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Last Online: May 18, 2019
Birthday: February 14
Country: United States
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Postcard swaps are my favorite, I enjoy the tactile act of writing. When I hold a postcard in my hands, I love to think about the journey this little piece of cardboard is going make. What a seriously cool connection! My words travel from my hands, cross the globe, to your eyes and hands. And hopefully, they will make you smile.

I am super eclectic, and passionate about many things that may seem contradictory. I try to be balanced. :)

random smattering of stuff I love:

obeying the spirit of the law and not the letter
fountain pens, yummy paper
rainbow colors, iridescent things, beads
nearly any kind of music
earthships, gardening, sustainable agriculture
people who seek to know the truth about themselves
space exploration and pondering the nature of the cosmos languages, logic puzzles

I thrive on learning about the diversity of culture, opinion, and thought over the globe. I am fascinated with the beauty of humankind, especially our capability to empathize and find pattern and similarity with others even in the midst of personal fear and external chaos.

I am not what I'd call rabidly eco-conscious, but I LOVE the outdoors and nature in all and any seasons and rampant consumerism really turns my stomach. Recycling, up-cycling, re-purposing material goods comes naturally to me, so please feel free to use these techniques in anything you send; I will more than appreciate it.

Compassion rocks my world.


I am very easy going and love to see what people come up with (I also love being introduced to new things) so don't feel like you have to stick to what I like.

Vintage Hawaiian Shirts
Wow, has this turned into an obsession. Anything from 1970 and before. The textiles just blow me away.

Any well-done novelty print. Don't like "country" (ducks/hearts/cows) or contemporary (sports teams, teddy bears, Disney, commercial) very much. Love any Asian, space-themed, fruit/veggie/food, or scenic. LOVE true vintage, especially post WWII British stuff like Lucienne Day.

You can pretty much do no wrong by sending me anything in this category. Memo pads and activity sheets especially. Not super fond of black & white, skulls or run-of-the-mill hello kitty.

Yarn and fibers of most any sort
I can find a use for nearly any weight and/or fiber content of good quality. My fiance is a knot-tying fiend, and so parachute cord (gotta love the army surplus) of any color is always welcome. I knit and crochet things ranging in scale from itty bitty (single strands of silk embroidery thread crocheted on a hook made from guitar wire for doll house afghans) to pretty-darn chunky (rugs and reusable grocery bags made out of strips of plastic grocery bags)

Absolute favorites: self-patterning sock yarn in rainbow (bright, clear) colors, Noro (silk garden, kureyon, really anything--brighter colors), koigu!!!!, lorna's laces, and I'm especially fond of baby alpaca.

If it is yarn you have spun/dyed yourself, I will love it. Especially if it is navajo-plied and variegated (think twisted sisters sock book).

Jewelry making
any glass bead with an aurora borealis finish, fruits!!!, ceramic animals, Asian-themed, any sterling wire, small beads or findings.

Paper goods
Interestingly enough, I do not scrapbook. I love true vintage ephemera (old ads from 1890-1970), old sheet music, old photos, etc. I have a ton of this stuff and love to share, so if you alter books or scrapbook or collage and need something in a particular theme/era, find me in a swap and I'll hook you up!

I appreciate all the neat scrapbooking papers available but when it comes to "vintage", I have to admit that computer-generated "vintage style" ephemera is something I never use. Though I will happily pass it on to others.

In this area, what I value above anything is that you express your personality. Postcards give a glimpse of time, person and place. I just love seeing people's handwriting. Neat stamps are always great, but obviously not a requirement.

