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Last Online: April 9, 2016
Birthday: February 8
Country: United States
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About Me

Please know that if you send me something and I don't rate you or send you a thank you note / post a note on your page it is because I didn't receive anything from you. Not because I am thoughtless.

One of my goals for 2015 is to be more active on this site. I can't wait to get to know some of you better.

This has not been a problem as yet, but if you happen to receive postage due mail from me, please let me know and I'll make it up to you. I'm careful in my packaging and weighing, but I cannot always make it to the PO so sometimes I just put the correct (as determined by USPS.com) postage on the envelope and place it in the mailbox where ever I happen to be.

As far as groups go, I at least read many of the groups I'm in a few times a week. Of the remainder, many aren't active at all and instead of dropping them I check about once a month and hope that they become more active. If you have an issue with the amount of groups I belong to, please ask me about it.

I am living the American Dream. I am beading my heart out and taking care of my amazing husband. We've been married for 17 years now and are still best friends. I have a 28 year old son and both a grandson and granddaughter, and now I have another granddaughter on the way. She's due March 19.. These people are the light of my life..

I love beading, my pet stingray, my dog Holly, the colors green, teal and purple, good tea. especially black currant flavored, gel pens, things that are colorful, reading, learning new things, camping, travel, sharing my stuff, writing long chatty letters, and spending time with the people that are important to me.

I live three blocks from Lake Michigan and vacation as often as possible in a place surrounded by water. My favorite vacations currently revolve around cruising and Puerto Vallarta, MX. I find a kind of peace in the water that I've not experienced anywhere else. I am fascinated by tropical fish and creatures that call the ocean home. If it isn't a stingray, then the more colorful the better.

I don't have much appreciation for coffee, licorice, being lied to, and people who don't honor their commitments.

If you are sending to me, I'd appreciate it if you would use real stamps for postage when possible. I really like to see different stamps. Thanks a bunch.

Please also know that if you send me something and I don't rate you or send you a thank you note / post a note on your page it is because I didn't receive anything from you. Not because I am thoughtless.

Music and Movies

My taste in music runs the gamut from hair bands such as Warrant and Cinderella to current bands like Hinder and Bare Naked Ladies with a compliment of Celtic music and such classics as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I also am partial to country and jazz. Some of my other favorites (not mentioned above) are: Harry Connick Jr., Sarah McLaughlin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nickleback, Tim McGraw, John Mayer, Norah Jones, and Metallica. I also have a deep appreciation for songs that tell stories.

In no particular order, and just a few movies I really enjoy: 10 Things I Hate About You, Blast From the Past, Pushing Tin, A Knight's Tale, the original Good Bye Girl, Braveheart, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Drop Dead Fred, Hackers, The Princess Bride, The Boondock Saints, The Deep, Into the Blue, The Harry Potter Movies, The Lethal Weapon series, Benny and Joon, Rounders, the Oceans 11, and 12, White Oleander, Some Kind of Wonderful, Billy Madison, National Treasure, 50 First Dates, Fool's Gold and The Color of Friendship. I also love movies that deal with theft such as Heist, The Italian Job, Entrapment and The Score.

Favorite Television

Seems like most of my favorite television isn't here any more. I loved Boston Common, Yes Dear, Friends, The Riches, The Shield, InJustice, Dharma and Greg, Still Standing, Smith, Oz, Saving Grace, Medium, Big Love and, Dexter, House, The Closer, Two and a Half Men. As far as shows that haven't been cancelled yet, Shameless was totally worth the wait... and when time allows I watch Supernatural, The Waltons (reruns), Bones, The Most Dangerous Catch, Whale Wars, Iron Chef America, Chopped, Cupcake Wars!, Cupcake Girls (it's like a train wreck - I just can't look away) and the Chiller channel. I enjoy the specials the Food network puts on where people have a certain amount of time to build a cake or a sugar sculpture.

Favorite Crafts

Beading, Rubber stamping, beading, sewing, bead weaving, crochet, beading, cross stitch, beading, enameling, bead embroidery, letter writing & emailing, and beading. And next on the list when I have some time will be lampworking. I already have all the equipment except the gas tanks and the flashback arrestors. Oh, and did I mention beading?

