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teejlc

teejlc
Date Joined: January 18, 2021
Last Online: November 26, 2022
Birthday: October 7, 1978
Country: United States
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Hello Swappers!

HOLIDAY SWAPS 2022: It's my favorite time of year for swaps! If you are wondering what to send me in terms of holiday cards or tuck ins, the answer is really ANYTHING. I am happy to receive cards and items pertaining to any of the winter holidays, religious/non-religious and holiday characters from any region of the world (think Yule Lads or Krampus). I like glittery and non-glittery cards. I love washi samples, stickers (both sheets and flakes), printables, stuff for junk journals, postcards, tags, ribbon, fabric, etc. I also especially love handmade items. I'm excited for the tuck ins I plan to include in my envelopes and can't wait to swap with all other Holiday loving folks!

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! Also- some of my swaps may arrive with a random piece of cardboard in them. This is because there is a particular gentleman at my PO who opens the envelopes and adds CLEAN cardboard if he thinks they are not thick enough. (He says my thinner packages will get caught in machines) It's weird, I know. But I like this guy, and I generally like my PO so I don't say anything, haha! I just don't want anyone to think I'm sending random garbage.

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

In the past few months since I started swapping I’ve become OBSESSED with decos! I love them all- the beautifully made art ones, taped ones, any theme and from any country! I prefer the ones with specific themes. Feel free to send me extras in any swap. I also am normally more than happy to take homers, but please just send me a quick note to double check first.

I 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.

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Comment: you have very nice handwriting! thank you for the postcard and happy holidays!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for CPG Christmas Post Card - US on Nov 22, 2022
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Comment: I absolutely adore the Victorian era Christmas themes.! It seems that Christmas during that era was so magical and beautiful!! Thank you for the lovely Santa PC! so super cute!!! I love the vintage christmas stamps you used too!! <3
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Comment: Thank you for the adorable reindeer christmas card ! It's SO CUTE and one I've never seen! I LOVE the printables you made for me and cut out! They are LOVELY and will look amazing in my journal! I love the envelope you made too!! SO CUTE!!! Thank you SO much!! xx G
9O96O rated for DB ♥: ART DECOS 11/22 (Int'l) on Nov 20, 2022
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Comment: I had a chuckle at your cat's freakout. I have no cat excuse for the mess on my desk and on the floor. :D Also, your potions cupboard is really charming. Thanks for Sonya's Potions Spells and Charms.
Response: I thought you'd like that little book! I bet you'll add something magical!!
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Comment: Very cute! although the rules did specify no stickers, I'll let that slide since you did other stuff as well and included a card and a nice note.
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Comment: Thanks for the great deco. I can't wait to get the one you made for me home at some point!
Response: Glad you like it and I think you’ll like the one I made for you too! ☺️
kromo rated for MissBrenda's Thanksgiving Card Swap #6 on Nov 18, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful. We will be going to my brothers for dinner. I made it for years and now that my children are grown I have gotten out of the cooking loop 😆 hope you have a great day! Happy Thanksgiving 🦃
Response: It’s your turn to relax instead of spending your day in the kitchen!! Enjoy!
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Comment: Thank you for your Christmas card and die cuts. Happy holidays!
Response: So glad you enjoyed them! ❤️🎄❤️
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Comment: Wow, your Thanksgiving dinner sounds so involved and fancy. I am not good at cooking so we had very something simple usually. Thank you for sharing and for the Washington samples!
Response: Growing up my parents were involved in a “Gourmet Club” so they were always trying out fancy recipes with us. My mom has helped me learn how to choose things that taste great but are not too involved (no Martha Stewart cookbooks for me, haha!) so now Thanksgiving actually seems pretty simple. Luckily I love to cook! ☺️🦃🧡 I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!
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Comment: Thank you for my Thanksgiving Card and Washi it was beautiful card <3 Happy Holidays
Response: I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! 🦃
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Comment: Thank you for passing on the notebook and sending the "extras"!
Response: You’re welcome! I’m so glad the PO located the envelope!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and the cute cute cute stickers! I will be using them in my journals!! <3 I agree!! I love swapping early Christmas greetings with our swap-bot community, too! xx
Response: I’m glad they made you smile!
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Comment: Thanks. I’ve added it to my basket to open in December.
Response: Hope you love what you find inside!! ❤️
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Comment: Thank you so much for the envelope. I'm holding onto them all for December. Aloha
Response: I admire you for being patient enough to hold on to your envelopes! I practically tear mine open as I’m walking back from the mailbox, haha!!
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Comment: Thank you
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Comment: Thank you for the merry mail. The gingerbread decorations on the envelope are adorable. I especially love the overflowing mailbox on the front of the card! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and a happy, healthy new year too!
Response: I’m glad you enjoyed the card and the gingerbread stickers! Merry Christmas!!
MuggleMom rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #338113 on Nov 14, 2022
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Comment: I'll be honest, I was a little too excited by your dinosaur stamp memo, lol!! Love your page on the Marie-Antoinette's yellow deco and can't wait to lay down a page on the month of October themed deco - I like that idea and may still it! xxMuggleMom
Response: I have a dinosaur deco in my pile that I’ll pass on to you next swap if you haven’t signed it already! And feel free to “steal” the October theme! It’s my favorite month!!
MandaPanda813 rated for 1 Special Christmas Card on Nov 12, 2022
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Comment: Wow!!!! The 3D card is so cute and extra special. It’s not going with “regular” cards. It’s going in the China hutch! Thanks a million.
Response: Oh I’m so glad you like it! Hope looking in those cute little windows brings you joy all season long!
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Comment: Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm sending a card back 😀
Response: Thanks, that sounds terrific! Mail is the best!
jeka396 rated for DB ♥: Small Deco Booklet #338096 on Nov 10, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much for the ‘T’ themed little deco book! Love your T-Rex page!!
Response: You're welcome! I was happy to find a use for one of those cool t-rex stamps. They're too amazing to put on an envelope, lol!

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:

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DeboraCreates on Nov 24, 2022:

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OrigamiGrace on Oct 31, 2022:

ty for the finished deco you sent home to me! What a treat - it's been everywhere!! Only the 3rd or 4th one I've ever rec'd back!! You are the best, many thanks!

9O96O on Oct 19, 2022:

Thank you for sending me my full ICM "Trees" deco! I'm so pleased with the results.

simcoe54 on Oct 7, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

thriftymermaid on Oct 5, 2022:

Happy Birthday Month from all of your swapping friends at the WIYM Group!! We hope you enjoy your special day. May all of your Birthday wishes come true and your New Year be all you hope it can be and more!! 🎂🎂🎂💌🎂🎂🎂

DeboraCreates on Oct 2, 2022:

Thank you for the "envelope of pretty little things" and for making me a deco!

DeboraCreates on Sep 9, 2022:

Correction: thank you for the deco via the Forum decos tag! And your nice note as well!

DeboraCreates on Sep 9, 2022:

Thank you for the "Flamingo Deco" by Alex - (My favorite theme!!!) via the Deco Group Tag. I love how you decorated it and am looking forward to working on it and passing it along! :-)

bpl76 on May 10, 2022:

I found so many beautiful items you made on your instgram account I wish I had your talent - Instgram fun #2-

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