Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 1:02 am


Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: September 21, 2021
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States

About Me

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Hi! I'm Dana and that rhymes with so many things, but let's go with "tropicana". My name pronunciation is the Canadian female version - I was born in Montreal and moved to Hollywood, FL, when I was 11. It was fun at first and then it just got boring and I wanted to live in a city and I also wanted to study medicine. I love a good two-fer so I did the Six-Year Medical Program at Boston University. Being in Boston in the late 80s and early 90s had a huge impact on my aesthetic and worldview. I was going to be a radiologist (I love anything ~anatomical~ and anything to do with medicine in general and psychiatry and ~brains~ more specifically). This plan did not work because I have a weird eye disease and needed two corneal transplants and also I have bipolar 1 and I could not handle all the stress. So I am on disability after trying so many jobs in so many cities and always going manic under pressure. I used to be afraid to discuss the bipolar but you can see I'm over that, yay! I am all about ~mental health awareness~ and I'm here to help or educate.

I like to share my experience of living over half my life with a mental illness and how I came to accept my diagnosis without it defining me. I am still struggling with the psychiatric parts pretty much daily (you might get weird words from me, but I try to be coherent when I write), and as I age, I'm starting to see what not taking care of myself consistently has done to my physical health. Please take care of yourself!

Update 6/17/21: on June 1, I had all my teeth extracted (except for the one that fell out by itself) and was given a full set of dentures. This happened because my mental illness often found me neglecting my oral hygiene. I have a long way to go to heal and it's been a bizarre experience, but now I am obsessed with teeth, dentist appointment stickers, ads for vintage denture accessories, and that sort of thing.

So if any of that interests you, please let me know! You can reach out to me in DMs and I'm happy to help if I can!

Favorite Music

I listen to music every day and am very passionate about what I listen to. I'm a serious fangirl.

These are faves right now:

Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kesha, Caroline Polachek, Adele, Lorde, MARINA, FKA twigs, M.I.A., Rina Sawayama, Japanese Breakfast, Mitski

And some k-pop artists: SUNMI, Twice, BTS, Itzy, Blackpink, Everglow, 2NE1

But also

Wilco, XTC, Pixies, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure, Pavement, Weezer, Prince, NIN

And bossa nova and Julien DorΓ© and Tchaikovsky and Fleetwood Mac and ELO and Boston and and and...

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I am starting a new project using song lyrics. I would love to receive pieces of songs that you love written or printed or drawn or whatever you want. You can just write a lyric on a scrap of paper and that would bring me great joy. If you want to tell me why you chose the lyrics, I would love to hear! If you don't have any lyrics you want to share, can you do "august" by Taylor Swift and use "meet me behind the mall" (I'm making a sub-collection of "meet me behind the mall"s)? Please provide the name of the song and the artist if you do your own. Thanks so much!

Favorite Crafts

I am crafty but not artistic. My vision is getting worse (update 06/17/21: I am now officially legally blind) and so it's hard to see what I'm doing sometimes and I'm often sloppy. Hey, mistakes are just design elements...

I like to do collage and mixed media, often using vintage dymo and tags.

I have two of those K&Co Smashbooks but I only add to one sometimes and I haven't started the second. Any K&Co accessories would be greatly appreciated and those big pockets would make me very happy!

I enjoy making envelopes. I like to write notes and letters.

I love to add washi and stickers to envelopes when I send cards, letters, and swaps. Please don't send tiny stickers because I can't really see them.

Favorite Television

I love TV and we watch a lot in our house.

Some favorites:

American Dad, Schitt's Creek, Brooklyn 99, Ancient Aliens, Rick & Morty, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, The Americans, The Bold Type, House, Cells At Work, Japanese Style Originator (please let me know your thoughts on this if you watch! :-)

Favorite Books

The pandemic severely affected my voracious reading habit. I can only read ebooks and I have to make the font huge. Luckily, my library has a good eBook system and I have gotten back into reading daily. If you have any recs, please pass them along!

Some favorites:

  • Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • Banana Yoshimoto (anything by her)

  • The Vanishing Half / The Mothers by Brit Bennett

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo / Daisy Jones esp. but all her books are good

  • The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

  • The Practical Magic books by Alice Hoffman and also The Dovekeepers by her is historical fiction at the siege on Masada with witchiness

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • non-fiction: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Things I like

~ My aesthetic is eclectic; I like cottagecore/cottagegoth and kawaii and retro and witchy stuff

~ Favorite color is any shade of purple but I prefer darker ones. I also love black

~ I love dogs (we have a maltipoo named Baby) and penguins and foxes and owls and most animals really

~ I love anything related to space, astronomy, astrology (I love being a bipolar Gemini), aliens, the paranormal

~ I love mushrooms and have some theories about fungi

~ I love nature in general except for snakes and wasps

~ I love paper ephemera. I consider old usable stamps to be the ultimate ephemera and will enjoy any usable USPS denomination you share

~ I love "flow" paper items

~ I love shiny things

~ I love anything cute and have a broad definition of kawaii - brands aren't important to me, I just enjoy adorable stationery! My favorites are Chococat and Hello Kitty but I like finding new characters to love

~ My favorite stationery is the letter set and I love an interesting note card. I don't do many postcard swaps but I like cool postcards

~ I drink a lot of tea and I like anything that doesn't have chamomile or anything "stress reducing" or "detox" - I just don't like chamomile, but the other stuff can interfere with my meds. I love trying new teas and have found so many new faves here!

