Swap-bot Time: February 22, 2019 4:10 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: February 18, 2019
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

Traveling and will be away from my mail until February 25th. Will rate anything that arrives during that time once I get home.

One husband and three kids. Born in California; grew up mostly in New Mexico; went to Rice University in Houston; spent a few years in Maryland; currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Hail to the Victors, and Hail to the Glow Cloud...)

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 podcasts: Welcome to Nightvale, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, BBC Witness, A Way with Words, The World in Words, Death in Ice Valley, Order 9066, The Memory Palace. Very powerful but heartbreaking: Believed, from Michigan Radio (about Nassar abuse victims).

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 current jam is listening to audiobooks of Agatha Christie - especially a lot of BBC Radio 4 adaptations of the Hercule Poirot series. Our local library is part of a state-wide consortium that uses overdrive for ebooks and e-audio, so I often listen to whatever is "available now" rather than following a series in order (and this works for Poirot, since most stand alone).

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 - e.g. "cozy mysteries." Inspector Henry Tibbetts (by Patricia Moyes) and Maisie Dobbs (by 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, Madeleine L'Engle, J. K. Rowling, Blue Balliet.


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. I'm slowly learning to appreciate loose black teas tends. My husband is a big fan of Earl Grey/Gray and its variants. 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 those Quotes!

What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?

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.


dvmac rated for Partner's Image Challenge on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Tricia! I was so looking forward to receiving my swap from you and you didn't let me down.I love my clouds. And I will check out gorgeous storm. Thanks again!
Response: Glad you like them David! It was fun to carve.
GinaVisione rated for Postage Stamp Mail Art on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Ah, the very limber boy has been doin’ some gigs all over the country, so he’s pretty tired and apologized for his delay into my mailbox... :D! Bellissimo! And the Gender-bending Rakes arrived yesterday; if only there were more Women on stamps... Thanks for your double effort!! Double Hearts!
Response: maybe he went to italy first...
Manurnakey rated for HDoP: spring flower postcard on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: What a GORGEOUS painted postcard. You are very talented. That's a scary name for a lovely flower :)
Response: Thanks for the kind words! Apparently the root oozes a red sap, but I've never investigated that aspect. Maybe this year I will...
bjmonroe rated for HMPC: Put a pig on it on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the heads up on rating the wr9ng swap. Things are crazy around these days.
Comment: I loved your B word Postcard. Well done.
Lady rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2019 on Feb 4, 2019
Comment: My sion is doing a course on Children's Lit this semester, I may have to pull out some of our old picture books for his homework!
Response: My 18yo did an analysis of one of his dad's favorite picture books for an English class last year. A project on Jan Brett would be fascinating!
BrendaB rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2019 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great chunk and back story :D
aero rated for Christmas card swap - USA on Jan 22, 2019
Poeprincess rated for Scavenger Hunt-January on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: I think your scavenger hunt PC is just fine, Tricia. Thanks for the follow through!
wolfeagle rated for December Flowers on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the amazing PC - love the star - what an impressive stamp that must be!! The Peace dogs make me smile! Happy 2019!!
Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2018 on Jan 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thanks for the ephemera-filled card plus your entertaining explanations of the sources of some of it! Here's to a creative & inspired 2019
EmilyT rated for NYUP: Scattergories PC swap - C on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Beautiful Costa Rica PC! We went to Costa Rica once, had reservations at a place on/near the cloud forest buy they were hit withs bad storm 2 days before going and they returned our money and we went to Tortuego instead. Maybe one day we'll get to the cloud forest. Update-love the wine Cork pc, making a Cake!, too!
ktk8 rated for CC: Scraptastic Postcard on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Love the card....but the postoffice didn't... many of the pieces were gone leaving only the lingering glue....ahhhh but that's part of the CHARM of mailing postcards huh? I love the NEW GIRAFFE and thank you for that..... big hugs.... nice postcard..... many hearts.....
Response: oh no! hardly charming if it's only glue (and maybe a giraffe?). I've been using mod-podge almost exclusively after having trouble with other glues, but now mod-podge is letting me down. Let me post it to Flickr so you can see what it looked like when i dropped it in the mailbox... ETA: scanned version here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cazatoma/32706322158/
Comment: Thank you for the t.p. recycle.... hey whatever works. Sometimes you can find some amazing recycles!! Glad you liked the skully/ butterfly recycle 😁 Happy new year!!
Response: oops, did i say it was TP? It was kleenex. They put some nice designs on their boxes sometimes.
myancey rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2018 on Dec 29, 2018
Comment: Thank u for the lighthouse. Thanks and Happy new year!
Comment: Happy New Year!
user6937 rated for CC: Technique Choice Intl. on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Your postcard has arrived! Thanks - I, too, like to use technical books in my art! I have anatomy ones :)
Comment: thank you Tricia! I didn't even know about HP podcasts so thanks for letting me know about them!

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violagirl on Sep 15, 2018:

Thanks for commenting on my page! I'm actually playing a little ditty at a show on Monday, September 24th. It's a staged performance called "This Is My Brave," where people go up and tell their stories of recovery from mental illness. I will tell my story on being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and my recovery. THen I'll play violin. Check out the website: https://thisismybrave.org/events/timb-the-show-nyc

GinaVisione on Jul 7, 2018:

Wow, Lucky ME!! Thanks for the extra CC SC PC! I love using up scraps (HAHA, I just hosted one recently), and make these PCs or masterboards often! I’ve joked that one of these days I’m going to cover my dining room table and JUST make Scrap masterboards for PCs! Happy Summer!

DaisyNY on Mar 24, 2018:

I forgot to say how much I love the Jack-in-the-Pulpit print you made/sent. I have a lot of them in my yard - one of nature's delights. Thank you.

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

jukejan on Nov 14, 2017:

Got the second Nature Inspired PC and gelli background is really great! You went over and beyond, thanks!

wolfeagle on Sep 7, 2017:


Thank you for working on my Collaboration PC, with the ship cruising down the road. I love it.

DaisyNY on Jul 27, 2017:

Hi Tricia,

Here's the finished Collaboration (#41 for you). I added shading, an outline and some words.

Lady on Jul 14, 2017:

Thanks for a package of goodies, and the most excellent pig & sheep parasite envelope. love it! I think this was an RAK? ...but let me know if I have missed rating you on anything. thank you image

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!

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