Swap-bot Time: March 25, 2023 7:09 pm


Date Joined: July 29, 2010
Last Online: April 15, 2020
Birthday: February 15
Country: United States
Crafts and Horses
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About Me

NOTE: I take swaps very seriously and always send them out on time. If you didn't receive a swap from me, please let me know and I'll take care of it immediately. Sometimes the mail just doesn't get through. I try to put tracking on all my swap packages. Thanks.

I am married to my best friend (36 years in June 2017), who is retired (disabled) after having a stroke. I have been retired for 4 years and am loving it. My husband and I do lots of activities together.

I live on a small northern Maryland farm and train/show miniature horses.

I love gardening - corn, lettuce, beets, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and sweet potatoes.

I also like doing home improvement projects like laying tile, painting, drywall, etc. I renovated 2 bathrooms and did the plumbing and tile work myself. We just finished renovating the kitchen. I also enjoy sewing and craft projects.

Favorite Television

Favorite shows: Lucifer, Project Runway, Judge Judy,and anything on HGTV or DIYnet. I'm also watching the Cooking Channel and trying to figure out how to cook.

I also watch the Ravens football games with my husband.


Favorite Music

I like to listen to country music and current Pop music.

Favorite Books

I just finished reading "The Glass Castle". Loved the way the author got herself out of a bad situation.

I also read "The War Horse". It's so sad what happens to innocent people and animals during a war.

Favorite Movies

I don't go to the movies anymore. The last one I went to see was a Cheech and Chong movie. The smoke was so bad that I had to leave. I like to watch movies on tv when I have time. I really enjoyed "Julie and Julia". Almost made me want to cook - almost. Saw "Secretariat" and loved it. Favorite movies: National Velvet, The World of Suzie Wong, While You Were Sleeping, Back To School, and all those sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.

Favorite Crafts

I have a sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine. I love all kinds of crafts but especially sewing. I make my own clothes, costumes for my animals, and gifts.

I always plant a garden in the spring and it survives in spite of me. This year I planted corn, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, cucumbers, and sugar snap peas. Thanks to the horses, I have an endless supply of composted manure.

I've have 8 American Girl dolls and love to make clothes for them. I belong to a wonderful swap group call Adventures in American Girl Dolls run by Karen Owen @Karenmomofthree . We set up challenges and have so much fun swapping outfits and ideas. What a talented group of ladies!!


LOVE: Any color is good. If you make me something, I will love it no matter what color it is. I love sewing challenges, anything horsey, the smell of leather, and Chihuahuas. I am teaching myself how to cook. It's a very slow process so I am either a bad teacher or a slow student. I've almost mastered fancy swirls on cupcakes. Also, I can make spicy meatballs in a crockpot - for parties. That's about it.

HATE: I hate noisy kids on planes and in restaurants, cigarette smoke, bloody gross stuff, and movies with unhappy endings.

Dogs, Cats, Horses

I have a 7 year old female Chihuahua named Sweetpea that my husband bought for me at a yard sale. She runs the house.

I also have 4 miniature horses that I show in local shows, parades, and charity performances. They keep me healthy because I have to clean the stalls and groom them every day. I also trim their hooves every 6 weeks. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't get any exercise at all.

Oh, and I have 3 barn cats - all rescue.

