Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2024 3:50 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: July 18, 2024
Birthday: December 17
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, my name is Karen. I live in a small town 35 miles S/W of Boston, Massachusetts. I am married and have 2 children, a son 25 and a daughter 21. We have 5 cats, all of them rescue cats. They all showed up at our backdoor at various times looking for food and finding their forever homes.

I enjoy walking around town, in the woods,and on local biking paths. Where ever I go I carry my camera. I take photos of anything that catches my eye,scenery,buildings, signs, birds, and other animals. I have started making postcards of my favorite photos.

When my daughter went off to college I was little lost. Soon there after I took on 3 projects. The first one I call my owl project. Every week I have made some sort of owl craft,cards,ornaments, key tags, magnets, etc. I am no longer doing this project but I left it listed here in case others find some inspiration with it.

The second is something I planned to do when I was in high school but never got around to. Now I have the time. I want to visit all 351 cities and towns in the state of Massachusetts. Not just drive through but actually visit and see the local sites.

  • Update: on 11/10/13 I visited my 117th town. I have now seen 1/3 of the towns in the state. Yay!

  • Update: on 6/8/14 I have reached the half way point ! The town of Lanesborough , Ma was a fitting stop for my 175th town. I drove to the top of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts. It is literally and figuratively all down hill from here. :D

  • Update: on 1/18/15 I made it 2/3rds of the way through my quest by visiting town # 234.

  • Update: on 12/8/15 I have now been to all 343 mainland towns. The 8 remaining towns are all island towns. I plan to visit these in the spring.

*Update: on 6/25/16 I visited my last town, Gosnold, on the Island of Cuttyhunk. Gosnlod is the least populous town in the state with only 75 year round residents.

*What's next, you might ask. I had so much fun traveling around Massachusetts that I have decided to move on to neighboring Rhode Island. It shouldn't take nearly as long to visit all of RI. There are 39 cities and towns in the state. :D

The third project I call Mama Rochat's Mail Club. I write letters, send cards and holiday themed packages to my daughter and her friends at college. Some are for her friends from her high school days but many are her fellow college students. Members are suppose to answer my letters, some do sporadicly, but I know they are busy with their schoolwork. I send them mail anyway. I know from feedback from my daughter that it brightens their day.

Favorite Books

I enjoy reading, mostly mystery novels. I like Janet Evanovich, Robert Parker, Dick Francis and Dean Koontz.

Favorite Movies

I like romantic comedies,musicals,dramas, and Disney.

Favorite colors

Bright colors, blue,orange, green, yellow

things I like




herding dogs


fine point Le Pen




office supplies

vintage and retro

dark chocolate







sea animals

old barns

flea markets

antique stores

pressed pennies

postcards i would like to rece

No religious cards please. I do not mind handmade, vintage or interesting ad cards. I also like illustrated postcards. If possible I would prefer non-tourist postcards. I know this is not always possible and that's OK. Postcards of strange roadside attractions and unusual or funny signs. I have no problem with Zazzle postcards.

I am looking for postcards of NFL stadiums for a coworker. I have Arrowhead Stadium, AT& T (Cowboys Stadium),Cardinals Stadium, Georgia Dome, Gillette Stadium, Invesco Field, Lambeau Field, Qwest Field, Reliant Stadium, Soldier Field

I am looking for vintage postcards of Massachusetts. I am planning make a scrapebook of my travels around the state and would like to include current postcards with vintage cards . Kind of comparing now and then views of places I have been.

Favorite Crafts

sewing, photography, making note card and postcards from my photographs

do not send

please at this time do not send fb, slams, or crams.

wish list

unused non-tourist postcards, color wheel, address labels, anything totoro, shipping labels, deco packing tape, sealing wax and presses, postage stamp craft punch, casino dice for a friend, pressed penny album

My nephew is trying to complete his state quarter collection. He is looking for these elusive coins:

Washington D.C.-D American Samoa-D&P Guam-D

D is from the Denver Mint and P is the Philadelphia Mint (for those who might be wondering, located on the head side of the coin to the right of Washington's pony tail :) )


I like black tea, flavored black tea, earl grey,herbal teas, chai, fruit teas to mix with black tea for iced tea. I really like blueberry and peach but can not find them locally. Also Twinings Christmas Tea.


