Swap-bot Time: April 24, 2024 5:28 pm


Date Joined: May 11, 2017
Last Online: January 4, 2023
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States

About Me

So Swap-bot flakers and disappointers have finally broken me. 2021 and 2022 = me being flaked (didn't receive anything) on a full 75% of the swaps I joined. True, I didn't join many because I was trying to be careful. However, no matter how hard I tried (including dropping out of many swaps at the last minute for fear of being matched with someone with questionable swapping behavior), too many people had too many reasons why they didn't send, why they didn't resend, why they have problems with the USPS. Meanwhile, 100% of the swaps I sent were received. As someone who understands analytics as part of my job, I had to face the facts that Swap-bot is no longer attracting top tier swappers. There are exceptions to that rule, of course. I just don't seem to get those exceptions as swap partners.

If we've formed a mail swap bond over the years, you can find me at SendSomething - they're found on Facebook now.

Favorite Music and Books

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

Writers: Anna Quinlan, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munroe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Favorite Movies and TV

  • A League of Their Own
  • Romy and Michelle's Class Reunion
  • Wes Anderson films
  • What About Bob?
  • Marvel Avengers movies
  • Groundhog Day
  • Schitt's Creek
  • Blues Brothers
  • X Files
  • British crime dramas

Health and Beauty Swaps

  • The Body Shop strawberry, olive or mango shower gels and/or lotions
  • Organic, cruelty-free shower gels and lotions
  • Small business brands
  • Aveda, Alba, Mario Badescu, Pacifica, Dr. Bronner's, The Honest Company
  • Lush soaps, including/especially the small bars
  • Lip balms in fruit flavors
  • Fruit and flower scents are my favorite. I seem to be sensitive to lemon scent (even though I love it) - it aggravates my asthma
  • Handmade, aromatic soaps
  • I don't have a bathtub so as cool as bath bombs are, I just use them to make my drawers smell good ;-)

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 example), go for it! Please make sure it's an exact match, though. Thanks!

Favorite Crafts

  • Quilting
  • Collage
  • Art journals, junk journals
  • Die cuts, Cricut
  • Paper crafts (I'm addicted to Treasure Books' YouTube tutorials right now)
  • ATCs
  • Handmade envelopes
  • Altered postcards
  • Anything with sparkles

I Like

  • My favorite color is blue, particularly aquamarine (blue leaning just a tiny bit toward green).
  • Blank notecards w/envelopes
  • Retro design, especially 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s
  • Letter sets, notecards, vintage stationery - I've been lucky to come across so much lovely vintage stationery lately at thrift stores and estate sales
  • Sparkles, glitter
  • Celestial themed paper items
  • Vintage book pages, especially non-English
  • Your artwork in the themes of bees, celestial, mail, pixies, 1980s
  • Fabric scraps or squares - 1", 2", 3"... up to 6"
  • Animals, especially dogs, sassy cats, squirrels, sea turtles, raccoons, bees (anything with these themes)
  • Die cuts in any of my favorite themes
  • Ephemera from the 70s and 80s
  • Paper ephemera of almost any kind for junk journals, collaging and paper crafting (however, I don't create journals from junk, even though that's how junk journals started; no trash, please)
  • Sunflowers, peonies, lilies of the valley
  • Whimsy (nothing made for children, please)
  • 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 (not reward, kids, alphabet or free, please), I recently discovered AliExpress - how did I survive without that website?
  • Quilts
  • Swatch watches (really anything 1980s-themed)
  • Fabric - bright patterns, Laurel Birch, Kaffe Fassett, florals, dog- or cat-themed, Christmas-themed, lime green, turquoise, mustard
  • Vintage Barbie
  • Mid-century modern
  • The 1980s were my decade - big hair, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, neon colors, mini skirts, spike heels (reason for my 2012 foot surgery), rockabilly, new wave, thinking I could have that much fun forever
  • 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
  • Ireland/Irish
  • Belgium
  • Marvel super heroes (different than DC super heroes - I'm a super hero snob and only like Marvel super heroes)
  • Kindness
  • Pens (Nothing too nice, I work with clients and my writing utensils disappear fast)
  • 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

Please don't send me: * Anything that would make a young child or tween happy. I like cute things, but nothing that's specifically for kids * Items you've received and don't want unless it's a match for something listed in my "I Like" section or matches the swap I joined * Items that should be thrown away because they're dirty, damaged or actual trash * Alphabet stickers, phrase stickers, word or phrase washi

I also don't want anything to do with * Politics * Racism * Religious messages * Animal cruelty (even jokes about) * Crude humor * Gratuitous nudity * Sales pitches * Dark chocolate * Green tea, herbal tea, rooibos tea * Gum of any kind (I have a lot of fillings and crowns) * Stickers that are meant for children - very basic design, limited intricacy, cartoonish characterization, are obviously for children
* Gingham fabric (checks) * Disney - it's just not for me


