Swap-bot Time: July 20, 2018 11:30 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: July 19, 2018
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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05/20/2018: I received a fantastic handmade postcard with some pretty paper and artistamps. The person seems to be based in Galway Lane, Houston TX and her name is Heide Lee! Any ideas? Please if you are here, I would love to hear from you so I can properly thank you!

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.

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

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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) ...


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.
Comment: Oh I love it all!!!! The little bookmark with the sloth is so cute! Thank you for all the beautiful items and a lovely mail art envelope!!! 😘
Response: Yay. Glad you liked all Sue! Hugs and thank you for your rating! ♥
knitterofhats rated for Random Envelope on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks! I loved the sewn batik envie and all the little goodies you enclosed. I love it ALL!!!
Response: So glad you liked all! Thank you for the sweet rating!
RooBaRoo rated for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme - on Apr 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your generous package! Thanks for the unusually stained paper! Whats that mushroom shaped design? I', guessing slices of a citrus fruit .... :) You've been a wonderful host & addressed all the participants' issues! It was a fun new thing to do! Thanks for all the extras!! My daughter is not here ... she's gone to my moher's place, but I thank you on her behalf, she will LOVE the stickers, the postcard, the greeting card, the Toucans ... are the scrapbook paper for her or for me ? :) She'll make delightful "fortune teller"s out of them - here & now they call it "tippy-tippy-top" :) Most importantly, I want to congratulate you about the coffee & spice paper. They have so much "character"!!! If they weren't so fragile, I'd write to penpals on them. Now, I'll make some layered mixed media cards out of them. It's not my "type", but you got me converted ! :)
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words!! Glad you liked the papers! ♥
simcoe54 rated for Tourist Postcards in an Envelope #4 on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful selection of tourist postcards and for the extras.
Response: Thank you Maxine! I hope you get everything else I have sent recently, very soon and that you like it all! Thank you for your sweet rating!
Comment: REally wonderful cards -- I sincerely love everyone of them. And the Stooges bag -- how fun is that! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you liked all! Hugs and thank you for the ♥ rating!
fbresnah rated for FS: Mail Art with Flat Surprise on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely cat envelope and all the wonderful coloring items! Love it!
Response: So glad it did not take that long to arrive and that you liked it! Hugs!
shirleyinCA rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #152 on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful variety of quality postcards plus extras! The Costa Rica butterfly watercolor card is my favorite - just so exquisite! Ooh, the Ranger Doug national park poster -- and of my all time favorite park, Yosemite! All the cards are delightful, and I enjoy the fun envelope, especially the air mail washi tape.
Response: So glad you liked them!!! ♥♥
Bavarija rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #153 on Mar 24, 2018
Comment: I have only one word - WOW. Amazing postcards!!!! Thank you!!!
Response: I was happy to send you Inge Löök postcards, enjoy those beauties!
Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful package! Your art is awesome and I will keep it with my other favourites on a wall in my art corner. I also really appreciate the handmade nature paper and the other papers and goodies you included. What a treat!
Response: So glad it finally made it to you!! Sending much love!! ♥♥
tichyleon rated for Christmas love on Mar 23, 2018
Comment: finalmente llego! que bueno que el anterior al menos te llego dde vuelta... igual me ha pasado que llegan cartas asi casi ilegibles... tu carta de navidad es hermosa. gracias por tus alentadoras palabras. espero sigamos encontrandonos en swaps cariños
Response: Gracias Tricia! Felicidades por tu bebé!! Un abrazo!
Comment: Oh what a lovely suprise - nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for the heartwarming envelope and all the bits and pieces! Whoop!! And now enjoy the weekend.
Response: So glad it reached you fine and you liked! ♥
Poohtat rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #151 on Mar 5, 2018
Comment: What a wonderful assortment of postcards! Thank you so much. And thank you for resending the RAK. The unicorn notebook and the coffee papers are awesome. Also love the envelopes you made. You are so sweet!
Response: Thank you so much for he rating :) i am so hapoy you liked whst I sent!!! 😍
Onibah3 rated for Happy Valentine's Day on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Hi there! I received your Etsy package today, and wow, what fun! I love everything. Thank you so much :}
Response: You're welcome! ♥

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simcoe54 on Jul 17, 2018:

Received the resend of the 3 tags and the package is wonderful. 2 - FOPS: Pick 2 Tags and Swap Tag! Thanks so so much for such wonderful choices. You know me so well and you are so generous.

susieq11 on Jul 12, 2018:

Hello!! xxx

HippieChick on Jul 9, 2018:

I hope you had a wonderful birthday! ❤💜❤💜 🎂🎁🎂🎁

phillaine on Jun 28, 2018:

Hello Maria!
I came back from my travels to find a sweet surprise from you, and it was a very nice welcome home. ♥ Thanks for thinking of me, and for sending the adorable labels. I'm going to have fun playing with these!

CrystalZ on Jun 21, 2018:

Words simply can not express how greatful I was to receive the pretty birthday card today towards my April wishlist. Your kind words were just so thoughtful and they put a smile on my face today....a little something extra to pull me through the rest of my work week! I love the extras you included too....the paint chip colours are such happy colours too. For some reason I envision yoir tropical home brightly decorated in such happy colours....maybe not ALL of them together but you are just so cheerful I just envision your home to be the same! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week Maria :)

fluffyjunk on Jun 21, 2018:

I received your mail for the Make-a-Wish!-Pick-2-Tag yesterday. Thank you SO MUCH!!! The bag is super cute (new shopping bag!), the embellishments are beautiful (with gold!!!) but the best part was the chocolate banana! I really had to force myself to spare some for my hubby and Konstantin! :D They are so delicious.... And I love the fact that someone can do something good by buying chocolate!

milamilamura on Jun 20, 2018:

¡Hola María querida! Me acaba de llegar una notificación diciendo que tu envío ya llegó a Chile, yay! Así que espero poder recibirlo esta semana, estaré súper atenta :)

Y tus especias no sé qué habrá pasado con ellas. Tampoco recuerdo si te envié el número de seguimiento, pero por si acaso es RR516003153CL y según tu página de correos, dice que fue admitido en aduana y está disponible para retiro, pero no sé si significa que pasó y está todo ok, esa notificación es del 29 de mayo. Espero que puedas recibir ese envío sin problemas, me cuentas cómo te va :) ¡Cariños!

simcoe54 on Jun 16, 2018:

Make A Wish - June Wishes -- Thanks for the banknotes that you sent from my wishlist. Love them and they are perfect additions to my collection!!!❤️

piratecaptainmo on Jun 14, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful bookmark you sent for the Pagan/Wiccan tag! I love it!!!

susieq11 on Jun 12, 2018:

Thank you for the Marc Chagall postcard for IFM Postcard Tag - Sender’s Choice!! xxxxx

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