~ I love tarot and oracle cards and if you have one (or more!), please consider sending it to me so I can add it to my collection. I can see you putting it into the envelope...

~ 420 - daily use as part of my bipolar therapy and actually part of the reason we moved to WA state; I would love to hear your stories and see your art and do private swaps with you as I have a small but fun collection of washi and lots of flavors of Juicy Js if you want to try some out

~ ~ ~ ~ don't need any of these:

~ bookmarks (I don't read print books) (if a swap includes a bookmark, please send whatever you like - handmade or otherwise :)

~ tags

~ ~ ~ ~ don't like any of these (a refresher):

~ tiny stickers

~ chamomile

~ teas for de-stressing or detoxing or anything healing sounding

~ snakes

~ wasps


I can go on... Thanks for reading and please contact me about anything!

I appreciate everything anyone sends me! Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me anything! You made my day!

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trishay79 rated for LSRUS Happy Mail Swap on Sep 20, 2021
Response: Thanks for the rating! ❀
Carollee922 rated for CPG-Tea time-US on Sep 19, 2021
Comment: Thank yo u, I love the note pages, I actually used one today for my to do list. I really like the teas you sent too. Sorry for the late rate, it was just delivered yesterday.
kayebubbly rated for Happy Mail #5 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: thank you for the swap!
Response: Thank you for the rating! ❀
allest03 rated for Happy Mail #5 on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you!! This was such a fun envelope of goodies!
MaryTylerGore rated for Happy Mail #5 on Sep 16, 2021
Comment: I am blown away. Thank you. I love the zine!!! All of the goodies were fun and brought a huge smile to my face. really.. my cheeks hurt. lol.
Catzcre8 rated for RAK Destash #7 - August on Sep 16, 2021
Comment: Dana, please forgive me I didn't know I was supposed to rate you. I thought everyone that signed up would receive a box of goodies πŸ˜…...oh my...I kept thinking wow she much really be clearing out her whole house. In health and kindness, Catherine
Response: No problem, Catherine! It's hard to understand that swap sometimes. But I'm doing a destash (smaller) so send a message with your address if you want a random ounce of flats. Take care!
Comment: What a fun envelope full of butterfly goodies. Thank you! I especially loved the letter! Thanks for brightening my day!
Eulegirl rated for MMHWH - Cup of Tea for Me Swap #13 on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all of the awesome teas! Going to enjoy these in my classroom with my electric kettle! Also, my kids who get in trouble a lot are also my best readers, and I love their enthusiasm! They did an excellent job in front of the vice principal today!
Mitziishere rated for Happy Mail #3 on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Oh WOW, such cool goodies. I love all of it!
AZmom875 rated for CH - Scrap Attack! #1 on Sep 10, 2021
Comment: That was an envelope of scrappy fun. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty unique card, extras and for joining the swap!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute card and washi :) I hope you are doing well!!
weatherwax rated for LSRUS Happy Mail Swap on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: Awww, thank you for this lovely yellow envelope!!! The K-postcard is fantastic and will be on my moodboard from now on :) Have a beautiful day βœ¨πŸ™‚
Comment: Oh wow ty so much for the lovely pkg woo hoo you made my day . take care and have a wonderful week .
SherylAM rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #13 on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful items.. the washi tapes are yum!!πŸ’›
becait rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #13 on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much I love these postcards! πŸ’•πŸ’• happy swapping!
Myself333 rated for CPG-Move my excess quick-US on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies! I LOVE the mermaid, the colorful nautical PC, and several of the paper samples especially. The envelope was super cute too, and the pockets were really fun to discover
coleenfranks rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #13 on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Dana, love what you sent.....and especially those cute little feather post its.Thanks for reading my profile and for your generosity.
Response: Yay! It was so much fun putting your swap together! Reading your profile was a pleasure! Take care!
allest03 rated for Happy Mail #3 on Aug 29, 2021
Response: You're welcome! ❀
catlingmex rated for Tea please ❀️ on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Wow, you really went above and beyond! So many teas, a sunflower notecard, and I love love love the Stonehenge postcard. You made my day. Thank you!
Response: Yay! I'm so happy you liked the swap! You are so very welcome! It was a pleasure putting it together for you! Take care!

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circularlogic on Sep 21, 2021:

I received week 1 of SMSUSA: 6-Week Snail Mail Swap! I love the lovely fall leaves card!


Karen07 on Sep 20, 2021:

Hey Dana! Just letting you know that I'm enjoying the mail that you've been sending! I am indeed a lover of Alice!

PrairieKittin on Sep 14, 2021:

Hello from downriver! I used to live in your area. Worked at Biggs. I'm downriver in Vancouver now.

Rainydancer on Jul 18, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

HeidiJean on Jul 5, 2021:

Got your notecards for the may WTA! Thank you!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2021:


Petaltea on Mar 16, 2021:

The Dublin Murder Squad!! Fantastic series. I found you on instagram! The best photos on ig are always the pics of our furbabies. hahaha! I received your swap today. Thank you!

groetjes, Robyn

takehimaway on Nov 6, 2020:

BTW, THIS IS DEFINITELY A SIGN. I love them too, of course. LOL.

takehimaway on Nov 6, 2020:


hamsterfarm on Sep 24, 2020:


For joining everything Pink <3

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