Date Joined: October 11, 2013
Last Online: November 20, 2016
Birthday: March 4
My name is Tracey and I'm fairly new to Swap-Bot. I love, love, love sending & receiving "snail mail". Flat mail, bubble envelopes & small packages are my absolute favourite! I have a great appreciation for cute, uniquely designed, pretty, colourful envelopes, letters & parcels. I enjoy regular swaps as well as "handmade swaps" that include small items like tags, labels, envelopes, letter sets, paper goods for my Filofax, postcards and other cute interesting items.
I'm really into "mail art" & making my envies exciting to receive. I have a small studio at home where I spend some of my "free time" creating cute, pretty, colourful, decorated envelopes, letters and packages that are embellished with collage, stickers, cute labels, washi tape and colourful bits of paper. If time permits, I'll always try and send a decorated envie for my swaps, even if it's not required. I absolutely LOVE receiving any type of mail art, please show me your talents!!!...plain white envies make me sad :-( I'm also HUGE on how a swap is presented & packaged - making the swap items special & fun with small baggies, tissue paper, small envies, wrapping paper, kraft paper, wax paper, vellum, twine, string and so on, is seriously my favourite thing...
If the package allows, I will use postage stamps and as many different kinds as possible to give my partner a good variety, plus I personally think it makes the mail look way more interesting and fun! If you're able to, PLEASE USE AS MANY POSTAGE STAMPS AS POSSIBLE! :-) It would make my day if you could include with your swap any of the free airmail stickers they give away at your local post office, I collect them and use them in my mail art. Yay, thanks!
I'm born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and spent 24 years there before moving to Toronto to attend Ryerson School of Interior Design. I graduated and decided to stay. I've been here for 13 years now. I live in the west end of the city with my hubby of 4 years, my two stepdaughters (20 & 10 years old), my baby twin girls (1 year) and our 2 large doggies. My hubby and I both work in the film industry and enjoy it a lot, it's a huge part of our lives. I've been off work raising our baby girls and just took a gig working part-time from home. We have a super busy house but it totally works for us.
Airmail themed snailmail goodies, architecture, art, all shades of pink & turquoise (I also dig light purples, light blues, mint green, grey & yellow), a really good quality fine tip black pen, candy candy & more candy (I'm a sucker for pretty & interesting packaging), chevron print, collage, crossfit, decorated envies, "Filofax" personal planner, foxes, fruity & sweet smelling lip balms in small pots, graphic design, hamburgers, handmade postcards, hand written letters, helvetica font, kawaii, (I'm starting to collect them), lace, lip gloss, mail art, most songs from the 70's, my family, my mackbook pro, my rottweiller, neon Nike runners, neon colours & pastel colours, original hand drawn illustrations & art, owls, polaroid pictures, postage stamps, pretty vintage ephemera, push-ups, really good coffee, Sailor Jerry (nautical themes & swallows are my faves), scratch & sniff stickers (c'mon they're awesome), sugar skulls, smell of a campfire, stripes, tea, the fall season, tiny polka-dots, tried & true recipes (simple and tastes good), unicorns, vanilla cupcakes, vintage fairytales & their characters (little red riding hood, alice in wonderland etc..), vintage children's book illustrations, vintage whimsey woodland themes, washi tape, Wes Anderson illustrations, vintage style, cartoon whales, working out, yummy snacks & treats
Well crafted, handmade paper goodies - cute, unique gift tags & mailing labels in all shapes, folded cards, notecards & envelopes, cute stationery sets (store bought is cool too), unique & interesting small notepads, cute memo pads, origami in pretty colours, illustrations & artwork. I love different types of paper like onion skin, glassine, vellum, specialty wax types, kraft paper, pieces of vintage wrapping paper (even if small), other thin types of interesting papers for collage etc...glassine and kraft envies are my favourites!
Ephemera: vintage "pretty" images of flora & fauna, birds, roses, flowers, forest animals etc... Old school polaroid pictures (seriously...ANY old polaroid pic that you have to give, I want), vintage children's book illustrations, old interesting paper bits, ANY vintage black & white photo (old creepy photos of people are my favourites) ticket stubs for various things from your country.
Stamps: low denomination new stamps and/or used stamps on or off paper etc...new or used vintage stamps off paper from various countries are my favourites but I'll take them on paper as well :-) 1950's - 1980's stamps - AMAZING!
Handmade crocheted, cross-stiched, felted, or sewed zipper pouch, change purse, hairclips, broaches, tiny animal friends. Would LOVE to receive these kinds of beautiful things...
Stickers - cutesy vintage inspired animals, woodland forest animals, (especially deer, foxes & squirrels, hedgehogs, toadstools & mushrooms), vintage fairytales especially Little Red Riding Hood & Alice in Wonderland, unicorns. My favourite Kawaii character is Deery-Lou, but I'm open to all characters (except Hello Kitty - no more please) love sticker flakes, I'm obsessed with kawaii rainbows & clouds! Scratch & Sniff, airmail related stickers, "faux postage stamps", anything related to snail mail for my envies.
Washi Tape - love it! fairytale themes, pretty patterns & colours, pinks, turquoise, lavenders, golds, floral prints, tiny polka dots, lace - vintage dainty & pretty :-)
Writing Instruments - kawaii, Coleto pen, Le Pen, colourful gel pens, scented markers
Rubber Stamps - I recently started collecting rubber stamps. Anything to do with snail mail letterpost such as "rush", "please deliver to", "handle with care", "happy mail", "snail mail", "airmail" or faux postmark stamps. Woodland forest animals (fox, deer, hedgehog, owl, raccoon, squirrel), mushrooms, acorns, leaves, stars, trees, whales - "cartoonish" looking stamps only, no realistic please.
