Swap-bot Time: June 17, 2021 11:47 pm


Date Joined: May 11, 2013
Last Online: June 17, 2021

Country: United States


My name is Carroll. It's nice when people spell it correctly!

I have been a red headed army brat gypsy kid for fifty five years now, born in Germany and traveled all over. Settled down these past 20 or so years to give my kids a more stable growing up time. We've nestled into the back country of Vermont, it is nigh on the most idyllic place we could have chosen. I do miss public transportation and easy access to museums and such. I have two grown sons, which is so cool and also unbelievable! The younger is still home with us. Hubs is a supportive partner in all ways and I adore him for that as well as many other fine attributes. I do art to keep my sanity, it's a thing I have always done. I have chickens and ducks for eggs and two pet geese who are so cute... Two elderly cats own us all, they are way too fluffy and could possibly add their hair to any project I undertake. So apologies to those allergic- there is no way to guarantee my sending won't have cat hair, though I do try.

I like ---- Spending a lot of time being creative such as mail art (zines, ATCs, postcards, art envelopes, etc...) wall painting, canvases, etc

Spending lots of time looking at art....

Taking care of my animals- cats, geese, chickens, ducks...

Cooking healthy foods from scratch, baking from scratch...Sometimes with recipes, mostly without, though I love reading cookbooks...

Gardens, forest trails, health food stores, art galleries, museums, second hand stores, art stores, books and book stores, coffee shops with second hand book stores, people watching!

Independent and foreign movies...

Polka dots, leaf patterns, doodles, skeletons and skulls, faces...

Pretty much all colors- reds, blues, greens, purples, yellows, oranges, turquoise, pinks, golds, silver...etc. My color heaven trifecta would be purple blue and green, highlighted with gold and glitter most likely..!

Old stuff-- ephemera, stamps, maps, letters, photos and tickets etc, icons, saints and symbols, bones, random rusty stuff, books that have been saved from being burned but have their edges singed and blackened...

Images of gods, goddesses, Buddhas, saints, holy peeps and animals of all kinds...

Book pages especially in other languages, ATCs, all postcards- handmade, old, new, tourist, quirky, art, and everything in between, artist stickers, artistamps, artist doodles and dawdles and dingles and dangles...

Drawing, painting, and collage.....

Articulated paper dolls...


mermaids, witches, weirdos, strange other beings...

Stuff which is self imagined and made rather that assembled from precrafted products...

Abandoned things...found items, bits and pieces, leaves, flowers, bark, shells, bones, pebbles, rusty things, seedpods, pine cones, butterfly wings...

Entrances into secret realms..

Interesting words and quotes...

Animals- especially hippos, elephants, owls, crows and ravens, butterflies, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, geese...oh yes, and the fantasy creatures, mustn't forget them!


Angelled by the kind SFreer for the Merry Mushrooms swap...Many thanks Shannon, it's wonderful! Thank you to Stephanie for angelling the DIY pattern design envelope swap, I love it!

A note

Please note that I post a lot of my mail art on instagram. I often post as stuff gets finished , so don't peek if you are my swap partner and don't want to see anything early...I took the link off as some people had a hard time resisting and then felt disappointed when the swap came and it wasn't a surprise..? Send a message if you want to go there.

Please Do Not Send

Scented stuff, including personal sprays, room refresher products, body products such a perfume and cologne, scratch and sniff or other scent imbued things... This is becoming more important as the years roll along. Please please, I cannot keep such things around!

Smoky stuff, I quit smoking years ago, and the smell is crazy yuck now even when sprayed with the above...


Drink items, unless a swap requires them

Disney or other cartoon brands

Religious solicitations, even the gentlest are unnecessary!


