Swap-bot Time: April 14, 2021 10:42 am


Date Joined: January 18, 2021
Last Online: April 13, 2021
Birthday: October 7, 1978
Country: United States
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Hello Swappers!

I am new here and am so excited to join this community! I believe that mail is one of the great joys of life. Sending and receiving has become even more important to me since covid began. It is so much easier to be honest, thoughtful and compassionate in letters than it is in an email or on social media. We need to bring back the lost art of this type of intimate correspondence!

I have lived in Michigan for most of my life and am a huge lover of the Great Lakes. Before I left work to stay home with my three young boys, I worked as a wetland biologist for the state. First I worked in the permitting program, then moved on to help head up monitoring, restoration and protection programs for Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands. I miss my work, but don't regret leaving.

We live in Brighton, which is just north of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. U of M is my alma mater and I love visiting the campus as often as possible!

When I'm not focusing on my kids or writing letters, I am an avid crafter. Needlework, knitting and collage (with both paper and fabric) are my favorite pastimes, but I also enjoy dipping into other arts and crafts that I'm not as good at, such as watercolor, drawing and coloring. I love art journaling and am lucky to have two wonderful friends that I trade journals with. We give each other a prompt and encourage imperfection.

Reading is another favorite pastime (especially classics and historical fiction) as is hiking, and exploring our local antique shops. At the beginning of the covid lockdowns I decided I would try to relearn Spanish. I practice every day, but it's going to take some time! I would love to attempt to read and write some Spanish postcards or letters!

Prior to the lockdowns, I became a certified health and life coach and I was working on building a business. My focus clients were women who have never learned to love their bodies and who have been perpetual dieters throughout their lives. (I fit into this category for most of my life.) My program helped teach women to accept their bodies, learn to eat intuitively and pursue health without focusing only on weight loss. I believe that ALL bodies are good bodies and that we must honor and trust these vessels we occupy during our time here on earth. While I loved my wetlands work, I felt that coaching was actually my calling. When schools closed, and my kids were home and needing me so much, I found I couldn't sustain being mom, teacher and business owner. I have temporarily shut my doors on that dream and am trying to work up the will to begin again.

On most people's profiles I see that many are not interested in discussing politics or religion. I completely understand that, and agree that I do not want to be preached to or persuaded. However, I do think that conversation and mutual respect is how we can heal the world, so I am very open to learning about the opinions, passions and stories that make you who you are. I just ask any discussions like this take place with an open mind and heart and always focus on compassion and empathy, rather than anger or an insistence that there is only one "right" way to think.

Thank you for swapping with me!!


Being new here, I am eager to find out what it's all about and honestly will adore anything you care to send!

I do love original art, hand colored items, collage, ephemera, washi and, of course, STICKERS!

Your handmade postcards will make me happy.

As far as subjects go, I am really open to receiving anything you think is beautiful, but here are a few things I particularly enjoy:

Animals: birds (especially parrots and cockatoos), fish, cats, snakes, frogs, turtles

Plants: ferns, cactus, trees, wetland plants

Natural history: ancient creatures, geology, crystals and fossils, ancient peoples

Vintage: Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, mid century style, Georgian/Jane Austen style... really anything vintage is fun to me.

Places/culture: Local landmarks and history from where you live, regional recipes, fairy tales, folktales, mythology

You: Mostly I want to hear about YOU. What, Who and How do you love? What makes you tick?

Thank you for swapping with me!

Favorite Music

The Indigo Girls, Michael Franti, O.A.R., Dar Williams, Mumford and Sons, Travis, The Avett Bros, Carol King, The Head and the Heart

I LOVE musicals especially Hamilton, Rent, Les Miserables, Wicked and some of the old classics like Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music

Favorite Books

I love so many books that I can't even begin to list them all here.But here is a list of 10 books that I loved enough that I read them two or more times. (In no particular order.)

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

My Life in France by Julia Child

Union Street by Pat Barker

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

I am also in a book club that focuses on self improvement and spiritual growth. We've read many wonderful books, but my favorites have been "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, "Soul Craft" by Bill Plotkin and "Big Magic" by Liz Gilbert.

