Swap-bot Time: April 10, 2021 5:40 pm


Date Joined: February 4, 2016
Last Online: August 23, 2017
Birthday: December 5
Country: Canada
My Etsy Store

About Me

Update, March 21 2017- Spring is finally coming. A such, this will be my first spring in full operation with my business, and I have no real idea what to expect. I will also be working part time at THE retail store (where you buy everything. You know the place), so I might be crazy busy. I'm also going to be moving sometime soon, and helping my parents sell their home, etc. SO-- I'm going to be honest right off the bat, I might be a bit late sending a swap or two, but I will message you if that happens! I might also be a bit late rating a swap or two, but they WILL get rated because they remain "out" and un-put-away until I am sure theyve been rated. Not the tidiest system, but it's a work in progress at the moment.

I am LOVING the jokers and ace of spades that so many of you have sent me!! Thank you SO SO much. my collection is getting FAT :D

I am a passionate creator, recycler, artist and lover of all things old, kitchy and vintage. I am always trying to think of ways to use bits of this or that in a project. My go-to plan is usually going out of the box or make-it-myself, so sometimes I do end up reinventing the wheel when it could be done easier, but where is the fun in that?

I'm 30 ish, starting up a new business with my husband in salvage and resale, since we both have a love for it. We've just moved back to my tiny rural Canadian home town after years in the big city and it has been a good change and a hard change at the same time!

I am a cyclical creator, working in multi-year loops. I have been known to obsess about one medium (watercolors for example) for a few months, then get deep into something like paper mache dolls and move away from the watercolors. I can put a medium away but I can't get rid of it, because in about 1-2 years I'll be obsessing about it all over again!

At one time or another I have fallen in love with: pen and ink drawing - graphite drawing - acrylic painting - collage - gouache painting - paper mache - watercolors - handmade postcards - handmade envelopes - rag rugs - beading - tiny sculpture - embroidery - lino cut print making - glass painting

I'm sure I have forgotten a few. Some do fade away entirely, but some are like boomerangs that come back over and over!

I have a fine art degree from Canada's best art school (yes, I am biased). It's at least top 5, every time, even with the weird cow-on-pickup-sticks building. The four most awesome years of my life so far, but who knows what each year will bring?

My husband and I have traveled a little, not as much as we would like due to time and $$. We spent 2 months in South America where his family is from last year, traveling around on an extreme budget, which is still possible to do in a few countries there. Anyone heard of Sofa-Cama busses? Amazingly comfortable travel!

I don't have any kids yet. I love the idea of raising my own children someday soon, but I'm really not a fan of other people's kids (excluding my sister's kids, they're cool :D).

I've always been a dog person, I love love love dogs of all types, the bigger and dumber the better. However, we just adopted a little kitten after a pregnant stray adopted my Mom (also a long time dog person), so we as a family are learning all abut cats. Cats are weird, and sweet and funny, and sharp clawed.

Update on cats - wow, I kinda dig this cat-person thing. They are amazingly sweet, they turn those big eyes on you and just know how to make you do what hey want. awesome mind control skills.

I'd like to join some swaps because I work really well with a project in front of me, instead of just searching for a bolt of inspiration. I'm also really excited about the idea of receiving mail, especially art-y mail. I want to make you things and I want things that are either old or handmade in the mail :D

stuff I like, other than art -


-animals. All sorts from exotic to domestic, farm animals to wacky jungle creatures. I collect schleich figurines, I love the special detail they all have.

-beautiful girl postcards. Who doesn't love a painting/drawing/photo of a pretty girl?

-art postcards - art nouveau, art deco, impressionist, paintings, etchings, anything colorful or playful or vibrant or soulful or just pretty.

-maps. as postcard or as an extra, roadmaps or old atlas pages, I love them for crafting.

-Stephen King. I love reading the LONG books, the best to really dig into, spook myself before bed. Send me a PC with anything spooky or creepy and I will LOVE it.

-comfort food. Simple recipes, nothing that has too many steps. I'm not afraid of odd ingredients or trying new things.

