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Date Joined: March 5, 2010
Last Online: October 5, 2010
Birthday: April 28
Country: United States

What I Like To Swap

Mostly I like to swap postcards. Sometimes I swap artsy creations and supplies.

My favorite postcards are state maps, beach towns, scenic parks (especially rivers and waterfalls), historically interesting places, of churches, lighthouses, windmills, MLB stadiums, museums (& museum exhibits), I like recipe postcards, art –religious paintings, children’s book illustrations.

State maps, I'm collecting both naked with message written & stamped and new, blank cards sent in envelopes. All others I mostly prefer naked, or whatever the swap requires.

Postage Stamps - Have recently decided to update my stamp collection. Need to find stamps issued between about 1990-present time. Hoping to rebuild a swapping stash, so am begging my friends & relatives to save the stamps off their mail for me! Am also collecting stamps of Portugal, so am especially interested in receiving mail with ordinary rate postage, several different ones to total the foreign rate.

Surprise Things I like to receive in the mail --- a letter, a letter opener, postage stamps, rubberstamps, butterfly, buttons, flower seeds, old photographs, maps, ribbons, bracelets, origami cranes, - mostly flat things that fit in regular letter envelopes. Orange is my favorite color.

Looking for One-on-One Trades

I love to trade postcards. Am interested in swapping for multiples of state map postcards. I’d like 5 of your state, and am willing to swap 5 of California, or other cards from my area (or from my collection). For those who don’t swap postcards, I will swap supplies for creating ATC, inchies, cards, embellishments, ephemera.

Let me know. I may also be able to trade for ones you may need to complete your collection.


Love swapping postcards. There's something special about receiving a pretty card with a happy message. I'm putting them in a basket on the table in the tv room to share with my visitors. And I can browse through them again and again daydreaming about traveling and remembering my swap-bot friends.

I have a pet peeve about postcard swapping. Some people don't give hearts for postcards. If that's what we swap, and we checked profiles and sent something you would like, if we’ve written messages, not just identified ourselves and the swap, it should rate a heart. In my personal opinion.

Pen Friends

I hope people who enjoy letter writing and who share some of my interests will consider becoming pen friends. I enjoy getting to know people, sharing our interests, swapping things we like, and finding letters in my mailbox! Am also interested in email pals or private messages here on swap-bot. It'd be fun to find a personal communication from someone when I come online.

Beginning to think of my repeated swap partners as if they are my postcard pals! Maybe some people would just like to be postcard pals, exchanging one postcard at a time, sharing our daily lives, interests, travels, and thoughts. I started the Wednesday Club group with this in mind - every Wednesday, we send each other a postcard - share what we've been doing, have planned, books we're reading, things we're making, whatever's on our minds. Come check us out!

So if any of these interest you, PM. I'll be waiting to hear from you!


I am proud to be Portuguese! My grandparents all immigrated from the Azores Islands to California between 1901-1916. They passed along their ancestral traditions and values, but not to actually speak Portuguese. I have been trying to learn, am much better at reading, than having conversations, but there is always hope. I have been doing my family history research for twenty years, and am very interested in my ancestors and our current living history, getting to know extended family.

My first visit to the Azores -July 2010- I can see myself being one of the summer people! I loved it! It was so beautiful and peaceful. I walked the ancestral villages and places where my grandparents lived. Now I just rewatch my pictures, planning to return. So, even though I do not speak much Portuguese, would love to hear from Portuguese people all over the world.

About Me

I love mail! I love swap-bot! I enjoy sharing my family history, gardens, museums, preschool themes, children's books, Magnetic Poetry, calendars, board games. I am a HUGE fan of NCIS & SF Giants. I knit. I am a preschool teacher & catechist. I read a lot! I have botanical pets (love flowers!). Am always reading websites & blogs about stamp art projects & altered art.

I have just become a Funstrummer! I got a ukelele for my birthday and joined a local group to learn to play. What awesome fun & so easy, I am already playing recognizable songs! Would love to find ukelele friends here!

In my Mom's memory I collect butterflies. In my Dad's memory I am collecting stamps again. I will also continue to find & make EZ Grasp 300 piece puzzles. It's relaxing. I used to make them with my Dad, & I miss him terribly, he joined Mom in January.

I’m rather technologically-challenged. All these new-fangled gadgets are too complicated for me. Wish I knew more about my computer, my cell, my digital camera, Facebook, recording favorite tv shows to watch later. I need to figure out the USB turntable to convert my favorite music for listening to in the car CD player & on my MP3 player. I don’t even know the tricks of my sewing machine! I’m not from the past either, can’t imagine life before indoor plumbing, with wood-burning stoves, reading by candlelight, riding horses or walking everywhere. I’ve never camped, but love nature.

Crafting Favorites

My favorite crafts are with paper. I love papers, buttons, brads, flowers, ribbons, gadgets like punches, corner-rounders, shrinky-dinks, laminating, book binding, Sizzix dies. I am not very good at ATCs, but love to see the beautiful cards others make, so I have to try more to receive others. I’d like to make more cards, and inchies, and to join the swaps & creative challenges online. I love Crayola products, crafting supplies and gadgets. I love Stampin’ Up!

I knit some, it's mostly just a comfort thing, I don't often make things, I just knit. I love soft yarn.

