Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2019 7:11 pm


Date Joined: May 11, 2017
Last Online: October 22, 2019
Birthday: November 27
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello! I'm Tracie from South Bend, Indiana.

I take swap details and deadlines very seriously and I will NEVER flake on a swap. Postcards, especially to non-US addresses, sometimes don't make it to the recipient (including me from other swappers). If you ever don't receive a swap from me, let me know and a replacement will be in the next day's mail.

One of my pet peeves is when I receive a message from a swap partner who is going to send late "due to life" and then I see that she is, literally, in dozens of swaps. Please don't let a compulsion to keep your mailbox packed negatively affect what and when you're sending out. We're all here to have fun and nothing brightens a cruddy day like a thoughtfully put together swap in the mailbox. Let's truly be that for each other.

I'm a small business advisor by day and I have a freelance copywriter side hustle (evenings and weekends). Mom to Mixi the cat and newly adopted Pip the dog.

Favorite Music and Books

  • Recent adventure - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy live
  • The Beatles
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Franti
  • Rockabilly
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Chuck Berry
  • Patti Smith
  • The Clash
  • Blues
  • Old school punk
  • Old school hip hop
  • Most recent read: The Alienist by Caleb Carr - tracking a serial killer in 1896, very good historical fiction featuring Teddy Roosevelt.
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy
  • John Irving novels
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Favorite Movies and TV

  • Recent views: The Righteous Gemstones, Glitch - season 3
  • A League of Their Own
  • Romy and Michelle's Class Reunion
  • Wes Anderson films
  • What About Bob?
  • Groundhog Day
  • Blues Brothers
  • X Files
  • British crime dramas
  • Chicago Cubs baseball
  • NBA and college basketball

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
  • No lip balms, please. I have enough to last a lifetime (no kidding!).
  • 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
  • Fabric art
  • Art journals, junk journals
  • Die cuts, Cricut, paper crafts
  • ATCs - I love Tim Holtz products for ATCs
  • Handmade envelopes
  • 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 design, especially 50s and 60s
  • Letter sets, notecards, vintage stationery
  • Sparkles, glitter
  • The moon, stars and the sun
  • Fabric scraps or squares - 1", 2", 3"... up to 6"
  • Animals, especially dogs, squirrels, 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 for junk journals
  • Sunflowers, peonies, lilies of the valley (they remind me of my grandma's house)
  • 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 (not reward, kids, letters or free, please), I recently discovered AliExpress - how did I survive without that website?
  • Quilts
  • Swatch watches
  • Fabric - bright patterns, Laurel Birch, Kaffe Fassett, florals, dog- or cat-themed, Christmas-themed, lime green, turquoise, mustard
  • Vintage Barbie
  • 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
  • Kindness
  • Pens and pencils (Nothing too nice, I work with clients and my writing utensils disappear fast)
  • 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.)
  • Handmade items - if you made it, I'll appreciate it :-)

I Don't Like

  • Politics
  • 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)
  • 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.


  • I truly don't mind used, in good condition items. My best Christmas as an adult was when my family committed to giving only garage sale, auction, thrift stores items.
  • Mini journals, handmade 'zines, ephemera for collaging
  • Glue gun sealing wax (glue gun sticks in different colors)
  • Scissors (I can never find a pair when I need them)
  • Used BH&G and McCall's quilting, Threads, Cloth Paper Scissors, Altered Clothing or any Stampington & Company magazines
  • Vintage or themed measuring tapes (I can never find one when I need one)
  • Handmade envelopes - some of you are so talented!
  • Unusual cookie cutters (used, still usable are fine)
  • Any flat item in the following themes: Bees, sea turtles, pineapples, Paris, squirrels, raccoons
  • Multi-media paper, watercolor paper
  • Bottle of acrylic paint - any color
  • Rubber cement (I go through it so fast!)


Comment: Thanks for the great postcard!!! :)
Joeanniee rated for What the Heck...? PC #36 on Sep 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. The picture makes me wonder what it is too.
Comment: Hahahahaha! Great Grandad did kill Great-Granny Nan. She’ll indicate it all on “Hauntings.” Can’t wait! Fun fun! Thanks for the laugh! Hope the MC took it seriously!
Response: Me too! I live for these swaps :-) Thanks for the heart <3
Allylu rated for Christmas Card Destash- USA on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cards. I also love getting ready for the holidays - Thanksgiving and Christmas especially. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Comment: Thank you very much for the card!!
Response: You're welcome - thank you for the heart :-)
porpie5 rated for Swaps ~ 10 page letter (Summer) on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Wow! I was so surprised to get such a beautiful envelope! Thanks for such an interesting letter and the extra story. It kind of made me wonder when it started "Dear Aunt Charlotte". And it was signed by "Debbie", which is my sister's name! You couldn't have planned that! haha I am going to message you and make more comments on your letter - I can't help but respond! Thanks again!
Response: It was fun to spend part of this summer with you!
Comment: Loved your answers. and the PC. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Response: Thank you for the heart :-)
Comment: Ur pc made it fast! Where do u live? Thanks for vintage Oklahoma pc! Love it!i can’t make choc chips cookies either. Thanks for random facts bout ya!
Response: South Bend, Indiana and I was so happy to see Oklahoma in your list of needed state map PCs :-)
Comment: Thanks for the PC; sugar will be the death of me as well!
Response: "I may be going to hell in a bucket, baby, but at least I'm enjoying the ride." ;-)
Comment: 💗❤💚
Response: :-*
marles rated for Postcards With a Prompt #45 - US Only on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks!! I like historical fiction a lot and will look for this book.
Response: I'm so out of the loop that I didn't know there are two sequels to The Alienist. I'm picking up the first sequel (The Angel of Darkness) at the library today!
Comment: Thank you for the South Bend card. Cool angle of the flag.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart <3
Comment: Hello Tracie! Thank you for the cute card! I went kayaking for the first time the other day by Lake Michigan it was so fun! Will be taking advantage of the water this summer! Thanks again :)
Response: Kayaking is on my bucket list! Thank you for the heart <3
suepier rated for Simply Send a Postcard USA #5 on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
Readergirl rated for Simply Send a Postcard USA #5 on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the letter sets and thoughtful extras, Tracie! I LOVE the strawberry letter set, the colors are so vibrant and summery. Thanks for your sweet note, happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad it was a better match than I thought ;-)
Comment: Love your envie, love the enclosures (that b&w fabric is super and the art PCs and note cards are right up my alley. Your note was great and I'll PM a comment or two.
Response: Glad to hear it was happy mail :-)
Joeanniee rated for Simply Send a Postcard USA #5 on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for making me more Indiana knowledgable than the average New Yorker!
Response: :-)
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card and note.
Response: You're welcome :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard, I love the stamps especially! And thank you for your kind words about the Instagram. Cheers! 😊
Response: You're welcome! I just purchased a sheet of the Ellsworth Kelly stamps yesterday after seeing you use them in your outgoing mail :-)

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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! ♥♥♥

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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