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Last Online: July 28, 2015
Birthday: January 12
Country: United States
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what I pledged

** July 2014: I am still on break from swap-bot. Life is still crazy.

** Aug-2012: I am currently taking a break from Swap Bot. Everyday life has placed some extra pressures on me lately, and I need to fill my schedule carefully. If you already know me, you can still reach me through email."

I am married to a wonderful husband (how did I get so lucky?). No children. I have an angora rabbit named "Freebie" (I got him "free to good home" and have poured money into his care and pampering ever since!) Freebie sheds his coat every couple of months, and I save it to use in my fiber arts. I spin yarn, knit, crochet, weave, and dye quite often. Felting is not my strongest technique, but I am learning. I love natural fibers and enjoy creating both Art and useful items. I quilt, embroider, create garments and costumes, soft sculpture, and beading. I am frequently lured into ATCs and have just discovered "Inchies!" I harbor a delusion that someday I will actually work on my scrapbooking pages. It never happens-- there is always something else that I'm working on instead. I create Pysanky. I am struggling to define my own cohesive style and body of work. I might not ever make a career from my art-- the concept of selling my creations is terrifying. I love to make gifts of my artwork. Process and technique are the driving force in my creative endeavors. I am captivated by pattern and detail. I would love to be able to create exquisite simplicity! but it does not seem to be in my nature. I have learned to value the techniques that I hate most-- they have the most potential to teach me. I like to break out of my comfort zones. I am overwhelmed by my own clutter. I would benefit from condensing my interests instead of pursuing so many different techniques and ideas. It will probably never happen. So I'd better learn how to be more organized! I enjoy cooking and canning-- but my kitchen is so often staging one craft or another that I hardly ever get a chance to really do it.

I collect stone orbs and other fanciful spheres. My stone orbs seem to be collecting stone eggs! (I've never actually set out to collect them myself, but they keep showing up, so... it's my best guess.) I collect peacocks and peacock-themed items of all kinds. I used to have a pair of pet peacocks and I miss them! I apparently collect spinning wheels-- I didn't really set out to do so, but I've managed to bring 7 of them home within the past year. I keep hoping that it's a phase and that they will start finding new homes soon, as I keep stubbing my toes on one or another of them! I like antiques-- particularly specialty tools and mechanical devices. If I were willing to carry a watch, I would want it to be a manually-wound spring-and-gear pocket watch. Unfortunately, the one I had years ago went through the washing machine when my housemate forgot to check pockets before doing laundry. The pocketwatch was never quite the same. I have two antique Circular Sock Machines, and one antique Lamb flatbed knitting machine. (They snuck in with the spinning wheels.) I can never find my scissors when I need them, even though I probably have more of them than I could count! (I can't be certain as they are never all in one single place to be counted) The running gag for a while, whenever I couldn't find something, was "It's probably hiding behind the scissors." I have "house gremlins." ... Things that I specifically put away where they belong sometimes end up somewhere else completely.

I have three pet goldfish, collectively named "Fish" .. as in, "good morning, Fish. How are you doing today? Oh, I see one of you is particularly hungry today!" .. I've always named my pets individually before (including prior fishes), so having a "collective pet" is something of a curiosity to me.

I participate in SwapBot for the artistic inspiration, the sense of community, and the joy of giving.

I've been away from my computer for awhile (broken harddrive, injured knee, social disasters)-- and SwapBot has changed a lot in my absence! Heart ratings were brand new last time I was active here! I am concientious about my swapping--If I need to adjust a deadline for some reason, I always ask my recipient for permission. I have always been able to get the minimal committment out on time, but sometimes a day or two will make the difference between the minimum and Fabulous. If I do get an extension on a deadline, I always add something particularly special to make up for it!

This'll do for now.. I'll add improvements later.

Favorite Movies

musicals, dance movies, some suspense... Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Across the Universe, Clue, Indiana Jones, JC Superstar, Pirates of the Carribean, Princess Bride, Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides, Serenity, Shrek 1..

