Swap-bot Time: December 12, 2018 7:48 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: December 11, 2018
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.

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 audiobooks of 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 that uses overdrive 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.


RockyBeach rated for CC: Sender's Choice November 2018 on Dec 11, 2018
Comment: It looks like the guy is shaking the pillow like Mother Holle of the fairy tale! You definitely want some snow! :) No snow here either. Thanks for the cool bit of blue card.
ktk8 rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #56 on Dec 10, 2018
Comment: Always fun to SWAP with you.....thanks for the Happy Giraffemas goodies.... made me SMILE...... also like your idea about what the eye will see.....wOw will think about that and send it on..... big hugs and many hearts!!!
GinaVisione rated for CC: 3-piece collage PC (USA) on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Oh you always have the best images! All 3 are great! THe Octopod almost slithered away, but thankfully had some good suction on the base of the image :D
Response: oh no, that would have been mailartistically tragic if the octopod had escaped. but then again, they are noted escape artists! (I used mod podge but that slippery surface might've needed more)
Comment: The beer chunk is perfect ,and is so cool the comment about my town and your husband, Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸ 📬
WoodlandBanshee rated for Rust and Blue Mail ARt on Dec 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: what a cool card! :) Hmmm I know I do have cracker recipes...but just basic ones that I recall...I am going to have to go to a Trader Joes when we travel...we don't have one here, but I hear people talking about what cool finds they get there haha...Thank you for the great card!
Comment: How cool to have that artwork at your library. Did you make it back?. I love this postcard. It's not too simple for my taste. Happy Holidays.
wolfeagle rated for November Scavenger Hunt on Dec 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you. The same thing happened to me. I had an image I wanted to use, then couldn't find it when the swap came, had to draw what I envisioned, then found it just today. So me and you both need to clean our art areas. ;) So not looking forward to the cleaning but can't wait to be back organized. It's been a crazy few months.
Banjobritches rated for HMPC: Put a "Napkin" on it on Dec 4, 2018
Comment: I loved that napkin postcard! Thanks so much and thanks for the story behind it!
Comment: HA, love all the bits and pieces, and the Flower Clock...providing an ingenious and decorative means of telling time in the formal gardens of 19th Century Europe...! Aw, sorry we are sharing our fire smoke particles with you :(. Tonight/tomorrow is our first scheduled rain; fingers crossed the erosion won't cause mudslides and flooding... Sad SIGH.... All the best to you and yours for Thanksgiving!
HannahsMommy07 rated for Purple and Green Mail Art on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: THANK YOU for the resend ... you are so artsy!
Response: Glad that one arrived. (TBH I kind of like it better)
SailorDebbie rated for amaZINE #4 - love story on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Zine and the extra one as well! Pretty postcard btw.
Comment: Thank you so much Tricia for you postcard. I love it very much. Great all of chocolate. colors combine very good. Love it very much. Hugs from Marian
Comment: Thanks for the creepy postcard!!
Response: creepy was harder than i thought it might be...
Comment: I like the idea of using the photograph as a base then "redesigning it". The mystery, "What is sustainable grown?" is a unique idea, especially since it it originates from a wrapper! Fun PC, thank you.
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Put a "Bird" on it on Oct 30, 2018
Comment: Hello love the postcard with the Razorbill on it.... I LOVE BIRDS...... and Y E S kingfishers are some of my favorites also THANK YOU for a gorgeous card... I love the gelli print background with the added purple....one of my favorite cards!!!! hugs many hearts......
samsstuff rated for amaZINE #4 - love story on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fun zine & the interesting historical zine!
Angie rated for CC: Monochrome Orange PC on Oct 27, 2018
Comment: Yay! Orange and dogs! Wonderful! Thank you very much!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.

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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....

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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