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teejlc

teejlc
Date Joined: January 18, 2021
Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: October 7, 1978
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello Swappers!

2021 Christmas Cards- If you’re wondering what kind of Christmas card to send me, the answer is just about anything! I like glitter, old fashioned, cute, funny, fancy and even ugly. I’m not religious, but am happy to receive a card from any religion if it’s meaningful to you. Wish me Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Joyous Hanukkah, Bright and Shiny Solstice or whatever feels good to you. If the swap calls for flat gifts I love stickers, washi, die cuts, book marks, doilies, gift tags, pretty ribbon or anything made by you. If you don’t know what to write then tell me your favorite Christmas tradition or memory. 🎄🎅✨⛄️❄️🎉🕯

8/17/21 Update- I’m sorry to say that as of today I will no longer be accepting any mail with postage due. I’ve just been getting too many lately and it’s starting to add up! I told my mail carrier to please send back anything that arrives with postage due. I take almost all my swaps to the post office to double check the postage. If you ever get a swap that requires additional postage from me, please just contact me with a photo of the envelope or feel free to refuse the package!

my name is Tracy and I am so excited to be a part of this community! I believe that mail is one of the great joys of life. Sending and receiving has become even more important to me since covid began. It is so much easier to be honest, thoughtful and compassionate in letters than it is in an email or on social media. We need to bring back the lost art of this type of intimate correspondence!

I have lived in Michigan for most of my life and am a huge lover of the Great Lakes. Before I left work to stay home with my three young boys, I worked as a wetland biologist for the state. First I worked in the permitting program, then moved on to help head up monitoring, restoration and protection programs for Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands. I miss my work, but don't regret leaving.

We live in Brighton, which is just north of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. U of M is my alma mater and I love visiting the campus as often as possible!

When I'm not focusing on my kids or writing letters, I am an avid crafter. Needlework, knitting and collage (with both paper and fabric) are my favorite pastimes, but I also enjoy dipping into other arts and crafts that I'm not as good at, such as watercolor, drawing and coloring. I love art journaling and am lucky to have two wonderful friends that I trade journals with. We give each other a prompt and encourage imperfection.

Reading is another favorite pastime (especially classics and historical fiction) as is hiking, and exploring our local antique shops. At the beginning of the covid lockdowns I decided I would try to relearn Spanish. I practice every day, but it's going to take some time! I would love to attempt to read and write some Spanish postcards or letters!

Prior to the lockdowns, I became a certified health and life coach and I was working on building a business. My focus clients were women who have never learned to love their bodies and who have been perpetual dieters throughout their lives. (I fit into this category for most of my life.) My program helped teach women to accept their bodies, learn to eat intuitively and pursue health without focusing only on weight loss. I believe that ALL bodies are good bodies and that we must honor and trust these vessels we occupy during our time here on earth. While I loved my wetlands work, I felt that coaching was actually my calling. When schools closed, and my kids were home and needing me so much, I found I couldn't sustain being mom, teacher and business owner. I have temporarily shut my doors on that dream and am trying to work up the will to begin again.

On most people's profiles I see that many are not interested in discussing politics or religion. I completely understand that, and agree that I do not want to be preached to or persuaded. However, I do think that conversation and mutual respect is how we can heal the world, so I am very open to learning about the opinions, passions and stories that make you who you are. I just ask any discussions like this take place with an open mind and heart and always focus on compassion and empathy, rather than anger or an insistence that there is only one "right" way to think.

Thank you for swapping with me!!

THINGS I LOVE

In the past few months since I started swapping I’ve become OBSESSED with decos! I love them all- the beautifully made art ones, taped ones, any theme and from any country! I prefer the ones with specific themes. Feel free to send me extras in any swap. I also am normally more than happy to take homers, but please just send me a quick note to double check first.

I love original art, hand colored items, collage, ephemera, washi and, of course, STICKERS!

Your handmade postcards will make me happy.

As far as subjects go, I am really open to receiving anything you think is beautiful, but here are a few things I particularly enjoy:

Animals: birds (especially parrots and cockatoos), fish, cats, snakes, frogs, turtles

Plants: ferns, cactus, trees, wetland plants

Natural history: ancient creatures, geology, crystals and fossils, ancient peoples

Vintage: Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mid century style, Georgian/Jane Austen style... really anything vintage is fun to me.

Places/culture: Local landmarks and history from where you live, regional recipes, fairy tales, folktales, mythology

You: Mostly I want to hear about YOU. What, Who and How do you love? What makes you tick?

Thank you for swapping with me!

Favorite Music

The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti, O.A.R., Dar Williams, Mumford and Sons, Travis, The Avett Bros, Carol King, The Head and the Heart

I LOVE musicals especially Hamilton, Rent, Les Miserables, Wicked and some of the old classics like Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music

Favorite Books

I love so many books that I can't even begin to list them all here.But here is a list of 10 books that I loved enough that I read them two or more times. (In no particular order.)

