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teejlc
Date Joined: January 18, 2021
Last Online: May 27, 2024
Birthday: October 7, 1978
Country: United States
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Hello Swappers!

ABOUT MY POST OFFICE: I've had several of my regular swapping friends tell me that my post office is seriously overzealous with requiring the extra postage! I don't want things sent back, so I try to review everything I receive and return on a case by case basis. Sometimes my mail carrier just sends things back immediately (usually if there is over $3 postage due.) I take almost all my swaps to the post office to double check the postage. If you ever get a swap that requires additional postage from me, please just contact me with a photo of the envelope or feel free to refuse the package!

My name is Tracy and I am so excited to be a part of this community! I believe that mail is one of the great joys of life. Sending and receiving has became very important to me during Covid. 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!!

THINGS I LOVE

Decos are my favorite thing to swap. I love them all- the beautifully made art ones, taped ones, any theme and from any country! I prefer the ones with specific themes. I am often open to taking extras and homers, but please just send me a quick note to double check first.

I love original art, hand colored items, collage, ephemera, washi, postcards, stationery sets, notecards, new postage stamps, 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.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much for the decos. Tracy!
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Comment: These will be fun. Thanks.
Sonya rated for DB💜: Bulk Deco Package 5/2024 on May 20, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the boat load of decos, Tracy. Some of these themes are new to me, which I like! Cheers.
bbpolymath rated for DB💙 Deco Frenzy 4-24 on Apr 23, 2024
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Comment: Thanks. These will be fun.
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Comment: Thanks for the Hell No Jane Austen postcard, haha. I love to read about mountain climbers as well and watch you tube videos about people who get lost in the wilderness. Something about it is very fascinating. I would never attempt such a thing as climbing Everest so I guess it's my inner adventurer who likes to read about it.
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Comment: Hello! I get snowstorms lol. I can't wait for summer. Thank you-Kimi
Hotthreads rated for Deco Deco 2-24 on Mar 30, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for joining my swap. The letter S Deco and Orange Deco seems to be a common theme this month.🙃 Have a great weekend.💕
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Comment: Thank you for the envelope full of wonderful decos! I will enjoy signing them and am looking forward to sending Grace her homer!
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Comment: Thank you for the cool decos!
jeka396 rated for DB💜: Bulk Deco Package 3/24 on Mar 5, 2024
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Comment: Thanks so much for your package of decos - it was great to see your pages in person! That one deco was soooo big and heavy, especially for you being the first signer. But no worries, this is the perfect swap to pass it along, we all get them from time to time and need to move em!
jeka396 rated for CPG Move Any Deco 26 - Global on Feb 5, 2024
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Comment: Thanks so much for the fun Message in a bottle deco! Loved your page!!
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Comment: Thanks for the great selection of decos!
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Comment: Thanks much for sending Seung's Circus and Tarabird's Be Bold decos, Tracy. I think the circus deco is a great theme for an upside down page, myself. LOL!!!
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Comment: So sorry for the late rating! I hope your holidays were great, and Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thank you for the cards!
jeka396 rated for DB ♥: Letter Rate Decos #9 on Jan 20, 2024
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Comment: Yeahhhh! Thanks so much for sending me this vintage themed last pager! I’ll get to it soon and send it on home!
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Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard! Hope you’re getting the snow you want by now!
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Comment: Thank you❤️
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Comment: Thank you for the fun assortment of decos! I wish you well with your other art endeavors!
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Comment: Thanks for Jina’s Easter Deco and Penny’s asparagus Deco.

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Comments

9O96O on Jan 20, 2024:

A huge thanks for the surprise extra -- my homer deco (FOB221-011). It turned out beautifully! 🤗

DeboraCreates on Nov 1, 2023:

Thank you for returning my full Nature ICM! It came out great!

DeboraCreates on Oct 7, 2023:

Happy Birthday!

9O96O on Jul 12, 2023:

Hi Tracy, I thought you might like to see how your 'Boat on Lake' deco to Sparkie in Finland turned out.

For a bigger photo go here.

DeboraCreates on Jun 10, 2023:

Thanks so much for making the gorgeous "Vintage Winter" deco for me. It came out so lovely. It was returned to me by Bettina.

I will take pix and email them to you.

What fun! Thanks!

lrm1980 on Jun 2, 2023:

Thanks so much for sending home my full Valentine’s Day ICM deco! 💕

DeboraCreates on May 16, 2023:

Thank you for the private deco swap - I do appreciate multiples of the same theme - these books are so gorgeous, so many tough acts to follow, including yourself!

PrincessLeia on Mar 27, 2023:

PH WTA DEC2022 Hello Tracy, just received your envie! They are all great! My favourite amongst them is the beautiful turtle.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

colleenbUSA on Dec 19, 2022:

Thank you for the CPG wish of printable the bookmarks are so cute!

user6937 on Dec 6, 2022:

Hi, Tracy - thanks so much for my November wishes; the paperclips are new for me - I like the idea that the blue and white one is a mountain, although I guess it could be a cake with icing, too. Let's stick with a mountain! I do just save them :) I'm going to stamp on the labels and make my own stickers.

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