Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2018 3:39 pm


Date Joined: January 30, 2012
Last Online: February 23, 2018
Birthday: March 7
Country: United States
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About Me

Let's have fun!

By day, I'm a horticulturist, so as you might imagine anything related to plants, flowers, vegetables, trees or nature are of interest to me.

Don't feel like you must include extras for me. I really enjoy the making and exchanging of swaps. In my mind it's all about the process, learning about new techniques and the challenge.

Special Note: Please contact me if too much time passes after a deadline and you haven't received my swap. I take pride in what I send and would want the chance to make it right.

Favorite Crafts

When all is said and done, these are the types of crafts I return to over and over:
*deco books
*mail art
*repurposing/upcycling existing items (I stash trinkets, papers, and ribbons away that I can remake into something else. General s-crap)
*needle felting

I seem to gravitate to crafts done in minutia. For example, teeny tiny knitting

A recent focus of mine is metalsmithing. This is a craft I've done before, but put on hold because I don't own all the tools necessary, mainly a blow torch for soldering. I have my mom's old kiln set up and need to make time to experiment more with enameling.

Favorite Television

Time Period Dramas (Examples: Bomb Girls, Call the Midwife, Miss Fischer's Murder Mysteries)
Twilight Zone
Arrested Development
Walking Dead
Dr. Who
Powderpuff Girls

I also watch a lot of documentaries. My most recent "pick" was Chasing Coral on Netflix. I was floored by the by never-before-seen, time lapse footage of coral reef bleaching.

Colors, themes, and patterns

*Abraham Lincoln
*1920s style/Art Deco motifs
*mathematics themes (such as fractals & golden ratio)
*animals, all sorts: hedgehogs, bugs, reptiles, cats/kittens
*paisley pattern
*WPA-era posters
*nature theme (particularly in the style of Gwen Frostic or Japanese)
*natural wood, stone, beach glass, outerspace/stars/planets
*ancient Egyptian-style art/motif
*retro games (Mr. Do!, Centipede, Tetris, Dr. Mario)
*modern games (Pokemon, Sims, Prof. Layton, Mario, Tekken Tag) Also,Togepi is one of my all-time favorite pokemon. Other favs include: Unknown and Magikarp - so useless!
*nautical theme (anchors and such)
*matryoshka dolls (aka Russian nesting dolls)
*Pokemon, Yotsuba!, Keroro Gunsou, Tamagotchi, Gundam, Squid Girl, Princess Jellyfish, Studio Ghibli


I've always been an avid reader and lover of books. I participate in a website for swapping used books, Paperbackswap . My nickname is Tamawi if you want to add me as your friend.


I participate in a social knitting group, which meets at our local coffee/wine bar. We have a good time talking about this-n-that while we knit.

What's on my needles currently?
I'm now working on a small blanket that is Prairie-style (Frank Lloyd Wright type stained glass pattern).

Are you a Raveler? Then you can find me on Ravelry. My user name is Tamawi.

a few of my favorite things

*used cards, to cut out words and pictures
*tea (I love herbal, red, green, and black)
*stickers (to use on envelopes or in scrapbooking)
*pun-y jokes
*50s or atomic era style (think sputnik)
*I like when postcards are mailed to me without being inside an envelope. (of course unless it's necessary for the swap, such as Pass-N-Paste cards)


