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Date Joined: October 2, 2007
Last Online: October 7, 2009
Birthday: January 13, 1957
Country: United States
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About Me

Whoa! Really bad news-extended the vacation too long and lost two swaps because I didn't assign partners on time. Well, I'm back and getting myself together again. Very, very sorry!!

Loving, friendly 50+yo woman; daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, friend. Spoiler of children. Packrat. Crocheter, yarnaholic, hookaholic. Nurse, Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. Red Hatter, computer solitaire player. Reader. Getting a little spacy as I get older; lots of seizures don't help. I also procrastinate a bit. If procrastination were an Olympic sport, I'd win--except that I probably wouldn't get the paperwork in on time.

Favorite Music

Carole King, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Christine Lavin, Livingston Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Art Garfunkel, John Secada,

Favorite Books

Grafton, Kellerman (F & J), Patterson, Cornwell, Mott Davidson, Deaver, Evanovich, Perry.

Favorite Television

L&O, the original and SVU. CSI, the original. NCIC. Good Eats. Orangutan Island. Meerkat Manor. Return to Chimp Eden. Moonlight. Star Trek: Enterprise. ST: DS9. Home Improvement. Ace of Cakes. Burn Notice. If I had to give up TV forever, BN would be the show I'd miss most!!

No "reality," no "game shows"

Favorite Crafts and Hobbies

Crocheter, sew-er, charity stitcher, on-line stitcher, swapper, penpal, pattern-downloader. Scrapbooker. Bookmark-maker. Swap host.

Decor and colors

Favorite colors: Purples. Purple and pink bedroom. Kitchen, DR, LR country blue, bright blue, with bits of beige and yellow


Philosophy: Reduce, reuse, recycle. Each one, teach one. Random acts of kindness. Cardinal works of mercy. Hold the earth unto the seventh generation. Hug a tree. Hug a child. Pray for peace. Support our troops. Bring them home. Remember the veterans. Save the earth; it's the only one with chocolate. Avoid doing dishes, they will only be dirty again tomorrow.

Dreams and fantasies

The chance to get back to school nursing. Just a bit more cash. More time with the nephews. Ok, more than a bit more cash, but not necessarily a huge amount more. More ambition. More time. More storage room!!! Living upstairs from a library with a direct chute for finished books so that mine would never be overdue. An unlimited supply of yarn and stamps. More chocolate. Definitely a bit more cash.

Favorite snacks and foods

Meat and potato-eater (especially baked, with tons of butter) but favorite vegetables include brocolli, corn, french-cut string beans.

Favorite fruits-nectarines, Macintosh and Maccoon apples, pineapples, mangos, cranberries, pears.

Gluten-free, can't have wheat, barley, oats, or rye, so I've had to give up most cakes, brownies, pie, unless I make them or pay a lot.

Thank the Lord (and I mean that sincerely) I can still have chocolate bars and Reeses' PB cups. Oh, and potato chips.


