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Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: August 4, 2021

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About Me

Hi there! I'm Tracey (she, her) and I live in California. I am a crafter, reader, knitter, sewist, negligent gardener, sender of postcards and friendly greetings. I also play the ukulele and dabble in watercolor. 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 español--¡pero soy principiante extrema! Si quieres escribir en español, 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.

taco plant

I am a dog person (but don't have any pets at the moment) and am partial to animals and nature, though of course I haven't been able to go camping or hiking as much in a while.

Bigfoot truck camper on someone else's truck

We have a truck camper (similar to the one pictured above) and have driven all over the western states and parts of Canada, and have seen many black bears and grizzly bears, but are very careful to keep a safe distance--not as close as this! My roadtrip 'job' is to help navigate/read the maps, but also to watch out for bears, goats, deer, bison, bunnies, and other critters that might be approaching the roadway.

watch out! black bear

Favorite Books

Some books I have enjoyed:

Sadie by Courtney Summers A Burning by Megha Majumdar The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane March trilogy by John Lewis The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan New Shoes by Sara Varon Bloom by Kevin Panetta After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor - graphic to be published Jan 2021

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen The Last One by Alexandra Oliva We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

I read a varied mix of nonfiction and fiction, graphic formats and e-audiobooks. I used to read a lot of teen and children's titles, but don't read them quite as much now that I have retired from my job as a children's/teen librarian, except when I need to take a break from the heavier nonfiction, which is more often these days.

Favorite Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah--I miss watching the Colbert Report; most of the "late" shows are actually on too late for my bedtime
  • The Amazing Race--Phil's newest show is good too, but I haven't caught very many episodes.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Jeopardy! (though it will never be the same without Alex 💜)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, depending on the subject, and my mood at the time. Generally, anything with David Attenborough is a good bet.

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
  • 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!
  • unused USPS postage stamps, any denomination (1-cent, 5-cents, 29-cents etc. - forever stamps are always good too)
  • a tried-and-true recipe that uses bananas, peaches or persimmons, OR your favorite gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, or Instant-Pot recipe.
  • a home-sewn face mask (standard adult size)
  • 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 badger-themed! (house pride!)
  • tea (black, green, white; caf or decaf)
  • vintage sewing notions (buttons, trims, etc.)
  • comic strip that made you laugh
  • funny pictures of animals (cut out from a magazine, etc.)
  • little piece of sea glass
  • a piece of ribbon that is at least 1" wide and 38"-45" long (I volunteer as a memory-bear crafter and sometimes I dress them up with a bow around the neck)


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!)
  • 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