Favorite Television

Current: CSI (and spin-offs), Project Runway, Lost, Invader Zim.. ice skating competitions, Olympic events..

Alltime favorites: Twilight Zone, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Firefly..

Favorite Crafts

knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, paper-crafts, origami, beadwork, sewing, quilting, costumery, pysanky....

Favorite Foods

I love fresh fruit--local and in-season! The first strawberries. Rainier cherries. Pears. Fuji apples. Blackberries straight off the brambles. (They grow invasively here.) Fresh Hawaiian pineapple. Shave-Ice Hawaiian style-- with a scoop of coconut icecream at the bottom of the cup. The cheese-puffs from the way-station halfway up the side of Mt. Vesuvius. The chocolate-chip gelato from the little kiosk in Berlin at 2:00am. The lemons that grew in my childhood backyard. Backyard-fresh peaches, apricots, plums. Corn-on-the-cob. creme brulee. "cow tails" candy.


favorite colors: purple, green, blue, irridescent -- think peacocks!

favorite animals: peacock, jellyfish, hedgehog, platypus, zebra, hippopotamus...

favorite authors: Tim Powers, Douglas Adams

favorite music: ecclectic.. wide range. Especially musicals, folk music, celtic, 80's, satire and humor..

Things I Collect

peacocks, peacock-themed items, stone orbs and fanciful spheres. Books on craft techniques, especially fiber-related (knitting, lacemaking, weaving, dyeing, etc). Especially vintage out-of-print craft books.

Dark-Hearted fascinations

For the Dark-Hearted swaps: Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, maybe because adults still get to play dress-up. I adore costumes-creating, wearing, admiring others' costumes... but not clowns. Don't like clowns. Clowns spook the bejeezers out of me! I like black cats. Day of the Dead. Cultural beliefs and superstitions about death and existence beyond death. Images of Death as a person or archetype. Superstitions. Fridays that fall on the 13th. Cultural traditions for warding off danger or evil or bad luck. Hurricanes and lava flows, the power of nature and natural forces. Strange creatures from the depths of the ocean. Strange creatures of any kind- platypus is strange- so is jellyfish! See-through eels and fishes, slime-mold. Quicksand. Tar-pits (except for the smell!). Piranha, poison-dart frogs, vampire bats, any bats, electric eels, sharks. shipwrecks, pirates, mummification, cryogenics. The Twilight Zone with Rod Serling. Things made from bone, antler, horn, feathers, shell, leather, etc. especially if the item is old or culturally significant or if the material has been reclaimed somehow (e.g. handcrafts made from the leather of a worn-out pair of boots). I like the idea that the creature has been given an existence beyond its lifespan through the transformation into artwork and that the death of the creature has not been wasted. I DON'T like killing the creature for the sake of the artwork! I do like the Native Peoples' tradition of utilizing every possible bit of an animal that has been killed. Since I do eat meat and I do wear leather I also value the use of bone etc. for the creation of art or of useful tools.

I might add more to this section over time.

I really don't like gore or clowns. Clowns spook the bejeezers out of me.


