Swap-bot Time: May 22, 2018 2:14 pm


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Last Online: May 20, 2018
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States
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About Me


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 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, 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… lately I've gotten hooked on America's Got Talent. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

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 Shelfari site if you want more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage 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! 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 great book 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. Lately, I've seen a few swappers who put in a little envie full of small ephemera to pass along in with their swap, and I love that idea, and have started using it to winnow my stuff. Take something out... put something else in. If you don't want anything, pass it on!


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)!


doodlebugdezines rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #49 on May 21, 2018
Comment: Fun card!! Nice balloons!
PrettyPeacock rated for Rubberstamped Images Swap on May 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the stamped images. What a lovely variety. Thanks for telling me what type of inks you used on them.
BeckyG56 rated for USA: Here comes the Sun-May on May 18, 2018
Comment: Pretty card, thank you! I've been enjoying this swap too!
MuddyPuddle rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #48 on May 16, 2018
Comment: I missed rating this....it's bookkeeping day and I discovered it. THANKS for the cat HD/HP pc - and both the AZ pc (miss, miss, miss it!) and the ultra-cool Goofy joker are hugely appreciated. Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you 💜
ArtsyEm rated for Rubberstamped Images Swap on May 11, 2018
Comment: Carol, I LOVE you images! And you mentioned them being kind of light, well, that's my favorite way of stamping, I think it adds character=) And the bonus card is so lovely, thanks a bunch!
Response: Whew! I am so relieved! I was worried about that. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcard :)
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating and for the heart. I love seeing all the cool stamps. Can't wait to see where my card has been!
karategirl46 rated for USA: Here comes the Sun-Apr on Apr 28, 2018
Comment: Well done! I love the mosaic sun! I can hardly wait to put all of my suns together ☀️
Response: Me too! Thanks for the heart! Glad you liked the mosaic. Fun to do!
juhninja rated for Botanical Postcard Swap USA #2 on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: I've never visited Arizona, but I've always wanted to! This postcard only makes me want to visit more!
Response: Best to come from October to April. It gets hot the other months! I like it, but not everyone can handle it! Thanks for the hearted five!
Eclectonote rated for Botanical Postcard Swap USA #2 on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard of the Sonoran Desert in bloom!
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much! I absolutely love the extras, you are too sweet!!!!
Response: You are very welcome! It's fun to see where these PCs get to travel! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Thanks--I've been wanting to read this book for a long time.Sounds like it won't disappoint. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: Great! Thanks for the heart!
USAFwife rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 7 on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sending out quickly and for the pretty bookmark
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for rating and the heart!
elflady rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #47 on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Loved to hear all about your life experiences. teaching is a rewarding profession one that lives with you forever so my children say. Your spring picture is great reminds me of our Spring passed .We are heading into winter now.A great addition to the postcard. Happy crafting elflady.
Response: Spring is my favorite time of year--love the cactus flowers and wildflowers that just spring up seemingly out of nowhere! Thanks for rating and the heart!
Comment: Sorry for the late reply, your post card is super cute. I don’t think you needed to zentangle but yours is adorable. ♥️
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and the heart!
mamajoy rated for Take Your Pick - Naked Map #5 on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Been to AZ for the Cleveland Indians spring training. Traveled around after and did queer touristy things.. Yes, The Woman in the Window was really good!
Response: Spring training is SO much fun! Beautiful time of year here. Gotta do the tourist stuffwhen you travel--it's part of the fun, right? Thanks for rating and the heart!
MissPaula rated for Collaboration #52 on Mar 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the vtg PC's! This a lovely card. I'm going to add a sentiment and something else. The Graphics fairy is one reason I have 1000's of untouched e-mails, lol. I have been receiving e-mails for years, love her images! Too bad my printer has no ink.....= )
Response: Haha! I can relate to that! I keep downloading the images, then forget to use them, but they're so cool, I can't stop myself. It's an addiction, I think. Maybe we can form a support group. Thanks for rating and for the heart!
sweetgypsy rated for Postage Stamp Creations on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
bjmonroe rated for USA:Here Comes the Sun-March on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Love the sun postcard you made for me. It is so pretty. Thank you
saarva rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 11 on Mar 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely swap! I will pass the card on in the next round :-) Thanks for the extras. The writing paper is so neat and our kiddies were very happy with the stickers :-)

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MissPaula on Feb 26, 2018:

Carol, Thanks for finishing up my card! Don't you love the way it turned out? I do! Love it!

RockyBeach on Jan 25, 2018:


It's home! :) Thanks for working on my collaboration PC!

PrairieKittin on Jan 16, 2018:

Oh my goodness! Thank you so very much for your kindness. That was the last thing I expected to fall out of the envelope! LOL!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Wooper on Oct 2, 2017:

Thank you for working on my Pass and paste postcard! It's so great! I posted a picture of the finished one here


DaisyNY on Jul 13, 2017:

Another P&P on its way home (not to you, you were #2):

njstauter on Jul 10, 2017:

I was so deeply touched by your Reading Log this last quarter. I can see how your choices inspire your days and nights. Many thanks for sharing

carol on Jul 3, 2017:

Here's a P&P I just got back. Thanks to kpfree, Tessssssa, and Wooper for their great work on this! P&P

MissPaula on Jun 30, 2017:

Carol, Thank you for working on my Dare to Dream Collaboration PC! ♥

ktk8 on Jun 27, 2017:

thanks for working on my hd/hp postcard it turned out really nice.....

DaisyNY on Jun 22, 2017:

I think your name is on this Collaboration PC - To Live IS So Startling #36?

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