Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2019 4:52 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: June 24, 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.


LadyCyr rated for Playing with watercolor on Jun 22, 2019
Comment: Sorry it took so long to rate I had a hard time finding which swap this belonged to since the swap wasn't on it. But I finally found it. I love the technique u used thank you for the info about the paints u used it was helpful
marianne81 rated for Mystery Supply Swap, again! on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the beautifull decorated enveloppe with a beautifull hand drawn surprise inside.
tentmari rated for Monochromatic Yellow Postcard on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cute postcard. Yellow is each a cheerful color. 😊❤
wolfeagle rated for Used Postage Stamp Mail Art on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #63 on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Always fun receiving from you....this will be fun to finish and send home....... I love the postcard....and I love Ann Arbor....esp the art show in the summer......wOw....thanks for a great swap.....
Response: thanks for the kind words. (i love Ann Arbor too - even moreso after just returning from the town i mostly grew up in... :^)
dvmac rated for Playing with watercolor on Jun 12, 2019
Comment: Hi Tricia. Sorry to hear about your mom. Very nice card. When we lived on the farm my wife made quarts of violet syrup. So cool! Thanks!
Response: Did your violets have a distinctive taste? I forget if I mentioned this in note to you, but a local naturalist told me a few things about why mine might not have had much flavor (including that the species in my yard might not everhave much aroma/flavor!)
Comment: That's really admirable that you're a turtle steward, photo monitor, and work at the food bank! Love the card you sent! Thank you!
luluvision rated for HMPC: May Flowers on Jun 5, 2019
Comment: I absolutely love what you have made me for this swap! You never disappoint me! Thank you so much! Especially amazing is the use of foam plates. I never have success with those!
Response: Thanks for the kind words! I've decided the marker method is the best one for color transfer with those plates.
Allegrae rated for Monochromatic GREEN Postcard on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Love all of the layers you incorporated into the card! Green happens to be my favorite color, so I'm happy to add this to my collection.
BLUR rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: Hehehe :D
bruxbaby rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
Ukucaitie rated for I would join this swap if... on Jun 2, 2019
Comment: This is a funny swap!
Angie rated for CC: Sender's Choice May 2019 on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Hi Tricia. Thank you so much for the lovely postcard. Do you have to use glue for it to be a collage? Probably not. Sewing - I've even seen paintings called collage. So, I imagine the limit is ... our imaginations. Funny about cutting up books. I'm a librarian and should be agast about it too but ... there are a LOT of books in the world that are otherwise going to the landfill, soooo .... Thanks again for the card and the pleasant conversation. LOL.
Response: Glad we got that definition straightened up, huh? :^)
Comment: HOW DO YOU FOLD THESE!!! Also the falls being where they are and us being where we are they count as being in range. It's only 45 mins to drive out there and if it takes you 15 mins to get to the falls then 1) you took the long way or 2) you are REALLY enjoying what you're seeing on the walk! Thanks for the zines! Maybe I'll make one of the falls and send it to you Also, no. We don't have a bakery here. But we all love baked goods....
Response: Glad we're okay on the falls because I love waterfalls! :^) Folding minizines can be tricky the first few times - see if this helps: http://bussnova.com/zine-folding/zine-fold-digitally-interfaced-book-paper-graphite-makey-makey-zine-folding/
LizzyJo rated for TPS: Presto! on May 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the 2 lovely prints. I loved your designs and the colors you used (I just used black block print ink).
pernie123 rated for NYUP: What are you reading? (May) on May 29, 2019
Comment: I like the interesting card. I haven't read Educated yet but want to add it to my reading list. An amazing story, I know!
Angie rated for TPS: Presto! on May 28, 2019
Comment: Hello Tricia. Thank you for the two lovely prints. Yours turned out really well. I like the orange circle reflection one best. I agree, it was a fun swap. Thanks again.
earthnk rated for My trip 2 your hometown USA on May 26, 2019
Comment: Wow! Thanks for the postcard. You have a good two weeks of sights planned when you make it to So Cal. Lots of fun places but be ready for the longest line wait ever at Porto’s. Worth it, but definitely be ready to meet your line neighbors 😀 the plantain chips, potato balls and guava rolls are amazing.
Response: hmmm, I'm not very patient with lines... but i do like trying new-to-me foods... maybe I'll risk it :^)
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Presto! on May 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Great efforts. Mine were absolutely horrible. I couldn't get it to work at all.
Response: i blame the foam surface!
Singske rated for EJ: Scavenger Hunt Postcard on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you Tricia for the fun pc, love it! Have a great and hopefully sunny weekend💌

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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.

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!

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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