Swap-bot Time: January 29, 2020 6:49 am


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: January 28, 2020
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, every now and then I rewrite my whole profile. Today is one of those days.

Handmade anything.

Postcards: handmade, collage, tourist, art, any upcycled or reused or reformed "art", illustrated, inspirational, humor, photography, and feel free to send anything, I will appreciate all you send to me.

Lately I've been experimenting with big postcards. Chatting with my post office, I can send bigger postcards then I had originally understood and that notion inspires me!

Tell me who is your favorite artist or inspiring person and tell me how or why they inspire you!

Thank you for all the die cut creations since it’s one craft I don't do.

Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts...

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.

Favorite Music

I love all kinds of music. Right now I've been listening to a lot of Nils Frahm, but I can go through all the genres and enjoy them. I also listen to Soundcloud, electronic music.

Favorite Books

Here are a few of my favorite authors: Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Jon Steele, Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro, Francesca Lia Block, Paul Theroux, Oliver Sacks, Anne Rice, Jeffrey Toobin, Angela Duckworth, Malcolm Gladwell, Neil Gaiman, Anáis Nin, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Marguerite Duras, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau Stephen Dubner, Steve Levitt, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lon Milo Duquette, Danielle Steel, George R.R. Martin, Haruki Murakami, Erin Morgenstern, Robert B. Parker, Edgar Allen Poe, JD Salinger

I'm a big fan of Little Free Libraries and we have over 66 i my town that I've listed that I patronize or visit just here in my town! There are even more when you count Berkeley or San Francisco which are about 20-30 minutes away so not far for me. It's like treasure hunting! They are each like treasure chests and I love to add my extra books to the flow of books, maps, magazines, even stationery or videos.

I do love poetry. Go to a poetry reading. If you come to San Francisco go to a poetry reading here at City Lights bookstore. It is a mecca. Write your own poetry. It's good for you.

Here at Swap-Bot I've joint the TBR (To Be Read Group). Being a part of the group and participating in the monthly group swaps helps me to stay focused on my reading list. I pick up books everywhere and I was chaotic and random before. Now, I'm more methodical and the group doesn't require that we read a certain amount but I do set my own reading goals. We share how we are doing each month against our goal or goals.

Favorite Television

We watch Vikings, Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, Make It Artsy, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home show, America's Test Kitchen, Mr. Robot, Barefoot Contessa, Queen of the South, Counterpart, Rook, Fixer Upper, various animal, space, and science shows, and the news.

I record Bloomberg Technology shows such as David Rubenstein, Businessweek, ETF IQ, I don’t know what ETFs are but I’m trying to learn. I geek out on this stuff.

Then I also watch Z Living TV like yoga shoes back to pack and oh man Vice TV! Shows like Suppertime! That guy is crazy.

News, I watch oodles of news I like to sweep across all the channels including international and business and weather news. I like to watch conservative and liberal and everything in the world. I like watching other country’s news to see other perspectives.

Podcasts are another favorite for me. I listen to Freakonomics from public radio in NY. And Terry Gross' Fresh Air from Public Radio too.

Oh yeah, one of my all time favorite books is by JD Salinger, it's a short story called "Franny & Zooey" where Franny starts mouthing and chanting and praying ceaselessly. I get her. Even though I don't think I could explain or teach it to anyone else.


Mostly now, I Swim and Walk my dog daily. With bits of yoga tossed in.

Favorite Teas

Send me any tea! I drink tea every afternoon and evening. Black tea, white tea, tisanes, herb teas. My favorites are David's Teas which are loose and I prefer his berry flavored teas. I love mint teas. I make teas from the herbs in my garden.

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals. I haven't tried making them into elixirs though I suppose that is next. I cannot believe how much money stores charge for these crystal infused waters. Rock crystal or clear crystal, rose quartz, are a few for the bath sprinkled with rose buds fresh or dried and rose hips. Yumm mm


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!


