Swap-bot Time: July 16, 2024 3:21 am


Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: July 15, 2024

Country: United States


January 18 '24 I've just learned that amazon is no longer using ups, and all our towns mail delivery people have quit. Our mail was delivered by the PO clerk and her husband tonight. He says the PO is full of packages. This is crazy and upsetting and so sad. I'm going to miss my mailman! I expect all mail deliveries will be affected by this...

My name is Carroll. (It's nice when people spell it correctly, wink wink!)

I have been on this planet for fifty-seven years now, born in Germany and have traveled and lived a fair few places. Settled down the past 20 plus years to give my kids a more stable growing up time. We nestled into the back country of Vermont, it is nigh on the most idyllic place we could have chosen! I do miss public transportation and easy access to museums and people watching and such. I have two grown sons, which is so cool and also unbelievable! The younger is still home with us. Hubs is a supportive partner in all ways and I adore him for that as well as many other fine attributes. I do art because it is part of me, my life, my sanity, it's a thing I have always done. I have chickens and ducks for eggs and two pet geese who are so cute... Two elderly cats own us all, they are way too fluffy and could possibly add their hair to any project I undertake. So apologies to those allergic- there is no way to guarantee my sending won't have cat hair, though I do try.

I like ---- Spending a lot of time being creative such as mail art (zines, ATCs, postcards, art envelopes, etc...) wall painting, canvases, etc

Spending lots of time looking at art....

Taking care of my animals- cats, geese, chickens, ducks...

Cooking healthy foods from scratch, baking from scratch...Sometimes with recipes, mostly without, though I love reading cookbooks...

Gardens, forest trails, health food stores, art galleries, museums, second hand stores, art stores, books and book stores, coffee shops with second hand book stores, people watching!

Independent and foreign movies...

Polka dots, leaf patterns, doodles, skeletons and skulls, faces...

Pretty much all colors- reds, blues, greens, purples, yellows, oranges, turquoise, pinks, golds, silver...etc. My color heaven trifecta would be purple blue and green, highlighted with gold and glitter most likely..!

Old stuff-- ephemera, stamps, maps, letters, photos and tickets etc, icons, saints and symbols, bones, random rusty stuff, books that have been saved from being burned but have their edges singed and blackened...

Images of gods, goddesses, Buddhas, saints, holy peeps and animals of all kinds...

Book pages especially in other languages, ATCs, all postcards- handmade, old, new, tourist, quirky, art, and everything in between, artist stickers, artistamps, artist doodles and dawdles and dingles and dangles...

Drawing, painting, and collage.....

Articulated paper dolls...


mermaids, witches, weirdos, strange other beings...

Stuff which is self imagined and made rather that assembled from precrafted products...

Abandoned things...found items, bits and pieces, leaves, flowers, bark, shells, bones, pebbles, rusty things, seedpods, pine cones, butterfly wings...

Entrances into secret realms..

Interesting words and quotes...

Animals- especially hippos, elephants, owls, crows and ravens, butterflies, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, geese...oh yes, and the fantasy creatures, mustn't forget them!


Angelled by the kind SFreer for the Merry Mushrooms swap...Many thanks Shannon, it's wonderful! Thank you to Stephanie for angelling the DIY pattern design envelope swap, I love it!

A note

Please note that I post a lot of my mail art on instagram. I often post as stuff gets finished , so don't peek if you are my swap partner and don't want to see anything early...I took the link off as some people had a hard time resisting and then felt disappointed when the swap came and it wasn't a surprise...go figure! Send a message if you want to go there.

Please Do Not Send

Scented stuff, including personal sprays, room refresher products, body products such a perfume and cologne, scratch and sniff or other scent imbued things... This is becoming more important as the years roll along. Please please, I cannot keep such things around!

Smoky stuff, I quit smoking years ago, and the smell is crazy yuck now even when sprayed with the above...


Drink items, unless a swap requires them

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!


