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Date Joined: August 31, 2012
Last Online: February 17, 2016
Birthday: April 2
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated 8/18/13 I am a Filipina who moved to New York 13 years ago, and am a Mom to a 9-year-old son and look forward to doing more swapping here and hopefully meeting some new friends. I am currently all caught up with the swaps and look forward to a more organized trading schedule for 2013.

Having collected postcards for almost 30 years now, I am trying to find homes for the postcards which aren't in my collecting interests. I try to send according to profile when I can, and will be happy to swap individually if you have any particular collecting interests of hard-to-find PCs.

I take pride in the ATCs I have produced and those who have received my cards will attest to the fact that they are of good quality. I still consider myself more of a crafter than an artist, and I try to send out cards which I would want to receive myself.

I rate with a heart whether or not the ATC or postcard meets my personal criteria, but more because of the effort that was put into the ATC or the thought written on the postcard. Even just the effort to put a different stamp or stamps or a short message means a lot to me.

I blog at http://pinaynewyorker.com where you will read about the things I do as a 46-year old working mom in New York. I write about the projects I'm into.

I am very new to ATCs but enjoying learning about it and making it. I do mostly collage, doodle art, zentangling and digital or hybrid collage. I like experimenting with backgrounds by trying new things and working with different forms of paper.

I have a second blog at http://gothamchick.com which is more about crafting, and is connected to my Etsy store, http://gothamchick.etsy.com. I have been selling since 2010 but have put the shop on vacation mode the first part of 2012. I just recently reopened the store and am trying to repopulate it.

I'm into doing crafts, writing (yes, snail mail!), and am trying to do art now, although I don't consider myself to be an artist. I enjoy working with watercolor and acrylic paints and find this a very effective channel for self-expression. I am getting into some journal swaps selectively and find them to be very fulfilling!

I ask that you be patient with me and write me if there is a delay or such a mistake before rating and I will make things right. Thank you for your consideration.

Favorite Crafts

I have always been into paper and actually make my own christmas cards every year. I do hybrid scrapbook elements/papers printouts and now incorporate actual collage.

I love working with freshwater pearls and gemstones, particularly rose quartz and labradorite. I am not too good with stringing but can do wirework and chains.

In the last year, I've worked and experimented with polymer clay as well and am currently into die-cutting.


I have always loved to write and had started doing an online journal even before blogs came into existence. I didn't start blogging until August 2004, though, shortly after the birth of my son. Almost 2 years ago, I discovered Art Journaling thanks to Julie Fie-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs (http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com). Again, I don't consider myself an artist but this has helped me in expressing myself and memorializing every day things in a form that I can remember things by, with or without the use of words.


I collect:

  • maps

  • lighthouses

  • anything New York (vintage and modern)

  • anything Philippines (vintage and modern)

  • anything Paris (vintage and modern)

  • Disneyana (from parks I've visited, but I do not trade them)

  • Mail art

I do not mind receiving postcards which are not among the PCs above. I love postcards in general, and I join swaps with the intention of interacting with fellow postcard collectors. Keep them coming!

In case of delay...

... or if you don't receive what I sent, please contact me. I don't mind resending, even twice over, until the PCs or ATCs make them to you.

As a recipient, I have been pretty lenient when a swap is not received on my end. What's more important is that I get my item to you. Please let me know if for any reason you don't receive something I owe. I may be late, but I always send the item. I've learned my lesson and now communicate promptly when there is a delay on my end.

My 3s...

... were a result of non-communication of delays which I regret and now avoid by being prompt with the swaps and communicating when there is a delay. My last delays were caused by the snow storm that hit us in New York.

I respect the right of organizers to ban but have selectively joined swaps now, so I would really appreciate being given a chance to join your swap if I sign up.

Thanks for the extras but..

.. I have more than enough paper supplies. Thanks but save the paper for other swappers who might be able to use them. I would love to receive used stamps whether they are still attached to a piece of the original envelope or already loose. I am working on decoupaging them onto projects in the coming weeks...

