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Date Joined: June 21, 2020
Last Online: June 10, 2024
Birthday: September 24
Country: United States
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Things that make me smile

Hello from the beautiful Southern California desert! My name is Carrie Jean, and it's really nice to meet you! :)

I'm 40-something and married (28 years together!), had a loveable, grumpy old man of a cat until a few years ago (He passed 1/15/21), and teach.

I'm here to swap postcards, ephemera, and stickers, primarily. I am a total nerd for ALL paper and stationery products, though, and I love fodder for collaging, especially fussy cuts, pages from children's books, and segments from books (especially dictionaries) in languages other than English!

To give you a just a bit of an idea about me, here are some of my all-time favorite things in life that make me smile:


❤️mail art, ATCs, altered books, & collage!!!

❤️your original artwork!!! (It would be such an honor to receive it!)

❤️stickers & washi tape!!!

❤️foxes! (especially the beautiful creatures at SaveAFox and the Marvellous Menagerie)

❤️"why would anyone make a card of THAT?" -- boring, mundane, or odd postcards and note cards

❤️pretty stamps, stationery, papers, etc.

❤️cats, especially maneki-neko, Jetoy, & blue cats


❤️owls, flamingos, & cardinals

❤️armadillos, hedgehogs, sloths, & badgers

❤️donkeys, llamas, alpacas, & goats

❤️quokkas, capybaras, & pangolins

❤️butterflies & dragonflies

❤️chipmunks & squirrels

❤️octopus, jellyfish, & seahorses

❤️koi & other beautiful fish

❤️snails, turtles, & tortoises

❤️Joshua trees, chollas, ocotillos, & deserts in bloom

❤️dandelions, poppies, lilacs, lily of the valley, white roses, & lavender



❤️rainbows & LGBTQIA+ themes 🏳️‍🌈

❤️museums, aquariums, libraries, & observatories

❤️folk art, graffiti/street art, strange signs, & found art

❤️recipes, especially for regional dishes you love or make

❤️truly strange or dark/black humor

❤️"kitsch" & "camp" of all kinds

❤️inspiring, non-religious quotations

❤️cartoons, comics, & other illustrations

❤️ads for unique or odd products, especially vintage/reprints

❤️propaganda (of any kind from anywhere)

❤️feminist & progressive messages

❤️Mr. Fred Rogers

❤️Dia de los Muertos & sugar skulls

❤️holiday cards, especially for regional/national holidays


❤️pressed coins

❤️lenticular, 3D, sealed glitter, & prismatic stuff

Favorite Movies

❤️The Big Lebowski


❤️Pulp Fiction

❤️The Shining

❤️They Live

❤️I ❤️ Huckabees


❤️The Goonies


❤️Romy and Michele's High School Reunion



❤️Harold and Maude

❤️Pink Flamingos

❤️Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

❤️Really bad sci-fi/fantasy movies of all kinds

Favorite Television

❤️Our Flag Means Death

❤️Rick and Morty

❤️It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

❤️Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!

❤️American Horror Story

❤️Moral Orel

❤️American Dad

❤️Nighty Night

❤️Absolutely Fabulous

❤️What We Do in the Shadows

❤️Mad Men


❤️Dream Corp LLC

❤️On Cinema At the Cinema (webseries)

❤️Schitt's Creek


❤️Cooking shows/competitions of ALL sorts

Favorite Books

❤️ANYTHING by Lynda Barry because she is so deeply #1, but right now, especially her newest, “Making Comics” and her classic, "Cruddy"

❤️Most things by Hunter S. Thompson

❤️Most books by David Sedaris :)

❤️“I Like You” by Amy Sedaris

❤️“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

❤️I also collect cookbooks and old children's books.

Favorite Crafts

❤️Collage is my truest artistic love! I adore making postcards and altered art/books from found media, and I love receiving lovingly made artwork of yours!

I'm trying to improve my drawing... in my 40s!

Cross-stitch when I can concentrate :)


I Pledge to Rate

If anything goes awry...

If anything goes wrong with my swap with you, please let me know so that I can make it up to you. I will do my best to do the same for you, and I will always, always reach out before giving a bad rating.

My mail is slow these days, like for so many of us, but if you don't receive something after a few weeks, please don't hesitate to message me. I will absolutely resend. I don't flake.

And if, per chance, I owe you postage for miscalculating the weight/size of a letter or postcard, I am happy to repay you with unused stamps or cash, as you'd prefer. We are all doing our best. :)

My Short Break

Due to a loss in my friend-family, I took a break from swapping for a while, from November 2023 until March 2024. I'm just dipping a toe into swapping again, taking it slowly.

No Thank You

I know some people enjoy exchanging food and drink, but I don't use candy or single tea bags or things like that that have gone through the mail. (I'll just pass them along to someone who might use them if I can.)

I prefer non-religious items, thanks!

I don't have any use for teacher stickers ("Great job!" type); I teach adults.

