Comment: ♥♥♥♥♥♥ HO HO HO!!! Received my package for the swap, sweetie! You are a quick leetle bunny! =D ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Absolutely lovely bookmark! I do love it! Thanks sweetie!
Response: Aww! So glad it got there. Who had the bright idea to make us wait so long to open our presents?? (I have NO self discipline whatsoever. Sigh)
Comment: Thank you SO much for the stunning earrings! I love them and am certain I will get a lot of use from them. I'd award multiple hearts if I could. <3 <3 <3
Response: Super! Thanks for letting me know. :) Really glad that you like the earrings and that they were worth the wait. Happy New Year!!
Comment: Thank you for the alter comp. book. Very pretty and nicely done. Also thank you for doing a private swap, it was sweet of you. I love doing your swap challenges. I finally came up with my idea and I am still working on yours! Phyllis
Response: Phyllis, it was my pleasure! I love the challenges, too! Thanks so much for the heart and for rating so quickly!
Comment: Thank you for our altered cookie cutter. Hope to swap with you again sometime.
Response: Thanks for the quick rating and the heart!
ShoppinRobin rated for What can you make #3 on Oct 20, 2011
Comment: Beautiful Victorian themed pin & I loved the little tussie-mussie & all the extras too! Thanks so much!
Response: You are so welcome. I hope things are settling down for you and really appreciate the rating, heart and comment. Hope to swap again with you soon.
Comment: What a beautiful job! I picked the exact one and just tells you great minds think alike. Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked it!! Thanks for the prompt rating and the heart. :)
wtriker rated for Private Swap: CarrieZee and WTriker on Oct 6, 2011
Comment: Thanks !! I really enjoyed this swap, I hope you love your package! Can't wait for you to get it. I have to admit, my favorite bit (which I'm smitten with) is the paper flower. I pulled it off & its on my cork-board at work. =D Take care! m
JensTreats rated for Somerset Sharing: Fall Edition on Sep 27, 2011
Comment: thanks for all the wonderful goodies and so CuTe how you made the packaging!!!
Response: Wow! That got to you quickly! I'm glad you don't mind recycled TP tube packaging. I just can't bear to through out something that I could alter and use. Thanks for the super quick rating and the heart!!
Comment: Thank you so much for my halloween house, it is just wonderful. Love the earrings, can't wait until it gets a little closer to halloween to wear them.
Response: Yay! I'm so pleased that you like the house-they are so much fun to make. I appreciate the quick rating and the heart!! See you around the 'Bot!
Juliajae rated for Hand Stamped Fabric Ribbon on Sep 17, 2011
Comment: Hi Carrie! Thanks for joining my swap and thank you so much for the beautiful hand stamped ribbons! I just love them both :) Julia
Response: I'm really happy that you like it. I love your swaps and had time with this one. Thanks for the quick rating and the heart!!
Mscraftyt rated for Bring on The Bling Inspiration Tag on Aug 29, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful tag you created and all the bling you included. I love it!!! :-)
Response: Thank YOU for the quick rating and the heart. This was a fun swap!
jukejan rated for Somerset Green: Gift Card Holder #2 on Aug 25, 2011
Comment: Ah, Carrie what a wonderful piece! The medallion on the wrapper and the work that you put into my swap is just amazing, thanks sooo much.
Response: Hey Jan, glad you liked it. Those little things are fun to make. Thanks for rating so quickly and for the heart!!
sundaeschool rated for Altered Domino #1-Moulin Rouge on Aug 24, 2011
Comment: Carrie, the pendant is lovely!. The beautiful presentation and the extras are so appreciated too.
Response: I'm so pleased that you like it! It was fun to make. Thanks for the quick rating and the heart!
Juliajae rated for Somerset Summer Challenge on Jul 22, 2011
Comment: What a beautiful banner! I've never received one or made one so it was a double treat! I just love it and can hardly wait to give it a place of honor in my studio. Thank you so much! This is a really fun swap. I love the openness of the swap. Thanks for hosting! -Julia-
Response: Glad you had such a good time in the swap and that you like the banner. It will be fun to see what everyone does with their 'tickets'. Thanks for the kind comments and heart!!

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sugaraddict on Jan 12, 2013:

Hey dear! I'm hosting a Valentine Baking Swap which I thought you might enjoy :) Do pop by and check it out if it interests you yea.. Thanks!!

wickedred on Apr 18, 2012:

miss you

RyeRye on Apr 8, 2012:

wickedred on Feb 26, 2012:

I miss you

RyeRye on Feb 13, 2012:

RyeRye on Dec 28, 2011:

aussielisa on Dec 23, 2011:

Merry Christmas from Down Under!

RyeRye on Dec 22, 2011:

BeckyG56 on Dec 10, 2011:

I'm glad you received your snowman chunky page! Merry Christmas!

BeckyG56 on Dec 6, 2011:

I sent your wta today from above and beyond forum

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