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My Life in France by Julia Child

Union Street by Pat Barker

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

I am also in a book club that focuses on self improvement and spiritual growth. We've read many wonderful books, but my favorites have been "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, "Soul Craft" by Bill Plotkin and "Big Magic" by Liz Gilbert.

Favorite Crafts

I am a perpetual crafter and love to keep my hands busy. Right now I'm especially loving collage with paper, but I also like fabric collage, embroidery, knitting, coloring and watercolor.

Ratings

Bridgetofthedeans rated for Ho Ho Ho year three on Dec 4, 2021
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Comment: Love the ephemera you included 🥰
vlhafer54 rated for Extra Christmas cards on Dec 4, 2021
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Comment: Love the cards - especially the one with the deer and the bunny - Merry Christmas!
wyrdfae rated for CPG Move Any Deco 08 - Global on Dec 2, 2021
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Comment: Amazing deco. Thank you!
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Comment: I love birds and Christmas! Thanks for the extra washi samples!
Response: So glad it arrived! Thanks for the heart!
VaGrammy66 rated for Create a Deco for Your Partner on Nov 30, 2021
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Comment: Such a pretty deco! Thank you so much!I hope it comes back to me.
Response: I had so much fun making it. I hope it comes back too!!
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jeka396 rated for Decos Only 12/2021 on Nov 27, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the decos, my gosh that hedgehog is adorable! We had a good thanksgiving with just my mom here. But now have way too many leftovers!
Response: You're welcome, as always!! Hope you have fun with them!
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Comment: Hi Tracy, Thank you for the mail; I am saving to open in Dec=)
Response: How fun! I hope you have a huge stack to open!!
Tamawi rated for Last Page Deco 11/2021 on Nov 22, 2021
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Comment: I'll be happy to complete this theme and send the deco home. Thanks!
jeka396 rated for CPG Nov '21 Move a US Deco -US on Nov 18, 2021
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Comment: Ooohhhh, what a great Xmas deco! Love your page in it, and thanks for the stickers and vintage Xmas postage stamps!
Response: I thought you’d like this one! It’s much more fun to work in holiday themed decos when it’s actually holiday time! ☺️🎄
Wingy rated for Traveling sticker book round #35 on Nov 18, 2021
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Comment: Thank you. Thanks for the extra cool stickers.
Response: You’re welcome! Have fun with it and thanks for the heart!
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Comment: Thank you for the nice, decorated card. :) Hard to imagine there are snowflakes flying already! Here in WA, we just have a lot of rain and a lot of wind! Happy holidays
Response: So glad it arrived! It’s fun to start celebrating the holidays a little early! 🎄
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and the handmade tag. So lovely! Mele Kalikimaka
Response: I’m so happy you like it! 🎅
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #100 on Nov 13, 2021
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Comment: YAY, This one arrived, Thanks for the resend!
Response: Oh good! I’m so happy it found its way to you!!
SeleneW rated for CPG Coloring Collab #20 OCT - US on Nov 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty PC to have fun with and note!
janetr rated for Last Page Deco 10/2021 on Oct 28, 2021
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Comment: thanks for the great deco!
joppagirl rated for CPG Move Any Deco 07 - Global on Oct 23, 2021
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Comment: Thanks
joppagirl rated for USA Last Page Deco 10/2021 on Oct 21, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the deco with the unique theme.
jeka396 rated for CPG Oct 2021 Move a US Deco - US on Oct 20, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the cute little ocean-themed deco! And coordinated card, envie, tuck-ins, and stamps! So frickin adorable, well done!
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Comment: This was super cute! Thank you.

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Comments

OrigamiGrace on Dec 2, 2021:

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purple24 on Dec 1, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday card and stickers you sent my daughter. It made her day. — CPG Nov WL

Mistyinltown on Nov 24, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Goth Deco for the CPG November wishlist! I can't wait to do a page in it! Happy Thanksgiving!

e2java on Nov 24, 2021:

Thank you so much for the fabulous November CPG wishes. I love the dachshund stickers!

Whippet on Nov 6, 2021:

Thank you Tracy! Found your Happy Halloween envelope, thank you for the Halloween postage stamps, saving them for next Halloween ATCs, mail art. Thank you for the Deco, I will decorate & send home. And, - the artist A. J. Casson, I will look up info as I've not seen artwork of this artist until your card. Happy November!

bethe on Nov 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for the heart sticker from Etsy for CPG October wishes! This is the perfect size and looks so cute on my composition notebooks for journaling :)

shirleyinCA on Oct 23, 2021:

Thank you very much for the postcard you made me or CPG Wishlist! It is so beautiful, I just love it!

purple24 on Oct 22, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely birthday card and adorable granted wishes. -- CPG Oct WL

Ryleighsmom on Oct 21, 2021:

Thank you SO for the awesome autumn wishes you sent via CPTG October Wishlist! I LOVE IT ALL!!! 🎃🍁

thisismeAXiD on Oct 1, 2021:

happy birthday month

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