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Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: September 18, 2019
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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Last Profile's edition: 07/14/2019

09/09: Hello friends. Still in recovery but getting much better. I am still here. Please let me know if you're missing something from me. ;-)

Post matters

  • DO NOT send anything edible, nor even a single bag of tea. We are not allowed to import any sort of food (I wish we could!!)

  • I do certified all my envelopes and packages, except naked postcards as there is not such service for them, however, they are not longer 'trackable' on international tracking places or local post offices but they are at least visible in our local tool up to the point when the package leave the country so I can prove I sent them. Now, certified packages/letters take more horrible amount of time to complete the whole process to get sorted out after picked from blue box or local office to their final destination but it's the only way I can keep proof of shipping, so please bare with me.

  • PLEASE write me if you have not received from me. I promise I will do my best to make it right. Don't rate me down** without even giving me the chance to talk and act.

My basic info

Maria Gallardo
Po Box 1891-2050
San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San Jose 11501
Costa Rica

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[email protected]

I am Maria, 50 years old. Mom of three grown children and 'grandma' of 6 beautiful grand-babies. I have a beloved sister and a niece and a nephew that are like my own children and we all live together (we are 10 at home, a very organized one). I also have 1 DIL and 1 SIL that treat me as their mom and I love them dearly (even if we fight lol).

I love my family above all, also love art, reading, traveling, Internet, movies, classic and indie music, talking, philosophy, philology, history, anthropology, even politics.... I am atheist but I love anything/everything related with religious icons, symbols, ethereal spirits, angels, pagan and so on and I have no problem receiving any of this as long as NOT Jehovah Witnesses (and DO NOT indoctrinate me, please).

I am a sharing person, I do not like hoarding (really minimalist in my possessions). I love to send extras and try to make my best to send your way a good package and by no means I expect extras back; however, I know the difference between quality and quantity and I much prefer to receive the first so I do really appreciate the love you put in your swaps as that is very important to me and if you pick something good than many cheap stuff. I don't like when I receive swaps where the sender just did just about to met the swap's criteria but nothing else.

I quilt, sew, do mixed media, altering, recycling, up-cycling and more. Love cotton fabrics (QSQ only), ethnic textiles and batiks, fibers of all kinds, buttons, papers, pretty stuff, VINTAGE stuff, doing collage, journals and make them (specially Flowish-y, painting, using watercolors, the stars, the cosmos, the humans, the leaves and trees, the ocean, the planets, ribbons & laces. SNOW!!

If you send postcards, I would like them in an envelope and blank, even if the swap calls for a written one (I won't rate you down, I promise it). However, I love used postcards (note cards, greeting cards, etc) for my collages and love used note-cards and greeting cards that I can re-purpose to send my postcards (do not get surprised if I sent your postcards within an used NC! It's only about recycling and re-purposing! I also love used postage stamps of any kind. Your leftovers and de-stash too.

I do love handmade items that show your soul, envelopes 4'' x 6'' and bigger, happy mail into decorated envelopes, painted papers, jelly papers, journal stuff, unique things, antiques. I love lighthouses, Cherry blossoms, hot air balloons, stars, the cosmos, supplies I can use to produce, the past, the 50's the 20's, Roses, Christmas and Fall, the snow (oh the snow)... Did I say snow?

I do not like:

  • Dirty stuff
  • Childish (I am an adult, do not send me Disney stuff nor cutie stuff that seems to be for babies)
  • Stickers too small or too baby type, please don't send these
  • The 70's (hate this decade but from time to time I can take vintage stuff from this era because I can re-purpose it)
  • Notepaper printed at home
  • Postcards that have their price in the back, if you do that, I can't re-use them)
  • Nakedness (nor even a naked baby, I don't find that 'cute' at all)
  • Smoking smell stuff
  • Vulgar stuff or rude
  • Pets

I am an honest person, passionate, intense and straightforward (this gives me problems all the time) ...


