Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 5:42 am


Date Joined: August 3, 2017
Last Online: October 22, 2019
Birthday: July 27, 1977
Country: United States

About Me

Hi Friends!

UPDATE: It's that time of year again-work is starting to pick up and take over my crafting time! I've been doing a lot more letter writing/pen palling and working on my diamond paintings-but I will check for swaps every now and then if I have some free time!

You can call me Maria or Ri. Just don't call me late to dinner...or dessert...or coffee!

I am a California native. I am a mom to an incredible 15 year old girl, and 2 kitty fur babes.

I work in the transportation industry, scheduling big rig trucks to deliver building materials up and down the state. In the almost 20 years I've been working in such a demanding field, I've become even more sarcastic (which started off as a defense mechanism in my early teens), when you get to know me, you'll realize I'm a just soft, overly sweet, gooey marshmallow on the inside!

In my past life, I feel like I must have been a gypsy or pirate. I dream of travelling around in a tiny home/R.V. without a schedule. On the flip side, I also dream of owning my own home and having an art/craft studio.

I'm attracted to shiny objects and glitter...and iridescent foil.

A lover of books, journals and notebooks, I used to penpal when I was younger. Now that I'm older and my social circles have gotten smaller, it's nice to reach out and meet new people, especially when you have a mutual love of crafting. My postman is also relieved that I now have a good reason to pickup my mail...and my creditors probably are too...

Please, reach out to me if you have not received anything from me! Email swaps have been giving me fits both sending and receiving since the holidays. When sending packages I always send priority and I email my partners with tracking numbers.

Favorite Crafts

There is nothing more fulfilling to create something with your hands, I truly believe handmade is best made. I love so many different crafts, and there is always something new to try! My steady love is paper crafting. I used to make and sell soap at local festivals but lately my full time job and life in general has me spread too thin to schlep my wares all over town on my off time. I have also dabbled in candle carving, needle felting, knitting/crocheting, fluid acrylic painting and my latest, painting mandalas on rocks and canvas!

Favorite Obsessions

I have an unhealthy obsession for anything:

Disneyland U.S.A.

Alice in Wonderland

Beauty and the Beast

Harry Potter



Tarot card decks

Twinkling lights

Stained glass

Sharpie pens


Vinyl Tsum tsums

Funko Pop!

Favorite Movies

Anything Classic Disney live-action, all Disney animated movies

Studio Ghibli, especially Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service

Your Name

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

Willy Wonka

All of Tim Burton's Movies


Pirates of the Caribbean series

Practical Magic

Hocus Pocus

Princess Bride


The 10th Kingdom

Bollywood Movies, such as Baghban and Saawariya

Favorite Television

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the latest series I binge watched, it was pretty good-I hear it ties in with Riverdale, but I haven't watched that one yet.

The Magicians

A Korean Odyssey and other K-Dramas

All of Brian Fuller's older shows: Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead like Me

Fantasy/Sci-Fi shows like: Eureka, Warehouse 13, X-Files, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Lost Girl

American Horror Story-my favorite is still Coven

Sleepy Hollow

Penny Dreadful

The Strange Case of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell



Criminal Minds

Documentary-style shows like Forensic Files, Dateline, Dirty Money

Favorite cartoons:


The Littles

Dungeons and Dragons


Bob's Burgers


The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

The Oblongs

Favorite Books

I love the Twilight Series, and I'm not even ashamed to admit it, LOL

I recently enjoyed the 2 books in the series written by Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman.

I just finished Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty-and will probably NEVER visit a "health spa" or "retreat"!

I love thrillers like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Also Soman Chainani's series The School for Good and Evil is a favorite

I mainly listen to audiobooks on Audible during my commute to work, while crafting and lounging about the house.

I am in the process of listening to:

Why You Need A Budget (YNAB)-Jesse Mecham-this is quickly becoming a book I'll need a hard copy of-I have such a hard time paying attention to every detail!