Favorite Reading

I love to read cozy mysteries, mostly series about women amateur sleuths by women authors. Mystery series echo life - there are knitting mysteries, scrapping & stamping mysteries, baseball mysteries, mysteries that are historical, where angels help, set in favorite locations, where you learn more about your favorite things like gardening and baking, and so much more! I'm always seeking new authors. A list of my favorites includes Rett Macpherson’s genealogical mysteries. Laura Child’s scrapbooking series, Monica Ferris, Earlene Fowler, Jill Churchill, Dianne Day, Leslie Meiers, ...

I also have favorite children's authors: Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, Mercer Mayer's Little Critter series, Margaret Wise Brown, Tomie da Paola, and Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, among many, many more. Am especially interested in books about ocean life and butterflies.

I also love to read about Portuguese immigrants and travels. Lately I've been reading travel books. Not just the insider guides & touristy info, but books of peoples’ travels, especially women, and really appreciate their ideas & tips. I like to read about writers, artists, musicians, saints, even scientists – I admire imagination, inspiration, creativity, ideas.


I love swapping. I will always send. I will always rate, and I hope that I get the same courtesy in return. I try to rate my swaps the day that I get them, but sometimes I come home a lot later (as I get my mail at the PO, not every day) and do other activities before coming home, and forget, till later. Please ask about anything you don’t receive or I haven’t rated, I will make good on all my swaps, I want you to love swap-bot swapping as much as I do.


ladysyn2 rated for Another US State Postcard Swap on Dec 20, 2010
Corazon rated for E-Pals - - - fifty something on Nov 24, 2010
millie52 rated for 9 September Postcards on Nov 12, 2010
Comment: Lame! Can't mail a postcard?
bythelakemom rated for Recycled Postcard Swap #1 on Nov 10, 2010
Comment: I'll rerate if I receive something. Hope things are ok.
barbzeven rated for October Diary Swap--USA Only on Nov 5, 2010
MsMarvel rated for 9 - Naked State Map PC Swap on Nov 4, 2010
Comment: Sorry for the late rating!! I was about to archive and checking to make sure all was received and I hadn't rated. I double checked and I had your card! :)
naynay rated for WPC30 - Upcycled Postcards on Nov 3, 2010
Comment: will change if receive something
Comment: Thanks for the great map postcard and in an envelope. Hope you have a great week. Your swap partner, Linda
TerryF rated for 9 September Postcards on Oct 23, 2010
Comment: Will gladly re-rate if I receive anything.
choke rated for Upcycled State Map Postcard Swap on Oct 23, 2010
barbzeven rated for 9 September Postcards on Oct 23, 2010
Comment: Angeled by onlyincambodia!
krystalskitsch rated for 9 September Postcards on Oct 22, 2010
Comment: :( hope everything is ok
Comment: =/ I feel terrible. I hope everything is ok. I see a few people haven't received swaps from you. Should I receive this in the future I will gladly re-rate.
crochetjunkie rated for 9 September Postcards on Oct 18, 2010
Comment: Would be happy to rerate should I ever receive.
Comment: Sorry to do this, but my message is still unread. If I receive anything, I will gladly change the rating.
Comment: It's been awhile and I haven't received anything for this swap. I feel bad having to give a poor rating, and I will definitely change it if I get a postcard from you.
onlyincambodia rated for Recycled Postcard Swap #1 on Oct 17, 2010
Comment: (Oct 17) She's dropped off of the Swap-Bot planet (hasn't logged in since Oct 5). After being very communicative, it's strange to have nothing being sent out, including messages. I will gladly re-rate if I ever receive anything.
CWarner rated for 9 September Postcards on Oct 16, 2010
Comment: My message to you of a week ago remains unread. Hopefully you'll get back on the site and get caught up soon. I'll gladly change the rating when/if I receive something.
evieroz rated for WPC30 - Upcycled Postcards on Oct 16, 2010
Comment: I will change this rating if I ever receive anything.

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TC on May 23, 2012:

aka @MariposaPosts .

Barbara on Oct 26, 2010:

Hi Marlene, Please send a message. All your swap-bot friends are here for you.

JessiPancake on Oct 26, 2010:

I'm sorry, but I had to remove you as a member and officer from the Naked Postcards group due to your recent ratings. I hope you're able to sort everything out.

onlyincambodia on Oct 18, 2010:

Wherefore are thou Marlene? We miss you and hope to see you back on Swap-Bot soon!

thehappyhoneybee on Sep 27, 2010:

Hi Marlene,

Since you love interesting mail as well, I thought you might be interested in checking out the swap Postcard Confessions: animal familiar .

Hope you'll join if you can! Cheers,


Pennylane78 on Sep 10, 2010:

Hi Marlene! Thanks so much for the wonderful Wyoming map card! I love it! :)

choke on Sep 5, 2010:

Thanks for the CA map from the tag, thanks too for sending it blank in an envelope :)

Pennylane78 on Sep 5, 2010:

Hello! I just realized I never got over here to thank you for the PC you sent for the Wednesday Club postcard tag! Sorry about that! I love the pretty scene from Yosemite...the waterfall in the background is breathtaking! I'm wanting to try some new crafty swaps too...but I just don't know how to get started!

VaGrammy66 on Sep 4, 2010:

Thank you for the Kansas postcard for the State PC tag!

choke on Sep 1, 2010:

Hello! Have you received my cards for "I love my state map" postcard swap - August"? I don't see a rating from you but they were sent out on August 21st and all my other partners have already rated me. Please let me know, thanks!

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