Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2021 11:38 am


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: October 14, 2021
Birthday: May 13
Country: United States
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About Me

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, 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. I've just caught up on the Slough House series (Mick Herron). I was alternating listening to what's available in the Dublin Murder Squad series (Tana French), Inspector Gamache (Louise Penny), and the Shetland series (Ann Cleeves) and am at a lull there. 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.


Comment: Thank you for both your zines. It's fun how different they are, yet both are equally instructive. They are a bunch of facts I didn't know. That security envelope has such a rich and interesting pattern by the way. Love the mechanical fish on the card you wrote too !
Lotusemilia rated for HDoP: View Outside Your Window on Sep 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for resending! I love the view, and the card you wrote on is super pretty! Thanks for the extra tea too!
Response: Thank you for the kind words - I'm glad it arrived safely!
Comment: Hi Tricia, thanks for the Lavender chunk from the Logitech mouse box! Pretty color. Happy fall!
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Bird love - September on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Hi... so fun to receive from you again..... love the Ptarmigan...... you are so clever!!! Many many hearts to you.....
Rateliff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2021 on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun granola postcard! And I agree, granola on top of yogurt is really good, and it's quick and easy for when you are running late, I can say from experience 😂 happy swapping!
Comment: Thanks for not one, but two, wonderful zines! I love collecting old books to craft with, but then can't bear to take them apart unless they are in really poor condition! Love how you used the old security envelope! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
dvmac rated for ZMACS Group Zine: Underwater Creatures on Sep 17, 2021
Comment: This is weird. I rated the other day but it's not here. Must have forgotten to hit send?! Anyway... Thank you for the 3 for 1! I love the haiku and learned some things about fish. Also loved your steampunk fish print. Thanks!!
wyrdfae rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #99 on Sep 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I will add to it and pass on And thank you for the zines
captkristi rated for PA: Summer Love on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: GORGEOUS painting! I love it. Brings me such a smile to look at. Thank you
samjowers rated for Zine Go round #4 August 2021 on Sep 2, 2021
Comment: Great scraps!! I will definitely use them!
Comment: Hi Tricia! We get flash floods in the surrounding areas but thankfully not here. We have had tons of mosquitos though! I am ready for them to go. We have also had a lot of moths this year which is really strange but interesting. Here's to fall and all the bugs going away :) Thanks for the great card!
papercraft70 rated for HMPC: Put a Postage Stamp on it on Aug 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I like the arrangement and the explanation too.
JuneRosebud rated for HMPC: Put Wings On It on Aug 11, 2021
Comment: Tricia, Thanks for the post card & explaining your choices! I was a little disappointed as my name is spelled wrong both in the salutation & my address.
Response: I'm sorry about that! I know names are important. Was it missing an L? I will be more careful if we are partnered up again.
wyrdfae rated for Zine Go round #3 on Jul 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you. Yep! Happy to work on it again
elinor rated for HMPC: Bird love - July on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful collage postcard, I love all the textures and colours you created in the background :)
Response: Thank you for the kind words; I'm glad you like it!
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2021 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Love the blonde moment! Super cool! Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸❤ 📬
Response: (and that's the beer he drank tonight; claims they changed the label on the bottle)
howdyholly rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2021 on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: Glad I helped get the box out of your living room! Sounds like my house!
Response: :^)
dally rated for ZMACS- Haiku Zine on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great haiku zine, I love the art! And thank you for the extra zine, I love it, and I'll be tucking it into my gardening journal!
kizzlets rated for AMA: Circle Mail Art on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Very neat how you used a bubble wand to create the circles! Before reading your postcard message, I thought a soda pop bottle was used. I'm picturing you pounding a bottle awkwardly on a postcard haha! Nevertheless, the bottle wand is a cool effect, I like it!
Response: I'm trying to imagine that now! Maybe rolling it around while the metal cap is still on??
oldsoul rated for AMA: Monochromatic Mail Art - Red on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you Tricia, A lovely and thoughtful postcard! Take care.

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traceyj on Mar 21, 2021:

Hi Tricia,

This is just to thank you for participating in the AMA:US HC PC Tree swap, and a reminder to get it into the mail by tomorrow (if you haven't already). Have a lovely week!

tree gif

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


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!

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 :)

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