Swap-bot Time: July 13, 2020 11:03 am


Original Member
Last Online: July 12, 2020
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.

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.

I usually find I can't use supplies sent to me in swaps: colors, sizes, patterns, etc. don't usually fit my needs and I don't do much mixed media stuff. I'd rather just go find what I like/need at the time. 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!


blubutterfly rated for Ugly PC Swap #11 on Jul 9, 2020
Comment: Hi Carol! Great card:) Always a fan of the vintage cards! But I agree, the photographer could have done something different with the angle of the shot, some vintage cards are so odd with how they framed the shot and what they actually chose as a subject. And small world, I have also been to the Recoleta Cemetery in BA! My Mom and I spent two afternoons wandering in there and visiting with the cats:) Your card brought that memory back:) :) Hope you're having a great summer!
Comment: The stationery and the envelope you made make a wonderful theme! Thanks!
megan1230 rated for Black Lives Matter PC Swap on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Aeon rated for Collaboration PC #85 on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Such a fun PC and I love the bear envelope and extras! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked them! Thanks for the hearted 5!
Comment: Thank you for joining this swap! Thank you for the White River Postcard! Maybe someday I can visit! Have a good day! Happy swapping!
Response: I hope we can travel safely again soon. So many places I'd love to see. I'm glad that things appear to be moving in the right direction now. I just hope some actual changes take place. Thanks for the hearted 5!
Klymntine rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #30 on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Carol, Thanks so much for your email :) I used to use Free Rice, too, but then I became addicted to Vocabulary.com ... however, I might have to go back because of budget cuts this year. <3
Response: That looks cool too. I like that I'm donating rice when I play on FreeRice. Thanks for rating!
junemoon rated for Virtual Photo Journal Week 3 on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for resending although I DID see it before, I forgot to rate. Many people are not so gracious about that kind of goof.
Response: No worries! I think email swaps are harder to keep track of, at least for me! Thanks for rating and the heart!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Black Lives Matter PC Swap on Jul 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! We can all change the world if we use our voices and take action to make a difference! xx Hugs!
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! Yes, together, I do believe we can make a change. We must persist! and VOTE!
Tamawi rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #96 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks, I'll have fun with this postcard. And thanks for the super cute polar bears. That's nice to have a little store with fun things like these near you.
Response: Aren't they sweet? I love browsing in there. I hope it survives all this, but I think they have a big mail order business going,too. Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Atomictea rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: thanks
Comment: I just finished A Starless Sea! Boy, we really do have the same taste in things. :) I listened to it, though, and like you said, it's complicated. I've added it to my list of books to read (not just listen to) because I liked it but know I missed a lot while multitasking. The Night Circus is in my queue of audiobooks I've checked out from the library. I have to finish listening to the Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger first. Thank you for a great letter, and I love the stamps and bookmarks! <3
Response: So glad you liked the book! It got such mixed reviews, I was questioning my take on it! Thanks for rating and the heart! Glad you like the stamps and bookmark. I still read actual books sometimes, and it seems like I can never have too many bookmarks!
Itslikelykim rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 26, 2020
snailmailbella rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 26, 2020
atomita2 rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Have a nice day!
Response: Thanks for the heart and for rating!
basykes rated for My weekly Wrap-up PC #2 on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Great PC. Looks like you had a very busy day!
Response: That's only true part of the time! I do way too much sitting around! Thanks for rating and the heart!
StargazerLil rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 25, 2020
pinklilly rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your comments!
Response: Thanks for rating and the heart!
J198928 rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 25, 2020
swiftbrooks rated for Half Birthday Giveaway!! on Jun 25, 2020
Comment: What a fun swap! Happy Half birthday!
Response: You too! Thanks for the hearted 5!

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desertdoll on Apr 25, 2020:


McAnaraks on Feb 24, 2020:

I enjoyed working on your collaboration card, thank you collaboration

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

addendum to my thank you..... THANK YOU for the GREAT fruit stamps....... oh I love them they really complete the postcard...... woo hoo!!!

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

Hello and Happy New Year....THANKS for adding to my fruits of change postcard and sending it home it got here yesterday and I love it.... HOPE you are feeling BETTER AND BETTER.... big gentle hugs...

thisismeAXiD on Sep 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Jul 19, 2019:


Thank you for contributing to my Pass and Paste. I love how it turned out.

camelsamba on Jun 9, 2019:

Love the fish print you sent along with the HD/HP Pass & Paste card. A few years ago I took a pen & ink class at the local art center. One of our projects was a graphic novel style page - mine included some Escher-style elements, including fish. The page is too big for my scanner, though, so I've never managed to share it online anywhere. PS summer in Ann Arbor is the best. Also spring, when everything is blooming. Fall is pretty great as well. Winter can be hard work :^)

MissPaula on Mar 27, 2019:

Thanks for adding to my Love p&p card, it looks great!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


BeckyG56 on Mar 7, 2019:

Thanks for your addition to my HD/Hp card. I love the drawn hungry caterpillar. It made it home!

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