Swap-bot Time: March 30, 2023 2:05 pm


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: March 29, 2023
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 25 Jan 2023

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, Wordle, travel, museums, napping, 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,, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, casino, 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, dinosaurs, Arizona Correspondence Society, 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. As one of my friends said, "Sprinkle hearts because they are free."


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



Fountain pens





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


Japanese culture, Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball

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 Rookie, Rookie Feds


Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne

Emily in Paris

The Crown

Stranger Things

Peaky Blinders

Big Little Lies


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.


atlantian rated for Chunk O Cardboard - February 2023 on Mar 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the amazing extras. I love the wrapping paper. Sorry about the late rating.
Comment: Garci: Another incredible swap from you. I love the postcards. And I am blown away by the vintage Ohio map. Not an interstate road to be had. I wonder the age? Probably late 40's or early 50's. I remember driving to Michigan as a child and no freeways. It. Took. Forever! I'm rethinking watching Everything, Everywhere, All at once again. In hindsight it might not have been that bad. I did manage to see 6 of the nominees plus a few in other categories. Anyway, thanks for everything.๐Ÿ’— Joy
Comment: Cool chunk! Thank you!
Comment: Great PC, and thanks for the Buddy Holly stamp you used
Comment: Garci, I LOVE this CHUNK! Thank you for sending it on to me. It is such a cheery design, and, Bonne Maman is a favorite jam - how can one resist the French inspired red checkered lid? The clock stickers are appreciated as well! Btw, did you realize you used an โ€œadditional ounceโ€ (school bus) 24ยข stamp for the oversized postcard that shoulda cost 63ยข? The stamp isnโ€™t postmarked and the postcard is in perfect condition, better than a lot I receive (ink-smeared; wet, torn. My - and your -lucky day! Thanks so muchโฃ๏ธ
Response: Holy moly - I thought the school bus stamp was a 63 cent stamp. Oops! Glad it made it there ok.
susieq11 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #35 on Mar 2, 2023
Comment: It is always a super happy mail day when I get mail from you! Thank you very much for the awesome Snoopy envelope with amazing stamps, all the fun goodies and the best part - your note! : ) Such awesome mail, I will be looking at everything over and over - you find the best stuff, and always gear it so well to the receiver. Thank you for everything - the Woodstock letter set is precious! And thank you for the nice compliment about my dog and cat. : )
mamajoy rated for Easy Valentineโ€˜s Day Swap on Feb 21, 2023
Comment: ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—Wow. Thanks for the wonderful Valentine package. Love everything. So, I spent 3 weeks with a very good friend of mine in her friends private home. What a treat. We traveled to Kyoto from Tokyo on the bullet train. Ate wonderful food. And lots of rice. The only problem was, they eat it dry. Nothing on it, no butter, nada. Morning, noon and night. Saw lots of temples. She lived in the area of Tokyo that was not bombed during WWII. So her house was an original. It was an experience I will never forget. You must go. Thank you also for thinking of me and saving the Ohio ephemera. You've done this before. I have watched several Oscar nominated movies. Don't ask me how or why. Library borrows, streaming, etc. I really didn't like Everything, Everywhere, All at once. Everyone else loved it. Joy
Comment: Love your Christmas Junk Journal, Garci!! From the beautiful cupcake cover to all the great pages inside - it's just wonderful!! Some of my favorites - Celebration of Chocolate! (of course!), the pocket made from vintage snowman paper filled with goodies, the tiny jingle bells, the large cupcake tag and so many more great stuff!! Thank you so much for being my partner and sending me so many treasures!! Have a great year of swapping!
warheart rated for UHM: Pick A Theme Mail Art on Feb 16, 2023
Comment: Wow! You really went all out for this! Thanks for the great envelope - themes all mashed together! Love the goodies you included, that shark anatomy one is my favorite!!
shelleym rated for VES: Wish List - January on Feb 9, 2023
Comment: OMG I can barely speak... I got this nice plump envelope in the mail yesterday, and it was so full of my absolute favourite things! The sewing pattern was the first thing I saw and my eyes immediately filled up with hearts. The ridiculously old and gorgeous photo, the receipts, with their thin paper and incredible European handwriting, and the piece de resistance... the passport. I can't believe you gifted me a passport! I am not exaggerating when I say that I stopped breathing when I found it. I got butterflies - I have never felt so spoiled. All I can say is thank you so much. You literally made my entire week!!!! xoxoxo
MuggleMom rated for VES: Antique Valentine Swap on Feb 3, 2023
Comment: Garci - what cute vintage Valentines you sent I agree, it's fun to see the kids scrawl on Valentines! And the faux vintage doggie one was fun too and I hung it up just the same!! Thank you for sharing. xxMuggleMom
sherba31 rated for MAIL ART - Maps on Feb 1, 2023
Comment: Wow! Thanks so much for the jam-packed map envie. I DID notice the Jax Beach strip because Mayport Naval Station is right by the stamp. My dad was stationed there ages ago. If this is not a "robust" collection of extras then WOW again! Thanks so much. Warmth and love from the Sunshine State!
Comment: Wow, thanks for this awesomely decorated "in the air" mail! The stamps, stickers, tea and extras made a super sweet surprise as well. Have a great weekend ๐Ÿšฉ๐Ÿšฉ๐Ÿšฉ๐Ÿšฉ๐Ÿšฉโค๏ธ
LizzyJo rated for UHM: Food Packaging Postcard on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: I like your orange theme. Very bright and cheery. Thank you for the happy mail day! (I thought it was interesting that 3 of the 5 stamps were not cancelled.)
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra stamps :)
Rateliff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2022 on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome chunk! I absolutely love it and I hope the postcards that came in the box are super cool as well!
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 8, 2023
Comment: New Year's eve was a quiet night too. The only noise was a few fireworks around town. Happy New Year. May you and yours stay healthy.
luckysweetpea rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 7, 2023
Comment: Hi Garci, Love the Deck the Halls ink color of your new fountain pen! Sounds like you had a very relaxing NYE. Have a GREAT 2023. Warmly, Ginger
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 4, 2023
Comment: LOVE the glitter! We could end up being the shiniest gals in the nursing home. #theFuture
glassnowdrop rated for MAIL ART - Birds on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail art envie, and i hope you enjoyed your break!! Have you watched more harry potter? All the best!

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thriftymermaid on Jan 9, 2023:

Happy Birthday Month from all of your swapping friends at the WIYM Group!! We hope you enjoy your special day. May all of your Birthday wishes come true and your New Year be all you hope it can be and more!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’Œ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‚

simcoe54 on Jan 3, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

susieq11 on Dec 6, 2022:

Garci!! Thank you so so so much for the absolutely adorable poodle ornament!! It is so amazing! You are the sweetest - thank you so much! You have been to so many amazing places, and I know you'll get to Japan! I am trying to go to all 50 states - I have a plan to hit 4 over a few days in the spring if I can swing it! Ha! I feel so lucky to have found amazing people like you on swap-bot!!! XOXO

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 1, 2022:

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Garci for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for my neglect in not thanking you personally before this time. There is no excuse and I hope you can forgive me this time. I want to treat you and everyone with the respect you deserve. I love Swap Bot and want to be the best I can be and one who earns your trust. Sincerely, Alma

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Garci for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for my neglect in not thanking you personally before this time

SunTradeToo on Apr 13, 2022:

thisismeAXiD on Jan 5, 2022:

Happy birthday month

ScrapHappyGabi on Nov 25, 2021:

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