Swap-bot Time: May 14, 2021 7:00 pm


Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: May 12, 2021

Country: United States
UN World Food Programme: Free Rice
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About Me

Hello, I'm Tracey (she/her) and I live in California. I am a crafter, reader, knitter, sewist, negligent gardener, sender of postcards and friendly greetings. I also play the ukulele and dabble in watercolor. I am trying very hard to destash/not accumulate more clutter right now, but as many crafters know, this is an uphill battle. :)

I am unfortunately, despite my best/worst efforts, only fluent in English though I have managed to learn a little ASL. Estoy aprendiendo español--¡pero soy principiante extrema! Si quieres escribir en español, me encanta practicar.

I love plants, but have managed to kill a fair number of them, including so-called "foolproof" snake plants, pothos plants, ZZ plants and succulents.

taco plant

I am a dog person (but don't have any pets at the moment) and am partial to animals and nature, though of course I haven't been able to go camping or hiking as much in a while.

Bigfoot truck camper on someone else's truck

We have a truck camper (similar to the one pictured above) and have driven all over the western states and parts of Canada, and have seen many black bears and grizzly bears, but are very careful to keep a safe distance--not as close as this! My roadtrip 'job' is to help navigate/read the maps, but also to watch out for bears, goats, deer, bison, bunnies, and other critters that might be approaching the roadway.

watch out! black bear

Favorite Books

Some books I have enjoyed:

Sadie by Courtney Summers A Burning by Megha Majumdar The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane March trilogy by John Lewis The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan New Shoes by Sara Varon Bloom by Kevin Panetta After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor - graphic to be published Jan 2021

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen The Last One by Alexandra Oliva We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

I read a varied mix of nonfiction and fiction, graphic formats and e-audiobooks. I used to read a lot of teen and children's titles, but don't read them quite as much now that I have retired from my job as a children's/teen librarian, except when I need to take a break from the heavier nonfiction, which is more often these days.

Favorite Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah--I miss watching the Colbert Report; most of the "late" shows are actually on too late for my bedtime
  • The Amazing Race--Phil's newest show is good too, but I haven't caught very many episodes.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Jeopardy! (though it will never be the same without Alex 💜)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, depending on the subject, and my mood at the time. Generally, anything with David Attenborough is a good bet.

Flat Things to Happy Mail

In case it helps you, here are some things I wouldn't mind finding in the mailbox:

  • art that you made. If it is fan art, you'll want to also include an explanation in case it refers to something I am not hip enough to know about (extremely likely).
  • a zine
  • postcards, new or vintage - I don't mind handmade (see above: "art that you made"), and interesting ad cards are welcome if they fit the swap!
  • unused USPS postage stamps, any denomination (1-cent, 5-cents, 29-cents etc. - forever stamps are always good too)
  • a tried-and-true recipe that uses bananas, peaches or persimmons, OR your favorite gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, or Instant-Pot recipe.
  • a home-sewn face mask (standard adult size)
  • a tarot reading (I don't have a Book of Shadows or anything but I do have a deck that I use occasionally and I think it'd be interesting to see how other people practice their art)
  • book recommendations
  • something Hufflepuff or badger-themed! (house pride!)
  • tea (black, green, white; caf or decaf)
  • vintage sewing notions (buttons, trims, etc.)
  • comic strip that made you laugh
  • funny pictures of animals (cut out from a magazine, etc.)
  • little piece of sea glass
  • a piece of ribbon that is at least 1" wide and 38"-45" long (I volunteer as a memory-bear crafter and sometimes I dress them up with a bow around the neck)


I'll do my best to pass on items that aren't my thing, but please do not send:

  • religious items, unless called for in the swap. I do celebrate holidays, but I don't associate any spiritual significance to them.
  • flyers from a sports equipment store
  • reminder that I am WAY past due for a dental visit
  • beetle larvae or smooshed spiders (unless called for in the swap!)
  • anything that is moldy (fun fact: items returned to the library with visible water damage have to be discarded because they may develop a mildew which can then spread to the other books on the shelf!)
  • things that are hateful or demeaning towards other people

