Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2021 3:32 pm


Date Joined: November 21, 2020
Last Online: April 19, 2021
Birthday: December 31
Country: Italy
My Instagram (may include spoilers)

About Me

Hey all, I'm from Italy, approaching my 40s, HR generalist during the day and paper crafter / letter writer at night. My actual name is Mariagiovanna, I usually go by Giovanna. I have been writing letters since the 1990s. I am a huge lover of vintage/vintage inspired aesthetics but appreciate many others - I mean, we don't have to choose, right? I'm a childfree intersectional feminist who's very interested in social issues. On a spiritual point of view I'm somewhere between NeoPaganism, Core Shamanism and Pastafarianism.

I speak Italian, English and a little Spanish and French, feel free to write me in any of these languages. But I like to learn words and basic sentences in other languages, so feel free to share.

My hobbies are writing, reading, watching tv series, cooking, geocaching, escape rooms and similar activities. I like dogs and ferrets (I have 2 ferrets!), but actually almost any kind of pet :-) Also, I'm fascinated by bees and jumping spiders.

Notice: The postal service has been slower than usual lately. I suppose it's due to coronavirus, plus some new procedures at the postal service in Italy. I've noticed that my mail arrives to Europe in around 15-25 days, in the US or Asia in 45-60 days. I haven't sent anything to other continents, recently. In case you don't receive a swap from me 1-2 months after the sending date (depending on the distance) please do contact me in order to make plans for a re-send.

Favorite Books


  • Margaret Atwood
  • Octavia Butler
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Joanne Harris
  • Robin Hobb
  • Ursula Le Guin
  • Natasha Pulley
  • Sarah Waters

Favorite Television

Some TV shows I've been enjoying lately:

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Doctor Who (not consistently though)
  • Carnival Row
  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Game of Thrones (the first few seasons at least)
  • Glow
  • Jane The Virgin
  • Lucifer
  • Modern Family
  • One Day at a Time
  • Pose
  • Scrubs
  • Sherlock
  • The Alienist
  • The Good Place
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Other interests

Topics A-Z

If you want to know some of my interests or will send themed stuff, these are some ideas. Of course don't feel limited.

  • Archaeology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal behaviour and evolution
  • Dark stories and spooky stuff
  • Etymology, linguistics and grammar
  • Food from all over the world
  • Foreign cultures and habits
  • Gender studies
  • Languages
  • Legends and lore tales
  • Mysteries
  • Mythology
  • Paganism(s)
  • Paper crafting
  • Recipes
  • Religious traditions, myths etc (feel free to write about that, no need to send devotional objects and please don't try to convert me :-) )
  • Shamanism
  • Social and gender studies
  • Speculative fiction
  • Steampunk, dieselpunk, cyberpunk
  • Victorian age


  • Patterned and scrapbooking paper
  • Crafting paper of any other kind, including upcycled paper (a newspaper, a map or a museum ticket in your language for example)
  • Ephemeras are my all times favourite, especially if vintage inspired.
  • Letter paper
  • Snacks, chocolate, teas or spices from all over the world
  • Recipes
  • Rubber / clear stamps
  • Stickers but please no alphabet, planner or reward stickers because I wouldn't know how to use them
  • Washi samples
  • Vintage / victorian (inspired) photos
  • Spooky stuff

  • Anything with ferrets!

  • Other animal themed stuff: it would be super special to receive cetaceans, octopus, bees or bear themed things
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, blue and brown tones


Please don't send me things that are racist, sexist, homo-bi-transphobic, ableist, ageist etc, or anything violent. I don't have fun unless everybody does - and yes, I've been called a party pooper before because of this. Depending on the swap's topic, it's ok to send me fiction or news with such themes - I mean, I do know they exist in the world and don't want to turn my eyes away.

Other dislikes or "rather not":

  • Alphabet, planner or reward stickers
  • Anime stuff
  • Baby related stuff
  • Bookmarks
  • Candles
  • Coins or foreign currency in general
  • Friendship books, label bags and such
  • Home decorations - house is small and crammed already LOL
  • Magnets - no magnetic fridge, so no room for them :-(
  • Make up
  • Political topics


HollyBear rated for LSRUS: Mystery Sticker Grab Bag on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of stickers. I love the decorated envelope!
wyrdfae rated for LSRUS: Mystery Sticker Grab Bag on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. I love the selection, rainbows, and the playing card
laterdayze rated for Flower Power #1 on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for much for the pretty flower postcards and washi. Love all of them! <3
Response: This makes me happy, thanks for the rating!
Stepht rated for Themed Envelope #3 Pink on Apr 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envie, stickers, pretty papers and stationery! Love it all!
Response: I'm glad you liked this swap! :-)
Comment: Very nearly done and definitely alluring.
Response: Thank you!
DoLammSu rated for SIE - Tiny blind Spring swap #5 :) on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, love all the beautiful stickers! ❀️
Response: I'm glad you liked it, thank you for the rating!
MeiMeiYuan rated for Vintage Envelope #1 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the vintage themed envelope and goodies! The accordion folder you made is so creative, I love it! πŸ’–
Response: Thanks to you!
Comment: Thank you so much! This was fun to go through! I loved it all!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! 😊
swapwithjessica rated for Space / Universe Themed Swap on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: WOWWWWWWWW, what an awesome swap!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
Response: I'm so happy you liked that! I love that theme, maybe we can swap again some other time!
echeveriaLilacina rated for Tiny European Swap #15 on Mar 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your sweet swap and all the profile based items!! My niece will love the stickers you included :)
Response: Yay! Thank you :)
Comment: Good job-- drowning is one my great fears. This could be dying of Covid-19 also.
Response: I really appreciate how you wanted to take part to this swap, even with such a big fear. I'm glad you liked this story.
Avi rated for Ephemera swap...vintage on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you
Response: I hope you liked it :-)
Comment: Thank you very much for your postcard. I wish you a great weekend :)
Response: Thanks to you!
Comment: Thanks for the Rome food recommendations!
Response: I hope you can enjoy such food :-) Let me add here that Alfredo pasta isn't a typical Italian dish, but in Rome there are two restaurants called Alfredo that make it (one is the "real Alfredo", the other one has bought Alfredo's old restaurant) - this might be an interesting little piece of information
monzie3 rated for For the Newbies #6 on Mar 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice goodies (:
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! :-)
Comment: Stupenda come al solito!!! Grazie ancora! <3
Response: <3
Comment: Ciao! Thank you for the great postcard & cool stamp. I very rarely receive mail from your beautiful country & which makes me love this swap all the more. Although, the pictures are stirring up my wanderlust. My 9yr old son keeps telling me to buy one of the properties in southern Italy (towns looking to bolster residency)...so I may not show him this postcard. Otherwise, I risk him begging me all weekend. Lol! Thanks again & I wish you all the best.
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart. I'm happy you could get a postcard from here :-) As an Italian, I'm glad someone else likes my country!
Comment: I really liked your story. I felt like I could see him walking into his canvas. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
Response: Thank you! I'm so happy you liked it!
Comment: Thanks so much! And don't worry, a few things may not be my style,but I appreciate that you tried to send things I like. :)
Response: Thank you!
LiisaS rated for ESO: paper filled envie on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: OMG! Thanks! It was like little Christmas! I loved how thoughtful everything was put together! Thank you!
Response: Thanks to you, I'm happy you liked it!

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Caithness on Jan 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the delightful mail that has come through my letterbox today. So many wonderful goodies - I love all of them. Everything was such a good choice and just perfect for me! Thank you x

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