Swap-bot Time: March 22, 2023 2:26 pm


Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: March 22, 2023
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States

About Me

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Hi! I'm Dana and that rhymes with so many things, but let's go with "tropicana". My name pronunciation is the Canadian female version - I was born in Montreal and moved to Hollywood, FL, when I was 11. It was fun at first and then it just got boring and I wanted to live in a city and I also wanted to study medicine. I love a good two-fer so I did the Six-Year Medical Program at Boston University. Being in Boston in the late 80s and early 90s had a huge impact on my aesthetic and worldview. I was going to be a radiologist (I love anything ~anatomical~ and anything to do with medicine in general and psychiatry and ~brains~ and ~skulls~ more specifically). This plan did not work because I have a weird eye disease and needed two corneal transplants and also I have bipolar 1 and I could not handle all the stress. So I am on disability after trying so many jobs in so many cities and always going manic under pressure. I used to be afraid to discuss the bipolar but you can see I'm over that, yay! I am all about ~mental health awareness~ and I'm here to help or educate.

I like to share my experience of living over half my life with a mental illness and how I came to accept my diagnosis without it defining me. I am still struggling with the psychiatric parts pretty much daily (you might get weird words from me, but I try to be coherent when I write), and as I age, I'm starting to see what not taking care of myself consistently has done to my physical health. Please take care of yourself!

Update 6/17/21: on June 1, I had all my teeth extracted (except for the one that fell out by itself) and was given a full set of dentures. This happened because my mental illness often found me neglecting my oral hygiene. I have a long way to go to heal and it's been a bizarre experience, but now I am obsessed with teeth, dentist appointment stickers, ads for vintage denture accessories, and that sort of thing.

So if any of that interests you, please let me know! You can reach out to me in DMs and I'm happy to help if I can!

Favorite Music

I listen to music every day and am very passionate about what I listen to. I'm a serious fangirl.

These are a few faves:

Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kesha, Caroline Polachek, Adele, Kehlani, M.I.A., Rina Sawayama, Japanese Breakfast

And some k-pop artists: SUNMI, Twice, BTS, Itzy, Blackpink, Everglow, 2NE1

But also

Wilco, XTC, Pixies, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure, Pavement, Weezer, Prince, NIN

And bossa nova and Julien DorΓ© and Tchaikovsky and Fleetwood Mac and ELO and Boston and and and...

Favorite Crafts

I am crafty but not artistic. My vision is getting worse (update 06/17/21: I am now officially legally blind) and so it's hard to see what I'm doing sometimes and I'm often sloppy. Hey, mistakes are just design elements...

I like to do collage and mixed media, often using vintage dymo and tags.

I have two of those K&Co Smashbooks but I only add to one sometimes and I haven't started the second. Any K&Co accessories would be greatly appreciated and those big pockets would make me very happy!

I enjoy making envelopes. I like to write notes and letters.

I love to add washi and stickers to envelopes when I send cards, letters, and swaps. Please don't send tiny stickers because I can't really see them.

Favorite Television

I love TV and we watch a lot in our house.

Some favorites:

American Dad, Schitt's Creek, Brooklyn 99, Ancient Aliens, Rick & Morty, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, The Americans, House, Cells At Work, Japanese Style Originator (please let me know your thoughts on this if you watch! :-)

Favorite Books

The pandemic severely affected my voracious reading habit. I can only read ebooks and I have to make the font huge. Luckily, my library has a good eBook system and I have gotten back into reading daily. If you have any recs, please pass them along!

Some favorites:

~ Lauren Groff: I have read Arcadia, The Monsters of Templeton, and Fates and Furies and I am working on Matrix now (these are long!). Next is Florida. I'm set to be a big fan of this author now

~ Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

~ Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

~ Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

~ Banana Yoshimoto (anything by her)

~ The Vanishing Half / The Mothers by Brit Bennett

~ Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo / Daisy Jones esp. but all her books are good

~ The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

~ The Practical Magic books by Alice Hoffman and also The Dovekeepers by her is historical fiction at the siege on Masada with witchiness

~ 11/22/63 by Stephen King

~ closed-circle murder mysteries

~ non-fiction: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Things I like

~ My aesthetic is eclectic; I like cottagecore/cottagegoth and kawaii and retro and witchy stuff

~ Favorite color is any shade of purple but I prefer darker ones. I also love black

~ I love dogs (we have a maltipoo named Baby) and penguins and foxes and owls and most animals really

~ I love anything related to space, astronomy, astrology (I love being a bipolar Gemini), aliens, the paranormal

~ I love mushrooms and have some theories about fungi

~ I love nature in general except for snakes and wasps

~ I love paper ephemera. I consider old usable stamps to be the ultimate ephemera and will enjoy any usable USPS denomination you share

~ I love "flow" paper items

~ I love shiny & glittery things

~ I love anything cute and have a broad definition of kawaii - brands aren't important to me, I just enjoy adorable stationery! My favorites are Chococat and Hello Kitty but I like finding new characters to love

~ My favorite stationery is the letter set and I love an interesting note card. I don't do many postcard swaps but I like cool postcards

~ I drink a lot of tea and I like anything that doesn't have chamomile or anything "stress reducing" or "detox" - I just don't like chamomile, but the other stuff can interfere with my meds. I love trying new teas and have found so many new faves here!

