Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2017 5:35 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: August 17, 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.


RockyBeach rated for Collaboration PC #42 on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: That is a very dynamic moving ship! Let's see how I can add a touch for the finish. Have a nice trip!
wolfeagle rated for CC: Fish postcard on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the great fish postcard. Have fun looking at colleges. It's such an exciting time. They just grow up so fast.
WoodlandBanshee rated for Mostly Orange on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: Lovely postcard. I love the array of orange tones and the layering. Thanks!
jukejan rated for Elephant PC on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: Really liked how the stamp elephant is reaching towards the others! Thanks for a great PC.
JoMama rated for Circle Mail Art on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: I LOVE the colorful circle design and would love to know how you did it. Also, how funny that you were in West Chester when you mailed it!! I hope you enjoyed yourself here.
Response: Thanks! This was inspired by one i saw online. I used ultra fine staedtler pens, and made dotty outlines around lids for the main elements, then filled in between them with more dots. By the way, Z's team ended up winning the tournament so overall the trip was a success.
DaisyNY rated for Collaboration PC #41 on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: This is a hard one to finish as it seems pretty much complete as it is. This is the one you added the face from the triptych (sometimes it's hard to remember which is which). With the international stamp on it, but only staying in America, I could go all out 3-D. I'll post a pic when I'm done.~~Btw, did you rate @Tessssssa for #37, the 2nd panel of this card?
Response: sorry to make it hard for you - maybe I should have just done the head instead of head & arms. And ooh, looks like i didn't rate for round #37 - thanks for the reminder.
DaisyNY rated for Intl-Hearts PC-July on Jul 23, 2017
Comment: This is a successful card - nice, muted palette. I wonder what the failed one looked like...but thanks for sending me this.
Lady rated for Map It Mail Art on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: gorgeous! love the "parasites" that you added! great work and lovely bits inside too
Comment: I enjoyed the reading about the books you've read-- I also love audiobooks! Sounds like a great way to spend time with family.
Lady rated for Foreign Papers Mail Art on Jul 9, 2017
Comment: Home from vacation to a pile of mail!!
Lady rated for HMPC: Going Postal on Jul 9, 2017
Comment: I'm trying not to buy any more old books for crafting.... We'll see.
bjmonroe rated for CC: Sender's Choice June 2017 USA on Jul 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your post card. Glad you had a good time in Chicago
EllenWilGraagPost rated for Mostly Purple on Jul 2, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the (definitely art ;-) purple-iris-and-more-purple-pc :-D Nice to read you've visited our little country twice (?) And your positive experience (esp. with biking). But ... I will to send you a video via e-mail ... Must say I am glad to hear you've also been to another part of the Netherlands ... :-) If you come the NL again, don't forget to stop at my atelier! :-D
luluvision rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #3 on Jun 29, 2017
Comment: Pandas and bridges oh my! How could I not love that?! Thank you so much!!
Dasha rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice - June on Jun 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a very beautiful painting. Makes me want to go to some garden like right now! :) Only wish postal system would't put dates and all marks right on the painting. :(
Response: Thank you for the kind words. I'm sad the markings ended up on the painting - didn't they used to put all that on the address side? :-(
wolfeagle rated for Abstract Mail Art on Jun 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you. It totally reminds me of driving down a freeway with the trees zooming by.
TriniH rated for HMPC: Scavenger Hunt PC #2 on Jun 13, 2017
Comment: Awesome card!!
btbeth rated for AMA: Themed Zine - Animals on May 30, 2017
Comment: Great swap! The bird zine is awesome and I very much appreciate the one about the 6888th. I am a history fiend so this one was particularly interesting for me. Also - I absolutely love the yeticorn story! This whole swap was right up my alley! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you liked them! I usually make extra copies of my zines and then they sit in a folder, so it was nice to have an opportunity to send them on.
georgiafae rated for May Scavenger Hunt PC on May 28, 2017
Comment: Great postcard-love the camel stamp. Like all the different shapes and colors! Glad you survived your camping trip!
Response: I received that camel stamp a few days earlier in another swap!
bjmonroe rated for CC: Animal Postcard on May 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful postcard. I love birds. I liked that you explained what each element was. And I agree that Chicago is a great place to visit.

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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:


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! :-)

wolfeagle on Jul 4, 2016:


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