Swap-bot Time: July 3, 2022 4:34 am


Date Joined: May 7, 2017
Last Online: June 9, 2022
Birthday: April 10
Country: United States

About Me

I live in a small house in a fairly small touristy Lake Michigan town with my amazing hubby and our sweet rescued shy dachshund mix Oliver (LOVE dogs!) and our very sweet and VERY skittish rescued mini wheaton wirehaired dachshund, Rusty. I work full time at the 100 year-old community hospital. Mom to a son who is an adult now; empty nest works well for me!

I'm a total 🐶🐶 dog-lover (especially short dogs and long-snout dogs), total animal lover (hence avoiding eating meat!), recycler, energy-conscious, cruelty-free & natural product (no chemicals, no testing on animals) consumer, flexitarian who loves to thrift shop and find a good bargain, but despises clutter. I tend to enjoy animals more than people. :) I am an introvert (ISFJ) and HSP.

I love:


💐clean/fresh outdoor air (especially SPRING!)

🐦sounds of birds singing, nature, trees, flowers

📚learning or thinking of something in a new way


✌quiet time


♻ Recycling/Reusing things

******* PLEASE NOTE*********😖

🤢NO SMOKE SMELL; It causes a reaction🚭

😣NO FRIENDSHIP BOOKS or cartoony/kawaii things

😣NO FALLING GLITTER or GLITTER PENS FOR CONTENT---I haven't found a glitter pen that doesn't transfer and make a total mess of a letter!! I love glitter pens too but not for writing paragraphs, only for decorating since that glitter comes off all over everything! 😣


Hobbies: Pen FRIENDS (different than just receiving mail from a pen pal), paper crafts, walking and enjoying nature, time with my hubby, reading good books (Suspense/psychological thriller is #1), kayaking/swimming in clean pure natural water, finding pretty rocks on the beaches of our Great Lakes, home remedies/essential oils, avoiding toxic products of all kinds, supporting companies that are CRUELTY FREE, nature, animals, fresh air, bargain hunting @ thrift stores, garage sales, etc. bird watching/feeding/observing, lists, envelope art, colors, inks, fountain pens, paints, etc. etc.

I love anything that looks like "sparkle"✨ (but doesn't come off on the hands!); sun rays or starburst or firework for crafting; stencils, masks, stamps, papers, etc. (But as much as I LOVE creating the "fireworks" on paper, I do NOT like real fireworks going off---causing animals to fret and sometimes to the point of harming themselves, causing nature to be disturbed, causing pollution in the air, etc)

Related to Swap bot...

Things I like to see in the mailbox:💌 long letters from friends who communicate like a CONVERSATION. Replying to what was received, asking questions that would come up in context of a conversation, sharing thoughts/perspectives, etc. (I don't do LISTS of questions, not generic questions, or questions about "favorite" this or that. I love questions in conversation though! MEANINGFUL questions!) I'm not looking for things, I'm looking for THOUGHTS.

I'm trying my hand at hand lettering (I don't do "drills" as I can't stand repetition, so I just practice naturally)

Crafty interests:



🧡cling stamps





🧡inspirational quotes 🔉

🧡flowers 🌺

🧡hearts 🧡💛💚💙💜🤍

🎨Colorful things

💕Anything Michigan! (and playing cards with other states on them)

❤💥🔆❇🎇✨Starburst/sun/snowflake/sparkle/fireworks looking things

My style is not cutesy or perfect, it's messy and mixed media style. I leave my perfectionism at work, there is no place for it in my craft room. 😜

Favorite Crafts

Crafts: I❤ love to make something with paper crafts. 🌈 I keep it simple, it's just my style. Stamps, inks, stencils, texture, etc. I don't make things to keep. I only have room for the supplies I have no room for what I make with them. 😊 I like it to be something that can be used---bookmarks, tags, etc.

I make cards (though cards are not something I generally like to make) and donate them (DOROT, lovefortheelderly website, FB From the Heart, etc) instead of swapping items; I feel for the elderly in nursing homes or home alone and lonely.

