Swap-bot Time: December 4, 2021 8:39 am


Date Joined: January 30, 2012
Last Online: December 3, 2021
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. I like plants A LOT.

I'm also a children's and young adult book enthusiast. I read over 126 last year. I review my favorite plant-related recommendations on my Instagram profile.

Don't feel like you must include extras for me. I really enjoy the making and exchanging of swaps. In my mind it's all about the process, learning about new techniques, and the challenge.

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:

*ATCs - The ATCs I make are a paper-piecing art style.
*deco books
*mail art
*repurposing/upcycling existing items (I stash papers and ribbons away that I can remake into something else. General s-crap)

Favorite Television

The Good Place
Time Period Dramas (Examples: Bomb Girls, Call the Midwife, Miss Fischer's Murder Mysteries)
Twilight Zone
Powderpuff Girls

I also watch a lot of documentaries. A recent "pick" was The Game Changers on Netflix. All the Olympic athletes and research convinced me to replace some of my meat-based meals with plants.

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
*nature theme (particularly in the style of Gwen Frostic or Japanese)
*natural wood, stone, beach glass, outer space/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, Aggretsuko


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 never thought of myself as a book club kind of person, but I joined one. Who am I? Do I even know myself? Ha!

*It’s an Environmental Book Club. We read about beavers, birds, the climate crisis, and so forth.


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 knitting a wrap-me-up puppy. It's like a Pound Puppy toy with its own blankie.

Are you a Raveler? Then you can find me on Ravelry. My user name is Tamawi.

a few of my favorite things

*stickers (to use on envelopes or in scrapbooking)
*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)


Cellolady rated for CPG Nov 2021 SC PC - Global on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you! I grew a new variety of tomatoes this year. They were supposed to be purple, but ended up being a deep orange! I think someone at the nursery where we bought our seedlings must have been color blind!
janetr rated for Last Page Deco 11/2021 on Nov 26, 2021
Comment: thanks for the cute deco :)
Response: Glad to know my unconventional envelope with deco made it to you.
joppagirl rated for PnS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 33 on Nov 22, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the PC. I hope your Thanksgiving is great! We'll go to my brother's to eat lunch.
Response: You're welcome. It was a good meal. I hope you enjoyed your lunch together.
RiverTopanga rated for OSS: Easy PC_Nov. on Nov 21, 2021
Comment: Tamara... Thank you so much for interesting shoe pc! Looks like the gal that owns the shoes literally has 2 left feet and one right!!! LOL 😁 I have a friend in MD that loves Charlie Chaplin... she would agree with you about silent films. I love old costumes too. But more into the period mood... like Civil War Era, or even further back...Victorian Era. Wow! They changed so frequently... !!
Response: I hadn't realized the postcard was of a 3-footed person.🤣
Comment: Thanks! have a great week!
ccmmsu rated for Artistic Decos 11/2021 on Nov 19, 2021
Comment: Hi Tamara! Thank you for the deco. It's a pretty one!
Flamingoloon rated for PnS: Sender's Choice #324186 on Nov 18, 2021
Comment: Well, foolish people not buying this card is my gain. It's great and I'm glad to have it. Thank you!
Response: It all worked out! The postal clerk got a kick out of cancelling that postcard and I had fun making it.
heliogal rated for CPG Nov 2021 Senders Choice PC - US on Nov 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the unusual postcard, there really is nobody quite like Edward Gory is there!! I really love a lot of his illustrations. The raven sticker and moon washi are very cool too!
Response: I'm so glad you like the postcard and accessories. I didn't need stamps, but then I saw the ravens in the post office window and had to get them.
mariewilliams810 rated for Decos Only 11/2021 on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Fun washi card! Thanks for picking ones I DO like! 🪶 ☮️ 🌙 🌈
Response: You're welcome! It was a fun one to make.
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I must say I don't know much about Edward Gorey. I must've seen his work before but didn't know. What a fascinating character and his illustrations are amazing. Thanks for the introduction. I'd definitely check out his body of work now. 😊
Response: I knew of Gorey from a public television show called Mystery! He did illustrations for the beginning. As a kid I loved to watch the intro to the show, then I'd shut off the tv because the actual show was boring to me.😆
PeachyDoll rated for GS : Intl ATC Pokémon : Water on Nov 1, 2021
Comment: I had not caught a Clamperl yet, thanks! :)
Response: Great! I have a lot of fun trying to fill out my Pokemon ATC collection...there are SO many.
teejlc rated for Artistic Decos 10/2021 on Oct 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun wine themed deco! I’m glad I get to send it home! 😊
Response: Great, thank you!
PrincessLeia rated for CPG World Postcard Day - Global on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: Hello Tamara, Thanks for the AWESOME PC! Orange rocks!
Response: 🧡🧡🧡
rkassman rated for WTL: all things flora on Oct 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the washi! I also haven't received any duplicates, even in the florals, which is surprising but also shows just how much creativity is out there!
Response: You're welcome. It must be why it's so easy to keep collecting new washi I've never seen.🤣
gadasinialdigim rated for WTL:washi on a pc : 3 on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Hey Tamara thank you for your postcard. I Love the washis you used🌸
Comment: Great card!! Love it! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! It was such a fun one to make. Thanks for hosting it.
teejlc rated for USA Last Page Deco 10/2021 on Oct 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the deco! This one looks like fun and I can’t wait to decorate it! ☺️
joppagirl rated for Decos Only 10/2021 on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the interesting decos. I also had to google the same one. :)
Response: Now we can feel hip because we're in the know.
jeka396 rated for Last Page Deco 9/2021 on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for this sun deco, it is very nice! No fall plans so far, except to enjoy the cooling weather!
Response: Perfect plans are sometimes no plan. Enjoy!

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GirlMomToTwo on Aug 22, 2021:

Thank you SO much for sending home my full sticker bag! That was so nice of you :) I am going on the third week back to teaching. Hope all is going well for your husband if he has started! :) <3 Alysia

MamaD on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you so very, very much for finishing and returning home my Nursery Rhyme Deco! This is only the 2nd one I've ever had returned to me, so I was very, very excited!!! Thank you again!!

Aseret25 on May 13, 2021:

My "pass & paste" postcard that you worked on last fall just arrived back in my mailbox. I really like the sentiment: "Someday I will change the world." Thanks! :)

wolfeagle on Apr 22, 2021:


Thank you for working on my Collaboration postcard with the flowers and butterflies. It's lovely.

Aseret25 on Apr 1, 2021:

I just got back my bird-themed Pass & Paste postcard that you worked on back in December. I like the bird stamp that you used - thanks! :)

traceyj on Mar 7, 2021:

Just stopping by to wish you a happy birthday :)

knitting gnome by mochimochiland

tiny knitted animation by the talented Anna Hrachovec

cynaemon on Feb 10, 2021:

Hi, Tamawi, Happy Library Lover's Month. I hope you like the picture of Aragorn. I am such a Middle Earth geek. LOL. Anyway, my little library here in Fillmore is doing a great job. We are currently doing a Winter Reading Challenge online. I check out books from the library and log them in when I finish reading them. We are also discovering some great new authors in the process. I miss our weekly crafts session, but the library is handing out the crafts each week in a brown paper bag. We take them home and make them. I love my library.

cynaemon on Feb 10, 2021:

Aragorn Loves Books

Aseret25 on Jan 31, 2021:

I just received the yellow "Pass & Paste" postcard that you finished. I really like what you did with the line drawing. Thanks! :)

watercolorgirl on Jan 29, 2021:

Thank you sending my Pass and Paste home. I shall sing it from the roof tops.

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