Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2021 6:59 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: January 13, 2021
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 Hail to the Glow Cloud...)

(FYI: My swapbot mail/notifications go to a secondary email account which I don't necessarily check every day.)

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 (especially instrumental), and acoustic.

Favorite podcasts: Welcome to Nightvale, Harry Potter as a Sacred Text, BBC Witness, A Way with Words, The Memory Palace, With Me Now, The World in Words, Very powerful but heartbreaking: Believed, from Michigan Radio (about Nassar abuse victims). No new episodes but enjoyed at the time: Death in Ice Valley, Order 9066.

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

I enjoy mysteries and spy / intrigue books, either print or audio. I've just caught up on the Slough House series (Mick Herron). I was alternating listening to what's available in the Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny), and the Shetland series (Ann Cleeves) and am at a lull there. I've also been listening to the Hamish MacBeth series and the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Agatha Christie (esp Hercule Poirot series), but I've pretty much finished those. Our local library is part of a state-wide consortium for ebooks and e-audio, so I often listen to whatever is "available now."

Recommendations for spy/espionage series gladly accepted!

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. Big fan of spicy hot chocolate. I'm slowly learning to appreciate loose oolongs and black teas blends. 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 I'm a big fan of 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.


rainydayangie rated for December- Scavenger Hunt PC on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Beautiful postcard. Thank you!
CookieMomster78 rated for PA: Faux Gingerbread PCs on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard! Our family never had a gingerbread tradition during the holidays either, and the one time I recall building one of the houses from a store-bought kit it tasted terrible so we threw it away. I’ve never heard of the cookies that you like, but I’m going to google what “bizcochitos and butterballs” are because they sound delicious! My favorite cookies during the holidays are either homemade buckeyes or the storebought butter cookies that come in the blue tins (I think they’re Danske brand). Those were always a special treat my family would get to share together after dinner, with a hot beverage. It’s a fond childhood memory of mine now, so anytime I see the blue cookie tins, it reminds me of Christmastime!
Response: You can definitely find bizcochitos recipes online (state cookie of New Mexico!) but butterballs might be trickier. There are lots of different names for them. The recipe I use is for "nut butter balls" and comes from the (c) 1958 Good Housekeeping's Book of Cookies. :^
Drvr337 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2020 on Jan 1, 2021
Comment: How funny! The tea sounds amazing, both flavors I think I would enjoy. Really cute card, thank you.
arystotle rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2020 on Dec 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the kind wishes
Drvr337 rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2020 on Dec 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard.
thequilterslink rated for Ho Ho Ho on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas..
Highlander18 rated for Ho Ho Ho on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: Beautiful card, thank you very much. Used to see Woodpeckers in Illinois. Audubon has great cards!
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Use a Napkin Postcard on Dec 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your napkin postcard. A bit colour for this grey day. Wow a 3 year course to be a tea sommelier! What a complexity!
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful PC! I love the colors and the lemons! We are hunkered down for the duration. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
RockyBeach rated for PA: See-Through PC Fun (INT'L) on Dec 1, 2020
Comment: Ah, what a great card, thank you! It arrived savely. No further tips for me to share. :) I also still don't know what's the best way to write a message on such little space. Needs more testing. :)
elflady rated for Collaboration #90 on Nov 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for posting to me . It sure is a hard one to work on. Thanks also for the extras. elflady
young46356 rated for NYUP: Art Postcard on Nov 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks! Merry Christmas! Stay safe! Rich
Poeprincess rated for November-Scavenger Hunt PC on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: I love your elements & Lino block background! Thanks for a great swap!
MamaMangrove rated for NYUP: Send some words! on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Tricia. Your fun batch of wordy postcards made me long even more for those various venues in which like-minded people gathered together, be it for poetry readings, music fests, concerts, or simply chocolate croissants...sigh
Response: won't it be great when we can once again hear other people perform words *in person*?
9O96O rated for AMA: Any Type of Mailart on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: That was a fun mailart postcard, "The Secret of Squash". Thanks for telling me the story behind it. :)
Comment: That’s so cool you’re son likes Avatar too. I’ve loved rewatching it, it brought back so many childhood memories. (P.S. I like nature valley bars too)
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🍁
bluemonkeymama rated for TPS: Mail Art - October 2020 on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: I so love the moth postcard you made! So cool. I'm adding it to my wall mounted inspiration board. And that chocolate tasting sounds amazing! Thanks so much for a great swap!
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🍁
9O96O rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste PC October on Nov 2, 2020
Comment: A most interesting cut n paste and well made too. I did some googling and found the story on YouTube complete with the house in on the postcard. So cool to have found the video. The illustrations/animation are fascinating. Thanks for making this cut n paste for me camelsamba.
Response: I'm glad you like it - now I need to track down the video as well!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


wolfeagle on Nov 3, 2020:

Thank you for working on my Alice pc. I thought this one was a goner after 4 years, lol. So, it was a nice surprise to have it come home.

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

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.

jukejan on Nov 14, 2017:

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

DaisyNY on Jul 27, 2017:

Hi Tricia,

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

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....

skydancer on May 13, 2015:

Happy Birthday! You should be receiving my purple PC for you in the next week. I came online to read your profile and discovered your b-day is today. So, I'm wishing you a terrific day and a wonderful year to come!

And you are so right - blood root has a beautiful leaf!

Juliajae on Mar 31, 2015:

Hi! I received your HMPC: For Me? postcard! It's wonderful! I just love when the things randomly left on the workbench turn into a great card! Thanks so much for joining my swap and for the return card :)

FiWebster on May 13, 2013:


Best wishes, Trish, for a superspectacular day!

Fiona W. =grin=

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