Swap-bot Time: November 15, 2018 2:00 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: November 14, 2018
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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October 24/2018: UPDATE: National strike is still, however; some services are partially restored, including Postal ones but things are still SUPER slow so please bear with me as there are important delays with my post (incoming and outgoing! Thank you for your understanding!

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

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

My :


I am Maria, 50 years old. Mom of three grown children and grannie of 5 beautiful grandbabies. 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 jajaja).

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 and tres, the ocean, 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 (colorful and handmade are the best), 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) ...


piratecaptainmo rated for FS: Flat stocking stuffer on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I will update my rating when I open your gift at Christmas.
Response: Ok :)
anicka22 rated for FS: Flat stocking stuffer on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Dear Maria, Thank you so much for the beautiful wrapped presents! And 5!!
Response: Oh Anicka! So glad you receive them and made your day!!! ♥♥ Enjoy them!!! Hugs!
HaoHaoHao rated for Flat Mail Surprise Swap on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful surprises! I love everything! I wish I could give a million hearts!
zurdoswifey rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #157 on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the amazon order...they’re really cute ☺️
Response: Glad you liked them! ♥♥
shirleyinCA rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #157 on Oct 27, 2018
Comment: Many thanks for going way above and beyond swap requirements to get me wonderful postcards on time despite your postal strike!
Response: So glad you liked them!! Sending hugs and thank you for your understanding! ♥
anicka22 rated for FS: Flat Happy Mail #2 on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you, thank , thank you. Mail from you is always the best!
Response: ♥♥ Glad you discovered and liked it ;-) ♥♥
susieq11 rated for FS: Happy Things PC swap on Aug 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Rodin postcard and your list of happy things!! #10 - life. YES!!!!!! XOXO
Response: Hugs Sue!! Thank you for letting me know this finally arrived!
Comment: I was so glad to receive this package of delightful yellow goodies from Costa Rica! The Leche Dorado recipe sure looks good and I can even read the Spanish. The little dotted envie is okay, its really cute. I never rate down when a swapper sends something on my dislike list - don't want to ruin anyones score for some little thing. There sure are a lot of great items in here that I will really enjoy using.
Response: Ohhh, that's why I included the note regarding the mini envie, because I had very clear your likes and dislikes. I hope something in there is good enough to be used.
blubutterfly rated for Random Envelope 3 on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: On my goodness!! What a wonderful envelope to receive!! Especially on a Friday, I really needed some happy mail, thank-you so much. Loved everything, favourites are the postcards (especially the cat one!), the flamingo and the llama:) You were so very generous!! Again thanks so much♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Response: Glad you liked everything! ♥♥ Thank you for a sweet rating!
LadyJo rated for FS: A Day With Me on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: I enjoyed sharing in your Birthday day! I loved reading about this milestone day of yours! Thank you too for all the extras you sent to me! You deserve many hearts! Happy Belated Birthday!
Response: Thank you so much!! Best wishes taken!! Hugs! ♥♥
MelbourneGirl rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #26 on Aug 1, 2018
Comment: WOW! Thank you for so much fun :) :) We love it all <3
Response: Glad you both liked all! :)
Comment: I love the water color pencils you sent me. Now I am off to water color :0)
Response: Yayyy, something more is in its way!!! :)
Comment: What a wonderful and colourful Flowish Journal! I love the sewn cover. And the sewn extra cover with the stamps. Flipping through the journal is inspiring with all the papers and fabric you've picked. It's such a pleasure, thank you so much! It will be hard to take it apart. :)
Response: Totally forgot to answer your rate dear Monique! Thank you for your sweet rating and for your friendship! Until next time! ♥♥
milamilamura rated for Snail Mail Lovers on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Ay María, al fin llegó tu envío y no puedo creer lo hermoso que es todo, quedé completamente en shock y absolutamente fascinada. Amé todas las cosillas de ephemera, están hermosas y también lo de Flow, que nada de eso lo tenía y me hizo muy feliz! Y qué hermoso cómo armaste un mini pack de cosas para mi libro de recetas que ya pronto comenzaré a trabajar en él y me viene súper todo lo que enviaste, lo encontré demasiado lindo para ser verdad. El monedero pequeño de gatito es adorable y ese té no lo había visto antes. Conozco la marca, pero ese tipo de té no lo había visto, así que feliz de poder probarlo, yay! Amé este swap porque se nota mucho el cariño y tengo muchas ideas sobre qué hacer con todo lo que me enviaste hehe. ¡Muchas gracias y hasta otro swap! Feliz de seguir intercambiando contigo <3
Response: Me hace feliz que te gustara todo. Estaba aterrorizada porque tu siempre envías cosas hermosas 😍!! Un abrazo y espero pronto otro swap :)
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #152 on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Maria, I had pretty much given up your envelope arriving, but low and behold it got to my mailbox last night. And it was worth the wait--I LOVE all the cards! Thank you so much! Carol in Denver
Response: You're welcome.
meeltje57 rated for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme - on May 15, 2018
Comment: O, what a joy it is to receive a package from you. You surprise me every time. Thank you for all the beautiful things you made for me. The smell of coffee on the boiled paper is so lovely. And all those painted papers, it will be hard for me to use them for I would like to keep them to myself and treasure them. But you teach me the art of sharing, thank you so much for everything.
Response: So happy it reached you finally! I hope you have liked the envelope too. I made it specially for your collection (and JJ). Hugs!
tejka76 rated for Big Spring Swap on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice collection of postcards.
Response: You're most welcome!
Comment: The first notice I got said that I got a package from Ireland - the postman must have misread it. Anyway, three tags are a lot of tags; yes, that more than satisfies the swap terms. I particularly love the little embroidered one. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome.
choke rated for PVT: mgallardo68 & choke on May 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mini rolos, your work is stunning! I am so happy to swap these with you, they are my first additions and really set the bar high! Thank you too for the gorgeous papers, I will have a hard time using them up because I LOVE them so much. Hope we can swap again soon!
Response: Thank you for your sweet rating, words of encouragement and for giving me the opportunity to swap! Hugs ♥
choke rated for IPC: Let's Build a Tag Journal #1 on May 2, 2018
Comment: Love, love, love this tag! All the beautiful green colors, woweeee! Thank you so much for your beautiful work Maria, I adore it!
Response: So glad you liked it! It was a 'deconstruction' :) Hugs.

