Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 1:11 am


Date Joined: June 21, 2020
Last Online: September 21, 2021
Birthday: September 24
Country: United States

Things that make me smile

Hello from the beautiful Southern California desert! My name is Carrie Jean, and it's really nice to meet you! :)

I'm 40-something and married (26 years together!), had a loveable, grumpy old man of a cat until recently (He passed 1/15/21), and teach.

I'm here to swap postcards and stickers, primarily. I am a total nerd for ALL stationery products, though, and I love fodder for collaging, especially pages from children's books and in languages other than English!

To give you a just a bit of an idea about me, here are some of my all-time favorite things in life that make me smile:


❤️mail art, altered books, & collage!!!

❤️your original artwork!!! (It would be such an honor to receive it!)

❤️stickers & washi tape!!!

❤️"why would anyone make a card of THAT?" -- boring, mundane, or odd postcards and note cards

❤️pretty stamps, stationery, papers, etc.

❤️cats, especially maneki-neko, Jetoy, & blue cats


❤️owls, flamingos, & cardinals

❤️armadillos, hedgehogs, sloths, & badgers

❤️donkeys, llamas, alpacas, & goats

❤️quokkas, capybaras, & pangolins

❤️butterflies & dragonflies

❤️chipmunks & squirrels

❤️octopus, jellyfish, & seahorses

❤️koi & other beautiful fish

❤️snails, turtles, & tortoises

❤️Joshua trees, chollas, ocotillos, & deserts in bloom

❤️dandelions, poppies, lilacs, lily of the valley, white roses, & lavender



❤️rainbows & LGBTQIA+ themes 🏳️‍🌈

❤️museums, aquariums, libraries, & observatories

❤️folk art, graffiti/street art, strange signs, & found art

❤️recipes, especially for regional dishes you love or make

❤️truly strange or dark/black humor

❤️"kitsch" & "camp" of all kinds

❤️inspiring, non-religious quotations

❤️cartoons, comics, & other illustrations

❤️ads for unique or odd products, especially vintage/reprints

❤️propaganda (of any kind from anywhere)

❤️feminist & progressive messages

❤️Mr. Fred Rogers

❤️Dia de los Muertos & sugar skulls

❤️holiday cards, especially for regional/national holidays


❤️pressed coins

❤️lenticular, 3D, sealed glitter, & prismatic stuff ❤️

Favorite Movies

The Big Lebowski


Pulp Fiction

The Shining

They Live


The Goonies


Romy and Michele's High School Reunion


Pink Flamingos


Really bad sci-fi/fantasy movies of all kinds

Favorite Television

Rick and Morty

The Handmaid's Tale

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

American Horror Story

Mr. Robot

American Dad

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What We Do in the Shadows

Mad Men


Dream Corp LLC


Sons of Anarchy

Cooking shows/competitions of ALL sorts

Favorite Books

ANYTHING by Lynda Barry because she is so deeply #1, but right now, especially her newest, “Making Comics” and her classic, "Cruddy"

Most books by David Sedaris :)

“I Like You” by Amy Sedaris

“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

I also collect cookbooks and old children's books.

Favorite Crafts

❤️Collage is my truest artistic love! I adore making postcards and altered art/books from found media, and I love receiving lovingly made artwork of yours!

I'm learning to draw in my 40s!

Cross-stitch when I can concentrate :)


I Pledge to Rate

If anything goes awry...

If anything goes wrong with my swap with you, please let me know so that I can make it up to you. I will do my best to do the same for you, and I will always, always reach out before giving a bad rating.

My mail is slow these days, like for so many of us, but if you don't receive something after a few weeks, please don't hesitate to message me. I will absolutely resend. I don't flake.

