Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2019 10:23 pm


Date Joined: November 11, 2013
Last Online: September 15, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

by king-lulu-deer

Back from my hiatus!


I've taken a hiatus from swap-bot for a few years and now I'm back!

The username "mizutama" comes from the Japanese word for polka dot, which works I suppose, since I've been studying Japanese for nearly 7 years, and I love dots.

While I'm a California native, I've moved across the country for graduate school.

I love to travel! I've solo-traveled in Europe and Japan, and most recently came back from China.

My hobbies include: design, reading, writing, photography, crafting, cooking/baking, knitting... the list goes on.

In terms of my aesthetic, I really like simplicity. I enjoy vintage packaging and lettering as well.

I love...

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  • Happy Mail: There's nothing like receiving an (un)expected letter in the mail. For the past decade and a half I've accumulated a ton of Japanese stationery, and it makes me feel good to send ones that have not been loved too much to a new home. I like gift wrapping and decorating my envelopes - I feel like that adds some happiness to our post.)

  • Ephemera: While I would not like to receive printed images (downloaded from Google and printed out), I collect vintage illustrations from books, old train tickets, used postage stamps, vintage packaging, receipt pads, are all things that I use in journaling and decorating my letters / packages.

  • Dots and stripes: Simple patterns and bright colors are appealing to me! Is it a coincidence that over half my wardrobe consists of striped shirts? I think not!

  • Fountain pens and dip pens: I enjoy pretending that I know calligraphy.

  • Marimekko and Kokka fabric: These two fabric companies are known for their graphic prints - one's more bold, the other more warm and understated. I love them both anyway.

  • Yarn, knitting, crocheting: After stocking up on Walmart's $1 sale on Mandala yarn, I am no longer allowed to buy more yarn. But I love knitting and crocheting!

  • Kraft paper stationery / envelopes: I like the warm feeling of kraft paper. I tend to use these the most for letter-writing and crafting.

  • Tea: I've recently weaned myself off of coffee. I drink a lot of Earl Gray, oolong, and that green tea from Ito-en. I do not like peppermind/mint teas however.

  • Midori Traveler's Notebooks: I have recently obtained a Traveler's Notebook. I find decorating it to be relaxing, and love browsing for accessories and inserts online.

  • Washi Tape: I tend to collect washi tape from Classiky and MT - I'm not too fond of the non-Japanese varieties. Some of the designs are too garish for my taste.

  • Paper: I've been trying to collage lately, and like to work with papers of different textures. I would love some interesting vintage paper scraps. Homemade paper is also good too!

  • Stamps: I use rubber stamps a lot in my projects, and recently have been trying to make a few of my own. I tend to buy stamps from Asian brands, like Lihaopaper and Classiky.

  • Miscellaneous: I like Moomin, drawing and painting, vintage design, trains, graphic prints, postcards, lace and doilies, and wax seals.

I do not want...

  • I am allergic to almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts.
  • Fake washi tape that rips easily! (Or anything from Walmart/Michaels/Hobby Lobby)
  • Chevron anything. I dislike chevron with a passion.
  • Mint, chai, and strongly spiced teas. I'm not a fan, I'm afraid.
  • Kawaii memo pads / loose stationery. It was a phase I was in for a few years - no longer now.
  • Novelty and kitschy items.
  • Farmhouse decor / chalk art / pseudo modern calligraphy that they sell at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods / basically stores attempting to be on trend, but failing.
  • Inspirational quotes. Inspirational quotes on a ~watercolor~ background.
  • Neon colors
  • Stickers from Lisa Frank, Sandylion, Mrs. Grossman, and brands of similar styles.
  • Anything religious or political, or pertaining to a holiday (unless I'm in a swap for it.)
  • Sanrio products - I was never a fan!
  • Glitter or confetti
  • Keychains or charms
  • Bookmarks

If you're not sure whether or not I'll like something, just send me a message! I put a lot of thought into my swaps, and try to include things that people like, and I hope you will also do the same.

