Swap-bot Time: February 28, 2024 10:20 pm


Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: February 28, 2024

Country: United States
US Postal Service - Informed Delivery
Current Mail Suspensions (via Postcrossing)

About Me

UPDATE January 2024: Happy New Year, everyone! According to birding tradition, the first bird you see in the new year signifies the mood of the year--my first birds were a pair of crows (or at least, what I am 97% sure were crows since it was pretty foggy that morning!), which I hope indicates a year of problem solving and craftiness rather than mischief and treachery!

crow solving problem

Note: USPS domestic mail will likely continue to be on the slow side partly due to staffing shortages and has been averaging 6-8 postal business days to/from here.

I like to send my swaps out EARLY within the first 1-2 postal business days, and likewise I rate within a day of receiving. If you are missing a swap or a rating from me, please let me know. I usually remember to take pictures of my swaps before sending, but will be happy to resend as needed.

๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿ‘ I pledge to rate promptly! ๐Ÿ˜ โ˜‚๏ธ tiny raccoon rolling

Hi there! I'm Tracey (she, her) and I live in California. I am a crafter, reader, knitter, sewist, negligent gardener, amateur birder, and sender of postcards and friendly greetings. I also play the ukulele and dabble in watercolor. I really don't do all that much collage-y crafts (though I do appreciate the art that people here on s/b are so skilled at creating!), so I'd prefer not to receive a lot of scrappy paper ephemera bits--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 espaรฑol--ยกpero soy principiante extrema! Si quieres escribir en espaรฑol, 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, so I would not, in all fairness, call myself "a plant person."

๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒฟ ๐ŸŒผ cactus "trying not to die" ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿฅ€ ๐Ÿ‚

I am definitely, however, a dog person, though I don't have any pets at the moment, and am partial to animals and nature.

๐Ÿ„ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฒ kawaii hiking gif with molang bunny and friend ๐ŸŒฒ ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ„

Favorite Books

I read a varied mix of nonfiction and fiction, graphic formats and e-audiobooks, with a few teen and children's titles. Some books I have recently enjoyed:

You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith (American poet) Lunar New Year Love Story by Gene Luen Yang Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto The Talk by Darrin Bell

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng Blue Hour by Tiffany Clarke Harrison Mott Street by Ava Chin Family Style by Thien Pham

Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino City of Orange by David Yoon Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City by Jane Wong That's Debatable by Jen Doll

The Scholomance series by Naomi Novik In Waves by AJ Dungo The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna A Stone Is Most Precious Where it Belongs: A Memoir of Uyghur Exile, Hope, and Survival by Gulchehra Hoja

Favorite Television

  • Jeopardy! (not the same without Alex๐Ÿ’œ, but I did enjoy watching Amy Schneider win game after game after game)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, because Science!
  • Bob's Burgers
  • The Amazing Race--and its Canadian spin-off, plus Tough as Nails when I can catch it. I prefer the nice contestants to the nasty back-stabby ones that frequent the other reality shows.
  • Any shows that feature dogs being adorable, or (just some suggestions) any shows titled "More Bears!" "Hey, I'm a Dolphin!" or "There's a Raccoon in There!" dog wagging tail cute raccoon gif

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
  • some green tea or rooibos tea โ˜•. I also love a nice cup of black tea! Decaf is good too :)
  • unused USPS postage stamps, any denomination (1-cent, 5-cents, 29-cents etc. - forever stamps are always good too)
  • 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!
  • 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 ๐Ÿฆก badger-themed, for House Pride ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ–ค (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.)
  • favorite gluten-free or veggie recipes, or easy one-pot/Instant Pot recipes


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!) I'm easily disgusted by slimy/mushy things and also don't really care for gory/horror, but friendly monsters are alright.
  • 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


