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Last Online: May 10, 2021
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already!

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in! Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Comment: Love the little story and beautiful postcard...such a cool library! :)
Comment: Thanks, Carol!
Comment: Thank you for your cards, mine in return... The envelope was broken, but the 3 traveling cards in good condition. ๐Ÿ˜€ And I got your kind message!!
Response: Oh no! glad they still made it. There should have also been a note from me inside. Guess I'd better start taping up those envies myself! lol!
uiltje rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #94 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your splatter PC in its first round. I already have an idea for the second one. Nice to receive a notecard with a very Dutch bike-with-a-basket-and-some-flowers. But I need your help. I always take a picture of all the swaps I send. But a Collaboration one with a tulip? I can find it anymore........
Response: Cool! I worried about that one, but it was so fun to do! Glad you like the notecard. When I read your profile, I thought of that one right away. I wish it was easier to bike everywhere here in Phoenix, but there's almost nothing but more houses close to me, and the summer would be brutal to ride in! And I had it wrong--it was an HD/HP PC with lots of tulips. You added a tidbit about tulips being Turkish and brought there via Australia! Love it!
MisplacedfromPA rated for Traveling Greeting Card #9 on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you. Will forward on, on next round. The recipe for Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower looks good. Thank you
Response: Thanks for the heart! I hope you like the recipe. I've been really enjoying my air fryer. I was amazed that steaks turned out really good--gotta watch them, especially if you don't want well done! It happens fast!
Carrii rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 37 on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the extra stadium postcard! We are trying to visit all the MLB stadiums too, but we just started in 2016 and have been to only 4 so far. We've been to several of the MiLB stadiums too and just a couple American association of Independent baseball - although I think they just merged with MiLB so they aren't called that anymore. If you didn't know already, each stadium should have a stamp that you can have them stamp in a book with the place and date, just for fun.
Response: You've got me beat. I've only been to the one here and to the Brewers' in MN. I thought I'd get to add two when I went to Chicago for my niece's graduation a year ago, but we all know how that turned out! I'll keep trying! I love your idea of stamping a Pass Book or something. I'll be MLB could get an airlines to partner with them to sponsor that! Thanks so much for the heart! I hope we both can add more this summer!
Fabriqueen rated for Traveling Greeting Card #8 on Apr 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for sending and for the cute shaped paper clip! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the hearted 5!
wyrdfae rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #93 on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Beautiful. I love everything especially your handmade stamp
Response: So glad! It was an early effort, not that I'm much better at it now. I kind of like the "rough" look--good thing! lol! Thanks for the heart!
elflady rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #103 on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Lovely start to this postcard. Thankfor the extras and the envelope that i will be able to use Stay well. elflady
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it and can use the envie. Can't wait to see this one completed! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Oh Carol!! A thousand thank yous for the Wuthering Heights postcard for my collection! It's my very favorite book---how wonderful!
Response: You are SO welcome! I hoped you'd like that one! I love that PC series. So many great books and cool covers. I love it when I have one that matches a partner's likes! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi! Thanks for sending this card along, and thanks for the book rec--I've not read it yet! So fun that you're caught up with Doctor Who--I really liked PC and JW as the Doctor! take care, k
Response: Thanks for the heart! I hope you like the book, too!
Allegrae rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #92 on Mar 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! Will start thinking about what to add. Love the Pennsylvania Dutch brochure! And thanks for the cute notecard, as well.
Response: Thanks for the heart! SO glad you enjoyed that little brochure. It was so funny--I'd just run across it and when i read your profile, I figured it might be one you'd enjoy!
CaseyErin rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 35 on Mar 2, 2021
Comment: Awesome, awesome stamps! Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I love seeing all the stamps, too! So much fun!
Comment: Thanks for the bookmark. I loved your colorful envelope.
Response: So glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Carol, thank you for the note :) I will pass these on. ^_^
Response: Great! Thanks for the heart!
Artstamper rated for AMA: What's Your Word 2021 - Feb on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Carol. this post card is beautiful and fits my word perfectly. Thank you so much! Thanks also for the extras.
Response: So glad you like it! Thanks for the heart and for being patient with my issues.
Comment: Ooooo! Thank you for the recipe! I donโ€™t have spelt in the cupboard but will pick up this week. These muffins sound perfect as a pick-me-up when I am out on my new job as mail carrier :-)
Response: It's one of my favorites! I haven't tried it with spelt flour. I just use oat, and if I don't have the flour, I just put a cup of oatmeal in the blender (not the quick oats kind), and you get oat flour pretty fast! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card & postcard, I love it! ๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: So glad! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the sweet card and ephemera and sending the traveling letter! Like you, I was confused by the numbers on this letter but I think what happened is it got switched with the international one and then switched back. That set is on a different number than USA. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: Aha! That makes sense. I've seen that with some of the Pass & Paste cards before. I guess as long as it gets passed around and sent back, it's all good! Thanks for rating and for the heart!
mcovey rated for Traveling Greeting Card #7 on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and greeting cards and all not all the extras. Wow great Swap!
Response: SO glad you like it! Thanks for the heart!

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WoodlandBanshee on Apr 12, 2021:

Thank you for finishing and sending home my pass and pass postcard! It's lovely!

ktk8 on Jan 11, 2021:

Hi CAROL and THANK you for completing the HOLIDAY CARD.... it arrived today and is so nice... I love love love it ... the use of netting and the pretty tree make me smile.... thank you.... it got here totally INTACT...... happy happy!!!! and am sending you many <3 's!!

Happy New Year.....

Kate ktk8

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wolfeagle on Dec 22, 2020:

I hadn't thought of these words, but I really like them: Mindful and Legendary. I hope they inspire you in 2021.

banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!๐Ÿ‘ป happyhallll

desertdoll on Apr 25, 2020:


McAnaraks on Feb 24, 2020:

I enjoyed working on your collaboration card, thank you collaboration

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

addendum to my thank you..... THANK YOU for the GREAT fruit stamps....... oh I love them they really complete the postcard...... woo hoo!!!

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

Hello and Happy New Year....THANKS for adding to my fruits of change postcard and sending it home it got here yesterday and I love it.... HOPE you are feeling BETTER AND BETTER.... big gentle hugs...

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