Swap-bot Time: August 4, 2021 11:47 pm


Date Joined: September 1, 2020
Last Online: August 4, 2021
Birthday: June 4
Country: United States

About Me

Hi! I'm Dana and that rhymes with so many things, but let's go with "tropicana". My name pronunciation is the Canadian female version - I was born in Montreal and moved to Hollywood, FL, when I was 11. It was fun at first and then it just got boring and I wanted to live in a city and I also wanted to study medicine. I love a good two-fer so I did the Six-Year Medical Program at Boston University. Being in Boston in the late 80s and early 90s had a huge impact on my aesthetic and worldview. I was going to be a radiologist (I love anything ~anatomical~ and anything to do with medicine in general and psychiatry and ~brains~ more specifically). This plan did not work because I have a weird eye disease and needed two corneal transplants and also I have bipolar 1 and I could not handle all the stress. So I am on disability after trying so many jobs in so many cities and always going manic under pressure. I used to be afraid to discuss the bipolar but you can see I'm over that, yay! I am all about ~mental health awareness~ and I'm here to help or educate.

I like to share my experience of living over half my life with a mental illness and how I came to accept my diagnosis without it defining me. I am still struggling with the psychiatric parts pretty much daily (you might get weird words from me, but I try to be coherent when I write), and as I age, I'm starting to see what not taking care of myself consistently has done to my physical health. Please take care of yourself!

Update 6/17/21: on June 1, I had all my teeth extracted (except for the one that fell out by itself) and was given a full set of dentures. This happened because my mental illness often found me neglecting my oral hygiene. I have a long way to go to heal and it's been a bizarre experience, but now I am obsessed with teeth, dentist appointment stickers, ads for vintage denture accessories, and that sort of thing.

So if any of that interests you, please let me know! You can reach out to me in DMs and I'm happy to help if I can!

Favorite Music

I listen to music every day and am very passionate about what I listen to. I'm a serious fangirl.

These are faves right now:

Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kesha, Caroline Polachek, Adele, Lorde, MARINA, FKA twigs, M.I.A., Rina Sawayama

And some k-pop artists: Twice, BTS, Itzy, Blackpink, Everglow, 2NE1

But also

Wilco, XTC, Pixies, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Cure, Pavement, Weezer, Prince

And bossa nova and Julien Doré and Tchaikovsky and Fleetwood Mac and ELO and Boston and and and...

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I am starting a new project using song lyrics. I would love to receive pieces of songs that you love written or printed or drawn or whatever you want. You can just write a lyric on a scrap of paper and that would bring me great joy. If you want to tell me why you chose the lyrics, I would love to hear! If you don't have any lyrics you want to share, can you do "august" by Taylor Swift and use "meet me behind the mall" (I'm making a sub-collection of "meet me behind the mall"s)? Please provide the name of the song and the artist if you do your own. Thanks so much!

Favorite Crafts

I am crafty but not artistic. My vision is getting worse (update 06/17/21: I am now officially legally blind) and so it's hard to see what I'm doing sometimes and I'm often sloppy. Hey, mistakes are just design elements...

I like to do collage and mixed media, often using vintage dymo and tags.

I have two of those K&Co Smashbooks but I only add to one sometimes and I haven't started the second. Any K&Co accessories would be greatly appreciated and those big pockets would make me very happy!

I enjoy making envelopes. I like to write notes and letters.

I love to add washi and stickers to envelopes when I send cards, letters, and swaps.

Favorite Television

I love TV and we watch a lot in our house.

Some favorites:

American Dad, Schitt's Creek, Brooklyn 99, Ancient Aliens, Rick & Morty, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, The Americans, The Bold Type, House, Cells At Work, Japanese Style Originator (please let me know your thoughts on this if you watch! :-)

Favorite Books

The pandemic severely affected my voracious reading habit. I can only read ebooks and I have to make the font huge. Luckily, my library has a good eBook system and I have gotten back into reading daily. If you have any recs, please pass them along!

Some favorites:

  • Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • Banana Yoshimoto (anything by her)

  • The Vanishing Half / The Mothers by Brit Bennett

  • Taylor Jenkins Reid - Evelyn Hugo / Daisy Jones esp. but all her books are good

  • The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

  • The Practical Magic books by Alice Hoffman and also The Dovekeepers by her is historical fiction at the siege on Masada with witchiness

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • non-fiction: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Things I like

~ My aesthetic is eclectic; I like cottagecore/cottagegoth and kawaii and retro and witchy stuff

~ Favorite color is any shade of purple but I prefer darker ones. I also love black

~ I love dogs (we have a maltipoo named Baby) and penguins and foxes and owls and most animals really

~ I love anything related to space, astronomy, astrology (I love being a bipolar Gemini), aliens, the paranormal

~ I love mushrooms and have some theories about fungi

~ I love nature in general except for snakes and wasps

~ I love paper ephemera. I consider old usable stamps to be the ultimate ephemera and will enjoy any useable USPS denomination you share

~ I love shiny things

~ I love anything cute and have a broad definition of kawaii - brands aren't important to me, I just enjoy adorable stationery! My favorites are Chococat and Hello Kitty but I like finding new characters to love

~ My favorite stationery is the letter set and I love an interesting note card. I don't do many postcard swaps but I like cool postcards

~ I drink a lot of tea and I like anything that doesn't have chamomile or stevia in it. I love trying new teas and have found so many new faves here!

