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camelsamba

camelsamba
Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: May 17, 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 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, Flipped, Madeleine L'Engle, J. K. Rowling, Blue Balliet, Elise Broach.

Allergies

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. Black tea tends to be too dark/bitter for me, but my husband likes most of those. 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.

Ratings

graciepie49 rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-May on May 18, 2018
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Comment: Hi Tricia :-) . . . Your poor Monster Man lost his hat in the mail but I went to your Flickr page and saw how dashing he looked with it on. This composition you made is very interesting! and I really like your zentangles and how you used them. Thanks for a great postcard! As for a tangle named after Spikenard Drive, I don't know about that, but I do have an ATC I made just for me that I titled "Spikey Doodle," that looks kinda tangle-y > https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracesanford/14123865258/in/album-72157644895649820/
Fabriqueen rated for ABES: Send 6 Animals on May 16, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful animal images and pictures! I'm trying to learn to get out of my box and do some different mail art so these will be great! Hugs, Diane
CurlyTea rated for CC: Lenore Tawney PC - USA on May 16, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the mail art!
bluehairedmary rated for Creatures Great and Small #12 on May 12, 2018
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Comment: What a special Charley Harper pc! I love his art too! Thanks so much!
toni rated for CC: Bit of Purple March 2018 - US Only on May 11, 2018
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Comment: very entertaining postcard! thanks! Also, game on.
Response: Have you calculated those dimensions yet?? :^)
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Comment: Great PC! Loved how everything coordinated and your carved stamp is fabulous - what a great idea!!
bbsporty rated for CC: Fish postcard - USA on May 10, 2018
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Comment: Love your postcard! Thank you!
marclively rated for Scattergories PC Series - O on May 9, 2018
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Comment: Tricia, thanks for the snail mail! Marc
Artistic rated for May Birthday Cards on May 8, 2018
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Comment: Enjoyed the multi lingual card.
luluvision rated for Green and Pink Mail ART on May 6, 2018
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Comment: What a gorgeous pc!! Thank you so much! I love it! (I also did cherry blossoms for my pc too!!) Wow, Kazu does sound like a great guy! I'll have to be on the lookout for any area appearances! Thank you!
Response: Great minds think alike! (on that cherry blossom theme :^)
Artstamper rated for CC: Bit of Purple March 2018 on May 5, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the interesting and informative PC. Always love fish.
dvmac rated for HCSI: Partner's image challenge on Apr 26, 2018
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Comment: Lots of hearts for this one, Tricia. You went way above and beyond. I love every one of your designs and can't wait to start using them. Thank you!
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Comment: UPDATE 5/06: Thank you for sending a collaged pc! You seem to be getting lots of fun images from Light & Vision! What a fabulous postcard!! LOVE the eyes! My daughter and I are trying to figure out what kind of animal each eye belongs to but we are doing a terrible job! Thank you for the postcard!
Response: My original intention was to include that info on the card, but sometimes intentions are not met :^) top: green whip snake - giant gecko - winter skate bottom: king vulture - cuttlefish - cat
colodad rated for April Flowers on Apr 24, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and envelope art. The book pages are wonderful too.
Response: Glad you liked it - thanks for the kind words!
myancey rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Apr 2018 on Apr 23, 2018
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Comment: thank u so much. and what a super cool idea for birth announcements! have a great day!
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Comment: Love the Blule & Green PC - such fun textures and layers, and likely Equal Exchange yumminess :D!
Response: The 14yo gave me two of those EqEx mint chocolate bars for Christmas - yumminess indeed :^)
Leftie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Apr 2018 on Apr 18, 2018
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Comment: 🌹🌷💕🐝🐤 Loved the little piece of Spring!
Fieke rated for March Flowers on Apr 17, 2018
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Comment: The envelope was damaged and put in a plastic bag from the Belgium post. There was only the old picture and your note :( Lucky the envelope was decorated with daffodils ;) So sorry. Thank you for resending a beautiful postcard
Response: Oh no, that's not good! I can send you a replacement. The original ATC is on my flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cazatoma/27526245568/
mamalynn rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-APR on Apr 12, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the cool card! I love all the stories of all the different pieces!
Angie rated for Yellow and White Mail Art on Apr 7, 2018
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Comment: Lucky me! Lucky me! Thank you so much for the adorable corgi card! It's fabulous! XOXO
Response: With you as the recipient and corgis as the predominant result in a search for "yellow dogs," the choice was obvious! :^)

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Comments

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:

hi

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!

wolfeagle on Jan 9, 2017:

Thank you for the red and green Kandinsky circles. I love it.

bbsporty on Nov 27, 2016:

Thank you so much for the awesome extra turkey postcard you sent me! Love the song even if it is a little dark.

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