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Date Joined: June 21, 2020
Last Online: November 27, 2022
Birthday: September 24
Country: United States
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Things that make me smile

Hello from the beautiful Southern California desert! My name is Carrie Jean, and it's really nice to meet you! :)

I'm 40-something and married (28 years together!), had a loveable, grumpy old man of a cat until recently (He passed 1/15/21), and teach.

I'm here to swap postcards, ephemera, and stickers, primarily. I am a total nerd for ALL paper and stationery products, though, and I love fodder for collaging, especially fussy cuts, pages from children's books, and segments from books (especially dictionaries) in languages other than English!

To give you a just a bit of an idea about me, here are some of my all-time favorite things in life that make me smile:


❤️mail art, ATCs, altered books, & collage!!!

❤️your original artwork!!! (It would be such an honor to receive it!)

❤️stickers & washi tape!!!

❤️"why would anyone make a card of THAT?" -- boring, mundane, or odd postcards and note cards

❤️pretty stamps, stationery, papers, etc.

❤️cats, especially maneki-neko, Jetoy, & blue cats


❤️owls, flamingos, & cardinals

❤️armadillos, hedgehogs, sloths, & badgers

❤️donkeys, llamas, alpacas, & goats

❤️quokkas, capybaras, & pangolins

❤️butterflies & dragonflies

❤️chipmunks & squirrels

❤️octopus, jellyfish, & seahorses

❤️koi & other beautiful fish

❤️snails, turtles, & tortoises

❤️Joshua trees, chollas, ocotillos, & deserts in bloom

❤️dandelions, poppies, lilacs, lily of the valley, white roses, & lavender



❤️rainbows & LGBTQIA+ themes 🏳️‍🌈

❤️museums, aquariums, libraries, & observatories

❤️folk art, graffiti/street art, strange signs, & found art

❤️recipes, especially for regional dishes you love or make

❤️truly strange or dark/black humor

❤️"kitsch" & "camp" of all kinds

❤️inspiring, non-religious quotations

❤️cartoons, comics, & other illustrations

❤️ads for unique or odd products, especially vintage/reprints

❤️propaganda (of any kind from anywhere)

❤️feminist & progressive messages

❤️Mr. Fred Rogers

❤️Dia de los Muertos & sugar skulls

❤️holiday cards, especially for regional/national holidays


❤️pressed coins

❤️lenticular, 3D, sealed glitter, & prismatic stuff

Favorite Movies

❤️The Big Lebowski


❤️Pulp Fiction

❤️The Shining

❤️They Live

❤️I ❤️ Huckabees


❤️The Goonies


❤️Romy and Michele's High School Reunion



❤️Harold and Maude

❤️Pink Flamingos

❤️Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

❤️Really bad sci-fi/fantasy movies of all kinds

Favorite Television

❤️Our Flag Means Death

❤️Rick and Morty

❤️It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

❤️Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!

❤️American Horror Story

❤️Moral Orel

❤️American Dad

❤️Nighty Night

❤️Absolutely Fabulous

❤️What We Do in the Shadows

❤️Mad Men


❤️Dream Corp LLC

❤️On Cinema At the Cinema (webseries)

❤️Schitt's Creek


❤️Cooking shows/competitions of ALL sorts

Favorite Books

❤️ANYTHING by Lynda Barry because she is so deeply #1, but right now, especially her newest, “Making Comics” and her classic, "Cruddy"

❤️Most things by Hunter S. Thompson

❤️Most books by David Sedaris :)

❤️“I Like You” by Amy Sedaris

❤️“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

❤️I also collect cookbooks and old children's books.

Favorite Crafts

❤️Collage is my truest artistic love! I adore making postcards and altered art/books from found media, and I love receiving lovingly made artwork of yours!

I'm trying to improve my drawing... in my 40s!

Cross-stitch when I can concentrate :)


I Pledge to Rate

If anything goes awry...

If anything goes wrong with my swap with you, please let me know so that I can make it up to you. I will do my best to do the same for you, and I will always, always reach out before giving a bad rating.

My mail is slow these days, like for so many of us, but if you don't receive something after a few weeks, please don't hesitate to message me. I will absolutely resend. I don't flake.

