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Date Joined: September 15, 2009
Last Online: July 27, 2021

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I'm in my 40s (ack!) and currently live in North Carolina although I was born and raised in Iowa. I work in the government sector (my undergrad degree is in Geography and my masters is in Public Administration). However, I first started out wanting to be a film director! And now I'm pursuing it through making my own amateur films. I'm still very much a creative person who loves movies, music, and books. I have many hobbies but not a lot that I stick with for very long. I am an amateur photographer although not one who can sell (although I did win $100 in a contest once).

MY DOGGY: I love my dog more than anything!Toby is a 15 year old Min Pin mix with 3 legs. Long story but to condense it, he was found running down a street by a friend of mine who rescued him. Despite a chip linking him to a shelter, we were unable to find his original owners. He's become a cherished member of our family. For any dog-related swaps I'm in, Toby loves soft squeaky plush toys (he enjoys destroying them and pulling the stuffing out) and soft treats. He's not that into hard dog cookies although he loves those Beneful cookies that are shaped like vegetables and have cheese stuffed in the middle. I've got him eating greenies now too.

Update: We did his DNA and he is 50% cocker spaniel, 18% rat terrier, and the remainder is mixed breed. Kind of a shocker as he looks nothing like a cocker spaniel!


I don't do a lot of crafting as I'm somewhat of a disaster at it but I love to put together packages for people. I'm also a chemo angel so I'm always putting together care packages for my patients and special assignments.

*Vintage Christmas and Easter decorations-think 1950s and 1960s kitschy stuff

*Some Kawaii-mostly food with faces, the tofu guys. I can find a use for big and small memos but don't use sticker flakes

*I love mermaids and fairies

*Fair trade items, especially jewelry and hair accessories (I love 10,000 Villages)

*Little felt animals.

  • Things made out of recycled materials (especially things made out of old soda cans)

  • Handmade and/or unique jewelry-I have pierced ears and love little stud earrings, generally wear necklaces and bracelets (I have a tiny wrist, about 6.24 inches) Please note: I much prefer silver over gold

  • Things from other countries/cultures-local snacks, crafts

  • Aromatherapy (scented lotions and soaps, herbal goodies, essential oils)

  • Seeds for plants and flowers

  • Japanese blind boxes

  • Bath and body spa items-bubble bath, bath fizzies, bath salts, scented soaps, shower gels, facial mask packets, foot soaks, foot pads (I like most fruity and flowery scents but dislike musky smells)

  • Antique and vintage stuff-old rhinestone jewelry, clip-on earrings I can deconstruct, shoe clips, pearl jewelry

  • Cuff bracelets-made out of anything (leather, old belts, old neckties, crocheted)

  • Fun hair accessories-I love felt and fabric hair clips, headbands, barettes, etc. Handmade is awesome!

*Cactus/succulent themed stuff

*I like making pocket letters but I don't have a stash of scrapbook paper so any pocket letter backings would be great. Also fun stuff to put in them.

*I've just gotten into comic books/graphic novels. I'm a Marvel fan (do not like DC at all). My favorite characters are Ant Man and Wasp, Captain Marvel (female version), and Loki. I also like Doctor Who comics and independent stuff like Paper Girls.

Food and Drink: Willy Wonka Runts, those Spree hearts that come out at Valentines day, Pocky, food from other countries, Kinder chocolate, Tea (Mostly fruity varieties and only white or black-no green tea), I don't drink coffee but I can save it for my mom when she visits me, Hot chocolate (especially flavored varieties and White Hot Chocolate)

Colors: My favorite colors tend to be cool tones: purples, blues, and greens. I tend to wear a lot of black, grays, and browns so I try to spruce up my wardrobe and add color through accessories.

Animals:My favorite animals are dogs, rabbits, and turtles.


  • I don't have any use for quilting stuff or sewing supplies

  • I don't collect postage stamps, postcards, magnets, or key chains

  • I have no desire to pass on any FBs or Slams so please do not send those

  • Please no religious items (unless if buddhism/eastern thoughts)

  • Unless I'm in a swap that particularly calls for them, I don't really want ATCs, PCs, FBs, or inchies. If this is all you have to trade, please don't be offended if I send this on to someone who collects it.

  • I keep my nails really short so I never wear nail polish or decorate my nails in any way

  • There are a few themes I've grown to really dislike during my time here on Swap Bot: cupcakes (I'm so sick of these!), Hello Kitty, Disney

  • I really dislike anything cinnamon flavored.

*Dollar Store bath and body stuff-can't use these as I have sensitive skin

*Please don't send me childrens toys. I don't have kids so I can't use them. Getting a treasure box or stocking full of cheap kids stuff tends to disappoint me.

No Known Allergies but I really can't tolerate the smell of cigarette smoke. If you are a smoker, please try to keep your swap items away from it or air it out before sending.

Favorite Music

His Name is Alive, Coldplay, Modest Mouse, Black Eyed Peas, Sufijan Stevens, Tori Amos, Franz Ferdinand, Ruthie Foster, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, MGMT, The National, Broken Social Scene

Classic Jazz-Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong

I listen to a lot of different music and like a lot of different genres. The only ones I don't care for are classic rock, 80's, and country.

