Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2017 7:45 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: September 19, 2017
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

Wife to 1 and mom of 3 boys. Grew up mostly in New Mexico, went to Rice University in Houston, spent a few years in Maryland, currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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 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 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. I recently learned about the term "cozy mysteries" and that pretty much sums up the kind I like (not too much gore or sleaze). Inspector Henry Tibbetts (Patricia Moyes) and Maisie Dobbs (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.


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 that Quote!

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.


kygirl rated for Random PC International #9 on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: I have never been to Italy but I have a half sister whose husband is Italian so they go there. I would love to go one day!
boriquaz rated for Mostly Red on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Postcard, I adore it! I don't follow football much let alone Rutgers, only thing i know is when there is a game steer clear because the traffic us ugh lol. it's literally down the street from me. Happy Swapping!
Response: Planning your errands around game time: sounds like Ann Arbor! :^)
Babsmomof5 rated for Random PC International #9 on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: How sweet of you to send me the gorgeous oc from Shaghai! We didn't get a chance to visit there, but hope to one day!
rngstgstll rated for ZMACS Aug: watercolor minizine on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: As always, your art is fantastic and sublime. I especially liked the road to Roswell and the planters in Ann Arbor! Thanks for making your watercolor work into a zine.
Response: Thank you for the kind words - you put a smile on my face :^)
CookieChops rated for Collaboration PC #43 on Sep 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the card and the moose goodies (Elks are good enough for me too!). The two sides of your envelope had come open by the time it reached me but I think everything was still inside. I can't wait to finish this card and send it home :)
wolfeagle rated for Doodle Bombs on Sep 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you. Yes, these old photos are funny. They're wearing the same outfits. lol
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Put a "Napkin" on it on Sep 8, 2017
Comment: Love this postcard. Thank you.
bigmamabird rated for ZMACS Aug: watercolor minizine on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Really nice zine! The lost details are a side effect of these zines, I really had a hard time with the sketches zine- most of my lines and marks were too faint.
Comment: Thanks for both of your beautiful zines in the home made envie! Your class looks like it was fun! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
samsstuff rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Sep 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the architectural sketches, the extras & the ocean envelope!
rngstgstll rated for ZMACS Aug: sketchy minizine on Sep 2, 2017
Comment: Fantastic Ivy League architecture, way outta my league! I love it, it's an armchair tour :). Thanks also for the great sketchy PC and joyous envelope :)
samsstuff rated for Science Postcard swap #2 on Aug 24, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I hope you're having a great summer & your son gets into the school of his choice.
AmookIslandCreations rated for Snails Mail Art on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful "snail" mail card! I love that you added the description on the back too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
marinda rated for Van Gogh postcard swap on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much!
Angie rated for CC: Solar eclipse collage on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Perfect timing! The postcard got to me yesterday on the day of the eclipse! What a cool card too! Thank you so much for it! Yes, I was able to see the eclipse. It was on and off cloudy but then it was neat to see the eclipse "revealed" from behind the clouds. It was 89% eclipsed by me and was pretty cool. Thanks again!
Response: Glad it made it there on time! We were also on-and-off cloudy. Clouds went away at the peak time but came back (and mostly stayed) about 5 minutes later. 85% eclipsed here if i remember correctly.
RockyBeach rated for Collaboration PC #42 on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: That is a very dynamic moving ship! Let's see how I can add a touch for the finish. Have a nice trip!
wolfeagle rated for CC: Fish postcard on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the great fish postcard. Have fun looking at colleges. It's such an exciting time. They just grow up so fast.
WoodlandBanshee rated for Mostly Orange on Aug 4, 2017
Comment: Lovely postcard. I love the array of orange tones and the layering. Thanks!
jukejan rated for Elephant PC on Aug 1, 2017
Comment: Really liked how the stamp elephant is reaching towards the others! Thanks for a great PC.
JoMama rated for Circle Mail Art on Jul 31, 2017
Comment: I LOVE the colorful circle design and would love to know how you did it. Also, how funny that you were in West Chester when you mailed it!! I hope you enjoyed yourself here.
Response: Thanks! This was inspired by one i saw online. I used ultra fine staedtler pens, and made dotty outlines around lids for the main elements, then filled in between them with more dots. By the way, Z's team ended up winning the tournament so overall the trip was a success.

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wolfeagle on Sep 7, 2017:


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.

wolfeagle on Oct 31, 2016:


reader44ever on Sep 9, 2016:

Tricia! Thank you so much for the postcard you sent! It makes me so, so happy to learn that your boys enjoy the bookmarks I sent. I am especially and positively thrilled that each one liked a different one of the three!!! And I am very happy that you like the bookmark I sent for you, too. :-)

Thank you for sharing this news with me! You really made my day! :-)

wolfeagle on Jul 4, 2016:


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