Swap-bot Time: December 12, 2018 6:30 am


Date Joined: August 3, 2017
Last Online: December 12, 2018
Birthday: July 27, 1977
Country: United States

About Me

Hi Friends!

You can call me Maria or Ri. Just don't call me late to dinner...or dessert...or coffee!

I am a California native. I am a mom to an incredible 14 year old girl, and 2 kitty fur babes.

I work in the transportation industry, scheduling big rig trucks to deliver building materials up and down the state. In the almost 20 years I've been working in such a demanding field, I've become even more sarcastic (which started off as a defense mechanism in my early teens), when you get to know me, you'll realize I'm a just soft, overly sweet, gooey marshmallow on the inside!

In my past life, I feel like I must have been a gypsy or pirate. I dream of travelling around in a tiny home/R.V. without a schedule. On the flip side, I also dream of owning my own home and having an art/craft studio.

I'm attracted to shiny objects and glitter...and iridescent foil.

A lover of books, journals and notebooks, I used to penpal when I was younger. Now that I'm older and my social circles have gotten smaller, it's nice to reach out and meet new people, especially when you have a mutual love of crafting. My postman is also relieved that I now have a good reason to pickup my mail...and my creditors probably are too...

Favorite Crafts

There is nothing more fulfilling to create something with your hands, I truly believe handmade is best made. I love so many different crafts, and there is always something new to try! My steady love is paper crafting. I used to make and sell soap at local festivals but lately my full time job and life in general has me spread too thin to schlep my wares all over town on my off time. I have also dabbled in candle carving, needle felting, knitting/crocheting, fluid acrylic painting and my latest, painting mandalas on rocks and canvas!

Favorite Obsessions

I have an unhealthy obsession for anything:

Disneyland U.S.A.

Alice in Wonderland

Beauty and the Beast

Harry Potter



Tarot card decks

Twinkling lights

Stained glass

Sharpie pens


Vinyl Tsum tsums

Funko Pop!

Favorite Movies

Anything Classic Disney live-action, all Disney animated movies

Studio Ghibli, especially Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service

Your Name

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone

Willy Wonka

All of Tim Burton's Movies


Pirates of the Caribbean series

Practical Magic

Hocus Pocus

Princess Bride


The 10th Kingdom

Bollywood Movies, such as Baghban and Saawariya

Favorite Television

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the latest series I binge watched, it was pretty good-I hear it ties in with Riverdale, but I haven't watched that one yet.

The Magicians

A Korean Odyssey and other K-Dramas

All of Brian Fuller's older shows: Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead like Me

Fantasy/Sci-Fi shows like: Eureka, Warehouse 13, X-Files, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Lost Girl

American Horror Story-my favorite is still Coven

Sleepy Hollow

Penny Dreadful

The Strange Case of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell



Criminal Minds

Documentary-style shows like Forensic Files, Dateline, Dirty Money

Favorite cartoons:


The Littles

Dungeons and Dragons


Bob's Burgers


The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

The Oblongs

Favorite Books

I love the Twilight Series, and I'm not even ashamed to admit it, LOL

I recently enjoyed the 2 books in the series written by Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman.

I just finished Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty-and will probably NEVER visit a "health spa" or "retreat"!

I love thrillers like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Also Soman Chainani's series The School for Good and Evil is a favorite

I mainly listen to audiobooks on Audible during my commute to work, while crafting and lounging about the house.

I am in the process of listening to:

Why You Need A Budget (YNAB)-Jesse Mecham-this is quickly becoming a book I'll need a hard copy of-I have such a hard time paying attention to every detail!

The Witch Elm-Tana French

These Rebel Waves-Sara Raasch

In my queue is:

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

Missing You by Harlen Coben

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal


Comment: Thank you for the card and I enjoyed reading your answers - I love the heart origami of your answers - Merry Christmas!
Comment: Hi Maria! Thank you so much for the darling card and extras. I enjoyed reading your answers to the holiday questions .
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card. I enjoyed reading your 10 questions. Most unique method of folding a letter, I took me awhile to open it and I loved it. Thank you also for all the goodies. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Comment: Loved reading your answers (sad I can't refold the heart!) The memory of your mom and the ornament touched me so much, people accise me of living behind a camera but when times change a lot of the photos are from the times with people they cherish the most. I'm a loght person also, we have a white tree up thisnuear and I wrapped the multi colored lights around the cemter so it glows outward and reflects all the colors. "Tie dyed" is probably the most accurate description lol. Chicken relleno sounds amazing!!! Growing up I had friends who had pancit at everu family event and it is still one of my favorite dishes!
mejulia rated for A Holiday Card in the US #2 on Dec 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Thanks for the nice card & all the goodies. I enjoyed reading over your answers=) Happy Holidays! It is cool how you folded your questions/answers up....
Scrybe rated for Journal Questions-EMAIL on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you
Jjean rated for Journal Questions-EMAIL on Nov 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing - Very interesting.
thequilterslink rated for Die Cutting Swap USA on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the great die cuts! Happy Holidays to you.
03Scarlett rated for 100 Crafty Questions!! on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much, your answers were so fun to read ... I really enjoyed them! ❤️
Mamabemus rated for MEGA HALLOWEEN SWAP (USA) on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: thanks for the extras
Comment: I love this beautiful glittery card! The tuck-ins list note paper and journal cards make this really special - thanks so much!
Comment: Loved the card and all the goodies
Comment: Waiting to open it in December!!! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!!
ariestess rated for ESG: THE ABC'S OF ME on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
CajunLady rated for ESG: THE ABC'S OF ME on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the answers.
turtlelove84 rated for ESG: THE ABC'S OF ME on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers, they were most definitely fun to read. I have recently become addicted to dies since I got a Cricut for my birthday, so I'm intrigued by the glimmer foil machine.
randeh rated for MEGA HALLOWEEN SWAP (USA) on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Loved this beautiful and fun little card!
Comment: Thanks for the letter and goodies. I will be working on your reply this week. I have 2 to get out first ♥
suepier rated for GETTING TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the very detailed answers to the questions for this swap. I enjoyed reading them and feel like I know a lot about you. Your handwriting is great and your story was very easy to read. Also thank you for the coloring sheets. I love to color.

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ButterflyLover on Nov 2, 2018:

I just received an envelope from you with lots of wonderful goodies but I have no idea what for :( Sent this via PM too, hopefully you get the note (I never know which ones someone gets notifications for)

aprilfoolzbaby86 on Nov 27, 2017:

Profile check for Blingy Pocket Letter. Happy Swapping.

VivaLaDiane on Aug 9, 2017:

Please message me your first/last name and mailing address so I'm able to approve your request to join Newbie Helpers. Thanks so much and welcome to Swapbot! ♥

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