Swap-bot Time: August 16, 2018 10:21 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: August 16, 2018
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

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 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.

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.


breethefrog rated for HMPC: Circles, circles, circles on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gelli on gelli postcard! I like all the circles you traced. Your gelli print came out so smooth. The paint on mine is thicker and rougher when I use it. What kind of paint do you use with your plate?
Response: Hmm, not entirely sure - I probably used craft quality acrylic paint. I make my own gelatin plate (rather than the commercial ones) - not sure if that makes a difference. And the paper was either Canson mixed media paper or greeting card paper (Jo-Ann's/Michael's multipack).
dvmac rated for HDoP Urban Sketching Challenge on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Hi Tricia. I really enjoyed looking at your sketches. I especially liked the sandals. Thanks
Comment: What a fun card! I love that you used so many different stamps and even one your son had done! Very special!
wolfeagle rated for July Scavenger Hunt PC on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: Toothy man loves his cucumber beetle ;D Thank you. Have a great time at Drummond Island.
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Add a ticket PC on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for taking me to a show you never went to! Maybe it's a time travel thing, there might be a time in the future when you could go back there. Well not now anymore, looks like it's my turn now. :)
Response: I have more tickets - maybe we can time travel together! :^)
esew123 rated for June's Flower-Rose on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the rose ATCs. So pretty. I will have to look for the video tutorial. Also, thanks for all the flamingo images!
Comment: So much fun! Thank you!
PolkaDotty rated for ZMACS June: Awfully Sketchy Zine on Jun 28, 2018
Comment: I loved your zines. I've never seem an accordian zine before and the envelope was so pretty.
Response: Thank you. I like to make envelopes from calendar pages - I'm on the calendar mailing list for multiple charities. The accordion zine was kind of tricky to do, a nice challenge!
Comment: Thanks for these two great pieces in a wonderful homemade envie! The accordion one is an inspiration! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Glad you liked them. The accordion zine was tricky to do at the time, a nice challenge. (We had various other constraints beyond the tricky fold, e.g include a french word, picture of an accordion, other stuff i'm forgetting.)
Comment: Oooh, cool PC! I keep see the John Stezaker name, so I’ll have to look up his art. OMGosh, I hope the construction and water woes end soon. Happy Swapping this Summer!
uconn rated for Scattergories PC Series - Q on Jun 23, 2018
Comment: Quirky
Comment: Loved my envie and the great pages you sent me! Loved the stamp carving!! Appreciate the foreign text pages!! Love how bright your envie turned out!! Mine was very different but fun. My son was born in Iceland 15 years ago! So he'll get to go back next month to see where. Thanks for the great swap and lovely note!
2012ash rated for CC: Monochrome Red Postcard on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great pc, I love it
Clstew rated for I Can't Believe It's an Ad Card #8 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Fabulous ad card and holler fest sounds really interesting. Happy Mails!
nannydino rated for I Can't Believe It's an Ad Card #8 on Jun 14, 2018
Comment: Hi Tricia thank you for the lovely art fair PC with the vibrant colors and the fish, it's really pretty. Vancouver is beautiful but I actually live across the water in Victoria which is called Vancouver Island. Yes visit! Both locations have a lovely stationary store called The Assembly of Text. Happy swapping Take good care peace love light
evanselli rated for May Flowers on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much, I loved the envie and the ATC. such wonderful art and lily of the valley is one of my favourites!
Comment: Outstanding inspirational PC. I had a ball receiving your card and thanks for tell me about the subjects used. I did something on a similar note!
Comment: Hi Tricia :-) . . . . Yep, your cutie-pie postcard arrived intact, Yea! I always wish people would let me know when my collaged postcards arrive with missing or badly damaged pieces because that would help me know where I need to improve the durability.
HelenG6 rated for Creatures Great and Small #12 on May 21, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice giraffe. I have Charlie Harper bird post card book, so maybe the owl is in that selection. I have a few of those.
graciepie49 rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-May on May 18, 2018
Comment: Hi Tricia :-) . . . Your poor Monster Man lost his hat in the mail but I went to your Flickr page and saw how dashing he looked with it on. This composition you made is very interesting! and I really like your zentangles and how you used them. Thanks for a great postcard! As for a tangle named after Spikenard Drive, I don't know about that, but I do have an ATC I made just for me that I titled "Spikey Doodle," that looks kinda tangle-y > https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracesanford/14123865258/in/album-72157644895649820/
Response: Ah man, I told the monster to use bobby pins to secure their hat but they refused. Sorry about that! And I love your spikey doodle.

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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!

wolfeagle on Jan 9, 2017:

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

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