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orneryswife

orneryswife
Date Joined: July 21, 2013
Last Online: July 11, 2020
Birthday: February 19
Country: United States
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HI, I'M TRACY

I am a 60 yo wife (40 years!) to Ornery, Mom to Elizabeth (39) and Ryan (34), and Grammie to Micah (10) and Makayla (8) (aka the m&m's)

As of February 17, 2020, we have eaten a carnivore diet exclusively, (meat, dairy, eggs) and I have begun to get some of my strength back. Ornery built me some steps so I can climb into his pickup truck now. I am no longer completely homebound anymore! I still have to go out in my wheelchair, it is a rather inelegant process to get in and out, and it is a hassle to get the chair and accoutrements all gathered, so I don't get out a lot, but at least it is now an option.

LIFE IS GOOD

Since my children are grown, it's just Ornery and me in our beautiful color-filled home. We live in NE Oklahoma near Tulsa. About 8 months of the year, my yard sports a variety of blooming plants, the more the better as far as I am concerned. One of the hardest things I had to give up when I was no longer able to walk was working in my yard. My daughter is studying horticulture online, and it is fun to discuss our shared interests. (She is also very talented as an artist, but doesn't do much art these days.)

If you look at my Instagram feed, (link above) you will see equal parts garden/yard posts, and whatever odd crafty project I am immersed in at the moment.

I enjoy a wide range of crafting things, and occasionally dabble in poetry and creative writing. I used to blog regularly, but when I switched to doing most things on a tablet instead of a computer, I gave that up. Now most of my updates are on Instagram.

SEWING

I have made numerous skirts and doll clothes for Makayla, and have made odds and ends for around the house such as pillows, curtains, Christmas stockings, fabric shopping bags, etc. I recently purchased a new Brother sewing machine that I am still getting used to. I want to make a few mug rugs, and discover ways to use up some of my scraps ... maybe a crazy quilt? I also enjoy embroidery, but not counted cross stitch. I recently stitched a dozen flour sacking towels using those old fashioned Aunt Martha's iron on transfers. And, I love to stitch on paper!

WEAVING

It all started with a demonstration on a triloom at Silver Dollar City. Elizabeth talked her dad into helping her build a loom, and I watched her weave in my livingroom for a couple of years. She sold dozens of beautiful shawls, and while I loved watching her, my hands and body did not fit well with such a large loom.

A couple of years later, she got a table top tapestry loom, and I decided that might be more my speed. So Ornery built a simple frame loom for me, and I have made several tapestries on it. A pen pal recommended that I try some note cards with weaving on the fronts, and it is an extremely satisfying project, but the cards are bulky so I have started making sturdy envelopes to mail them in. I have more yarn than a body needs, but I do enjoy playing with the beautiful fibers! Sadly, I never could master crochet and knitting doesn't hold my interest.

MIXED MEDIA ART

I am happiest when I am in my studio or playing with color in some fashion. I don't draw anything other than stick figures that you might recognize, but fortunately, I happen to like abstract art better than realism, so it turns out I am okay with that lack of skill. I am not a master at any of the mediums, but I do like to dabble in:

  • acrylic paint
  • alcohol inks
  • art journaling
  • collage
  • mail art
  • pastels
  • stamping/embossing
  • washi tape
  • watercolor
  • gelli printing

I have a substantial collection of ATC's and Altered Rolodex cards. I have several binders filled with amazing mail art, which is probably my favorite collection of all. Some of my ATCs are in frames on the wall in my studio, others featuring little houses (my favorite theme) are on the wall in my dining room.

JIGSAW PUZZLES

I am a huge puzzle fan. I have over 100 in my collection, mostly 500 piece, but a few 1000, and several 300 piece, which lately has been more my speed, just because they work up quickly and are easy to handle.

PEN PALS

I have several (10? 15?) fairly regular pen pals, but I am always up for exchanging letters with new friends. I enjoy receiving mail, which was the reason I joined Swap-Bot all those years ago! I had to take a break from the letters when I was recovering from my illnesses (cellulitis/sepsis) but I am back online with most of them now.

