Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 5:16 pm


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Last Online: November 18, 2017
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)!


Comment: Carol, thanks for the extra vintage cards you were willing to share from your collection. They will certainly be treasured and added to my collection, OR if inspired do so, shared with someone else who would truly appreciate them.I am beginning to think that the card I started will never come back to me as it has been a long time. Getting your card back seems an easy enough process. I am still hoping it is moving along somewhere. Thanks for an especially special postcard swap! Happy Thanksgiving!
Response: You are welcome! I'm glad you like the cards. Thanks for rating and for the heart! I'm hoping all our wandering cards will return!
Yakima1955 rated for Pass & Paste Late October 2017 on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: thanks for helping me with my Elephants on parade. I love how it tuned out!!!
Response: You are so welcome! That was a fun one to do. I'd love to see how it turned out! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
CHOWEFACE rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #2 on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: AWESOME! This envelope is so cool. Thank you & also for the great cards!
PrairieKittin rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #42 on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Very cool start! I can't wait to add my "2 cents" worth and send it on. Thank you!
Response: Cool! Thanks for rating!
watercolorgirl rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #41 on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: I love your Halloween drawing but love the cat the most. Happy Halloween.
Response: Thank you! I'm pretty happy with it, too! Thanks for the heart as well.
Comment: Thanks for the cute dog postcard. Thanks for sharing with me.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for rating and for the heart.
Comment: Sorry so late rating, cleaning up and saw I had not.
Response: Thanks for rating.
ccmmsu rated for USA-Hearts PC-October on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Your first grandbaby?!!! Yay!!! That IS a joyful thing! Congratulations! I love how you expressed it in your PC. I feel honored to have it in my collection. Thank you!
Response: Oh! You are too sweet! Thank you for the kind words and the heart!
graciepie49 rated for MA: Draw This Word on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Hahahah! What a funny idea for a definition of such a funny word. Thanks for your postcard. :-)
Response: Thanks for rating and for the heart. When I finally settled on something, it was fun putting it together!
Comment: Thank you, Carol! I finally get to add to one! Well... got to. I did it right away. :) Thanks for the envelope and other extras also. That sparkly mushroom is adorable.
Response: Cool! I'm glad you liked it! Have fun! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
RockyBeach rated for Collaboration PC #46 on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the outer space themed card! I really like the theme, so I think I will continue it that way. Good inspiration. :)
juliedro rated for Reading Log - 3rd Quarter on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! The card is also soooo cool ♡
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart! I do love those cards! I think I'll try making a template from one and make my own. I'll be sad when they're all gone!
Comment: I love all the clippings - a lot of them will be perfect for ATC backgrounds! Also LOVE the notecard!! I will definitely use it again. Seeing the gorilla through the envelope window was a fun touch! Thank you so much!! :-)
Response: I'm so glad you can use them! Glad you got a kick out of the gorilla. I couldn't resist! I liked imagining the mail sorters and carriers reactions to it, too!
Wooper rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #40 on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Wow, this card is once again looking good :) I'll add something nice :)
Response: Thanks for rating, and for the heart!
elvenfire rated for Reading Log - 3rd Quarter on Oct 9, 2017
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your log! My brother is studying to be an actor so I could relate a little bit. :P I got five new books on my reading list from your log. Good luck with your play and the auctions.
Response: Yay! Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Tell your brother to read LOTS of scripts--plays and screenplays both. He can find lots for free online, or at the library. Good luck to him! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
Comment: WOW! the postal service was quick on this one! Thanks again and I will pass these on in the next round:)
Response: Sometimes they really do move them along, don't they! Thanks for the heart!
petaluda rated for Pass & Paste Late September 2017 on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome PC What a great idea the way you did it :) Thank you so much for the extra PCs
Response: I had fun with it. Glad you liked it and the goodies! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
RockyBeach rated for Collaboration PC #45 on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the card to work on. Oh, I hope you had fun working on "my" card. Can't wait to see the finished product. :)
Response: I'm sad to say, but you'll have to wait another cycle--you're my partner again for the next swap! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
MamaMangrove rated for MA: National Dog Day postcard on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you Carol. I wish I were looking at that lovely waterfall instead of the piles of hurricane debris I see from every window! I'm fine though, just overwhelmed by all the clean up still to do.
Response: So sorry to hear that. I can't imagine. Glad you're okay, though. Thanks for rating and for the heart.
mjhaertling rated for Pass & Paste Early September on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: This card will be fun for me to add to as flowers, butterflies, & purple are also among my favorites. Thanks for the extras and the beautiful Grand Canyon notecard.
Response: Yay! Glad you like it! Thanks for rating and for the heart!

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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?

DaisyNY on Jun 22, 2017:

Hi carol,

Here is the final P&P for the birds - stupidly, I sent the originator, Kalliope, her own card to finish (d'oh!), but she was really nice about it.

Wooper on Jun 8, 2017:

Thank you for working on my collaboration PC, it turned out lovely! I posted a picture of it on the group forum for you to see :)

DaisyNY on May 30, 2017:

Hi Carol, Thanks for the Pass & Paste (also for hosting all of them). The cork is really cool.

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