Swap-bot Time: May 20, 2018 6:32 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2016
Last Online: May 19, 2018

Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Once upon a time there was a child that lived in a small town in northern Italy, she loved writing and receiving letters; reading letters from faraway places was her way to know and explore the world.... thanks to these letters she learnt another language and developed a taste for travel, knowledge and wanting to experience different cultures. Fast forward 20 years in the future and that now so not little girl anymore lives in London with a husband and a crazy daughter, she still loves writing letters, she is crazy for science fiction, she is a bit of a workaholic and in the few scraps of times left she sews, scrapbook ( badly) , loves photography, music, cooking and in general being a crazy happy shiny person.

Favorite Books

Ohhh this is a difficult one ( it could take a bit) you see i could say my tastes can be perceived as ecletic; I looove Japanese novels, especially Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto; but i am a super fan of Fantasy literature and i confess to have read The Lord of the Rings about 10 times... maybe i should try to give you a list of my favourite books

  • Alice's Adventures In
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • Ulysses
  • The Trial
  • Brave New World
  • The Lord Of The Ring
  • On the Road
  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
  • The wind up Bird
  • Amrita
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Shadow of the Wind
  • The Foundation series
  • A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earth-bound Travels in the Far East

.... i could go on forever, i haven't even started to scratch the surface ...

Favorite Movies

This is another difficult one as there are far too many.... i have to confess i am a big fan of Secret Cinema, you should check it out if you can. In the mean time here is a quick list of my all times faves:

  • Blade Runner
  • Star Wars ( original Trilogy)
  • Casablanca
  • 2001: Space Odissey *Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • A clockwork Orange
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Taxi Driver
  • Annie Hall
  • The Big Lebowski
  • the Goonies
  • Ferris Bueller day off
  • Brazil
  • Ghost in the shell

and yes i could go on

The way of Tea

I have several passion, one of them is tea.... it all started when i was an Italian teen ager surrounded by teen ager in Italy, surrounded by coffee; I wanted to be different and in order to look older, more interesting and more sophisticated i started to drink tea....little did i know i started a passion that would last a lifetime.... i spent hours and hours trying to get the perfect cup of tea, black teas, fruity teas, white teas I thought i had found them all, and then i discovered "Matcha" a new world opened and i now mix matcha with A LOT of things ( cakes, cappuccinos, ice creams, salads ..... i would try it with everything i tell you) I still drink a lot of tea, but mostly in order to try and keep down my sugar intakes i tend to drink green tea ( i have a bit of a thing for the flavoured ones) and if it is summer i do like myself some cold Oolong Tea or some Mugicha (barley tea) So if you are sending me tea be assured i will appreciate most teas ( ok ther eis one i really don't like... Twinings Liquorice Allsorts earl grey.... i think it is the only tea box i have never been able to finish.....


Flamingos; dragonflies,botanical print ( vintage style), pastel colours ( especially Mint, Teal, Turquoise, Lime Green, Silver, Coral), kawai stuff,mushrooms, stickers, stationery of all sorts,Totoro, Retro anime, FF series,and lately i can't stop buying washi tape... i even have started to use a wooden twining tea box to sort them... I have a fetish for all things Japanese, Korean, thai etc...south east Asia is where my heart flies and flutters... I pretty much will be happy with anything you choose for me, it is the time you dedicate to the swap and therefore to me that will make it special, not what you end up sending :)


I do not have any real dislikes, however i do like my boundaries so PLEASE do not send nudie pictures, i have nothing against the human body i just would like to be the one deciding when to see some of them :) i do not mean to offend anyone with this statement, and i hope it is taken in the spirit it was meant :) Also please I am not really a lover of Disney and it's characters, or child like stickers so if you can please choose something else :)

thank you

Looking for

I am currently quite enthralled by classic botanic prints; the ones you used to see on old old books ... They seem either very difficult or very expensive to track down, so any pointers on how to acquire some will be super appreciated. *Also i am looking for pages from old Atlases - geography maps etc

Postal notices

I do take a lot of pride in my swaps and unless something strange happens ( sickness, flooding, biblical plagues)

I will ALWAYS send my swaps

However it does happen that things are delayed, lost, damaged, stolen in the mail so please please please do get in touch in case something is amiss