STUFF I CAN SEND YOU vintage postcards (Colorado ones especially)
Ephemera, ephemera, ephemera!!! I collect old books and magazines, and have a good eye for cool old ads, fonts and neat paper goodies.
buttons (old, new)
vintage sewing patterns and supplies
vintage clothing
silk fabric pieces (at least 12 x 12")
quotes and poems
compassion, the benefit of the doubt, and friendly words
beads, sequins

Favorite Music

Flamenco (my father is teacher of Flamenco guitar and performer of traditional Flamenco)

Tool, Silly Wizard, Ossian, Tori Amos, Stevie Ray Vaughn, most classical (Chopin, Beethoven, J.S. Bach are favorites), Sufjan Stevens, Dave Matthews, Great Big Sea, Stan Rogers,Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco, Ella Fitzgerald, Eminem, Johnny Cash, Pink, Lady Gaga, Sublime, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon

...so, basically, most anything!! if it's well done, iconic, and/or interesting.

I've played the flute for about 30 years, and love to play in groups.

Favorite Movies

Never Cry Wolf, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Witness, A Fish Called Wanda, Ghostbusters, The Boondock Saints, Memento, Dead Man Walking, Mo' Better Blues, The Fugitive, Star Wars (not the newer ones, particularly) Spirited Away (I'm a fan of Hayao Miyazaki but not much anime...my first husband watched Akira so many times it nearly drove me to brink of insanity, lol) Monty Python and Holy Grail Most Pixar movies (I have young kids in the house, enuff said) Sherlock Holmes

Favorite Television

The Daily Show, Star Trek Voyager & TNG, Dead Like Me, Six Feet Under, Millenium, The Simpsons, Law & Order, Frontline, My Name is Earl, Good Eats, Top Chef, Iron Chef, Dirty Jobs, Sex and the City.

Do not like Friends-type shows, most sitcoms, soaps.

I find TV to be a comfort--familiar sound, noise and light from a box--but it does not absorb me unless it's very intense.

I am always doing something else when the TV is on--knitting, crochet, calligraphy, etc.

Favorite Crafts


Knit (lotsa hats), crochet (flowers, amigurumi).

I recycle goodwill sweaters for the yarn: I hand-paint them with fabric dyes, and then dismantle, straighten, wash and skein the yarn.

If you have any knitting or crochet questions or are stuck on a pattern, let me know! I've quite a few years of experience and in a past life I was a business process analyst so I love to help solve problems, and also love seeing what people are into making.

Cross-stitch, embroidery (I collect and sell out-of-print embroidery kits)

BEADS! I can completely see why they've been used as currency throughout history. I make some small jewelry things which are always given away as gifts, and beaded creatures out of wire and good seed beads.

I love to sculpt miniature dolls out of polymer clay--mostly fairies and babies.

I am a constant doodler and writer. I copy and re-copy favorite poems and quotes to practice my handwriting. This has occasionally evolved into calligraphy and copperplate. And also Henna...

A favorite mindless (and extremely portable) craft is making friendship bracelets (holy stash of embroidery floss, batman).

And...doll houses and miniatures in 1:12 scale. Dollhouses are great because they allow you to work in ANY media that exists, just in hand-held form. Think about it. Needlework. Quilting. Painting. Sculpting. Carpentry. Stained glass. Flower arranging. Knitting. Crochet. Ceramics.


