Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2018 12:45 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: November 16, 2018
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.


Comment: Thank you for the Dolly Parton Chunk of Cardboard. I have loved her music ever since I first heard her singing many many years ago. I didn't have this album but I think we did have the movie as my husband really liked it. I can't tell you how many times we watched it.
Lady rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2018 on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Organic bats & boos?!? Love that the stamps were purple too.
BrendaB rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2018 on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Love it! What a great chunk :D The stamps are awesome sauce too, thank you.
Comment: Hi Garci thank you for the Zombie pin up PC. WoW you put me to shame ...I have not travelled out of Canada except for a few times to Las Vegas USA. And in Canada only been as far East as Manitoba. I long to see Newfound Land and Nova Scotia . How wonderful for you to see so much of our beautiful world. Happy Autumn swapping peace love light
Comment: Wow! So many great goodies! Above and beyond swap requirements. So much fun to open!
simcoe54 rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #44 on Oct 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all the great postcards + extras.
soccer8s rated for WIYM: WHAT? POSTCARD on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Great card
Comment: what a lovely swap- thank you so much for your thoughtfulness..everything was a delight to discover..and what a fab envelope x
myancey rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2018 on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: I totally wish I could give double hearts. I loved this chunk of cardboard! By far my most fave ever. The stamps and stickers made my heart soar. Thank you so so much. Georgia’s been stifling hot too. Watching Michael now. Have a great day
gojenn rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2018 on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Love the skull! Thanks!
Comment: I love the "Jaws" chunk! It is one of my favorite movies and I've lost count as to how many times I've seen it! Perfect "chunk" for me, thank you! :)
Eulegirl rated for AFAWL - Autumn Scavenger Hunt on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely package!
gojenn rated for CPG Sept Senders Choice PC - US Only on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: Love the bear pc - & even beats on the stamp!! So cool! Thanks!
atanava rated for WIYM: GREEN POSTCARD - August on Sep 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
Comment: Hello! Loved your letter and the envie stuffed with wonderful goodies!! That envie out of the drafting paper is amazing! Where did you come across that paper? Your trips sounded like such fun - thank you for sharing with me!!
MamaMangrove rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #164 on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Ah, Garci...the envie alone was enough to earn a star, but you win my Swapper of the Year award for your wonderful selection of cards & extras! OMG, not 1, not 2, but 3 hilarious Brest Brest Brest cards; a gorgeous Cuban cigar label card (be still my heart); the laugh-out-loud Naughty Little People & a beautiful G. O’Keefe painting I’d never seen. And then you top it all off with a terrific batch of cigar bands, cookie fortunes, scratch & sniff stamp, & that delightful French comic page. I am bowled over by your thoughtful generosity. Thank you so much.
Kellpepper rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2018 on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Love this! Thank you!
katmandu rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2018 on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Your "steampunky" cardboard is perfect and I love the glasses on the owl!! I've some a bunch of movies this summer too; here's some: A Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Rampage, Avengers Infinity War, Overboard, The Death of Stalin, Deadpool 2, etc...!! Thank you!
BrendaB rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2018 on Sep 6, 2018
Comment: I Love it!! Thanks for the awesome chunk with cool stamps :D (we have finally cooled off today, so ready for Fall.)
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #32 on Sep 5, 2018
Comment: Thanks for another great selection of postcards.

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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!

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

cynlen on Mar 15, 2016:

Welcome to Sealed with Love! :-)

BlueberryLady on Sep 19, 2013:

Love the Color Blue and you even put postage stamps on the Chunk O Cardboard Post Card that were Blue.. Thank You...Hope you get to enjoy your backyard soon...! ! !

rachelcdoyle on Apr 4, 2013:

sugaraddict on Jan 11, 2013:

Hello there! I'm hosting a Valentine Baking Swap which I thought you might enjoy :) Do pop by and check it out if it interests you yea.. Thanks!!

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