Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2019 5:11 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: April 19, 2019
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 (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. 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 the Hamish MacBeth series (audiobooks). I've also been listening to 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 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.


9O96O rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 20, 2019
Comment: Great theme. Kingfishers are fascinating. I live in an area that as Kingfishers but it took over half a century before I saw one--in a park at the river. I loved the Ann Kilmer poem about trying to photograph a Kingfisher. :)
sojourner rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Halcyon has a whole new meaning for me now.
iowa05 rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - April on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: Really cool! I think Kingfishers are absolutely stunning birds! I see them quite often around the rivers here in Missouri. I really liked seeing the Kingfisher stamps you included in your zine!
Autumn5 rated for PA: Handmade ABCs - P on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: This is lovely and you did so great on that stamp, I love it! Thank you so much :)
marymary914 rated for CC: Put a Star on it on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: Great PC!! Thanks so much. :)
ktk8 rated for Map PC on Apr 4, 2019
Comment: Exquisite CARD...... and I HAVE an OLD from the 70's Michelin Guide that I used on my excursions.... in Belgium and France and places in between so this brought a smile to my face and JOY to my heart.... love what you did with all the recycle repurpose for ART goodies....thank you so much .....many hearts....
Angie rated for CC: Build a buddy on Apr 2, 2019
Comment: Hello Tricia! Thank you for the fun buddy. Peppers and frogs. Tastes like chicken! LOL. How fun to find a great source for images. Thanks again!
lmacdavis93 rated for CC: Images from your Stash on Apr 2, 2019
Comment: Tricia: If I could give you a 10 I would! You have sent me the most wonderful collection of images - thank you so much! I absolutely love everything you sent and love how many vintage items you included. This is the first swap like this that I have done and I am going to take special note of what you have sent when I do another swap like this one. Thank you!!!
Response: I'm glad you liked them!
Comment: Great postcard;) Thank your!
Comment: Love the underwater scene-thanks!
Comment: Thanks for this wonderful teal blue collage! I love all the shapes! Knock on wood, I hope that continues as the females and young ones awake from hibernation. We have very few bugs up here, but just like everything else in Alaska, the ones we have are huge! Mosquitos about carry us away sometimes. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Awesome !
Coss rated for March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 17, 2019
Comment: Nice job. Thanks.
blueseabliss rated for HDP Fish on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: LOVE IT, thank you!
luluvision rated for 1 + 1 March on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: What a great way to upcycle esp. since it's a fab color! Thank you for the pirate and gold pc! The octopus is a great addition!
Comment: Thankyou!
luluvision rated for HCSI: Year of the Pig on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: I love your carved pig! Thank you! I wouldn't have even noticed the extra middle hoof! I'll definitely look for you on Words with Friends!
BeckyG56 rated for Postage Stamp Art PC on Mar 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great pc, love the flowers and birds!
Angie rated for CC: Put a pig on it on Feb 23, 2019
Comment: Your card and note tickled my funny bone and my "Oh-this-is-charming" bone. I love the reference to St. Anthony and swineherds. Thank you for the great postcard and note! Happy Year of the Pig to you!
dvmac rated for Partner's Image Challenge on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Tricia! I was so looking forward to receiving my swap from you and you didn't let me down.I love my clouds. And I will check out gorgeous storm. Thanks again!
Response: Glad you like them David! It was fun to carve.

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wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


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

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....

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