~ I love tarot and oracle cards and if you have one (or more!), please consider sending it to me so I can add it to my collection. I can see you putting it into the envelope...

~ 420 - daily use as part of my bipolar therapy and actually part of the reason we moved to WA state; would love to hear your stories and see your art and do private swaps with you as I have a small but fun collection of washi and lots of flavors of Juicy Js if you want to try some out

~ ~ ~ ~ don't need any of these:

~ bookmarks (I don't read print books)

~ tags

~ ~ ~ ~ don't like any of these (a refresher):

~ chamomile

~ stevia

~ snakes

~ wasps


I can go on... Thanks for reading and please contact me about anything!

I appreciate everything anyone sends me! Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me anything! You made my day!

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chimerix rated for WIYM: SSS - JUL 2021 (USA+) on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun envelope of goodies. Lots of things to craft with. I especially love the pepper grinder note sheets - they made me giggle. Aloha
Response: You are so welcome! I had fun putting it together for you! The note sheets are pretty cute! Take care!
Linsoid rated for Happy Mail #1 on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the pretty Notecard!
Response: You are so welcome! Glad you like the card! ❤
Katsuobii rated for PVT tea swap L&D on Aug 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful tea swap (*^ワ^*)I have so many to try now! The notecards are all so cute~ Thank you for a happy swap, and hosting the swap!! I hope you have a good day!
Response: Hi! You are so welcome! I really enjoyed our swap! I hope you enjoy the teas and get in touch if you would like to do another private swap! Take care!
perchsav rated for NEWBIE friendly envelope of stuff on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: All so cute! Thanks so much :)
Response: You are so welcome! ❤
RealRhinoMan rated for Tea For Thee # 110 on Jul 29, 2021
Comment: Hello again! Thank you for my teas. The cinnamon and vanilla was a hit last time so- yay! Also, love the washi samples 😍
Response: Yay! I'm happy you enjoyed the swap! You are very welcome! Take care!
Comment: Thank you
Response: You are welcome! ❤
RealRhinoMan rated for Tea For Thee # 108 on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the selection of teas you've sent. Looking forward to taste testing them.
2Hearts rated for SMSUSA: Blind Happy Mail August 2021 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much!
LoveCyn rated for Tea For Thee # 109 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome teas! I can’t wait to try them, especially the sweet honeydew! I appreciate the washi, too! Enjoy your summer and iced tea! 🤗
Zefaniya rated for What makes you happy? #5 Pc on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Comment: Sorry for not rating sooner, thank you for sending. I was just a bit confused by your note, did you mean the two cards needed to be posted in the next round or just one and the other was a gift? It's been a crazy few weeks and my mind is a bit muddled. Much appreciate the spotty card if it is a gift, I love spots!! Have a great day!
Response: Hi! I don't remember what I sent (sorry) but if there's a blank PC, it's a gift. I think there are 2 pcs that have room for your info that you send in an envelope in the next round. The spotty card is a gift and I'm happy you like it! This is a confusing series so I hope the info I'm giving you is right! Take care!
kajsab rated for Tea For Thee # 107 on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: It was nice to point out how much we have in common. Thanks for washi samples also. Two more tea bags and my collection is now 54 bags strong. I store them in a glass jar. Happy swapping!
Rottmom rated for NEWBIE friendly envelope of stuff on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much. I really love the Workbasket pages and everything else. :)
whirlwend rated for A bag of tea for 3 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: You're too funny! The connection with me! Who doesn't like Pooh? My Matt encourages my swapping too. [Heart] [Heart] Life is grand.
Cellolady rated for ABCUSA ~ ABC's & 123's ~ July on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you, loved everything!!!
Comment: Thanks! Love the space notecard! Tea is always appreciated, and so is washi (especially when it is orange!)
prycetag rated for PVT 100 songs on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Great list. Some I never thought of. Will have to have a listen to those songs I am not familiar with.
sakura15 rated for ILKpop: Ma fav on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: I think I have come across this song before but this time I watched the video and have added it to my playlist for the month :) I feel like she wore 100 different outfits in that MV haha. Thanks for sharing.
pianoheart rated for Nuts 4 Notecards #8 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I love the lily card and asparagus bookmark. I never knew asparagus could grow so tall. In my garden, it would be eaten way before then :)
NJBird rated for Washi Tape Sample Swap USA on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the generous washi samples. Love the selections!

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Rainydancer on Jul 18, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

HeidiJean on Jul 5, 2021:

Got your notecards for the may WTA! Thank you!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2021:


Petaltea on Mar 16, 2021:

The Dublin Murder Squad!! Fantastic series. I found you on instagram! The best photos on ig are always the pics of our furbabies. hahaha! I received your swap today. Thank you!

groetjes, Robyn

takehimaway on Nov 6, 2020:

BTW, THIS IS DEFINITELY A SIGN. I love them too, of course. LOL.

takehimaway on Nov 6, 2020:


hamsterfarm on Sep 24, 2020:


For joining everything Pink <3

hamsterfarm on Sep 17, 2020:


Thank you for joining my swap!

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