I also don't drink tea. So again, thank you.


While I appreciate the extras, I rate based on the item being swapped. Thanks again and enjoy!

Note to self

Huwag sasali: K ____Y___, buwan ilaw L, p a siya nis__, 2a 2L 2y, leks e d


nolagirl rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #3 on Jan 25, 2014
Comment: Will be happy to change rating when swap is received!
Lorenmarie77 rated for One Sentence Journal for April on Jan 21, 2014
Comment: Sorry for the late rate and my late reply. Me not receiving this journal was not your fault, it was mins. Sorry again.
Comment: I have sent a message but no response.
Comment: Thank you!!!!!
eepy rated for New York postcard swap on Dec 16, 2013
Comment: Wow! This one took a long time to get here... Dinna, have you visited the Guggenheim yet? You do have to go... I remember seeing it in the early sixties (am I dating myself/) and being completely knocked out.
Chaospony rated for Stuffed Summer Journal on Nov 18, 2013
Comment: I really hate doing this but I still have not received anything for this swap. You contacted me on Sep 7th, the date the swap had to be mailed by and told me you would be a little late and it would be mailed by the weekend. That is the last I ever heard from you. Swap was marked sent on Sep 28th but I still have not received anything and you have not responded to any of my multiple messages. I will be happy to change this rating if I ever get a journal from you.
BTim rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Nov 5, 2013
Comment: Beautiful ATC-- thanks!
Comment: Thank you. The journal arrived today.
Luna0819 rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 30, 2013
RiittaR rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 23, 2013
Comment: Lovely, lovely! My favourite colours and a touch of nature, just for me :-) Many thanks!
suepier rated for One Sentence for August on Oct 22, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic journal. It was so much fun to read and so beautiful. I love it.
jaceslave rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 22, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much
Karen2013 rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 20, 2013
Comment: What a wonderful idea!!! thanks
Comment: Thanks for the very cool ATC and your description on how it's made!
janski48 rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 13, 2013
Comment: Love your card! Pressed flowers are so pretty to use. :) Thanks! Jan
luv2kraft rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 13, 2013
Comment: Excellent! thanks so much,always look forward to your creations!
CarlaDMG rated for BIG Serendipity Background ATCs #2 on Oct 10, 2013
Comment: ☺ Super ATC. Lots of nice color. And I love leaves, so that made it special.
Comment: Love this ATC! The combination of elements and colors is lovely! So Fall feeling!

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judee0624 on Oct 2, 2013:

Thank you for angeling the Random Country PC#1. Happy Swapping!

AZmom875 on Sep 5, 2013:

Thank you so much for the Cat postcard that you send me as an extra. I got it today. Yes, this PC was meant to be mine. I sure love cats.

joycE30 on Aug 6, 2013:

Hi! Nice to meet you! Today i recieved my "Stamp my journal" journal back with so many beautiful stamps! Thank you so so much, really love it! I also love your handwriting... I hope you will join the next round? ;)

KarlaKC on May 21, 2013:

I happened to stray onto your Wordpress blog somehow while hopping around the internet. I've been lost in reading your posts for the past hour! I love the way you write. I am also partial to the fact you are from the Philippines as I have a childhood penpal who is from there. She is currently in Canada and after 33 years, we are still in touch.

Anyway, it was good to see you are on Swap-bot, too. Loved reading your journal prompted posts on your blog. :)


Barbara on May 8, 2013:

Dinna, Today was a special day b/c I received your package. Thank you for the personalized stationary. It is so nice that I just keep looking at it. Thank you for writing in and returning my journal and for sharing a little window into your daily life, artistic endeavors and interior hopes.

racheljohnson on Feb 11, 2013:

Hi! I mailed your postcard for the A Postcard a Day Feb 1-14 Swap over the weekend. Happy swapping!

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