Swap-bot Time: November 30, 2022 10:00 pm


Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: November 30, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE November 2022: Holiday slow-down is here, with USPS mailing times often taking 6 business days or longer. I usually take a break from swaps around this time of year, but in the meantime I hope everyone is well and able to stay safe. ~

Hi there! I'm Tracey (she, her) 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 ASL. Estoy aprendiendo español--¡pero soy principiante extrema! Si quieres escribir en español, me encanta practicar.

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.

dancing plants

I am a dog person (but don't have any pets at the moment) and am partial to animals and nature, though of course I haven't been able to go camping or hiking as much in a while.

dog mountains GIF by Dan Blaushild

Favorite Books

Some books I have enjoyed:

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley 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

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto New Shoes by Sara Varon All That's Left in the World by Erik J. Brown 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 Bloom by Kevin Panetta

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

  • Bob's Burgers
  • Jeopardy! (not the same without Alex💜, but I did enjoy watching Amy Schneider win game after game after game)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, because Science!
  • The Amazing Race--and its Canadian spin-off.
  • Any shows that feature dogs being adorable.

yellow dog surfing in slow-motion

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 always good too)
  • some rooibos tea ☕
  • a tried-and-true recipe that uses bananas, peaches or persimmons, OR your favorite gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, or Instant-Pot recipe.
  • a tarot reading (I don't have a Book of Shadows or anything but I do have a deck that I use occasionally and I think it'd be interesting to see how other people practice their art)
  • book recommendations
  • something Hufflepuff or 🦡 badger-themed, for House Pride 🟡⚫ (I do not support JK's transphobic comments, however, so I would appreciate if you not buy any officially licensed merch that she might gain profits from.)
  • vintage sewing notions (buttons, trims, etc.)
  • comic strip that made you laugh
  • funny pictures of animals (cut out from a magazine, etc.)
  • little piece of sea glass
  • 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)


