Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2022 5:40 pm


Date Joined: January 30, 2012
Last Online: May 17, 2022
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)


teejlc rated for Last Page Deco 5/2022 on May 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the flower deco! This one is turning out so pretty so far. I went to a flower arranging class today, so I'm in the right mood to decorate!
Response: Perfect timing! I took a flower arranging class once. When we finished I looked at the person next to me and commented how hers looked so nice and tidy compared to mine. She laughed and said she was a florist for 20 years. Ha!
teejlc rated for DB: Established Deco #331019 on May 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun sunrise/sunset deco! Your page is really fun and I'm excited to add to it. We are FINALLY getting nice weather here too! I'm a little south of you but, sheesh, spring seems like it's been slow coming this year! Hope you get to enjoy the Lake soon!
derakisu rated for GS : Intl ATC Arcade Classics #2 on Apr 19, 2022
Comment: So much work much have gone into that collaged ATC ! *_* The detailing is beautifully done. I didn't play much Centipede but I recognised it right away. Thanks for the extra info on the game, I didn't know that ! Always fun to know more facts about women devs.
Response: This was a tough ATC for me to part with, which doesn't happen often. I'm glad it made it to your safely. Enjoy and trade if you can dare to part with it. Teehee!
ReginaDrago rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #13 - Global on Apr 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you! And thank you for creating the swap! I am definitely getting them moving now!
Response: Oh good - you're welcome!
joppagirl rated for USA Last Page Deco 4/2022 on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great deco. We are in 'pollen' season and everyone's allergies are acting up. The temps are nice though, in the 70's.
Response: You're welcome! Still waiting here, there was a light dusting of snow yesterday. Soon...soon.
ktk8 rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 35 on Apr 11, 2022
Comment: Awwww Tamara....FUN to receive from you. thanks for the bunny note pages.... yummm sprouting garlic..... delicious...... and the card is fun and I shall finish & send her HOME...... big and many hearts to YOU.
Response: Glad the postcard found you well. I saw the addressee received the postcard home today. Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for Sonya's Sun deco. Impressive cover and that's a great golden origami sun page. I have my work cut out for me. πŸ˜Žβ˜€οΈπŸŽ¨
Response: You're welcome! May inspiration 'shine' on you...heehee.
Mistyinltown rated for Decos Only 3/2022 on Apr 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great decos! Also I love your envelope. (I love maps!) Have a great Day!
Response: You're welcome! Another map envelop is on the way to you for a different swap. :o)
Sonya rated for One Deco 4/2022 on Mar 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you, Tamara. It is a clever one for sure.
AshleyA rated for Adult Coloring PC #129 INTL on Mar 9, 2022
Comment: I'm the same way with plant! I need to cutback myself since I will be moving soon so I can only keep my favorites. Thanks for sharing and coloring this postcard!
CrystalZ rated for CPG: Sticker Bags #12 - Global on Mar 5, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the two sticker bags...I found some cute stickers in both! I will be sending the one homer bag out this coming week and passing along the 2nd bag hopefully soon.
Response: Wonderful! I'm glad you found some you like.
Comment: Hello, I am so sorry that this rating is coming so late. You can read my Profile to find out the details. I appreciate your swap that you sent me toad to my wonderful collection of Art in all forms. If I received something that needed to be passed onto the next swapper, please know they have been passed on. I am leaving Swap-bot after participating in this FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE from 2007. My health is needing my complete attention in order to heal and improve over time. THANK YOU goes out to all those I swapped with over the last about 15 years, it has been a PLEASURE. Happy Swapping! Barbara B., sleepingrover2010
Response: Thanks for the heads up, Barbara. I'm sorry to see you have to give up swap bot. But I can understand. I hope you start to feel better very soon.πŸ’
Comment: Hi Tamara, thanks for the beautiful postcard. This is the 2nd Edward Corey postcard I have received through swaps. Love the illustrations! It must be pretty cold in Michigan right now, huh. Its super hot here in Singapore but we do have an indoor ice skating rink but I really suck at ice skating. πŸ˜‚ Till we swap again!
Response: Glad you like it! It was cold recently, which refroze everything that melted. The walkway between the house and car was like an ice skating rink. Treacherous!πŸ˜†
ccmmsu rated for CPG Move Any Deco 11 - Global on Mar 1, 2022
Comment: I do love a skinny deco. lol Thanks for sending this one my way. I love elephants!
Response: A skinny deco is like discovering a diamond. Ha!
elinor rated for HMPC: Botanical love - February on Feb 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely collaged card :) To answer your question, my favourite Studio Ghibli character is Totoro, followed closely my the forest spirits from Princess Mononoke.
Response: It's a bit tough to choose a favorite. The characters are so clever and original.
wyrdfae rated for Artistic Decos 2/2022 on Feb 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty deco
jeka396 rated for DB: One-sheet booklet style on Feb 19, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the cute little strawberry deco. The little red/white polka dotted washi fit perfectly on the spine!
Response: That washi tape was a gift from a friend recently. Perfect timing for the strawberry deco!
jeka396 rated for Decos Only 2/2022 on Feb 17, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the excellent decos, two themes I have never done before. (Plenty of animals, just not wild animals :))
Response: You're welcome. It's fun to see the different themes of decos.
mariewilliams810 rated for USA Last Page Deco 2/2022 on Feb 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome!
Barbara rated for Adult Coloring PC #127 INTL on Feb 12, 2022
Comment: Hi Tamara, thank you for the sweet and whimsical postcard. I will try gel pens on another postcard swap.
Response: You're welcome! I stored my gel pens tip up and that made some of the ink flow away from the writing tip. I'm trying to fix it by storing them tip-side down.😬

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DaisyNY on Mar 16, 2022:

Thank you for working on my AMA Collaboration PC. I really like your addition.

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! :)

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