Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2021 9:47 am


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

8/17/21 Update- I’m sorry to say that as of today I will no longer be accepting any mail with postage due. I’ve just been getting too many lately and it’s starting to add up! I told my mail carrier to please send back anything that arrives with 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!

I 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!!


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! 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.


aligurl75 rated for CPG Coloring Collab #19 Sept - US on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: I really love the way you added yellow to the postcard :) I think I will follow your lead when I finish it. Thank you so much for the pretty butterfly stickers and the cute girl stickers. Both will be fun to add to mail art envelopes. We are doing really good. Thank you for your thoughts!
Karen07 rated for ITW: Question of the Week #3 on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: This is so awesome Tracy! Thanks so much!
jeka396 rated for CPG Sept 21 Move a US Deco - US on Sep 23, 2021
Comment: Hello my frequent deco partner! Yes, I love sending and receiving tiny envies. I love the long style of this deco, it’s coming along really nicely so far. Thanks a bunch!
bbsporty rated for HMPC: Everyday Ephemera Postcard on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: I love the postcard that you made for me! Thank you!
debbee2014 rated for Decos Only 9/2021 on Sep 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the decos you sent and all the extras.
Honeyloveart rated for ITW: Question of the Week on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Lovely letter thank you
Tamawi rated for Artistic Decos - 9/2021 on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: This one is nice - thanks. They're each a little work of art. You should have a little time left to get to the beach. I should get out there at least one more time, too.
K8thecrafter rated for CPG Aug 21 Move a US Deco - US on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the deco! And I totally feel your pain regarding sending kids back to school and hostile parents. I live in a very divided area, as well, and I'm ready for us to do what's best for the kids and not what makes a parent feel "heard and respected". Decos and crafts in general is a happy place I go to. Nobody fights you on crafting LOL
Response: If everyone would just focus on making pretty things the world would be a better place, lol!
kizzlets rated for Traveling sticker book round #32 on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Got the sticker book!! Thank you, will pass it on next round!
Comment: Thank you for a super nice swap and pc - love all the extras and hearing about your visit!! So nice to be able to share kids with their g-parents! And glad you got in an evnet before covid got bad again, grrr!
janetr rated for Last Page Deco - 8/2021 on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: amazing deco thank you :)
Comment: Thanks for the nice note. Take care. :)
KaliOya rated for For the love of Decos #3 USA on Aug 18, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the decos. They look really cool. Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you for passing along the decos. I look forward to adding to them. Happy swapping.
Cgscdy rated for CPG Move Any Deco 05 - Global on Aug 17, 2021
Comment: I love it! I will definitely enjoy working on this one! Ty ❤️
Cellolady rated for WIYM: BIRD POSTCARD SWAP on Aug 10, 2021
Comment: We've got hummingbirds that nest in our yard, and return every year. So fun!
jeka396 rated for Artistic Decos - 8/2021 on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for this artistic deco! I think my boys will be doing virtual again, although the option this year is different than last year. It’s so hard…all the options suck!
jeka396 rated for Decos Only - 8/2021 on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for these decos and the extra bits and bobs you sent! Love that you called them bits and bobs too, haha.
Wingy rated for Traveling sticker book round #31 on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the stickers
kizzlets rated for Quick Handmade PC! #9 on Aug 2, 2021
Comment: Your resend was well worth the wait!! Did you hand draw the flowers and watercolor it? I think your postcard statement about not being great at drawing or water color is an understatement.
Response: I’m so glad you got it! Thank you for the compliment. 🥰 Ihave been trying to learn how to draw flowers from a book called Drawing Modern Florals. Unfortunately, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to draw them without looking at the book, lol!

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Swan on Sep 25, 2021:

Thank you for the stamps and stamped themed card for my CPG September wishlist! Tart apples are my favorites, too. My favorite fruit at the moment are peaches, though. I might have gotten the last of the season this week.

Tricia22 on Sep 24, 2021:

CPG Sept wishlist- Thank you for the Christmas pc’s and stamps, very much appreciated

heliogal on Sep 24, 2021:

Wow! Tracy you totally made my day with the wishes you sent me from the CPG September wish list!! I loved the beautiful art notecard and hearing about your cedar waxwing encounter was enchanting!! I LOVE all the celestial wonderment you sent!!! Everything is so beautiful!! I hope you have a wonderful Autumn!!

anicka22 on Sep 23, 2021:

Thank you very much for the washisamples and Tim holtze for my cpg wishlist! Love it all, but the samples are amazing!

Linsoid on Sep 22, 2021:

Thanks so much for the wishes!! I love the stamps and teas and my girls are so excited to use the stickers! You've made our day!!

Cgscdy on Sep 21, 2021:

Ty for my cpg wishes. Love all the Halloween goodies!

OrigamiGrace on Sep 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the nice birthday card and deco from my September wishlist at CPG!! Had a great birthday with the fam!! Thank you!

jeka396 on Sep 18, 2021:

Thanks so much for the bday card and little envie of goodies for my CPG wishlist!

K8thecrafter on Aug 25, 2021:

Thank you for the Make Me a Deco tag from Decos group. I just love how you decorated it! Absolutely beautiful!

jeka396 on Aug 18, 2021:

Thanks so much for the deco books, I got them today! Hope you get mine soon!

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