"Stuff for my new Filofax" - fun shaped stickie notes, especially the ones shaped like cute animals. Uniquely shaped paperclips in all colours, any type of cool inserts for a "PERSONAL SIZE Filofax. Any kind of cute things I can use to organize and decorate it!
Kawaii items - anything little red riding hood, rainbows & clouds, deery-lou, stationery & lettersets, pens, pencil cases (especially fabric ones), coin purse, washi tape, sticky notes, notepad, memo pads, rubber stamps, stickers, sticker flakes (easy on the Hello Kitty, I have enough)!
bakers twine - use it all the time...totally dig it
glassine envies & tiny paper bags in pretty much any colour / cute pattern...love em'
any type of good quality small pouch, coin purse, zippered pouch, pencil case
Candy, candy, candy - I love candy. I love good ol' kid's candy. The kind with the bright, interesting eye-catching packaging. Hard candies, soft candies, chewy & fruity, gooey & sweet & gummies of all kinds. Cotton candy, toffee, caramel, jelly beans, bubble gum with a liquid centre (omg love it), bubble gum without a liquid centre, chiclets, licorice & lollipos with gum in the centre. Especially candy that I can't get in Canada! I really prefer candy over chocolate.
My favourite flavours - cherry, blueberry, cotton candy, watermelon, bubble gum, grape, raspberry, lime, tangerine - but who am I'm kidding...I pretty much like all popular flavours
Vintage or vintage inspired hair clips (roses, birds, woodland creatures, flora & fauna are just a few types that I like)
Makeup - lip gloss & lip balm in neutral pinky shades, tinted lip balms are great too. I like different colours of blush, "girlie" colours, all shades of pinks & peaches are nice.
Letters - I love receiving handwritten letters with my swaps, there's nothing better than a nice big fat old school letter!
Envies - Big stuffed envelopes full of little goodies & treats! My favourite :-)
Collection - ceramic/porcelain glaze vintage woodland animal figurines from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. I'm coo-coo for them!
Collection - vintage or vintage inspired hair clips, barrettes & bobby pins (roses, birds, woodland creatures, flora & fauna are just a few types that I like)
Collection - vintage or vintage inspired charms for jewelry making as well as cute vintage buttons in any size
Tank Tops with small patterns/ small polka dots - love em. My clothing size - in t-shirts/tops = small
My favourite colours are shades of turquoise, pink, lavender, robin's egg blues
THE FOLLOWING ARE FOR SPECIFIC SWAPS ONLY - THEY'RE NOT PART OF MY WISH LIST :-)
Postcards (and other greeting cards) - I'm really into handmade, but only if there's effort put into them! All postcards from the 1970's, especially any featuring a MOTEL! I also like vintage woodland themes & animals, vintage fairytales, NEW YORK CITY and cityscapes & street shots of where you live - I PREFER THEM WRITTEN ON AND SENT NAKED PLEASE!
Tea - interesting flavoured teas - like rose or lavender. I also enjoy sweet flavours. I would love to receive unusual teas from all around the world. I hear there's a tea that tastes like cupcakes??? Ummm - YES! I would love to try those types of flavours. I'm also looking for "Nutcracker Sweet" by Celestial Seasonings, we don't seem to have it in Canada :-(
Recipes - I'm not the greatest cook but I try, therefor I prefer recipes that are simple, fun & yummy!
ATC's, LB's, zines, x-slips, slams etc..
SWAPS WITH NO THOUGHT PUT INTO THEM
Please, please, please don't send me items that have "made the rounds" from other swaps that everyone obviously dislikes and keeps passing on in hopes that they can get rid of it - not cool...trust me, I don't want it either.
I like a variety, but my favourite genre would have to be Brit Pop. I mostly listen to The Smiths, Morrissey, Pulp, Jarvis Cocker, Blur, Weezer, The Cure, Guns N' Roses,The Rolling Stones and Daft Punk - just to name a few. Sometimes I need music with no words...just some good old jazz music - especially in the car
I work in the movie business, so watching movies is actually part of my job - My Top 10 in no particular order are;
I really dig anything Wes Anderson
I don't really watch "TV" anymore, there are too many commercials. I do love to rent a well written TV series though...a few of my all time favourites have been...
I truly enjoy the art of swapping. I always take the time to read my partners profile and see what kind of goodies they like. "Senders Choice" doesn't mean much to me as I always tailor my swaps to my partner as best I can - I don't see why I would send items to someone that they're not going to like or use? A lot of thought and effort goes into the mail I send out. It would be wonderful if you attempt to do the same! Quality, creativity & effort over quantity please!
This swapper is "flake-free" - I always send my swaps out before the due date has passed and always make a trip to the post office to make sure that the correct postage is being applied to the envie / parcel. If you haven't received my swap way past the date, please contact me personally and let me know.
I always try and rate the same day I receive your mail. I would appreciate the same courtesy! Isn't that half the fun? To know your mail and goodies made someones day? C'mon people - leave a rating!
I give a heart if I think my partner has put extra time and effort into the swap - if they've thought about what they're sending, read my profile, added goodies they know I would enjoy etc...
I'm looking for a couple of pen-pals who are into decorating their envies, like to write letters or do "mail tag" on fun stationary and send small fun surprises in the mail on a regular basis - If this sounds like you and you're interested - send me a message!
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