Please note I am posting from UK and parcels abroad can take up to 5 weeks to arrive


mickey7 rated for MEGA PEN PAL SWAP!! on May 18, 2018
Comment: I loved reading your letter. I loved learning about you and your likes. I will definitely be writing you back. It may just take me a bit. I’m kinda slow. Happy swapping.
SannyBunny rated for 5 questions letter #1 on May 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much. Will reply asap <3
PurpleEars rated for MEGA PEN PAL SWAP!! on May 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter! I'll definitely be writing back!
Angelflores rated for CALG; Seeds -Tea-Letter on May 11, 2018
Comment: thanks barbara for this swap, i love it, i will definitly will try the recipe you send me, and i was nice to know about your traditions and myths. thanks once again
Response: i am so happy you liked it!!! Thank you so much for the rating and the heart
oetje72 rated for Medium Pink and Gold Pocket Letter on May 4, 2018
Comment: Hai barbara. Thanx for resending. I think the other one got lost. Sorry for not contacting you about it. I totally forgot to. Love the PL. And thanx for the goodies. Love the cute stickers.
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart... i am so glad you got it
Comment: I absolutely LOVED the mini pocket letter you made for me! It is gorgeous and I really like all the goodies too.. Thank you so much !
Response: i am so glad to read you liked it... this is really what it is all about imagining the smile on the other person's face thank you so much for the rating and the heart
FelinaSP rated for You Gotta Try This! on Apr 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the tea and the beautiful way to send them, I loved ... my apologies for the delay in giving you the rating, but I had a complicated health condition that kept me out of the system for several months, thanks for your understanding!
Response: hellooo thank you so much for the rating and i wish you good health - hope you are a bit better
Comment: Guess what arrived in my post today?! And I can't believe what am amazing treasure trove this book is. The pages are beautiful and your letters in between we're wonderful to read. Thank you so much, too, for the wonderful tuck ins. I told you I had faith it would show up! Thank you for such a beautiful swap! xoxo
Response: ahhhh so glad it came, all hope was already lost :( i am so so so pleased you liked it thank you so much for the rating
thedreamer rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #22 on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: glad you liked it!
craftymimi rated for CALG; Seeds -Tea-Letter on Mar 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the letter, seed packet & tea! Loved that you included pics!
Response: :):):):) thank you so much for the rating ad the heart, so glad you liked it and happy growings :)
Comment: Got the pc today. Your book suggestion sounds good. I've added it to my to read list. Thanks as well for all the extras. I love those little food dish stickers!
Response: :) so glad you liked the swap if you can read the book you might love it ( and then you will be hooked) or you might hate it... there is no middle ground with Murakami ... thank you so much for the rating and the heart
Jcqln rated for Snail Mail Flip Book for Beginners on Mar 11, 2018
Comment: I’m so sorry I almost forgot to rate these beautiful flipbook full of great goodies 😍 you spoiled me. It is great to flip thru the book. And you wroet me a nice letter. I wish I could gave you 3 hearts. ❤️❤️❤️ With love Jacqueline
Response: aawww- thank you so much for the kind words, it has been a pleasure to create - thank you so much for the rating and the heart
Coffeeegal rated for International penpals swap on Mar 10, 2018
Comment: Hi. Thankyou. Cant wait to swap again ❤️❤️
Response: Thank you!!!!! so happy you liked the letter -<3
Lilianders rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - Flowers on Mar 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the colourful pocketletter. And all the goodies in the back.
Response: I am so glad you liked it Thank you so much for the rating
Ancalime rated for Hi, new penpal on Mar 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for nice letter :)
Response: thank you for the rating and the heart
Sahnetoffee rated for European penpals on Feb 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you Barbara! I will write back to you!
Response: thank you i will be waiting :)
Lety rated for Washi, Tea & a PC! on Feb 27, 2018
Comment: Lovely, lovely, lovely swap! I 'm actually trying your tea right now Grazie mille!
Comment: I received your postcard, I will be happy to pass it along. Thank you for the extras.
Response: Thank you so much for the rating, hope you'll try my recommendation :)
LadyCyr rated for Private Fat Quarter swap LadyCyr on Feb 13, 2018
Comment: Love the fabric thank you
Response: Thank you so much for the rating, glad you enjoyed the samples ;)
Jsereg001 rated for Fan of Washi #2 on Feb 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful washi and all the other goodies! Love everything!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it- thank you for the rating