Swap-bot Time: March 26, 2017 1:52 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: March 25, 2017
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

Wife to 1 and mom of 3 boys. Grew up mostly in New Mexico, went to Rice University in Houston, spent a few years in Maryland, currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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 that Quote!

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.


BluGinhm rated for HMPC: St Patrick's Day PC on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: What a great postcard - thanks so much for making it for me!
wolfeagle rated for Intl-Hearts PC-March on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Love the green heart for St. Patty's day. Thank you.
georgiafae rated for CC: Bit of Red 2017 USA on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: Very creative and educational(if I understood that subject)-but it looks good and that's what counts! Thanks for sharing and swapping!
boriquaz rated for USA-Hearts PC-March on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: Ugh yes I can't wait for spring to get here​ and I'm so tired of this cold and snow. Love the PC came out really cool. Will be great addition to my collection. Thanks so much. Happy swapping.
nancylee rated for 1 + 1 March on Mar 15, 2017
Comment: Hi- love the octopus at the tea party! THank you ;)
Comment: Awesome postcard! Love how you got it all together with so many different writings, wow! Thank you very much!
Angie rated for CC: Bit of Yellow 2017 USA on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: Hello and thank you for the bit of yellow rooster postcard! It's great. I hope you had a nice time at the auto show. The Chicago show must be great. Our Milwaukee show starts in a little bit and we always go to that. Thanks for the card!
Response: We ended up not going to the auto show; instead, we went to Gold Coast Bentley and ogled their swank rides. (We discovered it 2 years ago - it's just a couple blocks from the John Hancock Building.)
changeling316 rated for Paint me a postcard #1 on Feb 21, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nice painted bonsai 😋 I have not seen the new LEGO Batman movie but I would like to. I'll probably wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray though. The first LEGO movie was surprisingly good and I do love me some Batman. Batman Returns by Tim Burton was definitely the best but it also had Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and that's kind of hard to top. Rawr 🐯 She also looked amazing in Stardust which is one of my most favorite books and movies of all time.
kssunlover1947 rated for B&W PCs week 6 on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Navy Pier card. Hope you enjoy the Chicago Auto show.
Response: We rode the ferris wheel and Navy Pier - it was a beautiful day and the sun was in our eyes as we tried to catch the view from up high :^)
Watsonc7 rated for CC: 3 piece collage portrait USA on Feb 19, 2017
Comment: Cute little big-eyed creature! You're counting down til spring, but I'm still crazy upset that we haven't gotten any snow this year lol. Most people here don't get excited about the snow like my family does :/. Thanks for the cute PC!
Response: We haven't had nearly enough snow here.
toni rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice - Feb on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: very nice!
Comment: I will send the postcard on in the next round.
midwestkiwi rated for Collaboration PC #31 on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: What an inspiring PC! And thank you, thank you, thank you for the extreme bird snippet. You have no idea how perfect it was for me to receive that, just now.
Darida rated for Feb: AMA Sender's Choice on Feb 17, 2017
Comment: Love my whimsical rooster card! Thank you so much! great job on stamp!
wolfeagle rated for Feb Scavenger Hunt PC on Feb 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you. My family keeps telling me snowboarding is soooo Awesome. Maybe someday I'll try. ;D I'm sure your son will have a blast.
lmacdavis93 rated for CC: Monochrome Red on Feb 11, 2017
Comment: Tricia - your monochrome red postcard is just fantastic! I love all the different elements and papers you used - everything just works perfectly together. Thanks so much for a great swap, and I hope you get to make those three trips one day. Travel is the best. I've been to Yellowstone in summer and in fall but never in winter - I think it's probably amazing in any season. We live near Maine and the coast is really beautiful - fall is a great time to visit New England. Cheers! Laurie
SuMay rated for HCSI: Stamped stickers on Feb 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your delicious packet of stickers (yours were the best, but don't tell anyone else) in the pretty stamped envelope. My favourite is the abstract one that looks like swarming ants or the way van Gogh paints the stars. It's lovely.
Comment: Hi Tricia, it took some time ... but I received your wonderful collage PC! It is lovely, thanks! <3 - Ellen
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I'm glad to hear your son is a fellow Steven Universe fan. My favourite character is Pearl. :) Have yourself a good day!
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - January 2017 on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: LOVE the double rooster happiness! So cool in person - Thank You!! Going up on the Rooster shelf :D. No major tips w/gelli prints other than playing w/stencils? I'm still hit and miss often, but kinda the fun of it (the mystery :D)!

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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:


reader44ever on Sep 9, 2016:

Tricia! Thank you so much for the postcard you sent! It makes me so, so happy to learn that your boys enjoy the bookmarks I sent. I am especially and positively thrilled that each one liked a different one of the three!!! And I am very happy that you like the bookmark I sent for you, too. :-)

Thank you for sharing this news with me! You really made my day! :-)

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LadyGuenevere on Apr 5, 2016:

I'd join this swap if I hadn't spent all my free time looking at pictures of sarcastic cats on Facebook! Hope you're having a great week!! <3

Artstamper on Mar 7, 2016:

Thanks so much for the second Alternate Reality PC! Im sorry you lost it for a while but I'm not gona lie, it was fun getting two! Thanks again.

HippieChick on Feb 9, 2016:

Lol, I'm glad they made it to you! Not big hands but it didn't look like enough so I added a third envelope to the stack. And I love that punch for honeycomb backgrounds. So many options!

AmookIslandCreations on Jan 26, 2016:

Thanks for writing on my profile! Yeah, it only lasted for 2 min or so, but there's a lot of rocking and shaking going on for those 2 min. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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