Swap-bot Time: October 28, 2021 8:19 am


Date Joined: June 11, 2020
Last Online: October 27, 2021
Birthday: February 23, 1995
Country: Portugal
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About Me

I'm a Lisbon-based journalist, with a childlike passion for science and nature, but I write mostly about books and city life, which includes me telling you the best plays to see in town, the best places to grab a bite and the best things to do with kids outdoors (I don't have kids yet, but I think I know pretty well what they like to do since I'm also a kid at heart).

I'm also a very curious and full-battery person (who really enjoys being outside and rollerblading). Of course, I do need a recharge every once in a while. That said, in my so-called spare time, I read comics, watch sci-fi tv shows on Netflix (or other streaming platforms), drink a lot of Portuguese cider, while listening to indie pop/rock music, and craft for my lovely pen friends.

Snail mail

I do Postcrossing and have penpals since 2011 when I was in high school, but I stopped during university and I absolutely regret it. Now I'm back and I know this is more a lifestyle than a passion. Writing and reading letters make my day and I have so much fun creating snail mail that I can't imagine my life without it.

My favourite crafts to make and send to people are flipbooks and pocket letters and I always try to decorate my envelopes to send my swaps in (if it's not decorated, it's probably inside a standard green Portuguese envelope that I use sometimes to send flipbooks). I don't have a personal aesthetic yet though. I do love pastels and earth tones, but my motto is to create something the other person can relate to and truly enjoys. It's more about making someone happy and less about my own liking.

I do love to receive vintage, magic, nature or space-themed snail mail. I think they are my favourite themes, even though I love to be surprised (recently someone created comic-themed snail mail for me and it's one of my favourites ever!).

I try to always add other gifts, such as pretty paper, washi samples, die-cuts, stickers, tea bags or other stuff the person I'm writing to might like. Of course, I love to receive gifts too, but that's not my focus. I just want to feel that you care and that's something you can show in many ways, beginning with a genuine letter. That said if you do want to send me extras, here are some things that I absolutely love to have around and would be so excited to receive in a swap:

✨ postcards (I only collect written and stamped) or another type of stationery;

✨ tea, because I love a cup of warm happiness;

✨ washi samples, since I'm shamelessly addicted and there's not a thing as too much washi if you ask me, but some ideas of washi patterns I might love a little extra: grid or checkered, solid pastel or earth colours, with mushrooms or other nature-themed elements, like flowers and butterflies, magic/witch or space/sky/astrological elements, for example.

✨ pretty blank labels for addresses;

✨ girl stickers or any stickers really;

✨ vintage/patterned/kraft paper and envelopes;

✨ bookmarks;

✨ cute sticky notes;

✨ anything nature, mushrooms, bee or space-themed;

✨ dried flowers and leaves;

✨ you doing you with love.


You can send me any postcard you like: I'm sure it'll be lovely. But if you want to choose something that particularly pleases me, I made a guide:

♥ if you are from France, I would love to receive postcards from here (http://www.correspondances.com/);

♥ designer cards (by names like John Lodi, Anne Taintor, Jim Benton, Holly Webber, Lila Ruby King, Cansu Yaman, for example);

♥ postcards of House of St Junior;

♥ "I ♥ ..." postcards;

♥ painted winter or autumn;

♥ black&white postcards;

♥ map, flag or landscapes postcards (not multy views) from your country/city;

♥ peace, love, infinite and hope postcards;

♥ blue things, like sky or ocean or whatever;

♥ Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe;

♥ wonders of the world;

♥ pin-up girls;

♥ color painted city views;

♥ book inspired, because I'm a compulsive reader and writer;

♥ Retro/ Vintage/ Art/ Typewriters/ Cameras;

♥ lighthouses;

♥ 3D/4D postcards;

♥ anything related to mail (like mailbox/envelope/postman, etc.);

♥ children book illustration/retro famous painting;

♥ Bands (as Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Kooks, The Strokes, Foster The People, Guns N' Roses, Patrick Watson, Likke Li, or so);

♥ things related to New York, England, Paris, Scotland, Australia or Ireland (I really want things related to these places).

If you want, you can send me Birthday postcards in February and Christmas postcards in December.

Anyway, don't worry. I'm not particularly demanding, and I'm sure you can give me to know lots of beautiful cards that have nothing to do with what I just described above. But, please, don't send me religious cards. And don't forget to write and stamp (I only collect postcards written and stamped). You can write whatever you want me to know about you (your likes and dislikes, favourite music, books, poems, favourite quotes, etc.) and about your country and/or culture.