My Boys





Favorite Outfits I've Made


Sagebrushs rated for Pajamas/Nightgown-Waffle Day on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: Cute Hello kitty pj's and plate of waffles and the kitty. Thank you.
Response: So glad you liked the outfit. I made myself chicken and waffles for dinner last night. Yum!
JustBecause73 rated for March-Music Themed Dress Swap on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: What an amazing package!!! Thanks so much! My daughter wanted to get a doll immediately!
Response: Doesn't your daughter have a doll? message me. I have a lot and I'm downsizing.
jj9jj rated for 2017 Advent AG Ornament Swap on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: Got them plenty early. Thanks for participating! Happy Holidays!
Response: What a wonderful swap. Thanks so much for hosting it. It certainly brightened up my holiday.
widelo123 rated for 2017 Advent AG Ornament Swap on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Carol, you did it again! Everything is wrapped so pretty. Had to put a bunch of books on the box so I wouldn't try to open them. Thank you, Shirley
Response: Thanks for joining the ornament swap. It was a lot of fun. So glad you joined in and I loved the box you sent.
JustBecause73 rated for A.G. Halloween Swap on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much! My daughters loved the costume and the extra special treats!
jj9jj rated for A.G. Back to School Swap on Sep 1, 2017
Comment: Loved the back to school outfit, especially since I DON'T have to go back for the first time in 36 years! I remember having purple shoes when I was young, too, and was an active member of Girl Scouts in my youth.
Comment: Such cute undies. Love the little appliqués. My girls always need new underwear and I put off making them - thanks so much!
Response: So glad you liked the undies. Seems like that's the last thing we remember to sew. I will try to remember to add a pair to every outfit I make. A girl can never have too many pairs of undies.
jj9jj rated for A.G. Patriotic Celebration! on Jun 30, 2017
Comment: What an amazing outfit!!
Response: Thanks. Happy 4th of July! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for swapping in our group.
Comment: Carol How adorable! I don't know where you come up with all these wonderful ideas for swaps. The hamster in his habitat take the cake, especially the little cylinder roller you made for it. Thank you so much. Shirley
Response: Thanks so much. Glad you like it.
widelo123 rated for Partner's Color Choice on May 31, 2017
Comment: Carol, thank you so much for another cute outfit. Genevieve is really going to freak out when she sees it. The little pocketbook with all the different thing in it was super. I have a box ready to go to her so I am putting it in with the other things. Shirley
Response: So glad she will like it. Love swapping with you.
Comment: Got a beautiful package today from you. Thanks so much for everything. The chair is the cutest!!!! Again thanks!!!!
Response: So glad you liked the chair. I figured everyone needs a place to sit and get some sun. Love swapping with you.
widelo123 rated for April Fools Day Outfit! on Mar 24, 2017
Comment: Carol, what an adorable April Fools Day outfit. You amaze me with what you come up with for your swaps. Where did you find those amazing purple shoes with the huge soles? They look so cute on my doll. Thank you so much. Shirley
Response: So glad you liked the crazy outfit. I didn't want to mess the shoes up so you could use them with a different outfit. Love swapping with you.
Comment: I LOVED the package! My girls were so excited! They immediately took the hat and outfit to their room! Thanks so much!
Response: Glad the girls liked the outfit. Hope they enjoyed celebrating the "wearin of the green". So glad you are in our swap group.
Sagebrushs rated for A.G. Valentine Party Swap on Jan 23, 2017
Comment: I love the complete outfit, plus the valentines in box, candy too. A BIG thank you.
Response: So glad you liked the Valentine outfit and box. I think Valentines Day is one if my favorite holidays.
widelo123 rated for American Girl New Year's Destash on Dec 29, 2016
Comment: Carol, thank you so much. I can't believe all that you got into that plastic bag. I can't wait to get organize again. My husband painted the room I had all my things in and pushed it all into a corner. I don't know if it is good or bad, now I have to go through everything. I guess maybe it will be like Christmas, I don't know half the things I have. Again thank you, love swapping with you. Shirley
JustBecause73 rated for Celebrate National Hat Day on Dec 24, 2016
Comment: I love, love, love the hat, coat, mittens and all the accessories that you sent! My daughters thought that they were so cute and can't wait to play with them! Thanks!
sewcrazy rated for 2016 Advent Swap 2016 - back again on Nov 13, 2016
Comment: Can't wait to see what you sent. My granddaughter just loves these swaps!!!
Comment: Carol, you are so early. You make me feel guilty. Again I have to hide the box and put a big pile of books on top. I am like a little kid in a candy shop. I am waiting to send this off to one of my great grand babes. My youngest granddaughter informed me she has enough. I know she does because she also has her older sister's dolls and clothes. Thank you, Shirley Well, I am off finishing up some items for this swap.
Response: I know what you mean. I have put my Advent things away so I won't be tempted to open them. But it will be December before you know it. Love swapping with you.
jj9jj rated for 2016 Advent Swap 2016 - back again on Nov 4, 2016
Comment: So exciting to get these packages. I am anxious to open them all!!
Response: I hope each one makes you happy. Have a wonderful holiday. Love swapping with you.
sewcrazy rated for Treat me Like a Princess on Oct 1, 2016
Comment: Great swap!!! Thanks for everything. I'm taking it to my granddaughter tomorrow. I know she will like it as much as I do. Have a great day!!!
Response: Happy Anniversary. Have a wonderful visit with your grand daughter and family. Love swapping with you.

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widelo123 on Mar 18, 2017:

You are so kind to think of me.

Carol, thank you for your thoughtful card. I am almost healed. We were fortunate we didn't get snow that amounted to anything. It melted as as as it hit the ground.

widelo123 on Mar 25, 2014:

What can I say? I had a wonderful surprise in my mailbox today. You made me an adorable outfit for my twin boy doll. You went way over the top to do this for me. Thank you so very much. Happy AG swapping. Shirley

Karenmomofthree on Aug 16, 2012:


Thank you for your friendship. I am so thankful for it today.

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