Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 6:30 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: August 18, 2019
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

I'm a gal who lives with my husband in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, where the climate is desert (dry and hot). We were married in Maui. We enjoy traveling and golfing.

My hobbies/interests: Postcrossing, mailart, antiques, golf, cupcakes, ephemera, fishing, family activities, travel, museums, napping, cooking, the U.K., practicing Spanish, my niece Emmi, pro-choice, flea markets, Hispanic & Japanese culture, vintage, pin-up girls, thrift shops, tag sales, reading, fleur-de-lis, indie and foreign films, lavender, Frida Kahlo, Dia de los Muertos, Texas Hold 'Em poker, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections, royalty, letter writing, BBC America, theme parties, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. Still in touch with a childhood penpal in Sweden, but via email now. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 27 years. We only email a few times a year -- the rest is snail mail! I love sending postcards and letters to friends and family, even if they don't reciprocate. I know they enjoy receiving them.

I love recycling/upcycling. Chunk 'O Cardboard is my favorite monthly swap. I'm always on the lookout for cardboard chunks to send as postcards (food packaging, book covers, board game boxes, etc).

Swapping note: 1) I strive to get a heart each and every time I do a swap by going above and beyond with extras or personalization. 2) I won't be bullied or bribed into changing ratings. I can overlook some lateness if it's communicated, but if you are a month late on your swap and you think I won't notice...then you deserve a "3." 3) I am very liberal with giving HEARTS because it makes people happy and we're all busy and we do our best with these swaps. Not everyone is an artist. When you get older, you realize life's too short to be petty.


I'm fairly easy with these four themes: Vintage, foreign, postal-related, ephemera!

Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Deer or Stag *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related






rubber stamps

French ribbon

foreign language newspaper

postage stamps (unused or used; foreign and domestic)



handmade envelopes

foreign language dictionary pages

vintage children's books

Air Mail stickers

vintage cookbooks/pamphlets

Everything about Italy: Art, museums, wine, language, food, churches

Day of the Dead

old tickets of any kind (i.e., travel, train, movie, concert)

vintage books that are tattered and can be used for crafting

glue sticks

My favorite color is purple



The ocean


Country music

B&W postcards featuring vintage scenes or people (i.e., photography by Robert Doisneau)




plant-based eating

Don't Need




playing cards


tote bags






Only allergy is tree nuts (i.e., walnuts)

Favorite Movies

Too many to list them all!

I like to watch all Academy award nominated movies.

Indie films

Foreign films


Amelie, Priceless (Audrey Tatou)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love British humor)


The Queen

The Dutchess

Shakespeare in Love

The King's Speech



Mrs. Brown


Love Actually


Bridget Jones' Diary

The Italian Job

The DaVinci Code

Julie & Julia

The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Television

Reruns: Ugly Betty, Seinfeld, Will & Grace

The Good Doctor

The Crown

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Cupcake Wars, DC Cupcakes

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

Master Chef, Chopped

Martha Stewart

Pawn Stars, American Pickers


BBC America: Graham Norton, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar

Favorite Books

I enjoy:



Art books

Chick Lit


My three favorites I've read that I listed on goodreads.com: Pink Slip Party, Good Mail Day, and The Kite Runner

and I read a lot of magazines!


English/Irish/Scottish breakfast tea. Any other black tea. I also drink chai or vanilla and I will try fruit teas.


BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: MN Popcorn and Sharks? W00T!!
ericabella rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! My dad likes it, too.
MissBrenda rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2019 on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: While I don't care for flavored coffee, I would like the candy of this coffee. Thanks for sharing it with me. Our state tends to be green during the summer, unless it is unusually dry. Glad you were able to make it here! My daughter lives in St. Paul, about 20 min or so from me! NoDak and SoDak are great states too! Glad you were able to visit them all! Happy swapping to you!
krspellman rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #7 on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much, this is one of my favorite swaps I’ve ever received...I absolutely love the envelope and everything in it ❤️ You are so thoughtful!
goinjenny rated for PH: Letter C (Blank or Naked) on Jul 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Watermelon always looks so happy!!! Thank you and Have a delicious summer :)
Vickyen rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2019 on Jul 3, 2019
Comment: Hi Garci! Thanks for the awesome Chunk and share! Sounds like you are keeping busy crafting - wonderful way to avoid the heat! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2019 on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: I love what you did with the chunk o cardboard and love the awesome train stamp. This particular swap is quite fine and entertaining. You never know what you will get ❤️
Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2019 on Jul 1, 2019
Comment: Love me some blueberry eggos. Thank you
crochetjunkie rated for Crazy Ephemera Swap! #2 on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Holy crap I love what you sent! From the beautifully decorated envelope to the fun variety of items from my profile, I love it all! The postcards really tickled me, especially the forbidden fruit one! Hahahahaha You sent a queen of heart card I do not have and the unused vintage postage are ones I haven’t seen! Overall one of the best, most thoughtfully put together swaps I have received for quite a while! I don’t know if I’ve seen the 3D stamps, but I did pick up the new Sesame Street ones. Super cute!!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it! We all love a good mail day. I have got to get the Sesame Street stamps
Inkeltje rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - June 2019 on Jun 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the red chunk card, indeed I love it! I love apples, but beer only when it’s alcoholfree...we call it Radler. We’ve been to the 🏜 last summer, and made a 🚁flight....WOW, it was awesome!! So we know the heat now, we’ve seen cacti a lot on the road through California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. It was the last trip we did with our grownup kids. We will never say it is hot again at home 😉.
Comment: I love them all! The tea cards and especially the elf owl in the cactus. So cute!! Thanks for the tea, too. I haven't tried this kind.
Kathy821 rated for AFAWLS: Winter Postcard in Summer on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: The postcard is beautiful. I love Thomas Kinkade. We don't get a lot of snow here, but when it does, everything stops and there isn't milk or bread to be found anywhere if you don't get it early. How awesome to be heading to your 50th state. We want to do that too.
Comment: Garci!! Wow!! I am blown away by the happy mail you have sent me this week!! Thank you so much for the awesome postcards and extras and of course, the amazing stamp selection!! I treasure them! Also I’m glad to hear that you meet up with the Arizona snail mail society, what an awesome group! Have a wonderful day, You’re the best! Micaela 😍😊❤️
Xira rated for Mindfulness series: Looking at art on Jun 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for joining this swap and sending me all the beautiful cards!! I loved reading about the painting your friend Bill made. I looked it up on your insta ofcourse, it’s very cool! Have a great summer! Groetjes Barbara
scrappermama rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2019 on May 30, 2019
Comment: Love it Garci!! Can't read a lick of it but hope the soup was good!! 100 pc challenge! Nice! I finished the 100 day project last year!! Thank you for letting me be a part!! Have a great summer! Art on!!
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - May 2019 on May 27, 2019
Comment: Good luck with 100 PCs in 100 days! I tried to do INCOWRIMO this past Feb and petered out the last week and a half. I'm gonna try again next year. But 100 PCs is out of my league!!!
Comment: Love it! Great stamps, too! I need to figure out either a place to put this up, or a way to use it. Too big for a bookmark...think...think...
Comment: Garci, thanks so much for the nice selection of fun cards plus the extras! I laughed at the Ken Brown red dinosaur behind the modern museum. I, too, really enjoy these scavenger swaps! Happy spring! Cynthia
SunTradeToo rated for CPG QUICKIE: Foodie PC - US Only on May 22, 2019
Comment: Super cool photo! Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸💌

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ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:

Thanks for your RAK birthday greeting, it pleased me a lot!

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:
SeleneW on Jan 15, 2019:

Happy Belated Birthday to you! Thank you for the wonderful card!


CurlyTea on Jan 3, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Jan 2, 2019:

Happy January Birthday from WIYM Group!

RooBaRoo on Jul 24, 2018:

Thanks for the chunk Happy mail :) Congrats on your 6 years together - & wow, you "do things" :) I wish we were as interesting! :D Wow, that's some rough weather!!!! Yes ... Monsoon Wedding is actually quite nice :) & thanks for pointing me to the scented stamps :D I'd never have guessed!! See you around!

bbsporty on May 26, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard! I love cactus!

kssunlover1947 on Feb 6, 2018:

Thank you for the RAK. I will enjoy using the stamps you sent. I had just ordered some $.25 and $.10 ones from Ebay. So I am set for awhile.

CurlyTea on Jan 3, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

bbsporty on Nov 18, 2017:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous RAK postcard! I love the heart made of stamps!

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