Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2021 6:31 pm


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Last Online: October 21, 2021
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already!

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in! Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Ang rated for WIYM: ANY POSTCARD WILL DO #1 on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Thx for the postcard. I'm going to reuse it to decorate an envelope in future.
Comment: Thank you very much for the card! :)
coleenfranks rated for HMPC: Bird love - September on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Nice job, Carol. I cut up discarded watercolors too. And your tangled bird is pretty cool. Yes, a fun swap.
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it! I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Thanks for the heart!
MiekeC rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #100 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the card.
Carollee922 rated for Book you like PC #5 on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: I will look into this book. Sounds interesting.
Response: I hope you like it! Thanks for rating!
Comment: Thank you so much for the sayings/quotes for my jar! I'm really enjoying these every day! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: You are welcome! I love finding these and seeing what others contribute, too! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for these great pc to sign and pass onward. Thanks too for the extras! They will be used in future swaps. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: So glad you can use the goodies! Thanks for the heart!
montigneyrules rated for Book you like PC #2 on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: Oh no, I hated Dictionary of Lost Words. Great idea, poor execution. But I love the postcard story you wrote, yay for thrift finds
Response: You are welcome, It was slow at times, but I loved the characters. Thanks for rating!
Flamingoloon rated for RAK Destash #8 - September on Sep 16, 2021
ktk8 rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #109 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Fun card to add to.... I love holidays.....and happy belated birthday.... many hearts to you my friend.....
Response: Thanks so much! Happy holidays to you! Can't wait to see how this one turns out! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: August whizzed by here too! I love Edinburgh too - moved here about a decade ago and am still in love with the place. Haven't had the fortune of being to the Lake District yet. Thanks for a lovely swap!
Response: Boy, and so did September! Thanks so much for rating and for the heart!
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Bird love - August on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Haha, thank you for the fun bird Zoom meeting! I wonder what the lizard had to discuss with the birds. :)
Response: He's crashing the party! lol! Thanks for the heart!
lilmissthrifty rated for September birthdays! on Sep 10, 2021
Comment: Happy Birthday and thank you for such a great card!!! And recipes. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead.
Response: You are welcome and Happy Birthday to you! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the slips and I absolutely love the Phoenix bird!! Wow!! I have that in a place I can see all the time. It's been a tough week and I appreciate all the positive sentiment this swap embodies. It's good to know we are here to encourage each other. xo
Response: I am so glad you like it. That one really spoke to me too. We all need reminders once in a while. Thanks for the heart!
IDASHi rated for A Simple Postcard Challenge - #2 USA on Sep 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
Response: You are welcome! thanks for the hearted 5!
Myself333 rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #99 on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: This PC is so pretty! Can't wait to finish it off. Thanks for the extra book pages too! I moved out here a decade ago, but the valley seems to be growing quite a bit still! I'm a civil designer, and most of the work is on undeveloped land, which at this point is pretty much an hour in any direction from me, at least!
Response: I'd love to see how this one turns out! Thanks for the heart! Yeah, things have really changed in the Valley!
aligurl75 rated for Traveling Book Card Round 36 on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and for giving me more detail on the book you read/suggested. It really does sound interesting and I will have to look into it. Guess itโ€™s time to renew my library card! It got canceled during all of that hullabaloo last year.
Response: My pleasure! I love that my library also has audio and eBooks available. I use an app called Libby on my phone to look for books and place holds. Love! Thanks for the heart!
mcall rated for FTLOC#1-Hidden Altered Paper Clips on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Dont worry it was my 1st time trying these too. I love everyone of them. Thanks for making them for me
Response: SO glad you like them! I had funย making them. Thanks for the heart!

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BigSockTramp on Sep 3, 2021:

Thanks for your contribution to the AMA collab PC (#96-97)! I love that it ended up looking kind of like a PSA against domestic violence or promoting safer sex. https://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/public-service-announcement?context=album&albumId=2496677%3AAlbum%3A2561375

WoodlandBanshee on May 17, 2021:

Thank you for your contribution and sending home this great Collaboration postcard.

WoodlandBanshee on Apr 12, 2021:

Thank you for finishing and sending home my pass and pass postcard! It's lovely!

ktk8 on Jan 11, 2021:

Hi CAROL and THANK you for completing the HOLIDAY CARD.... it arrived today and is so nice... I love love love it ... the use of netting and the pretty tree make me smile.... thank you.... it got here totally INTACT...... happy happy!!!! and am sending you many <3 's!!

Happy New Year.....

Kate ktk8

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wolfeagle on Dec 22, 2020:

I hadn't thought of these words, but I really like them: Mindful and Legendary. I hope they inspire you in 2021.

banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!๐Ÿ‘ป happyhallll

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McAnaraks on Feb 24, 2020:

I enjoyed working on your collaboration card, thank you collaboration

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