Swap-bot Time: June 17, 2021 11:46 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2021
Last Online: June 17, 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.


cmalaina rated for Artistic Decos - 6/2021 on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the swap and the little extra goodies !!!
joppagirl rated for CPG Move Any Deco 03 - Global on Jun 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the hat deco. The swap I opened right before your swap had a hat deco in it too!
Response: That's so funny! It must be a more common theme than I realized!
TeaP rated for For the love of Decos #2 International on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap and extras.
Response: Glad it made it to you!
Wingy rated for Coloring Collab 2021 #5 on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you
papercraft70 rated for HMPC: Bird love - May on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely penguins PC.
Comment: Ha, you're right, this lemon postcard makes no sense! :D I like the absurdity of it! Thanks!
Response: Glad it made you laugh!
Comment: Tracy - thank you for the beautiful card! I love the colors you used even down to the colors on the crowns. I love living in Tracy. It is a nice town and much more quiet than living in San Jose. Take care and keep on swapping!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! It was fun to color!
Comment: I really like how you decorated and recorded your notebook. You should be proud of it. You did well! I will log my ideas/thoughts and pass it along on the next round. Thank you
Response: Thank you! I was nervous that I wouldn't do it correctly, but it was a fun project!
Comment: I adore the way you sent the washi tape extras - what a great idea. :)
Comment: Thank you for a cute cute deco!! I can't wait to work on it!
wyrdfae rated for For the love of Decos #2 USA on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I love the space deco!
Comment: Thanks for winder letter in card! Love 💕 pen pals
kssunlover1947 rated for 🐈Cat Postcard Swap USA #20 on May 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cat card and note. Over the years we have had multiple animals at a time but with me being older and alone now 1 is enough and she will probably be my last
Comment: Thank you for great card and the bit of joy! I've never seen pink pinecones, before. Pretty!
ÇisnerosV rated for Traveling Sticker book #29 on May 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Tessssssa rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #95 on May 26, 2021
Comment: Hi! Welcome to this swap! Its one of my favorites and basically the only one I do international. I will add something and send along.
simplelittleblessings rated for A Note For You # 100 on May 24, 2021
Comment: Tracy, Thank you for the Beautiful card and letter from you, love you enjoy being home with your boys!!! Love they are getting to be boys & ride their bikes & being outside!! I love the slow dow also, !!! Love my goodies so much if I could give you five hearts I would!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ If you ever want to do a personal swap of your choice I would love too be in!!! Crystal
K9Artist rated for Adult Coloring PC #112 INTL on May 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard, the fox you colored is really cute! Thank you for the welcome, and I hope you’ve been having a lovely spring as well!
Kalalinga rated for Decos Only - 5/2021 on May 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the two cute decos. Thanks also for the coloring pc and pretty stickers!
joppagirl rated for Artistic Decos - 5/2021 on May 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great decos. I love your Mushroom Deco, so pretty!

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mrsD on Jun 5, 2021:

thank you for the really wonderful space-themed Happy Mail for CPG forum tag. I loved everything and appreciated the Star Wars postage xo :)

OrigamiGrace on Jun 4, 2021:

THank you for the adorable mini zine you made for my May CPG Wishlist - I love it!! It is perfect! Hope to see you in zine swaps!!

jeka396 on May 20, 2021:

Thanks so much for the cute stickers, kind card, and for making a firefighter theme deco for the CPG May wishlist. It was all very thoughtful, and I’m excited to see how the deco looks once it gets back to me!

dabellaraquella on May 19, 2021:

Thank you so much for the WTA goodies from Postcard Hideout!

Linsoid on May 17, 2021:

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and vintage stamps for my May CPG wishlist!

user6937 on Apr 20, 2021:

Postcard Hideout > PH: March 2021 WTA - thanks for the great cards (the MI map card is new to me)! As are the other two :)

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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