Swap-bot Time: July 2, 2022 1:32 pm


Date Joined: December 5, 2018
Last Online: July 2, 2022
Birthday: February 4
Country: United States

About Me

**Please let me know if something doesn’t get to you and I will resend.***

Hello! My name is Maria. I currently live in Western New York (transplant from the PNW) with my family, two mischievous cats and, as of 9/2021, a puppy. I enjoy the winter but not so much the summer humidity.

I am a teen librarian and LOVE my job. I am always happy to talk about libraries, programming, books and education. I would be extra excited to receive items from your local library—book lists, program flyers, etc. I love to see what’s going on in your part of the world.

I love meeting new people and participating in swaps. Choosing things I think will make people happy is the best part of swapping.

Favorite Books

My favorite genre is speculative fiction, especially short stories. Some favorite authors include Kelly Link, Caitlin Kiernan, M.Rickert, Octavia Butler, Karen Joy Fowler, Maureen McHugh, Sarah Pinsker, E.Lily Yu, Ken Liu, Cat Rambo, Pat Murphy, etc.

I also read YA fiction and (non super hero) graphic novels.

Favorite Hobbies

Paper crafts of all kinds: postcard creation, bookbinding, journal-making, mail art

Penpals and Postcrossing

Reading/book groups


Visiting museums and bookstores. I like lectures and author visits and learning new things.

Swap Thoughts

Below are some ideas for things I enjoy. However, they are just suggestions. I love surprises and like lots of things not listed.

I love stickers and washi tape.

Things I am especially fond of: Snails, mushrooms, rain, clouds, outer space, planets, stars/moon, robots, cats, stripes, polka dots, rainbows, mail/post office, things that are metallic, or have shimmer or sparkle. Map-related. LGBTQ

I am also a fan of things that are odd or quirky. I enjoy handmade things so if that’s your jam, go for it!

I rather enjoy vintage postcards or advertisements. I also like interesting postcards that advertise something you enjoy: bands, books, authors, artists.

Other postcard themes: sci-fi, space, moon, quirky, maps, cats, fashion, snails, Star Trek, graphic novel or picture book themed.

I like dark chocolate plain or, really, with anything. I can't think of anything I don't like in chocolate. :)

Things to Avoid

Things to avoid:

Stickers with words only or inspirational/motivational sayings.

Tea--I don't drink it

Religiously themed items.

Planner stickers

Kiddie reward stickers.Kawaii is totally fine!

Strong scents


Favorite Television

Favorite TV and Movies: The Ladies in Black, Home for the Holidays, Far from Heaven, Single Man, Brokeback Mountain, But I'm a Cheerleader, Groundhog Day, Schitt's Creek, The Good Place, Star Trek, Handmaid’s Tale.