aspens rated for CALG: Washi Tape Postcard on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Omg, beautiful! I love that the image of the card matches the theme of your washi and stickers. The washi is gorgeous by the way, as is your handwriting! Thank you for sending!
TexyDeb rated for PIE: Useless PC swap! #3 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: I like this postcard and it's postage stamp. The card makes me feel at home. thank you I wish you love and health.
Response: I am so glad you liked postcard! I wish you all the best too ❤️
aspens rated for Naked Map PC #18 on Sep 7, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! I wasn't expecting a postcard from another country for this swap. Thanks for sharing a bit about your family :) Hope you're all doing well!
Response: Hey, I am so glad it surprised you and you liked it. Hope you are doing well too! Hugs from Portugal
Risna rated for PIE: Profile based postcard #6 on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Algarve card!
Response: I am so glad you liked it!
Petaltea rated for MAE: FLIP BOOK SWAP on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Yippee!! Two swaps from youin one day! What a gorgeous flipbook and all those goodies inside! and then that tiny tiny envie with the stamps. I love it all !! You spent alot of time on it. Thank you!!
Response: Hey, It is always a joy to surprise someone with a heartfelt swap. I am really glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the feedback ✨
Petaltea rated for PIE: Monthly swap - August on Aug 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I hope one day to visit Algarve. It’s a popular destination for the dutch. Take care!
Response: I am sure you will love it, and count with me for tips if you ever decide to visit it :)
Comment: Thank you for the recommendations! Especially the one about plastic sounds very good! And I love the washi tape you used (with the books and the Woman with hat and book).
Response: I am so glad you liked it. The book about plastic has received some awards, and I think it’s not only important but beautiful too
bpl76 rated for CPG-Fast Blind Swap#2-int on Aug 26, 2021
Comment: WOW thank you ..You have spoiled me with this env and I love the your decoration !!
Response: Hey, I am so glad it arrived safe and you liked it. It was a pleasure to spoil you :) Hope you enjoy everything 🤗
TexyDeb rated for PIE: Greetings from… on Aug 19, 2021
Comment: thank you, it's here safely, fun to have a wooden postcard, the colors look faded, the postage stamps are cool
Response: It’s your first wooden postcard? It cost extra to send but I love them!
Comment: Raquel! Thank you so much for the lovely holiday swap!! Where were you?¿ It brought me so much joy because me too I sent out swaps from my holiday address! I love the goodies you sent me (yay! Washi!!) .. and those pretty papers♡♡♡ thank you!!!
Response: Hey, I'm so glad you liked it. Thank you so much for your rating. I was in Tavira, where I grew up. My parents still leave there. It's lovely, great weather and an island. You should visit one day :)
itsnobody rated for PIE: Shaped postcard #1 on Aug 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards and lovely decorated envelope. I will probably send the bigger one to me so I can have it with a stamp hehe
Response: Hello, I'm so glad you liked it. Now I'm sad I didn't put a stamp on the bigger one. But thank you so much for the generous rating!
m3i5 rated for ESO: July tea swap on Aug 8, 2021
Comment: Hi Raquel, thank you very much for the tea bags in selfmade folding envelope, pretty note papers, washi samples and the pretty Europa stamps and the cool wax seal! :)
Response: Thank you so much for the generous rating. I'm so glad you liked everything. Enjoy it ❤️
laureenmaee rated for Penpal and chat #JulySwap on Jul 29, 2021
Comment: Amazing swap! So lovely to learn more about you and what you do! Thank you so much for all the goodies… I’m so excited to try the tea☺️
Response: I'm so glad it arrived fast and you liked it ❤️ Enjoy everything!
Petaltea rated for ESO: Postcard with a quote on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Fantastic quote! I love the postcard too! Thanks for joining this swap!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! And thanks for hosting the swap ❤️
TexyDeb rated for PIE: Monthly swap - June on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: good grief, the swap name is perfectly clear and in capitol letters, I don't know how I missed it, I am sorry. . . I love the postcard and it's postage stamp, such an ugly but wonderful stamp, ha ha ha, TYVM! I WISH YOU LOVE AND HEALTH!
Response: Hey, thank you so much for your generous rating! The stamp is weird, but it's from a special collection Portuguese postal system made with worms and insects and creatures alike. I hope it didn't freak you out too much haha Wish you love and health too, and thank you for your patient and kindness ❤️
Comment: Oh wow -- this is a wonderfully special package. I had such fun going through all the little bits. Can't wait to use some of this. So fun! Thanks so much!
Response: Hey, I'm so glad it arrived! ❤️
Crafty rated for PIE: Profile based postcard #5 on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard of the Portugese tiles inside a barber shop. It's a great bit of history, which I love. I do like scenes that depict everyday life! Have a great day, & stay safe!
Response: Thank you so much for the generous rating. I really appreciate it ❤️ Have a great day too!
Jayofjournals rated for BLC: 3 Bookish Items on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely bookish mail! I enjoyed going through everything. You spoiled me :) And I would love to be your penpal! I would love to answer your letter very soon :) Thanks again
Response: I'm so glad you liked it and thank you so much for the generous rating ❤️ Feel free to answer to my letter whenever you can. I'll certainly reply 💌
Foxears rated for Tiny European Swap #17 on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely items! I am happy that you are well. The wax seal on the envelope was so pretty.
Response: Thank you so much for the kind rating. I'm really glad you liked what I sent ❤️ Please be safe and take care!

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LavenderSprinkles on Mar 29, 2021:

Thanks for the cute PC will reply soon!

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