Swap-bot Time: April 29, 2017 10:27 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: April 28, 2017
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

Wife to 1 and mom of 3 boys. Grew up mostly in New Mexico, went to Rice University in Houston, spent a few years in Maryland, currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Favorite Music

Right now my favorite artist is Carrie Newcomer. I enjoy mellow, acoustic, female singer-songwriters. Other genres I like are folk, celtic, world music (esp instrumental), acoustic, mellow jazz, and kid-friendly silly songs!

Favorite Crafts

I started with ATCs in summer 2008 and then branched into postcards - I'm not the first to say it, but the larger canvas of a postcard appeals to me! I like to make fabric / needlework PCs and ATCs, or collage-y style postcards.

I dabble in colored pencil drawings - I mostly draw botanical and entomological subjects (flowers and insects) from photos. I also like block printing (linocut, although usually not on actual linoleum).

I always appreciate your own drawing or painting on an ATC or postcard! And no matter how you make it, I appreciate a note about how you made your creation, what you were thinking of, etc. The creative process fascinates me.

Favorite Colors and Themes

  • I'm a blues and greens kind of gal! My least favorite colors to work with are 'muddy' colors, like drab browns and yellows and such. I admire people who can make them work!

  • I like botanicals and nature-inspired items, or abstract/geometric/swirly stuff.

  • unusual animals, such as zebras, okapi, pangolins, even intriguing arthropods (giraffe weevil, colorful beetles and bugs, sea life, etc). The less well known, the better. [granted, zebras are charismatic megafauna, but I make an exception for them!] Live snakes in my immediate proximity (such as pets) make me shudder a little bit, but I'm okay with them in art.

  • fish

  • interestingly shaped leaves (like bloodroot - have you seen a bloodroot leaf? very cool! or gingko? also cool!),

  • maps and postage stamps

  • Also appreciate black-and-white (or limited color) illustrations from old science or other textbooks. I've collected quite a pile of them from the free shelf at my public library!

Favorite Books

My favorite book is Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers. My favorite authors are Madeleine L'Engle and Dorothy Sayers. My favorite books are mysteries, especially when they incorporate an interest of mine (cooking, needlework, etc) without it being too forced. I recently learned about the term "cozy mysteries" and that pretty much sums up the kind I like (not too much gore or sleaze). Inspector Henry Tibbetts (Patricia Moyes) and Maisie Dobbs (Jacqueline Winspear) are two great series in this vein.

And I've been reading quite a bit of young adult fiction to keep ahead of my boys or find books they might enjoy. Recent favorites include The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins; Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. Our whole family enjoyed The Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers - great especially for boys! Others: Mysterious Benedict Society (I liked the first one the most), The Wednesday Wars, Flipped, Madeleine L'Engle, J. K. Rowling, Blue Balliet, Elise Broach.


This will probably never be relevant, since I mostly swap ATCs and postcards, but I'm allergic to avocados and shrimp. And naproxen (aka Aleve) - so don't send me any OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs! :^)

Swap Specific

For postcards: I ADORE handmade postcards!! But if you don't make your own, I also like maps, native plants or animals, quirky local sites, artsy stuff.

For tea swaps: my favorites are flavored white or green teas. Also like herbal or rooibos and chai mixes. Black tea tends to be too dark/bitter for me, but my husband likes most of those. And this may sound a bit whiny, but I consider a bag of ordinary Lipton to be the tea-swap-equivalent of 'sticker slapping' (representing little time or effort).

For recipe swaps, I have recipe boxes for 3x5 and 4x6 cards, and a file folder for 8.5x11 paper. So I'm flexible on formats. I love to cook from fresh & seasonal ingredients, and I like ethnic recipes and "food with flavors" (interesting spices). And chocolate - I loves me some chocolate!

Source that Quote!

Be brave. Be truly brave. I mean, don’t get carried away. Stay out of the Dog Park. And don’t run with knives. And, for crying out loud, don’t cry out loud. You’ll upset the bears, which are emotionally fragile animals that are already very uncomfortable with themselves.

