Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2020 1:38 am


Date Joined: July 19, 2015
Last Online: August 7, 2020
Birthday: October 18
Country: United States
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About Me

I started here mostly to swap postcards but I'm loving some of the other swaps now too! I love happy mail and flat surprises. I've really enjoyed making my own envies so now I rarely dare let anything go out in a plain white envie....no no! I love to receive beautiful envelopes too, as soon as I open the mailbox I'm looking for a blast of color 🎨

My husband and I are now living in our 5th state since we've been married (and my 7th overall). We've lived in Florida (where we met), North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and now Ohio since we've been married. Prior to that I lived in Illinois and California. We are now spending our winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We have 1 daughter who lives in Los Angeles with her husband. We travel a lot and I love picking up postcards from everywhere! My favorite beverage of choice is wine, I belong to a few wine clubs. I love trying different small vineyard wines from around the world and wine-pairing (I pick out the wine and my husband does the cooking, such a deal!) I drink NO soda, just water and wine and sometimes beer lol. I also drink coffee & tea, my tea preferences are green, red rooibos, and citrus/fruit flavored teas.

I am in Postcrossing and that is how I discovered Swap-Bot! I love Postcrossing :D In Postcrossing I've suggested a theme postcard for every month of the year and it has been fun so I am going to include it here for my Swap-bot friends as a guideline to the POSTCARDS I would love to receive :D PLEASE NOTE: Many of you have mentioned how much you like the monthly theme idea, and I want to encourage you to adopt the idea if you wish, the more the merrier!

January - Art & Artists

February - Beaches, Oceans, Islands, Boats, Marinas & Sunny Places

March - CATS AND CHIHUAHUAS - realistic, funny, illustrations, silly, cartoons. Anything Cats or Chihuahuas!

April - Tourist postcards/famous places from your town, city or country.

May - Bright Colorful & Vibrant postcards! Any Lantern Press postcards!

June - Black & White or sepia postcards

July - Illustration

August - Maps of your city, country, continent, subway system. Any kind of maps.

September - Street scenes, Everyday life.

October - Birthday, Autumn scenes, Pumpkins, spooky, scary.

November - Any Vintage postcards. Vintage travel, travel posters, movie posters, old advertisements, etc.

December - Traditional holiday or religious postcards from your country

If you don't have a PC that's fits in the given month I always enjoy unusual cards, 3D, odd shapes and textures, vintage, illustration, art & single view tourist from countries other than the U.S. the most. Thanks!

Oh and I adore stickers and washi tape, send me a postcard decorated with these and it's an automatic heart! This year I have REALLY become a sticker addict, now belonging to two sticker clubs, Pipsticks and Stickii. Stickers make me happy :)

STICKERS: If a swap calls for a sheet of stickers OR loose stickers I much much prefer sheets, thank you! And I would prefer NOT to get Disney or child like theme stickers :)

WISH LIST: Handmade envies, address labels, RETURN address label with my address on them, postcards (see above), note cards, stationary, stickers, washi tape, travel related ephemera

DON'T LIKE: I really don't want to fill this out because I find that when I receive things that just aren't my taste I usually find a swap partner that really appreciates it so I just pass it on. I guess the main DISLIKE is any Christian related things with bible verses, you can refrain from sending those. And I think I will add also anything child-like or meant for children. I have 1 adult daughter and no grandchildren and I just prefer not to get kiddo things if possible :)

One last thing, I am in Swap-Bot to have fun as I believe the majority of all you wonderful nice people are! So please don't write to me with attitude if I missed something or forgot something or overlooked something. I am very happy to make something up to you if I messed up but could you please be nice about it? Also if you didn't receive my swap could you please send me a message first instead of throwing out a 1? I always send my swaps and if you didn't receive it most likely it has been lost by the post office and I will always send a replacement if you will just let me know. Just send me a nice private message and it's done! Let's have fun folks, this isn't a place for powertrips or freakouts about something that is supposed to be a fun hobby. :D

Favorite Music

I like a wide variety of music, lately a lot of smooth jazz (watercolors on XM) but love artists like Paolo Nutini, JJ Cale, David Gray, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, OneRepublic, Beres Hammond, Tom Waits, Michael Franti, Nina Simone, Hip Abduction, Andrew Duhon, The Revivalists, Hozier, Jesse Cook, Melody Gardot, Chris Stapleton and on and on :-)

Favorite Books

Historical Fiction most of all, and Anne Rice :-) Currently reading Gone With the Wind. I'm trying to start reading some of the classic books.