-floral anythings. Floral wall paper or fabric prints on a PC are awesome! Floral paintings art PCs are cool too!

-vintage wrapping paper, or new too, if it has a cool pattern (pref not xmas) even used pieces, if they have enough good space left for collage. floral, geometric, or textile themes are faves.

-mandala patterns

-YOUR doodles, collages, little paintings, drawings, block prints. Send me a chunk of cardboard with YOUR drawings/painting/collage on it and I will LOVE it.

-tiny handmade dolls (most of my little collection are about 8")

Update on dolls - I am joining my fist Doll swap, so here are a few ideas for my doll partner, if she cares to check my profile (if not, I'm sure I will love my new doll anyway!) I like LITTLE dolls, like smaller than a barbie if possible. I have a little collection of 6 handmade art dolls all around 6-11 inches tall and I'd like to be able to add tot hat collection. However, If you "thing" is only big dolls, I get that too. I'm gonna love any kind of technique -paper mache, sewn, carved, sculpted, assemblage, painted, whatever, don't be afraid to experiment with a new technique for my doll, she doesn't have to be perfect. I am not a high-class doll maker and I like outsider art, so if she's a little wacky thats awesome too. That being said, these designer bjd dolls are incredible and beautiful, so if you've got piles of them needing new homes (ya right? lol) send em my way! But really, I love art, I dig handmade dolls, handmade and vintage anything, so have fun!

-beautiful paper, fabric, embroidery, lace, cross stitch, hoop art,

-old photographs, vintage postcards!! Those linen textured, "hand coloured" b&w style ones are the best!

-color, pattern

-Rural life / men / work

-creative homes / tree houses / out of the box spaces

-plants, succulents, green things.

-country music, classic rock, rockabilly, indie folk

-hipsters. I love looking at their clothing. generally just any people who look cool / fun/ creative/ musical / open minded / whatever...

-funky, colorful clothing, weird outfits

-gardening, especially vegetable garden

-foreign cities, hillside towns, colorful houses

-places you've been. Tell me why you loved it there.

-traveling on a budget

-camping, swimming

-vintage toys

-vintage sewing

-vintage advertising

-vintage clothing, fashion illustratons or old catalogue images

-Educational illustrations

-interesting playing cards, older the better

-vector art

WANTS AND WISHES - stuff I collect or can use in my projects.

-I Collect playing cards, especially the Ace of spadesand jokers. especially with cool vintage backs. I have a binder of all my different aces of spades and jokers. The most nerdy hobby I've ever gotten into, but I am finding it SUPER satisfying to go through the pages. (Don't worry, I am using the rest of the decks for crafting, or listing the ones with cool backs in craft packs in my etsy shop for others to craft with!)

-old, vintage lace

-bird stickers or die cuts

-old or vintage paper ephemera

-hand drawn / hand made / collaged anythings

-small handmade dolls

-anything! I am not terribly picky and just love receiving things in the mail! The above are just soft spots in my heart.

DISLIKES (for the purpose of swap-bot, I guess things I would not LOVE to receive as a post card?)

-cars, boats, air planes, motorcycles

-extreme feminism

-hate of any kind

-heavy metal

-emo, parent hating

-video games



I'm not sure what else to say about myself. I'll add as I go I guess!


