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Last Online: August 3, 2021
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!

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!


christywebb rated for CL: Traveling Book Card 35 on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the book post card - I'll keep it moving - and the yoga postcard!
elflady rated for AMA: HD/HP PASS AND PASTE #107 on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for posting to me and for the lovely note. I see frost out of my window today. It's quite cold. On the mainland COVID has become active but none in Tassie yet. Hope it stays that way. Stay well.Love the envelope and stamps on it. elflady
Comment: Thank you so much for the unexpected postcard & the super cute pink card you included with this. I've never been to Phoenix but hope to visit one day soon! I also love the singer Pink, but I haven't seen the documentary, I will have to check it out! Oh and thank you for the super cool Trex stamp! Thanks again!
photovivie rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 34 on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card and the book recommendations!
Catida rated for LLU: Audiobook Appreciation Month on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your long letter with many book suggestions :) I will see if any of them are available in Finnish. Have you tried "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah? I highly recommend it! The billing system for Audible sounds very clever. Apps that are available in Finnish are mostly based on paying for amount of hours you can listen in a month. It's annoying when you run out of time in the middle of a book! Thanks for the Blended Baked Oats -recipe too! I will try it if the current heatwave ever is over. It's not quite as hot as you had, but enough to make me avoid using the oven :D P.S. Your envelope was partly ripped open, and was delivered to me enclosed in another envelope by US Postal Service. Seems the machines are very harsh, so it might be safer to use thicker envelopes.
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #97 on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card and the print, Now let me think of something to add to your card :)
Carrii rated for Sisterhood traveling card #19 usa on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Arrived safe and sound, and thank you for the extra card about Grace Hopper!!
MisplacedfromPA rated for Traveling Greeting Card #11 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the recipe. Will keep this note going thru the Sisterhood traveling card swap.
wolfeagle rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #106 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I do like the Art PC also. Going North to escape the heat sounds nice, as the heat is extreme here also. Hope you have a good trip.
Comment: Arrived pretty quick! Thanks for the extra, I hope you are keeping cool!
Comment: Thanks for the note and postcard from your state. I will send out the postcards in a future round.
JuneRosebud rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #96 on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: Hi Carol, Interesting pc to work on! Thanks for the note card, too.
CMC1106 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 38 on Jun 14, 2021
Comment: Arrived safe!
MuggleMom rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 39 on Jun 12, 2021
Comment: Your postcard has safely arrived in my trust and will be sent out for the next round. I love the Vanity Fair card extra also! It's been on my tbr list for ages, so this has made me want to download it and start reading it soon! xxMuggleMom
Fabriqueen rated for Traveling Greeting Card #10 on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the Arizona PC! Have a wonderful day and try to stay cool! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thanks Carol! I was able to send it off in the following round (apologies for the delayed rating)!
Comment: I got your AWESOME agave today!! Thank you so much! I hope you will continue to join the series so that one of these days I might see your block printing!!! Super cool new craft to learn. Take good care :D
elflady rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #105 on May 31, 2021
Comment: This sure is a challenging card. will have to think hard. We are coming into winter now and my fear is the virus will come back big time. I have had one vaccination . The next one is in July. Take care and enjoy your summer and your trips. elflady
MiekeC rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #95 on May 22, 2021
Comment: Nice choice for your card. I forward the card.
Comment: I loved the book you read and added to the card - Miss Benson's Beetle. And I also own but have not read The Weight of Ink, so I will start it after I finish my current book. Thank you for the recommendation!

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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

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wolfeagle on Dec 22, 2020:

I hadn't thought of these words, but I really like them: Mindful and Legendary. I hope they inspire you in 2021.

banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!👻 happyhallll

desertdoll on Apr 25, 2020:


McAnaraks on Feb 24, 2020:

I enjoyed working on your collaboration card, thank you collaboration

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

addendum to my thank you..... THANK YOU for the GREAT fruit stamps....... oh I love them they really complete the postcard...... woo hoo!!!

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