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Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: March 1, 2024
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 02 October 2023

Hi friends - I'm taking a break from swapping for a month or two as we are relocating to Albuquerque. Will resume when we are moved and settled.

I'm a gal who lives with my husband in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, where the climate is desert (dry and hot). We were married in Maui. We enjoy traveling and golfing.

My hobbies/interests: Postcrossing, mailart, antiques, golf, cupcakes, ephemera, fishing, family activities, Anglophile, Wordle, travel, museums, napping, the U.K., practicing Spanish, yoga, pro-choice, vodka martinis, flea markets, Hispanic & Japanese culture, vintage, pin-up girls, thrift shops, tag sales, reading, fleur-de-lis, indie and foreign films, lavender, Frida Kahlo, Dia de los Muertos,, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, casino, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections, rock painting/hiding, royalty, letter writing, British Television (Killing Eve, Keeping Up Appearances, PEAKY BLINDERS), theme parties, dinosaurs, Arizona Correspondence Society, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 30 years. I love sending postcards and letters to friends and family, even if they don't reciprocate. I know they enjoy receiving them.

I love recycling/upcycling. Chunk 'O Cardboard is my favorite monthly swap. I'm always on the lookout for cardboard chunks to send as postcards (food packaging, book covers, VCR boxes, board game boxes, etc).

Swapping note: 1) I strive to get a heart each and every time I do a swap by going above and beyond with extras or personalization. 2) I won't be bullied or bribed into changing ratings. I can overlook some lateness if it's communicated, but if you are a month late on your swap and you think I won't notice...then you deserve a "3." 3) I am very liberal with giving HEARTS because it makes people happy and we're all busy and we do our best with these swaps. Not everyone is an artist. When you get older, you realize life's too short to be petty. As one of my friends said, "Sprinkle hearts because they are free."


I'm fairly easy with these four themes: Vintage, foreign, postal-related, ephemera!

Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Bigfoot or Yeti *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty *Don't really like typical tourist postcards

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related



Fountain pens





French ribbon

foreign language newspaper

postage stamps (unused or used; foreign and domestic)



handmade envelopes

foreign language dictionary pages

vintage children's books

Air Mail stickers

vintage cookbooks/pamphlets

Everything about Italy: Art, museums, wine, language, food, churches

Day of the Dead

old tickets of any kind (i.e., travel, train, movie, concert)

vintage books that are tattered and can be used for crafting

glue sticks

My favorite color is purple



The ocean


Japanese culture, Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball

B&W postcards featuring vintage scenes or people (i.e., photography by Robert Doisneau)



plant-based eating

Don't Need

felt, yarn, fabric, playing cards, lotion, tote bags, jewelry, doilies, pencils, bookmarks, licorice

Only allergy is tree nuts (i.e., walnuts)

Favorite Movies

Too many to list them all!

I like to watch all Academy award nominated movies.

Indie films

Foreign films


Amelie, Priceless (Audrey Tatou)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love British humor)


The Queen

The Dutchess

Shakespeare in Love

The King's Speech



Mrs. Brown


Love Actually


Bridget Jones' Diary

The Italian Job

The DaVinci Code

Julie & Julia

The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Television

The Good Doctor, The Resident

The Rookie, Rookie Feds


Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne

Emily in Paris

The Crown

Stranger Things

Peaky Blinders

Big Little Lies


Martha Stewart

BBC America: Graham Norton, Call the Midwife, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar, Killing Eve

Favorite Books

I enjoy:

Biographies, Autobiographies, Art books, Chick Lit and Celebrity-related

My three favorites I've read that I listed on goodreads.com: Pink Slip Party, Good Mail Day, and The Kite Runner

and I read a lot of magazines!


English/Irish/Scottish breakfast tea. Any other black tea. I also drink chai or vanilla and I will try fruit teas.


