Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2019 12:08 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: December 10, 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 (especially instrumental), and acoustic.

Favorite podcasts: Welcome to Nightvale, Harry Potter and the 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.


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 :-)
KarenLaneWV rated for HCSI: Christmas Tags on Nov 27, 2019
Comment: Really nice tags, Tricia! When I want to cut little blocks, I use craft foam! That's what I used as my stamp for the tags I sent.
Response: Good idea! I'm thinking of redoing my snowflakes, because that lino block seems to be deteriorating.
Mamamoose rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #79 on Nov 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard!
MissBrenda rated for NYUP USA Only #55 on Nov 19, 2019
Comment: Love the PC of Violets! When I lived up about 26 miles from here, we had wild Violets growing in our yard. I would dig them up and transplant them. My late fiancé would always say "why are you doing that?" and I would tell him, "because I love them". He would just shake his head. lol. They were small and light lavender with the purple and gold center. Oh so pretty! Have a great day and happy swapping...… Thanks for bringing up that wonderful memory.....
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! When we were digging our vegetable garden at our first house here in Michigan, i kept transplanting the violets - my husband was similarly skeptical - and the next spring i discovered how abundant they were and transplanting was redundant :^) But i still have a hard time not saving them if i dig one up, because of the connection to my mom.
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #55 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: I love the attention to detail in the Japanese painting! Thanks! It's been many decades since I visited Asia - I'd love to go back soon!
auntiejo rated for NYUP USA Only #55 on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool PC!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #79 on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: My son just got his own first pet - a hamster! Otherwise, we have been a pet-less, dog-less house for a few years. I am really a dog person, but I would love to have a cat or two. Thanks for the nice postcard!
Rainydancer rated for November Scavenger Hunt PC on Nov 16, 2019
Comment: love your card thanks!
graciepie49 rated for CC: Sender's choice October 2019 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: What an interesting composition you wound up with after all. An amalgam of mostly cellular level stuff, arranged just right, and placed on a great background is quite artistic and cool looking. Thanks for the time and love! . . . (BTW, you sent the PC weeks ago but I only received it a couple of days ago.)
Comment: SO much fun and SO many new V words - thanks for joining 500%!
MaryCheng rated for Monochromatic Orange PC on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Tricia, thank you for your lovely Orange PC, received today. Some beautiful flowers which I would love in my garden! I will definitely read Tana Frenchs Murder Squad novels, seems to have rave reviews. Thank you for letting me know!
Response: I've been hearing ads for some cable TV channel series of the first two books of Dublin Murder Squad - we don't have cable so I wonder if they're going to be true to the books!
SilverD rated for NYUP Oversized PC #3 on Oct 29, 2019
Comment: This is different. Do they make the food look like monuments or just the type of foods or food themes for monuments? I'll check the website. Oh it's for Detroit Institute of Arts- looks like it's food made into sculptures: "The artworks illustrate in lush detail the delectable monuments and sculptures made of food that were an integral part of street festivals as well as court and civic banquets..." :)
debbiespoms rated for NYUP Oversized PC #3 on Oct 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you ! I really like the Chinese dragon card.
monsbrick rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2019 on Oct 19, 2019
Comment: Hi Tricia! Wow! I’ll send you a note. I love Alameda. I grew up in The City but I’ve been here on The Island for 10 years now.
CookieMomster78 rated for Snail Mail Fun on Oct 17, 2019
Comment: OMG! I love the postcard that you made for me! Thank you for this wonderful piece of art!
Response: Glad it showed up - thanks for the kind words! :^)
Comment: Love it! Thanks.

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YooperHill on Sep 11, 2019:

Mystery supply swap, Yo! Received and loved! What a unique idea! Always fun to swap with you friend!

YooperHill on Jun 15, 2019:

Thank you for the mystery supply swap, again gem! I love violets! I plan to send out a group email with a photo of some swaps when the swap is over

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.

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.

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!

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