I like to listen to podcasts while I craft....I like most true crime, Marriage is...Funny...The Introvert's Guide To....I like the content and I like their voices....I'm sensitive to certain voices and even if I'm interested in a subject, if I can't stand the voice, I can't listen to the podcast. I also can't stand frequent swearing just to swear. If you enjoy podcasts that have a deeper voice that isn't obnoxious and doesn't swear a lot, I'd love to hear about it.👍

TYPES of Pals/Swaps

I like to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy some time with my pen-FRIENDS. A letter can be just a letter, or it can be a chat with a friend. I don't want the just a letter in my mailbox, I want to recognize that letter as from a friend and tune into what is going on in their little piece of the world! I love recognizing a letter addressed to me by my friends handwriting!

Since joining, I have found that most penpal swaps just do not match with my style of pen paling. I have made a few AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL friends from here so I will press on, hopeful to find more, but please know that not every swap will result in an ongoing pen pal friendship🤷‍♀️. It's nothing personal, just a difference in pen pal style. I'm into QUALITY over QUANTITY. I have wonderful pals that just write twice a year...that's fine, providing it feels like it's from a FRIEND and not just a letter in the box...and it's long enough to keep that friendship going. A little notecard just doesn't do it for me.


Comment: Thank you for the letter and extras.
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I will write back soon!
Comment: I love your letter! I am crafting a response now! Thanks for the awesome ephemera as well!
Response: Yay! Look forward to hearing from you! I love to add ephemera!
Comment: Thank you!!! 😊
Comment: thank you and I will write soon.
Comment: Let's keep a good thing going! A letter will be in the mail soon!
Comment: thank you! It was wonderful reading your email!
Comment: Thank you for the letter & goodies! 😊
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter! LOVE the envelope!!!
Comment: Thanks for writing back. Your envelope was so pretty, I love that it is a recycled bag. Have a great day!
Comment: Received your wonderful friendly letter in May, and appreciate your kindness in waiting to critique my lateness in responding/rating. I love hearing from you, thank you.
Comment: WOW! Thank you for the wonderful letter. I loved reading it. I will write back---soonish :). Thank you!
Comment: I received your letter in the mail today. I will be writing back within the next few days. I think we will become close pen FRIENDS. Thanks for the postcards, 80 cents what a bargain.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mail art envelope, delightful extras and really nice letter! I plan to respond. :)
stephiedee rated for PVT: recycleit & stephiedee on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Wonderful paper bomb, Tracy! It was fun to go through and I will absolutely get use of a lot of the things. Thank you! If you ever want to do this again, just let me know.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it!! Yay!! Yes, I was hoping you would want to do it again!
Comment: Your bunnies on the envelope are so incredibly cute!
Comment: Thank you for the extras. Yes I’ve participated in this swap before. I’m sorry you don’t think we would be good pen pals. Take care.
Comment: Thank you so much for your nice letter! Your envelope is gorgeous. I really like the colors and the quote. I have a lot more to say so I will send my reply letter soon!
Comment: Loved reading your profile & your letter & your creative stationary/envelope - wish were a creative recycler! Thank you for creating this swap, & for the lighthouse pc & playing card, pointing out where you live on the cards' map. Can't wait to hear from you again!
jaimierandolph rated for 2019 Handwritting Quotes #1 on Feb 10, 2021

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amyduff on Jul 19, 2021:

Oh what joy! I have received your letter and just started to dive into but will have to finish later as work is calling. Thank you for the response and can’t wait to learn more about you. Many thanks for the quick response! I am glad we were paired up too for the swap. Even happier we will continue to correspond with one another.😊

stephiedee on May 2, 2021:

TRACY! Thank you so much for the surprise paper bomb! What a wonderful bunch of goodies it is. I started a mail art gluebook not too long ago that is for pretty envelopes and bits I receive via trades, so this batch (and the previous envelope from our swap) will go far in making fun pages. I'm game to continue this back and forth if you are. :) See you in the mail soon!

gingerbee on Sep 15, 2020:

Thank you for the letter! I will write back to you shortly! :)

jenmcjen on Jul 22, 2019:

OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Apr 25, 2018:

Hello here is the link to the next letter swap


I hope it works

ttbishop on Feb 10, 2018:

Got your letter! THANKS!! SO HAPPY! Will write you back immediately. :-)

kweandee on Jul 5, 2017:

In case your interested ;)

http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/246220 http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/246317

GuchamusGirl on May 19, 2017:

Good morning!

NH: 1oz stuffed envie swap sent. Tracking #9114 9014 9645 0535 7483 31

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