Comment: I love dogs. That is a super cute PC. Thank you so much!
NRGordon rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - September 2023 on Oct 11, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the swap and the fun chunk. I have never been a beer drinker but we used to go to dinner a lot at the Red Hook Brewery in Newington, NH.
Response: I thought the "Out of Your Gourd" was clever.
Comment: Thank you for the great cards and stickers. I actually liked the envelope with Snoopy and Peppermint Patty. Hope you had a good Snail Mail meetup. It sounds like a nice day.
Itchy rated for PS: Pick Your Theme on Sep 28, 2023
Comment: What a wonderful swap, I love the envies, just as I wished for! I love the little stanps with happy-,mail! :)
MsBellaDonna rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - August 2023 on Sep 21, 2023
Comment: What a beautiful β€œchunk” - I love it! I have it displayed on my desk :) Thank you so much! xo
jeka396 rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - August 2023 on Sep 14, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the LaCroix chunk- fun cat sticker on the back!!!
Vickyen rated for PH: Back to School Scavenger Hunt #6 on Sep 12, 2023
Comment: Hi Garci! I thought this swap was so clear and lots of fun! Thank you for the great selection and extra! That was so sweet of you! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks for the chunk. Beer cartons have the best designs!
tea1227 rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - August 2023 on Sep 8, 2023
Comment: so cute - we are so ready for fall too! thanks for the swap!
chelle523 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #232 on Aug 24, 2023
Comment: Omigoodness what an amazing swap! If you can believe it, I have NO Prince postcards! The postcards were perfect and I just love all the ephemera. Thank you so much! <3
shirleyinCA rated for 3-2-1 Your Choice #6 on Aug 22, 2023
Comment: Wow - thank you for really great items in all the categories and so many fun extras!
Comment: Thank you for the pc! Also for the nice letter! I wish one day I could see the grand canyon! I'm thankfully for air-conditioning too! Lol! But for me ice cofee! Take care! Xo nadu
Comment: Thank you so very much for a wonderful, seriously happy mailbox package. I loved the ATC and postcard blanks, but the big hunks and mango made my day!
Highlander18 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #228 on Jul 18, 2023
Comment: ❀️❀️Awesome cards, thank you very much!! Great choices, I also sent some same categories. Love the paper napkins - will use on envelopes! Stay cool and have fun!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome cards. I especially love the cats and the Ireland map. And that great queen notecard!
Comment: Thank you. Take care out there in this heat.
tea1227 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2023 on Jul 7, 2023
Comment: fun card and great July 4th colors too!!! I LOVE az have vacationed 2x - northern and grand canyon area but wow - HOT - take care thanks for the swap!
BlueberryLady rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2023 on Jul 6, 2023
Comment: Love the Paris postcard- Almost looks Vintage!! i did take 1 yr of French in High School ! ! 7/6/2023
Seedlings3P rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2023 on Jul 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you Garci!! I love hand-sewn cards. This summer I was in the iHanna swap and made several postcards. The weather is yucky and way too hot. I thought it was hot in Texas 110 is NOT acceptable. One day I hope to move to a state with cooler temps. Idaho is wonderful. I got the pleasure of going once.
suepier rated for PH: 3+ Stamps on a Postcard #2 on Jun 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard.

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 25, 2023:


Have a wonderful holiday!

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2023:

May your Christmas be filled with lots of love and joy and the new year bring you lots of good luck and good health! xx Gabi

susieq11 on Aug 1, 2023:

Watch your mailbox! πŸ“ͺπŸ“«πŸ’Œ

susieq11 on Apr 17, 2023:

Thank you for the New Yorker poodle postcard - lol!! Fun stamps too! It did not get rained on! I like that turquoise ink a lot. I wish there were fun meet ups here but it is BORING CENTRAL, ha ha ha! Thank you for thinking of me! You are awesome! xoxo

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 1, 2023:

Happy April 1st!!! xx

thriftymermaid on Jan 9, 2023:

Happy Birthday Month from all of your swapping friends at the WIYM Group!! We hope you enjoy your special day. May all of your Birthday wishes come true and your New Year be all you hope it can be and more!! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ’ŒπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

simcoe54 on Jan 3, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

susieq11 on Dec 6, 2022:

Garci!! Thank you so so so much for the absolutely adorable poodle ornament!! It is so amazing! You are the sweetest - thank you so much! You have been to so many amazing places, and I know you'll get to Japan! I am trying to go to all 50 states - I have a plan to hit 4 over a few days in the spring if I can swing it! Ha! I feel so lucky to have found amazing people like you on swap-bot!!! XOXO

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 1, 2022:

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