Swap-bot Time: April 7, 2020 6:13 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: April 6, 2020
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

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, travel, museums, napping, cooking, the U.K., practicing Spanish, my niece Emmi, pro-choice, 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, royalty, letter writing, BBC America, theme parties, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. Still in touch with a childhood penpal in Sweden, but via email now. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 27 years. We only email a few times a year -- the rest is snail mail! 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, 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 *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Deer or Stag *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related






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




playing cards


tote bags






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

Reruns: Ugly Betty, Seinfeld, Will & Grace

The Good Doctor

The Crown

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Cupcake Wars, DC Cupcakes

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

Master Chef, Chopped

Martha Stewart

Pawn Stars, American Pickers


BBC America: Graham Norton, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar

Favorite Books

I enjoy:



Art books

Chick Lit


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.


simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #12 on Apr 5, 2020
Comment: Great postcards & stamps and I love the Bigfoot card. Thanks
Comment: Thanks for the cool postcard (the postal service is pretty slow at the moment)
debbiespoms rated for PH: Send 6 PCs (USA/Canada) #15 on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: It's here, your swap! Smile ! Thank you very much for the 6 awesome PC's and for the Fantasy note card and also, lovely note, on a Coyote NC no less! I love them ! ! Yes, It is a scary time right now and everyone should heed this, but don't. Not everyone is following the rules. If they did, this would end sooner. You take care & be safe too !
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful snowman PC! It's so adorable!
SoCarla rated for Vintage Ephemera Swap on Mar 24, 2020
Comment: thank you, love it! I just went through the envie again and had to come back and say thanks some more. You were so generous and I am going to really enjoy using these ephemera.
Onehotmess rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2020 on Mar 23, 2020
Highlander18 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #188 on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Oh my!! where to begin? Seven cards from my profile wow. I am blown away by your choices, love them all and no matter to the numbers on back - it is the fronts I look at. And you wrote on a whale memo sheet! Thank you for your generosity and attention to my profile adding greatly to my collection. Many Hearts!!! You like to use many stamps also - very nice!
Comment: So much cool stuff, thank you. I found your card in an unsorted pile! Sorry so long!
AmyMarie rated for Vintage Ephemera Swap on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the interesting and varied vintage ephemera! I appreciate the extras and the great postage stamps you used on the envelope.
Lonestarchild rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #188 on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Such a fun envie of BLUE! And fun envie too. Thanks for a great swap!!
atlantian rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2020 on Mar 18, 2020
sisi rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #7 on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Oh wow! I totally ADORE the envelope with Mail theme! You totally spoiled me! The RuPaul card is amazing. And I got married on Maui too!!!!!!
Mamasch rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2020 on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: I love your green theme!
Ukucaitie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2020 on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the great chunk! It is a small world! Thanks for sharing! I love the stamps too. love it!
Comment: Thank you for the yummy chunk! You will love the labyrinth—very interesting how it expands your energy field. Thanks for being my partner.
lynnpinkdaisy rated for TBR-A Bit of Irish Cheer on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the lovely card and all the extra goodies! The way you decorated the envie made me giggle! So cute! Can't wait to try the teas. Oh my! The wonderful ephemera! Your snail mail get togethers sound fun!
debbiespoms rated for PH: So Many Choices on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Hi Graci ! Received your swap today. Thank you for the great PC choices you picked out for me, the zombie sticker( Cool!) and your nice note! Yeah, i am waiting for the last half of walking dead too! It's supposed to come back soon. I hope so. I'm getting antsy waiting, lol ! We don't get cable or satellite. So rely on Netflix for programs. I haven't seen Fear of the dead & guess Netflix won't put it on there. Oh well. Was nice talking to you. have a great day! Oh yeah, I love Lantern press cards & coloring cards. So thank you for those & extras!
Comment: i LOVE this postcard! What a grand idea! Thank you so much.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards and extras! I really love the one for live your pet day 😊
Ashzaller rated for PH: People Scavenger Hunt #3 on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: These are all super amazing cards! Thank you so so much!!!! I love it all !!

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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!

RooBaRoo on Jul 24, 2018:

Thanks for the chunk Happy mail :) Congrats on your 6 years together - & wow, you "do things" :) I wish we were as interesting! :D Wow, that's some rough weather!!!! Yes ... Monsoon Wedding is actually quite nice :) & thanks for pointing me to the scented stamps :D I'd never have guessed!! See you around!

bbsporty on May 26, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard! I love cactus!

kssunlover1947 on Feb 6, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK. I will enjoy using the stamps you sent. I had just ordered some $.25 and $.10 ones from Ebay. So I am set for awhile.

CurlyTea on Jan 3, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

bbsporty on Nov 18, 2017:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous RAK postcard! I love the heart made of stamps!

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