Swap-bot Time: November 26, 2020 1:21 am


Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: November 25, 2020

Country: United States
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A note about mailing times...

Our local mail carriers are still working harder than ever, but current mailing times vary--I'm finding that domestic mail usually takes only 2-5 days but occasionally it can take an extra week or two (or even three). As with everything else this year, a little patience is needed and much appreciated!

I mark my swaps as "sent" as soon as I put them in the outgoing collection mailbox slot--they are usually picked up and postmarked the same day, but I have no way of knowing for sure, as they are out of my hands. I like to send my swaps out the following morning after partners are assigned (post haste!), with maybe a day or so added if it is profile-based, to help ensure timely arrival, but if you are missing mail from me, please send me a message--I can always send you another. I also strongly recommend that US residents sign up for USPS Informed Delivery; this free service can be extremely helpful in tracking down missing or late mail.

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Because I know it can be a source of anxiety for some, I also like to be prompt when it comes to rating--generally I will do so within a day of receiving the mail. I have noticed a significant delay in my local mail service (anywhere from 3 days to over 3 weeks), so a little extra patience is appreciated and probably necessary during these strange and unfortunate times.

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I am still sending well wishes and virtual hugs to everyone out there, that they and their families are able to stay healthy and safe from fires, storms, and all other sources of distress. Thank you all for continuing to spread kindness!

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About Me

Hello, I'm Tracey (she, her, hers) and I live in California. I am a crafter, reader, knitter, sewist, negligent gardener, sender of postcards and friendly greetings. I also play the ukulele and dabble in watercolor. I am trying very hard to destash/not accumulate more clutter right now, but as many crafters know, this is an uphill battle. :)

I am unfortunately, despite my best/worst efforts, only fluent in English though I have managed to learn a little Spanish, and a little ASL.

I love plants, but have managed to kill a fair number of them, including so-called "foolproof" snake plants, pothos plants, ZZ plants and succulents.

taco plant

I am a dog person (but don't have any pets at the moment) and am partial to animals and nature, though I don't get to go camping or hiking as much since many parks are currently closed (summer 2020).

Bigfoot truck camper on someone else's truck

We have a truck camper (similar to the one pictured above) and have driven all over the western states and parts of Canada, and have seen many black bears and grizzly bears, but are very careful to keep a safe distance--not as close as this! My roadtrip 'job' is to help navigate/read the maps, but also to watch out for bears, goats, deer, bison, bunnies, and other critters that might be approaching the roadway.

watch out! black bear

Favorite Books

Some books I have enjoyed:

Sadie by Courtney Summers A Burning by Megha Majumdar The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane March trilogy by John Lewis The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan New Shoes by Sara Varon Bloom by Kevin Panetta After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor - graphic to be published Jan 2021

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen The Last One by Alexandra Oliva We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

I read a varied mix of nonfiction and fiction, graphic formats and e-audiobooks. I used to read a lot of teen and children's titles, but don't read them quite as much now that I have retired from my job as a children's/teen librarian, except when I need to take a break from the heavier nonfiction, which is more often these days.

Favorite Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah--I miss watching the Colbert Report; most of the "late" shows are actually on too late for my bedtime
  • The Amazing Race--so excited about the new season! Phil's newest show is fine too, but I haven't caught very many episodes.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Jeopardy! (though it will never be the same without Alex πŸ’œ)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, depending on the subject, and my mood at the time. Generally, anything with David Attenborough is a good bet.

Flat Things to Happy Mail

In case it helps you, here are some things I wouldn't mind finding in the mailbox:

  • art that you made. If it is fan art, you'll want to also include an explanation in case it refers to something I am not hip enough to know about (extremely likely).
  • a zine
  • postcards, new or vintage - I don't mind handmade (see above: "art that you made"), and interesting ad cards are welcome if they fit the swap!
  • unused USPS postage stamps, any denomination (1-cent, 5-cents, 29-cents etc. - forever stamps are fine too)
  • a tried-and-true recipe that uses bananas, peaches or persimmons, OR your favorite gluten-free, vegan or Instant-Pot recipe.
  • a home-sewn face mask (standard adult size)
  • a vintage handkerchief
  • book recommendations
  • tea (black, green, white; caf or decaf)
  • flattened origami
  • vintage sewing notions (buttons, trims, etc.)
  • a piece of ribbon that is at least 1" wide and 38"-45" long (I volunteer as a memory-bear crafter and sometimes I dress them up with a bow around the neck)
  • comic strip that made you laugh
  • funny pictures of animals (cut out from a magazine, etc.)
  • little piece of sea glass


I'll do my best to pass on items that aren't my thing, but please do not send:

  • religious items, unless called for in the swap. I do celebrate holidays, but I don't associate any spiritual significance to them.
  • flyers from a sports equipment store
  • reminder that I am WAY past due for a dental visit
  • beetle larvae or smooshed spiders (unless called for in the swap!)
  • anything that is moldy (fun fact: items returned to the library with visible water damage have to be discarded because they may develop a mildew which can then spread to the other books on the shelf!)
  • things that are hateful or demeaning towards other people