redeemed rated for Chunk O Cardboard - January 2020 on Jan 27, 2020
Comment: If I could give you 2 hearts, I would!! Thank you so much for your extra special chunk. P.S, I love girlscout cookies
Eulegirl rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2019 on Jan 26, 2020
Comment: Library book sales are super fun!!
stephanieshaw rated for Magic Box Destash Swap January on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the wish list items and for a fun swap!
Kokoxo rated for SF - Happy New Year 2020 on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap! I enjoyed reading your letter and getting to know you more. Thank you SO much for the forever stamps!!! and all the kawaii goodies ~ you know me so well 💖
Comment: Will look into that book!
Amandlyn22 rated for SF-Winter Blues notecard -USA on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and tape. I love the colors of spring, too! Soon they will be here!
Response: Yes, I love Spring!!
michlove rated for PH: Send a Naked Postcard #3 on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Marie, Thank you for your postcard! Very cool you get to up cycle stuff from your pen pals stash. Thank you for the recipe also. Michelle
Response: Your postcard arrived today. What an amazing gift for prose you have.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty San Francisco postcard!
Response: Yay! Glad you liked it!
Bucket rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 16, 2020
Comment: Nice work this year!
Response: Trying, the first months before I joined this group I read almost nothing!
denisedecker58 rated for SF - Happy New Year 2020 on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for an amazing swap! I loved everything!
Response: Really? YAY!!!!!!!
myancey rated for Recycle a postcard swap on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lighthouse. Happy swapping
Response: Don't have many lighthouses...glad I found one for you!
Comment: Great card! I'd love to see pics of your flapper dress...
Response: ha ha,
Isa2020 rated for SF ~ Just Saying Hello INT ~ #5 on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: Hello! Thank you for your great notecard and washi tapes. I love it. It was a pleasure to know you better !! Bye
Response: Thank you Isa
captkristi rated for Recycle a postcard swap on Jan 11, 2020
Comment: The way that you repurposed the PC was incredible!! Thanks so much for sharing your artwork with me.
Response: Yes, these recycled postcards are fun. I have received pretty cards, that I'd love to do more of these recycled postcard swaps.
fiorellaione rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: What a great reading year you had! I always enjoy reading your thoughts on the books you read
Response: You do? Thank you! I am always tempted by your book list and highlights. It takes willpower not to just add all your books onto my TBR list!
USAFwife rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the update! Looks like you made progress. :)
Response: Very excited for 2020 too!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In 2019, I read ... on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Great job!
Response: Thanks! It is fun to participate with you in this group.
Comment: Thank you! I love the way you've decorated the envelope. Unfortunatelly it was partially torn and packed in an additional foil (probably added at the post office). Don't worry, nothing is missing! The card is so very lovely and thank you also for PCs and extras. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas. Happy 2020!
Response: Oh no! I often worry about my mail. And during the winter wet months, they go through a lot to travel around the world, don't they?!
fiorellaione rated for TBR: 2020 new swap style on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Reading six books at a time! What a pro! =D For a very auspicious new reading year!
Response: I'm not that focused. Trying to keep myself focused. Also I need to decide faster when I decide to stop reading or give up on a book. I keep holding out for hope that it will turn around.
WoodlandBanshee rated for AAA: Wings on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Ahhhh I love layering! Such a beauty ATC.Take care!
Response: Thank you. This was a challenge.

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armadillogal on Jan 12, 2020:

Postcard likes????

JuneRosebud on Dec 25, 2019:


jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

reauk on Dec 12, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

from reauk

dear Maria sorry for my mistake in my last posting im in love with sprouts they are my favorite vegetable Love them or hate them, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts. over here in England our new walkers crisps/chips are sprouts flavour yummy yummy

Angie on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are you a brussel sprout lover?

I adore brussel sprouts though they don't adore me back. My Pekingese love them too.

Happy Brussel Sprouts to you!

LauRad83 on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

we always have a couple of sprouts on our christmas dinner her in england, However none of us are keen.

The only time i liked spouts what when i was pregnant! I would microwave a bowl full and eat them with salt whilst watching tv LOL

sfcorrespondence on Nov 22, 2018:

Hello! I'm Micaela in San Francisco. I noticed we were in the same Autumn and Winter Swap group and just wanted to say hi since you were in the bay area as well! Hope you are doing well and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

hamolla22 on Nov 17, 2018:

Hello! Regarding your question for “Swap a Tag 🏷”, any size and shape for the tags is allowed! Up to you ☺️

LizzyJo on Aug 19, 2018:

It was Van Halen's contract that required no brown M & Ms.

Kellpepper on Apr 28, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap! I am also pretty sure I have a 1/2 finished letter finish for you.

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