Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2020 5:55 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: February 19, 2020
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...)

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, Death in Ice Valley, Order 9066. 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 audiobook mysteries, alternating between what's available in the Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny), and Inspector Vera Stanhope (Ann Cleeves). 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.


lefroggy rated for Mythical Creatures-Dragon on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you I just got your postcard, that is amazing art 😍
Response: Thanks for the kind words - I'm glad you liked it!
eileensariot rated for Tea & Cookie Recipes #5 on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: I was so excited to received your card today. I LOVE cookies, so the swap was a must do! I will make sure to use almond extract :) I cannot wait to try them out. Thank you so much!
Burger1girl rated for Mapped on Jan 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard you made me!! I love the cornstalk.(Im from Iowa) I wish you safe travels, Happy Swapping!!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP Oversized PC #4 on Jan 19, 2020
Comment: Great oversized MakerFaire card! We've been to a similar event here and we all really enjoyed it! Thanks!
banjobraids rated for NYUP Oversized PC #4 on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: I love getting cards from my homestate! It's funny that we did the opposite. I don't think many people moved to Michigan in the last decade. I meet a lot of Michiganders here in the South. We're changing the face of it and it's interesting. So jealous you were in FL and saw dolphins! We used to go every year, but it's been two years now. This summer we're going to NC. Maybe FL next year! Happy 2020! :):):)
Comment: Cute postcard, I like the variations, and the "littles"!
Comment: Woohoo! What a way to finish out this year-long swap with SO many fun Zs & LOVE the large hand drill “cannon” on the camel, HA! (Oh, the visuals....). Happy New Near and Decade! Cheers for a mail art full mailbox throughout 2020!!
Poeprincess rated for PA: ‘tis the Season on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Nice block print! Like the colors you chose. Thank you.
GinaVisione rated for Recycled Holiday Cards on Jan 2, 2020
Comment: Great holiday PC - love the open window piece of it too :D. Cheers to a Happy Mailbox throughout 2020!
Response: i was a little worried that window might get mangled by postage equipment - glad it made it!
wolfeagle rated for Recycled Holiday Cards on Dec 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Happy New Year.
PrairieKittin rated for Recycled Holiday Cards on Dec 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you! From the look of the birdhouse, it would be my guess the swallow lives there. While the others were arguing over who gets to move in, the swallow quietly took over the house. Won't they be surprised when they see it's already occupied? LOL!!
Comment: 2 “Y” words on one PC—great composed work! Thank you for adding to my vocabulary and for being my partner!
Lantana149 rated for HMPC: Christmas on Dec 18, 2019
Comment: Interesting PC....loved the ribbon. Thank you! :)
sojourner rated for PA: Whatever on Dec 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your lovely card and concern. We are constantly affected by smoke and as summer has just begun will no doubt get close flare ups. Doesn't help that we are also drought affected. Such is life!
Comment: RECEIVED the "yellow" X card today what fun fun fun....thank you so much!!!! love the 50's dress.... big hugs and happy holiday!
Comment: Thank you for the snowflake card. Luckily we still wait for snow this year. Snow is only fun when you don't have to go anywhere. :)
stiffneck78 rated for Mixed media handmade postcard on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this great collage/mixed media postcard. I loved how you used foreign book pages and the photosynthesis science page. Very thoughtful. =)
user2148 rated for HCSI: Christmas Tags on Dec 3, 2019
Comment: So much fun! Love them 😁 thank you so much for joining this swap! ❤️
AZmom875 rated for ABES: JUNK Mail Words on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Super swapper! Great words.
Comment: Thanks for the nice piece of Mail Art! And my first thought about the stam)s) also was that it is a (piece of a) totem pole. Japanse I'm not so sure of. I'll start an investigation ;-) (and let you know :-)

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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

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=

stephiedee on Jan 25, 2013:

That's Darla from The Little Rascals movie (1994) :D

rngstgstll on Nov 29, 2012:

When you figure out that quasi-automotive postcard, send it to me and I will hoard that as well! Really, the moon PC was genius, pure genius.

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