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Comment: I'm sorry.. I didn't get your ATC
Marleen1979 rated for Exotic Countries Postcard Swap on May 9, 2012
Comment: tahnk you so much for your great card of Rio de Janeiro. Here too, flowers are blooming. I love spring too. Wish you a lovely spring.
Comment: Super wow! Thanks for a keeper ATC. PS - your postal workers need to Be educated about the word SERVICE.
Response: I will be switching post offices, I think...hope our paths cross in another swap. I'm glad that Atc went to a good home...it was lots of fun to make. I usually only draw flowers and plants...I'm going to have to widen my subject matter.
Comment: love your roses wish I could draw
Response: glad you liked it! ...and, it only takes practice! :)
vanneparis rated for ATC Flower Series #8: Roses on May 6, 2012
Comment: Thanks you so much for the beautiful hand drawn ATC. It is gorgeous!! I love all the magazine pages and Postcard as well, they are so cool I love them!!! Thanks for being so thoughtful I love everything!!!
Response: So happy you enjoyed it. Old National Geographics are such a treasure trove of that nifty advertising...a lot of them have a big Coca-Cola ad on the back which is always sweet :)
rguldy rated for State Postcard Swap on May 5, 2012
Comment: Great pc from Colorado. Thank you. I have never tried crab-apple jelly. I will have to find a recipe and try it.
Response: The recipe is super simple--just crab-apple juice that you've cooked down and strained through cheese-cloth, and sugar. Crab-apples make their own pectin!
qbee rated for ATC Flower Series #7: Daffodils on Apr 23, 2012
Comment: nice thank you. Debbie
Comment: I really love this ATC! Just gorgeous. Thank you so much :)
braunc13 rated for ATC Flower Series #6: Irises on Apr 17, 2012
Comment: thanks so much!
qbee rated for ATC Flower Series #6: Irises on Apr 9, 2012
Comment: Tara, WOW what an awesome atc thank you.Debbie
Response: So glad you liked it! I was hoping it wasn't too far out of the bounds of the theme.
gmasusie rated for International Quote Postcard Swap on Apr 3, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the state map PC with the quote.
Comment: Thanks for the pc, I love owls. Thanks also for the nice conversation.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card!
Comment: Thank you for the great Japanese postcard, and your handwriting is lovely too. :)
Comment: <3 history thank you for the great postcard!
Comment: Hello - your card came today, thank you!! And yes, I DO do postcrossing also!!
Camiliann rated for ATC Flower Series #5 - Poppies on Mar 22, 2012
Comment: Thanks
Comment: After some time, received this one, and it was spectacular! She tailored it very well to me. :D It was a joy to receive.
Response: I've contacted Beatrice and am re-sending to make amends. :) Thanks for letting me make up! So glad I hit the right chord on this.
FairyCrafter rated for ATC Flower Series #5 - Poppies on Mar 20, 2012
Comment: I received a second card in the flower series today. I admire your style. Both are terrific. I like that you used two types of the poppy on this one.

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jacque on Feb 21, 2012:

RAK-Thank you for all the cute buttons you sent! I can't wait to start my craft projects!

lucindalynn on Aug 31, 2007:

That is so cool! Giraffes are just awesome! I really want to come down this weekend, but its a 4 hour drive!!

Hmmmm...I wish everything wasn't so far away from us here in the boonies!

lucindalynn on Aug 30, 2007:

A baby giraffe....we are so there!! I loved pressed pennies, haven't made one is years.

My son is going to love me this weekend!! :)

lucindalynn on Aug 30, 2007:

Hi Tara! I have been loving the thunderstorms! There is nothing like summer rain...even though summer's almost over. Have you ever been to the Colorado Springs Zoo? I heard you can feed the giraffe's!!

kittenmeowmeow on Jul 17, 2007:

AHHHHH!!! thank you for the BABY ANGEL ANIMALSSSS!!!! i love you! i love you! i love you! AND charmmy kitty. i'm so happy i have tears.. THANKKK YOOOOUU!!!!!!!!!!

Wickett6029 on Jun 19, 2007:

...."hall moniter"...snork...I love it!!! LOL! (you ROCK!)

robertaj on Jun 16, 2007:


Tara, I am overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity towards me! Thank you so much for one more envelope with amazing vintage ads! Every single page is amazing!

Thank you, thank you and thank you! :-D


wickedfaerie on Jun 4, 2007:

thanks for the 5 and the heart! raven aka wicked faerie

robertaj on May 23, 2007:

Hi, Tara! I just got your envelope and would like to thank you for the wonderful selection of adds you sent me for our one-on-one swap! I am having a lot of fun going through them and am already having some ideas for my collages!

Thank you very much! I'd love to swap with you again! This material is simply fabulous!

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