Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2019 2:13 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: August 19, 2019
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 and the Sacred Text, BBC Witness, A Way with Words, The World in Words, Death in Ice Valley, Order 9066, The Memory Palace. 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 the Hamish MacBeth series (audiobooks). I've also been listening to 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 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, 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. I'm slowly learning to appreciate loose black teas tends. 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 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.


mamajoy rated for FPRU: Music Themed Free-Ad Card on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: See Tricia, swap-bot is not just for fun. I have learned more from postcards than I ever imagined I could. I love free postcards. Thanks.
dawnakaulen rated for FPRU: Cut n Paste on Aug 11, 2019
Comment: Great choice for me- I love B & W photo pc's! I have not been here- in Europe I have been to Germany, Austria, & Switzerland. Maybe someday :)
RockyBeach rated for CC: Sender's Choice July 2019 on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Ice skating in August! Very Refreshing. Lovely card, thank you! Any news about the old book? Did you sell it? This is a hard decision...
Response: Thanks for the kind words! So far the books still sit in a pile - I'm leaning towards cutting them up b/c the logistics of selling overwhelm me.
kittyfun rated for FPRU: YELLOW Handmade Postcard on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Loved the artwork, thank you!
tentmari rated for Monochromatic Blue PC on Aug 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I think it turned out GREAT! 😊🌷
Comment: Eyes and science and nature stuff - you can never go wrong with me for that! :D. Love my Ommatophore PC - thanks T! AND learning two other words you put on there too - WOOHOO!
Response: the EYES have it! :^)
haagmm rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: I will definitely check out that building!! Thanks for the website.
Response: i suspect there are better photos of it in other sources, but i haven't tracked them down myself...
VeryShelly rated for Light House PostCard on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: What a great PC. You are very creative 😊 You are right.... So many stairs. If we had to walk up and down them we would be extra fit. πŸ˜›
Response: Glad you liked it!
BrendaB rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun chunk! My girlfriend runs a flea market nearby and I go there every couple weeks. Found some real treasures for junk journals :D
Comment: Nice PC! I love the use of gelliprints, texture block & handmade stamps. Great job. Thank you!
fortannam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard!
KatePossum rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - July on Jul 27, 2019
Comment: Incredibly interesting and beautiful Zine, Thank You :)
Wykyd rated for Collage Postcard with bonus RAK - INTL on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and the sweet message! Brightened my day!
Comment: Thanks for the pc Tricia & I love your note- that NASA Atlas sounds awesome, what a great find!
cinnamonspice rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - July on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: Just found a window of phone connection. Your postage people are great. Thank you for an interesting zine.
Comment: Fun card thank you very much! many hearts to you.....
jenmcjen rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - July on Jul 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cool zine!
Angie rated for CC: Animal with wings postcard on Jul 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the futuristic, prehistoric creature. LOL. It's quite coolio. XO
elinor rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - July on Jul 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fun zine :)
aligurl75 rated for first & last lines no. 13 on Jul 15, 2019
Comment: I totally love the First and Last lines you shared from the book you are reading. It really gave me a giggle. Great way to start the day. Thank you for sharing!

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YooperHill on Jun 15, 2019:

Thank you for the mystery supply swap, again gem! I love violets! I plan to send out a group email with a photo of some swaps when the swap is over

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

GinaVisione on Jul 7, 2018:

Wow, Lucky ME!! Thanks for the extra CC SC PC! I love using up scraps (HAHA, I just hosted one recently), and make these PCs or masterboards often! I’ve joked that one of these days I’m going to cover my dining room table and JUST make Scrap masterboards for PCs! Happy Summer!

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.

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.

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