One last thing: thanks so much for sending me something you spent your time, energy, and money on. You are being so kind and generous to do so. Take care! ❤️


mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #395 on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: Super to get your swap in today's mail. I was out your way last Sunday, visiting my daughter and son in law.
Cryptid rated for Stickers and a Sketch - May on May 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the very cool painting! The stickers are great too.
warheart rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #47 - US on May 17, 2024
Comment: The card you used is just so pretty!! And my favorite part of spring is all the blooming as well! Thank you!
KrystalCook84 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #390 on May 17, 2024
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thank you sooo much for the lovely mail!
debbiespoms rated for WIYM: HOLIDAY POSTCARD SWAP #1 on May 3, 2024
Comment: TYVM Carrie Jean for the Earth Day PC and note. It's so cool looking! 😀
Comment: Hi Carrie, thanks for the nice postalette and written letter and fox sticker! :) My favorite thing about spring is the warmth, the sunshine, we have many no sun days here in southern Illinois in the winter, the flowers and our bluebirds. We only have one bluebird house but they use it every year and this year they started early and already have babies. The usually raise 4 families and have their last family leave the nest in Sept. So fun!! I have 1 red flowering hibisus plant , 2 hot pink ones, 1 bright yellow one, and one yellow dasiy potted plants. I usually can keep hibiscus alive since they like lots of water and sunshine. I tend to over water plants. They have such huge bright flowers and my red plant had 10 flowers blooming in one day! Most I have ever had on one plant. I would love to go on a vacation in the USA anywhere this summer. But if not I am enjoying overnight crafting crops at hotels with friends. I go to one May 2-4 and am so looking forward to it. Take care Donna
Ikat78 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #43 on Apr 25, 2024
Comment: Love the stamps, pcs and sticker! I really enjoyed hearing about the foxes. What a cool experience. Thank you for sharing!!
Comment: These stickers definitely fit the bill. Very unique and unusual. Have a lovely week.
KrystalCook84 rated for PH: 4 Postcards in April #2 on Apr 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the postcards!
DParker85 rated for Stickers and a Sketch - April on Apr 20, 2024
Comment: Love it, thanks!
Kitty2cats rated for SWAPS-Springtime happiness on Apr 20, 2024
Comment: Hi Carrie Jean, I so enjoyed reading the note you wrote in your pretty card. Thank you! I love all of the postcards and fun stickers as well. It really did bring me some springtime happiness❤️
marinda rated for SMSUSA: April 2024 Pen Pal on Apr 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and goodies you sent! :)
LadyJo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #387 on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful notecard,the fun postcard, the fox, cute and loved hearing about your weekend! I am hoping you are back to yourself. Life is hard! I smiled about the cayenne in the pecans. My husband loves cayenne, so he would have liked those. Me oh well not too much just a hint!
Mystyne rated for PH: Postcard Roulette on Apr 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you for Mickey and Minnie postcard. I live it. We have also had an explosion of wildflowers this year. It has been amazing.
kydestar rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #60 on Apr 9, 2024
Comment: Excellent selection of postcards, thanks!
DParker85 rated for Stickers and a Sketch - March on Mar 30, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful art & all the stickers!
Comment: I have always wanted some artwork made entirely by snails.
Comment: I'm too busy rating all of the swaps right now!

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Mimi7 on May 10, 2024:

Hi Carrie Thanks so much for the RAK of fox calendar and the stickers too. I will use some of the little fox images in deco books :)

heliogal on May 10, 2024:

Carrie Jean, Thank you so much for sending me wishes for the AATW May wish list!! I absolutely loved the fabulous stickers and the used postage stamps so much but your wonderful note was the icing on the cake!!! Thank you for sharing with me your "magical, and breath-taking" experiences in the Joshua Tree and Anza- Borrego parks!!! I have been to both of those and I absolutely agree that they are full of beauty , surprise and wonder!! I am so happy you are having such a wonderful Spring!!! Thank you so much for giving me an amazing mail day!!!!

tcornell on May 9, 2024:

Thank you for the fun package that you sent me for April WTA! Yes- I LOVE surprises :)

Doulton on May 1, 2024:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard. I love the wild burro! Thank you again.

2Hearts on Apr 24, 2024:

Thank you so much for the AATW April you sent to me! LOVE VEGAS!!

chimerix on Apr 23, 2024:

Thank you for the fun RAK envelope of stickers! What a fun batch to play with. Aloha!

RAKs only - April

fighterangel on Apr 14, 2024:

thank you

Thank you so, so much for the April '24 AATW wish!!!! The art piece is absolutely gorgeous, I adore it and will absolutely be framing it and hanging it up. Thank you for sending mom a card, also!!! You're very kind and sweet.

simcoe54 on Apr 14, 2024:

AATW - April Wishes -- Thanks so much for the wonderful package of stickers. My grand-daughters will be delighted.

thehappycow on Dec 6, 2023:

aatw november - Brooke said thankyou very much and she cannot wait to share these with her friends down at the school house!!!

HeidiJean on Oct 24, 2023:

Thank you for the Oct #1 RAK for 10 stickers and 10 3 cent stamps!

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