Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2021 8:22 am


Date Joined: November 21, 2020
Last Online: September 25, 2021
Birthday: December 31
Country: Italy
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About Me

Hey all, I'm from Italy, approaching my 40s, HR generalist during the day and paper crafter / letter writer at night. My actual name is Mariagiovanna, I usually go by Giovanna. I have been writing letters since the 1990s. I am a huge lover of vintage/vintage inspired aesthetics but appreciate many others - I mean, we don't have to choose, right? I'm a childfree intersectional feminist who's very interested in social issues. On a spiritual point of view I'm somewhere between NeoPaganism, Core Shamanism and Pastafarianism.

I speak Italian, English and a little Spanish and French, feel free to write me in any of these languages. But I like to learn words and basic sentences in other languages, so feel free to share.

My hobbies are writing, reading, watching tv series, cooking, geocaching, escape rooms and similar activities. I like dogs and ferrets (I've had ferrets for 10+ years). Also, I'm fascinated by bees and jumping spiders.

I've noticed that my mail arrives to Europe within around 15-30 days, in other continents within 45-60 days. In case you don't receive a swap from me 1-2 months after the sending date (depending on the distance) please do contact me in order to make plans for a re-send.

Favorite Books


  • Margaret Atwood
  • Octavia Butler
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Joanne Harris
  • Robin Hobb
  • Ursula Le Guin
  • Natasha Pulley
  • Sarah Waters

Favorite Television

Some TV shows I've been enjoying lately:

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Doctor Who (not consistently though)
  • Carnival Row
  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Game of Thrones (the first few seasons at least)
  • Glow
  • Jane The Virgin
  • Lucifer
  • Modern Family
  • One Day at a Time
  • Pose
  • Scrubs
  • Sherlock
  • The Alienist
  • The Good Place
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Other interests

Topics A-Z

If you want to know some of my interests or will send themed stuff, these are some ideas. Of course don't feel limited.

  • Archaeology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal behaviour and evolution
  • Dark stories and spooky stuff
  • Etymology, linguistics and grammar
  • Food from all over the world
  • Foreign cultures and habits
  • Gender studies
  • Languages
  • Legends and lore tales
  • Mysteries
  • Mythology
  • Paganism(s)
  • Paper crafting
  • Recipes
  • Religious traditions, myths etc (feel free to write about that, no need to send devotional objects and please don't try to convert me :-) )
  • Shamanism
  • Social and gender studies
  • Speculative fiction
  • Steampunk, dieselpunk, cyberpunk
  • Victorian age


  • Patterned and scrapbooking paper
  • Crafting paper of any other kind, including upcycled paper (a newspaper, a map or a museum ticket in your language for example)
  • Ephemeras are my all times favourite, especially if vintage inspired.
  • Letter paper
  • Snacks, chocolate, teas or spices from all over the world
  • Recipes
  • Rubber / clear stamps
  • Stickers but please no alphabet, planner or reward stickers because I wouldn't know how to use them
  • Washi samples
  • Vintage / victorian (inspired) photos
  • Spooky stuff

  • Anything with ferrets!

  • Other animal themed stuff: it would be super special to receive cetaceans, octopus, bees or bear themed things
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, blue and brown tones


Please don't send me things that are racist, sexist, homo-bi-transphobic, ableist, ageist etc, or anything violent. I don't have fun unless everybody does - and yes, I've been called a party pooper before because of this. Depending on the swap's topic, it's ok to send me fiction or news with such themes - I mean, I do know they exist in the world and don't want to turn my eyes away.

Other dislikes or "rather not":

  • Alphabet, planner or reward stickers
  • Anime stuff
  • Baby related stuff
  • Bookmarks
  • Candles
  • Coins or foreign currency in general
  • Friendship books, label bags and such
  • Home decorations - house is small and crammed already LOL
  • Magnets - no magnetic fridge, so no room for them :-(
  • Make up
  • Political topics


pattiairel rated for WIYM - Tiny Blind Summer Swap :) on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Thanks!!!!💕🌸🥰
Response: Thanks to you! :-)
mary17 rated for SIE - Tiny Blind Summer Swap #6 :) on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard and so many nice stickers, this was a great swap. The envelope was decorated so lovely too❤️
Response: Glad you liked it :-) Thank you
Ymbryne rated for ESO: Crazy Eight Washi Tape Swap #4 on Aug 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the cute tapes :)
Response: Happy you liked them, thanks to you!
kizzlets rated for LSRUS: Int’l Happy Mail on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Oh goodness!! Thank you for the happy mail! It was a lot of fun sorting through the goodies you had sent me, thank you so much!
Response: I'm happy you liked it, thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing stuffed envie. So many goodies!
Response: You're welcome, thank you for the rating, have a good summer :)
jeka396 rated for CPG One Word Swap - Global on Aug 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for this really lovely swap! The postcards are very beautiful, I can’t wait to use the stickers, and I love the assortment of itty bitty notes! :). Everything was packaged so nicely too, THANK YOU!!
Response: I couldn't be happier :) Thanks for the rating!
Goetterblume rated for ESO: ephemera filled envie on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Hi :) Thank you very much for your filled envelope :) I really like the stuff you picked out for me!
Response: Thank you for the rating, glad you liked what I sent!
rkassman rated for Pocket letter swap #floral on Aug 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful pocket letter!!! It was definitely worth the wait :)
Response: I'm happy it arrived safe and sound and that you liked it!
LinSoles rated for ESO: Paper stuffed Blind Envie on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely envelope full of paper goodness. There sure are a lot of variety. Love it.
Response: Yay, I hoped my partner would like them. Thank you for the rating!
Comment: What a fun bunch of notes!! I'm simply in love with that unicorn and those cute woodland critters! Thank you so much for sending such a sweet assortment!
Response: I'm happy you liked them! Take care
Response: Thank you!
Inesrv rated for ESO: Grab Bag on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Hello Giovanna, thank you so much for this beautiful grab bag, I love it!! Every piece is a little treasure! I'm still finding new items everytine I look at it. 😊 Hope we can swap again in the future. Love, Inês
Response: I'm so happy that you liked it! Thank you for the rating, take care!
m3i5 rated for ESO: Crazy Eight Washi Tape Swap #3 on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: Hi Mariagiovanna, thank you very much for your pretty washi samples! :D I don't mind doubles, I can still use them ;)
Response: Glad you liked them! :)
MissMinaPT rated for Tiny European Swap #17 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the swap, M.! Will def find a use for the goodies u’ve sent.
Response: Yay! Thanks!
julesstewart rated for WIYM: Blind envie #21-green on Jul 1, 2021
Response: <3
Comment: Thanks for the fun variety of cards! Take care!
Response: Happy you liked it! :-) Thank you for the rating
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! This was shuffled into an already done pile on accident. Thank you for the story! It was sweet and I love the postcard!
Response: I'm glad it did arrive :-) And also that you liked the story. The postcard looked somewhat related to the story haha. Thank you for the rating and take care!
MissRich rated for Botanical Themed Envelope #1 on Jun 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you SO much! I love everything!
Response: Yay! :-) Thanks for the rating!
inkspellonyou rated for ESO: Space Lovers Swap on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all you have sent, I loved everything!
Response: Hey I hadn't noticed this message LOL, so it has arrived? I'm so happy about it!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the story and card! <3 Al
Response: Glad you liked it! :-)

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Caithness on Jan 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the delightful mail that has come through my letterbox today. So many wonderful goodies - I love all of them. Everything was such a good choice and just perfect for me! Thank you x

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