Swaps in progress...

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WvILNuSwapGal27 rated for International PenPals on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: I LOVED the letter and the items. Sending a reply to you soon! Have a great weekend!
Comment: So much cute stuff!! Thank you so much!
Kgoeldner92 rated for International Washi Swapping #3 on Mar 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi :)
mags142 rated for Crafty Envie #4 on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: If I could I was definitely give you more hearts than just the one! Your swap was put together with so much care and filled with so many things I love! Your calligraphy on the envelope is amazing as well! Thanks a million!
Response: I'm really glad you liked it. I felt like we had a lot in common when I read your profile, so I had a lot of fun putting this together for you. :)
Ryleighsmom rated for Simple Crafty Envie Swap #2 USA on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the FABULOUS goodies!! So inspiring!!
Babytreese rated for International Washi Swapping #3 on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: You have such beautiful handwriting!! Thanks for the cute wash and envie! Cheers, Theresa
crochetjunkie rated for Crafty Envie #4 on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
ubx rated for Easy Washi Swap on Mar 6, 2019
Comment: thank you so much, love the wachi sampels you gave me and stickers !
Atomictea rated for Moomin ATC #1 NEWBIE FRIENDLY on Feb 24, 2019
Comment: So nice
mammaNilangi rated for International Snail-Mail Friend on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful letter and the nice gifts. I'll try the tea tonight I think 😊
nancylee rated for February Art Envelope Swap 2019 on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: I think you are very artistic, it is cheerful and fun! I enjoyed the selections and the cute looking through the envelope technique you created. Happy February!
junemoon rated for Write a Letter Quick Swap #3 on Jan 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for writing an informative letter. Alabama is certainly quite a change but it sounds like a good decision. I have a friend currently visiting near Mobile and loves it
Jewelss2 rated for Quick washi tape swap USA on Jan 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautifully packaged Washi tape!!!! 💜
Comment: LOVED it all! Thank you so much!!!
Joarty1 rated for Washi Tape Samples!! #1 on Jun 12, 2014
Comment: Lovely tapes and thanks for visiting my blog. Your vintage Asian paper might soon appear in one of my collages.
Response: Oh, that would be so exciting!!
Lifewitharedhead rated for Washi Tape Samples!! #1 on Jun 6, 2014
Comment: Thanks so much. I got a wide variety for deco and washi tapes from mizutama. Not to mention the envelope was super adorable!
Stuckinsideacloud rated for kawaii grabbie #4 on May 23, 2014
Comment: Yay!! Thank you very much for such a fabulous swap ^_^ I loved everything you sent my way, I especially love the stickers! So tiny and cuuuute!! >_<
lovetherain rated for mizutama and lovetherain on May 16, 2014
Comment: Hi Tiffany, thank you so much for the package. It arrived today. I love the drawing you did on the envie, I cut it out and will add it to my swap scrapbook. Everything was packaged really nice, and I love the memo pads. Thank you also for the extras and the magazine. I was really surprised and not expecting it at all! I really hope you like my package, and can use some of the items.
Response: Yay, I'm glad everything got to you safely. :)
Comment: Thank you Tiffany for the lovely swap!
Jenna83 rated for Loose Leaf/Bagged Tea Swap on Jan 2, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful package. I can't wait to try the teas! You may want to double check the postage next time. When it came, there was $1 + owed on it. Those bubble envies cost more to mail than a regular envelope. You can always mail a regular envie with the edges reinforced with tape and it costs less. :) Take Care, Jenna

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cindygroet on May 26, 2019:

Thank you for the adorable 1 oz Happy Mail RAK. It is all so cute! Really nice.

iowa05 on May 25, 2019:

I got your 1 oz. happy mail today! Such a pretty envelope and nice little goodies. 💖 Thank you so much!!

TeaP on Apr 23, 2019:

Thank you for all nice items you sent for the Grabbie tag.

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