Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 5:11 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: February 16, 2020

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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 12 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. For any dog-related swaps I'm in, Toby loves soft squeaky plush toys (he enjoys destroying them and pulling the stuffing out) and soft treats. He's not that into hard dog cookies although he loves those Beneful cookies that are shaped like vegetables and have cheese stuffed in the middle. I've got him eating greenies now too.


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)

  • 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'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 do scrapbooking so I have no need for scrapbook paper

  • 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

  • I don't have much use for stickers

  • 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.


adorablebutdangerous rated for Comfy, Cozy Winter on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: What a lovely collection of cozy things! Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the nice gifts! i decided to open them. The note cards are new to me. The Tea Drops are also new to me! I am so anxious to try one of those today. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the card & goodies.. can’t wait to try the tea!!
Comment: It arrived today! Such a cute tin and I'm so excited about the little gifts inside! Can't wait for Saturday :) Update 12/27: Thank you for 12 days of fun gifts! It was nice having a little something to look forward to each day. Love the glitter markers, the fuzzy fox socks, the tiny gnome charms, the handmade ornaments, and all the rest too! Haha - can’t forget to mention the β€œsnow” for Christmas...perfect! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜‚
Artistic rated for Encouragement Through the Holidays on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: So much fun! Thank you.
kfaye rated for Winter Spirit on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much :) I am waiting until the 21st to open the gift <3 Happy Holidays to you!
Comment: Thanks for the huge assortment of ephemera and goodies! Love it!
luckycharms rated for Holly Jolly Christmas on Nov 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the festive wrapped presents! I can hardly wait till Christmas!!!! 12/28/19- Cari, Thank you so very much ! I LOVE the apron and the bird cookie cutters are adorable!!! I can't wait to use them in the New Year!!! I hope you have a wonderful 2020!!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun swap... everything was great...something for everyone in the house...I barely had time to see it all before peeps were taking things for themselves haha
spicemom rated for 12 Days of Christmas Day 5 on Oct 22, 2019
Comment: Hi Cari thank you I'll open it up on Christmas day Spicemom
Response: Thanks for letting me know this one made it. Maybe the original will show up at some point. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Well oh my gosh. My husband thought my mom sent a care package, that's how perfect everything was. I would add extra hearts if I could. You actually made me change up what I sent, the feeling I got opening it all-I wanted someone to have that. Thank you.
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it-it was fun putting this together!
liljennyfoofoo rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Oct 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
MisplacedfromPA rated for 12 Days of Christmas day 6 on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: Can you believe it arrived with no postage at all and nothing due. Must of passed by the intense inspectors of the post office. Lucky You! Thank you. Placed it on my mantle till 12 days of Christmas begin. Happy Swapping.
Response: I'm shocked it made it through but glad it arrived in time. As I mail so much stuff at the PO, I must have built up some good karma.
denisedecker58 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Sep 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Rita rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Sep 28, 2019
Comment: I love ephemera! Thanks!
erinmcdowell rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Sep 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun vintage things!
Comment: Thank you very much!
saturatedinink rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the care and joy you stuffed into one super cute package. I really appreciate you and hope you have a fantastic week!
shinyserra rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you!!
kayebubbly rated for Stuff the Mailbox #20 on Sep 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you !

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kiddomerriweather on Feb 13, 2020:

Thank you for the CPG February wishes! I love the bag of randomness you sent. You even sent little bits that I can use in my resin work! Yay!

TreeAnn629 on Jan 23, 2020:

I owe you a Big Apology I just found your Sept GPC wish. It got mixed placed and I found it today. Thank you for the shaker mix love it and again I am so sorry.

TeaNi on Dec 31, 2019:

thank you SO very much

for granting a December CPG wish for me with the VERY generous assortment of fun stocking stuffers and the a-MA-zing Dolly print- omg, love! I have quite a little collection of fun Dolly items now, so I think I need to frame this and set up a little Dolly tribute corner in my home! :)

zurdoswifey on Dec 30, 2019:

Thank you for the Christmas tags and wishes you send for AWG (Dec) πŸ’œ Have a fantabulous New Years

keahirada on Dec 26, 2019:

Thank you! I just opened my stocking stuffer(which you sent as a CPG wishlist) and it is so perfect! You spoiled me! I love the shaker kit and the container for all the supplies is super cool too. I cant wait to play with it! I really appreciate it.

MSturgill87 on Dec 20, 2019:


For the stocking stuffers for the kids and myself! You're too kind!

December's WW group

hollycm6 on Dec 18, 2019:

Thank you for the funny card, the adorable hamster postcard, and the dollar tree surprise! I hadn't seen anything like this at my Dollar Tree!!! So cute!

keahirada on Dec 17, 2019:

Thank you so much for the stocking stuffer! It looks wonderful! I cant wait to open it but im going to be patient. I work Christmas so I dont get to celebrate with my family until the 30th so this will give me a little something i can open on actual Christmas!

sherba31 on Dec 16, 2019:

Thanks for the cute bday card, tea, and ephemera for WW December! Can't wait to try these new-to-me tea flavors. The squirrel is a hilarious picture. I appreciate your kindness.

mchesser12 on Dec 13, 2019:

for the Thanksgiving card, blank postcard, and stickers from November's A Wish Granted!


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