Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 4:58 am


Date Joined: January 24, 2009
Last Online: December 30, 2017
Birthday: April 25
Country: United States

About Me

I've got a busy summer so I'm taking a break from swaps until August :) I'll pop on the rate the few swaps I have otherwise, I'll be back next month!

I am an idea generating creative sprite! Creativity is my soul. Being outside of the box is my happy place. I thrive on being different. My favorite quote is by Albert Einstein –“Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

I spent my whole life trying to be like everyone else until I realized I just wasn't. I don’t really know how to describe it, but ask anyone who knows me –I just see things differently. I’m the square peg that likes hanging out at the circle spot. I'm one of those people who tries to see all sides of the coin -and there is more than 2.

People have described me as a problem solver, a silent leader, patient, honest, a good listener, detail oriented, always willing to help others, open minded, unique and creative. They’ve also described me as argumentative, stubborn, and late for everything. I'm sure there are other things they've called me but aren't appropriate for here :) But in general I get along with most people.

My pet peeves are bad drivers. I wish that drivers had to go through Tanya's driving school to get a license. I leave it at that cause I could rant for at least 3 pages on how I feel about bad drivers.

I love making people happy. I love to give to others. I love helping others.

Right now I don't have too many goals other than to try to stay in the present and working to simplify our home. Creativity can encourage chaos, but for me chaos does not encourage creativity. So looking to get rid of the clutter and time wasters so I can spend that time on the things I love and experiencing new things!

And if you haven’t noticed from reading my profile –I am all over the place. I just love experiencing life –without seafood though. I don’t like seafood.

Favorite Music

I am an ecclectic music lover minus country. Country is only for line dancing (which I do like). My absolute favorite music is made by musicians -the kind who write the music and play the instruments and don't need all the technology to make it sound beautiful. Like Regina Spektor, Ben Harper, John Legend, Need to Breathe. My all time favorite is my friend Joe -he even wrote a song for me! The only thing I absolutely don't like is heavy metal -it's just not my thing.

Favorite Books

Mmmm, books are like chocolate to me -all the glory without the calories. I love books. I generally have no less than 5 books started at any given time. I just love books. At one time I had 4 bookshelves double deep. But I love books. I like anything that is interesting and makes you think. I read every category except manga and westerns. I especially love series. I'm always sad when you fall in love with the characters or the plot and it ends cause it's just one book. But I hate waiting for the next book in the series. Yin and Yang I guess.


I hate books with stupid women. I don't write many reviews, but you'll see a recurring theme in my 1 star books. They usually involve a dumb female character.

Favorite Movies

I like movies. What I watch depends on my mood. I don't like slap stick comedy for the most part. I dislike kung-fu movies where the voices come through 3 seconds after the mouth moves. My husband loves them of course. And I love scary movies -but there are very few good ones.

Favorite Television

Grey's Anatomy is one of my favorite TV shows. I also indulge in Dance Moms, Bring It, Once Upon a Time and the many Netflix series. Finally finished Gilmore Girls -I didn't think I'd like it but I did, a lot, can't wait for more! I just started Call the Midwife -also very good.

I did not enjoy Strange Things -yeah apparently I'm the only one. I am not a fan of Office Space. I don't like Seinfeld and I hate South Park.

Favorite Crafts

I do them all and I love them all -except knitting. I just started crocheting. I've done 2 projects for swaps so I feel very accomplished. I think it might be my new favorite, well 2nd favorite, sewing still has my heart. I just got a new serger so I've been playing on that.

My Family

I have 2 daughters, ages 4 and 10. My eldest is starting her 4th year participating in a competitive dance team. We spend lots of time on the road traveling to classes, rehearsals, and competitions. My little one also does dance as well as Capoeira.

When we're not on the road (and even sometimes on the road) we are a homeschooling family. B is in 4th grade. She loves school and wants to be a baby doctor and brain doctor by day and dancer/singer/famous something by night :). She also takes piano and likes writing her own music. L is in playschool so her education revolves around, well getting to play! But she is a boss, so she makes us do real school with her too :) She will likely be an engineer by day and a stunt double by night. Both girls love music -all types except heavy metal and rap, puzzles, books, Ever After High dolls, American Girl, and Calico Critters.

My husband is an Electrical Engineer and from the Bahamas. He loves Reggae music, Instagram, homemade food, fantasy football (yuck!), boardgames and boy movies like Braveheart and Kung Fu. He's a computer & electronics geek, but work keeps him busy so he doesn't get to play too much :(

The List

Things I am trying to improve or learn - new sewing techniques or shortcuts - machine embroidery - crochet - how to meditate

In case my profile still stumps you on what to swap/make/get for me here's a few other do's and don'ts


*not allergic to anything

  • anything you think my daughters might like
  • frogs (I collect them)
  • favorite color is green (someday I'd like a lime green and orange slugbug)
  • tiny things (girls like creating for fairies)
  • dotees & things to make dotees with
  • brain games -sudoku, puzzles, etc.
  • art pens
  • washi tape
  • Waldorf style art
  • Positive/motivational/inspirational stuff
  • love handmade stuff
  • my craft room is a subtle lime green, grey and cream
  • I like handmade jewelry (our ears are pierced)
  • garden gnomes and yard art
  • tea, anything really. I like to try unique blends and use all types -loose, bagged etc. Not a fan of Earl Grey but I have family who will drink it so no biggie!
  • thoughtfulness
  • meditation music
  • chocolate sunflower seeds
  • reading related, especially book recommendations & I always need bookmarks

Do Not's

  • anime/manga
  • floral smells (except jasmine or gardenia)
  • lace
  • grape smell or flavor
  • peanuts
  • shrimp & seafood
  • onions

In general I'm pretty easy to please. I'm a big fan of the thoughts behind it. Even if it's not my thing, but your heart is behind it, I'll find something that I like about it simply because you cared.


