Motherhood Tie Dyed

Faith Clark from Les Petits Clark asked me to be a part of her Weekly Connect Feature so grab you tea and read on:

Who am I? In a nut shell, I am Motherhood: Tie Dyed

My name is Tamara, but I have been referred to as Tami since the second grade. I am 30 years young. I love Earl Grey and Chai tea lattes, I love bright colorful objects, I collect a ridiculous amount of things, give me…all the things! I have an abundance of food sensitivities. I am an advocate and often speak up for other’s sake (which has caused me lots of grief.) I am an artistic, creative soul who enjoys photography, dyeing, sewing, drawing, painting and writing. I am a half Puerto Rican hippie (if there is such a thing), I love the sunshine, and would rather be outdoors, as long as its above 40 degrees and sunny!

I am married to the man of my dreams, the man I fell in love with when I was 15. My husband Eric and I went to the same middle school and high school, and began dating the summer before our sophomore year. Since then I have been dubbed Sugs, as in short for sugar. We were voted most likely to marry each other in the senior year book, and were voted Prom King and Queen. We will be celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary and 15 years of love a few days before Graeme’s birthday this August. Still, after all this time, he is the man I day dream about.

I am ‘mama’ to the most handsome little dude, Graeme (pronounced Graham) who will be turning 2 in August. He is full of energy, loves being outdoors and uses sign language as his primary mode of communication. Sign language has been incredible for our little family, opening the door to communication for our son as early as 9 months! Graeme and I are commonly found outside exploring our acreage with our Golden Retriever Ruby Luz.

I am a nurse by trade and work full time midnights. I went to school a whopping 8 years before I graduated with a bachelors degree. Unable to make up my mind as to what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I went from a Spanish teacher, to fashion design, to interior design, and when all those options failed, I decided to go into nursing. I have worked in the same hospital since I was 19 years old. I started mopping floors and cleaning toilets, working my way up to where I am today. I currently work as a Pediatric nurse, but have also worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department.

Now onto the tie dye, in 2008 I took an old white stained t-shirt of my husband’s and threw it in a boiling pot of green Rit Dye. When I took the t-shirt out of the dye bath I used it to make a hand bag. This was the beginning of a now 7 year love affair. As time has gone by, my dyeing and sewing have evolved. I originally sewed bag, after bag, after bag, making hundreds of bags for craft shows and custom orders. Using strictly upcycled and recycled materials, dyeing was a special part of the process. In February of last year I began Sugs’ Shoppe, creating tie dye fashions for infants, toddlers, children and mamas alike! Of many things, I made tie dye slings, crocheted edge scarves and baby blankets, moccasins, head bands, pacifier straps, organic bath salts, scrubs and soaks, along with my bags and purses. I teamed up with other wonderful shops like Ollie & Ezri and SunnySide904 to tie dye fabrics so they could use them to create leggings, beanies, pillows and more. I recently put my shop on vacation mode to give myself a much needed breather from the demands of owning a small handmade shop. When I re-open, things will be much different, as I am stepping away from the sewing machine, and diving deeper into the dyeing world. My newest and most anticipated collaboration will be announced in the weeks to come and I am so excited for the new venture to take off!

Come follow me over on Instagram @mama_sugs to get a first hand glimpse into our colorful lives.

Peace, Love & Tie Dye

Mama Sugs


  • Reply Roksana Kaszyk April 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Chai tea lattes & marrying high school sweethearts – yes and yes! 😉 Graeme is quite a popular name in Scotland, I've never met anyone in the US with this spelling (I love it!).

    • Reply MamaSugs April 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

      🙂 have you also been blessed with high school sweet heart love <3 // we named our son after Graeme McDowell, my husband is a big fan of golf lol, when we went to Ireland we found a Coke bottle with his name on it and I brought it home as a keep sake! Thank you!

  • Reply Matraca McCord April 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    So nice to meet you and get such an in depth look into your beautiful life! I, too, have changed my major a bajillion times, have been in school for 5 years, and will be only be graduating with my associates in a year. Whoops! One thing I wish I would have done is teach my sweet little Mason sign language, I was just always too worried it wouldn't work out so I never took the plunge. I for sure will with my next and I just may come to you for some tips and tricks when that day rolls around!

  • Reply August 15, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Initially, I thought your headline was misleading, but you truly delivered. Nice job.

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