While I really enjoy writing letters, I am not great with sending "extras". However, I like to think that my letters are worthwhile even without the extras! 😁 If you write to me, I almost always write back.

SWAPPING NOTES

I am a very reliable swapper. If I don't think I will be able to send, I drop from the swap. Always. Even when I was hospitalized, I managed to send my swaps on time. If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know as soon as possible. I generally mail the day partners are assigned, or at the latest a day or two after.

Likewise, I am a very prompt rater. There is nothing worse than spending time and effort to create a personalized swap only to wonder if it ever arrived. If you are a late rater or non-rater, please do not join my swaps.

If I happen to be hosting a swap, I will always angel if necessary. I tend to swap only within the safety of a group, but I know things can happen that are out of our control, and I will always try to make it right for those who join my swaps.

I try to make my swap descriptions as clear as possible, but if you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to direct message me, and I will answer your questions.

I really appreciate you being willing to swap with me. I try very hard to please my partners. If you are interested in a private swap, please send me a message!

I LIKE

For swaps that require personalization, tuck-ins, gifts, extras, etc., here is a list of my preferences.

HAPPY TO RECEIVE THESE THEMES OR ITEMS

  • A- ATCs, ATCoins, Artist Tiles, altered books/tags/playing cards, alcohol ink, acrylic paint,
  • B- birds (especially quirky ones), bees, butterflies, bright colors, bats (we have a house for them), beads, Bible verses, bells, book pages, blue/green color combination
  • C- coffee, COLOR, composting, corrugated paper, copper anything!, Christmas, contemporary style art, card making, clear communication, cooking, old clocks/clock faces, collage, cotton clothing, crocus, coral bells
  • D- daisies, dahlias, daffodils, dogwood, decorated mail, doll clothes patterns (12 or 18"), dragonflies
  • E- echinacea, embroidery, embellishments, ephemera for art journals or cards, e-books, experiments
  • F- flowers, funny quotes, fonts, fountains, ferns, fungi, fabric
  • G- gardening, art glass, gelli-prints, gnomes, greenery, glitter glue (NOT loose), gears
  • H- house keeping, houses of any size/shape/description, handmade envelopes, hearts, hydrangeas, herbs
  • I- Instant pot recipes, inspiration, integrity, ink, Irish wolfhound (don't have one, just think they are cool looking), iris
  • J- journals, clean jokes, (especially play on words/puns)
  • K- kitchen gadgets
  • L- letters from friends (old or new!), labels (I love my label maker!)
  • M- mail art, magazines about gardening or art, mixed media, mushrooms, maps
  • N- note cards (especially Punch Studio), nigella
  • O- organization, organic food/gardening, Ornery (he's my favorite), orange flowers
  • P- puzzles ( jigsaw, word search, easy crossword), personalized address labels or swap cards, peonies, peacocks, pastels (art medium, not colors), poppies, pink flowers, purple flowers, Panera, phlox, petunias
  • Q- quilts, quotes, quirky things
  • R- Rolodex cards (2.25x4"), rubber stamps, rainy days, "Restoration" (my word for 2020)
  • S- stickers (flowers, leaves, inspiration, seasonal, not kawaii or kiddie style), stars, seed packets, spray inks, spiky hair, sheepskin slippers, sunshine, surprises, seam binding tape
  • T- typewriter text, thunder storms
  • U- unused postage stamps, unique designs (outside the box, with a different twist)
  • V- violets
  • W- washi tape (except for tapes with words or kawaii), weaving, words, watercolor, wood burning, waterfalls
  • X- xyron
  • Y- yarn, especially smaller balls like the end of a project, Yupo paper
  • Z- zippers, zinnia

PREFER NOT TO RECEIVE

  • food or beverages of any kind
  • art with images of people or faces, especially those old time found relative pictures - creepy!
  • scented items
  • Halloween anything (although I do love the fall)
  • postcards
  • coloring pages
  • plastic deco tape
  • bulky bling