  • I love used, in good condition items IF (and only if) they are among the things I've listed as liking or loving.
  • Mini journals, handmade 'zines, ephemera for collaging
  • Vintage or themed measuring tapes (I can never find one when I need one, not the paper kind, please)
  • Handmade envelopes - some of you are so talented!
  • Any flat item in the following themes: Bees, sea turtles, Paris, squirrels, raccoons


darcilena rated for Card Swap with Southside Tracie on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: TYou for such a Splendid swap and funny letter. Boy do I agree with you. I just can't decide which I like Best. I think the trees in pastels❣️ Have a great 2023. Happy Swapping too!
Response: You're welcome :-)
Comment: This was a lovely swap, some pretty things inside your nice envelope...thankyou from the bottom of my heart ❤ 😁👍💕🎄
Response: You're welcome! Enjoy the holidays :-)
Mindy82671 rated for CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD SWAP on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: I love how you decorated the envelope! 12 cousins! Bet the parties at your grandparents were full of fun and chaos. Love the ginger stickers 🎄
Response: Thanks for the heart!vNothing since those Christmases at my grandparents' house has lived up to how magical they were :-)
FLWAVE rated for WIYM: Book Page Holiday Gift Bags US on Nov 19, 2022
Comment: Tracie, the stitching on the bags is so beautiful. I have my mom’s old Husqvarna sewing machine that has the ability to do fancy stitching, but the fanciest I’ve gotten is zig-zag. Thanks for a wonderful swap.
Response: Thanks for your comments about the stitching. I enjoyed the opportunity to try some of the fancier stitches on my sewing machine :-)
Comment: Thank you for the pretty notecard and extra!
irishconnie rated for WIYM: A Letter From The Dog on Aug 24, 2022
Comment: Ohh pip it sounds like you found your perfect forever home alright, I loved your letter so much, Give your mum an extra hug and paw tonight, you got a good one there <3
Response: I got a good one, too! Every day he becomes more affectionate... and possessive. We have to continue working on that ;-)
Ettoad rated for WIYM: Note: "Postal Workers" on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: I’m so glad to hear you enjoy your current mail carrier! I love the ephemera 💗 but not so much summer - I’m not a fan of the hot weather The extra long days do go by too quickly for me tho!
Comment: Thank you for the packages--looking forward to opening these at the holiday!
Response: You're welcome and again sorry about forgetting to include a note!
Comment: Thanks for the mail! Love the envelopes
Response: You're welcome! And a sigh of relief that it was delivered and on time :-)
Comment: Got it! Thank you for everything and welcome back to SB :)
Response: Ah, big sigh of relief :-)
ensigncelery rated for Its Raining Cats & Dogs! on May 11, 2022
Comment: This whole envelope is wonderful! The stickers are amazing, the scraps are super fun, and my MIL may have tried to steal the tea bag treated photo, haha! Plus, I don't know if I'll be able to use that note card. It's too pretty! ♥ Also, I swear, this is the third time I've been reminded of Thor: Ragnarok in as many days. I feel like I need to re-watch it. And, while I don't know much about the NBA, I totally understand. My partner got into Haikyuu around when the Olympics were on and we watched Every Single Match of volleyball~ ♥
Response: So glad you liked it. And, yes, the answer is always that you should rewatch Thor: Ragnarok and not just for Taika Waititi's voiced character. There's also the insanely good Jeff Goldlum. Now I must rewatch it! Nice being your swap partner!
midestino76 rated for Washi Destash Q1 2022 on Apr 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the extras!
Response: Thank you for your patience and understanding - hope someone (even a postal worker) ended up with the first send!
kristenlyns rated for Washi Destash Q1 2022 on Mar 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the mix of washi & nice note! I actually went to college at Ball State so super familiar with South Bend & my husband went to Western.
Response: Small world! My nephew is at Ball State now :-)
dottyspeckle rated for Washi Destash Q1 2022 on Mar 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you!!
Response: Whew! These days I'm so relieved when a swap makes it to the recipient!
Comment: This was so fun! Can't wait to do it again! Happy baking! Thanks for setting this up! Stay warm!
CANNEKCUL rated for Fairies Are Magical - USA on Feb 6, 2022
Comment: Hi Tracie. Thank you for the beautiful sparkling notecards! ♥️ I enjoyed reading your inspiring note written on the cutest notepaper).
Response: You're welcome! I love fairies - thanks so much for hosting this swap :-)
pernie123 rated for WIYM: Initial It USA on Feb 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you. A joke, perhaps---For puzzling choices, I sometimes look in the dictionary. I need to do that for what to send to my partner.
Response: Your profile says you like the color blue, cancelled stamps, England, vintage postcards in very good condition. I wanted to send things from your likes.
jamicam rated for YTPC: Easy Fabric Tags on Jan 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you, Tracie!!! I received the tags and they are beautiful - your stitching is so good, mine always comes out so messy. Love them!!
Comment: Thanks so much! I truly loved the swap! Both cards were so adorable! I appreciate the items you sent me! Have a lovely day!
Comment: Thank you for the letter, cards, and extras. Yes, we do get lake effect snow. It's the worst!

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loveretro on Dec 7, 2021:


Tracie , for your 🌲Christmas mail 🌲 ! Always a pleasure to hear from you ! Watch you mailbox, mail is on its way to you too ! Monique x

loveretro on Nov 27, 2021:


Happy birthday , Tracie ! xx

loveretro on Oct 31, 2021:

h Halloween greetings from Belgium !

loveretro on Sep 4, 2021:


Tracie, for the lovely surprise mail . Have a nice weekend !

knitterofhats on Jan 7, 2020:

Thanks for your list of 15 good things from 2019! So much good stuff for you. I do love the meditation stories on my meditation app. I user Insight Time. My sister has told me how much she loves the ones on Calm. Take care!

SharMarie513 on Dec 24, 2018:

Love the washi tape from Margo’s PB stocking stuffer, thank you so much! Merry Christmas!

bluesky on Dec 4, 2018:

Hi Tracie! Not sure if I unwrapped all of your gifts by now, but I love the fabric squares, homemade lipbalm (yay! :) the little doll in felted bed for my daughter! Thank you so much and happy holidays! :)

MiRdLHWY43 on Nov 30, 2018:

I accidentally fell upon your profile and thought it was cool and believe you're from SB also? That's what the etsy wishlist says anyway, lol. Don't mean to be a creeper just thought I'd say hi from the north side of SB!

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! ♥♥♥

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