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Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: April 24, 2023
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

parkrunner. Married with three (older) 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...)

(FYI: My swapbot mail/notifications go to a secondary email account which I don't necessarily check every day.)

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 as a Sacred Text, BBC Witness, A Way with Words, The Memory Palace, With Me Now, Subtitle (formerly called The World in Words), Spy Sisters. Very powerful but heartbreaking: Believed, from Michigan Radio (about Nassar abuse victims). No new episodes but enjoyed at the time: Death in Ice Valley, Order 9066.

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

Right now I am obsessed with a manga series called A Bride's Story, set in 19th century Central Asia. The costumes are to die for - so many other gorgeous details as well. My local library only has volume 1, so I've been getting them via interlibrary loan, but I would love to own them!

I enjoy mysteries and spy / intrigue books, either print or audio. Currently reading the series by Dame Stella Rimington. I've just caught up on the Slough House series (Mick Herron). Other recent audiobook series: the Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny), the Shetland series (Ann Cleeves), Hamish MacBeth series (it went off the rails!), and the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Agatha Christie (esp 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."

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 go-to genre is mystery, 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.

In the past I read quite a bit of young adult fiction to keep ahead of my boys or find books they might enjoy. Favorites included The Hunger Games series 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 oolongs, and herbal or rooibos, and chai mixes. Big fan of spicy hot chocolate. I'm slowly learning to appreciate 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.


NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2022 on Feb 17, 2023
Comment: Cleaning up and found this that I thought I had rate but never checked the "I got my stuff..." box. Very Sorry.
sojourner rated for HMPC: Botanical love - December on Feb 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your artwork 💕There is great beauty in the simplicity of daisies.
PrincessLeia rated for CR: Christmas Tree Mail Art on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Hi Tricia, Love your recycling! ❤️❤️❤️ I would think that the most common christmas tree in oz is going to be an artificial one, that you pack up and use again next year. Fewer people are putting up trees - the kids have all grown up, or they are going away for christmas or some other reason! I dont think many people actually use a chopped down tree much. I Have a few friends who have a pot plant that they use for their chrissy tree - no particular tree
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤ 📬⛄❄🌲
snailmailrocks rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 17, 2023
Comment: Hi Tricia, thank you very much :-)
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 8, 2023
Comment: Happy New Year!
Comment: Ohh, I haven't done a fold-and-cut snowflake since I was little ⛄️ It might be a fun craft as an adult! And, I kinda get where your kids are coming from. Even though I'm in my 30s now, if someone got me one of those little lifesavers story books my grandmother used to buy us as kids, I'd absolutely love it 💜 Little Christmas traditions like that are so much fun!
Comment: I like making snowflakes! Thanks for the chunk, and happy new year!
spacefoxsupreme rated for HMPC: Bah Humbug PC on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the printed card you made! I think it looks neat, especially the red to green!
Comment: Thank you for the festive cookie “chunk!” I love it! I’ve had such a sweet tooth all of December. (Let’s see what my dentist says about that tomorrow ughhhh.) Best wishes for a bright and beautiful New Year! xo
chandlerguera rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the sparkling snowy Peanuts card! Happy New Year!
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Houses Postcard on Dec 28, 2022
Comment: Great row house carvings. I'll have to keep an eye out for your inspiration next time I get Stroopwafels. I've never tried tetrapak intaglio printing but have admired the examples on IG - good luck!
starmccoy rated for HCSI: Houses Postcard on Dec 24, 2022
Comment: Good job! The door is on the other side 😂 my design was quite ambitious but I learned a lot, so I will be better next time. Thank you and Merry Christmas ☃️
anik4swap rated for HMPC: Botanical love - November on Dec 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you very much Tricia! What a nice print. 😃🙌🏼
Maddashin rated for NYUP USA Only #83 on Nov 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks 🙏
aurelas rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2022 on Nov 9, 2022
Comment: Your trip to H Mart sounds fun. I've never been to one. I love going to the small local Asian markets though. I always find so many interesting foods to try! Some of them have become favourites. We love rice with furikake, for instance. And mochi...yum!
Response: We have a handful of great small international markets in our town (Middle Eastern, Indian, LatinX, and Asian), but that H Mart was definitely a whole different level!
AmookIslandCreations rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 17 on Nov 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for passing me this great zine to work on! I feel your pain in trying to get things copied! Our city office allows seniors to copy for free and recently purchases a new unfamiliar machine! Stay safe and healthy on the road! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Not long after that nightmare, I discovered there was a place 2 blocks from us where I could have printed it! [i forget if i told you that in the mailing, the timing is a blur at this point... :^]
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2022 on Nov 7, 2022
Comment: Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. Thanks for the book rec… not something I am very familiar with but will give it a go!
preslarb rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2022 on Nov 5, 2022
Comment: Hope you enjoyed the quilt show as much as I did last year! From the pics I've seen, the turnout has been great! Loved your chatty postcard chunk!😍
Response: I didn't end up going to the quilt show due to transportation issues. :^( I figured out later than I could have gotten there via bikeshare bikes, but that would have limited purchases for sure!
Allegrae rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #113 on Oct 27, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the card and great extras! I look forward to working on it and passing it along.

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kittyhahahotbot on May 16, 2023:

Hello! I just noticed looking back at a old note from you. LOL Hey, birthdays last an entire month. So treat yourself the whole month and this wish. LOL

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2022:


bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from the NYUP group!

DaisyNY on Mar 16, 2022:

Thanks for working on this AMA collaboration pc!

wolfeagle on Nov 3, 2020:

Thank you for working on my Alice pc. I thought this one was a goner after 4 years, lol. So, it was a nice surprise to have it come home.

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

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.

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....

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