Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2019 1:37 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: October 23, 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 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.


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.
Comment: Two cards from you today (Sep & Oct)!! I never had a Mickey Mouse Watch as a kid, but I DID get a Darth Vader watch that I liked a lot. My heart still breaks when I think of the Micky Mouse RING that I had as a kid. It was a beautiful dark blue enamel. I was playing with it during a meeting in an auditorium. I dropped it, and it rolled away under the chairs. I never found it. I dream that it would still fit on my pinky (it was a kid's size, after all), but I console myself by believing that it would be too small; and then I realize I could always wear it on a chain around my neck and I feel bad all over again. Thanks also for the bioluminescent stamp! I am hoarding my one sheet. I should have bought more. :(
Response: I'm sorry to dredge up such sad memories! But the stamp can soothe the pain. (My husband used one of mine for some ordinary mail - that's when I decided to stash "my" stamps in a separate area!)
Comment: Hearty Heart Heart for the Pizza Mustache Card (and also the coral reef stamp)!! One of my guilty pleasures is a Totino's Party Pizza Supreme because I like the peppers. UPDATE: It IS weird how long it took to get thru the mail. I have a running mustache joke with a friend, so I covered up the back of your card and put it back into the mail to her!
Response: I'm imagining that mail carriers between me and you have been using that mustache and then wedging it back into place. Or maybe just eyeing it, wondering if they COULD do that. Because why would it take so long otherwise?? ::^)
LuneDePapier rated for FPRU: Free-Ad Card PC Swap on Oct 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the story with the card
wolfeagle rated for Collaboration #75 on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you. Love your new address labels.
Comment: Thanks for an interesting and thought inspiring card. We do live in interesting times...
Angie rated for CC: Sender's choice September 2019 on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Hello Tricia! Thank you for the lovely card. Yes, I can see the Mandy influence but with the Tricia flare. Lovely!
Response: Ooh, you said I have flare - I'm honored! :^)
SeleneW rated for Creatures Great and Small #14 on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the PC of the beautiful Morpho butterfly! I have never seen one but I have seen lots of Monarch butterflies.
Response: Glad you liked the card - hope you can see a blue morpho in person some day :^)
Comment: Love Scotopia and Schizotrichia and the story behind it, haha! - Should I call you “trichia” from now on? (Smile)
Response: Kinda bummed I missed signing up for the T swap, although I suppose picking a trichia-something might be fudging on "new"
bluehairedmary rated for Creatures Great and Small #14 on Sep 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for an extraordinary Narnia pc!
Response: i'm glad you liked it!
ericabella rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #77 on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
pintis rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #77 on Sep 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the tiger postcard!
Comment: Thank you for the cooookie crisp chunk! ❤
Poeprincess rated for PA: September Song on Sep 24, 2019
Comment: I loved your PC & the artwork! That lunchbox was has certainly survived well. Thanks for being my partner for this swap.
Comment: “R R R R” (do you know who “said” that best?) awesomeness as usual Tricia! Thanks for joining the swap!!
poppie07 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2019 on Sep 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the chuck o card! I’ve been to Trader Joe’s a few times but I’ve never had this cookies. I must try them now!
Tessssssa rated for Collaboration #72 on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, cool background!
tristitia rated for Mystery supply swap, Yo! on Sep 8, 2019
Comment: Very cool ATC- I would never have thought to do something like it! Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it! Any chance you could send me a photo? I forgot to scan it before sending it off.

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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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