Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2020 2:32 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: December 1, 2020
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 20 April 2020.

I'm a gal who lives with my husband in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, where the climate is desert (dry and hot). We were married in Maui. We enjoy traveling and golfing.

My hobbies/interests: Postcrossing, mailart, antiques, golf, cupcakes, ephemera, fishing, family activities, Anglophile, travel, museums, napping, cooking, the U.K., practicing Spanish, yoga, pro-choice, vodka martinis, flea markets, Hispanic & Japanese culture, vintage, pin-up girls, thrift shops, tag sales, reading, fleur-de-lis, indie and foreign films, lavender, Frida Kahlo, Dia de los Muertos, Texas Hold 'Em poker, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections,rock painting/hiding, royalty, letter writing,British Television (Killing Eve, Keeping Up Appearances, PEAKY BLINDERS), theme parties, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 30 years. I love sending postcards and letters to friends and family, even if they don't reciprocate. I know they enjoy receiving them.

I love recycling/upcycling. Chunk 'O Cardboard is my favorite monthly swap. I'm always on the lookout for cardboard chunks to send as postcards (food packaging, book covers, VCR boxes, board game boxes, etc).

Swapping note: 1) I strive to get a heart each and every time I do a swap by going above and beyond with extras or personalization. 2) I won't be bullied or bribed into changing ratings. I can overlook some lateness if it's communicated, but if you are a month late on your swap and you think I won't notice...then you deserve a "3." 3) I am very liberal with giving HEARTS because it makes people happy and we're all busy and we do our best with these swaps. Not everyone is an artist. When you get older, you realize life's too short to be petty.


I'm fairly easy with these four themes: Vintage, foreign, postal-related, ephemera!

Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Bigfoot or Yeti *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty *Don't really like typical tourist postcards

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related ephemera






rubber stamps

French ribbon

foreign language newspaper

postage stamps (unused or used; foreign and domestic)



handmade envelopes

foreign language dictionary pages

vintage children's books

Air Mail stickers

vintage cookbooks/pamphlets

Everything about Italy: Art, museums, wine, language, food, churches

Day of the Dead

old tickets of any kind (i.e., travel, train, movie, concert)

vintage books that are tattered and can be used for crafting

glue sticks

My favorite color is purple



The ocean


Country music

B&W postcards featuring vintage scenes or people (i.e., photography by Robert Doisneau)



plant-based eating

Don't Need

felt, yarn, fabric, playing cards, lotion, tote bags, jewelry, doilies, pencils, bookmarks, licorice

Only allergy is tree nuts (i.e., walnuts)

Favorite Movies

Too many to list them all!

I like to watch all Academy award nominated movies.

Indie films

Foreign films


Amelie, Priceless (Audrey Tatou)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love British humor)


The Queen

The Dutchess

Shakespeare in Love

The King's Speech



Mrs. Brown


Love Actually


Bridget Jones' Diary

The Italian Job

The DaVinci Code

Julie & Julia

The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Television

The Good Doctor, The Resident

The Crown

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Peaky Blinders

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

Master Chef, Chopped

Martha Stewart

BBC America: Graham Norton, Call the Midwife, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar, Killing Eve

Favorite Books

I enjoy:

Biographies, Autobiographies, Art books, Chick Lit and Celebrity-related

My three favorites I've read that I listed on goodreads.com: Pink Slip Party, Good Mail Day, and The Kite Runner

and I read a lot of magazines!


English/Irish/Scottish breakfast tea. Any other black tea. I also drink chai or vanilla and I will try fruit teas.


