Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2020 8:30 pm


Date Joined: July 19, 2015
Last Online: October 14, 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: Hi again! Thanks for the great animals. Love the angry otter (why do they always look so angry?), the armadillo, and the Maine Coon cat!
Comment: Thanks! I really love the personal trainer vacuuming one!
Comment: Thanks, I love the PCs. And thanks for the extra goodies. :)
Comment: Thanks or the fun swap!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card!
LapisLazuli rated for WIYM: Anything Goes Postcard on Oct 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! Sometimes I also like to drink wine. Sad to hear about the wildfires. Stay safe!
banjobraids rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #89 on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: I will also give this bathroom a high rating! Five out of five would pee here. Haha, thanks for sharing! :):):)
Hunbun rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Autumn swap :) on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Karen!
BeHappyToday rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you Karen for the lovely decorated table PC.
Comment: Hi Karen. What a great little packet of happy mail - Thank You! I think the little goblins note paper is adorable. And the artsy envie it & the PCs arrived in put a smile on my face. I especially like the lighthouse & avocado cards, but they’re all great, thanks again. Take care ;)
Comment: What a beautiful card you sent! thank you so much, it looks like Lake Arrowhead is a lvoely place.
Comment: Hi Karen, thank you for the wonderful envelope of happy mail - I can use it all. I know just where you mean in Baltimore - it’s a pretty area. I remember when the cafe Donna’s was on a corner of Charles St. - my college bf & I would share their warm brownie with vanilla ice cream, and see cheap music shows at the Unitarian church in the early 90’s. Take care :)
Comment: Thank you for the Rt 66 cards. I am getting quite a few of them so will be starting another small book for just them.
SilverD rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #89 on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: That's funny, you must live in the boonies! Thanks for the giggle!
Highlander18 rated for WIYM: Vintage postcards on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for the four cards. We cannot count, can we! haha. St.Petersburg large letter is a great addition to that collection.
mamajoy rated for PH: E Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you Karen. Cute elephant. Love the envie.
MissPaula rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: We don't get much of a Winter here in NorCal. Not many Fall Colors either but flowers all year long. Thanks for the PC! = )
Comment: Thank you so mcuh for the awesome postcards! Be well <3 Al
Poohtat rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Autumn is such a pretty season, I agree.

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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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