Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2018 7:20 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: April 19, 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 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 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.


Leftie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Apr 2018 on Apr 18, 2018
Fieke rated for March Flowers on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: The envelope was damaged and put in a plastic bag from the Belgium post. There was only the old picture and your note :( Lucky the envelope was decorated with daffodils ;) So sorry.
Response: Oh no, that's not good! I can send you a replacement. The original ATC is on my flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cazatoma/27526245568/
mamalynn rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-APR on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cool card! I love all the stories of all the different pieces!
Angie rated for Yellow and White Mail Art on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Lucky me! Lucky me! Thank you so much for the adorable corgi card! It's fabulous! XOXO
Response: With you as the recipient and corgis as the predominant result in a search for "yellow dogs," the choice was obvious! :^)
WoodlandBanshee rated for Outer Space PC on Apr 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the Mars post card!
pat5036 rated for HCSI: Dog postcard on Apr 2, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your hand-carved dog postcard. They remind me of carvings you might see on a pillar in front of a building. I also liked the circle swirls! I mean to post more on Flickr...just been distracted!
Comment: Fun and educational postcard! Pie day-sounds like a winner to me! Thanks for swapping with me!
Response: Any excuse to eat pie is a winner :^)
Gwillisinc rated for CC: Year of the Dog on Mar 20, 2018
Comment: Great collage work & love the stamps
Comment: Dude. I have no idea if the rules have changed, so I am giving you a heart in the off chance you have had too much coffee this morning... Cheers. :)
DaisyNY rated for February Flowers on Mar 9, 2018
Comment: You did both the iris and the violet! Pretty envelope, too. Thanks!
Response: I am nothing if not indecisive... :^)
Comment: This was such a blast, thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the laughs
Comment: You get heart, and you get a heart!!!!
MamaMangrove rated for CC: Sender's Choice Feb 2018 on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: Great card, Tricia. I like your use of the two colors as well as the combination of images. Congrats on taking the block printing class. I could use something like that to inject some energy into my dwindling creativity. I'm in my blah period :D
Response: I hope you overcome the blahs soon - maybe you need to come north and get a blast of cold air :^)
Chaosfay rated for SCIENCE POSTCARD SWAP - FEBRUARY on Mar 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the really cool card!
wolfeagle rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-Feb on Mar 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great pc.
karategirl46 rated for Year of the Dog on Feb 27, 2018
Comment: I think you did a great job on your dog stamp! Thank you for a great card!
RockyBeach rated for AMA - Paper Collage 4" X 6" on Feb 27, 2018
Comment: Oh I love that kingfisher! Indeed they're amazing and beautiful birds. Thank you!
Response: Thank you, it was fun to make.
Comment: Thanks for re-sending this! Very cool card! I laugh to think of what the postal carriers thought about a Christmas card this time of year! hahaha!
Response: Glad it made it this time!
MissPaula rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #57 on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: My 2nd Charley Harper PC! Thanks for the Zebras, love 'em!

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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.

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.

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