Comment: Thank you!! This is a beautiful swap and I love EVERYTHING you sent! I will spend the next few hours looking at all of these lovely vintage bits and thinking about how I will preserve them in my journals! I apppogise for the late rating- I was in hospital for two weeks (2 surgeries!) and am only getting back on my feet now! Thank you, SO MUCH, for the awesome vintage goodies! I am so excited for the time I can sit and work in my journals again!! xx Gabi
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra stamps! :)
Comment: This is one of my favourite type of swaps. I really like the State card you chose to send to me and the array of stamps match wonderfully thank you very much Garci and ta also for the nice note on the card :)
Onyx rated for Chunk O Cardboard - November 2020 on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: LOVED your chunk! I agree it would be great to know more about the girl in the vintage photo. The stamps were cool too. Thank you!
AzEkologi rated for Chunk O Cardboard - November 2020 on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: Howdy neighbor! So cool that you're a swapper not to far from me! I was really impressed with your chuck...the use of a vintage record album is a really cool idea! I thought it was so cool that you attached some tea tags, that's such a great idea and really made the card personal. I love Hamilton! I saw it at Gammage too, and watched it the night it came out on Disney Plus. It's coming in the next Gammage season, so I'll get to see it again once the world returns to some form of normality. Thanks for such a great swap! Best, Rick
simcoe54 rated for PH: 3 + 3 Postcard Swap #6 on Nov 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the amazing postcards and extra stamps :)
Comment: I absolutely love the pizza "chunk" and the Game of Thrones extra you embellished it with! Thank you! :) Autumn is a lovely time here in the Northeast but today was sunny and 71 degrees - practically unheard of for November. I put all my houseplants outside on the deck for a little while. They loved it and so did I!
shelleym rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! #3 on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Garci, this is one of the best swaps I've ever received. The envelope you used is going into my permanent collection. Thanks so much!!
marclively rated for Mix It Up - Maybe? on Nov 1, 2020
debbiespoms rated for PH: G Is For (Blank or Naked) #2 on Oct 31, 2020
Comment: Hi Garci ! Thank you very much for the green around the waterfall & for the extra of mermaid. Love them!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap! I LOVE everything from the awesome stamps to the fold-a-note you wrote on ! Everything is lovely! These little Christmas seals and tags are gorgeous! Wow The envelope you sent in-- 1967 Israel! how COOL! The little envelope you made from an old book page is awesome too!I think the Christmas card is from the very early 1900s or the very late 1800s - it resembles card styles I have - I love it! Thank you for all of this! Such a lovely swap!! x Gabi
inkspellonyou rated for LSRUS: 1000 Hearts Giveaway on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard. Loved the stamps!
Comment: GREAT PC's Garci, thank you! Especially love the wooden PC and the vintage from Italy :) Thanks for the Halloween card too! A wonderful swap, many hearts to you.
sleepykitty rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Wherever did you find that AMAZING sticker referencing The Shining? I loved your letter! Thanks so much. <3
Response: I got some excellent stickers from The Atoonie store.
Comment: What a wonderful swap!! Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from a sewing machine manual! Awesome!!
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: love you telling me how these taste. I'm going batty not traveling too. :( Took hubby to the Black Hills for 2 days just to get out of town. We just drove all over.
Comment: Love the festive envie and fun cards! Thank you!
vontakk rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #116 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: This is one of my favorite swaps I've ever gotten. I loved all of it, including the envelope!!! This is all soooo awesome! I'm so keeping most of these for a Keep 1, Send 1 swap!!! Thank you sooo much!!
Comment: Great choices on the postcard! Thank you for the extras as well. I used to live in Utah, but have lived in Minneapolis for 2 years now. I definitely love it here. Congrats on seeing your 50th state! That's so cool. I'm at maybe 11 lol. Best wishes to you!

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banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!👻 happyhallll

lou on Oct 14, 2020:

please check your private messages and email

Pikapika on Sep 28, 2020:

LSRUS: 1000 Hearts Giveaway

I'm sorry I am not able to mail anything to you. I hope you like the hearts i'm sending your way.

OrigamiGrace on Aug 7, 2020:

Happy Friday!!


simcoe54 on Jul 19, 2020:

Thanks for the random RAK - stamps and postcards and for thinking of me. I always love to receive these items. 💚

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:

Thanks for your RAK birthday greeting, it pleased me a lot!

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:
SeleneW on Jan 15, 2019:

Happy Belated Birthday to you! Thank you for the wonderful card!


CurlyTea on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy January Birthday from WIYM Group!

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