Favorite Crafts

I am a perpetual crafter and love to keep my hands busy. Right now I'm especially loving collage with paper, but I also like fabric collage, embroidery, knitting, coloring and watercolor.


Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and lovely note. Happy Easter and Happy Spring.
Comment: Hello Mrs. Tracy, thank you for your letter. I have write back to you and will be sent it soon. ❤
Response: I’m so glad it arrived in your mailbox!
marles rated for ABCUSA ~ A-Z Postcards ~ Letter D on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the kitty postcard! I've never been to Michigan, but I'm glad you love it. I've moved all over the state of NC and I still don't live far from where I grew up.
24Donna rated for VF: Fairytale Handmade Postcard on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you great job on postcard! Great fairytale! I agree it’s hard to shoes one! God bless you!
Response: Thank you, Donna! Glad you liked it! ❤️
Kalalinga rated for Artistic Decos - 3/2021 on Mar 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the deco and pretty stickers.
Aurora1 rated for Jinx's Sticker Book Swap on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous sticker books. Can't wait to Sticker them! Aurora P.S. No, alas I am not the Aurora Lush fbook group.
Comment: Love everything.....Thanks! :)
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Postcard Sticker Combo on Mar 23, 2021
Comment: Hey! I love your dinosaur combo! I was not expecting it and I love it! Thank you
Response: Oh good! I had fun digging through my stickers to find things that would work on that card. Luckily I have a lot of weird ones, lol!!
Comment: Cute card, nice swap. Thanks!
Response: Glad you liked it! Happy Easter!!
nomadmama rated for Traveling Sticker book #26 on Mar 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note and stickers along with the sticker book. It has definitely warmed up here in GA (and pollen is already bad).
Response: You're welcome! Have fun decorating!
Jjean rated for WIYM: Handmade Bookmark USA on Mar 22, 2021
Comment: Beautiful bookmark..... thank you, I may just "display" it for awhile..... and I too, would enjoy some sun. :)
Response: I'm glad you like it! Sorry it is so thick, lol! I need to work on my technique a little!
ashleh13 rated for A Note for You # 87 on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the notecard! I love the extras! I can't wait to try the tea as well! Have a great weekend!
Response: So happy it arrived in your mailbox! Thanks for the rating and the heart! ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the fun washi postcard. What a cute idea and it turned out great. I may have to steal this for a future swap. Thanks again.
Response: I’m so glad you liked it and feel free to steal! I stole it from Pinterest! ☺️
Comment: Thank you for a cute card and bookmark!
Response: You’re welcome, Grace! I hope you had a nice St. Patty’s day! Thanks for hosting this swap!
Mandafandaa rated for A Note For You # 88 on Mar 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much Tracy for going out of your way to make someone feel special. I really enjoyed learning about you and I will be writing back very soon. Thank you again.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and the heart! I'm glad you enjoyed the letter!!
Comment: Thanks for the amazing postcard! I loved your knitting stickers as well. Good luck making your mitts!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I’m glad you liked the card!
Tara rated for Decos Only - 3/2021 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: I can’t wait to add to your fabulously made decos. I was addicted to making ew ones also when I first started.
Response: I can’t wait to see what you add! ❤️
Tara rated for Jinx's USA Deco Swap on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the fun decos to work on!
Response: Hope you have fun with them!
matt319 rated for Just Because Postcard Swap#30 on Mar 15, 2021

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K8thecrafter on Mar 21, 2021:

How cool of you to forward the package to me that was shipped to the wrong address. You are a team player, and I really appreciate you doing it!

LaughingLoon on Mar 18, 2021:

I want everyone to know how kind you are! Sending my misdirected swap on to my partner was very thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated. Hugs, Michele

sleepykitty on Mar 17, 2021:

Thank you for the amazing postcards (and bonus vintage stamps!) for the February 2021 WTA~~you're very kind!

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