Vickyen rated for LIGHTHOUSE Postcard on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Hi Karen! Love the lighthouse pc and your trip sounds amazing! And I love that you had so much fun together that you are already planning for next year! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Love the cards! Thank you!
Dustzappa rated for PTG: OHIO postcard on Nov 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nice card from Ohio.
sojourner rated for MJS: Themed Magpie Supplies - BLUE on Oct 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much. It's an interesting collection that I can certainly make use of. Only took 20 days.
rkassman rated for MJS: Mini Magpie Journal Swap on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the incredible mini magpie journal, I absolutely love it. The inclusion of the tiny bits of nature, the vintage ads-and-things, really just all of it!!! <3
isabellasnow rated for WIYM: Ani-Mail Art: Frogs on Jun 12, 2023
Comment: Hi Karen, and thank you so much for your delightful frog mail. I was a teen in the 70's and that frog on the envie took me back to those days! Loved the shaker card you created, too. It's cute and flawless. Wonderful swap!
isabellasnow rated for WIYM: Ani-Mail Art: Elephant! on May 6, 2023
Comment: Hello Karen . . . I just love your red elephant mail art! Beautiful background (looks like the jungle) and the washi border all around the envelope. I'm also crazy for those embossed silver elephants marching across the back of the envie. Thank you for the wonderful vintage ephemera and for telling me about Lucy! She's darling (and very large!) Wonderful swap!!
Comment: Thank you for this great photo of the heron! Wow, that is one great picture. I know how hard it is photographing a heron, haha. I was once able to capture a grey heron when I was filming some nature/spring scenes, but it was from rather far away and I have never got the chance again.
young46356 rated for MZA: STATE STUFF NAKED POSTCARD on Oct 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks, our fall colors have been pretty good this year too. Rich
papercraft70 rated for WIYM: ATC Challenge! on Sep 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. Hope to swap again, soon!
Comment: Hi, Karen! Thank you for the extra special postage themed mail today. Loved all the goodies and your note. Hope your AC is working, now. :)
Response: You're welcome. Yes the new AC unit has been installed and my house is blissfully cool.
Karen07 rated for NATIONAL PARK Postcard on Aug 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks! Love the card and would love to go there someday.
Comment: Thank you so much, my Ansel Adams, the heron photos are fantastic!!! Great note and notecard, too … is that a blue heron?
Response: I'm happy you enjoyed the photos. And yes it is a Great Blue Heron
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and sweet surprises! Receiving this gem made my day. Enjoy spring and hope you can collect more seashells sometime soon. Take care and keep on swapping...
Comment: Thank you for the adorable mini-journal..I love it. The card you sent along with it is beautiful…..I love birds.
Comment: You did great collaging this postcard especially for a first timer. I like the simplicity of your postcard!
christywebb rated for MZA - Snail Mail Items on Feb 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! I especially like the washis!
chandlerguera rated for Mr. Z ip loves to recycle on Dec 31, 2021
Comment: Hi Karen, Happy Holidays! "Love Actually" is in my top 10 favorite movies for sure. Stay safe! Thanks for the postcard.
pynart2 rated for Mr. Z ip loves to recycle on Dec 22, 2021
Comment: Loved your neighhood greeting card. Love these type of swaps, its great to recyle. Have a very merry Christmas and thank you for your support.
JenZen5 rated for WIYM: Postcard Soup SEP USA on Oct 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcards you chose for me. The owls are my favorite. I also like your envelope. Take care.

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 25, 2023:


Have a wonderful holiday!

VioletLove on Mar 8, 2023:

Thank you for the cute snail themed wishes from my February Wonderful Wishes wish list. They are super cute!

Autist on Mar 7, 2023:

Thank you so much for all the lovely Origami paper!! I am totally obsessed with origami right now! Thank you for fueling my obsession!! Best, Rook

kiddomerriweather on Mar 4, 2023:

Thank you for all the lovely note cards you sent me for my February WW! They're too pretty to use! LOL! I must stop hoarding pretty things. =D

Poohtat on Aug 1, 2022:

Thank you for the awesome July wish in RAKs for mermaid mail. I love it!

colleenbUSA on Jul 26, 2022:

Thank you for the July RAK wish of handmade envelopes! I love them!

AZmom875 on Jul 25, 2022:

Thank you for the July wishlist rak of map postcards and mini sticker labels

AZmom875 on Jul 7, 2022:

When life gives you lemons make cheesecake. Thank you for the JUNE RAK stickers. They are perfect, but dont really have a cheesecake flavor, but hmmm different use.

HeidiJean on Jul 6, 2022:

Thank you for my June RAK wish for washi samples!

RiverTopanga on Jul 3, 2022:

June - Wish Granted/received:
Thank you so much for the 6 lovely postcards! I love how the postcard stamp looks so vintage when stamped on the off-white pcs in the brown ink. 🤎 Great going! Thank you again!

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