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Date Joined: June 21, 2020
Last Online: April 12, 2024
Birthday: September 24
Country: United States
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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 (28 years together!), had a loveable, grumpy old man of a cat until a few years ago (He passed 1/15/21), and teach.

I'm here to swap postcards, ephemera, and stickers, primarily. I am a total nerd for ALL paper and stationery products, though, and I love fodder for collaging, especially fussy cuts, pages from children's books, and segments from books (especially dictionaries) 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, ATCs, altered books, & collage!!!

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

❤️stickers & washi tape!!!

❤️foxes! (especially the beautiful creatures at SaveAFox and the Marvellous Menagerie)

❤️"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

❤️I ❤️ Huckabees


❤️The Goonies


❤️Romy and Michele's High School Reunion



❤️Harold and Maude

❤️Pink Flamingos

❤️Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

❤️Really bad sci-fi/fantasy movies of all kinds

Favorite Television

❤️Our Flag Means Death

❤️Rick and Morty

❤️It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

❤️Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!

❤️American Horror Story

❤️Moral Orel

❤️American Dad

❤️Nighty Night

❤️Absolutely Fabulous

❤️What We Do in the Shadows

❤️Mad Men


❤️Dream Corp LLC

❤️On Cinema At the Cinema (webseries)

❤️Schitt's Creek


❤️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 things by Hunter S. Thompson

❤️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 trying to improve my drawing... 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 a loss in my friend-family, I took a break from swapping for a while, from November 2023 until March 2024. I'm just dipping a toe into swapping again, taking it slowly.

No Thank You

I know some people enjoy exchanging food and drink, but I don't use candy or single tea bags or things like that that have gone through the mail. (I'll just pass them along to someone who might use them if I can.)

I prefer non-religious items, thanks!

I don't have any use for teacher stickers ("Great job!" type); I teach adults.

One last thing: thanks so much for sending me something you spent your time, energy, and money on. You are being so kind and generous to do so. Take care! ❤️


Mystyne rated for PH: Postcard Roulette on Apr 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you for Mickey and Minnie postcard. I live it. We have also had an explosion of wildflowers this year. It has been amazing.
kydestar rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #60 on Apr 9, 2024
Comment: Excellent selection of postcards, thanks!
DParker85 rated for Stickers and a Sketch - March on Mar 30, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful art & all the stickers!
Comment: I have always wanted some artwork made entirely by snails.
Comment: I'm too busy rating all of the swaps right now!
Comment: Nothing arrived in the mail and it kinda made me happy for the first time to find nothing in my mailbox. 🤣Thanks for nothing!
desbaby59 rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 11, 2024
Comment: Thanks for nothing!
MisplacedfromPA rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 11, 2023
Comment: Happy New Years Greetings to you and yours. Here's to a cheerful present, a well remembered past and a prosperous 2024.
Meeshywii rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 9, 2023
bbpolymath rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 8, 2023
Comment: Hope you have a lovely holiday season and many fun swaps.
swapwithyi rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 8, 2023
Comment: Have a good day
Pyrhulla rated for A giveaway of happy mail !! on Dec 8, 2023
Comment: Wishing you a year filled with joy, laughter, and lots of happy mail. Happy 2024!!
marclively rated for PS: Send 3 Non-Touristy Postcards on Nov 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks! Marc
Comment: Thank you for the card! :⁠-⁠) I hope you're having a great November!
Comment: Thank you so much for such a lovely swap with such lovely stamps! I did not have Halloween plans, but it's always my goal to get the Christmas tree up on Halloween ... this year was another fail - maybe next!
Comment: Thank you for the fun ghost card with tons of stamps and stickers. Just got home from spooky shenanigans at Disneyland. Time for bed. 🎃👻🦇
SkaGirl rated for Halloween Card Exchange US ONLY on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you! :)
Labella79 rated for PC-Places I've never been 4 on Oct 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful Ireland postcard <3 The donkey is the cutest :-) I haven't been to Ireland myself but I dream of visiting it one day. I also dream of visiting the U.S. again :-) I spent a year near Chicago as an Au Pair in 2000/01 and I've always wanted to come back and explore more parts of your country - and come back to Chicago to see what has changed and find out if I recognize anything :-)
Comment: Thank you, Happy Halloween.

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thehappycow on Dec 6, 2023:

aatw november - Brooke said thankyou very much and she cannot wait to share these with her friends down at the school house!!!

HeidiJean on Oct 24, 2023:

Thank you for the Oct #1 RAK for 10 stickers and 10 3 cent stamps!

AJ73 on Oct 7, 2023:

Thank you so much for the wonderful cards. I also love Luka., ❤️♥️♥️♥️

bluerose3 on Oct 6, 2023:

Sept 2 rak stretchable book covers. Cute fox sticker you included. I think my favorite one is the colorful triangles.

sherylk3 on Aug 26, 2023:

Thank you so much for the used stamps, I keep lots in a book, and doubles I make paper projects, might be used in a junk journal, or into a postcard. (All about the Wishes - August)

bluerose3 on Aug 15, 2023:

RAK USA August #1. Thank you for a great envelope of goodies. I love it all.

hazelwitch3 on Aug 15, 2023:

Thank you for the great postcards you sent me for the July Vintage WTA! I'm delighted with all of them but particularly like the university one.

TaraBird on Aug 13, 2023:

Thanks so much for the Aug RAK #1 - such a wonderful envie of washi, stickers, papers, pcs! So generous ♥♥

supersquirrel on Aug 12, 2023:

Thank you so much for the wonderful RAKS Only RAK #2. I had so much fun unpacking your envie. The ostrich popped out first - what a cutie!! And last was the vintage squirrel ledger paper love love love. Thank you for the fun - you always send such thoughtful items ❤️🐿️❤️🐱❤️

theshyone on Jul 23, 2023:

Yesterday's mail was brightened by your July RAK #3 ~~ 12+ Big Stickers (RAKS ONLY USA group)! The stickers you share are always so precious, both my daughter and I are in love! Not sure how many I will be allowed to keep (LOL), but enjoyed them all nonetheless! Thank you for the bright spot in my weekend <3

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