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Date Joined: January 30, 2012
Last Online: November 22, 2017
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.

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
*paper quilling
*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
*writing with fountain pens
*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)


animal87x rated for Artistic Decos - November on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you, I'll pass these along :)
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! ❀️
Comment: Thanks for the beautifull ATC you made for me. And thank you for the little extra's :)
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. πŸŽƒ
Jenicat rated for NH: Pass and Paste Postcard – 3 on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cool postcard. I decorated my section and sent it home πŸ’œ
Response: You're welcome. It's great to hear you added your own special touch and then sent it home!
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome - enjoy!
DaisyNY rated for Intl-Hearts PC-October on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: I think this is my favorite of yours so far - the green heart is beautifully done and the papers have wonderful texture.
Response: Aw, shucks...thanks for your kind words.
Comment: Thanks for the stcker bags Tamara some of the stickers are beautiful
Response: That's great to hear you found some gems in the bags.
DaisyNY rated for Collaboration PC #45 on Oct 20, 2017
Comment: Cool & complex start. I really like the shiny green mesh against the torn printed background. The washi tape you used on the envelope is just the right colors - pink and lime - so I used that as my contribution.
Response: I can picture it in my mind's eye. I'm glad you enjoyed working on it.
ccmmsu rated for Decos Only - USA October on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Wow! I'm glad this got moving again! I can't believe you paper pieced your page! It's awesome!
Response: Thank you! Paper piecing is my super power. Ha!
lambchoppy rated for Decos Only - USA October on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you, Tamara!
Response: You're welcome. Enjoy!
fairyduster53 rated for Artistic Decos - September on Oct 8, 2017
Comment: thanks!
EllieBeth8 rated for NH: Easy Postcard #19 on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard! I have been to New Orleans back in 2010 I think it was! Such a vibrant, fun city! Have a nice day! Shelley
Response: Glad you liked it. I felt like that postcard had to go to just the right swapper.
Rimbar rated for Sticker Bags on the Move in Sept on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: 10/3/2017--Ty for the sticker bags. I will get them done and sent out in the next sticker bag swap. Happy swapping.
Response: You're welcome! And thank YOU for hosting the swap.
urocyonfox rated for ABC's of Pokemon: W on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: great ATC, I'm so sorry the first one was lost but the resend made it safe and sound thank you so much
Response: Glad you like it! It is too bad, but so is life in the world of snail mail.
Arabella rated for QUICK ATC swap #245 on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Love the atc you sent, Tamara! I can't seem to get the embossing quite right either! Thank you for sharing! #1 Ladies Detective Agency series is my favorite! We just listened to two new books on tape on our vacation! Loved both of them!
Response: Did you spot the tiny bird on the ATC? I hadn't noticed it until I was slipping it in the envelope for you. Yay for #1 Ladies!
Comment: Gorgeous postcard! Great zentangle work! Thanks! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome. And thanks for your encouraging words about my zentangling.
Daneen rated for Last Page Deco - September on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much
Response: You're very welcome.

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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!

GeeLuv on Feb 7, 2017:

Really kewl and funky envie you sent for the Collab pc #33! thx

GeeLuv on Jan 25, 2017:

Thanks for adding to my "challenging" Pass & Paste pc with the 2 circles :-) kool fission!

Hell0Z0mbie on Jan 25, 2017:

Hey Tamara! I am hosting a couple of deco swaps you might enjoy… Fits in Envelope Deco and Zentangle Deco - I hope you'll think about joining!! - Emma

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