captkristi rated for SSS: Scavenger Hunt on Jul 2, 2022
Comment: I am just as much in love with this envelope as I am with this MASSIVE sticker haul you sent me!!! I got this yesterday but I saved it to open for today because I wanted to enjoy the full experience. haha I might be a little obsessed with swapping with you :) THANK YOU!!!
FieryCanuck rated for APP - Will you be my penpal # 3 on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: I got your letter and goodies (thanks for the cute stickers and washi!!) and I can't wait to respond back! <3
NorthVanKnittr rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search #10 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: That k you for the stickers.i really like the tea and baked goods ones
TeaNi rated for SSM: Find four #23 on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: thank you for a lovely swap! I'm thrilled with everything you included- it's obvious you took the time to look at my profile, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness! The stamps on the envelope are wonderful too, and I will repurpose it in my gluebooks! :)
Comment: Maria!!! WOW, first I love the envie. Pretty blues and yellows with flowers. Second, I love the tuck ins. The owl washi I have never seen. It is going straight into my travel journal. 🥰 (Along with the other pretty washi and mail pc) The Mary Syring stickers are COOL!! never seen those either. Thanks for a great swap!
Writercat rated for PH: List 5 Series - Fears on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for your postcard outlining your fears. It was a hard postcard to do, wasn't it? We don't like to confront our fears that often but good to acknowledge them and try to accept them. It was a good exercise though not that cheerful as you said. Take care. Cathy
oldsoul rated for APP - Will you be my Penpal # 1 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Hi Maria, it was so nice to hear from you! Thank you for the extraordinary stickers you sent me. How ever did you find them. I've had trouble finding stickers these days. I loved your letter, and will respond. Have a great summer!
Stargazer008 rated for Random Envelope 12 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Oh Maria, thank you so much for the random envelope filled with so much joy! Lucky me! And now have a wonderful weekend.
sherba31 rated for MAIL ART - SUMMER on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Your amazing envie was well worth the wait! I love all the detail you included, especially the lighthouses and various sea creatures. Thanks for the extra washi and pc as well.
Poohtat rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #28 on May 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the cute sunshine mail. Happy Swapping
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Out of this world! #23 on May 21, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much-an envelope from you always makes me smile! Those stickers and washi are gorgeous!
captkristi rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search #9 on May 17, 2022
Comment: As always, love getting mail from you. You make me laugh and I feel like I am reading a note from an old friend. I love the stickers too :) I agree that Pips hasn't been great lately. I absolutely despise those stickers of stickers sheets. Bleck! I have been gonna sign up for Stickii forever! Still haven't I kinda want to change from Pips to Stickii...and I would totally go for all 3!! That sounds amazing :) I get a sub box of ephemera and crafting supplies so I have to decide what goes and what stays...and what's new maybe. Thanks again. I am right there with you on the book club. I will probably draw a donkey. Love donkeys hahahaha
Response: 💜😂.
ccmmsu rated for SSS: Tiny on May 16, 2022
Comment: First off, I am swooning over this peacock paper! Thank you so much for that, and for the great stickers. I have Deaf family members who use ASL, so I'm especially excited about the SL alphabet sheet. And who doesn't love rainbows and summer days? :) These will all be put to good use. Thank you, Maria!
Response: Yay! 🙂
tatntole rated for SSS: 4x4's #2 on Apr 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #27 on Apr 21, 2022
Comment: Wow! What a packet of sunshine. I love the stickers, women stamps, and the letterset! It was such a great end of the week to open this.
Ladyadybug rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #26 on Apr 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for taking the time and care to read my profile and including everything I love - much appreciated! :)
BobaBarb rated for SSS: Scavenger Hunt on Apr 17, 2022
Comment: thank you for resending!
Ikat78 rated for Three Truths and a Lie #5 on Apr 15, 2022
Comment: Hi Maria! Thank you for the neat NY pc. It’s so cool. My guess is your lie is…….That you live in a brick house. ??? I didn’t look at your profile so I could give it a fair guess. Can’t wait to know.
Response: Hello! I *do* live in a brick house. I would tell you the lie except I don't quite remember what I wrote-I play this a lot with teens. If I said Roller Derby that is true. If I said I play the trumpet that is true...
jeepermom rated for SSS: Spring on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: OMG I LOVE the stickers you sent. Thank you so much for sending the postcard, too! It's awesome and I can't wait to use them. Thank you!!!!!
captkristi rated for SSM: March book club and craft on Apr 9, 2022
Comment: I love reading your thoughts. Laughed so hard. Definitely far fetched kind of "magical" quality about the family.

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captkristi on May 6, 2022:

It feels like my birthday!! Thank you SO much. I can't believe you made this. It's gorgeous...I don't have the words to say what a wonderfully thoughtful gift this is. I am going to treasure this forever.

captkristi on Apr 11, 2022:

EEEK!! Thank you SO much for this wonderful surprise!!! I loved it before I even opened it because you use the coolest stamps!! You seriously made my day!!! I have practiced my Snails and I am looking forward to the next time I get to send you something fun <3 I have been drawing something for Past is Red and I will send you a picture. I think you will love it!! That book. It cracks me up so bad!!

ccmmsu on Feb 8, 2022:


Sorry I'm a little late. Hope you had a fabulous day and the best year ever in 2022!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:



takehimaway on Nov 8, 2020:

What a juxtaposition - librarian, but you hate word stickers. May I ask why? Stickers with words only are my FAVOURITE type of sticker. I also love washi with words on it!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 28, 2020:


Have a fun and safe Halloween!

manders2280 on Apr 30, 2020:

The paper pocket in the CPG Quickie swap I sent you is a simple origami cup.

Rainydancer on Apr 14, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps and mail!

dmwcheng on Feb 23, 2020:


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