Favorite Books

I also love to read. I enjoy just about every genre except military history and I'm not much on romances. Fairy tales and folk lore hold a special fascination for me. My favorite authors include Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, Janets Fitch and Evanovich, and Michael Crichton.

I'm currently looking for the books listed below. Paperback and previously loved are more than welcome.

The Ice Limit, Thunderhead, Riptide and Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The Manhattan Hunt Club - John Saul

Anything by John Sanderson except Invisible Prey, Chosen Prey,Storm Prey and Wicked Prey

Brother Odd - Dean Koontz

Losing It and Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time - Valerie Bertinelli

Series of Unfortunate events books 3 through end except 5,6,9,10 and 11- Lemony Snickett

Freakonomics - Stevens Levitt and Dubner

Son of a Witch - Gregory Maguire

Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson

Any Dresden Files book except numbers 1, 2 and 6- Jim Butcher

The Sisters Grimm

Any of the vampire books out now.

I have books for trade in the PF. Click Me!

Things I Can Always Use

My Little Ponies - the actual plastic horses in any size ever made - with or without mane and tail, and I don't care if it has been colored or spray painted on - even with sharpie.

Unusually shaped or antique sequins

Glass beads

Glycerine soap from Bath and Body Works

Colored markers and colored pencils

Zines you are finished with

Rubber stamps and ink pads you are tired of

Gel and Micron pens

punchies in any color except newsprint/packaging

Back issues of: Food Network

Real Simple

Quilter's Newsletter


Any cross stitch magazine

Quilt World

Things I can send you:

Beads :)

Books in a wide array of genre

Hand stamped cards and images

A piece of custom jewelry is possible


Puzzle magazines (new but back issues)



Alphabetical Me

Artistry, Beadweaving, Beaches and Bagpipe Music, Citlalmina - my baby granddaughter, Color, Daylight, Etsy and Embroidery, Fabric Postcards and Flower Gardens, Green, Holly (my dog) and Home Cooking, Indy Business Support, Johnny Depp, Knitting and Kiva, Lake Michigan, Mail (the Snail Kind), New Pens, Outdoors, Peace, Quilting, Rubber Stamping and Renaissance Faires, Sewing, Temoc (my grandson), Under the Sea, Violets, Water, Yarn for Socks, Zillion Other Things.

**My Bucket List**

Celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary

Take a world cruise for at least 90 days

Go to burning man

Shop at Mood and visit the bead district in NYC

Read 1,000 more books - 983 left to go - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman, The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, So B. It by Sarah Weeks, Fool Moon by Jim Butcher, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Blaze and Cell by Steven King, Testimony by Anita Shreve, Property of by Alice Hoffman, Gone South by Robert R. McCammon, Storm Prey by John Sandford, Intensity, The Mask and The Taking by Dean Koontz, Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, Divergence by Veronica Roth

Vacation in Prague - so far just weekend trips

Run a 10K

Attend Masquerade Ball Labrynth of Jareth

Write a cookbook

Vacation in Australia

Become fluent in Spanish

Meet some rainbow family

Participate in a flash mob - the artistic kind

Plan and make a quilt for my bedroom

Have a successful bead business

Vacation in Ireland

Learn to scuba dive

Roll down a mountain in a Zorb sphere

Learn to noodle for fish - and get a big one

Experience zero gravity

Camp in all 50 states

Take surfing lessons in Hawaii

Publish a pattern to a bead magazine

Lose 110 pounds - only 96 more to go

Take a world cruise

See the wild horses on the beach in SC

Things I've done from the bucket list

Visit crater of diamonds state park (October 2011)