Ratings

Jsereg001 rated for 10 Year Celebration! on Jul 6, 2020
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Comment: I love mail art swaps too and now I wanna try an altered file folder swap!!
scrappermama rated for Collaboration Puzzle #2-USA on Jun 16, 2020
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Comment: Love the colors! TYVM! It'll fit into my puzzle perfectly! Keep well!
Lonestarchild rated for UHM: Fancy Envies on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Oh wow! I haven't done mine yet, but you've set a very high bar!! These are wonderful and so creative. Just love them! (Send me a msg and tell me how you did them!)
Aeon rated for SUSA - House Shaped ATC on Jun 9, 2020
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Comment: So cool that you've been to Bath, Maine! Thank you for the adorable house ATC and bigger house! Genius idea to use a brad for a doorknob! 😍
rarjones rated for CF- Fear not on Jun 9, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for a very colorful scripture card. So nice and bright and pretty. The envie was nicely done too:) Thank you for the scripture color art cards as well. Those are very nice. Thanks for swapping with me.
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Comment: thank you for the fun washi samples! yes! brown is hard to find, and I totally need to order some solid colors - they are good for contrasting!
Sunflower107 rated for CF: Mini Pen-pal Challenge on Jun 1, 2020
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Comment: Pretty card and envelope. Enjoyed your note.
magicinker rated for USATC: MAY Monthly ATC Swap on May 30, 2020
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Comment: Hi Tracy, Recieved your May ATC..Very creative..Loved it..Thanks bunches, Patt
grammypammy rated for TCHH ~ My Crafty Side #1 on May 30, 2020
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Comment: Your crafty side is great! I love everything you made! And that little house is so cute too. Thank you for joining this swap and for all the great crafts you made, you are very talented.
rubberduck rated for SUSA - ATC Mega Swap on May 29, 2020
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Comment: thanks for all the cards there are some really nice ones that i plan to add to my collection
jannieb rated for USATC: Mushroom Houses ATC Swap on May 23, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the cute mushroom house ATC. I think it turned out great too. Take care :)
Candace rated for CMF: Mini Pen pal Challenge on May 19, 2020
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Comment: What a pretty card! I too have been slowing down with the washi - it's so addicting!
jannieb rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap Feb. on Mar 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap. You never disappoint. Take care :)
hollycm6 rated for Crazy Spring Envie on Mar 10, 2020
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Comment: Oh this envelope is so pretty!! We have blooming pear trees in our yard also (like your neighbors) and cherry trees too... my favorite day of the year is when all the blossoms are snowing everywhere!!! It's more than one day, actually, but not many! Thank you for the fun bits of spring you included inside as well!
smmarrty rated for FCMA: Pink & Purple Postcard on Feb 28, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the groovy card. Spring has arrived in CA but I fear that it will be gloomy in March and April. Take care.
MamaMangrove rated for FCMA: Green and Yellow Postcard on Feb 28, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for your bright & cheery green & yellow postcard, Tracy. I love that you used the color duo on both sides & I have washi envy for that green vining tape!
pinklilly rated for UHM: Decorative Napkin Swap on Feb 26, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful napkins you sent me!!! I love your envelope!!
Jenicat rated for USATC: Feb. Free Theme ATC Swap on Feb 25, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the tiny houses ATC. I love it! 💜
kittyhahahotbot rated for MAE swap Stamping it ! on Feb 25, 2020
5
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Comment: Girl! HOw did you get such perfect impressions? Man, theyre beautiful! Thank you so much!
LadyJo rated for TCHH ~ Guided PC #6 ~ Presents on Feb 25, 2020
5
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Comment: That sure was a great gift! I enjoyed you sharing the second best gift and your worst! Oh my!

Rating Overview

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Comments

theevidenceisme on Jul 7, 2020:

Thank you so much for the RAK of stamps! They are beautiful and will add greatly to my projects. ❤

Lonestarchild on Jun 20, 2020:

Oh.my.goodness. I'm thrilled with these new envies you made. SO amazing. Just love them. Might force me into getting some of these paints to play with. Also a bit red-faced because I fell down on the job getting some to you. Only excuse is still trying to unpack and my sewing stuff hasn't shown up just yet, but it is going to the top of the list for this week! Will get some back to you soon. Squeal! These are so fun! Thank you!

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