Comment: I love them! Thanks so much!
joppagirl rated for Last Page Deco - February on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Thanks Tamara.
Comment: Thanks so much, I look forward to adding to these cards!
ginny19590 rated for MAE - Using Calendar Pages on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much.........=)
Response: You're welcome - enjoy!
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful ATC, Tamawi :) You said in your little note that you need more practice - I disagree, I think it looks fantastic! Makes me think of dancing and swirling snowflakes :) Keep warm and stay safe xx
Response: Thanks for appreciating it! One of the things I like about Zentangle is the final result is not what I might expect in the beginning. Surprise outcomes are okay. I look forward to your future swaps.
ccmmsu rated for Artistic Decos - December on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: Unique decos! I'll have fun with them. :) Thanks and Happy New Year!
Response: Aren't they!? Happy New Year!
Tessssssa rated for Pass and Paste #43 on Dec 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, I will finish and send home.
Response: Thank you!
Comment: thanks for the sticker bags :)
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for rating me. :o)
joppagirl rated for Last Page Deco - December on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks Tamara!
Response: Anytime. And thank you for hosting!
fbresnah rated for One Deco Book - December on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nice deco! Look forward to decorating it.
Response: You're welcome. It's good that you'll enjoy decorating it because sometimes it's a gamble which deco is best.
wolfeagle rated for Pass and Paste November on Dec 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad to know it arrived safely.
Comment: Everything about this swap was stunning! From the cool envelope and art, to the stationary and your beautiful handwriting, to the cute mini envelope you put the stamps in! Thank you also for the variety of stamps. I would give you 2 hearts if I could and a 10! Thank you! And I almost forgot the awesome washi tape!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for your kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed the packaging as much as what was inside.
Comment: Thanks! I look forward to going through them :)
Response: That's my favorite part!
Comment: Thank you for the pass and paste postcard. I'll decorate and send it on home.
Response: Much appreciated! I hope you enjoyed some nice food and good company on Thanksgiving.
animal87x rated for Artistic Decos - November on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you, I'll pass these along :)
Response: Great!
DaiziDruke rated for NH: Postcard swap on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Hi, Tamara, thank you for the beautiful floral pc! My crazy quilt is still in the works I’m afraid. It’s all been about paper crafting this year. It will be a long process because once it is pieced together, there will be hours and hours of embroidery! Loads of fun but very time consuming. Your mini knitted Afghan sounds like a lovely project. Hope you finish it soon! ❤️
Response: It's not about when we finish our project, but the process. :o) I hadn't thought about it, but l bet the embroidery does take a long time.
Comment: Thanks for the beautifull ATC you made for me. And thank you for the little extra's :)
Response: You're welcome!
joppagirl rated for Last Page Deco - November on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks Tamara!
moM rated for Crappy Configuration: Christmas Mini on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: FABULOUS! WONDERFUL! AMAZING! Yes, I'm shouting! Did you knit that little tree? It's fantastic. It's funny too because only recently have I picked up my knitting again. Again, this is absolutely wonderful and will have a prominent place on my tree this year and for many years to come! Love the origami star! ps - The packaging was great too. I can never seem to pull that off.
Response: Your shouting is the kindest I've ever received - thanks! I did knit the little tree. I'm on cloud 9 that I discovered a new use for my tiny knits...altered tins. It's a perfect coincidence that you picked up your knitting again. Happy knitting!
ktk8 rated for Pass and Paste October on Oct 27, 2017
Comment: Love the zen tangling you did on this card...what a fun Halloween swap.....Always fun to swap with you.......
Response: Thanks! It was prime time for Halloween theme. 🎃

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ktk8 on Feb 18, 2018:

Thank you for working on my "vintage" pass and paste.... it got home.... I love the wondering daydreaming woman........

Hell0Z0mbie on Feb 12, 2018:

Thanks for the deco! I'll try to pass it along soon. :)

Lila84 on Feb 11, 2018:

Thank you for working on my pass and paste October card!


BeckyG56 on Oct 2, 2017:

Thanks for my yellow roses you sent me on my collaberation pc, and other additions. It turned out great!

midwestkiwi on Aug 31, 2017:

thanks for your contribution to the Security Envelope Background Pass and Paste PC!

ladydy5 on Jul 14, 2017:

Boy do I need your expertise on my trees but in the mean time welcome to our group. Make an Envelope

ktk8 on Jun 27, 2017:

Thanks for adding to my hd/hp postcard it turned out so pretty.....thanks for sending it HOME......

ktk8 on May 24, 2017:

Hi and thanks for working on my collaboration postcard..... I LOVE the way it has turned out and happy to have it home......

DaisyNY on Mar 30, 2017:

Thank you for finishing this Collaboration PC and sending it home!

MissPaula on Mar 22, 2017:

Thanks for your contribution on my collaboration PC.....LOve the camera you added!

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