Swap-bot Time: April 24, 2018 10:51 am


Date Joined: May 11, 2017
Last Online: April 24, 2018
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I love a mailbox full of happy mail! I'm having so much fun with swaps and creating ATCs, pocket letters and more.

I'm a small business advisor by day and a freelance writer during evenings and weekends. I'm a dog mom to Sparky, a 13 year old bossy terrier mix. I quilt and sew, bake (LOVE the Great British Baking Show), write plays, short stories and novels (all unpublished, all shared with very few), hike (with and without Sparky) and spend time with friends. I love to travel but rarely have the $ to go beyond my immediate area.

I love modern art (think Picasso, Dali, O'Keefe, Steiglitz, Braque, Rivera, Kahlo); clean, crisp design (mid-century modern, minimalist); whimsical, eclectic design; humor - edgy, tongue-in-cheek, topical. I'm not fussy when it comes to items I receive.

I love swapping and I'm a bit of a fanatic about putting together and sending out ALL swaps promptly. If you don't receive something from me, PLEASE let me know and I'll make it right.

Favorite Music

  • The Beatles
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Franti
  • Rockabilly
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Chuck Berry
  • Patti Smith
  • The Clash
  • Blues
  • Old school punk
  • Old school hip hop

Favorite Books

  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy
  • John Irving novels
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Sherman Alexie novels
  • I'm always trying to work through classics

Favorite Movies and TV

  • A League of Their Own
  • Romy and Michelle's Class Reunion
  • Wes Anderson films
  • What About Bob?
  • Groundhog Day
  • Blues Brothers
  • Kimmy Schmidt
  • X Files
  • British crime dramas
  • The Walking Dead
  • Chicago Cubs baseball
  • NBA and college basketball

Etsy Favorites/Amazon Wishlist

If you're in an Etsy Favorites or Amazon Wishlist swap with me and you can find one of my items from those lists for less money (Tim Holtz items, for instance), go for it! Please make sure it's an exact match, though. Thanks!

Favorite Crafts

  • Quilting
  • Fabric art
  • Art journals
  • Die cuts, Cricut, paper crafts
  • ATCs - I love Tim Holtz products for ATCs
  • Envelope art
  • Altered postcards
  • Anything with sparkles
  • I will try anything once when it comes to arts and crafts - I recently picked up a felting book at a thrift store. Look out, friends and family!

I Like

  • My favorite color is blue, particularly aquamarine (blue leaning just a tiny bit toward green).
  • Retro
  • Sparkles, glitter
  • The moon, stars and the sun
  • Fabric scraps or squares - 1", 2", 3"... up to 6"
  • Animals, especially dogs, squirrels, owls, sea turtles and raccoons (anything with these themes)
  • Die cuts in any of my favorite themes
  • Handmade/hand embellished tags
  • Paper ephemera of almost any kind
  • Upbeat, motivational messages
  • Girl Gang-themed items and badges
  • Whimsy
  • Fruit-flavored Tic Tacs
  • Milk chocolate - on its own, with nuts, with crispies, with creamy centers (Cadbury Eggs!), Reese's peanut butter cups - especially the minis!
  • Gummies - bears, worms, mini bears, peach slices. But not gummy sours
  • Black tea (including flavored black teas) - store brand black teas are usually very good.
  • A quirky sense of humor
  • Pixies (with the little hat, no wings, a little mischievous)
  • Stickers (love, love, love)
  • Quilts
  • Swatch watches
  • Fabric - bright patterns, Laurel Birch, Kaffe Fassett, florals, dog- or cat-themed, Christmas-themed, lime green, turquoise, mustard
  • Vintage Barbie-themed stickers, postcards
  • Mid-century modern
  • Art glass, glass art, stained glass
  • Thrift shops (I'm gaga over thrift shops!)
  • Michigan, my Michigan (anything Michigan themed, Kalamazoo-themed, Lake Michigan-themed)
  • Paris/France/French
  • The Caribbean
  • Ireland/Irish
  • Belgium
  • The Walking Dead/zombies
  • Marvel super heroes
  • Quirky, unusual, interesting mugs
  • Kindness
  • Big neck scarves for layering, if it's from a thrift store, even better!
  • Essential oils (but please don't solicit me if you sell them)
  • Michael's, Hobby Lobby or Joann gift cards (for swaps with a specific $ amount - like stocking stuffer, holiday gift swaps, etc.)

I Don't Like

  • Politics
  • Religious messages
  • Animal cruelty (even jokes about)
  • Crude humor
  • Nudity
  • Sales pitches
  • Dark chocolate
  • Green tea, herbal tea, roobois tea
  • Gum of any kind (I have a lot of fillings and crowns)
  • Gingham fabric - I made a big exchange years ago and had a lot of gingham that I used. I have made gingham everything and so now I don't like it.