Favorite Television

Mr. Robot, Narcos: Mexico, Goliath, Stranger Things, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Bloodline, Peaky Blinders, Black Sails, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire. I love to watch sports (Baseball, football, hockey, golf). After living in Pittsburgh for 25 years of course I am an avid Steeler/Pirate/Penguin fan!

We recently got Apple TV so now it's all apps all the time, no commercials, I love it! Goodbye Dish!

Favorite Movies

Drama & Action movies mostly. James Bond, Lord of the Rings, The Godfather. We go to the movies a few times a month, just recently saw Hell or High Water SO GOOD and also Jackie, Natalie Portman's portrayal of Jackie Kennedy has to be Oscar worthy!


Comment: Thank you so much for the nice postcards. I loved the little note in the tiny envelope- it was adorable:)
cloudjun rated for WIYM: Blind envie swap #12 flowers on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: Such a nice blind envie swap c: I love everything, thank you!
debbiespoms rated for Random Envelope 4 on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Hi Karen ! Received your swap of goodies today and thank you for you sent. You spoiled me with the 2 yummy teas and also the stickers, fold out note, and 3 PC's. Am enjoying all !
Comment: Finally received after months and months, but thank you for the nice array of goodies.
Eulegirl rated for PH: Postcards + an Item #2 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks! I love the postcards and the washi!
simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #14 on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
Comment: Thank you, you certainly made my day.
Comment: Thank You
Comment: All great choices, and thank you for the extra ad PC's too! I also like ad cards :)
debbiespoms rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #104 on Jun 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the awesome cards! The Ad card will passed on. I don't do ads. So sorry.
banjobraids rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #103 on Jun 6, 2020
Comment: I love this diverse group of cards, the're all so unique. I'm obsessed with this field of poppies, especially! And I love Mrs. Lewis. THANKS! :):):)
shirleyinCA rated for PH: 2-4-6-8 (5th Edition) on Jun 4, 2020
Comment: First, what a fun envelope to greet me in my mailbox! Love the surprise mustache on the back, too! Thanks for very good cards and the extra. Fun Allianz Arena pics! It's a big spare tire isn't it! Also absolutely adore the paper cut postcard with the 8 hearts - I will have to add paper cut pc's to my wish list on Profile - never knew they made these cards I'm saving the Native Birds of NZ for my hubby's Christmas stocking. He found 5 of those 6 birds when we were there. Thanks again for a great swap!
Comment: Thank you very much Karen for the awesome PC choices, plus extra. Love them!
Comment: Thank you for a bright spring envie with postcards! Especially love the extra linen one <3 Take care & stay safe!
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Building Scavenger Hunt on Jun 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the swap cards and extra, Karen. The Panama City card brought back fond memories of exploring that fascinating city.
colleenbUSA rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For Pcs #102 on May 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcards! I especially love the punk rock kitty!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #85 on May 29, 2020
Comment: Neat dinosaur card! I haven't seen too many of these around. My state is one of the first to "reopen" and I saw people eating on the patio of a restaurant today. Weird. That won't be me for a while. Take care!
Comment: THanks so much for a lovely envie of really unusual stuff! Great fun!
DeAnnaVarela rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #85 on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool PC. The only dinos around here are fossils.
Comment: Such interesting cards -- thank you!

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marhod5 on Aug 15, 2018:

I got your Scooby-doo package today. Thanks for making me smile! : )

KathleenHope on Jul 30, 2017:

Thanks for the resend postcard, it arrived today - after the missing post card was found! 💖💖💖

Rimbar on Jul 19, 2017:

Happy 2 year anniversary on swap bot. Many more. Happy swapping.

jaimierandolph on Jan 20, 2017:

Profile Check for Notecard w/flat surprise #1 Welcome to the swap! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

Lady on Jan 15, 2017:

I really like your "like to travel? Next & last". Nice! Thanks for hosting.

WayUpInAlaska on Jan 4, 2017:

HIya! was stopping by doing a random profile check for the Slap a Stamp on it & get PC on it's way! 1/17 swap I am hosting and saw you were hosting a neat looking one! so I joined that one :) Love traveling and sharing our stories :) - Love your idea for the theme postcards as well :) Happy New Years

phillaine on Oct 31, 2016:

jaimierandolph on Sep 1, 2016:

Profile Check for 10 sticker swap #1! Hope you enjoy the swap! Happy Swapping, Jaimie Randolph

Twishlow on Jul 1, 2016:

Hi Karen! I'm your partner for the decorated envelope swap. I just wanted to let you know that Canada Post may go on strike by tomorrow so your swap may not reach you in a very timely manner. I hope they can avoid a strike, but if they can't there will be no mail delivery while it's going on. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Thanks for understanding. Tracey

RyeRye on Jun 24, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

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