Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2022 6:53 pm


Date Joined: May 8, 2008
Last Online: May 18, 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.


hazelwitch3 rated for AMA: April Scavenger Hunt on May 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the great postcard! It's beautifully done and I like the message. Maybe we'll meet on Serpentine one of these days -- I play as hazelwitch. Sadly we've postponed our Estonian trip -- with things as they are in the Ukraine, and Russia making threats, it didn't seem a safe year to go. Hopefully the war in Ukraine will end soon, and we'll be able to visit what looks like a lovely country. And I agree with you about the 2nd Thursday Murder Club. I thought the first one was better but still enjoyed the second one and will happily read the third one when Richard Osman writes it! Thanks again for the card and the message.
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2022 on May 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🌷
Comment: Tricia, thanks for the cardboard chunk & note. Actually, NM were my initials before marriage. I’m surprised more people don’t ask if they’re for the state, which I thoroughly enjoyed when visiting (mostly Santa Fe). I recall a restaurant called Santa CaFe, which I’ve never forgotten. Thx again.
Comment: I DO like shortbread, but I guess I'm probably not a connoisseur. I always use salted butter, even when recipes say not to, mostly cuz I don't want to keep different kinds of butter in the house (one is enough!). I haven't noticed that anything it TOO salty yet (fingers crossed). One of my fav girl scout cookies was scot teas, when they had them. And I love Norwegian Kringle, which is a lot of the same stuff, but also eggs - I think it's in the same-ish bland-ish (but delicious) pastry flavor family! Thanks for the chunk! Happy Swapping!
beetle rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2022 on May 3, 2022
Comment: thank you for the chunk! i love the dragon stamp!
lynnpinkdaisy rated for NYUP Oversized PC #10 on May 3, 2022
Comment: The postcard you sent is fantastic! Thank you. I like what your next door neighbor said about old children's books being hard to find because they're loved to pieces! I think that's very true. The Richard Scarry books I have are old but they're still holding up for my sake! Lol!
veronicallama rated for NYUP Oversized PC #10 on May 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. Hope the Newcomer show is a good one!
lylanni rated for HMPC: Botanical love - April on May 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard I absolutely love the colors :D
TTrotti rated for HMPC: Put an Umbrella on it PC on Apr 24, 2022
Comment: hi Tricia. Sorry for the late response. I was on holiday and got back yesterday. Your sweet mail art was waiting for me. I love how you incorporated the page of the atlas with the picture book images. love the creativity. Thx again and see ya round the post box. Tama x
January rated for HCSI: Water Postcard on Apr 23, 2022
Comment: Such a beautiful PC with beautiful images - thank you! PS - re your binding question - I think since there are already those rectangular punch outs from the comb binding, it would be hard to do a different binding. My idea is to put the pages you want to save (if you're like me, you have some go-to's from every cookbook) and put them in plastic sheet protectors, then keep those in a binder. I have a binder of recipes that came from cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, etc. and I have them divided in sections by category - my own personal recipe faves. (Bonus - you can take out one page at a time and the plastic protects from cooking messes....:)
Response: Thanks for the recipe book recovery suggestion. The punch outs (and lack of signatures) are indeed the dilemma! Page protectors is probably the best approach. My sister had a book with primarily hand-written recipes (mine are a mix of hand-written and print); one of her daughters rebound it for her but that one didn't start life spiral-bound.
swapwithyi rated for Postcard with a theme Int #5 on Apr 20, 2022
Comment: thankyou for the card,I enjoy it ><
AmookIslandCreations rated for Zine-Go-Round, Round 10 on Apr 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for adding your piece and sending it on to me. I love the dance notation! Your papers are wonderful! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Poeprincess rated for PC: Rabbit on Apr 11, 2022
Comment: I like this rabbit PC. So much to look at from the backgrounds to the elements & the retro-bunny. Thank you!
CARROLL rated for HMPC: Botanical love - March on Apr 8, 2022
Comment: Lovely pastel Spring colors, and really like the balance/composition. Thanks!
Onyx rated for CR: Clock Mail Art on Apr 4, 2022
Comment: Great postcard! Thank you so much!
TTrotti rated for HMPC Color Duo Blue and Green on Mar 29, 2022
Comment: Hi Tricia ! Love your postcard and the scraping is awesome! I love doing that with old credit cards - it's fun! The colors came out really nice. I will have to check out your book rec - sounds like a good one. See ya round the post box! x Tama
carol rated for CR- Alter a PostCard on Mar 23, 2022
Comment: Love this card! SO clever! Thank you! These are fun. I hope it becomes a monthly swap! I'm adding your audio book rec to my list. I'm always looking for good audiobooks! Thanks!
Comment: I love this hot air balloon card! I've never been up in one, but I think I would be too scared too!
myancey rated for I Can't Believe It's an Ad Card #11 on Mar 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the really cool ad card. I love it
9O96O rated for Zine-Go-Round, Round 9 on Mar 12, 2022
Comment: Your note and the postscript made me smile. I can relate. Thanks for samsstuff's hometown zine. Time to start thinking about what to add to my page. Your page is a fun one. :D Thanks for the extra zines. Beautifully illustrated as always. I love the notes around the haikus.

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bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from the NYUP group!

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....

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