Comment: I LOVE your card and it feels so wonderful to run my hands over it. I think you did fantastic and it's a work of art! Are those REAL clovers from your yard? If not,then they look real and now I want to pick some to put in my art! xxMuggleMom
Response: aw, thanks! I've really enjoyed these scavenger hunt challenges. Yes, those were clovers picked from the yard, one thing I have plenty of is weeds, but at least these weeds help put nitrogen back into the soil :) ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒˆ
Comment: Thank you for the fun Charlie Brown PC. I love it. Happy New Year! -Gracias!
Response: You're welcome, Amparo! Happy new year to you, too :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely surprises! I love the PCs and fun Zines! I really like handmade envelopes!;-) -Gracias!
Response: glad you liked them, it's been fun swapping with you ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ“ฌ๐ŸŒผ
Comment: Cute postcard! I love this concept so much!!!
Response: Thank you, I hope you are having a great week, happy swapping! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ
Comment: Rec'd 2023 11 04 -- Happy Mail. I love it. Especially how you "hid" the candy wrapper, but it's there. CUTE IDEA. I will CASE THAT if you don't mind. (CASE=copy & steal everything) ... Love my card. THANKS.
Response: Ha, I didn't think it was "hidden" but I am glad you liked it-- CASE away ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ
Comment: Oh this is amazing!! The front mail art on this is awesome - love the RIP drawing! And the little ghost pop up inside is so neat! Thank you!
Response: yay, I'm glad it got there safely! My post office tends to be understaffed and I was unsure about the square envelope. I had fun though, thank you for organizing another lovely swap ~๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿชฆ
noone7212 rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #47 US Only on Oct 9, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the card! :โ -โ ) Not the puppucinos, poor Twix!
Response: You're welcome! I hope you are having a great week :)
debbiespoms rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #47 US Only on Oct 6, 2023
Comment: Hi Tracey! I received your so cute & cuddly puppy dog PC! Thanks so much for it and for your nice note too. I wish all kinds of luck, for finding something for your friend's Chihuahua mix costume. I hope it works out. Do you have any dogs? I have a Pomeranian female Isis age 16 and a purebred Chihuahua Jasper age 4. I love them both so much! Take care and have a great evening.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating :). I don't have any dogs myself but please tell Jasper and Isis that I said hello~~
chimerix rated for World Postcard Day!! HMPC swap on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: Oh my Tracy!!! What a gorgeous Gorey PC you created. I am astonished and I love it. And of course, I love the highland cow peeking out on the back. Aloha!
Response: aloha to you! Thanks for the rating; I had fun making this postcard for you. Have a lovely world postcard day :)
bpl76 rated for WIYM- Tea Time -US on Sep 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome, glad it arrived ok! Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
ButterflyGirl85 rated for WIYM- Tea Time -US on Sep 2, 2023
Response: Thanks for the rating; hope you got a chance to relax this weekend :)
yvonne401 rated for ABC USA ~ Letter D on Sep 2, 2023
Comment: I loved what you did with all the butterflies. Obviously you read my profile and know that I love butterflies. Thanks so much for decorating my profile!
Response: you're welcome, Yvonne! I hope you are having a relaxing weekend โค๏ธ
grammypammy rated for ABC USA ~ Letter D on Sep 2, 2023
Comment: Adorable images, thank you!
Response: you're very welcome~~Thank you for hosting another fun swap! โค๏ธ
bostianh rated for UHM: Pick A Theme Mail Art on Aug 27, 2023
Comment: โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธWOW!!! Oh my goodness, possibly the most adorable envelope I have ever received in the mail! It's absolutely AMAZING! And everything you sent inside is wonderful! The pot office also didn't cancel the stamps, which I appreciate because I am hanging that envelope on my wall! It also made it on my Instagram๐Ÿคฉ. Thank you souch for the energy and time you invested in this swap, it was very much appreciated.๐Ÿ’—
Response: haha, thanks :) I'm glad it arrived safely! I really enjoyed decorating the envelope, I mean who doesn't love sloths? Have a wonderful week ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆฅ๐ŸŒณ
Comment: Love the watercolor parrot and tadpole. Great job.A nice addition to my collection. Thank you for sharing. bearnbabs
Response: Thanks Barbara, and you're very welcome. Happy swapping--
warheart rated for UHM: Pokemon Mail Art! on Aug 9, 2023
Comment: I LOVE Snorlax!! I think he's my spirit animal! And yes, the little mushrooms are so cute! My sons got me into playing this and we've walked all over Buffalo this vacation playing!
Response: Glad you liked it! I am also a little jealous of Psyduck for the ability to harness the power of migraines xD. Thanks for hosting this fun swap ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ
Comment: OMG!! I literally went into happy hysterics when I saw the PC! I showed my mom and she also LOVED it! It looks like my baby! Thank you SOO Much!
Response: โ–ฝ(ยดแดฅ`)โ–ฝ Yay, say hello to Jedi for me. Thanks for swapping and happy reading!
Comment: LoveLove the Honey Bear bottles,what a clever idea. And thank you for all the goodies inside. Even the postage had yellow on it. Sending you a bouquet of hearts. Have a wonderful day. bearnbabs
Response: Thanks and you're very welcome! I had a lot of fun making your yellow happy mail. A wonderful day to you, too ~๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿฏโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‹โญ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ™‚
JenZen5 rated for A.I. Turn a teabag into Art on Jul 19, 2023
Comment: I really like the art you created for this swap. This was a challenging swap. I really like the embroidery. And my husband is a David Bowie fan. But what I really love is your envelope. So creative! Thank you for all of it. Have a fantastic day.
Response: Aw, you're welcome. Ha, "challenging" is right! I'm glad you got a nice surprise in your mailbox and hope you are having a great week.
Comment: Pretty PC, thank you!
Response: you're welcome, thank you for the prompt rating and hope you are having a terrific summer ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ๐ŸŒธ

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LavenderSprinkles on Feb 24, 2023:

Thank you for the Bday wishes!

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.

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! :)

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

robinjeree on Mar 25, 2021:

Hi Tracey--that was the cutest little reminder EVER, I love Cookie Monster! Thanks for getting in touch, this has been an unusually difficult month, and in fact some of my mail has been lost. Can I get something to you by Tuesday? --RJ

zeroeoj on Feb 17, 2021:

Hello Tracey,

I received your extra letter today. THANK YOU ! I loved the tea and pc and stamps! It was so nice!!! =) I hope all is well with you =)

MuggleMom on Feb 10, 2021:

LLU: ๐Ÿ“š Happy Library Lovers month! (profile deco)

I swear this is my old bookmobile inside! xxMuggleMom

reauk on Jan 23, 2021:

Thanks Tracey You made my day yorkies are my favourite dogs Still not figured out how to put photos on my profile Thanks again Take care stay safe Andrea ๐Ÿ˜Š

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