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orneryswife

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

I am an almost 60 yo wife (40 years!) to Ornery, Mom to Elizabeth (39) and Ryan (33), and Grammie to Micah (9) and Makayla (8) (aka the m&ms).

I am home-bound with an undiagnosed condition that has left me partially immobile. But, I am grateful to have cheated death twice in two years, and while I am not where I would like to be physically, at least I am on the right side of the dirt! :) I am gradually improving and am adjusting life to make me more independent. My husband is delighted that I can now wash the dishes and cook at the stove unaided!

We do not have a television. We had a video player for a few years while we were homeschooling our kids, to watch math instruction and other videos but we have never had cable. We do a lot of YouTube watching, and have about a dozen DVDs that we watch on our computer from time to time. I listen to podcasts, but rarely to radio. I still have an iPod loaded with old favorites and tons of sermon series by favorite ministers. Ornery watches woodworking videos, I watch art, crafts and natural health related videos. I have lots of feel-good books on my Nook ereader but I don't spend as much time reading as I do creating things these days.

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.) We start seeds indoors and are working toward filling an enclosed porch with herbs, edibles and flowers.

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" because I can't get out to shop. 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
  • 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

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Comment: Oh my Tracy, this is so cute! Even your little decorated note card is adorable! Thank you for not writing inside the feather card too...now I can use that one as well! Have a wonderful end of winter!
Snaileditcrafts rated for CMF: Wild and Crazy on Feb 20, 2020
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Comment: Tracy! Thank you so much for the beautiful card! I love the bright and vibrant colors! So cheerful! Thank you!! -Nikki xoxo
monsbrick rated for EP: Three Twinchies on Feb 18, 2020
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Comment: Tracy, not only are these gorgeous but they are the most beautiful ATCs I have ever received!!
turtles27 rated for UHM: Punches and Dies on Feb 18, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for all of the wonderful die cuts! I can definitely put them to good use!
dobie256 rated for TPS: Weave Your Prints on Feb 17, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for your wonderful swap package. The weaving is beautiful! I love the secondary color palette and rarely think to use it. Your extra prints are lovely too. Flowers in shimmery paint ... Hard to beat. And thanks for the washi tape card. Ever since I saw that technique on your Instagram I have been hooked! So much fun. Wonderful swap! <3<3<3
Tverne05 rated for USATC: Glass Bead Gel on Feb 15, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I like the design you chose. Awesome job on incorporating the glass beads gel.πŸ‘πŸΎ Cute pocket that you made for the ATC.
Kalalinga rated for SS: Put a Feather on It on Feb 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous feather themed art piece. I have a book that I collect this size in and I'm really happy to add this to it. Lovely swap. Thanks for the book binding thread also!
katjl rated for UHM: Mail Art - Love Theme on Feb 13, 2020
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Comment: The envelope and tag was so pretty. Thanks for the stamps too. 😊
jinxspinx rated for UHM: Hand-made Envelopes on Feb 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you!! Great envelopes and love the gelli prints! Also thank you for the labels inside. Love them!
Lantana149 rated for EP: Let's Swap Ephemera! on Feb 11, 2020
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Comment: I LOVE all the bits and bobs! I'm at work, but after opening this swap, I'm ready to go home and craft! Thank you so much!!!!
ChelleHames rated for SS- Valentines Day Time! on Feb 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the so lovely Valentine's Day card! I love the woven paper on the front! It's beautiful! Thank you as well for the washi tape! I don't have any of those patterns!
marymary914 rated for EASU: String Me Along on Feb 8, 2020
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Comment: I love this so much that I’m putting it in display in my craft room! thanks so much!!
theevidenceisme rated for UHM Mail Art- Winter theme on Jan 31, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty envie and postcards!
choke rated for USATC: Free Themed ATC Coin Swap #1 on Jan 31, 2020
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Comment: Hi Tracy! It is so wonderful to find you in my mailbox again! I adore the mixed media coin you created, and the color palette is wonderful! I've already put it on display, thanks for such an awesome swap! P.S. I kinda miss my alphabetical list too, just haven't found time to put it back. hehehehe
Tverne05 rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5! on Jan 31, 2020
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Comment: Thank you soo much for the items you sent. I love the decorated envie. It gives me more ideas for envie decorating. The washi tape note cards are cute. The scrapbook paper will certainly come in handy. One cannot get enough of washi tape. Nice ATC. Thanks a bunch!
Nnyla rated for CF: Inspiration Cards ~ January 2020 on Jan 30, 2020
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Comment: Thank you, thank you for the GORGEOUS double-sided ATC. I want to display it on my inspiration wall but can't decide which side to show! LOL. Have a great weekend!
sweetgypsy rated for UHM: Altered Hearts on Jan 28, 2020
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Comment: Love the snoopy altered heart. So creative! Thank you:)
sweetgypsy rated for EASU: Heart Shaped ATC on Jan 28, 2020
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Comment: Super pretty heart shaped ATC! Thank you :)
ginny19590 rated for USATC: Hearts & Flowers ATC on Jan 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome ATC. It will fit into my collection perfectly.....=)
marymary914 rated for TPS: Gelli print envelopes on Jan 28, 2020
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Comment: Beautiful envies!! I love them all! Thanks so much!

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Comments

ChrisAnne on Feb 20, 2020:

Sorry I'm a day late, but I'm often late for everything! I sure hope you had a great birthday!

Tricia22 on Feb 19, 2020:

AWG February- Thank you for the amazing wishes you sent, Happy Birthday!!πŸŽ‚

TamiHope on Feb 19, 2020:

Happy, Happy Birthday!! From Tami in the CF Group.

bb2 on Feb 19, 2020:

Happy Birthday! God bless

MsRose on Feb 19, 2020:

πŸ’“πŸ’“Happy Birthday TwinzeeπŸ’“πŸ’“ Just opened your lovely note card AWG Have a beautiful day!! Cher πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Lonestarchild on Feb 15, 2020:

Thanks so much for chiming in on the Instant Pot -- I might just break down and get one (if I don't decide I'm moving out of the US again!)

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