Today is street cleaning day. Please remain calm.


wolfeagle rated for Intl-Hearts PC-April on Apr 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a great zentangled heart pc.
GinaVisione rated for HMPC: Put a "Rabbit" on it on Apr 26, 2017
Comment: LOVE the Annie's bunnies and friends :D - thank you!
turtles27 rated for Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap on Apr 24, 2017
Comment: Very nice post card. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards, so very sorry for the very late rating:)
wolfeagle rated for 1 + 1 April on Apr 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you. I can totally tell that it is okra stamped.
Response: you know your vegetable cross-sections! :^)
mahlermail rated for CC: My Favorite Subject Mail Art on Apr 17, 2017
Comment: Than you!!
galadkria rated for 2017 Reading Log - 1st Quarter on Apr 15, 2017
Comment: Loved it !!! And soooo many ideas for new books to read ;) Thank you so much
mellyrose89 rated for Postage Stamp PC on Apr 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I love it :D
Artstamper rated for Coloring Book Minizine on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: I really liked how you made this minizine! The petroglyphsare are so interesting and will be fun to color. Thanks so much.
SimoneLettrd rated for Coloring Book Minizine on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: Wow. The envelope was beautiful, the card and story behind your inspiration was great and your detailed drawings so beautiful! Very inspiring! Thank you! - Simone
breethefrog rated for Coloring Book Minizine on Apr 8, 2017
Comment: You chose an interesting topic for your zine. These will be fun to color!
MiekeC rated for CC: Put a woman on it! on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Belgian woman on your card. I like it, thanks!
uiltje rated for CR: Monochrome Green on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: Oooh, I really love your green PC. I liked the stamps you used and I found out where the map was situated. So, recycling is not only very useful but it can make another person very happy!
nightswimmer rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard on Apr 2, 2017
Comment: Loved your altered postcard! I'd love to see the Heidelberg project, it sounds really interesting.
wittmert rated for CC: Monochrome Green on Mar 31, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
BluGinhm rated for HMPC: St Patrick's Day PC on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: What a great postcard - thanks so much for making it for me!
wolfeagle rated for Intl-Hearts PC-March on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Love the green heart for St. Patty's day. Thank you.
georgiafae rated for CC: Bit of Red 2017 USA on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: Very creative and educational(if I understood that subject)-but it looks good and that's what counts! Thanks for sharing and swapping!
boriquaz rated for USA-Hearts PC-March on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: Ugh yes I can't wait for spring to get here​ and I'm so tired of this cold and snow. Love the PC came out really cool. Will be great addition to my collection. Thanks so much. Happy swapping.
nancylee rated for 1 + 1 March on Mar 15, 2017
Comment: Hi- love the octopus at the tea party! THank you ;)

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midwestkiwi on Apr 26, 2017:

I want to thank you again for Kiwi PC you sent way back last April. I use it as the cover for my PC collection book. I was actually checking to make sure I'd rated before thanking you again (that would have been awkward) and I noticed it was unhearted. (Still more awkward). So ,<3, <3, <3....

Jafferty on Apr 13, 2017:

Thank you for sending your book reading log. I just read a few pages and am so excited to see that you read much of what I like, so I'm glad to be able to spend some time finding some new books and series. Thank you!

wolfeagle on Jan 9, 2017:

Thank you for the red and green Kandinsky circles. I love it.

bbsporty on Nov 27, 2016:

Thank you so much for the awesome extra turkey postcard you sent me! Love the song even if it is a little dark.

wolfeagle on Oct 31, 2016:


reader44ever on Sep 9, 2016:

Tricia! Thank you so much for the postcard you sent! It makes me so, so happy to learn that your boys enjoy the bookmarks I sent. I am especially and positively thrilled that each one liked a different one of the three!!! And I am very happy that you like the bookmark I sent for you, too. :-)

Thank you for sharing this news with me! You really made my day! :-)

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LadyGuenevere on Apr 5, 2016:

I'd join this swap if I hadn't spent all my free time looking at pictures of sarcastic cats on Facebook! Hope you're having a great week!! <3

Artstamper on Mar 7, 2016:

Thanks so much for the second Alternate Reality PC! Im sorry you lost it for a while but I'm not gona lie, it was fun getting two! Thanks again.

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