Swap-bot Time: May 6, 2021 9:55 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2021
Last Online: May 5, 2021
Birthday: October 7, 1978
Country: United States
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Hello Swappers!

I am new here and am so excited to join 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!!


Being new here, I am eager to find out what it's all about and honestly will adore anything you care to send!

I do 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.


Comment: Thanks so much Tracy for your lovely letter. My son wants a phone too and we are still debating that. His bday is in July so we shall say. We are dealing with the same mask issues here in Alberta as you are there. To be honest, I would love for everyone to play together to end this, so I don't have to wear one anymore! I have to wear it everyday for work and well yuk. I am definitely Covid tired and would just like some sense of my normal back again. I really enjoyed your letter and thank you for the lovely die cuts! Take care of yourself!
sleepingrover2010 rated for Coloring Collab 2021 #4 on May 4, 2021
Comment: Hi Tracy, Thank you so much for the swap you completed and then sent to me. The item(s) you sent me for the swap is/are GREAT!. I really enjoy receiving new items that I can use in future swaps or some other creative project(s) OR Add your project to one of My Collections. I apologize for taking extra time in getting your rating done for this swap. I very much appreciate your completion of this swap and getting it off to me in a timely manner. Colorado is still having problems with the mail. Mail going in and out of Colorado is continuing to be an issue. So, until this issue is resolved, please Be Patient! Thank you for the stickers you sent along as extras. Your Swap-bot Partner, Barbara B. sleepingrover2010 Thank you for the extras you sent along with the postcard you sent for me to finish. I'm still having issues after my surgery. I am working toward my recovery, but my recovery is going to be slow.
Aseret25 rated for CPG Things w/Wings PC - US Only on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the spring-themed postcard! Yes, the flowers are in full bloom here. The lilacs are my favorite. :)
Comment: Your note made me laugh out loud! Thank you and have a great week!
Response: Lol! Now you know you’re welcome to send me the weird ones when I’m your partner. 😂
Comment: Thank you for a pretty pc!! Hope you get to Hot Springs - we've been here a week and we love it!
jeka396 rated for Artistic Decos - 4/2021 on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely decos- they are nicely decorated but so chunky!! :). Also, I’ve never done one that had a predetermined image to use, that will be interesting! It does make the book look quite cohesive though!
Response: I know they are really packed full of decorations! I wonder if that’s why they’ve been circulating for so long- no one wants to mail them, lol! I do think they were really pretty though so hope you have a great time with them!
Wingy rated for Traveling Sticker book #28 on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: Love the cactus washi on the envelope.
Kraftylady777 rated for Coloring Collab 2021 #3 on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!
AceInBeautyland rated for For the love of Decos #1 USA on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! They are lovely! Yes, this is my first deco so i had to do research lol. I cant wait to decorate these and send them out in the next swap.
Response: I just started swapping them in February and I’m completely addicted. Have fun and I hope one of yours comes my way soon!
Comment: Nice list of girl names! Thank you for sharing them with me!
wyrdfae rated for Decos Only - 4/2021 on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Gorgeous decos! I love the circle and fantasy themes. And don't worry about your soapbox, it appears we very much have the same one. If you ever want to do deco swaps, let me know
Response: Enjoy decorating! I am always open to private swaps as well so just let me know if you ever have excess ones you need to move. ☺️
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and lovely note. Happy Easter and Happy Spring.
Comment: Hello Mrs. Tracy, thank you for your letter. I have write back to you and will be sent it soon. ❤
Response: I’m so glad it arrived in your mailbox!
marles rated for ABCUSA ~ A-Z Postcards ~ Letter D on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the kitty postcard! I've never been to Michigan, but I'm glad you love it. I've moved all over the state of NC and I still don't live far from where I grew up.
24Donna rated for VF: Fairytale Handmade Postcard on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you great job on postcard! Great fairytale! I agree it’s hard to shoes one! God bless you!
Response: Thank you, Donna! Glad you liked it! ❤️
Kalalinga rated for Artistic Decos - 3/2021 on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the deco and pretty stickers.
Aurora1 rated for Jinx's Sticker Book Swap on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous sticker books. Can't wait to Sticker them! Aurora P.S. No, alas I am not the Aurora Lush fbook group.
Comment: Love everything.....Thanks! :)
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Postcard Sticker Combo on Mar 23, 2021
Comment: Hey! I love your dinosaur combo! I was not expecting it and I love it! Thank you
Response: Oh good! I had fun digging through my stickers to find things that would work on that card. Luckily I have a lot of weird ones, lol!!

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user6937 on Apr 20, 2021:

Postcard Hideout > PH: March 2021 WTA - thanks for the great cards (the MI map card is new to me)! As are the other two :)

K8thecrafter on Mar 21, 2021:

How cool of you to forward the package to me that was shipped to the wrong address. You are a team player, and I really appreciate you doing it!

LaughingLoon on Mar 18, 2021:

I want everyone to know how kind you are! Sending my misdirected swap on to my partner was very thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated. Hugs, Michele

sleepykitty on Mar 17, 2021:

Thank you for the amazing postcards (and bonus vintage stamps!) for the February 2021 WTA~~you're very kind!

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