MoodyBlue rated for Wolf or dog postcard on Jun 5, 2012
Comment: I like your postcard you made, I'm sorry you don't see your dog as much anymore, that's sad, but at least you know she's well taken care of! Thanks again!
Response: Attachments in life are transitory. It's sad, but it happens. :) I'm glad you got the card. Thank you for the rating.
TC rated for Black and White...April on May 8, 2012
Comment: Very unique block! Thanks for sending the extra fabrics - after all these BOM swaps, my black and white stash is getting low. :)
Response: Very glad you like the block! and you are welcome for the fabrics. :)
Comment: Loved your little drawings!
Response: That was SUCH a fun journal to create for you!! I loved making the little sketches for each day. I think my favorite was the little baby bunny in my garden.
HannahsMommy07 rated for Daily Find Journal on May 5, 2012
Comment: Thank you, Tahlia! I love the blocks. The fabrics in them are fabulous - I love the animals!
Response: You're welcome! :)
sherheart rated for Quilt squares - your colors #2 on May 4, 2012
Comment: I love the square you made for me colors are perfect! Thanks for the additional scraps. I have a good use for them.
Response: Thank you! I am so glad that the colors are right! It's always a challenge to guess how someone else sees and describes a color, especially over the internet! I really enjoyed making the square for you and am glad that it reached you safely and quickly!
perkl8r rated for 5" fabric charm swap #42 on Apr 23, 2012
Response: :) Thank you!
Response: Thank you!
jeninhk rated for Simple Square Swap, Series Two #11 on Apr 19, 2012
Comment: Great palette of fabrics, many thanks!
Response: Glad you like them! I really enjoyed putting them together for you!
bstitched rated for 5" fabric charm swap #42 on Apr 13, 2012
Comment: Wow! Beautiful charm squares and not a one alike. There were some really cute novelty prints that I can use in an I Spy quilt too! Thank you so much. I love your swap card, its a piece of art in itself!
Response: Thank you so much! I created that swap card with digital collage techniques, and then had it printed at Zazzle. I've ordered from them several times and have been really happy with the results! As for the charm squares, you're welcome! I am so glad that you like them!! I am working on an I-spy quilt too!! :)
siouxx05 rated for Simple Square Swap, Series Two #11 on Apr 13, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the perfectly cut squares..! :)
Response: You're welcome! I use the rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat system. Best investment I ever made! So useful for so many things!!
Comment: Thanks so much! :D
Response: I am so glad you like them!! You're welcome!
bren rated for Sender's Choice Fabric ATC on Apr 4, 2012
Comment: The tiny embroidered roses are beautiful! I also like the woven background. Thank you very much!
Response: I'm so glad you like it!! I really enjoyed making it for you. :)
ELAR rated for Favorite Flower ATC on Apr 1, 2012
Comment: It´s a very lovely ATC. Thank you!
Response: Thank you! I really enjoyed making it for you. :)
Response: :)
Comment: Quite a variety
Response: :) Glad you like it!
tshaver25 rated for Fabric ATC on Mar 9, 2012
Comment: Thank you!!!
Comment: Thank you for the fabric selections you sent. I really liked the green with the ice skates and mittens. Loved the quotes on the info card. Thanks again.
Response: You are so welcome! I used to ice skate, and I just loved that fabric! I'm glad you like it too!
Comment: what beautiful fabrics you sent me. love it... thank you so much. i love the wedding fabrics...
Response: You are very welcome!! I had fun digging through my stash for fabrics that would be fun to share!
donetta rated for Fabric Heart ATC on Mar 3, 2012
Comment: Beautiful fabric ATC...just gorgeous! I love the bullion stitch roses, and the way you chain-stitched around the pink hearts...such attention to detail! Thank you so much, Tahlia.
Response: You are most welcome! I really enjoyed making that ATC for you!!

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TC on Jul 3, 2012:

ladydy5 on Apr 14, 2012:

You are so thoughtful and generous. Thank you for the wonderful box of fabrics, etc. for me to get started on my crazy quilt (that I have never done before).

mammadoo on Apr 13, 2012:

Thank you so much for your most GENEROUS package I received today for the QnT wish tag. I will definitely be putting it to use. Can't wait to think of something to use the material for....it is so pretty and I don't have anything like it.

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

katara on Dec 24, 2011:


Season's Greetings!

wtriker on Dec 19, 2011:

Got my FAD tag today, thanks so much!


moosemama on Nov 5, 2011:

Oh my stars! The pin cushions you made and sent to me for the FAD tag are so incredible! Thanks so much, Talyn

RyeRye on Sep 5, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

deLux on Jul 10, 2011:

Tahlia, can't believe you used to have your own pair of peacocks! Your collections sound interesting, the sorts of things I look at when antiquing. I was in Jamaica in February, and the resort had about 6 peacocks, they were awesome. I will be sending out your ATC tomorrow (peacock), and I hope you like it. It got more involved than I had planned, and got tired wanting to finish it. It is pretty though.

NikonGoddess on May 3, 2011:

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