Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 3:34 am


Date Joined: December 5, 2018
Last Online: January 29, 2023
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.


Comment: Thank you for the sticker-made postcard. Happy swapping!
captkristi rated for SSM: December book club on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: I died laughing. And, yes, I will likely save this lovely artwork for many years to come. If only to remember the absolutely absurd book and the funniest letter ever. I have started a reply that wil go in the next time I send you something! Hope you are all healed up.
chimerix rated for SSM: Find Four #28 on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the really beautiful handmade papers and space stamps especially. Aloha
captkristi rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search JAN on Jan 20, 2023
Comment: You send the absolute BEST stickers. I think you probably send stuff you don't like and it's amazing because I truly LOVE them. Ok. Not the sports...but my clients will love them and the other sheets are so great that I don't care. Not that I would really care :) Will write again soon. I hope you all are better!!!
Response: I do send you things I don't like, but I do try to send sheets I think you will enjoy. Except, of course, that sports sheet. :)
Ikat78 rated for What Will You Read? Winter 2023 on Jan 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fun envelope and stamps you mailed this swap in. I’ll be looking up a couple of the books you listed. Ocean at the End of the Lake sounds interesting. Thank you for the pc and bookmark too.
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG Holiday Haiku on a PC - US on Jan 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you! Finally arrived, great haiku!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: November book club on Jan 6, 2023
Comment: Sorry for the late rating- I had put off reading as it said it was december on the envelope lol and I didn't want spoilers. I always like hearing all your thoughts on the book. I really liked this book lol, but I agree on some of your points.
EchoLima rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #34 on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for all the cute goodies and your awesome envelope! I LOVED the stamps and all the postcards! <3
Comment: Maria, this dog-filled swap is perfect! My granddaughter, Kylie, has a mini doxie and I'm going to tuck this one sheet of stickers inside her card for her 25th birthday tonight. She will love it.
Comment: Thank you so much for the pretty papers and reindeer card.
OrigamiGrace rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much and have a wonderful holiday!
Mindy82671 rated for CPG-Christmas count down 5 -us on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and goodies. I love gingerbread men.
laprochaine rated for CPG-Christmas count down 5 -us on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you my friend! I will open it during advent 🥰
captkristi rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search NOV on Nov 26, 2022
Comment: What the heck!?! Did I rate you for the wrong swap last time? Orrrr, maybe I wrote your rating in your letter hahaha I loved these sticker sheets. So many cool designs that made me start sketching and dreaming up watercolor illustrations. SO many. Love them. Thank you. You'll be getting my letter (novella?) this week I think. I hope it makes you smile. Talk soon!
Rbrstmpr rated for CPG-Christmas count down 5 -us on Nov 26, 2022
Comment: Yowza Batgirl! Love my big decorated envelope! Won’t be long til w3 start opening all these. Can’t wait!
circularlogic rated for CPG 2022 Envelope Advent - US on Nov 25, 2022
Comment: Packaged so beautifully! I am looking forward to December!
Inesrv rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #33 on Nov 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you Maria, have a wonderful winter time!
bluerose3 rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you
ccmmsu rated for SSS: What's Up? on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Hi Maria! Sorry this rating is late -- I thought I already did it. Maybe I didn't hit "save." Anyway, thank you so much for your letter! That restaurant sounds like a fun adventure. :) I hope she had an awesome birthday! I watched the first few episodes of Handmaid's and then fell off it, but it sounds like I should get back to it. I also have the first volume of Papergirls but haven't read it yet. I need to stop collecting books and get more of them READ. Bedbugs! Yikes! I knew mildew was a constant problem, but didn't think about bedbugs. Makes sense, but yeah.... eww! I guess every job has it's highs and lows. :) Take care and Happy Holiday Season!
goosey rated for CPG-Christmas count down 4 -us on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: thank you for the festive envelope and stamps! merry christmas, maria!!

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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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