Swap-bot Time: April 26, 2017 6:13 pm


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Last Online: April 25, 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)!


MissPaula rated for Collaboration PC #37 on Apr 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks, Carol, it got here quickly! I appreciate the extras and your eraser stamps are cute! ♥
Response: Thank you! Glad it reached you quickly! Thanks for the heart!
BeckyG56 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #32 on Apr 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcards! I love the theme of this card. I look forward to adding to it!
Response: yay! Glad you like it. Thanks for the heart, too!
petaluda rated for Pass & Paste--Early April 2017 on Apr 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much . I appreciate the extras and thank you for being so thoughtful as to send extra lizards I don't think I have any left
Response: Love those lizards! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for both cards and for joining the swap.
Response: Fun swap!
Lucine rated for WIYM Art Journal page 4x6 BOOKS INTL on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the art journal page.
Comment: thanks for the pc,, but i love the dress form and vellum dress. What great things you can find at goodwill. Love that store. Thanks
Response: Isn't that cute?! I couldn't believe finding it there--4 boxes of them. I'm parceling them out so more people can get one! Wish I knew where to find more!
kpfree rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #31 on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: Hi Carol! Thank you for your Paste and pass card! Kool the splash ink critters that are on the postcard! I bet you had fun with that! Ok will add my splash as well! Thanks for the pc and I do love Sedona! Thank you Carol! Wait, on the back of the envie your wrote your son was in Hubbard? Awesome! I love it! I'm sure we will meet someday soon! How is he liking ibeing here? Thanks Carol! Ill play with your paste and pass card!
Response: Thank you! Yeah, I didn't realize until I wrote your address! We're trying to figure out a good time to visit. He's still in training at Intel, but he's loving it there! I'll get in touch when I know my travel dates. I'd love to meet you!
GeeLuv rated for Collaboration PC #35 on Mar 27, 2017
Comment: Ohhh, what an interesting beginning of a collaboration postcard! Thank you for the extras :-)
Response: Cool! Have fun! Thanks for the heart!
MissPaula rated for Collaboration PC #34 on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the book pages. I love aged pages for collage and ATC's! I'm going to have to ponder on how to finish this 'Friends' PC.......( =
Response: Glad you can use the pages! I'd love to see how this collaboration turns out! Thanks for rating, and thanks for the heart!
mjhaertling rated for Pass & Paste--Early March 2017 on Mar 17, 2017
Comment: I will finish the card. Thanks for the intesting book pages - maybe I can figure out why my hands hurt. LOL The butterfly stamp is beautiful. I may use it on my next swap.
Response: Yay! Glad you like it! I thought twice about sending that one--I like it too, but I hadn't found a place for it, and it seemed like one you might like. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards! I will pass this along soon.
Eclectonote rated for WIYM: exciting news! on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Congrats on your voice captioning achievement, and thanks for the very nice postcard of the multiple colorful butterflies!
Response: Thanks! and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Cute card!! Thanks for the extra postcards : )
Response: You are welcome! Glad you like it!
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #30 on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: WoW still life huh???? That will be a challenge for me too.....love what both you and Kyra did..... will work on this..... thanks for the extras.....Happy Swapping.....
Response: It did force me to stretch! I kept it till the very last chance, too. Just could not decide, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. i hope Kyra likes it! She's SO talented! I'd love to see this one completed.
GeeLuv rated for Pass & Paste--Early Febuary 2017 on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the extras! What a lovely start to the postcard :-)
Response: Thank you!
Tessssssa rated for Collaboration PC #33 on Feb 15, 2017
Comment: I will ad to this card and send it on its way!
Comment: Thanks so much! I fell in love with Arizona over the last year when I got to spend time in the state for my job. Must be wonderful to live there!
Response: I do love it here! So much variety and so pretty! Not to mention the great weather!
Comment: Thank you! It's so pretty already. Thank you also for purple dress notes! Cute! Hugs, Diane
Response: You are welcome! I love those dress notecards. I'll be so sad when they are all gone. I'm trying to spread them all over SB!
BeckyG56 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #29 on Feb 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the AZ postcard. I have been to AZ, went to the Grand Canyon, camped in Flagstaff, drove through Sedona. It is a beautiful state! Thanks for the great card, love your portion, guess I'm #2!
Response: Thanks so much! I love it here, too. SO much variety. Pretty much whatever kind of scenery you like, you can find in AZ!
GeeLuv rated for Collaboration PC #32 on Jan 24, 2017
Comment: Very interesting pc to add to. The dress notecard you sent is HyStEriCaL!!! I'm gonna add it to my smash journal lol.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I love those dress notecards. Such a find--at Goodwill! I'm glad this one will be re-used.

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GeeLuv on Apr 17, 2017:

Thank you for adding to my collaboration PC!

DaisyNY on Mar 30, 2017:

Thank you for your part on this Collaboration PC. I like what you did.

wolfeagle on Mar 28, 2017:

Thank you for working on my HD/HP Pass and Paste. I love it.

MissPaula on Mar 22, 2017:

Thanks for your addition on my collaboration PC. I Do love the way it turned out...very cohesive! Phoenix Film Fest sounds great!

DaisyNY on Feb 8, 2017:

Thank you for your contribution to my P&P. Cute snake!

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sabbysteg on Dec 21, 2016:

Hello there! I am hosting a swap for one of my favorite TV shows. Click to join TV Postcard Swap #1:Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

Thank you for hosting in Crafting Queens. You are so awesome!

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bjmonroe on Nov 6, 2016:

Have a beautiful day!

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