phillaine rated for My favorite prompts on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: These are so cool! Super delicate, they inspire me to paste them in a journal and write and draw and paste/collage around them. The ones with the tags still attached are fantastic-- I pictured making a mobile out of a bunch of them. This was a delightful swap, with so much room for creative interpretation. Thank you for the lovely prompts, beautiful mail art, and extra special treats. As always, I feel fortunate to have you as a partner and friend. ♥
Response: So glad you liked my tea bags art! Thank you so much for a lovely rating, as usually you word everything so great! Hugs!
Mye rated for Blind envelope X 2 on Aug 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous mail!!! I hope you'll feel better soon. Take care 😘
Response: Thank you for a lovely rating Mye! ♥
dancingtiger rated for Magpie Journal Exercise on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: was thinking this a.m that maybe it got lost en route-then I heard a thud in the hall...postie had been and there it was. It is fab, so interesting..love the envelopes etc..thanks Maria.
Response: So glad you liked! Hugs and thank you for a lovely rating!
dancingtiger rated for Inspired by... on Jul 24, 2019
Comment: lovely...and thanks for vintage pages
Response: My pleasure Zannie! Hugs and thank you for a lovely rating!
Phenyx rated for My favorite prompts on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Today the mail arrived and I love how you've creatively used tea bags in this. The finished product looks gorgeous. Thank you so much for hosting this.
Response: So glad this arrived and that you liked the prompts! I had so much fun doing them! Thank you for a lovely rating! ♥
Comment: What a special swap! I love the envie you made! You certainly put together a special swap for me! I love the fabric and postcards! Thank you so much! Stay cool this summer! We're enjoying going to the pool, gardening, and staying in the air conditioning!
Response: So glad you liked it all!!! I hope the tag arrives soon, it was sent before the swap :O... Hugs and thank you for the lovely rating!
Singske rated for Collage challenge - Women on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Wow, you spoiled me with this one!!! I love every woman collage pc you made me, and there are more than 2!!! They will all get a special place on my display in my craft room. Thanks a lot. You deserve more than 1 heart! ♥️♥️♥️
Response: So glad you liked them all!!! It was a harder challenge than expected! Thank you for the lovely rating!
anicka22 rated for Playing a Mail Tag Swap! on Jul 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you sooooooo much for your amazing art! I love the questions and going to reply them asap.
Response: So glad you liked. I got yours and know I think yours is more beautiful than mine :-) Thank you for being my receiver and playing this swap and for the ♥!
evanselli rated for Gluebook Pages Swap on Jul 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful glue book pages. You did a wonderful job😊💕
Mye rated for Claim your wish #2 on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Maria for the kawaii bag and washi rolls!!! Love them ❤❤❤
Response: My pleasure ❤️ Happy you liked all. Thank you so much for your hearty rating.
iLoveMail rated for Looking for... #2 on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: My postal worker JUST hand-delivered your gorgeous envelope Maria!! Thank you so much ♥️♥️ I have to leave for work so I’ll sort through all the wonderful goodies later. I can’t wait!! Thank you so much, wish I could give more hearts. Hoping you like what I sent even half as much! Just going through everything now & I may have sent you a page from the Sears Roebuck catalog also lol!! It’s a bigger page so I’m thinking they’re at least from different years maybe? Anyway, I really love everything!
Response: So glad you got it!! I am impressed it didn't take 3+ months to arrive. Super happy you liked the envelope! ♥Thank you for the ♥ rating!
Wooper rated for Share your loose stickers on Jul 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great collection of loose stickers! I'm sure I can find a use for them all ^^
Response: Yay!! Happy you got it and you'd be able to use them! ♥Thank you for the ♥ rating!
Liiskah rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #170 on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: Thankyou :)
Response: You're most welcome! Thank you for the ♥!
couchart rated for Bird Postcards #2 on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: Maria, thanks so much for the very cool bird postcards. I especially like the one where the birds are rotating around the sun. All the best, Cynthia
Response: Thank you for your comment and the ♥!
Elizaveta rated for BIG trading on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful cards!:)
Response: My pleasure!! I am so glad this didn't take forever to reach you. Thank you for your lovely rating!
Mye rated for Claim your wish! on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the butterfly clear stamps pack and 3 pack large stickers!!! ❤❤❤
Response: Such a relief to know this is finally with you. Glad you liked it all 😍. Thank you for the heart-y rating. Hugs.
neea1989 rated for Envy of flat randomness on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💖
Response: Yayyyy, it finally arrived. Glad you liked it! Thank you so much for the heart 😍
mejulia rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6P on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Once again I was lucky enough to have you as a partner. I love everything you sent.
Response: My pleasure! Happy to have been your sender! Hugs and thank you for the ♥
marliese rated for Find me - Postcard challenge on Jun 26, 2019
Comment: Dear Maria, I love love love the cards and the extras and your note, too! ❤️
Response: My pleasure! So happy this has arrived and that you liked!! Many hugs and thank you for the ♥
knitterofhats rated for FS: Send a card on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely card and goodies. Glad to hear the hard work is staring to pay off with the new business. Oh, I can’t wait to have grand children! How fortunate you are!
Response: You will see is another world!! Grand babies are the best part of our lives, I promise you that. Thank you for the nice hearty rating ❤️😍

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phillaine on Oct 10, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps! I hope you're feeling better. ♥

sassafrass on Sep 30, 2019:

So sorry to see you've not been well. I hope you are on the road to recovery and getting better each day. Take care of yourself!

pkpeace on Sep 27, 2019:

Popping in to say hello! Hugs, Patty xo

bblue on Sep 20, 2019:

Thank you for the grabbie Tag and for the swap you angeled, "Happy Mail NewbieFriendly"! These two cheerfully decorated envelopes arrived on the same day. Thanks for the various things you included - I especially liked the Venus and moon postcards and the stationery-themed stickers. And thanks especially for translating a poem for me!! Wow!

thelocalman on Sep 18, 2019:

Thank you very much for the postcards (they're awesome), stamps, envies and stickers you sent me for PTG WTA February! Loved them all, I appreciate the resend a lot ^^

bblue on Sep 16, 2019:

Hello! I received the swap you angeled for me, "Full Envelope #13," about a week ago. I like all the many sticker sheets, fancy envelopes, and cards you included. Most of all I liked the handmade envelope you sent it all it - very cute and cheerful. Thanks again for angeling this for me!

user6937 on Sep 9, 2019:

Postcard trading group > [Sticky] Two (2) Postcards in an Envelope Tag!

Maria, your resend has arrived (I got home from camping and just caught the mailman as he was leaving me a slip to pick it up at the post office)! Thank you, sweet friend, for keeping track (I wasn't going to worry about it) - love the Berlin subway card and the sweet baby leaning on it's mothers back, and I can always use envelopes!

Soph on Sep 2, 2019:

IFM - December 2018 WTA

What a wonderful Christmas joy on a hot summer day! It was very kind of you to resend the prize. Thank you so much for an assortment of beautiful postcards and embellished gift tags. Your decorated envelope is most adorable, too.

anicka22 on Aug 30, 2019:

Thank you sooo much for the most beautiful orchidee and the amazing etsy surprise. And Thank you for being such a sweet, amazing, thoughtful, carrying friend. Love you Lots!!

LahDeeDah on Aug 29, 2019:

Happy Swap-Bot Anniversary! Three years! Yippee! I hope we get our swaps from each other before your next anniversary! LOL :-D

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