Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2018 12:57 pm


Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: January 16, 2018
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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01/07/2018: From today in 6 months (July 7th), I will be turning 50 wow... Where has gone the time??? :O

PLEASE write me if you have not received from me. I promise I will do my best to make it right. PLEASE do not rate me down without even giving me the chance to talk and act.

My basic info

11/29/2017: Last update

First of all, please note that Costa Rica has a very poor postal service and this has caused me headaches and rating problems. The current 3 you see in my profile should be a 5 (there was an original sent and some resent packages until one of the envelopes was finally received but the swapper refused to rate 5 and gave me the 3 (I do also have official proof of all the shippings I sent to this member if somebody needs to see the paper. Her intention was nothing but to damage my reputation based on her prejudices).

Being said that, if you are willing to give it a try, I am totally up for private swapping, tags and etc and I will always do my best to fix my messy postal service if something happen in between and above all, to send you the best I can (always read profiles, it is one of the best parts of giving).

Maria Gallardo
Po Box 1891-2050
San Pedro de Montes de Oca
San Jose, Costa Rica 11501

My : mgallardo68@gmail.com

I am Maria, 49 years old. Mom of three grown children and grannie of 4 grandbabies and one that is in the oven (is a girl!!!!). I have a beloved sister and a niece and nephew that are like my own children. I also have 1 DIL and 1 SIL that treat me as their mom and I love them dearly (even if we fight jaja).

I love my family above all, also love art, reading, traveling, Internet, movies, classic and indi music, talking, philosophy, philology, history, anthropology, even politics.... I am atheist but I love anything/everything related with religious icons, symbols, ethereal spirits, angels, pagan and so on and I have no problem receiving any of this (only do NOT indoctrinate me please).

I am a sharing person, I do not like hoarding (really minimalist in my possessions). I love to send extras and try to make my best to send your way a good package but by no means, this means I expect the same. Though, I do appreciate the love you put in your swaps.

I quilt, sew, do mixed media, altering, recycling, upcycling and more. Love cotton fabrics, buttons, papers, pretty stuff, vintage stuff, doing collage, painting, using watercolors, the stars, the cosmos, the humans, the leaves, the planets, ribbons & laces. Snow!! ♥♥

Love blank postcards in envelope but I am perfectly fine if you send a naked one, and postage stamps (used and unused), handmade items that show your soul, envelopes, happy mail and decorated stuff.

Love roses, Christmas and Fall, the snow (oh the snow)... Did I say snow?

I do not like:

  • Dirty stuff
  • Smoking smell stuff
  • Vulgar stuff or rude
  • Pets

I am an honest person, passionate, intense and straightforward (this gives me problems all the time) ...