LPasternacki rated for CPE March Scavenger Hunt on Apr 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you for all of the fun goodies I love that you added a mix of different things.
Response: Variety is the spice of life, lol. Thank you for the kind and hearty rating.
SFreer rated for CPE DIY Decorative Papers on Mar 12, 2024
Comment: What an amazing variety of papers Carroll! The music paper and ink is my favourite! I just want to keep it as is! LOL Thank you! ❤️
Response: So glad you like, that's also my favorite... Thanks for the kind and hearty!
stephiedee rated for CPE February Scavenger Hunt on Feb 29, 2024
Comment: Loved all the pieces you sent for this - they're going to make great fodder for my little scavenger hunt gluebook!
Response: Yay! Thanks for the kind-n-hearty!
Lisapotterylady rated for CPE Little Images on Feb 23, 2024
Comment: Thanks for all the images ~ love your envelope too!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Oneartcookie5 rated for CPE Rainbow on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for a fantastic swap envelope. I look forward to using these wonderful papers and images.Your envelope is really pretty too. Have a great weekend!
Response: We did! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
stephiedee rated for CPE Painty Papers on Feb 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful painted papers!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the fun swaps!
Lisapotterylady rated for CPE January Scavenger Hunt on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: Thanks for all the fun ephemera and I also love the angel painting on the envelope!
Response: Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
January rated for CPE Paper Bomb! on Jan 8, 2024
Comment: WOW what an incredible piece of art arrived in my mailbox today! The envelope is gorgeous...I cut it so slowly and carefully so as not to wreck your beautiful artwork. And the filling is definitely "the bomb" - everything is great! Thank you - the bar is set very high right now for mail art!
Response: Yay! I had fun! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
fiberlady23 rated for Sticker Bombed Birthday Card on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: Your card is so funny I love the stickers!! Thanks!
Response: So glad! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Comment: What an awesome envelope in my mailbox! I love all of the images and every little detail. Also love the American Pie reference :) Many thanks for the gorgeous arty envie and all the wonderful vintagy paper goodies you so kindly sent my way!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
warheart rated for LDEM: Paper Pocket & Goodies on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: It arrived!! Such a pretty paper pocket and all the fun goodies inside! Thank you!
Response: So glad its made it safely! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Comment: I got the resend, thank you soon much:)
Response: You are most welcome.
Comment: I enjoy your written notes so much!! And: Thank you for sending me 2 Million Dollars, you overdid this swap :D :D I have never seen hell bank notes before as there is not such a big asian community here in Vienna. But I know it from the interweb and find it inspiring!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful Babushkas on the envelope as well ❤️ Cheers & thanks & {tele-hug}
Response: Yes, I too find the hellnotes very bright and inspiring. Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Comment: Oh, Carroll, what a wonderful envelope!! I think it is the best: an adventcalendar within the adventcalendar. I love all those lovely windows! And I love your fancy green folder with the red stitching, I will try to incorporate it into my magpie journal to hold all those tiny bits that are not already glued in : ) Thank you so much Carroll, I am happy to hopefully meet you again this year! And always remember: in February the light returns to brighten your days ❤️
Response: thank you again for hosting this fun swap series. Ive enjoyed it so much! It has gotten very cold now, but the light is aready strengthening!
Comment: Wonderful! I love the envie AND everything inside--those gorgeous field guide pages and the sweetest bookmark. Thank you, Carroll!
Response: Ah, you are so welcome! And A Happy New Year to you!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Have a wonderful xmas und a good start into the new year.
Response: You have a good one too! Thanks for te kind and hearty!
Comment: Hahaha „made with love means I licked the spoon and kept using it „ Oh Carroll, thank you so much for this fabulous envelope, I love the ephemera and cutouts you have chosen!!! Mail is clearly slowing down, christmas and lockdown I suppose, so it was just fab to find your envie!!! Have a fantastic weekend !! ✨🎄
Response: I love that quote/truism, plus it's true for homecooking! I have thoroughly enoyed this advent series, it has helped with some of the stress I get.... Another reason the mail is slower is that in the US the mail is no longer going via air, it's all surface now- a big difference, Many thanks for the hearty and kind rating and for making these swaps!
Comment: Thank you so much! Another beautiful package from you! It's always a happy surprise when I'm partnered with you! ❤️
Response: Yay! Thanks for the kind and hearty!!
Comment: Thank you so much! Your envelopes are always such a beautiful thing to see in the mail! ❤️
Response: Aw, two in one day? Thanks for the kind and hearty, again!
Comment: Thanks so much! What a gorgeous envelope! I've always loved advent calendars. Happy holidays! ❤️
Response: Aw, thanks! And thanks forr the kind andd harty!

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fiberlady23 on Apr 23, 2024:

Glad you got the swap!!! Erica K.

Ikat78 on Mar 7, 2024:

Thank you for the Creative Hideout Sticker Bomb PC! It is adorable.

stephiedee on Feb 29, 2024:

Thank you for the little great RAK, I love the stickers and images. Glad you got some sunny days back!

Ikat78 on Feb 21, 2024:

For CH Happy Mail Tag-I love your mail art! The owl is amazing with that special crown and wax seal. It will go into my mail collection. I like how your clusters turned out. The “I don’t even know” is so relatable, lololol. Thanks for the fun ephemera.

sweetgypsy on Feb 10, 2024:

Thank you for the CH Stamp it up tag! I really like your hand carved stamped images. They are so creatively fun!

MiRdLHWY43 on Jan 26, 2024:

Thank you for the super fun sticker bombed pc!

stephiedee on Jan 22, 2024:

THANK YOU for the spare letters, Carroll! Now I can do that journal entry on skipping while picking my nose.

stephiedee on Dec 29, 2023:

Thank you so much for the wonderous b-day mail, Carroll! It brightened my gloomy mailbox. Glad you're feeling better. Have a Happy New Year!

Aeon on Nov 8, 2023:

Thank you for the fun collection of gel printed/doodled papers! LOVE the cute snail on the envelope too! ❤️

stephiedee on Nov 3, 2023:

Thanks for the fun PC+! I like Supes better as a skeleton I think. 😆

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