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Ciska76 on Nov 14, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful turtle postcards for my November wish (make a wish). Love them! 💕

simcoe54 on Nov 13, 2018:

Make A Wish - October Wishes -- Thanks for the 2 banknotes from etsy. They are perfect for my collection and I added them into my binder as soon as I received them!!!

susieq11 on Nov 10, 2018:

Maria, thank you for the adorable poodle rubber stamp for Make A Wish! October! It is soooo cute!!! You find the best things - thank you for your generosity!! XOXOXO

anicka22 on Nov 7, 2018:

Dear friend, Thank you so very, very much for the beautiful notecards for my November wishlist! They are so pretty!!

RooBaRoo on Nov 1, 2018:

Hi Maria!

Just got round to using the spice paper ... for dawn sky & potion inside potion bottle ... as soon as she saw it, my daughter wanted a sheet for a "treasure map"!

If I put the image here, it will spoil the alignment of your profile page ... here is the link

shirleyinCA on Oct 27, 2018:

Your very generous and lovely Cavallini postcard set arrived and is quite wonderful -many, many thanks!!!!

Ciska76 on Oct 20, 2018:

Thank you so much Maria for the beautiful bird postcards for the IFM July WTA. They have arrived, yeah 😃! 💕

anicka22 on Oct 19, 2018:

Thank you so much for the books dearest Maria. They were wrapped beautiful and a Mary poppins book!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

HaoHaoHao on Oct 17, 2018:

Thank you so much for the cross stitch pattern! It is a pattern I've been wanting to do for some time now! You're the best! -Meghan

denimblu14 on Oct 17, 2018:

Hello Maria, sorry for the delay in thanking you for my August PTG WTA. The 4 map cards are fabulous and are full of colour and zany illustrations, I love them all and I thank you very much

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