camelsamba rated for OMAE: Snailed It! on Jun 12, 2021
Comment: What a wonderful postcard! So bright and cheery on both sides. I really like the background - is it a gelli print? alcohol inks? Very cool, however you did it! And the "Nature collection" stamp?stickers? is delightful.
Response: I am so glad it brought you joy! The background ia a gessoed background with acrylic inks on top of which you put plastic wrap in an irregular fashion. The wrinkles make the cool shapes. Thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Aeon rated for FJPP: Zetti HMPC on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Wow! Thanks for the gorgeous PC, Carroll! I love it! 😍
Response: You are most welcome. Thanks for your kind and hearty rating!
Comment: Faster than the speed of light your postcard came!! I love BLT’s with chunks of avocado!! Take care!
Response: Wow, that was fast! BLTs rule! So do avocados! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating.
Hunbun rated for FJPP: Paper Pack on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: HOLY COW!!! Girl, you outdid yourself with this swap--from the hand-drawn & painted envelope to the unique papers inside I so appreciate the effort you put into this creation of beauty! THANK YOU!!
Response: Yay! You are so welcome! I had a lot of fun making them, though at first I thought all ten needed to be handmade. I was running out of ideas! Thanks for your kind and hearty rating!
Shoreart rated for MMA: A bit of Fiber on Jun 2, 2021
Comment: Very creative.
Response: Thank you.
turnsoleluna rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Oh how I had hoped I may be one of the recipients of your artsy hands :D Really like the texture the stitching created. Thanks so much!
Response: I had such fun making them. I should have made three so I could keep one... Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
January rated for OMAE: Funky Shack (USA) on May 27, 2021
Comment: What a fun funky house - loving the whole effect of what you created, it is so colorful! And, your envelope decoration and the inside packaging was fun too; thank you :)
Response: I really had a lot of fun making it. Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Poftoffel rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on May 27, 2021
Comment: Oohhhhh what a beautiful hand!!! I love it so much!!!! Thank you! :D
Response: Ah, that arrived quick! You're so welcome, and thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on May 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun stickers. Love them all! :)
Response: You are welcome and thanks for the kind and hearty!
Comment: Thank you!!!! I love your zebra-envelope with all those fab ephemera :) :) And I love your note!! As long as you are not eating a zebra-steak today I am perfectly fine with what you are eating, hahaha. We ate asparagus today followed by a pizza, so not bad either :) Carroll, it is always a pleasure to swap ( and wordplay) with you!! Have a brilliant day :)
Response: I enjoy the swaps you are hosting, Kirsten! I wasn't sure how much I would find for this one. No zebra steaks here, I promise, lol. I learned recently that Germans love asparagus! I will eat it if someone cooks it nicely for me! Thank you for the kind and hearty rating.
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for OMAE: Handmade Stickers on May 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fabulous stickers! I love the happy sunshine!!
Response: So glad! Thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Comment: Love the garishness I think that was the point!
Response: Lol, yes! Thanks fr the hearty rating.
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Out of This World! on May 12, 2021
Comment: Carroll, I've got a lot of your beautiful envelopes in my collection, but this one takes the cake. Space raccoons AND a manatee astronaut?! I love it, of course! Thank you for the extra personalization - it made it here in perfect condition. ⭐🌟💫🌠
Response: I had such fun with this one. The sparkles on the back ended up being in some kind of washable 'glue' so the varnish dissolved it and I thought I had destroyed it. So glad it arrived intact! I need to get some real sparkle paint again.Thanks for the hearty!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful mail art + goodies you sent, keen to stick them in my journals.
Response: Glad it arrived well and you can enjoy the contentts! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Artstamper rated for OMAE: 3-in-1 Mail Art (USA) on May 8, 2021
Comment: Sorry to hear about your physical problems.Glad you are on the mend. I consider your art work well worth waiting for. Loved everything, especially the Atc with my word on it. I'm happy the flowers insisted on coming, l can't resist colorful and shiny. Thank you for a great swap.
Response: So happy you liked the ATC, what a great word! Many thanks for the kind and hearty rating, and may we all carry hope through this lovely spring!
anicka22 rated for LDEM - Thinking of You - April 21 on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you , good luck with your cleaning process
Response: Thank you for the kind and hearty!
Aeon rated for MMA: Woven Note Cards (USA) on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: OMG this woven card is GORGEOUS, Thank you! Loved the tulip envie too. We did get that random little snowstorm too. I felt bad for the sad droopy daffodils. They eventually perked back up. 😊
Response: That was a fun idea Orneryswife had! And not as much a pain in the tuchus as I thought it might be... Our daffies also bounced back and everything is finally starting to green up! Thanks for the kind and hearty!
Comment: Hi Carroll ... many thanks for the great assortment of stickers you sent to fulfill this swap. Such a wonderful variety--some of them quite large! I only every seem to have access to sticker sheets so I really appreciate receiving something different.
Response: I had fun with this swap, am glad you like them... thanks for the kind and hearty rating!
Comment: Amazing what can be sent for 1 stamp! I love it all, and your mail art is so cool.
Response: So glad you liked it... and thanks for the kind and hearty!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Mini Glue Book (USA) on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: This little glue book is an absolute delight, Carroll! I've gone through it a few times now and see something new each time. Thank you, I love it!
Response: It was so fun to make, glad you created this swap, it has inspired me. I have several more started. Thanks for the kind and hearty!

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goosey on Jun 2, 2021:

carroll, your paper bombs are always so unique, and this was no exception! i especially like the explanation of the "pointed hand"! i shall be on the lookout .. thank you for the lovely spring vibes!!

Hell0Z0mbie on May 27, 2021:

received "best wishes" - thanks so much!

orneryswife on May 17, 2021:

Loved the used postage stamp bomb! I loved your choices and presentation!

joybells2426 on Apr 27, 2021:

This may be the coolest envelope you’ve sent me yet. I love it! I opened it very carefully to preserve it. Thanks for all the cool faces. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint! Muchas gracias!

stephiedee on Apr 27, 2021:

Thank you for working in my Enchanted Ellies deco! I love how it turned out....and your 2 ellies are absolutely perfect. ❤️️🐘

stephiedee on Apr 27, 2021:

It's OK - I've been called worse! 😂😂😂 Happy those sock models finally get to live outside the book on my dusty shelf.

Hell0Z0mbie on Apr 17, 2021:

Thanks for sending me the enchanting ellies deco... It's so pretty!!

stephiedee on Apr 7, 2021:

Awesome! I really enjoy just sitting down with a box of scraps and seeing what happens with little books. Maybe a story, maybe not, but always fun!

stephiedee on Apr 4, 2021:

Your sticker bomb dated 3/17 arrived yesterday - it's so colorful & I love it, thank you! Happy to hear your Spring is finally coming in. Our big beautiful azaleas have already lost their flowers. 😟 But the Amaryllis and pink daisies will be out soon.

stephiedee on Apr 2, 2021:

Thanks for working in my Animal Heads deco, Carroll! I love how it turned out. If I had a penny for every cut out I abandoned to gravity, I'd be a rich woman. 😂

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