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Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: September 23, 2023
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States
Instagram @dana.tropicana
Instagram @swiftreadings

About Me

Update August 6: I have started swapping again but I am in the middle of a manic episode. I am very disorganized and frustrated but I will be getting everything out. I will let you know if I am late. Thanks for your understanding!

Update July 17, 2023: I have heard from only two people so far. I sent out one overdue swap, and got a message from the husband of the other swap recipient and sadly, she has passed away.

If I try to join a group or swap and you would prefer that I wait until my accounts are merged, I completely understand and I look forward to swapping with you in the future!


Update July 7, 2023: I am in the process of cleaning up my other profile and catching up on outstanding swaps from 8 years ago. Please be patient with me as I work on merging my two accounts!

This is the other one: @danabanana

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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 Doré 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 Movies

Wow do I love movies! A favorite is 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...


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


I recently saw a term that made me laugh. It was in a swap description in a list of other NO things... No drama, no flakers, no ❤heart chasers❤!

Well that's good to know! I am a heart chaser! I always give hearts as I like to show my gratitude to anyone who puts my name and address on a piece of mail, uses stamps to get it to me, and includes a little note. That is truly a gift! I also appreciate electronic swaps!

I do my best every time I put together a swap. I understand not everyone is chatty like me, but it's not that difficult to write "Thanks!" in the rating box. A blank rating is inconsiderate. I understand not everyone likes to give hearts, which is fine! But, like, um, do not join a swap for something you are extremely picky about! If you like green but only dark green, don't join a green swap! And if you do, and you get light green items that have been mindfully curated, be nice about it! It's simple common decency. ❤

So hi from this heart chaser! I will give myself a heart if you do not. Thanks!

Favorite Books

I can only read ebooks and I have to make the font huge. Luckily, my library has a good eBook system and I read daily. If you have any recs, please pass them along!

Some favorites:

~ Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is a perfect book that is a new favorite

~ 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

~ 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


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!



Karen07 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #356 on Sep 29, 2023
Fabriqueen rated for Pick me up August on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for all the awesome goodies! It's a fun swap! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
MissChief rated for MAE - using three different on Sep 12, 2023
Comment: I see you have come back online Aug 15th was last and now Sep 23rd. Will rerate if received.
aero rated for UHM: Washi Happy Mail on Sep 9, 2023
Comment: I haven't received anything but will be happy to rerate when I do. I hope everything is okay on your end. Blessings and Prayers your way 🦋
coleenfranks rated for MAE: Handmade Envie ~ Flowers on Sep 7, 2023
heidiblooms rated for ANY CARD W/PROMPT #71 on Sep 6, 2023
Comment: Haven't received anything, I will happily rerate if I do! :) Hope you are okay
laprochaine rated for UHM: Sketchy Mail Art on Sep 1, 2023
Comment: 😞
myancey rated for CAN YOU FIND IT? #1 on Aug 25, 2023
Comment: Dana, hi. I will be more than happy to change this if I receive anything . I noticed you haven’t been on since the 15th and hope all is ok. I also sent a message that is still marked unread. Take care
Highlander18 rated for ATP: Blind UGLY Envie #2 USA on Aug 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for glow in dark tag and papers.
thequilterslink rated for ATP: Blind UGLY Envie #1 USA on Jul 18, 2023
Comment: Thx for fun envie of goodies
warheart rated for UHM: Blind Envelope - Stickers! on Jul 17, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the cute stickers!
JJcrafty rated for Pick me up July on Jul 12, 2023
Comment: Dana- thank you for your thoughtful swap. I love all of the goodies you sent me. Love the envelopes...love everthing!
Comment: Dana, you totally made my day, the biggest smile on my face - what a sweet swap from you! I LOVE everything and thank you for those fabulous handmade envelopes - they will go perfect in my latest journal! I LOVE the vellum stickers you sent and the hearts. Thanks for looking at my profile and blog, that was so sweet - everything was tailor made for me - you're the best - thank you!
Response: Yay! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the swap! It was my pleasure to put it together for you because you are so very cool! I'm happy you enjoy the little envelopes - I can't stop making them, so if you would like some more just let me know and I will be happy to send some your way! Take care! XO Dana
Comment: OMG! Thank you for all the postcards you included with your note! It will definitely come in handy for the seniors. To answer your question, I buy vintage stamps from various sellers on eBay. There's also a brick and mortar store called A to Z Stamps (check out their website) and they sell vintage stamps too (below face value). Hope that helps!
Response: You are so very welcome for the postcards! I'm happy to be able to help you with your great project! Thanks for the info about stamps - I will have to try them! Take care! XO Dana
Comment: Even though this was a blind swap, you still ended up sending a TON of stickers I'm really excited to use! Thank you for the wonderful swap, friend! 💜
Response: Oh that's so exciting! I'm thrilled you like the stickers! You are so very welcome! Take care! XO Dana
QuetzalcoatlsMom rated for Blind Swap Q&D #1 on Jul 1, 2023
Comment: You are amazing! I now know how to fill up an envelope. My post office is seriously strict on lumps and bumps and "not bending". So much fun in one little envelope!
Response: Oh yay, you got it! I'm so excited that you enjoyed this one! I adore making little envelopes and filling them with fun stuff. Enjoy, Empress of the Universe!
QuetzalcoatlsMom rated for Blind Swap Q&D #2 on Jul 1, 2023
Comment: So much fun in one envelope!!! Thanks so very much!!!
Response: Yay! You are very welcome! I had fun putting it together for you! I do wonder where the first swap is, though. Hope it's not lost! Let me know if you want to do another private swap! XO Dana
CraftyMail rated for CPG N ~ Fill "er Up ~ GREEN ~ USA on Jun 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your note. I like the forest PC & Peacock stickers!
Response: I am glad you liked the stickers! ❤
LaRKing rated for Thankful Card on Jun 21, 2023
Comment: I loved your letter/card! Reading your thankful stuff made me feel even more thankful! I guess it's contagious! I LOVE the card of your puppy - it looks like mine, too!!!! Thanks for the goodies! Hearts!
Response: Thank you so very much for your kind words! I think being thankful is contagious too! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the swap and I look forward to crossing paths with you again! Take care! XO Dana

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MissChief on Sep 3, 2023:

Just checking in if you received my swap. Didn't see a rating and it has been a month.

ladydy5 on Aug 29, 2023:

Very disappointing if you don’t send in the envelope swap. You have two profiles too. A no no!

ladydy5 on Apr 19, 2023:

Welcome to our group Make an Envelope Any ideas feel free to put up a swap

ladydy5 on Apr 19, 2023:

Welcome tonn by our group Make an Envelope Any ideas feel free to put up a swap

MWMBpageants on Mar 8, 2023:

I hate to bug you - but my Envie (from You!) ended up 😕😕😕 as an element to a SECRET “DIY 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 “ugh 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 “Pen 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

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