Bonus: Here is a Sloth for You

sloth saying hello


NRGordon rated for Ships Ahoy! Post Card swap. on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC and the joke.
Response: You're welcome; I hope you and your family are able to stay warm and safe this week--happy Thanksgiving!
Comment: I loved your parade snaps, thanks a ton! Hope you have a cozy and filling holiday!!
Response: You're welcome, Zaira! I hope you and your family have a nice Thanksgiving week, too :)
monsbrick rated for LLU: Books for the Spooky Season on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Hi Tracey, Loved that Kostova book! Still want to read some of your other recommendations.
Response: Thank you Marie, Happy reading! πŸ’–
Comment: Thank you. Love the pictures. Happy Thanksgiving.
Response: Thanks, Aisling--you too :) πŸ’–
jessnewson98 rated for LLU: TeenTober! on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for your email! I'm sorry it took so long to rate you!
Response: No worries--thank YOU for being fabulous! Take care 🐨 🐞 🌈 πŸ’–
Comment: Thank you!!!! I love it!!!!
Response: the chicken was my favorite too :) Thank you for the rating and the heart!
KSENiA rated for ESG: What are you working on? on Nov 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing. What a love dress!
Response: Thank you Ksenia! and thank you for the πŸ’–
Comment: Bone Gap slaps, does it not? Lovely to hear recs from a fellow librarian--I'm always on the hunt for more spooky middle grade books to recommend. And Mexican Gothic is on my TBR list too! I totally miss the little kids in their costumes in the library!
Response: Thanks, Heather! Small Spaces by Katherine Arden was also a good middlegrade spooky read πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ ❀️
Comment: Thank you so much! Happy Halloween!!!
Response: Thank you, Zaira--Take care!
Comment: Thanks they're so cute! I especially love the space dog one!
Response: Thank you for coordinating this swap--πŸ’–
HappyMom rated for ESG: Dogs in costumes Profile deco on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: These are awesome - love seeing the gifs!
Response: Thanks, Ilyse, it's always fun swapping with you :)
cherlita rated for ESG: Dogs in costumes Profile deco on Oct 25, 2020
Comment: Ah thanks for the cuteness! I love them all especially the bear one, so cute!
Response: Thanks, Cherlita - may we swap again soon :) πŸ’–
postmarkd rated for LLU: Books for the Spooky Season on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the book recommendations!! Bone Gap sounds very interesting - I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it at my local bookstores! Happy Reading & Happy Halloween!
Response: Thank you, Happy Halloween to you too πŸ‘»
tizzicat rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #12 on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rating.
Response: no worries! Thank you for checking in when you couldn't find my emails. Take care and happy reading πŸ“š πŸ’–
MSKcat rated for LLU: TeenTober! on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your swap! I love Rick Riordan too!
Response: Thanks, Meredith :) πŸ’–
BrunetteBunny rated for LLU: TeenTober! on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: I love Artemis Fowl! I am steadfastly pretending the movie adaptation never happened though. I agree that libraries years ago didn't realize teens existed, which is a shame! Sounds like your library does lots of cool stuff. Hooray for Rick Riordan presents! He's doing much better things with his fame than other people (cough, Patterson, cough), and I'm psyched to read the Tristan Strong series (I've heard it's maybe the best middle grade ever published!).
Response: well, the movie adaptations are bound to disappoint --thanks for swapping with me and happy reading! 🌈 β€‹πŸ“š
Comment: Thank you for all the great Muppet pictures! I especially loved the Grover one, and "The Monster at the End of This Book" was one of my favorite books as a child.
Response: Yes, Lovable, Furry Old Grover! *Oscar's Grouchy Sounds* was another favorite book when I was little. ❀️
HappyMom rated for ESG: What are you working on? on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: I'm impressed! I'm sure your grandmother would love to know that fabric was being put to use! I've been dressing very casually lately. .. I like that patternπŸ˜€
Response: Thank you for your kind words, and thanks for coordinating this swap--I agree, it's really fun to see what different folks are up to. πŸ’–
Rapsy rated for LLU: TeenTober! on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Wow, your library has a lot of services for teens! That's really great. I enjoyed reading your answers and I can't believe I forgot about Artemis Fowl! My son loved those. Take Care :)
Response: Thanks--I enjoyed reading your answers too. And I'm going to try adding "swapbot" to my email subject headers--it can't hurt :)
KaleenaMail rated for Email: 15 Minute Challenge #2 on Oct 17, 2020
Comment: Your wallet is SO cool!!! I've never seen anything like that before. That's awesome!! I'm glad your were so productive in your 15 minutes and that you were able to finish your project. Spiderman: Homecoming is a good movie too!! Have a great weekend!!
Response: Thank you, this was a fun swap! I hope you have a great weekend, too πŸ¦™πŸŒ΅β€οΈ

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Neenarneenar on Nov 24, 2020:




nancylee on Nov 24, 2020:

MACY*S Thanksgiving Day parade profile decorations - thank you for joining- Happy Thanksgiving (bonus images)

Ashzaller on Nov 23, 2020:




Tried again since the others were too big! SORRY!

Ashzaller on Nov 23, 2020:

MACY*S Thanksgiving Day parade profile decorations From Ashzaller 1




Happy Thanksgiving!

grammypammy on Nov 3, 2020:

WnWHS ~ Color the World Orange ~ Profile Deco

Thanks for joining this swap!


nancylee on Oct 31, 2020:

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown bonus Happy Halloween!!!!

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 31, 2020:

Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown profile Deco

From: ScrapHappyGabi

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I hope your day is SPOOKTACULAR!! xoxoxoxo

colleenbUSA on Oct 26, 2020:

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ESG: Dogs in costumes Profile deco

HappyMom on Oct 25, 2020:

Hi Tracey! Here's to a festive and fun Halloween! I hope you think these dogs are cute - They made me smile :)




Hugs from Happy Mom! ESG: Dogs in Costumes

cherlita on Oct 25, 2020:

ESG: Dogs in costumes Profile deco

I'd like to share my favorite fashionable dogs ever, check out their Instagram page, @nagico1121

I hope you enjoy them all!


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