Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 7:20 am


Date Joined: June 24, 2012
Last Online: September 21, 2021
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.


BusyB rated for WIYM: Send a Note on a Kitty Notecard on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: Hi Karen! Thank you for your nice note and the thoughtful goodies. I enjoyed reading the brochure as well. Oregon is still hot but not unbarable. The heatwave did a lot of damage to the trees and other foliage. My flowers survived as I babied them. Lol I'm glad you are having a great summer! Enjoy your hiking and stay cool.
kizzlets rated for CPG Flat Destash Envie #3 - US Only on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! Much appreciated!
megan1230 rated for MZA: Blind envie swap #28- yellow on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the cute yellow things! I love the envelope!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card! I love trees too!
Comment: Thank you. Cute selections :)
lou rated for SS: November free-form: SKIES on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much, loved your beautiful photos and your presentation about them and enjoyed your letter about the photos and life, happy holidays!
JaneInSD rated for ManE: THREE Old Calendar Envelopes! on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic envies you sent me! I love the pictures. You have some cool calendars!! :-) Thanks for putting a smile on my face today.
LiliLuv rated for WIYM: WORDS, WORDS, WORDS POSTCARD on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard! I love Autumn colors, too, and I would love to visit New England during this time of year someday. Take good care!
ayahsantos rated for Take These Please on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Take Care!
rhinoluvr rated for The Unworthy postcard on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Karen, Thanks so much for these lovely flowers in pots & jars. You've sent this PC to a good home. If I'd seen this in a regular swap, I'd have just blamed its week of travels down the coast for the little ding. Take care & have Fun :)
KarenFife rated for CPG QUICKIE: Ocean PC - US Only on Sep 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Cape Cod postcard and telling me about your past and current visits there! We were in Chatham once with my husband’s dive club. I loved the architecture and atmosphere there. Always wanted to go back.
Comment: That is such a sweet story, thank you for sharing. I would love to see these oddly adorable pangolins stay protected.
Lantana149 rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Spring swap :) on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: I was finally able to get back into my office building and check my UPS box! Thank you for the lovely swap, PC and stickers are right up my alley!
Comment: I love Frozen because of watching with daughter and having the love story be between sisters <3
Comment: Such a fun swap! Thank you!
Comment: I love Snow White because I remember watching it in the theater
Comment: Thank you for the great card!
Comment: Thanks for all the great postage stamps! I really appreciate the themes you picked for me too.
macka rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: The card was absolutely beautiful. I have never seen any card that pretty before. I drink chai tea all the time. Thank you very much..
2Hearts rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Whata great swap partner! Thank you!

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LadyJo on May 25, 2021:

Thank you for the WW for May that you sent my way! I like using address labels to create mail art.

Highlander18 on May 15, 2021:

Oh, thank you so much for the wonderful happy mail of whale stuff for Wonderful Wishes!! The brochures for New Bedford will help a great deal in the planning for that trip.

bethe on May 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the address labels from May WW! These will come in very handy as I was getting very low!

fishsteak on May 11, 2021:

Thank you for the ranger badges for WW May! I participated in the junior ranger program a few times when I was younger, but only started getting more into the national parks as I got older. I love that you’ve visited so many towns in your state. Did you have any towns you’d recommend?

lindseyjae on May 11, 2021:

Thanks so much for the stickers you sent me! (WW May wishlist)

LadyJo on May 4, 2021:

Thank you for the WW April wishes. I like the notecards and postcards a lot. Great picks for me! I hope you had a nice day trip you mention about.

JediLibrarian on May 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the April wish! You are so sweet. Have a lovely day!!!

MiRdLHWY43 on May 3, 2021:

Thank you so much for the horse postcards and the cute envelope you sent them in too, Perfect! 💜

grammypammy on May 1, 2021:

WW ~ April

Thank you for the assortment of labels!

Hugs, Pam

dartha on Apr 30, 2021:

Wonderful Wishes - April Thank you so very much Karen for all the cool goodies for my journal! I'm looking forward to putting some in this evening. Thank you, darla

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