Bonus: Here is a Sloth for You

sloth saying hello


papercrowns rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #27 on May 14, 2021
Comment: I'm sorry for the late rating; my email inbox is a bit of a mess! I really enjoyed your answer, and it certainly sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I hope you get to pop in there sometime time soon. ☆Raynor
Comment: Love those images! Thanks for joining this swap!
Response: Thanks Pam! Thank you for coordinating all these swell swaps :)
Comment: The Henry Miller Library sounds amazing. Next time we're in the area, I'll have to visit.
Response: Oh, I hope you do! It's real easy to miss if you're not looking for it, like most things on Hwy 1. Happy reading!
suepier rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #2- US Only on May 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute puppy postcard. I love dogs and have a cute one at home. A yorker terrier.
Response: thanks for the rating, I hope you and your family (and your yorkie) stay well -- it's been a busy month for my family as well :)
frenchd73 rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #2- US Only on May 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome pc!!! I love dogs and have 3 myself, couldn't imagine life without one.
Response: phew! Glad it made it there safely--It feels like it's been 3 or 4 weeks since I mailed it (April has been a tough month) but I suppose 10 business mailing days is not too unusual. Thank you for the rating and please give your doggos a hug for me :)
jenniann rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #26 on May 1, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the rating, hope you and your family are doing well! ~Happy Reading~
mb58ca rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #26 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the 'prompt' reply ;) I love the candlestick idea!
Response: Thanks for the rating :) - It's weird which memories stick, isn't it?
Comment: That tiny gnome is so adorable!
Response: thanks! I really like those tiny (relatively quick) knitting patterns, even if my hands hurt sometimes :)
Comment: I got my second dose of Pfizer last Friday! Congrats on being fully vaccinated! Thanks for sharing!
Response: hooray! Thanks and I hope you are doing well :)
Comment: Thank you for the funny gif in your email - and I got my 2nd shot the same day so I feel your pain - pun intended! Super neat that you recommended the blog Mochimochiland. I don't crochet but I have friends that do so I will pass on to them. xxMuggleMom
Response: Oof, congrats on your getting second dose--that day after was kind of a blur for me, but totally worth it! Stay well and happy reading :)
Rockmask rated for Chinese Zodiac Red ATC Swap (Dog) on Apr 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and extras! The envelope was so fun, I loved it! 🖤
Response: Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed your happy mail. Thanks and take care!
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #25 on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Hey Tracey, I loved your answer, gah, it just really made me happy, is that silly? Thanks so much for this swap!
Response: Hi Jess, thanks for swapping emails with me, this was a fun swap. Happy reading!
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #23 on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: I LOVE THAT PHOTO AND THINK YOUR IDEA FOR A BOOKPLATE IS SO SO COOL! Just, yes, Tracey, the bookplate sounds so cool and the image is super cute!
Response: Aw, thanks! I loved your ideas too. And I am REALLY digging these super cool bookplates you sent, among all the other goodies! Thank you and take care !!!
colleenbUSA rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #25 on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: That's cool! I never though about it, but I tend to prefer book covers 1w/o ppl on them
Response: I've certainly seen some beautiful covers with just graphic lettering or an eye-catching design! Thanks for reading :)
Carollee922 rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #25 on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: These are some awesome books. Thank you for your insight.
Response: Thanks, I enjoyed seeing your fave covers too :)
mchesser12 rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #1- US Only on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and sharing the story of Sam.
Response: Thank you--I hope you're having a great week!
Fabriqueen rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #1- US Only on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: I love this PC! Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thank you, I love how that one turned out, too :) Take care--❤️
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Handmade Envelopes (USA) on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome envelopes, especially the hippo one, how wonderful of you to make that for me! I will be incorporating it into my journal, it ain't goin' nowhere! The bulldog is a darling and I know just who to send him to...
Response: glad you like the hippo one! Thanks for the rating and the ❤️
Comment: Interesting! So sorry for the late rating---I found this buried down deep in my email cave!
Response: Thanks for going back for it and thanks for the rating--take care!
Comment: Great, I hope you find Book Woman in print! I sent my copy to my mom---otherwise I'd send it to you!
Response: Good thing I have a great library nearby to borrow from! Thanks and happy reading !

Rating Overview

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mchesser12 on May 11, 2021:

for: WnWHS - Lost Sock Day

nancylee on Apr 6, 2021:

Love the birthday wishes and yes we have tickets to go out and celebrate at the beach and aquarium :)

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 27, 2021:

Thanks for hosting the Tree swap! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

robinjeree on Mar 25, 2021:

Hi Tracey--that was the cutest little reminder EVER, I love Cookie Monster! Thanks for getting in touch, this has been an unusually difficult month, and in fact some of my mail has been lost. Can I get something to you by Tuesday? --RJ

rarjones on Mar 24, 2021:

WNWHS: Walk In The Park/Virtual Vacation Day 50th Anniversary Road Trip

Disney Epcot Florida

Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom - Pandora Navi Boat Ride

Tennessee - Ruby Falls / Rock City / Lookout Mt.

Had a wonderful time with all of our family celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. We drove and so we stopped in to see some Tennessee sights on the way home. It was a wonderful trip and we will remember it for many years to come:)

zeroeoj on Feb 17, 2021:

Hello Tracey,

I received your extra letter today. THANK YOU ! I loved the tea and pc and stamps! It was so nice!!! =) I hope all is well with you =)

traceyj on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Birthday Audre!

"When we speak we are afraid that our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." - Audre Lorde

(Feb. 18, 1934 - Nov. 17, 1992)

MuggleMom on Feb 10, 2021:

LLU: 📚 Happy Library Lovers month! (profile deco)

I swear this is my old bookmobile inside! xxMuggleMom

MuggleMom on Feb 10, 2021:

 LLU: 📚 Happy Library Lovers month! (profile deco)

Isn't this a neat bookmobile!

I miss the bookmobile from my childhood. I remember the adventure of riding my bike to meet up with my friends at the corner of the block as we waited for the bookmobile to drive up. We talked about books we wanted to get or books we are returning. It was a surefire way to see some of my friends during summer break. I can still feel the sunshine on my face after coming out of the bookmobile with my latest finds. xxMuggleMom

mchesser12 on Feb 9, 2021:

for: ESG Doggie Valentine's profile greeting

from: Melissa (mchesser12)

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