Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2018 9:49 pm


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


Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
Comment: Thanks for your PC! Only a bit of a pity the paper is so thin ... Making it completely bump and bubble :-( But it is a nice stamp, you used on it!! :-D
Comment: Thank you for the creative and unique collage postcard. I think this is my favorite type of swap. sorry for the late rate.
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful green PC with all the interesting shapes! It looks like you had fun figuring out all the answers to your questions! If you want to see bears, come on up here! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Angie rated for CC: September Sender's Choice PC on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Hi Tricia. Thanks for the very cool postcard! I love it.
FarStarr rated for HMPC: Put a "Fish" on it on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Tricia, for the great fishy card! I especially appreciate the note!
Sammoning rated for NYUP: What are you reading (Aug) on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard, your book recommendation sounds interesting and I will check it out!
Poeprincess rated for August Scavenger Hunt PC on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Great PC. Thank you so much—love the background & color choices!
mjhaertling rated for HMPC: Ransom Note Postcard on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Love the ransom note. My camera is locked up so no chocolate for you. LOL.
Response: Drat! I guess the flowers aren't as valuable as I'd inferred. [although are you sure that camera lockup is secure?? :^]
mejulia rated for Where I volunteer PC! on Sep 5, 2018
Comment: I loved the card then read the note and realize we have similar volunteer commitments. I picked your postcard up as I was on my way to volunteer at mobile pantry (food distribution) for Second Harvest Food Bank, part of America's Second Harvest. We distribute a truck load of food, primarily free produce, to representatives of 150 or so families. I do this twice a month. I have some other volunteer commitments, food related and not food related but this is the one I enjoy the most. I'm glad we were partners.
Response: What a nice coincidence! Our food bank is also part of America's Second Harvest. [insert carrot emoji :^]
elflady rated for 1 + 1 August on Aug 27, 2018
Comment: i love the way you have put this postcard together. it is so creative which i love. thanks so much . elflady
Response: glad you like it - thanks for the kind words!
SandraCanada rated for My swap bot name on Aug 17, 2018
TinySleepyfox rated for My swap bot name on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Im so impressed with how you piced your name, an anagram who would have thought of that i think its very badass also i love the card its so cute and colorful also im going to look up that series your watching it sounds like something i like :D
breethefrog rated for HMPC: Circles, circles, circles on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the gelli on gelli postcard! I like all the circles you traced. Your gelli print came out so smooth. The paint on mine is thicker and rougher when I use it. What kind of paint do you use with your plate?
Response: Hmm, not entirely sure - I probably used craft quality acrylic paint. I make my own gelatin plate (rather than the commercial ones) - not sure if that makes a difference. And the paper was either Canson mixed media paper or greeting card paper (Jo-Ann's/Michael's multipack).
dvmac rated for HDoP Urban Sketching Challenge on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Hi Tricia. I really enjoyed looking at your sketches. I especially liked the sandals. Thanks
Comment: What a fun card! I love that you used so many different stamps and even one your son had done! Very special!
wolfeagle rated for July Scavenger Hunt PC on Aug 3, 2018
Comment: Toothy man loves his cucumber beetle ;D Thank you. Have a great time at Drummond Island.
RockyBeach rated for AMA: Add a ticket PC on Jul 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for taking me to a show you never went to! Maybe it's a time travel thing, there might be a time in the future when you could go back there. Well not now anymore, looks like it's my turn now. :)
Response: I have more tickets - maybe we can time travel together! :^)
esew123 rated for June's Flower-Rose on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the rose ATCs. So pretty. I will have to look for the video tutorial. Also, thanks for all the flamingo images!
Comment: So much fun! Thank you!

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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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