Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2022 5:55 pm


Date Joined: January 30, 2012
Last Online: December 8, 2022
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. I like plants A LOT.

I'm also a children's and young adult book enthusiast. I read over 126 last year. I review my favorite plant-related recommendations on my Instagram profile.

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:

*ATCs - The ATCs I make are a paper-piecing art style.
*deco books
*mail art
*repurposing/upcycling existing items (I stash papers and ribbons away that I can remake into something else. General s-crap)

Favorite Television

The Good Place
Time Period Dramas (Examples: Bomb Girls, Call the Midwife, Miss Fischer's Murder Mysteries)
Twilight Zone
Powderpuff Girls

I also watch a lot of documentaries. A recent "pick" was The Game Changers on Netflix. All the Olympic athletes and research convinced me to replace some of my meat-based meals with plants.

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
*nature theme (particularly in the style of Gwen Frostic or Japanese)
*natural wood, stone, beach glass, outer space/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, Aggretsuko


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 never thought of myself as a book club kind of person, but I joined one. Who am I? Do I even know myself? Ha!

*It’s an Environmental Book Club. We read about beavers, birds, the climate crisis, and so forth.


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 knitting tiny toys, like a mini burger and an itty bitty bee.

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

a few of my favorite things

*stickers (to use on envelopes or in scrapbooking)
*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: thanks for the decos!
joppagirl rated for DB ♥: ART DECOS 11/22 (Int'l) on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the deco. Snow already, wow. We've warmed back up and it's been in the 60's the last few days. I'm loving it!
Comment: I love the umbreon you made! All of the eevee evolutions are wonderful 💜 The umbreon is so well made, and i love the sparkly background~ 💜 Thank you for the wonderful swap!
Rainydancer rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #16 - Global on Oct 14, 2022
Comment: thanks!
Response: You're welcome!
DaisyNY rated for ZZ: String 006 ATC on Oct 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you - it's always a pleasure to receive your work.
Response: You're welcome. It's good to know it went to someone who appreciates it!
joppagirl rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 38 on Oct 13, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great butterfly deco. I'm sure I can come up with something to do my spot.
Response: Great!
lunatenchi rated for GS : Intl ATC Nintendo game #2 on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: thank you so so much for the shy guy atc! it is too adorable i love it :D
Response: You're welcome! I had fun making that one.
joppagirl rated for DB ♥: ESTABLISHED DECOS 9/22 on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the decos. I imagine its cooled off a great deal in your area. We're ranging from 65-80* during the day. It's been nice to get out of the 90's!
Response: It sure has cooled down here. Our leaves went from green to full color in about a week!
LilacSilence rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #15 - Global on Sep 19, 2022
Comment: Hello Tamara, the sticker bags arrived safely!
Response: Hooray, glad they made it to you!
Rrush19 rated for AMA Pass and Paste Postcard # 95 on Sep 16, 2022
Comment: oooo. I like the theme we have on this card! This will stretch my creativity since its so different than what I normally do (bold bright colors). Thanks for the puppies on the card too! ❤️
Response: Hopefully it's a good creative stretch. Have fun! ;o)
PrairieKittin rated for ZZ: Zentangle/Book Page ATC on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: What a great ATC and the story behind it! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for joining the swap.
RootedInNatureArt rated for Private Swap: Nature ATC on Sep 1, 2022
Comment: Tamara - I love the way you made your own envelope out of a calendar, and made the photo show up PERFECTLY on the front of the envelope. And the two ATCs are really fun. The Rudbeckia is so cool the way you did it all. And the collaboration of the other ATC is an interesting concept and I do remember seeing it at the Garden Art Adventure - making it all the more special to me.
Response: Hooray, I'm glad you like them. I wanted to make one of my paper piece style for you, but I haven't done many realistic nature subjects. New art endeavors are fun to try. Welcome to Swap-bot!
Shellyr rated for Decos Only 8/2022 on Aug 30, 2022
Comment: This book is so original. Love it.
Response: The original, but general theme, are my favorite. They make me think outside the box.
tatntole rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 37 on Aug 30, 2022
Comment: This will be fun.
jeka396 rated for HMPC: Botanical love - August on Aug 14, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the PC, love that you are giving new life to the wildflower book!
Comment: Thank you for the moon walk image PC! You read my profile! 💌 August tends to be the warmest month in so cal, and it hasn't been below 90° so far this month. 🤬🥵😳
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! As a northen resident, I can't imagine 90+ for over a month.
joppagirl rated for USA Last Page Deco 8/2022 on Aug 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the Tree deco. I've been picking tomatoes for a couple of months but it's not a plentiful garden this year. :(
Response: Too bad about your tomatoes. Some of mine were a bust, but the roma and yellow pear are producing.
Comment: Thank you. Lovely writing and I like what the card says about angels.
Response: You're welcome.💝
teejlc rated for One Deco 8/2022 on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: Hi Tamara! Thanks for the fun deco. I have been to Meijer Gardens, but it's been YEARS! I need to go back soon! Hope you are enjoying summer!
Response: You're welcome. If you haven't been to the gardens in a while then I bet you'll barely recognize it. They did a big addition recently. It's huge!
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Put a PacMan on it on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun PacMan pc. I also have a Pacman arcade game, that I try to get in a game or 3 daily. ;)
Response: Good ol' Pacman!

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OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


SeleneW on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the beautiful surprise! I received a AMA HD/HP P&P postcard started in Jan of 2021 by you this month! It is so pretty and I had no idea it was coming it was such a wonderful Happy Mail surprise! Thank you so very much! <3

teejlc on Aug 16, 2022:

It was crazy to find this deco in my mailbox yesterday! You see, earlier that day I was at the store standing in front of a pretty display of fall flower pots. I thought to myself, "I should make a fall flower deco." then I remembered I had made one last year and had a brief moment when I wondered where that little book might be floating around. It was such a strange and wonderful coincidence to then find it in my mailbox!!

Thank you so very much for returning it! It really made my day!

joppagirl on Aug 2, 2022:

I received home a beautiful Strawberry deco that you mad for me. Thanks so much!

pahasiga on May 26, 2022:

I received today back my Pass&Paste PC, for which you created the last section of fall-theme, with pumpkins. Thank you so much!

DaisyNY on Mar 16, 2022:

Thank you for working on my AMA Collaboration PC. I really like your addition.

GirlMomToTwo on Aug 22, 2021:

Thank you SO much for sending home my full sticker bag! That was so nice of you :) I am going on the third week back to teaching. Hope all is going well for your husband if he has started! :) <3 Alysia

MamaD on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you so very, very much for finishing and returning home my Nursery Rhyme Deco! This is only the 2nd one I've ever had returned to me, so I was very, very excited!!! Thank you again!!

Aseret25 on May 13, 2021:

My "pass & paste" postcard that you worked on last fall just arrived back in my mailbox. I really like the sentiment: "Someday I will change the world." Thanks! :)

wolfeagle on Apr 22, 2021:


Thank you for working on my Collaboration postcard with the flowers and butterflies. It's lovely.

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