Most Wanted-themed Swaps

  • ATC blanks
  • Used BH&G and McCall's quilting, Threads, Cloth Paper Scissors,Altered Clothing or any Stampington & Company magazines
  • Altoid tins (yes, I know, they're like gold), but not the mints - too curiously strong for me :-)
  • ATC single sleeves
  • ATC labels (can be designed and printed by you, B&W is fine)
  • Any flat item in the following themes: Bees, sea turtles, pineapples, owls, Paris, squirrels, raccoons,
  • Washi samples
  • Vintage or themed measuring tapes (I can never find one when I need one)
  • Handmade envelopes
  • Unusual cookie cutters (used, still usable are fine)

Tea swaps

  • Black teas are my favorite - plain black tea, flavored black tea.
  • I love getting local/store brand black teas - it's like taking a peek at your community.
  • I'm pretty adventurous in general and I like getting unique, even unusual, teas.


foxyfoxy rated for dog atc and mail art plus on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Sparky is cute! Thank you for the amazing swap!!!
Response: Shhh... don't tell him, it'll go straight to his head!
quirkyish rated for Fill My Stocking - April on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: Tracie--Thank you so much for the "what the Helvetica?" pouch! I love it! I usually wait to open stocking stuffers until December, but I was so intrigued and excited when I read your note that I couldn't wait!
Response: I should have put a spoiler warning on the envelope! At the same time I'm glad to know the font-ism was a match :-)
Comment: Thanks for my package, some I open some I don't...this one will have to wait..hurry December. Thanks for great swap. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: So far I've been tucking all mine away for December. It can be tough, though!
ZuzieCullen rated for Paris themed ATC and mail art on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful atc, mail art, postcard and extras! I loved everything! Hugs from Hungary
Response: You're welcome! Hugs back from the U.S.!
manme rated for Paris themed ATC and mail art on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Your ATC is so wonderful! Thanks also for the extras! I just was hoping something more about envelope mail art (is 2 stickers/pictures enough for calling it mail art?). But anyway, as I already said, your ATC is wonderful, and I love it. Thank you!
Response: Oh, gosh! So sorry - I totally missed the mail art part of it!
Tjace007 rated for MPB March Stocking Stuffer on Mar 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you..
Margothecat rated for MPB Christmas Gifts in March on Mar 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you - LOVE the snowman gift bag!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for hosting :-)
Comment: Such a fun envie -- love of the sea color things! As to cold winters -- nah...can live without them for the rest of my life. HATE the cold. Almost 20 years in Chicago was more than enough for me! Thanks so much for a fun swap!
Response: You're welcome! Chicago (and the South Shore train that gets me there) is one of my favorite things. I manage at least two visits over the winter and that's plenty :-)
cllfdl rated for MPB Christmas Cards in March on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: k y ou for the extra recipes!!
Response: You're welcome!
Yakima1955 rated for MPB Christmas Cards in March on Mar 16, 2018
Comment: love the card and the extras!! No snow here only in pictures and movies. Have a great weekend!!
Response: Ah, to live somewhere there’s no snow!
armadillogal rated for Thriftstore Flat Paper Find on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the neat paper things...especially the cat pc!
Response: You're welcome!
basykes rated for Mister Rogers 50 th anniversary on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: I decided to wait to send my letter after the stamps come out (I have them on order). I LOVED the extra Mister Rogers stuff you included! Thanks so much.
Response: Smart woman! I was at the post office today and the clerk told me she hasn't ever seen this much excitement about a new stamp :-) Yay, Mr. Rogers!
mdrogge rated for ATC - "Newspaper/Book Page" on Feb 27, 2018
Comment: Beautiful ATC! I love the background colors!
Response: Thanks!
ttbishop rated for ATC - "Newspaper/Book Page" on Feb 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks! Love orange! :-D
Response: Me, too! It was fun to work with those colors :-)
Momandauntnanny10 rated for Etsy swap - USA#1 on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I loved the stickers 😊❤️😍 these Etsy swaps are perfect, it’s awesome to have someone else choose for you when you can’t buy all the goodies and can’t decide which cuteness you want! lol thanks again! Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome! I love the Etsy swaps, too. It's so much fun to shop for someone and know that they'll like what you chose :-) The pressure is off!
Comment: thank you :)
JazD rated for Fill My Stocking - January & February on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gift and all the stickers. The stickers put a big smile on Jazlyns face. Can't wait to open the gift. Saving till Christmas
Response: I'm always glad to have you as a partner because I can send my kids' stickers to Jazlyn! Happy holidays!
pattiairel rated for St. Valentine's Day Package - US on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: I love my swap!! Thanks so much for a envie full of awesome stuff!!!!!♥♥♥
Response: You're welcome! Happy swapping :-)
Comment: Tracie, thanks so much for all your amazing gifts. You spoiled me. Loved the socks, they are my favorite. You can never have enough as I am always losing them due to two small children and never ending laundry. Cant wait to test the marshmallows with the hot chocolate and loved the naked bee. My daughter is currently running around the house with the white fluffy pom pom thingy. LOL
Response: You're so welcome! Tell your daughter it's the Snow Queen's scepter!

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Singske on Mar 29, 2018:

Hello, I've been going trouhg your profile and I was so suprised that you put Belgium in your likes... Well, I'm from Belgium!!! I hope to meat you in the Paris themed ATC and mail art swap. ;-) Greatings from Belgium Singske

starhiker on Nov 30, 2017:

Pt 1 of the swap arrived it's a wonderful old postcard I love it thanks! ♥♥♥

ladydy5 on Oct 30, 2017:

Thriftstore Find welcomes you!

hamolla22 on Sep 5, 2017:

You re an amazing person! Just read your profile because I received mail from you today for the Wishlist Swap and I got crazy over it!! Lol, in the good sense, it made me sooo happy, you can t imagine... I really really needed an ink pad and I am so excited to try the watercolor pencils, first ones ever! Thank you so so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

knitterofhats on Aug 22, 2017:

Thanks for joining my St. Nicholas' Day Swap!

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