And if, per chance, I owe you postage for miscalculating the weight/size of a letter or postcard, I am happy to repay you with unused stamps or cash, as you'd prefer. We are all doing our best. :)

My Short Break

Due to an emergency situation, I took a break from swapping for a while (3/21 until 7/21), but I am back! It's good to see you all again! :)


Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing postcard and the extra ones! Glad you're able to beat the heat.
Journeyoften rated for NYUP USA Only #74 on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: THANK YOU so much for the very interesting PC featuring the San Francisco earthquake! I enjoyed it very much! I am looking forward to cooler weather also! Bring on the fall! :)
Comment: Thank you for the great cards. I have not seen Game of Thrones but maybe someday when it becomes available on something besides HBO which I do not pay for.
LibraryMaker rated for NYUP USA Only #74 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcard! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the vintage postalette, Carrie Jean. I love the colors! It is still very hot here too and I am also looking forward to sweater weather : )
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely things you sent! I was blown away by the thoughtfulness of it all. The Edward Gorey postcards are so great. <3
Fairydollmilk rated for NYUP USA Only #74 on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the adorable Miyazaki movie postcard. Autumn is my favorite as well. Take care.
Comment: Carrie Jean, I absolutely love the card you sent (big house with the porches on it!) Thank you! Autumn weather was here for a few days but is back to summer in Titusville, for now anyways. lol Have a wonderful day!
craftynut rated for Ugly PC Swap #38 on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. It is one that I would say was unusual but interesting.
Juniebird rated for WIYM: Say .... WHAT???? on Sep 12, 2021
Comment: HAHAHA! I really loved your story about inventing Morse code... That is totally something a cat would do! I hope it gave the mailman a chuckle too. Thanks for sending and best wishes!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful selection of vintage postcards you sent! Love them!
Comment: You're the best! Thanks for the time spent in the postcards you sent! Very much appreciated! Thanks for the stickers too!
Fabriqueen rated for 🐈Cat Postcard Swap USA #24 on Sep 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you o much for the beautiful Jetoy PC and your note! I've never been able to grow plants of any kind but my grandfather could grow tomatoes and roses so plenteous they would almost bend the plants over to the ground. I've always envied those people with green thumbs. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
photovivie rated for Vintage tourist card #09 on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card! (Canal street New Orleans). I love it!
veronicallama rated for Make a Teacher Friend #1 on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Wow, your cheery letter arrived on what's been a very trying day in the classroom, so thanks! Feels all uphill for me currently. The tuck-in are awesome; I especially like the Bob sticker! Great swap!
Comment: You should have heard me when I opened up your envelope. I gasped! I love what you sent. Thank you! Enjoy your weekend. I hope you watch something good. We will trying the new Cinderella on Amazon!
Comment: What an excellent story—churros for everyone! And I love that you used different and interesting stamps. Thank you so much.
Jillemina rated for Happy Mail #4 on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: WOW! This is happy mail! What a wonderful swap. Thank you for all the goodies. All of it is so perfect!!!! Thank you for the letter it was a joy to read!
Risna rated for Ugly PC Swap #37 on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: This made up creature is so ugly! Who does that? And who thinks it's a good idea to put it on a card? The image is perfect for this swap tho. lol Thank you!

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Honeyloveart on Sep 10, 2021:

This week I got your first letter and amazing stencils from my wishlist! Thank you so much, you've already made my mailbox so happy! (Happy Mail All Month Sept)

user6937 on May 4, 2021:

PH WTA - March; your nice cards have arrived. TY for sending five :)

OrigamiGrace on Mar 5, 2021:


From CPG!

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥




banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!👻 happyhallll

Heylittlesongbird on Jul 14, 2020:

Yay! So happy they arrived safely!!! <3

arimails on Jul 3, 2020:

Haiku For You ! Thanks for joining my swap :)

The world is crazy/ All we can do is our best/ Hope is what we need.

AlfiahKhaier on Jun 30, 2020:

Haiku for you

The stars

Shown their light

In your eyes

bexthelibrarian on Jun 30, 2020:

Swap: Haiku for You


Bright starry clusters

Anatomy of the sky

I gaze up in awe

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