Swap-bot Time: March 5, 2021 9:30 pm


Date Joined: June 11, 2020
Last Online: March 5, 2021
Birthday: February 23, 1995
Country: Portugal
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About Me

I'm a Lisbon-based journalist, with a childlike passion for science and nature, but I write mostly about books and city life, which includes me telling you the best plays to see in town, the best places to grab a bite and the best things to do with kids outdoors (I don't have kids yet, but I think I know pretty well what they like to do since I'm also a kid at heart).

I'm also a very curious and full-battery person (who really enjoys being outside and rollerblading). Of course, I do need a recharge every once in a while. That said, in my so-called spare time, I read comics, watch sci-fi tv shows on Netflix (or other streaming platforms), drink a lot of Portuguese cider, while listening to indie pop/rock music, and craft for my lovely pen friends.

Snail mail

I do Postcrossing and have penpals since 2011 when I was in high school, but I stopped during university and I absolutely regret it. Now I'm back and I know this is more a lifestyle than a passion. Writing and reading letters make my day and I have so much fun creating snail mail that I can't imagine my life without it.

My favourite crafts to make and send to people are flipbooks and pocket letters and I always try to decorate my envelopes to send my swaps in (if it's not decorated, it's probably inside a standard green Portuguese envelope that I use sometimes to send flipbooks). I don't have a personal aesthetic yet though. I do love pastels and earth tones, but my motto is to create something the other person can relate to and truly enjoys. It's more about making someone happy and less about my own liking.

I do love to receive vintage, magic, nature or space-themed snail mail. I think they are my favourite themes, even though I love to be surprised (recently someone created comic-themed snail mail for me and it's one of my favourites ever!).

I try to always add other gifts, such as pretty paper, washi samples, die-cuts, stickers, tea bags or other stuff the person I'm writing to might like. Of course, I love to receive gifts too, but that's not my focus. I just want to feel that you care and that's something you can show in many ways, beginning with a genuine letter. That said if you do want to send me extras, here are some things that I absolutely love to have around and would be so excited to receive in a swap:

✨ postcards or another type of stationery;

✨ tea, because I love a cup of warm happiness;

✨ washi samples, since I'm shamelessly addicted and there's not a thing as too much washi if you ask me, but some ideas of washi patterns I might love a little extra: grid or checkered, solid pastel or earth colours, with mushrooms or other nature-themed elements, like flowers and butterflies, magic/witch or space/sky/astrological elements, for example.

✨ pretty blank labels for addresses;

✨ girl stickers or any stickers really;

✨ vintage/patterned/kraft paper and envelopes;

✨ bookmarks;

✨ cute sticky notes;

✨ anything nature, mushrooms, bee or space-themed;

✨ dried flowers and leaves;

✨ you doing you with love.


You can send me any postcard you like: I'm sure it'll be lovely. But if you want to choose something that particularly pleases me, I made a guide:

♥ if you are from France, I would love to receive postcards from here (http://www.correspondances.com/);

♥ designer cards (by names like John Lodi, Anne Taintor, Jim Benton, Holly Webber, Lila Ruby King, Cansu Yaman, for example);

♥ postcards of House of St Junior;

♥ "I ♥ ..." postcards;

♥ painted winter or autumn;

♥ black&white postcards;

♥ map, flag or landscapes postcards (not multy views) from your country/city;

♥ peace, love, infinite and hope postcards;

♥ blue things, like sky or ocean or whatever;

♥ Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe;

♥ wonders of the world;

♥ pin-up girls;

♥ color painted city views;

♥ book inspired, because I'm a compulsive reader and writer;

♥ Retro/ Vintage/ Art/ Typewriters/ Cameras;

♥ lighthouses;

♥ 3D/4D postcards;

♥ anything related to mail (like mailbox/envelope/postman, etc.);

♥ children book illustration/retro famous painting;

♥ Bands (as Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Kooks, The Strokes, Foster The People, Guns N' Roses, Patrick Watson, Likke Li, or so);

♥ things related to New York, England, Paris, Scotland, Australia or Ireland (I really want things related to these places).

If you want, you can send me Birthday postcards in February and Christmas postcards in December.

Anyway, don't worry. I'm not particularly demanding, and I'm sure you can give me to know lots of beautiful cards that have nothing to do with what I just described above. But, please, don't send me religious cards. And don't forget to write and stamp (I only collect postcards written and stamped). You can write whatever you want me to know about you (your likes and dislikes, favourite music, books, poems, favourite quotes, etc.) and about your country and/or culture.