goodqueen4 rated for Flat Envie of Happy Mail #1 on Mar 7, 2016
Comment: Thank u so much for the cute package.Today was a really bad day for me and It definitely made my day better.
Response: I'm sorry you're not having a good day. I hope tomorrow is much better.
Myerscaroline6824 rated for Volunteer - January on Feb 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the email, you are quite busy! I'm glad so many people are aided through your efforts :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the lovely comment. 😊
Syreena rated for Volunteer - January on Feb 11, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your email! Best.
Response: You're welcome! ☺
Lonestarchild rated for Volunteer - January on Feb 11, 2016
Comment: My goodness! What a busy lady you are. This is all lovely! As the daughter of a vet and aunt to two currently serving young men, thank you for everything you do for the veterans. Really very wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!
Response: My husband was active duty Navy when we met, and he retired at 20. I can't imagine doing it any other way. Our vets are so deserving, and I feel like it is the least I can do to show my appreciation. Thank you for the 5 and the ❤. We're having another fish fry tomorrow and breakfast on Sunday. If you'd like to come I'll buy your meal. 😊
bf0932 rated for Send 1 Christmas Card on Dec 20, 2015
Response: Thanks for the rating. I hope you enjoyed the Amazon gift card I sent. Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Hi Karen! Thanks for the lovely pc and that is interesting about the tourists riding the mail boat! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Response: Thanks for the rating.
A127 rated for Sticker Swap #2 on Mar 6, 2015
Comment: Nice stickers! Thanks!
Response: My pleasure! I'm happy that you like them. :) I love sticker swaps. :)
Linsoid rated for Sticker Swap #2 on Mar 4, 2015
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Welcome.
goinjenny rated for Sticker Swap #2 on Mar 4, 2015
Comment: thank you
Response: You're welcome. I hope you enjoy the stickers.
Comment: Finally I got your rating up here and saved! Duh! Thanks again!
Response: :)
sherba31 rated for Karen and Sherba on Jan 28, 2015
Comment: I received the books and hope to start on them soon. Thanks for the extra stamps! I'll message you about them.
Response: My pleasure!
Comment: Hi Karen, thank you for the Hungarian apple soup recipe. It sound delicious. As I visualize making it (and I will very soon), my mouth is watering and eager to taste it. Also, the juice recipe sounds amazing. I love to juice and try to have at least one green juice a day. Thanks for the postcards too. The decorated zentangled envie is really cool. Happy Swapping, and be HEALTHY always!
Response: I'm glad that you liked everything. :)
DomesticGodessT rated for Christmas Card Challenges #4 on Dec 17, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the card, stamps (love those Batman ones!!) Bookmark and Congrats on my wedding....so sweet of you to make it so personal, you made my day! Happy holidays and hope to swap with you in the new year!
Response: You are most welcome. I'm so glad you enjoyed the swap. :D
goinjenny rated for Christmas Card Challenges #4 on Dec 15, 2014
Comment: Thank you
Response: My pleasure! :)
daydreamer47 rated for Random Postcards in Envie #2 on Nov 10, 2014
Comment: Hi Karen! You speedy resend got to me today. A BILLION hearts and thank yous are in order. The cards you sent me are gorgeous! Another thank you for my sisters card too, swappers like you truly make this site worthwhile.
Response: I'm glad this one got there okay, and that you enjoyed the post cards. That cathedral is Prague is amazing. :)
Elle21 rated for NOT my country PC swap #6 on Oct 10, 2014
Comment: Hi Karen :) Elle here from the Philippines.. Thank you for the beautiful postcard.best regards :)
Response: Hi Elle, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Comment: Thank you so much for the stickers..... I think I enjoyed the envelope even more! So creative!
Response: To be totally honest, someone here at swap-bot sent that envelope to me at some point. I'm glad that it got there okay. :) Thank you so much for the kind rating. I truly hope that you enjoy the stickers.
florenceantonette rated for $2.45 Washi Tape Fun on Aug 12, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the washis!!
Response: Thanks for the rating!

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CurlyTea on Feb 11, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

wolviechick121 on Jul 4, 2016:

Happy Independence Day!!!

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

flowerchild on Feb 22, 2016:

Thank you for the CPG February wish. You could have messaged me the codes but you sent them with a Chinese New Year stamp!!!!!!

TeaNi on Feb 22, 2016:

Thank you

for granting my wish with the pretty, shimmery heart stickers- exactly the kind I was hoping for :)

Sallyo on Feb 11, 2016:

LOVE the planner pages that you sent me for your RAK! Thank you:)

thriftymermaid on Feb 7, 2016:

Happy Birthday from the Mermaid Lover's Unite Group!! We hope you have a fintastic day and year ahead!! Please head over to our group forum and put your name and addy in our February Birthdays thread so that we can send you some Birthday Happy Mail!!

Afrogami on Jan 23, 2016:

Thank you so much for the wonderful washi tape samples from my January wish list!

Babsmomof5 on Jan 19, 2016:

Thank you so much for the birthday card from the CPG group! It was so special to receive it on my birthday!

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