noname13 rated for DESTASH noname13 & mgallardo68 on Jan 13, 2018
Comment: Hi Maria, thanks a lot for all the postcards. And thanks for the envelopes. You're right I'm not so much into handmade things except for envelopes :) I also hosted some swaps for handmade envelopes and will again when I have more time, perhaps in March...
Response: Looking forward to sign up! Thank you for your lovely rating!
irishconnie rated for Tea and a Note 2 on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Ty for my Tea and Note <3 xx
Pikkis rated for Book/Library Postcard on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing selection of book-related postcards :)! I´m so lucky to have this many, and I love each and every one and also the stories behind them. You´ve really read my profile with care and I appreciate that. The bookmark-one is my absolute favourite, you see. But I also share mutual memories from my childhood and visiting the local library, from where I always returned home with a huge pile of books with me. Libraries and bookstores still are one of my favourite places and I definitely would like to visit that bookstore in Oregon. Thank you once again for all this and making my day and tens of hearts and all the best for you (and happy reading) :)!
Response: So glad you have enjoyed my swap!! Thank you so much for the hearty rating but especially for taking the time to leave a comment. Hugs!
ainaignies rated for ISS: Pick 3 on Jan 8, 2018
Comment: thank you
Response: So glad it reached you that fast!! Take care!
Comment: So many great kid cards! Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you liked them!! ♥♥
Poohtat rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #147 on Jan 8, 2018
Comment: Wow! Thank you. Great postcards and I love the stickers and the notecards too.
Comment: Great cards and I love the cat sticker! Thank you so much!
Response: So glad you liked the envie!! Hugs and Happy New Year! ♥
HippieChick rated for junk journal supplies - geekery on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful envelope of goodness! My wonderful postal lady was able to find it in the enormous pile when I went to sign for it. :) I adore the envelope you made as well.
Response: I couldn't believe when I read this! Only 20 days and you opened!!! This is a Christmas gift! Hugs Dawn! ♥♥
rngstgstll rated for Boiled paper - botanical - on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Gracias por las papeles! Me encanta el papel con la palma en particular, se puede ver la hoja y el color rosa es muy linda. Buen idea, usar "crepe paper" para el color -- me gustaria tentarlo. No se como voy a usar las papeles, pero estoy pensando en crear munecas de papel? Me encanta tambien las etiquetas de gatos en costumbres nacionales y la tela tan linda :) Cual regalo de paquete! Felices fiestas y le deseo un 2018 lleno de proyectos divertidos :)
Response: Muchas gracias por tu bello mensaje en español!! Pocas veces puedo leerlo acá! Me alegra muchísimo que te haya gustado todo lo que he enviado! Un abrazo y gracias por tu calificación!! Feliz año 2018 tambièn! ♥♥
crochetjunkie rated for A 3'fer - Happy Paper mail on Dec 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the lovely items!!
Response: My pleasure! Happy you liked all! ♥
Comment: Thank you for the polka dot goodies!
Response: You are welcome
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful swap! Your envelopes are works of art. Thanks too for your lovely note, postcards and that gorgeous card. Wow! So thankful to have "met" you!!!! Have a Merry Christmas!!! XOXOXO
Response: Hugs Susan! I am so happy you liked what I sent! Merry Christmas to you and family! ♥
Comment: Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Response: You are most welcome!! Thank you for your hearty rating!♥
Comment: Thank you so much love the art!
Response: Oh Anicka, this arrived too!! So happy you liked it!♥
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards! I love them so much
Response: So glad you begun receiving packages from here!! Happy you liked them! ♥ Hugs
meeltje57 rated for Boiled paper - botanical - on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: O Maria, something seriously went wrong with this package. I had to collect it at the postoffice and it was soaking wet 💦😥 It is drying now on the radiator. I could take it apart for a little bit and saw your wonderful boiled paper. I know it is going to be all right, I just have to be patient and that's the hard part. I will let you know how it all turns out and hope you get my sending soon now. Have a wonderful Holiday Time with your wonderful Family. Take care my friend.
Response: Oh no, this made me really sad. I included in this package, an OOAK altered brochure, my first one ever that I cannot repeat, I can make a new one but it will not be the same :(... I will resend Neeltje and I will open a claim here (Who knows at which point it got trapped in danger the package but at least I can express my annoyance)... So upset with this!!!
SamiE rated for QUICK ATC swap #251 on Dec 20, 2017
Comment: Many thanks for all the ATC's. They will fit in just fine. Happy Holidays.
Response: Glad you like them! Thank you for your sweet rating!
sabbysteg rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #145 on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: Wow, what a generous envie of neat scraps and postcards! :) Thank you!
Response: So glad you liked! ♥♥
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #4X on Dec 18, 2017
Comment: It is always awesome to receive your beautiful swaps. The envelope was great! I loooove the postcards and thanks too for the note cards. I appreciate them and thanks so much for joining my swap! xoxo
Response: Record time for sure!! I want to believe, my postal service will behave this year!! Su, thank you for everything! Hugs! ♥
simcoe54 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #144 on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: My lucky day, a second package from you with so many great items. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!
Response: So glad it arrived!! Happy Holidays for you too ♥

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RooBaRoo on Jan 12, 2018:

I got your "Random envie pay is forward" 😊 Thanks so much! It is full of amazingly beautiful paper 💋💟 I esp loved the assorted note papers, they are adorable! & oh! I appreciate the "bloom where you are planted" envelope embellishment. The message startled me a bit, & that is probably because it is the exact slightly admonishing encouragement that I need RIGHT NOW !! 👌👌👍👍

Lyndall on Jan 12, 2018:

Hello! I received both your parcels: the one for the WTA and the "I collect". Thank you so much! I loved the renaissance envie you made me! And it's so cool that your dad was an artist! My dad is an art teacher :D xx

CrystalZ on Jan 9, 2018:

Maria you are such a generous lady! Thank you for sending me the amazing Graphic 45 pieces you sent me for the Wishlist wish and the public forum tag. Glad that this online shop purchase made it safely! They were packaged very well and made the trip from the online shop quite quickly I thought. I am very much looking forward to using the papers :) Thank you again!

lovetherain on Jan 6, 2018:

Hi Maria, thank you so much for the cuteness overload WTA prize! It was so kind and sweet of you to order it for me <3 I love the postcard book! My daughter actually has the flower fairy story book, so I really like how this matches it.

mariamichelle on Jan 5, 2018:

Thanks again so much for the cute red envelopes. They're something I wouldn't have bought for myself which makes them even better. Best wishes and Happy New Year!! Maria

Dsweeny on Jan 2, 2018:

AHHHH!!! I received my Irish music CD today from the profile tag - WHAT A PERFECT choice!!! As you said, it combines 2 of my favorite things! You are a sweetheart, and I cannot thank you enough. Hugs, Dina

bombardiette on Jan 2, 2018:

Thank you so much for the incredible random envelope PIF Tag! I loved everything you sent - and how wonderfully personal you made it. You're a joy to swap with. xoxo

anicka22 on Jan 2, 2018:

Thank you so much for the very cute Beatrix Potter cards for my CPGwishlist from december

sabbysteg on Jan 1, 2018:

Hi there, thank you so much for the CPG Dec WL. The cast runes were really accurate and I loved your Christmas card as well as the other items you included, so thank you very much. I also got a random postcard, was it for a swap or just the private one we were doing?

pkpeace on Dec 31, 2017:

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