Swap-bot Time: October 27, 2020 2:11 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: October 26, 2020
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 20 April 2020.

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, travel, museums, napping, cooking, 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, 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,rock painting/hiding, royalty, letter writing,British Television (Killing Eve, Keeping Up Appearances, PEAKY BLINDERS), theme parties, 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.


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 ephemera






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

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 Crown

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Peaky Blinders

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

Master Chef, Chopped

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.


sleepykitty rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Wherever did you find that AMAZING sticker referencing The Shining? I loved your letter! Thanks so much. <3
Response: I got some excellent stickers from The Atoonie store.
Comment: What a wonderful swap!! Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from a sewing machine manual! Awesome!!
dakotadee rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2020 on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: love you telling me how these taste. I'm going batty not traveling too. :( Took hubby to the Black Hills for 2 days just to get out of town. We just drove all over.
Comment: Love the festive envie and fun cards! Thank you!
vontakk rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #116 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: This is one of my favorite swaps I've ever gotten. I loved all of it, including the envelope!!! This is all soooo awesome! I'm so keeping most of these for a Keep 1, Send 1 swap!!! Thank you sooo much!!
Comment: Great choices on the postcard! Thank you for the extras as well. I used to live in Utah, but have lived in Minneapolis for 2 years now. I definitely love it here. Congrats on seeing your 50th state! That's so cool. I'm at maybe 11 lol. Best wishes to you!
Kvwanderlost rated for WIYM: Vintage postcards on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful vintage PCs and the awesome travel ephemera, I love it all! Just followed you on IG, I'm kvwanderlost. Have a wonderful weekend!
Comment: Thank you for the FABulous PCs and extras Garci! I especially love Hipster George Washington :)
Vickyen rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2020 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Hi Garci! How fun to get a beer chunk from you! I would not mind trying one of these beers to see if I liked it but would not want to buy a six pack and find I didn't - sigh! Love the chunk! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Aseret25 rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: Oh, this is such a cool postcard!! I can tell that you put a lot of care into it. Thanks for sharing your creativity with me!
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - September 2020 on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: Love the witch! So fun. Thank you.
kclicquot rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: WOW! what a wonderful selection, and the listing of each piece was helpful! I remember my Mom and her S & H greenstamps!!! I love using those in my art. The yearbook page is priceless! "makeup club?" LOL. Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: Great cards -- love the snowflake. And super fun envie. Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the chunk of cardboard. πŸ€—I am so glad you told me how the pizza was because I was going to ask! Take care!πŸ’Œ
LadyJo rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful post card! Loving the Fall weather!
BusyB rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Oh my! LOVE the Barbie postcard! ❀️Thank you and for the Instagram info. I'll go check it out. You rock!!
squince rated for WIYM: Support USPS PC Swap on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Love this Katie Funk postcard!
Comment: Oooh girl !!!! I squealed out loud about this card ! I LOVE the Mary Engelbreit card and the adorable stickers and postcard you included and then the awesome sleeping beauty sticker on the outside ! LOVE IT !! I appreciate the time you took to read my profile and send me such thoughtful little touches. Thank you and bless you !!
mags142 rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #9 on Sep 27, 2020
Comment: Hello Garci! Your envelope was absolutely amazing! It really stood out in my mailbox, you are so creative! Thank you for the awesome goodies you sent me and I hope you are staying safe and healthy as well! Happy Swapping! Hope to swap with you again one day!

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lou on Oct 14, 2020:

please check your private messages and email

Pikapika on Sep 28, 2020:

LSRUS: 1000 Hearts Giveaway

I'm sorry I am not able to mail anything to you. I hope you like the hearts i'm sending your way.

OrigamiGrace on Aug 7, 2020:

Happy Friday!!


simcoe54 on Jul 19, 2020:

Thanks for the random RAK - stamps and postcards and for thinking of me. I always love to receive these items. πŸ’š

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!

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