Swap-bot Time: March 7, 2021 10:10 pm


Date Joined: November 21, 2020
Last Online: March 7, 2021
Birthday: December 31
Country: Italy
My Instagram (may include spoilers)

About Me

Hey all, I'm from Italy, approaching my 40s, HR generalist during the day and paper crafter / letter writer at night. I have been writing letters since the 1990s, I started during high school and love making connections this way. I've finally decided to join after stumbling upon this website a few times in a row.

My actual name is Mariagiovanna, I usually go by Giovanna. I'm a childfree intersectional feminist who's very interested in social issues. On a spiritual point of view I'm somewhere between NeoPaganism, Core Shamanism and Pastafarianism. Not a girly girl, you can hardly see me in make up and high heels, but that doesn't mean I don't like pink or kawaii stuff. I love vintage aesthetics but appreciate many others - I mean, we don't have to choose, right?

I speak Italian, English and a little Spanish and French. But I like to learn words and basic sentences in other languages, so feel free to share.

My hobbies are writing, reading, watching tv series, cooking, geocaching, escape rooms and similar activities. I like dogs and ferrets (I have 2 of them!), but actually almost any kind of pet :-) Also, I'm fascinated by bees and jumping spiders.

Notice: The postal service has been slower than usual lately. I suppose it's due to coronavirus, holiday period and also some new procedures at the postal service in Italy. In case you don't receive something from me 1-2 months after the sending date (depending on the distance) please do contact me as I will gladly send it again.

[February 26th: a swap that I'd sent on December 9th has just arrived. The postal service really is slow but apparently it's starting to catch up and I'm so glad that not everything got lost!]

Favorite Books


  • Margaret Atwood
  • Octavia Butler
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Joanne Harris
  • Robin Hobb
  • Ursula Le Guin
  • Natasha Pulley
  • Sarah Waters

Favorite Television

Some TV shows I've been enjoying lately:

  • Archer
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Bull
  • Doctor Who (not consistently though)
  • Carnival Row
  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Game of Thrones (the first few seasons at least)
  • Glow
  • Jane The Virgin
  • Lucifer
  • Modern Family
  • One Day at a Time
  • Pose
  • Scrubs
  • Sherlock
  • The Alienist
  • The Good Place
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Other interests

Topics A-Z

If you want to know some of my interests or will send themed stuff, these are some ideas. Of course don't feel limited.

  • Archaeology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal behaviour and evolution
  • Dark stories
  • Etymology, linguistics and grammar
  • Food from all over the world
  • Foreign cultures and habits
  • Gender studies
  • Languages
  • Legends and lore tales
  • Mysteries
  • Mythology
  • Paganism(s)
  • Recipes
  • Religious traditions, myths etc (feel free to write about that, no need to send devotional objects and please don't try to convert me :-) )
  • Shamanism
  • Social and gender studies
  • Speculative fiction
  • Steampunk, dieselpunk, cyberpunk
  • Victorian age

Things A-Z

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Collages
  • Crafting paper
  • Die cuts
  • Ephemeras
  • Face masks
  • Letter paper
  • Rubber stamps
  • Stationery
  • Stickers
  • Teas (including herbal teas but my favourite is black tea)
  • Upcycled items
  • Vintage ads
  • Vintage or vintage inspired spooky Halloween stuff
  • Washi tape


  • Patterned and scrapbooking paper
  • Crafting paper of any other kind, including upcycled paper (a newspaper, a map or a museum ticket in your language for example)
  • Ephemeras are my all times favourite, especially if vintage inspired.
  • Letter paper
  • Snacks, chocolate or teas from all over the world
  • Recipes
  • Rubber / clear stamps
  • Stickers but please no alphabet, planner or reward stickers because I wouldn't know how to use them
  • Washi samples
  • Vintage / victorian (inspired) photos

  • Anything with ferrets!

  • Other animal themed stuff: it would be super special to receive cetaceans, octopus, bees or bear themed things
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, blue and brown tones


Please don't send me things that are racist, sexist, homo-bi-transphobic, ableist, ageist etc, or anything violent. I don't have fun unless everybody does - and yes, I've been called a party pooper before because of this. Depending on the swap's topic, it's ok to send me fiction or news with such themes - I mean, I do know they exist in the world and don't want to turn my eyes away.