Favorite Books

Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Kage Baker's The Company series, Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, Life of Pi, Middlesex, Watership Down

I read a lot so it's hard to narrow down to favorites.

I do like a lot of classics, particularly those of the Regency and Victorian periods so items reflective of those periods are always nice.

Favorite Movies

Breaking the Waves, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Silence of Sleep, Life is Beautiful, Harold and Maude, Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, Pride and Prejudice (A&E Colin Firth version), Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson version)

I love old B movies, particularly when shown on Mystery Science Theater. I love the Gamera series and would love to have some Gamera stuff!

Favorite Television

Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (classic and modern series-the third doctor is my fave of the classic and Matt Smith in the new series)

Britcoms! (incl. Vicar of Dibley, The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, Mr. Bean, Father Ted, Are you being served?, Little Britain, Red Dwarf)

Comedy/Sketch shows: Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Mystery Science Theater 3000


I generally go to the Post Office once a week so depending on what day you tag me, it may be 5 days before I can get the item out. However, all tags will be sent out within 7 days.


I love giving gifts! If you get a package that has an extra in there for you, it's simply because I had something in my stash I thought you might like. Please don't feel obligated to give me a heart for anything I include as an RAK.


Cgscdy rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Tysm ❤️
1koolkrafter rated for LSRUS: Made By You-Int’l on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Hey there Cari. I love the pocket letter that you made for me. It is so bright and colorful. And thank you for all the neat little hidden treasures in each of the pockets.
bpl76 rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you
2Hearts rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #6 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Love it all - thanks Cari!
Comment: Thank you for everything!! :-) the guinea pig photo is adorable!!
Comment: What a perfect collection of snacks and teas (and coffee). I can’t wait to try everything! I’m munching on the dill pickle peanuts as I write this. I’m eyeing those dips next even though my sweet tooth is telling me to eat all the peach candies. Thank you for such an interesting mix of goodies and swapping with me!
lyssathemermaid rated for 3 Magickal Gifts - USA on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so, so much Cari!! I havent been able to find periwinkle anywhere here <3 appreciate everything & love it all! :-)
TeaNi rated for LSRUS-A Week Of Surprises Swap-US #2 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for a delightful package! the fun polaroid socks, the beautiful brooch, the cute houseplant stickers & bee magnet, the yummy selection of assorted teas, the nail files & eyepads, and the fun kitty butt coasters- it's all brought so many smiles to my face. I wish I could give more than one heart- I appreciate your thoughtful & generous package! :)
riviwriter rated for CPG HandColored PC #3 - US on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the adorable postcard and the sweet note! I love how much we have in common :)
Comment: What a fun package of goodies! I love all the things, and it was such a delight opening up something every day. Thank you!
annychenghk rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: thank you for the goodies
Comment: Your swap is so different and just wonderful! I love everything you sent. Thank you.
Drvr337 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the goodies. Funny, I was just thinking about getting some pore strips. I love Morning Glories, my grandma had those at her house.
kizzlets rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for an awesome swap!
anicka22 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, especially the love the pretty Rub ons
Comment: What a lovely swap! Thank you. I look forward to having a glass of herbal infusion on a hot Alabama day.
Comment: i love everything, thank you so so much!! Have an amazing rest of your day:)
SarahJ603 rated for Why is my mailbox so empty ? #25 on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!! I can hardly wait until this weekend to try these things - you have NO idea how bad I need these right now <3
EchoLima rated for LSRUS-BIG happy mail swap #3 usa on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I've never received tea in a swap before and I'm exited to try it! I will absolutely be using the cut outs for my journal! Thank you! :)

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gingerbee on Jul 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the July LSRUS wishes! I love the vellum quotes, and it totally sparks my creativity on new ways to use them. Have a great day!

Zefaniya on Jul 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wish (Cpg July) for the tea....so fun!

bluerose3 on Jul 19, 2021:

Thank you for the coloring postcards (CPG July Wish). I will enjoy coloring them :)

bethe on Jul 19, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome variety and generous amount of vellum quotes! CPG July wishes

TeaNi on Jul 19, 2021:

thank you very much

for granting a CPG wish for me with the cool poetry book- I'm already enjoying it! :)

Artistic on Jul 17, 2021:

AWG July 2021: Thank you for the mini pocket letter and charms.

Ryleighsmom on Jul 15, 2021:

Thank you so very much for the delightful gifts you sent to Ryleigh for her birthday via AWG!!! She loved all the things you chose for her! Thank you for making her feel so special!! Hugs!

LavenderSprinkles on Jul 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for the LSRUS it helped make me feel a little better!

dabellaraquella on Jul 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for the lovely June wishes! 😍

Poftoffel on Jul 8, 2021:

Thank you so much for the sweet RAK! Thank you for thinking of me and for the lovely note and the stickers. I really hope you are doing okay, and that life will be stable for you. Thank you so much!!

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