Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2017 1:54 pm


Date Joined: May 11, 2017
Last Online: October 23, 2017
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States
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About Me

I've been snail mailing for about 50 years, I think! I'm still friends with my first pen pal (started in 1972) and her sister and I secretly arranged for me to meet her in person at her wedding in 1995.

I love a mailbox full of happy mail! I'm having so much fun with swaps and enjoying learning how to create 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 12 1/2 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 I quilt and sew, bake (LOVE the Great British Baking Show), write plays, short stories and novels (all unpublished, all shared with very few), hike (with and without Sparky) and spend time with friends.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 every color; all kinds of art and design; humor - edgy, tongue-in-cheek, topical. I'm not fussy when it comes to items I receive. I like the adventure of the unknown and getting a sense of the sender's personality through what she or he sends.

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
  • 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

  • A League of Their Own
  • Romy and Michelle's Class Reunion
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • White Christmas
  • Wes Anderson films
  • What About Bob
  • Groundhog Day
  • Blues Brothers

Favorite Television

  • What did I do before Netflix and Hulu?
  • Hotel Beau Sejour
  • Kimmy Schmidt
  • X Files
  • Stranger Things
  • The Good Place
  • Brooklyn 99
  • The Goldbergs
  • Last Man on Earth
  • I Love Lucy
  • British crime dramas
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Defenders and the series leading up to it
  • Chicago Cubs baseball
  • Notre Dame football

Favorite Crafts

  • Quilting
  • Fabric art
  • Art journals
  • ATCs
  • Altered postcards
  • Anything with sparkles
  • I'm always ready to 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

  • The little details that make each human unique
  • Retro
  • Sparkles, glitter
  • The moon, stars and the sun
  • Animals, especially dogs, squirrels, owls, sea turtles and raccoons
  • Die cuts
  • Paper ephemera of almost any kind
  • Upbeat, motivational messages
  • Whimsy
  • Fruit-flavored Tic Tacs
  • Milk chocolate - on its own, with nuts, with crispies, with creamy centers (Cadbury Eggs!)
  • A quirky sense of humor
  • Pixies (with the little hat, no wings, a little mischievous)
  • Stickers (love, love, love)
  • Qulits
  • Vintage Barbie
  • Mid-century modern
  • Art glass, glass art, stained glass
  • Thrift shops (I’m gaga over thrift shops!)
  • Michigan, my Michigan
  • Paris/France/French
  • The Caribbean
  • Ireland/Irish
  • Belgium
  • The Walking Dead/zombies
  • Marvel super heroes
  • Quirky, unusual, interesting mugs

I Don't Like

  • Politics
  • Religious messages
  • Animal cruelty (even jokes about)
  • Crude humor
  • Nudity
  • Sales pitches
  • Dark chocolate
  • Gum of any kind (I have a lot of fillings and crowns)

Most Wanted

  • ATC blanks (can be prepped playing cards - for instance, I paint one side of playing cards with gesso)
  • 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
  • Handmade envelopes
  • Unusual cookie cutters (used, still usable are fine)


SusanSpooky rated for Tea time on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the variety of tea. :)
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the heart :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the cat washi and the cute bracelet!!!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the heart :-)
Cincopau rated for Mini Wishlist Swap #8 on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Aaahhhhh! You are an angel!!! My brother who watched me open your package thought I was insane because I kept saying oooh and aaaahhh!! This is definitely a swap to remember. THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: You are so sweet! It was fun putting it together and now I know what Kpop is! I'm a little smarter than before I got you as a swap partner :-) Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Christmas card, I love the stickers and holiday stamp! I look forward to opening it in December. : )
Response: Your willpower is stronger than mine! Thanks for the heart :-)
jlink rated for Beautiful Christmas card swap #2 (US) on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: I am saving to open until December but you deserve a heart just for the bear sticker on the outside!
Response: Thanks :-)
AmazingAlex rated for Tea time on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the variety of teas you sent! I'll have to look into the Yorkshire Tea, where is the best place to purchase it from? Thank you again!
Response: You're very welcome! TJ Maxx sometimes has it and Amazon has it all the time. I'm not as much in love with Yorkshire Gold, so try that at your own risk :-)
Heynowokay rated for Just Randomness on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: What a great mix of items, I especially love the cool foldout envelope and the sugar skull washi. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! It was fun putting it together. Thank you for the heart (-: Happy swapping!
ShyAnn64 rated for $10 Etsy favorites surprise #2 on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: ❤️Thank you so much Tracie for the cute PuchiMo envies!❤️
Response: You're more than welcome. I sent you a message to let you know one more item is on its way :-)
pinkpikachu96 rated for Fill My Stocking - October on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: I'm not a huge fan of jewelry but I am going to donate it to someone who is. Thank you for the swap.
Comment: Thanks for the cute tiger!
Response: I'm glad you liked it :-) Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the lighthouse card.
Response: You're welcome! I like being able to match a postcard from my collection with a swapper :-) Thanks for the heart!
LaurenPappas rated for $8 Etsy favorites surprise #7 on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome stickers from my wish list! I love the ones you picked!!!
Response: Our mail to each other is coming and going fast and furious! I'm so glad you like them :-)
Loubeth rated for Profile Based Bubble Mailer Swap on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Wow, this envie was STUFFED with all kinds of things I love! I would give you a hundred hearts if i could! Pink items, the adorable little deer stickers, the deer and raccoon washi, the awesome notebook. Thanks for all the cool stuff. Your really outdid yourself!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I had fun putting it together for you :-)
twistedfae rated for 10 list pad sheets!!!! on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the list pads and I love the Halloween stickers as well.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the hearts :-)
Margothecat rated for $5 Etsy favorites surprise #5 on Sep 28, 2017
Comment: I love the snowman and paw print Washi tapes! So cute! Thank you so much!
Response: I had fun shopping for you! Thanks for the heart :-)
Comment: Thank you Tracie. I put the entire package on my cedar chest to open at Christmas. I am sure I will enjoy what ever you sent.
Response: Oh, you've got great willpower! I don't know if I'll be able to wait ;-)
AmericanHeiress rated for AMAZON WISH LIST SWAP - USA on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: Tracie, Thank you so much for you amazing choices from my Amazon Wishlist. And thank you for picking entirely from my book list. I am running out of books to read. You are truly the best. Hope to swap with you again sometime.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed them all :-) I had so much fun shopping your list!
ambwilcox rated for A letter from my pet on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Freaking. LOVE! I mean, the card alone is absolutely adorable. Sparky did a really good job with lots of writing! And so cute, too. I read the note while I was having lunch in a cafe and completely laughed out loud when I got to the doctor (whom I mostly hate). So true! I love all the goodies, and the stamp and address label go with the theme as well - super cool! Thanks so much. Tell Sparky I give it 4 paws up!
Response: Thanks! I don't know if I can tell Sparky, though. It will go straight to his head ;-)
turtles27 rated for DOG ON IT: ATC on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Wonderful ATC! I love personal pet ones!
Response: Thanks :-) I posted it on Instagram and said, "Inspired by actual events." My boy's name is Sparky and he's sassy through and through!
BizzyBusMom rated for Washi Sample Swap #2 on Sep 21, 2017

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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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