And if, per chance, I owe you postage for miscalculating the weight/size of a letter or postcard, I am happy to repay you with unused stamps or cash, as you'd prefer. We are all doing our best. :)

My Short Break

Due to an emergency situation, I took a break from swapping for a while (3/21 until 7/21), but I am back! It's good to see you all again! :)

No Thank You

I know some people enjoy exchanging food and drink, but I don't use candy or single tea bags or things like that that have gone through the mail. (I'll just pass them along to someone who might use them if I can.)

I prefer non-religious items, thanks!

I don't have any use for teacher stickers ("Great job!" type); I teach adults.

One last thing: thanks so much for sending me something you spent your time, energy, and money on. You are being so kind and generous to do so. Take care! ❤️


Comment: Sorry for late rate. Must have got it and overlooked ratting
mchesser12 rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #47 on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and for sending an extra one.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and the stickers!! LOVE the Santas!! Merry Christmas to you!
teddygirl rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #44 on Nov 21, 2022
Comment: Sorry for this late rating but I dearly thankyou for your lovely postcards, they were great...cheers from Australia 🇦🇺💕🥰❤🇦🇺
aprilivy rated for Not Your Usual PCs in an Envie #23 on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much :) I love the assortment
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card 🎄
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and the stickers you enclosed. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Comment: Great cards! Thanks!
ButterflyGirl85 rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #44 on Nov 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I love what you sent
Comment: Thank you !!!!!!
Comment: WOW Thank you
Comment: First of all, I LOVE this postcard you chose for me! We used to play lotería a lot as a kid and I love palm trees. :) Anyhoo, no I haven't seen "Our Flag Means Death". but I'll look into it! Thank you for sending!
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, I thought I had already done it. Anyway, thanks for the nice PC's.
hazelwitch3 rated for 3 Vintage PCs #3 on Nov 2, 2022
Comment: Fabulous vintage postcards -- thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks for the card and extras.
kromo rated for SMSUSA: 3-Partner Halloween Card Swap on Oct 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the card and stickers. I dressed up a couple times and went out with friends. We live in the country so no trick or treaters here. How was your concert? I love shows and live events, did you dress up? Happy Halloween 🎃
veronicallama rated for NYUP USA Only #83 on Oct 30, 2022
Comment: Learning Spanish online so 'El Cantarito' was a perfect pick- thanks!
Comment: Thank you and Happy Halloween.
aero rated for Note Card Happiness September on Oct 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the resend🙋 I appreciate everything you sent 🏵️ Blessings and Butterflies 🦋

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katjl on Oct 28, 2022:

Thank you for the October RAK #2 ~~ 2 ounces of stickers (destash). great assortment of stickers.

chimerix on Oct 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the stickers! I actually pulled out the cute little monsters and used them right away. Aloha!

RAKs Only - Oct RAK #2

Poohtat on Oct 11, 2022:

Thank you for the Oct RAK of postcard and stamps in the RAKs group

theshyone on Oct 3, 2022:

Thank you for the September RAK #3 ~~ 2 ounces of destash! Oh my goodness how I love getting mail from you! As usual, your envie was filled to the brim with such delightful goodies! Thank you for spoiling me and making my whole week :D

simcoe54 on Sep 24, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!!

theshyone on Sep 14, 2022:

Thank you for your August RAK #3 ~~ approx 3 ounces of randomness! You did not disappoint. It was such a fun, varied, and thoughtful random envie! Oh my goodness me, I had so much fun unpacking it all. I am so in love with everything and feel so spoiled (⌒‿⌒)

gingerbee on Sep 2, 2022:

Thank you so much for the RAK of August wishes - the notecards will be perfect, and love all the postcards too! Have a great weekend!

feverfawn on Aug 23, 2022:

Thank you so much for the August RAK 4 Blank Postcards & 5 strawberry stamps (+the extra PC!) I especially love the bat boy card. Tt's so funny I was actually looking at that set the other day, kinda perfect to have one show up in this bunch. Thanks again! :)

AZmom875 on Aug 6, 2022:

Thank you for the great postcards and stamps on the Raks only Instant winner swap. I am so glad I won, the post cards are so unique. I love them.

BusyB on Jul 6, 2022:

Hi Carrie Jean! Thank you so much for the June WTA June postcards and the extra pc on the PH group. Loving the pcs you chose for me. The owls and deer are perfect, so cute and pretty!

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