~ I love tarot and oracle cards and if you have one (or more!), please consider sending it to me so I can add it to my collection. I can see you putting it into the envelope...

~ 420 - daily use as part of my bipolar therapy and actually part of the reason we moved to WA state; I would love to hear your stories and see your art and do private swaps with you as I have a small but fun collection of washi and lots of flavors of Juicy Jays if you want to try some out

~ ~ ~ ~ don't need any of these:

~ bookmarks (I don't read print books) (if a swap includes a bookmark, please send whatever you like - handmade or otherwise :)

~ tags

~ ~ ~ ~ don't like any of these:

~ tiny stickers

~ chamomile

~ teas for de-stressing or detoxing or anything healing sounding

~ snakes

~ wasps


I can go on... Thanks for reading and please contact me about anything!

I appreciate everything anyone sends me! Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me anything! You made my day!


Favorite Movies

November 12, 2021 afterthought..

Wow do I love movies! I didn't put this section in because I was overwhelmed, and also, I didn't think my movie preferences would be helpful for swaps. But I just rewatched Napoleon Dynamite and the aesthetic of the film is making me want to make art inspired by the movie! Napoleon Dynamite art from you would be cherished!

Others: anything by Billy Wilder, anything with Audrey Hepburn, anything with Kristen Stewart (especially Personal Shopper and Clouds of Sils Maria), French films old and new, Office Space (the other Mike Judge brilliant time capsule), anything Pixar, the documentary MIA Maya Matangi, The Big Short, and so so so many more...



Comment: Hello, Dana! Your card and the extra goodies made me so happy! Thank you so very much! I can't wait to use the magazine pages in collaging, and I've never tried Davenport tea, before! :O So exciting! I wish you the best of luck with your meds~ I actually have bipolar, so I think I can kind of understand where you're coming from, and it's certainly no fun! >.< Now that I'm pretty stable on my meds, I can't imagine being without them. Life-changing. I also loved your daily affirmation! It's a great thing to remind myself of! :D Thank you so much for being my swap partner!
Response: Oh wow! Your comment made my day! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed the swap! Thanks for sharing your mental health status with me; I really appreciate it. I'm so happy to have had you as a partner and I hope we cross paths again soon! XO Dana
nanc6124 rated for Quick Swap HappyMail #3 USA on Mar 18, 2023
Comment: Hello neighbor!πŸ˜„ Thank you for the happy mail! I'm hanging the bear on my magnet board I love it so much! The postcard with the purple fish is beautiful also. πŸ’œ I love it all!
Response: Yay! I'm so thrilled you liked the happy mail! And especially with a place of honor on your magnet board! I hope our paths cross here again! Take care! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
Comment: Totally awesome envelope of washi - thank you!! I love how you even covered the back flap!! Thank you for a fun swap!
Response: Yay! So happy that you enjoyed the swap! Take care! XO Dana
teejlc rated for CPG Multi Stamp Random Envie #7 - US on Mar 11, 2023
Comment: It was so fun to receive this envelope with all the beautiful stamps! I love e everything you sent, but was especially thrilled with the cute frog stationery. Thank you so much!
Response: So excited that you enjoyed the swap! It's a cute frog! Take care! XO Dana
Comment: Whata wonderful note and surprise! We have a lot in common! Let your freak flag fly! So others can find you! Kindred spirit
Response: Yay! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed this swap! Thanks for your kind words! Freak flag flying! I look forward to our paths crossing again! XO πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
Comment: Thank you
Rbrstmpr rated for LSRUS: Random Envelope Swap-USA on Mar 5, 2023
Comment: Yowza Batgirl! So much fabulousness tucked into an elaborately decorated envelope. I loved the roller skates, flip flop and sneaker almost as much as the bonus #14 on the washi tape. Everything is incredible but my 3 favorites are the tarot card, the Norman Rockwell playing card, and drum roll please…the old magazine pages, including a crochet pattern! That rumble you hear in the distance is my roar of approval. Thanks ever so much for a great swap!!
Response: Yay! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed the swap! It was a blast putting it together for you! Enjoy! XO
toni rated for UHM: Blank Postcards Swap 🌻 on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcards! Love them all! Also love the extras. You brightened my day!
MWMBpageants rated for Sender's Choice #2 on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: YOU ROCK YOU ROCK YOU ROCKKKKKK !!!! Seriously BLESSED to have gotten you as my partner ! 😍😍😍
Response: Hahaha yay! You rock hard yourself! So thrilled you like the swap! Take care!
erinhayden rated for Pick me up February on Feb 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much Dana! I loved all of the goodies. I really appreciate it!
HushedKitty rated for Good Day Tarot PC #0 on Feb 11, 2023
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the great postcard of Baby (who I now might love) and the card of the day. Spot on! It's going in my journal, for sure.
Response: Yay! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed the reading and the postcard! What an honor to hold a place in your journal! If you're interested in a private tarot reading swap, let me know and I would be happy to set one up. Baby loves you! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
emcki rated for January 2023: What Did You Read? on Feb 3, 2023
Comment: i tried to read Home Before Dark but i DNF. I think I was under the impression that it was based on the TV show
Response: Thanks for your feedback! ❀
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Thanks so much, for your awesome email of books read for January! I had fun going through them and pretty darn good having read 11 of them! I already looked up the books on your list and two stand out I'd like to read. Which are "Pretty Girls" by Karen Slaughter and "The King worth killing" by Peter Swanson. Thanks so much sharing.
Response: Thanks so much for the lovely feedback! I'm thrilled that you found a couple that interest you! Have fun! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ
dmwcheng rated for Tea for two, yum #6 on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for a notecard with thoughtful commentary. I love your enthusiasm. =) I'm debating whether to get back into swap-bot. For now, just catching up on ratings.
Response: Hi! Thanks for the rating! It's always so nice to hear from you! I myself have been wondering about getting back into swapping, but the stars have not been aligning to get me going! I sign up and the drop from a swap every few weeks... Hope all is well! XO Dana
dmwcheng rated for Tea for two, yum #5 on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the teas and the sweet note. I've replied back to you so keep an eye on your mailbox. =) Sorry for my late rating.
Response: Oooh so exciting to be on the lookout for happy mail! I treasure the lovely letters you send! They always make me so happy! I hope you include a return address so I can send you something too! Be well, my friend!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
Response: ❀
piepie rated for Tea Samples :) on Apr 17, 2022
Comment: Hi Dana! Thank you so much for the teas, I can't wait to try them~ And I am so happy to know that we share so much in common! I have already finished Naruto years ago, and I hope you enjoy it~ Naruto will always be my top 1 anime~
Eulegirl rated for LSRUS: A note and tea for 3 on Feb 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks for tea and extras. What fun washi!