sloth saying hello


Hunbun rated for MAE-Senders Choice of size on Aug 4, 2021
Comment: I love the envelopes, the bookmarks, the zine, the handmade art...are you also an Indigo Girls fan? Thank you so much!
Response: Thank you, Debbie, I'm glad you liked them, and that the elephants brought back good memories :)
Comment: Narrators can make or break an audiobook. PS the Kierra Cass books are "The Selection" series, which I LOVED the audiobooks for!
Response: Thanks, Colleen -- What Big Teeth was a really fun read too :)
Meisje rated for CS: BBQ recipe e-mail swap on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing Grilled peaches are the best, love the salad to.
Response: Thank you! This was a fun swap :)
Comment: Oh my goodness I love this donkey!!! This card is incredible. Thanks so much!!
Response: hooray, thanks for the rating :)
Rosa1 rated for CS: BBQ recipe e-mail swap on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: thanks!
Response: Thank you :) Happy Summering~
ktk8 rated for WIYM: SSS - JUL 2021 (USA+) on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: WoW what a glorious swap I received from you today..... your art work on the postcard of the giraffe is stunning and I love the extras.....thanks for sharing the envelope with me also..... GREAT SWAP and MANY HEARTS to YOU.....
Response: Thank you, glad you liked it 🦒 🦒 🦒 💚 :)
cynaemon rated for CS: BBQ recipe e-mail swap on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks. I love peaches. They are so summery.
Response: Thank you, Nathalie! Take care :)
Seedlings3P rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #4- US Only on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you...I am pretty sure I review the card, but maybe I did not save it. The card is so adorable. I have it on my mirror and look at it daily. Dogs are fabulous animals and I love your postcard. Thank you again!!!
Response: Thank you for the rating, I think swapbot sometimes makes it more difficult than it needs to be! I am so glad you like it -- I always find it hard to resist a smiling dog ❤️
Foxy rated for CS: BBQ recipe e-mail swap on Jul 8, 2021
Comment: I can't wait to try the recipes you sent. :-) They sound so delicious. And i'm a tiny bit jealous about your peach tree. :-D The mail was in the spam folder but i check it regularaly, so it was no problem for me, just so you know that there were still troubles. Thank you for sending and take care!
Response: Hmm, good to know about the spam folder, these things are so unpredictable! Thanks for the rating and good luck with the vegetable gardening--those zucchinis can take over if you don't keep an eye on them ~ 💌
Aseret25 rated for LLU(US): book-themed postcard on Jun 26, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Shakespeare postcard - and the webcomic recommendation. I'll have to check it out! :) I LOVE your little chickadee drawing too - thanks!!
Response: Thank you, take care and happy reading !!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your books with me. Sorry for the delay in the rating, it has been a crazy week
Response: Thanks! I hope you are well 📚 ❤️
Comment: Thanks for the recommendations. Those books sound pretty interesting.
Response: Thanks, Nath ~ Happy reading 📚 ❤️
K8thecrafter rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #4- US Only on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: You did an outstanding job on the art of the postcard! Loved the skating dog, and the story of the friendly pittie :)
Response: Aw, glad you liked it! I've only met Delilah once, but she is a very sweet dog.
cynaemon rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #29 on Jun 12, 2021
Comment: Hi, Tracey, Thanks for sharing. I love the main branch of the LA county library. I remember it from when I was a little girl. This is pretty cool.
Response: Thanks, Nathalie ~ I've only been to the main branch once but remember it seemed a pretty cool (and huge) place. Happy reading :)
jessnewson98 rated for LLU: It's MerMay! on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Oh my gosh, that book sounds really cool! Have you finished it? A MERMAID ASTRONAUT!??! THAT SOUNDS SO AWESOME! Do you still have it? Is it weird to ask if I can read it? I am weirdly obsessed with space and the ocean so mermaid astronauts sounds absolutely incredible! Thanks for your email, tracey! Happy Pride Month!
Response: I wish I had a book like that, too! If I did, I would surely let you read it--I imagine it would be in graphic format, of course. Thank you and take care :)
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #28 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Another person with Hoopla! Now, I seriously need my library to jump on this! Oooh, certainly a cool way to use the catalogue! Thanks, Tracey!
Response: with my library it was a question of cost--whether they could afford to offer hoopla in addition to overdrive. Eventually they had to concede since the digital items have grown so popular. Thanks and happy reading - 📚 ❤️
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #26 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: I love those memories, Tracey! They are so sweet and just capture this childhood nostalgia I adore! Have an awesome weekend :)
Response: Aw, thanks ❤️
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #27 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Oh my god, the Henry Miller Library sounds so incredible!!!
Response: It's probably grown more of a roadside presence since I last visited, but when I was there you could easily pass it by unawares. Happy reading 📚 ❤️
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Happy reading & happy swapping :)
Response: Thank you and take care ! 📚 ❤️

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goats in trees

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traceyj on Jun 11, 2021:

rainbow hugs

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! :)

traceyj on May 26, 2021:

time to relax!

doggo mohawking

hedgehog floating

pig with suds on head

you otter take a bath

mchesser12 on May 11, 2021:

for: WnWHS - Lost Sock Day

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

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