Comment: Wow, I loved it all! Thank you so much!
Comment: Love my swap, thanks♥♥
Comment: I loved the beauty of your art -- really stunned. Thanks so much for the green polyorama :)
redyellownow rated for WIYM - Penfriend Letter Swap on May 24, 2017
Comment: What a perfectly lovely penpal letter - I was completely charmed by all of it, friendly letter, envelope, stationery, goodies and most especially your line art. Wishing you all the best this busy summer!
kittyhahahotbot rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard #2 on May 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I love it!
Lantana149 rated for Envelopes Galore! on Apr 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all the gorgeous envelopes, I especially Love the one with the bird! Also thank you for extra goodies, very much appreciated.😍😍 LOVED the envelope with all the stamps!! It made me smile.
ToujoursMoi rated for Envelopes Galore! on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this amazing envelope and all thise lovely envies inside. I loved them a lot. ❤️
dardarbinx rated for Thank You on Apr 19, 2017
Comment: Wow Cari LOVE EVERYTHING you sent thank you so much!
nightswimmer rated for Fives--Fabulous Fives! on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envelope of goodies! They're just my style, and the vintage photos are great!
CHOWEFACE rated for NH: Decorated Postcards on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the awesome stamps~~
isamanthax rated for ISS Simple postcard swap on Apr 6, 2017
Comment: Lisa Frank stickers are SO pretty and colorful! Thank you!
Comment: I love everything you sent! The penguin cards are wonderful!! I also LOVE the animal washi! Thanks so much!
lou rated for WIYM: Three Handwritten Letters #2 on Apr 4, 2017
Comment: Great to hear from you, loved your letter and the fun enclosures, too!
Comment: This was a great letter!! Thanks for the extra goodies. I'm going to write back soon, I have lots to respond to. Thank you!!
changeling316 rated for NH: Decorated Postcards on Apr 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard 😋 So many cool stamps. I have yet to ever see one of these 3-D images, even way back when they were super popular but I'm going to keep trying. I hope your quilting goes well. Have a great day, Nathan
Comment: Thanks for the art mail and surprise. I love how you made the envelop.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter!! Thanks for the washi and oh my gosh thanks for all the lovely stamps! I was squealing with delight when I saw them!! I hope you have a great day!! Happy spring!! 🌹🐑🌷🌺🌼
Stargazer008 rated for ISS Simple postcard swap on Mar 30, 2017
Comment: Haha - this is a tricky magic pc...I havent spotted the hidden image yet...hahaha...wow Cari what a stunning stamp collection. I simply love your card. Thank you. Yeah spring is here - the fresh green grass is such an eyecandy! Have a great weekend and enjoy your outdoor projects!
guinstar rated for dis dat: Stickers + Surprise swap on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for everything you sent!! Even some penguin stickers I did not have!! Loved the envelope too!
shelleym rated for Flat Envie of Fun Part 12 on Mar 27, 2017
Comment: Cari, the envelope you sent was fantastic!! My favourite part might be the assortment of stamps you used on the envelope... or maybe the extras you tucked inside for me. Or the Czech stamps, or the Dr Seuss playing card. I can't decide. I guess I'll have to sleep with the whole package under my pillow for a few nights before I make up my mind. Thanks!!

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CurlyTea on Dec 10, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

mrsD on Apr 5, 2017:

received your amazing Surprise Envie tag for ISS! loved everything, very generous :) thank you so much xo :)

simcoe54 on Mar 28, 2017:

Thanks for all the great postcards + extras that you sent for - CPG: Who Likes...Tag? Global Players!

user6937 on Mar 10, 2017:

What a freakin' wonderful surprise in my mailbox today!! I love everything, especially your letter. I'm sick today, so you've brought a bit of sun into the day. Thanks so much!

Lonestarchild on Feb 4, 2017:

Hi there -- Found a funny W. Churchill waiting for me when I arrived back in the US yesterday. Made me laugh out loud -- and I needed that right now! Thank you! But am a little confused...was this a resend? Did you also send one to Malta b/c I rated as rcved on 9/30 and that would have been in Malta?? In any event, thank you for a funny card!

lou on Dec 7, 2016:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

Lonestarchild on Nov 22, 2016:

Thank you so much for the fun-filled ISS Surprise Flat Envie Tag. LOVE the envie you used and all the great stamps! This is fun! Thank you!

cmdunderground on Nov 21, 2016:

ISS tag: thanks so much for the playing cards! they are super and I love the variety! FUN FUN!! :)

sojourner on Nov 15, 2016:

💕💕Thank you for the surprise envie, I have a use for everything in there. I especially love the scrap monster cat.... not a monster! Just so cute.

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