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MWMBpageants on Mar 8, 2023:

I hate to bug you - but my Envie (from You!) ended up πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜• as an element to a SECRET β€œDIY Craft” Project , done by my Youngest Daughter (when I WASNT looking, lol, ugh! 😝) gosh. But hey !! Can you plz PM your address when You see this ..!!? No Rush but I’m gonna send something out for you this week, Okay ..!!? ❀️

MWMBpageants on Feb 25, 2023:

Can I tell you the ODDEST thing …??!?? Lol I’ve been browsing Labels the past week (just in Dollar Tree, Purple 99, Target and what have you…) and literally EVERY time I’ve gotten to the register - I’ve ended up putting back the Labels out of lack of extra cash or like , last minute deciding β€œugh I shouldn’t spent this money on these right now. I’ll get them like tomorrow or something.” (Lol.) but I’ve seriously been wanting to pick up Labels to adhere to outer envies ! Seriously!!! That’s so nuts lol!

MWMBpageants on Feb 16, 2023:

Wow…. Reading your profile was so fun ! You’re literally SOOOO Much LIKE ME, lol….
Do you ever just write , off-site as Old Fashion β€œPen Friends,”…..?!
I’d totally be into writing , If you are …!? (Lol… why do I sound like I’m speaking on Tinder lol…..)

OrigamiGrace on Jun 14, 2022:

Just stopping by to say


From Cheap Postage Group:)

DonniJane on Feb 13, 2022:

Sending some LOVE for Valentine's

bpl76 on Feb 11, 2022:

WOW you have made my day brighter with this birthday happy mail Thank you for your touching words and goodies you sent Have a great day BPL76

BusyB on Dec 19, 2021:

Hi Dana! Thank you so much for your sweet message on my profile. I am enjoying some downtime with hubby for Christmas. I enjoyed reading your profile as well. Hope you're feeling and doing better. Just want to tell you also welcome to swap-bot! From a "lifer" lol πŸ˜‰ πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’›

Petaltea on Dec 18, 2021:

It’s ok! Don’t worry about it! Enjoy the holidays!! πŸ₯°β€οΈ

circularlogic on Oct 15, 2021:

Thanks you for another week is ail mail happiness!!

jandmterry on Oct 7, 2021:


I’m glad you are enjoying your mail in the 6 weeks of snail mail swap. I’m having fun sending you mail. 😊 Have a fabulous day!


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