Swan rated for "Where Are You From?" Bookmark on Nov 24, 2008
Comment: I haven't received anything. In fact, it looks like she hasn't even sent three weeks after the deadline. I'll gladly change the rating if I receive something...
julijul rated for Your "Kind-Of-Book" Mark on Oct 26, 2008
Comment: Karen, this has really gone on too long. 7 weeks since due date. I still haven't received bookmarks..as you have been promising forever....I will rerate when you send them.
luvcatzzz rated for Bible Verse Postcard Swap #4 on Aug 12, 2008
Comment: that was a simply beautiful postcard and i gave you a heart cuz the verse was just spot on what i needed for today! thank you SO MUCH!
Response: Well, I have to say that I'm glad the first Bible verse postcards got lost, since it sounds as if this one was just rght! Thankj you for the heart.
tex82 rated for Cookbook Bookmark Challenge on Aug 8, 2008
Comment: Hi Karen, thanks a lot for ur crazy package. I didnt believe when i saw the cramberries. My mailpost was at strike than i received everything today. I didnt open to try, the only place I knew cramberries was from the Cramberries, the band there I used to love. So, I'll try this little new taste you bring to me and make your recipe if I like the taste. Best for you.
Response: I really hope you enjoy the berries and the recipes. Thanks for the heart! Karen
dragonfly rated for Bible Verse Postcard Swap #4 on Aug 2, 2008
Comment: thanks for the inspiring card
Response: I'm glad you find it inspiring-that's one of my favorite verses. Karen
holmesgal rated for I LOVE BOOK MARKERS! on Jul 27, 2008
Response: Thanks for the heart. I'm glad you liked the bookmark. Now let's go read some great books!
Lixie rated for Colour Fun Stitchmarkers - Yellow on Jul 18, 2008
Comment: Loved my stitchmarkers and the lovely wrap to keep them in. Thanks!
Response: I'm glad that you liked them; I really enjoyed making them. Karen
Lilian rated for "Just for You" Bookmarks on Jul 17, 2008
Comment: Thank you for the 3 bookmarks :)
Response: I hope you liked them-thank you for the heart. Karen
emsan rated for "Just for You" Bookmarks on Jul 15, 2008
Comment: Thanks for the bookmarks! And for making two extra ones. The envelope arrived opened for some reason but all three bookmarks made it here so it was ok! Have a nice summer! //Em
Response: I'm glad you liked them; I enjoyed making them. Thank you for the heart.
hippofairy rated for "Just for You" Bookmarks on Jul 14, 2008
Comment: thank you so much for the personalized bookmarks! my husband likes the anniversary bookmark too. :)
Response: I'm glad you like them, and your husband, too. I really enjoy making bookmarks, yet somehow despite all my swaps I still can't find one when I'm reading! Thanks for the heart. Karen
aallen66 rated for Colour Fun Stitchmarkers - Blue on Jul 14, 2008
Comment: Yeah, I got your package today and was thrilled when I opened it! I love the markers and I love the way you packaged them. Thank you.
Response: I'm glad that you liked them, and the package. I didn't just want to put them in an envelope. Thank you for the heart.
TeresaVasquez rated for "Anything Goes" Bookmarks on Jun 16, 2008
Barbara rated for Random envelope swap #2 on Jun 6, 2008
Comment: WOW! It will take some time for me to really look at all the goodies you sent. This is my first dishcloth crochet book and will enjoy trying all the patterns. Thank you!
Response: Personally, I hate the thought of someone using something I make to -ick-wash dishes. Must have something to do with my strong dislike of washng dishes to begin with!! That book is also good to use for afghan squares and patterns. I'm glad you liked the goodies (I was going to send chocolate-good thing I didn't, it would have been really gross by the time it arrived, right?) I'm still waiting for mine. Thanks for the heart.
jellybean5 rated for "Anything Goes" Bookmarks on Jun 2, 2008
Comment: Beautiful, I love them! The quotes are perfect for me; thank you so much for taking the time and effort to personalize them with my interests. These are the best bookmarks I have gotten.
Response: I'm glad ou liked them-I think I enjoy making the bookmrks, especially the ones that I try hard to personalize, even more than I enjoy getting them. Except, of course, the ones that I know were tailored especially for me! Thanks for your patience, and for the heart.
GreeleyGirl rated for Quote Journal on May 16, 2008
Comment: Karen: Thank you sooooo much for the journal. The quotes you chose for me were very fitting. It was definitely worth the wait :)
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! I really enjoyed making it for you, and looking for appropriate quotations, so I'm pleased that they were the right ones. I hope that you are able to fill your journal with wonderful things. Thank you for the heart. Perhaps we'll swap again. Karen
Zoefruitcake rated for Bookreader's bookmark swap on May 15, 2008
Comment: Loved the quotes - soooo me! I've started using them already, and they look sturdy enough to last me years - thank you :0)
Response: Thanks for the heart. I'm glad you like the bookmarks. I try to make them durable because I know how hard I am on mine!! What are you reading?
CADLady rated for Bookreader's bookmark swap on May 5, 2008
Comment: My SO immediately grabbed TWO of these, for the quotations. THANK YOU. :)
Response: Do you need a replacement for those? I don't mind, I really enjoyed doing them. But tell your SO it's time for another joiner!
Response: Thanks for the heart. I'm glad you like the card. Those little confetti pieces were a trip to put on! But it was fun. Karen
girlzoot rated for Alphabet Postcard ~ N is for… on Apr 17, 2008
Comment: Cute little postcard about New Years.
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for the 5. K.
CARROLL rated for Alphabet Postcard ~ N is for… on Apr 7, 2008
Comment: Thanks for the home made New Years postcard. I bet you have been saving those stickers for months!
Response: Yep, sure have! And I haad a lot of fun putting them on the card-although those little confetti squares were tough! Thanks for hte 5 and the heart. Karen

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blackbody on Jul 20, 2008:

Thank you for the lovely bookmark! It was a surprise indeed - a fantastic, unexpected mail from a fantastic coordinator. :)

AmyMarie on May 20, 2008:

Wow - thanks for the surprise bookmark. It was great to have unexpected real mail!

Caam on May 15, 2008:

Thanks for the bookmark surprise!!!

JL on Mar 28, 2008:

Hi, The whimsy jars are very fun to do and look so adorable when filled and decorated. Jars are usually filled with a variety of diffrent crafty items. You can do a search on flickr for whimsy jars and see all the great ex. too. I am happy you joined, you will love them.

wygirl on Mar 22, 2008:

Hi! I did sign up for all of them beginning in July. I actually bought a package of blank bookmarks at the craft store a week or so ago. Can't wait to use them. Plus I have some patterns for ribbon bookmarks and stuff like that. I joined your FlickR group. I can't wait until some posts something so I can get an idea of what I am doing.

karenvan2 on Mar 21, 2008:

To anyone who reads these comments: HOORAY!!!

I believe I have managed to set up a flickr.com group for this and other swaps I am hosting. My screen name is karenvan252541 (tedious explanation) and the group is called Swap-bot bookmarks. The forums are set up by the name of the swap, and there are just a few rules. Only first names or swap-bot ids are acceptable. You may post bookmarks you have received at any time. You may not post bookmarks you are sending until one week after you sent them. There are also forums for ideas, for sources, for books you arer reading and recommend, or don't, and for bookmarks you may have made or received that are not related to these swaps. I truly hope you will take advantage of this flickr group. Thank you!! Karen

carladallas on Feb 28, 2008:

Hi Karen, thanks so much for the bookmarks you sent me for being the first to sign up for your swap. What a wonderful extra, to get your bookmarks. I've made mine and am ready to mail!

YarnTails on Feb 28, 2008:

Thanks Karen for angeling the Friendly Quotations bookmark swap for KimyCate. You make nice bookmarks!

CelestialFreak on Feb 26, 2008:

Thank you so much for the special bookmarks you sent me. I signed back up for two of the bookmark swaps. I think the summer is looking OK now.

Swan on Feb 25, 2008:

It was such a surprise to get a prize for signing up for the Anything Goes bookmark swap. Thank you for the bookmark! I love it, it's very special.

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