Swap-bot Time: May 9, 2021 1:09 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: May 6, 2021
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

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, The World in Words, 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

I enjoy mysteries and spy / intrigue books, either print or audio. I've just caught up on the Slough House series (Mick Herron). I was alternating listening to what's available in the Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny), and the Shetland series (Ann Cleeves) and am at a lull there. I've also been listening to the Hamish MacBeth series and the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Agatha Christie (esp Hercule Poirot series), but I've pretty much finished those. 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 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. Big fan of spicy hot chocolate. I'm slowly learning to appreciate loose oolongs and 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.


Comment: Hey Tricia! Thanks so much for the cool chunk! I'm more of a pc gamer myself but can definitely appreciate a good console game. I've been looking for something new to watch so I just might have to checkout One Piece or One Punch Man!
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Bird love - April on May 5, 2021
Comment: HELLO and FUN to receive from you again! I love the grebe.... we have them near my bay house near Galveston and I love them! Great swap! Thanks so much.... many hearts to you.....
malgosya rated for Cat drawing postcard #2 on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the awesome postcard! I've never met Charley Harper's work. We all loved the postcard! If you don't mind, I'll send you a postcard too!
Comment: Thank you so much, I love the color scheme of these hexagons, blue and purple - love the monochromatic effect, thank you!
Response: Thanks for the kind words; I'm glad you liked it!
dvmac rated for HDoP Spring Postcard on Apr 13, 2021
Comment: Hi Tricia. Yes, it HAS been a long time. All this pandemic nonsense sapped my creativity for a long while, but I got tired of such a sad mailbox, and I've started seeing again. Loved your card. It was nice and Springy. It made me feel good, in spite of today's snow!
Response: snow here on the 20th - sigh. "Are those trees with white flowers? Nope, that's an evergreen. It's snow."
Comment: Thanks for the pretty postcard! I love the leaf stamp you carved!
Aseret25 rated for AMA: Monochromatic Mail Art -Mar on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the green plant-themed postcard! You mentioned that people in Michigan are driving to Ohio for their COVID shots - my parents (who live here in Cincinnati) actually drove to Indiana for their shots! I'm thankful that everyone in my close family and most of my friends have all gotten at least their first dose. I'm looking forward to being able to see them all again!
Response: Kinda funny that Cincy folks are headed to Indiana. Where do Indy folks drive to for their shots? Maybe NE IN go to SW MI and we get a full circle...
Poeprincess rated for HMPC: Bird love - March on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the “smew” PC—I had never heard of one, either! Love the hydrangea printed background.
Comment: Thanks for is great PC! I love how you melded all.the elements together! We are planning to go out to Amook next month, if the weather allows. The entire state of Alaska is open for vaccinations from ages 16 up. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
traceyj rated for AMA:US handcrafted postcard - TREE on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: 🌴🌴🌴 Thanks for this lovely handmade postcard! I am digging the repetition of the palm frond pattern--very nice. 🌴🌴🌴 Thank you also for the book recommendations--I still have not read Code Name Verity but that is a good reminder to get to it; and I've added American as Paneer Pie to my hoopla list 📚 🤎 ❤️
Dasha rated for HMPC: Bird love - February on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your bird card. I am still on the hunt for a bird book tu cut up and use for collages and mail. And also hope to buy gelli plate some day. ;)
Comment: Love your PC! Thank you for the coo “aurora” inspired artwork with fun animal facts to boot! Very cool! 🧊 ❄️
uiltje rated for Easy Swap - Cute Animals on Mar 18, 2021
Comment: Ooh, the otter is really a cute animal. They always make people smile. I haven't seen it in the wild, only in the Zoo. Happy kayaking this summer!
Comment: Grüezi Tricia ❤️ Thank you for this really cool mapcard. No, I've never been to New Zealand before either.
Carrii rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2021 on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Oh no! It just arrived! I guess I should have waited. I also got another cardboard one today that was sent on 2/3. I'm not sure what the hold up was on these. Perhaps they went on a grand adventure before arriving. Also I love the dragon/castle stamp, its the first time I've seen that one.
Response: Sending the replacement was the cosmic karmic kick that got the other one moving. (I bought a couple sheets of those dragon stamps but still feel like hoarding them instead of using them - must be the dragon in me :^)
cookies37 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2021 on Mar 5, 2021
Comment: Hi Tricia! What a unique Chunk! Plus can you believe the mailman just delivered it today??? It says you sent it January 28th!! Wow, I guess odd shaped takes a long time to get here to Ohio from Michigan, can you imagine if I lived in California, lol Thanks so much, such a cute idea, it was in perfect condition after its long journey. I really don't like fizzy water, I'll stick to Diet Coke, although the water would probably be better for me. Take care & Happy Spring!! Judy
Response: Glad it got there! I just yesterday received a card sent in December, although that one did have to come from England... (PS the card I sent to Texas arrived a month before yours, but the one sent to Iowa is still MIA. I guess proximity doesn't help much!)
Comment: Thank you so much for the Roswell card! I love it so much. It really was the perfect card for me!
wolfeagle rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2021 on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Love it. Especially your background. Thank you.
Comment: Thanks for the tiles and the cool Halloween napkins!
nancylee rated for AMA: Scavenger Hunt PC-Feb on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: I love seeing all the different ways we interpret the themes mine was very cartoonish this time, yours is lovely and makes a great scene. Thank you

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traceyj on Mar 21, 2021:

Hi Tricia,

This is just to thank you for participating in the AMA:US HC PC Tree swap, and a reminder to get it into the mail by tomorrow (if you haven't already). Have a lovely week!

tree gif

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


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....

skydancer on May 13, 2015:

Happy Birthday! You should be receiving my purple PC for you in the next week. I came online to read your profile and discovered your b-day is today. So, I'm wishing you a terrific day and a wonderful year to come!

And you are so right - blood root has a beautiful leaf!

Juliajae on Mar 31, 2015:

Hi! I received your HMPC: For Me? postcard! It's wonderful! I just love when the things randomly left on the workbench turn into a great card! Thanks so much for joining my swap and for the return card :)

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