Swap-bot Time: February 8, 2023 9:47 pm


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: February 8, 2023
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 25 Jan 2023

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, Anglophile, Wordle, travel, museums, napping, the U.K., practicing Spanish, yoga, pro-choice, vodka martinis, 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,, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, casino, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections, rock painting/hiding, royalty, letter writing, British Television (Killing Eve, Keeping Up Appearances, PEAKY BLINDERS), theme parties, dinosaurs, Arizona Correspondence Society, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 30 years. 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, VCR boxes, 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. As one of my friends said, "Sprinkle hearts because they are free."


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

Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Bigfoot or Yeti *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty *Don't really like typical tourist postcards

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related



Fountain pens





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


Japanese culture, Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball

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



plant-based eating

Don't Need

felt, yarn, fabric, playing cards, lotion, tote bags, jewelry, doilies, pencils, bookmarks, licorice

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

The Good Doctor, The Resident

The Rookie, Rookie Feds


Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne

Emily in Paris

The Crown

Stranger Things

Peaky Blinders

Big Little Lies


Martha Stewart

BBC America: Graham Norton, Call the Midwife, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar, Killing Eve

Favorite Books

I enjoy:

Biographies, Autobiographies, Art books, Chick Lit and Celebrity-related

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.


MuggleMom rated for VES: Antique Valentine Swap on Feb 3, 2023
Comment: Garci - what cute vintage Valentines you sent I agree, it's fun to see the kids scrawl on Valentines! And the faux vintage doggie one was fun too and I hung it up just the same!! Thank you for sharing. xxMuggleMom
sherba31 rated for MAIL ART - Maps on Feb 1, 2023
Comment: Wow! Thanks so much for the jam-packed map envie. I DID notice the Jax Beach strip because Mayport Naval Station is right by the stamp. My dad was stationed there ages ago. If this is not a "robust" collection of extras then WOW again! Thanks so much. Warmth and love from the Sunshine State!
Comment: Wow, thanks for this awesomely decorated "in the air" mail! The stamps, stickers, tea and extras made a super sweet surprise as well. Have a great weekend 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩❀️
LizzyJo rated for UHM: Food Packaging Postcard on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: I like your orange theme. Very bright and cheery. Thank you for the happy mail day! (I thought it was interesting that 3 of the 5 stamps were not cancelled.)
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra stamps :)
Rateliff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - December 2022 on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome chunk! I absolutely love it and I hope the postcards that came in the box are super cool as well!
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 8, 2023
Comment: New Year's eve was a quiet night too. The only noise was a few fireworks around town. Happy New Year. May you and yours stay healthy.
luckysweetpea rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 7, 2023
Comment: Hi Garci, Love the Deck the Halls ink color of your new fountain pen! Sounds like you had a very relaxing NYE. Have a GREAT 2023. Warmly, Ginger
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Christmas Intl 2022 on Jan 4, 2023
Comment: LOVE the glitter! We could end up being the shiniest gals in the nursing home. #theFuture
glassnowdrop rated for MAIL ART - Birds on Jan 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely mail art envie, and i hope you enjoyed your break!! Have you watched more harry potter? All the best!
Comment: I absolutely love the Jeopardy β€œchunk” - wow!! Thank you so much! And best wishes for a bright and beautiful New Year! xo
Comment: Hello Garci! Thank you for the fun postcard I LOVE the full moon and the Eagle sooo cool thank you!
Comment: Beautiful Swap!! I love the Antique cards you sent omg so beautiful and yes that Santa stationery is the cutest!!! <3 Thank you for the vintage Christmas seals too! I have NEVER seen those before - how cool!!! Thank you SO MUCH! Love the way you packaged it all up and sent it too! Clear envelopes are so fun!! Lots of Holiday Hugs! xx Gabi
Comment: ❀️Thank you very much for the great cards you chose, great extra! also love the beautiful and fun paper napkins for my craft project! I have seen Switzerland three times and the Zermatt!
Comment: What a very cool chunk o cardboard. Love the vintage ornaments! Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing postcards and lovely Christmas card
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card and the wonderful maneki-neko notecard.
Comment: Love the cheerful "Retro" Christmas card. Thank you for the personal note and fun extras! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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thriftymermaid on Jan 9, 2023:

Happy Birthday Month from all of your swapping friends at the WIYM Group!! We hope you enjoy your special day. May all of your Birthday wishes come true and your New Year be all you hope it can be and more!! πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ’ŒπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

simcoe54 on Jan 3, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

susieq11 on Dec 6, 2022:

Garci!! Thank you so so so much for the absolutely adorable poodle ornament!! It is so amazing! You are the sweetest - thank you so much! You have been to so many amazing places, and I know you'll get to Japan! I am trying to go to all 50 states - I have a plan to hit 4 over a few days in the spring if I can swing it! Ha! I feel so lucky to have found amazing people like you on swap-bot!!! XOXO

ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 1, 2022:

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Garci for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for my neglect in not thanking you personally before this time. There is no excuse and I hope you can forgive me this time. I want to treat you and everyone with the respect you deserve. I love Swap Bot and want to be the best I can be and one who earns your trust. Sincerely, Alma

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Garci for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for my neglect in not thanking you personally before this time

SunTradeToo on Apr 13, 2022:

thisismeAXiD on Jan 5, 2022:

Happy birthday month

ScrapHappyGabi on Nov 25, 2021:

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