Swap-bot Time: January 15, 2021 1:16 pm


Date Joined: July 21, 2013
Last Online: January 6, 2021
Birthday: February 19
Country: United States
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I am a 60 yo wife (41 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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


  • 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


  • 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


wolfeagle rated for Collaboration Puzzle #5 on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. Simply lovely. Hopefully the busy-ness is a blessing, and not something like Dr. appointments. ;D
christy102194 rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #31 on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: all great choices! - "stridulate" - new one for me!
mags142 rated for SMSUSA: Washi Mail Art x2 on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Hello Tracy! Thank you so much for the beautifully decorated washi envelopes! I cant wait to use them! Happy Swapping!
chimerix rated for Collaboration Puzzle #4-USA on Aug 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful mushroom puzzle piece. I love it and I love that you made a matching envelope! Thank you so much for a great swap. Aloha
warheart rated for UHM: Floral Happy Mail on Aug 19, 2020
Comment: Awesome floral envie!! Thank you!
AnitaHames rated for UHM: Altered Tag on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the very pretty tag! I like the mix of fibers for the tassel.
ArtyBeth3 rated for RSC - Welcome to my Garden on Aug 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your “ever-so-lovely” flower card! Sorry to hear about your hot weather! We struggled recently with a few 100-degree days ourselves. It’s finally back down to the mid 80s.
jeka396 rated for UHM: Washi Post Card on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely PC! The blues looked so wonderful together! I appreciate the kind words in your note as well. And don’t worry, all the tape stayed down during the card’s journey through the postal system!
onthesnap22 rated for Collaboration Puzzle #3 on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely puzzle piece!! btw, where did you get the sicker? my man and i think its great!
Comment: Thank you for all of the goodies. I really like the little 'swap' cards with the washi. That gives me an idea of what to do with those hundreds of rolls of washi I have collected!!
NRGordon rated for Expand my Vocab PC USA #31 on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC and your words. I worked one summer to 'disinter' graves to move them for highway construction.
Hunbun rated for Washi-fied Pen Pal Letter on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: Wow! I wish I could give you more than one heart! What a cool presentation for your letter--and thanks for the gorgeous extras. I would love to write you back but your address was torn; would you PM it to me?
Jsereg001 rated for Altered File Folder on Jul 13, 2020
Comment: OMG!! The folder is absolutely amazing!!! I love it so much!!! Once I saw it I decided to start mine over because I don’t think mine is even close to being as amazing as yours!! Lol!! I love it and I am having fun with this swap! It’s my first time making one of these but it won’t be my last!! Thanks!!
Jsereg001 rated for 10 Year Celebration! on Jul 6, 2020
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
Comment: Love the colors! TYVM! It'll fit into my puzzle perfectly! Keep well!
Lonestarchild rated for UHM: Fancy Envies on Jun 13, 2020
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
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
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.
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
Comment: Pretty card and envelope. Enjoyed your note.

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