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orneryswife

orneryswife
Date Joined: July 21, 2013
Last Online: May 11, 2021
Birthday: February 19
Country: United States
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HI, I'M TRACY

I am a 61 yo wife (41 years!) to Ornery, Mom to Elizabeth (40) and Ryan (35), and Grammie to Micah (11) and Makayla (9) (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.

When I first joined SwapBot, my goal was to find pen friends. Over the years much has changed, both in my life and in what I am looking for. I no longer feel the need to join every group, or load my dashboard with swaps. It's not the end of the world if I don't get a heart with my ratings, although I still aim for it. My life is really full and rather than SB being my reason to be creative, I have grown more comfortable with exploring on my own. The postal delivery system has gotten so crazy it's a good thing I am not depending on mail to bring happiness! I am still delighted to get it, though!

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. I have gained enough strength back to do some of it myself this year.

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 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. In 2020 a friend @patchworkchickadee pointed me to Anne Brooks, a textile artist in UK who started #sew4thesoulbook and I made my first fabric book of scraps of fabric and slow stitching. I enjoyed the project so much, I made a second one with the theme of little houses. My next big sewing project is a wall hanging-quilt as you go project. My houses will all be in the blues and greens colors.

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. I now have 3 different sized looms to create on, and way more yarn than a body needs! A pen pal recommended that I try some note cards with weaving on the fronts, and it is an extremely satisfying way to use my yarn. 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!

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.

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, alcohol ink, acrylic paint,
  • B- birds (especially quirky ones), bees, butterflies, bright colors, beads, Bible verses, unique book pages, blue/green color combination
  • C- COLOR, corrugated paper, copper anything!, Christmas, contemporary style art, card making, clear communication, carnivore recipes, old clocks/clock faces, collage, cotton fabric, crocus, coral bells
  • D- daisies, dahlias, daffodils, dogwood, decorated mail, dragonflies
  • E- echinacea, embroidery, embellishments, ephemera for art journals or cards, experiments
  • F- flowers, funny quotes, fonts, fountains, ferns, fungi, fabric, faith
  • G- gardening, art glass, gelli-prints, gnomes, greenery, gears
  • H- house keeping, houses of any size/shape/description, handmade envelopes, hearts, hydrangeas, herbs
  • I- Inspiration, integrity, ink, 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, music paper
  • N- note cards (especially Punch Studio), nigella
  • O- organization, 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, 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, violas
  • 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- zinnia

PREFER NOT TO RECEIVE

These are preferences, not mandates. However the scented things will not stay around longer than the time it takes to rate them.

  • food or beverages of any kind - I eat meat and drink water and coffee, not much else
  • vintage photos of people. I am not a big vintage fan anyway but those "found relative" pictures are creepy to me
  • scented items
  • Halloween anything (although I do love the fall)
  • coloring pages
  • plastic deco tape
  • bulky bling

