Swap-bot Time: October 30, 2020 6:59 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: October 29, 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...)

(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, 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.


MarianPater rated for October-Scavenger Hunt PC on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC, It was beautiful created. The post was slow but that is normal lately ;-) Stay safe!!!!
swayzer rated for Decorative Napkin Swap - USA on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: Hi Tricia, thanks so much for napkins and all of the extras, I love so many of them. I can't wait to use them. I appreciate the letter, I loved learning about you and look forward to writing back. Talk soon :-)
orode rated for Collaboration #88 on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Love it. Can't wait to add to it and pass it along.
Onyx rated for HMPC: Circle love - September on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: LOVED this card and your creative use of materials for the circles. Thank you so much!
Starforest rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2020 on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: The strawberry milkshake limited edition pop tarts are by far the best ones in my opinion! Thanks for the sweet chunk !
wolfeagle rated for September-Scavenger Hunt PC on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you.
Amber rated for PA: Gone Fishing on Sep 12, 2020
Comment: Such a cool and creative postcard! I love your mammal and fish mashup! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks so much for the cool bit of box- I LOVE learning about neat places in other cities! Be well <3 Al
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2020 on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the 'chunk'. I love the sentiment. Sometimes kids can be too helpful... but their still cute.
Amber rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2020 on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful chunk postcard! Calgary sounds like a wonderful place to visit!
MsBellaDonna rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2020 on Aug 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool "chunk!" And I'm going to check out "The Dublin Murder Squad" series. It sounds like something I'd like. :) Stay safe and be well!
Murras01 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #88 on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: Hi Tricia! Thanks so much for the awesome card & especially for your note (always my favorite part)! I'm happy to check out the recommendations....thanks much. :) Hope you have a great day!!!!
mamajoy rated for Events Happening! on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: Your area is known for arts and craft events. Lucky you! They all look like something I would love to attend. I see a drive up in my future. Thanks for introducing these shows to me. Did you stamp that woodcut?
wittmert rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #88 on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: I hear ya on the not making PCs bit, although I have a made a few, and every time it made me feel better. Go figure. :)
MissKayeIdaho rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2020 on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cardboard! It's unfortunate that the mail is running so late! I just received this even though it was sent some time back! I'm sorry that happened to your dad! We don't work with the ORNL, but funny enough we lived by a different national laboratory in Idaho!
Coss rated for July Scavenger Hunt PC on Jul 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. Love your drawing of the tornado.
Carolinev237 rated for Reading Log 2017 - 2nd Quarter on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: Just found this and realised I had never rated you for it. Thank you so much x
satinification rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the grat racoon PC. My ten-year-old also studied online. From March until the end of the school year, the school was at home. Let's hope the situation begins to return to normal soon. Take care of yourself and stay safe ;)
Catmaid rated for Repurposed Paper Envelopes on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you! The designs were wonderful! I love all of them. So much thought has been put into it as well.
wolfeagle rated for June Scavenger Hunt PC on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: 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

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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