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

swimming sloth -- pretty sure this is from a David Attenborough special


kendall rated for AI: A Small Drawing With L♥VE #2 on Oct 8, 2022
Comment: I love my bat! You're ink work is great.And I love the quote. It's just wonderful Really. And the notecard is right up my alley. Thank you so much. It really made my day. More hearts if I could make them!
Response: Thank you for the kind words, I am so glad you liked it, and you are very welcome! Have a wonderful week ~ 🦇 🐘 🐧❤️
fishsteak rated for WIYM: Booked Up PC, USA #1 📔 on Oct 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the recommendations! I'm adding those to my list. Funny enough I've been on a graphic novel reading streak lately.
Response: yay, glad my postcard arrived safely. Happy reading 📚 :)
PrairieKittin rated for Happy mail X 2 on Sep 27, 2022
Comment: I absolutely LOVE the steamy witchy troll witch you drew! Thank you!!
Response: I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for organizing the get-well happy mail for E. :)
ARTG33K74 rated for AI: A Small Drawing With L♥VE on Sep 8, 2022
Comment: These drawings are gorgeous and I love them so much!! ♥ Thank you for joining my swap and thank you for your beautiful work. ♥
Response: Thank you for hosting this fun swap :)
JaneInSD rated for MAE: Handmade Map Envies on May 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for these cute envies, the gorgeous postcards and the lovely book plates. Such a wonderful swap. Thanks for making my day.
Response: I'm glad you liked them! I enjoyed this swap too--have a great week :)
watercolorgirl rated for AAMA: Junk-drawer inspired on May 11, 2022
Comment: What a fun swap this was. Plan to keep your envelop in my special swap box. Hope you're having a beautiful sporing.
Response: I sometimes get weird art ideas for swaps and I'm glad this one worked out -- thanks for the rating ❤️ and for being a great swap partner :)
kclicquot rated for WIYM: SSS-MAY ‘22 (USA+) on May 10, 2022
Comment: What a wonderful swap! The envelope alone was worth a heart to me!!! and then to open it, and have bookmarks, and book plates, postcards!!!! WOW!!! Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you ❤️, it's always nice to hear when someone appreciates what you've created for them! I hope you're having a wonderful week :)
turtles27 rated for ABCUSA: N is for Nocturnal on Apr 30, 2022
Comment: What a cute envelope! Thank you for the goodies!
Response: aw, thanks! I'm so glad you liked them. Thank you for the rating ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the pc! I have The Lost Apothecary in my library TBR!
Response: Thanks for the prompt rating, as always, Colleen! Have a great week and happy reading :)
warheart rated for UHM: Panda Mail Art + Goodie! on Mar 21, 2022
Comment: You're envelope was so cute!! I loved the little hand drawn panda! Thank you!
Response: aw, thanks ❤️ I hope you're having a great week :)
laterdayze rated for ABC USA- Mail Art Letter D on Mar 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much, I loved all the goodies you sent in the Donut envelope! :D
Response: Thank you for the rating and the ❤️, I'm glad it finally reached you! Sometimes the decorated envelopes seem to take longer..
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mail!
Response: thank you for the ❤️, I really hoped it would bring a smile to your face (and maybe a confused look to the postal carrier's).
Comment: I love the photo and the story behind it! It's wonderful to see the library being used for so many great events. Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thank you, this was a fun swap--it was great to see everyone's enthusiasm for their libraries---Happy reading :)
Comment: Hi Tracey, Loved the flower and I absolutely agree about the multiple sticky tabs! (although having just collected a book from the university library which turns out to be heavily underlined in pink felt-tip all through chapter 3, I think I might prefer sticky tabs ....)!
Response: ugh, exactly, enough with the underlining! Thanks for the rating, and thanks for joining in :)
Mimi7 rated for ABC USA - Mail Art Letter C on Feb 20, 2022
Comment: Hi Tracey, What a cool C is for chocolate envelope!! I really enjoyed your creativity!! thanks so much ! :) Thanks for reading my profile, I love the Grumpy cat ATC, The fox pilgrim, ocean stickers dog, and kitty sticker and bookmark Thanks so much for a wonderful swap. Hope I get to send to you sometime. take care
Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed your happy mail--hope you're having a great week :)
lady41701 rated for CPG 1 Sheet MiniZines #21 - US on Feb 15, 2022
Comment: I LOVED the zines! They contained a lot of useful info. The extras were pretty sweet too! Thanks for a wonderful swap.
Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked them! Have a great week :)
colleenbUSA rated for LLU: Blind Date with a Book! on Feb 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I'll have to recommend it to my mom since it's not a genre I usually read.
Response: thanks, I am wary of those types of plotlines too, have to hope every time it doesn't turn into a Cormac McCarthy story 🤣. Anyways, I hope you're feeling better and enjoying your weekend ~~
Comment: Thank you for sharing this terrific tiger with me for lunar new year! I really like his wabi-sabi texture too. So clever how you cut the year out of the packaging words that read chocolate too. Love it!
Response: thanks for hosting another interesting swap! I hope your year is going well so far :)
Response: thanks! Happy library appreciation month :)
Comment: Thank you for your wrap-up! Good job on reading those 22 books!
Response: Thank you, I hope you're having a great week 💛 📚

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jamicam on Aug 17, 2022:

Hi Tracey! Thank you so much for the drawings, zine, ribbon, and extra goodies. All arrived in a beautifully decorated envelope. I absolutely LOVE it all. So happy to do this trade with you and I hope we swap again!


9O96O on Jan 26, 2022:

Got your zeens for the Zeens Tag and they are fantastic. I love the cute little pandemic Spoon zine and all the tiny photos inside. Did you draw the Gollum cartoons? You are talented. I also really like the Nancy Rourke bookmark and the very Canadiana (although it comes from California) envelope.

Thanks for the well wishing on my future implant.

diesel101 on Aug 24, 2021:

Hello Tracey! Here are the images for the: LLU - Mary Shelley Profile Deco Swap! Take care and enjoy :)

JadeFan on Aug 23, 2021:

~Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley~

the last man

This is the young adult version of The Last Man. This was my most recent read for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's works. In my first read-through, in 2009, I found the Romanticism ideals problematic in the concept of government. The flaws of humans not taking action. My recent read in 2020 was a haunting experience. The Pandemic and trying to isolate patiently.

Her books have been an inspiration for my interests in science fiction. Take care!

LLU: Mary Shelley profile deco

traceyj on Jul 14, 2021:

goats in trees

traceyj on Jun 11, 2021:

rainbow hugs

carrotkate on Jun 7, 2021:

Thanks so much for the angel in the LLU swap! I loved the Earth Day card you made, and was really excited by the bonus drawings - both the "Wheel of Fortune" card and French bulldog! :)

traceyj on May 26, 2021:

time to relax!

doggo mohawking

hedgehog floating

pig with suds on head

you otter take a bath

nancylee on Apr 6, 2021:

Love the birthday wishes and yes we have tickets to go out and celebrate at the beach and aquarium :)

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 27, 2021:

Thanks for hosting the Tree swap! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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