Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2022 1:43 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: September 28, 2022
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, 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

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 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.

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 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: Truly love your handcarved print, Tricia. Exquisite craftsmanship and lovely choice of colors. Thank you so much. A peaceful touch of beauty in the midst of the chaos of hurricane prep!
January rated for HCSI: Summer Postcard on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: (Sorry for such a late rating) Thank you for this PC - great carvings!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2022 on Sep 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the swap and the story. I could walk 5k… or even ten, but couldn’t ‘run’ 100 yards if my pants were on fire.
preslarb rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2022 on Sep 6, 2022
Comment: What an interesting logo for the pie company! Enjoyed your story!
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Summer Postcard on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Great lacecap hydrangea carving - they're one of my favorite flowers, blooming in June hereabouts. I still see traces of two shades of purple in your print. Nice!
Tara rated for CR: Map ATC/PC on Aug 18, 2022
Comment: I love your postcard and really like how you chose a tibet map. I assume it was chosen from my about-me, so thanks. And in regards to that, I think all geographical maps are about right EXCEPT, that in the 1950’s China marched in and decided that their land belonged to them. Buddhists don’t have militaries so it was taken pretty easy. For a good while people would protest “free Tibet” but I think most people just forgot…for now :)
tristitia rated for AMA: June Scavenger Hunt on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: I'm so sorry for the late rating! I love your PC - the colors and the vintage images are adorable - thank you!
bruxbaby rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2022 on Aug 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pc! Have a good day!
fortannam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2022 on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: thank you for the fun chunk!
luluvision rated for Zine-Go-Round; Round Lucky13 on Aug 6, 2022
Comment: Got your zine! Can't wait to add to it! Thank you!
dustcollector rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2022 on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Very interesting Thank you. I’ll look into the book. Best wishes from sunny Florida. The Dustcollector
crescendo rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 12 on Jul 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the extra haiku zine. This is my first round of "zmacs" so fun to hop aboard!
shirleyinCA rated for Sum Sum Summertime! on Jul 7, 2022
Comment: Love, love your great selections! Pretty rose notecard too. Thanks for adding you fave summer beverage to swap post, too - sounds refreshing!
bluehairedmary rated for Raining Cats and Dogs #19 on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: What a funny card! Made me laugh out loud!
MsBellaDonna rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2022 on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: I love the fun Kung Fu Panda "chunk"! And thank you for the wedding wishes :) Be well! xo
veronicallama rated for Raining Cats and Dogs #19 on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: Cute postcard- thanks! And get yourself to a museum this summer, a perfect place to beat the heat.
samsstuff rated for Zine-Go-Round, Round 11 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for passing this little zine on to me!
phillaine rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: What an original, intricate print. I loved hearing your story about it and its mates, and I hope you're able to get a display going someday. ♥
Response: Thanks for your kind words!
aurelas rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2022 on Jun 22, 2022
Comment: What a fun postcard! We love Jack Black in this house. And I'm so glad you enjoyed A Bride's Tale. It's one of my favourites. Unfortunately Demon Slayer was just too much for my daughter so we stopped watching it.
Response: I got a bit freaked out by some earlier episodes of Demon Slayer, but my son told me to stick it out. So I can see how that might happen. I'm still loving Bride's Tale!
Eclectonote rated for HCSI: Plants Postcard on Jun 21, 2022
Comment: What a wonderful print of the calypso orchid. I really like the image and how the leaf overlaps with the border. The gold background adds a nice touch.with the metallic ink and texture in the brushwork. I'm happy to have received your artwork!
Response: Thank you for your kind words - glad you liked the print!

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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 Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

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!

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