CosmicDragon rated for DFE - Dotee for Christmas on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Best. Dotte I've had in a long time! Thank you for the dragon ornament!
JudalineZ rated for DFE - Fishing for Dotee Theme on Jul 19, 2017
Comment: i love the cat dotee and your daughter is so sweet to do the drawings. Thanks for Halloween papers.
Maggie249 rated for Gnome Dotte on Jun 23, 2017
Comment: this gnome is wonderful i ove the hair on his beard and he has his own mushroom so happy for your grandmother sounds like she very much had a great reunion for her bday and what a landmrk bday for her many thanks to you and of course a heart also
Maggie249 rated for Junker Jane Doll on Jun 7, 2017
Comment: This is the best Junker Jane love the kittie and the whole doll and yes i am just getting ready to make more clay faces so this is a wow also I know what you are saying about construcing the JJ dolls but you do grade a number 1 i lov e here in she goes to glas case with my other precious dolls heart for you also many many thanks for your creation
shinyserra rated for Give your penny the squeeze #1 on May 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cool pennies and matching postcards! It did take me awhile to track down the swap though. Remember to add the swap name on your note :) Thanks again.
Karen07 rated for Swap-Bot Book Club March 2017 on May 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed your comments. I hope that you find a lot of good stuff to read this summer.
jm3712 rated for Easter Pocket Letter on May 2, 2017
Comment: Sorry for not rating sooner, but I loved the Easter pocket letter you send, thanks again!
Comment: I am so happy to get sock monkey dotee. In three years of swapping dotees, I was waiting for that. You are awesome lady! Thanks
kiwi2140nz rated for Pressed coins of the World #2 on Apr 29, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the Sea World penny and postcard. I did not have any from there.
sec7974 rated for Pressed coins of the World #2 on Apr 23, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the coin and the note. Have fun on your travels!
JudalineZ rated for DFE - D is for * Dotee on Apr 16, 2017
Comment: I love the dollar dotee.thank you
AnnaM rated for Pocket letter - PARIS on Apr 7, 2017
Comment: Tanya, I absolutely loved the Paris Pocket letter you made for me! Merci ♥
Comment: Wow! I was so surprised with how far above and beyond you went for this swap...I truly love my bookmarks, and they will get used to bits! :) Thank you so SO much!!!
knittinganet rated for March Dotee doll on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: The dotee you made is so beautiful, thank you. I love gerbera flowers too, so it was an especially nice dotee for me.
craftymimi rated for March Matchbox on Mar 28, 2017
Comment: OMG! I feel so lucky to have received your swap! That matchbox is too cute! And the stuff inside & the pens were awesome! My daughter and I are totally Gilmore Girlso fans too! How did you do that house?! Thanks again! XOXO Dawn
Villemo rated for Hand Crafted, Profile Based Bookmark on Mar 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for lovely bookmark, it was really good to be only a second project :) Also a huge thank you for the pattern - in english works just fine. Have a safe and lovely trip to Riviera Maya. Best regards from a norwegian to another ;) Therese/Villemo
DowneastArtisan rated for March Whimsey Jar on Mar 24, 2017
Comment: Absolutely Loved everything you sent! Feel in love with the Ganesh Mug and even though UPS was a bigger and broke the jar and the handle off the mug...am gluing it to hold my pens..its so beautiful. You went well beyond the swap requirements and as always...I am so touched to get such blessings of gifts from thoughtful people such as yourself!
Comment: great selection don't have any of those washi's i'm a huge mickey fan that washi is so cute
Karmi53 rated for Mason Jar ATC on Mar 22, 2017
Comment: Wow thank you for such a lovely atc love the way you made it and the flowers are so pretty l wish l could give you more then one heart. And thank you for the lovely bear stamp l been feeling so depressed since my dad just passed away and that bear put a nice smile on my face. Thank you for everything take care
JudalineZ rated for DFE - C is for * Dotee on Mar 13, 2017
Comment: I have been in dotee doll swap for three years and this is my first cactus dotee doll I am so happy and love her! Thank you! Thank for extras

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 116 4 4
Completed Fives Threes Ones
112 121 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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makestuff on Apr 25, 2017:

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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rainbowdaze on Nov 27, 2009:

Hey there! Hope you're feeling better! Just checking in w/u on the Captured Fairy jar. Don't feel rushed, just was checking in for an update. Thanks sweetie!

heathertsosie on Jul 9, 2009:

Come check out my new group swap in the 12 months of Dotees group.

12 months of Mini Dotees - Colored theme

We'd love to have you.


Ameered on May 12, 2009:

Do you think you are going to host another swap for the missing letters? I like many other are still missing some more... : ] It would be awesome

Evka on May 9, 2009:

The mermaid is on her way:-) E.

browniemommie2005 on May 9, 2009:

Was wondering if you were going to host another round of Missing Letters Dotee ... ... I am still missing at least 1.

mickeymoosies on Apr 30, 2009:

I will rate you here because we can't fiqure out how to do it any other way and I want you to get credit for your beautiful swap. I love, love the electrical outlet E doll. What an idea! Thank you so much for swapping with me. Many Hearts. :) pat

vanessalouise on Apr 25, 2009:

I was reading your profile for a swap and noticed tat it is your birthday today so I would just like to say


Hope is was a good one =)

Nessa x x

Evka on Apr 23, 2009:

Hi, Tanya! What a fun - I am going to send you my Mermaid Dotee! I hope you will like it at least as much as the drunken Irish man:-) Take care, E.

niecedenise on Apr 17, 2009:

What a host! i was flaked on by both my partners in the Easter Towel Swap. She angeled me and what a great package of Easter towels. I wish I could give you the 5 plus heart rating.

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