Other dislikes or "rather not":

  • Alphabet, planner or reward stickers
  • Anime stuff
  • Baby related stuff
  • Bookmarks
  • Candles
  • Coins or foreign currency in general
  • Friendship books, label bags and such
  • Home decorations - house is small and crammed already LOL
  • Magnets - no magnetic fridge, so no room for them :-(
  • Make up
  • Political topics


Comment: Ciao! Thank you for the great postcard & cool stamp. I very rarely receive mail from your beautiful country & which makes me love this swap all the more. Although, the pictures are stirring up my wanderlust. My 9yr old son keeps telling me to buy one of the properties in southern Italy (towns looking to bolster residency)...so I may not show him this postcard. Otherwise, I risk him begging me all weekend. Lol! Thanks again & I wish you all the best.
Comment: I really liked your story. I felt like I could see him walking into his canvas. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
Response: Thank you! I'm so happy you liked it!
Comment: Thanks so much! And don't worry, a few things may not be my style,but I appreciate that you tried to send things I like. :)
Response: Thank you!
LiisaS rated for ESO: paper filled envie on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: OMG! Thanks! It was like little Christmas! I loved how thoughtful everything was put together! Thank you!
Response: Thanks to you, I'm happy you liked it!
Comment: I received your postcard in the mail today. Thank you so much for sending it. I have never been to Rome but perhaps someday I will have the chance to visit. Best Wishes, Smokey
Response: Yay, the postal service has been so slow lately! :)
Aeon rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers #3 on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: Guess what arrived today! I got your stickers from December! 😍❀️ Thank you!
Response: I can't believe it! I've also sent them again LOL, so you'll get a bonus :-)
silvermoonsnake rated for Vintage Ephemera Swap #1 on Feb 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the very lovely swap!
Response: Thanks to you!
Joeanniee rated for Tea For Thee # 78 on Feb 26, 2021
Comment: Yay! Your teas finally reached my mailbox. I cannot wait to drink them!
Response: That's so good, I thought they were lost! I have sent them again this week so you'll get a bonus in a green envie LOL!
MaddiV17 rated for Happy Mail: Senders Choice on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely mail!!!
Response: I'm happy you liked it! It was fast this time :-)
Goetterblume rated for ESO: Send a Heart on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: So many hearts πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– heart confetti! Thank you for all the cute hearts! Your selection is really great and I like all of it :-) can't wait to use them in a new craft project :-)
Response: Thank you, I'm happy you liked them :-)
CraftyShana76 rated for HMPS: Washi Tape Swap on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thanks to you, I hope you liked them!
Gaucha rated for ESO Season Music Notecard: LOVE SONGS on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the swap, I like those songs too!
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and for your kindness <3
Karthi rated for ESO: Decorated goodie filled flipbook on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so so much dear, I loved your mail.
Response: It's great you liked it! :-) I hope the goodies are useful!
mymerakidesk rated for Old Book pages on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you SO much. Your mail made my day. I love it all, esp. the greek book pages 😍 I never had one before! Wait for my mail to you (swap Vintage Envelope). Take care. ❀️
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! :-) <3
Stargazer008 rated for Tiny European Swap #14 on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Oh you really made my day. Thank you so much for the tiny envelope filled with so much joy. And now have a nice evening.
Response: Thank you, glad you enjoyed the swap!
sunshinecity rated for Vintage Ephemera Swap #1 on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you my dear for the lovely envelope filled with goodies! I loved it!
Response: Yay! I hope you can use them ❀️
annychenghk rated for Scrapbooking paper swap #1 on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the papers, they are very nice and good quality!!
Response: I'm happy you liked them :-) Thanks for rating and take care
marclively rated for Old Book pages on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thanks! Marc
Response: Glad it arrived, I hope you liked them and thanks for the rating and the heart :-)
AlisonKingWriter rated for Weekly Wrap Up PC #23 on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! The image on the front reminds me of this little house on the coast here that is now a museum that my great great grandmother built. So lovely! Glad it finally arrived. Have a lovely day! <3 AL
Response: Yay! Thank you for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and the book excerpt! Sounds very interesting!
Response: It's one of my favorite books :)

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Caithness on Jan 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the delightful mail that has come through my letterbox today. So many wonderful goodies - I love all of them. Everything was such a good choice and just perfect for me! Thank you x

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