The Witch Elm-Tana French

These Rebel Waves-Sara Raasch

In my queue is:

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

Missing You by Harlen Coben

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal


MCGalaxy rated for ESG: December Scattergories on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your persistence in resending your swap. Sorry I missed it the first time.
Response: No worries, glad you received it!
luleemik rated for Black Hat Society Soiree on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: Wow! One of the best Halloween swaps I have received:) Everything was so festively wrapped it really got me in the "spooky spirit". I absolutely adore everything and can't wait to start using it all!! Thanks for being a super swapper.
Response: Thanks for the spooktacular rating/comment, I am glad you liked it all! I hope you have an eek-cellent Halloween season lol!!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome selection of stamped images.
Rabbitfreedom rated for Halloween themed 20 questions! on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Loved your questionaire layout and answers! I'm going to look into Gerold Brom, always interesting in writers I haven't heard of before! Thanks for participating!
Response: Oh I hope you do!! I am almost done with the Lost Gods audible version. I just got it in print yesterday so I could look at the artwork!
kasa rated for ESG: Scattergories Email Swap on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your answers. Enjoyed reading them. Happy swapping.
dorcii rated for ESG: Scattergories Email Swap on Aug 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks for your answers :)
Comment: Thank you for the letter. I hope you get to feeling better soon. We have been having cooler weather also. Kind of nice.
eimn rated for SMSUSA: Tell me About . . . on Jul 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you Maria for your cute letter, I enjoyed reading your prompt answers :) Happy summer :)
Comment: Thanks! These are pretty!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter. The stationary is adorable. I am interested in that book you’re reading; I will look it up! 😊
Comment: thanks this was all amazing, I loved receiving your envelope. Your letter was so nice, and I also LOVED the diecuts, I've never seen them before.
Response: Yay!! I am so happy you love them! I love the Dylusions line of products. Have fun!!
smilesalot7 rated for 9 Little Pockets: All About YOU on Apr 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you. ❀️❀️
Jenicat rated for β˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #3 β˜† on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers ❀️
SkaGirl rated for β˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #3 β˜† on Mar 21, 2019
jazzyheart rated for TNT: March is GREEN on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: Love my goodies! Thank you.
Autist rated for TNT: Monthly Insert Swap - March on Mar 18, 2019
Comment: All the stuff you sent me is lovely. I can not wait to use it. Thank you. Studio Calico is fun. Thanks
kasa rated for (Email Swap) Currently I'm ... on Mar 16, 2019
Comment: Hi Maria, enjoyed reading your answers. can relate to them in many ways. Diamonds dot painting sounds interesting. I have been decluttering my life since early last year so I understand your questioning to get rid of stuff. Removing One thing at a time amounts up over time. Start with something easy to get rid of. Blessings to you.
Fritosmom rated for β˜† EMAIL QUESTIONS #3 β˜† on Mar 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I love J.K. Rowling and everything she has written-so inspiring.
ileimgruber rated for Penpal Letter Exchange by Email on Mar 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your email <3
aligurl75 rated for 30 DAYS OF LISTS on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: Love Love Lover the way you did this swap. This is so fun to go through. Great idea!!

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Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

BusyB on Dec 30, 2018:

Welcome to Merry Memorydex and Rolo Swaps USA! I'll have swaps up for February soon. :)

ButterflyLover on Nov 2, 2018:

I just received an envelope from you with lots of wonderful goodies but I have no idea what for :( Sent this via PM too, hopefully you get the note (I never know which ones someone gets notifications for)

aprilfoolzbaby86 on Nov 27, 2017:

Profile check for Blingy Pocket Letter. Happy Swapping.

VivaLaDiane on Aug 9, 2017:

Please message me your first/last name and mailing address so I'm able to approve your request to join Newbie Helpers. Thanks so much and welcome to Swapbot! Γ’β„’Β₯

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