Ratings

StagKing rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on May 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful hand! I love all of the techniques and effects you used and I can't wait to get this up on my art wall. Apologies for the slightly late rate, I was unexpectedly away from my home for the weekend, but this was the perfect happy mail to come home to!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Artsy Hands on May 9, 2021
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Comment: Beautiful artsy hand, Tracy! I love the bright color pops and the embossed b&w details. Thank you - happy you're enjoying the swaps!
5
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Comment: Thank you!
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: 3-in-1 Mail Art (USA) on May 1, 2021
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Comment: It was so fun to receive your envelope, Tracy! Love the colors you chose, but you know I love all the colors. It was really nice to read about your proccess. I had some challenges with my set too, but I liked them in the end. Spring is indeed happening here and today I saw dandilions, marsh marigolds and the first purple violet in my yard! Did you know the bees are fed by the dandilions when they wake up? It's their first food of the season. My geese eat them all from my yard, but there are always plenty for the bees outside the fence.
dobie256 rated for MMA: Woven Note Cards (USA) on Apr 28, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for hosting this great swap and for sending me such a beautiful card! I love your gelli print background and your fiber choices match it perfectly. I have been sending paper weaving cards for years but I enjoyed your tutorial for using fibers instead. I will definitely be making more. Thanks again for such a fun swap! <3<3<3
warheart rated for OMAE: DIY Patterned Papers on Apr 24, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the amazing quality of papers you sent! Love them - that slick paper has to be one of my favorites! The colors are so vibrant!! I will have to try something like that!
Response: So happy you liked them! The shiny is alcohol ink in yupo. I live those vivid colors! Thank you for the heart!
donetta rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #2 on Apr 23, 2021
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Comment: Oh so lovely to receive this from you...it's fabulous! I just love the bicycle (is it a rub-on?)...it's so shiny and cool. Just an amazing little piece of artwork...thank you so much, Tracy!
Response: I stamped the bicycle and added clear embossing powder to get the shine. I am delighted that tou liked it! Thank you for the ❀
Cynfully rated for Spring Cleaning Collage Destash-USA on Apr 20, 2021
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Comment: Tracy, wow thank you for so many wonderful things to use. Im gonna have my junk journal filled up..lol
Aeon rated for OMAE: Mini Glue Book (USA) on Apr 17, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the GORGEOUS glue book! I loved all of it! It’s all so cute and the drugstore quote is hilarious. Pretty envelope too!
Lonestarchild rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5!! on Apr 13, 2021
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Comment: Wonderful selection -- always love your painted envies!
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Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous letter!! It really brightened up my mailbox! :)
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Comment: Glad to see you swapping again! Thanks for the great tag!
Sunflower107 rated for CF- Scripture Swap - JOY on Apr 4, 2021
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Comment: Love your scripture card, beautiful. Thank you for the extras.
bb2 rated for CF: Color Swap Yellow on Apr 1, 2021
5
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Comment: You made my day with the wonderful yellow swap wrapped in yellow tissue paper. Thank you for all of the fun things you sent. Daffodils are my favorite flower, too. Thank you and happy Easter.
5
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Comment: Love this card and recipe! It is keto friendly! Can't wait to give it a go...Thanks for sharing it with me! Have a magickal day and happy swapping....
BeckyG56 rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #1 on Mar 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for both of the cards. I find both very creative! I chuckled at the jokes too! Such fun happy mail today
JaneInSD rated for USAPC: Glue Book Page: Green! on Mar 23, 2021
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Comment: Tracy thank you for the awesome green glue book page. For being someone that hasn't done it very often, you did a great job. I am super new to the craft myself, so I'm learning too. I also love the fantastic journal card you made with the stamps. So creative! Thanks also for the extra emphemra. They will come in handy in my journals. Thanks for a great swap!!
wolfeagle rated for Collaboration Puzzle #5 on Oct 16, 2020
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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
5
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Comment: all great choices! - "stridulate" - new one for me!
mags142 rated for SMSUSA: Washi Mail Art x2 on Aug 25, 2020
5
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Comment: Hello Tracy! Thank you so much for the beautifully decorated washi envelopes! I cant wait to use them! Happy Swapping!

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Comments

bigmamabird on May 8, 2021:

Tracy, thanks so much for the gorgeous OMAE Postcard Plus card! The alcohol ink art on the front is wonderfully absract and yet so flowery and the colors are so rich. Love the butterfly sticker and that riddle made me chuckle!

LadyJo on Apr 8, 2021:

Thank you for the beautiful washi note card and lovely letter. I enjoyed reading of your latest happenings. I will write back soon! AWG March 2021

lady41701 on Mar 17, 2021:

Thank you for the beautiful AWG wishes. The napkins will sure come in handy for my glue pages. The stationary will too. You made a happy mail day for me. I loved it!

ChrisAnne on Mar 16, 2021:

Stopping by to say thank you for the extremely generous wish through my A Wish Granted wish list. Your note was perfect! Thank you for thinking of me!

Poohtat on Mar 16, 2021:

Thank you for the AWG March lettuce seeds, PC and funny note. I giggled about the Old Augusta ponderings. I used to drink Barnie's Coffee & Tea Mocha Java blend and it was so smooth and delicious. I will check out Deans Beans. Also, I have never heard of cinnamon stevia. Going to check that out too. Thank you!

DragonflyDreamer on Mar 12, 2021:

Thank you for the AWG March wishes! I love Joggles too!!!! She always uses such fun tissue paper. Scraps of it often end up in projects that my mom and I swap. "Oh that looks so familiar," one of us will joke because we both order from Joggles all the time. Your gelli prints are beautiful! I can definitely put them to use. Thank you so much! You are a wonderful soul! Be well.

hollycm6 on Mar 11, 2021:

Haha that package was AMAZZZZING!!! Thank you (awg march)

Tigerlilyknotwise on Mar 10, 2021:

Tracy, thank you for the fun yellow trims and ribbons! Looking forward to stitching them into my projects. Yellow is not usually my top choice, but I noticed I’ve been using it a lot lately, so I thought I’d better embrace it! LOL
The frog is cute too! (AWG March)

yvonne401 on Mar 9, 2021:

Thank you for my AWG March wishes of a birthday card and anniversary cards! Thanks for making my upcoming birthday special πŸŽ‰!

Blessings,

Yvonne

Lonestarchild on Mar 8, 2021:

Thanks very much for sharing your gardening plans. Sounds wonderful and ambitious!! (and, sewn envies went in the mail today.) March AWG

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