Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2021 8:03 am


Date Joined: May 2, 2016
Last Online: August 18, 2018
Birthday: November 16, 1979
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I am so excited to have found swap-bot. I love getting and sending things in the mail and I am happy there are other people out there who feel the same way. I moved here from Sweden in 1998 to go to college and I have been in California ever since. I love to travel and getting to know people from other places. I also like camping and hiking and try to do a lot of that in the summer. My hobbies are crafting, cooking, reading and writing. I would love to find some more penpals since I have so much fun writing and getting letters. Please let me know if you don't receive an item from me before giving me a bad rating since I will not flake and I will be happy to re-send.


I graduated from college with an English Degree and I mostly studied fiction and writing. I read everything from non-fiction to short stories to classics to new fiction. I love "Grapes of Wrath" and Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth". I have been reading Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" series and it is pretty fun since it takes place in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities that is pretty close to where I live. Vonnegut, Hornby and Sedaris are other authors I enjoy. I am excited to read anything and I think it is great to get introduced to new and more contemporary authors as well. I do enjoy reading short stories and essays. My least favorite genre is probably romance.

Favorite Television

I tend to watch TV shows more than movies. I like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Better Call Saul and I also love some of the shows I grew up with, such as Beverly Hills 90210 and Friends. I also have been re-watching Sex and the City from the beginning. I tend to buy shows that I like and I can watch them over and over again.

Things I Like

My favorite colors are pink, purple and red but I love all colors and think it is fun when things are colorful in general. Yellow is a great color that makes me happy, especially for summer related items.

I love cats - black ones especially (maybe because I have one named Amelia lol).

I think octopus are really cool.

I also like ladybugs, bumble-bees, dragonflies, owls and butterflies and peacocks.

I like Winnie the Pooh.

I think cute paper bags, small and large, are really fun and I like to package and send goodies in them.

My favorite drinks are coffee, wine and milk (although not at the same time) and I enjoy patterns with those images.

I am also obsessed with strawberry, cherry and lemon patterns right now - especially for stationery items.

I think mason jars are cute and like stickers, patterns, paper etc. with them.

I love polka-dots!

Even if I am not a big fan of eating sweets, I do like patterned paper, stationery, envelopes etc. with cupcake and bakery patterns on them.

I love etsy and spend a lot of time looking for unique things to buy from there, especially stationery.

As far as stationery goes, I especially like letter writing paper/sets, which are becoming more difficult to find. I like larger papers if I can find them, such as 8.5 x 11, but smaller works too, preferably with lines and matching envelopes.

Kawaii stationery is also great.

I have recently re-discovered cross-stitching and it would be really fun to get kits, patterns, thread etc for that but for now I am trying to keep it a bit more simple so I would prefer if the patterns aren't too large or complicated.

I am a hockey fan and the Detroit Red Wings is my team and thanks to the DVR I watch almost all their games.

I like themes and I love shopping for Christmas presents with that in mind or send my penpals things that have a specific theme in place.

I also like playing board games and cards. My boyfriend and I have been playing yahtzee lately and some of my other favorite games are apples to apples and scattergories. I also play poker sometimes. I love Bingo themes, cards and items.

I like taking baths so anything bath-related like bath bombs, bath salts, bubble bath stuff etc.is great.I also like hand soaps with different smells and bath and body works is one of my favorite stores for that.

I love hiking and camping and already have 2 camping trips planned this summer.

Stay away from

Clowns (they are scary).

Kid stuff.

Please don't send me religious items.


I love to cook! I eat almost anything: beef, lamb, chicken, pork, seafood, pasta, and yes, veggies too.

I love garlic and if it says to put in one clove, I put in three.

I like spicy food as well.

I love trying new recipes and sometimes alter them to my taste. I also try to make up my own from time to time.

I hate mustard and celery.

The only beans I like are chickpeas, lima beans and cannellini beans.

I am not big on sweets. I don't like cake, cookies or anything like that. I do like dark chocolate. But I think cupcakes are really cute and I wish I liked to eat them more but I take one bite and then I am done.

