Swap-bot Time: January 26, 2023 11:16 pm


Date Joined: June 21, 2020
Last Online: January 26, 2023
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 recently (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!!!

❤️"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 an emergency situation, I took a break from swapping for a while (3/21 until 7/21), but I am back! It's good to see you all again! :)

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! ❤️


di53 rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #7 on Jan 24, 2023
Comment: Lol. I hear you about the discount candy! Thank you for the beautiful card and I love the stickers!
simcoe54 rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #49 on Jan 21, 2023
Comment: Great postcard choices. Thanks
ArtfulFig rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the adorable post card and stickers! I hope your Valentine's Day is extra sweet!
Comment: Thanks Carrie Jean for the pc! In Georgia we have mountains and beaches so u can go either north or south for soul happiness
WavesofJoy rated for Easy Random PC Swap #1 on Jan 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcards and stickers, all great choices. Lovely stamps, envelope and washi, too. I enjoyed reading your message.
Seely7 rated for Upcycled Christmas Card PC ~ Birds on Jan 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard!
Comment: Your card is beautiful and I'm crazy about the peace stickers! Thank you:) I hope you had wonderful holidays!
squince rated for 3 Vintage + 2 Regular PCs #2 on Jan 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the card and adorable gnome minis! It’s always nice to meet MN alum, you made my day!
Comment: Thank you for the card! :⁠-⁠) I hope you had a great Christmas!
Comment: Thank you 😊
baseri rated for Easy Peasy Postcard Swap #1 on Dec 31, 2022
Comment: Happy New Year Carrie. Thank you for the nice postcards - especially liked the gnome one with the birds on it :)
colorfizz rated for Easy Random PC Swap #1 on Dec 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute card! I love owls, it's going on go on my wall.
suepier rated for Story On A Postcard November 22 on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and sharing your Postcrossing day with me.
Gretchenwu rated for Postcard Surprise #06 on Dec 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the beautiful postcards !! Have a nice day !
simcoe54 rated for PH: Send 5 Postcards #45 on Dec 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the nice selection of postcards. Happy Holidays!
Comment: I received your swap today and TYSM for the beautiful card and wonderful goodies with it. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Lilyhax rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #14 on Dec 23, 2022
Comment: I just loved the card. Thank you.

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supersquirrel on Jan 20, 2023:

Hi Carrie Jean - I received your "weird" postcards I won from the RAKS Only USA group. I love them - thank you 😂

3cats2dogsand2crazykids on Jan 9, 2023:

Thank you so much for granting a wish for me. Such a fun surprise. It totally made my day. It was a package full of love. 💜💙♥️

CookieMomster78 on Jan 6, 2023:

💙 Thank you so much for granting one of my AATW: JAN’23 wishes! These felt tip pens are a favorite of both my son and I for taking school notes. We’re so excited to have some nice new pens for the next term. Thanks again! Your surprise package made my day! 💙

Autist on Dec 27, 2022:

Thank you for the AATW Dec Wish from my Amazon wishlist!! I use rhinestones to help me find buttons and such. They are useful!! Thank you!! They will be put to use for sure. Cheers, Rook

katjl on Dec 25, 2022:

Thank you for the Dec RAK #2 random destash. Lots of goodies I can use. Happy holidays to you and your family. 🎄

bluerose3 on Dec 11, 2022:

RaK USA only. December RAK #1 postcards and stamps. Thank you. Love the Vincent Van Gogh pc.

katjl on Oct 28, 2022:

Thank you for the October RAK #2 ~~ 2 ounces of stickers (destash). great assortment of stickers.

chimerix on Oct 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the stickers! I actually pulled out the cute little monsters and used them right away. Aloha!

RAKs Only - Oct RAK #2

Poohtat on Oct 11, 2022:

Thank you for the Oct RAK of postcard and stamps in the RAKs group

theshyone on Oct 3, 2022:

Thank you for the September RAK #3 ~~ 2 ounces of destash! Oh my goodness how I love getting mail from you! As usual, your envie was filled to the brim with such delightful goodies! Thank you for spoiling me and making my whole week :D

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