Comment: Loved the colourful washi on the envelope was really bright and cheerful , great bunch of washi samples and some lovely extras thank you so much
Response: I hope you enjoy them all 💕
journalwithrae rated for TPC: Pastel Washi Swap on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute washi tapes, Raquel!!! xoxo
Response: I'm so glad you liked it 💕
starchaser7707 rated for TPC: The Elements ~ Earth on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: I absolutely loved the flipbook! Thank you so much!
Response: It was my pleasure 💕
starchaser7707 rated for TPC-Your home postcard on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved the postcard!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it 💕
uncannywhimsy rated for TPC: The Art of Loving on Feb 1, 2021
Comment: Raquel, thank you so much for the gorgeous swap, and the lovely things you said about me! You’re so wonderful! Thank you!
Response: I'm glad you liked it, and I feel the same about you. I'm so bless for knowing you 💕
Ltiernan rated for TPC: Froggy Mail Swap on Jan 28, 2021
Comment: Such a lovely swap, thank you :) I can’t wait to use the stickers and the stamped paper!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, can't wait to see what you come up with 💕
Cutecottagewitch rated for TPC: Pastel Washi Swap on Jan 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, i loved it! 💕
Response: Hey Tina, that makes me happy! Enjoy it 💕
ApricityMail rated for TPC: Washi Wednesday ~ Witchy on Jan 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap! You are so creative. <3
Response: I'm so glad you liked it really! Thank you for the generous heart rating! ❤️
lilsiyh rated for ⭐ MS ⭐ : MY PLAYLIST #5 on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the songs! The minimum was at least 10 songs but I let it slide this time!
Response: Hey Lilja! I though I had made everything right, but now I know I can't really count, sorry. I already add one more song to the playlist I created on Spotify and hope you have a great time listening to it. I have heard all the songs in loop in the last day.
uncannywhimsy rated for TPC: ADMIN ONLY: Yule on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for my BEAUTIFUL necklace, Raquel! It’s stunning, I love it! Thank you!!
Response: I'm so, so, so glad you liked it! ❤️
Comment: What a great swap! Absolutely love the sticker you designed.. will check your IG out! So much fun washi and stickers!! Absolutely adore it all.. your handwriting is beautiful too. Thank you so much!
Response: Hey, thank you so much for the feedback. I'm glad you liked it, because I definitely had a lot of fun putting it together! And I hope to see you on my Insta!
Ltiernan rated for TPC: Yule Gift Swap on Dec 14, 2020
Comment: I absolutely LOVE the tapes! Thank you so much ❤️
Response: Hope you have fun with your new froggy washis ❤️ I loved them so much that I might order from me too, hehe!
Comment: As always I'm blown away by your attention to details! Thank you so very much for another amazing swap! And that lil clay mushroom I love it a lot <3
Response: I'm so glad you loved it! And thank you so much for inspiring me (I loved the way you did the decor of one of your letters, so I had to up my game too!)
KaurinMarie rated for TPC: Pumpkin-Mania!! on Dec 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for everything! It’s was so nice and that pumpkin clay piece is just so pretty! I can’t wait to make a pin out of it! 🤍
Response: I'm really glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun crafting that for you ❤️
KaurinMarie rated for TPC: Blackout Poetry on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the poems! They were both so much fun to read! 🤍
Response: I'm glad you liked it, Kaurin. It was really fun to try! ❤️
Comment: I loved reading it. Thank you :)
Response: Thank you for "hearing" me ❤️
Kirkdebb rated for LSRUS: 1000 Hearts Giveaway on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you sooo much for such a delightful surprise in my mail box! Using heart paper and washi tape was genius for this swap. I loved all of the goodies inside especially for the personalized tag with my name on it!
Response: I just had so much fun putting it together and I am really glad you liked it! Thank you so much for the extra heart! Enjoy it and have a nice day ❤️
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely washi swap everything was perfect I absolutely adore bats the post it notes are wonderful
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it Terri! Can't wait to see how you use the washi I sent in your creations. Have fun ❤️
Motherofwands9 rated for TPC: Blackout Poetry on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Loved the black out poems, and the extra bits!
Response: I'm glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun to put it together :)
Comment: Thank you so much for telling me about your beliefs and your maternal line! It was fascinating!
Response: Thank you so much for reading it and want to know more about it. It has been a pleasure to talk with you ❤️

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