Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2018 9:01 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: January 20, 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.


tristitia rated for HMPC: New Years Postcard (edited) on Jan 20, 2018
Comment: I love your postcard! Happy year of the dog!
dobbsthedog rated for Reading Log - 4th Quarter 2017 on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your list of books! We have several in common from the past year! I have been really wanting to read the March series, maybe I will finally get to it this year! And as far as where to jump in with Terry Pratchett... I started with Going Postal, which was amazing and is fairly far along in the Discworld series, but can be read on its own. There is actually an infographic that shows which Discworld books you can read without having read others; it's quite helpful! I'm sure you could find it if you googled it. =)
Response: thanks for the Pratchett tip - i will track that down!
pat5036 rated for New Year's Resolutions Zine! on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Love your zine and also the extra one too. Nice winter envelope also!
Loonstruck rated for New Year's Resolutions Zine! on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your resolutions! I know you're going to make it!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Ink Blot Creations on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: I love your ink-blot dinosaur! I wish it could scare the bears off too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
junemoon rated for Reading Log - 4th Quarter 2017 on Jan 16, 2018
Comment: Actually the book of Indonesian stories sounds interesting, I read a lot of non-American authors. I'll keep my eyes open for it.
Saba rated for HCSI: Winter Mail Art on Jan 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Fieke rated for HMPC: Scavenger Hunt PC #4 on Jan 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for resending ! I love the postcard you made ! Happy 2018
noone7212 rated for After Christmas Cards (USA) on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card! You have a pretty great name as well ;-) Merry New Year!
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Dog Postcard on Jan 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
Margothecat rated for After Christmas Cards (USA) on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Angie rated for HCSI: Winter Mail Art on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Hi Tricia! Thanks for the pretty snowflake card! It's lovely. I checked out that mondo mascots site. Very awesome! Happy New Year!
Response: The thing that continues to amaze me about mondo mascots is how SO MANY entities have a mascot: the region, the town, the drug store chain, the brand of enemas sold in the drug store - it's a whole world I never knew existed!!
squince rated for After Christmas Cards (USA) on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the cute cards.
gmasusie rated for US: Excess XMas Cards - Round #2 on Dec 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all you sent.
Comment: I loved them both!
Comment: Loved everything about my postcard! Thank you❤️
japn rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #57 on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: I LOVE this card thank you! My first otter card yay!
Response: So glad you like it!
widelo123 rated for US: Excess XMas Cards - Round #2 on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Tricia, thank you for the cardinal Christmas cards and tags. I love the cardinals, we have them coming to our bird feeder all year round. Shirley
doodlebugdezines rated for HMPC: Scavenger Hunt PC #5 on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Creative use of requirements! Thx! Thank you for your encouraging words😘

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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.

wolfeagle on Oct 31, 2016:


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