Swap-bot Time: May 17, 2022 8:04 am


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Last Online: May 16, 2022
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already! Lastly, I really DO NOT LIKE STICKERS! Please don't send or use those in a craft for me.

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in!Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Comment: Thank-you! Arrived safely & sound. I appreciate the coffee stamps so much you are the best! I hope you are well :) <3
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard. I'll pass the others on
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #107 on May 8, 2022
Comment: Thank You. I love your cut up watercolor.
amccracken109 rated for Vintage tourist card #20 on May 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you, fellow English teacher, for the great card! I love vintage cards, and I do not have any vintage Canadian ones, so this was great. Happy swapping!
Comment: Your swap arrived safely. Thanks a lot, also for the beautiful extra postcard. Perfect!
ÇisnerosV rated for Junk Journal Round 16 on Apr 29, 2022
Comment: As always I enjoy your layouts everytime. I enjoy reading through your writing. I too found this one to be very difficult, only because of all the craziness happening in our state, and around the world.
klaml653 rated for Ugly PC Swap #51 on Apr 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the card- I agree seems like an odd choice for a PC. I went to NOLA once for an interview, was only in town for about 12 hours so didn't get to explore as much as I would have liked.
messymama rated for BLC Book recommendation #12 on Apr 23, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the recommendation! Always good to try challenges.
tizzicat rated for Travelling book card #44 on Apr 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cards. They are ready to be sent in the next round.
mcorbus rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #106 on Apr 18, 2022
Comment: This will be a fun one to add on to :)
photovivie rated for LLU: 2021 My Year in Books on Apr 16, 2022
Comment: Im really sorry for the late rating. Just found your envelope in a book I stopped reading for a while 🙈 A book I really wanna read too is the one by Pip Williams. And probably cloud cuckoo land. Thank you for the letter!
Response: You are welcome! Glad you found it! I loved The Dictionary of Lost Words, but it seems like people either love it or hate it! Same with Cloud Cuckoo Land. It's definitely a challenging read. Don't give up on it too early, it will make sense after a while! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the card and the recommendation! The different characters and times of the Anthony doerr book reminds me of Paul Austers 4 3 2 1 which I LOVED!
Response: Cool! I'll have to check that one out! Thanks for the heart!
Nicole72898 rated for Junk Journal Round 15 on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: Beautiful spread! Love all the colors and how you interpreted spring! Thanks for sharing, and happy Easter!
Response: Thank you! It was fun to create! I'm loving these swaps. Thanks for the heart!
writemoreletters rated for Junk Journal Round 15 on Apr 11, 2022
Comment: Beautiful AZ spread!
Response: Thanks for the heart! Guess you can tell I love AZ!
soyprincesa2 rated for Junk Journal Round 15 on Apr 11, 2022
Comment: What colorful interesting pages. I love Spring in the desert so much. It is nice to see different styles. Thanks for joining this swap.
Response: It's definitely my favorite time of year. Thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #115 on Apr 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I hope your show is a success.
Response: Thank you! So far, it has been very well received. Thanks for the heart!
Chaosfay rated for US City PC Swap #1 on Apr 4, 2022
Comment: Most of my family is from Scotland, though we've been in the US for several generations. One of my sisters has made a hobby of studying our family tree. We're descendants of the MacBeth clan, which was later named Beaton. I even have a swatch of our tartan!
Response: That's awesome! I started trying to do that, but it is SO much work! I just don't have the patience for that, but I love hearing family stories from relatives who do love doing that! Thanks for the heart! I really want to get back to Scotland and see more of it. I only had time for Edinburgh. Absolutely loved it, but I know there's so much more to see!
srharmon4381 rated for US City PC Swap #1 on Apr 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I have been to Brennan’s for brunch in NOLA and it’s delicious! Happy to connect with a fellow book lover, too!
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! NOLA is definitely on my short list of places I want to visit. Not sure when I'll ever get there, but one of these days....
Nicole72898 rated for Junk Journal Round 14 on Mar 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing your wonderful spread! I loved seeing everything you added from swap partners😀Happy swapping
Response: Thanks so much! And thanks for the heart! I am loving these swaps too. So nice to be prompted to do them, and then get to keep it myself!
tatntole rated for Junk Journal Round 14 on Mar 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you, I like this way of sharing my junk journal. It encourages me to make layouts, lol.
Response: Me too! It encourages me to actually do some, and I love the prompts! Thanks for the heart!

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wolfeagle on Mar 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for working on my pass and paste. It's a monster. I love it!

VitaLynne on Feb 13, 2022:

Hi Carol. What a joy it was to be your send-to partner. Thank you for the kind notes and messages we shared. You will be a hard act to follow. You have inspired me to be my very best and to do my very best to foster kind communication on Swap-Bot. Love, Wisdom and Power to you always. Vita Lynné

RooBaRoo on Jan 1, 2022:

Hi! I am back after about 2 & half years… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say, where is the Carpe Librum group?

wolfeagle on Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

bblue on Dec 12, 2021:

Thank you for contributing to my AMA HD/HP Pass and Paste postcard (cartoon characters).

BigSockTramp on Sep 3, 2021:

Thanks for your contribution to the AMA collab PC (#96-97)! I love that it ended up looking kind of like a PSA against domestic violence or promoting safer sex. https://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/public-service-announcement?context=album&albumId=2496677%3AAlbum%3A2561375

WoodlandBanshee on May 17, 2021:

Thank you for your contribution and sending home this great Collaboration postcard.

WoodlandBanshee on Apr 12, 2021:

Thank you for finishing and sending home my pass and pass postcard! It's lovely!

ktk8 on Jan 11, 2021:

Hi CAROL and THANK you for completing the HOLIDAY CARD.... it arrived today and is so nice... I love love love it ... the use of netting and the pretty tree make me smile.... thank you.... it got here totally INTACT...... happy happy!!!! and am sending you many <3 's!!

Happy New Year.....

Kate ktk8

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2020:


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