Swap-bot Time: March 2, 2021 3:15 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: March 1, 2021

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 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 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.


Comment: Thank you for sharing!!
KatKit rated for Wishing You a Happy Christmas on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: Thank You and Happy New Year. Love the little stickers.
montigneyrules rated for A gift from Krampus on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Really creative package. Great job, I enjoyed it.
USAFwife rated for Wishing You a Happy Christmas on Dec 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Santa card and the cute stickers. :) Happy holidays
Lilyhax rated for Wishing You a Happy Christmas on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: I loved the glitter Santa Claus. The card was amazing.
debbiespoms rated for Wishing You a Happy Christmas on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: First of all, Thank you ever so much, for joining my swap! And, Thank you for such a beautiful Santa card with Santa stickers! Loving both so much! Merry Christmas Cari!
VioletLove rated for LSRUS: 3 Stocking Stuffers USA on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package! You were so kind to include treats for my girls. I am going to wait until Christmas and I will update this after we open them :)
Comment: Cari, what a fun and festive looking tote full of Christmas goodies!!!!...and as If it wasn't tough enough to be strong and not open before Christmas, then your note has my mind all excited about the possibility of what is wrapped up!! Thank you so much for my swap and the fun items you sent my 3 tier stand!!! I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!!! P.S, once Covid isn't an issue, and if you come to coast, we need to meet up for coffee or something!!
Comment: Thank you. I shall keep it until December. It isn't well hidden, but I shall not look.
Comment: I was so excited about Nov being so book related & it's like you knew that. Thanks for all the profile specific stuff.
Comment: Thank you so much for the copy of your play and bookshop story! It was so wonderful to read your play and imagine it in a quaint little bookshop, especially one that serves coffee and wine? Sounds like a dream come true - I've yet to find one that serves wine here in Calgary. Maybe one day they'll open one! Best wishes, and keep up the great writing! 😁
Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
Artistic rated for LSRUS: USA Spoil Your Partner on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: What a lovely, lovely beaded bookmark. That is going in my journaling Bible. Thank you for everything in this wonderful profile surprise package.
Comment: Great swap Cari! Really enjoyed your letter. Thanks for the cool stickers too.
Comment: Loved reading your card just precious!!! Thank you
Brokenwings87 rated for Happy Mailbox all MONTH June on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: You are absolutely amazing. I loved everything, but I will admit that the poster of marvel characters is just wonderful. I want to get it framed and on my wall now. Thank you!
Response: Glad you enjoyed. Your last piece is heading out Monday. Thanks for the letter you sent!
Comment: Thank you for the quarantine update and lovely letter set. I love that envelope too! I'm a hopeless gardener but will try my best with the bachelor button seeds. I think I'll put them under the bird feeder, lots of sun and fertilizer, lol. It's pretty much a boring quarantine here and I miss the concerts mostly and festivals as well. Have a great day! La
chimerix rated for PVT: Art and Jewelry on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely trade. I do love the dragon art. Much Aloha!
megan1230 rated for Weird Holidays - Rescue Dog Day on May 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for telling me about Toby! I loved it! He looks exactly like my dog Smudge!! You're so sweet for the goodies! Thank you again!
Comment: I wanted to come back and put a heart. Thank you so much. I really love the memos. So fun!
Comment: Thank you for the fun holidays. I'm really looking forward to jelly bean day!

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gingerbee on Mar 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for the LSRUS Wishlist happy mail. I love all the flowers and tea! It will still be a while before my flowers start peeking out, but I am so looking forward to the arrival of spring.

pianoheart on Feb 26, 2021:

Thank you for the cute worry doll and herbal bath for the forum Surprise Tag. I'll use them both for the next worry :)

bethe on Feb 25, 2021:

Thank you for the cat themed embellishments from the LSRUS February wishes! I’ll definitely be able to use these soon in my crafting.

DragonflyDreamer on Feb 23, 2021:

Thank you for the fun dragonfly stickers for the WW Feb wish list! Love them!

eshasketch on Feb 23, 2021:

Thank you so much for the LSRUS Dec wishlist items! I love the book pages! 💜✨

TryshaH81 on Feb 22, 2021:

Thank you for the gardening items from WW

phillaine on Feb 22, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely card and AWESOME stamps-- I had these exact stamps on my personal wish list! ♥ I appreciate you, your kindness, and the generous gift. (WW February)

Prettyexpressions on Feb 21, 2021:

Thank you for the pretty get well card and message! It means alot to me! L.s.r.u.s. group

LavenderSprinkles on Feb 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the birthday package for me and my daughter! So sweet of you! I have something going out for you today as well!

BusyB on Feb 18, 2021:

Wow, thank you so much for the vintage and new goodies for junk journaling! So many fun ephemera in here! I especially love the children and animals. ❤️ AWG Feb wishlist

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