I also like gummy worms and similar items for candy and I do like to snack on chips and crackers. I like to try new varieties and flavors of chips.


kacka rated for Letter set swap! on Aug 4, 2018
Comment: thank you so much:)
fitzsue rated for Just To Say Hello Swap on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: Cute pattern - don't think I got that x-stitch magazine - I don't buy them all the time. - Thak you.
Comment: I love love love the cat bag! Thank you!
soyprincesa2 rated for DIY Letter Writing Kit on Jul 8, 2018
Comment: What a wonderful kit! I loved the travel theme! I just returned from a trip to Denmark, Sweden and Germany and was happy to find this package waiting for me. I am excited to use everything. Those were an awesome collection of notecards and the letter writing papers were great too. Loved it all. Postxards... post its and stickers and pen and pencil. The packaging was exactly what I used to send my partner. I bought the letter writing kit at Michael's and took out their set and filled it with my own. Lol. I just posted round one. So I hope you will join it too. http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/265286
matt319 rated for Postcards lovers #1 on Jun 7, 2018
Ruthless rated for ENVIES…Handmade!!! Early Sept on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great envelopes and tags. I can't wait to put them to good use!
ToujoursMoi rated for Stationery addicted penpals on Sep 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this amazing swap. It was so much fun to open all of those cat themed things. I enjoyed each and every bit of it. I will reply soon. I am a little bit behind so please be a bit patient with me.
CrystalZ rated for Mini Butterfly Pocket Letter on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the cute mini pocket letter you made for me! I appreciate the extras you included and I liked the handmade envie too :)
Victorianna60 rated for Bunches of Homemade Envelopes on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful envies and the extra labels !
jenotype rated for HUGE Happy Mail Swap on Aug 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for the great swap.The see-through pouch, the sticker strips and the wrapped surprise (always love those!) are my favorites.
Comment: I love this kit! n.n From the blue polka dot pencil pouch, the stickers, hedgehog letters, pencils and marker pens and envelopes, etc etc. Loved it! I don't imagine the swaps getting old either. :) O had a lot of fun shopping and putting it together so I hope to do future swaps, as well. I'm sorry the humidity is so bad atm; growing up in FL, I am part fish (or mermaid ^.^) and feel the lack of water in my air if I journey somewhere not coastal. :/ I hope you stay well and have a great time camping! Best wishes, Sara
Response: Hi Sara, So glad you liked the pen pal kit! I definitely want to visit Florida someday - the beaches there look awesome! - Maria
KatlynAva rated for 2 x 4 Swap -USA- on Jun 28, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great envelope of goodies!
lady41701 rated for 2 x 4 Swap -USA- on Jun 26, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for taking time to pick from my profile. I love everything you sent! Very NICE assortment :)
Comment: Awesome packaging Maria! I love pink, so it was so wonderful! Thanks for the amzing cards!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome things! I loved them all!!
kclicquot rated for Handmade with Love on May 20, 2017
Kdguard rated for Easter Eggs Mail on May 11, 2017
Comment: Yup I'm behind on rating, your egg was so much fun my daughter was jealous
asddsa28 rated for Kawaii: Choose 3 (USA #2) on May 5, 2017
Comment: thank you so much I love all the memos and love love love the Sentimental Circus letter set!
cgoltz rated for Book of the Month April on May 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you!

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MsLee on Sep 1, 2017:

I do agree with you, Stationary sets are really hard to find :( Sometimes I make my own when time allows it. Have a great weekend!

user2637 on Aug 28, 2016:

Woo-hoo! I just got you to send-to for 2 swaps due in Sept, which is awesome because I found some things I wanted to send in the first swap but they didn't fit the themes... and now I can send in the second swap. Bahahahaa! :D :D

jaimierandolph on Jul 23, 2016:

Profile Check for Pick 3 Dollar Tree items! Hope you enjoy the swap! Happy Swapping, Jaimie Randolph

jaimierandolph on Jul 19, 2016:

Profile Check for Stationary Swap USA #2 I see that your still a little new and would like to Welcome you!
Glad you joined in the swap Hope you enjoy! Happy Swapping, Jaimie Randolph

tingtinga2602 on Jul 13, 2016:

Dear Maria, Thank you very much for the beautiful package for Profile-Based Swap. Thank you. I've listed you down as a great Angel.. I can't rate you but I'm leaving this comment here. I appreciate all the things you've sent

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