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Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: June 24, 2020
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 as a Sacred Text, BBC Witness, A Way with Words, The Memory Palace, With Me Now, The World in Words, Death in Ice Valley, Order 9066. 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 audiobook mysteries, alternating between what's available in the Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny), and Inspector Vera Stanhope (Ann Cleeves). 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.


wolfeagle rated for June Scavenger Hunt PC on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
RockyBeach rated for HMPC: Circle love - May on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the bird circles! The red circles fit good to the bird. And of course you can take the swap as literal as you like!
January rated for TPS: Mail Art - May 2020 on Jun 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you - such a nice postcard. I like the combination of the black and white on top of the colors. And love using household items for printing designs - nothing is safe....!!!
Mamasch rated for Altered Text on May 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you! These are so fun.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! :^)
Poeprincess rated for PA: Collage Whatever on May 15, 2020
Comment: Like this collage! Thank you for another super swap.
Poeprincess rated for May Scavenger Hunt PC on May 13, 2020
Comment: Like this! Little Golden Books were my favorites when I was smallโ€”must have had 100!
Response: Such great illustrations in the ones I've rescued from the library free shelf. (Sniff. Our library is still pandemically closed.)
basykes rated for I spy-hands on May 9, 2020
Comment: Great card...and thanks so much for all your nice comments (and reading!) FTW. I very much appreciate it.
KarenFife rated for Artsy Fartsy AD card on May 8, 2020
Comment: The perfect postcard for this swap! Thanks for the series recommendation, too. Will look it up on PaperBackSwap this evening.
Gnoe rated for ABES: Altered Clothing Tags on May 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for e-mailing a photo of the clothing tags. You should have said they were sent in a (super cute) SLOTH envelope! That's why it's taking so long! Never rush -and always trust- a sloth. When/if it gets here I'll adapt this rating so you'll know. Fingers crossed!
kclicquot rated for HMPC: Circle love - March on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful postcard! I love the concept and execution. Both very creative. Thank you!
JuneRosebud rated for PA: Make it Yellow on Apr 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the post card; I can't tell what the image is, though?
Response: It was just a semi-abstract landscape, inspired by the workshop video I watched. Sort of mountains, I guess.
ASawvel rated for Boring or dull postcard #6 on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: This was the perfect card for me! I do logo design and am always interested in seeing different designs. Thank you also for the book recommendations. I've never heard of The Wilderking Trilogy - I'll check it out. I'm really missing going to the library more than anything these days! I hope you are safe and healthy and holding up well during these crazy times. Take care.
MsBellaDonna rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: I love the coffee beans pc! Thanks for sending it my way :) I hope you are well and staying safe. I am trying to adapt to this new normal of social distancing and limited store shopping too. We have to stay positive and encourage each other. We will prevail and be stronger for it!
dobie256 rated for TPS: Mail Art - March 2019 on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful postcard. Beautiful texture on the sky, delicious color palette!, vintage seagulls, coordinating postage stamps, one of my favorite themes ... You hit it out of the ballpark! <3<3<3. Hang in there. We will all get through this mess and come out stronger and wiser on the other side. Times like these are a good way to learn what we want vs. what we need and they illuminates what is really important in our lives. So try to stay happy, stay creative, stay safe. We will get through this. Hugs!!
dvmac rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Hi Tricia. Cool card. Yes, some pretty weird situations. I hope you all can maintain your cool through it all.
WJThomas rated for First and Last Lines No. 19 on Mar 25, 2020
Poeprincess rated for PA: Alphabet Challenge on Mar 21, 2020
Comment: Great job on this one, Tricia! Unfortunately, no one signed up for โ€œbโ€, so I deleted it & will sink the series. I like your gelatin printโ€”those are such fun! Thank you for your participation in the swap & for being my partner.
Response: I'm glad you liked it - that gelatin print helped pull it all together. I'm sad the series is ending; it was hard to wrap my brain around at first but it was such a unique idea!
Singske rated for PA: Make It Green on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Many thanks for.this great green postcard. I think it must be a wonderfull book you used for this card. It is great to receive some lovely mail in these weird times. Stay save๐Ÿ’Œ
skinny52 rated for FPRU: ABC~ ad cards Letter T on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: Really cute "T"iny postcard...you get the heart because it's from a library! LOL Thanks and best wishes, Mar/skinny52
AZmom875 rated for FPRU: ABC~ ad cards Letter S on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: SUPER S postcard. Thanks for joining and telling me about your vacation.

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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

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 :)

FiWebster on May 13, 2013:


Best wishes, Trish, for a superspectacular day!

Fiona W. =grin=

stephiedee on Jan 25, 2013:

That's Darla from The Little Rascals movie (1994) :D

rngstgstll on Nov 29, 2012:

When you figure out that quasi-automotive postcard, send it to me and I will hoard that as well! Really, the moon PC was genius, pure genius.

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