Swap-bot Time: October 24, 2017 4:22 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: October 24, 2017
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 *Cupcakes *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo

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

romance novels


lip gloss

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

How to Get Away With Murder

Secrets and Lies

Cupcake Wars, DC Cupcakes

Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares

Master Chef, Chopped

Martha Stewart

Roseanne's Nuts

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. I will try fruit teas.


Comment: Too cute!
young46356 rated for PTG: Halloween Postcard Swap on Oct 22, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the good stuff. We reuse as much as possible...especially something that can be used as a sticker. My daughter thanks you for the stickers and I always give a heart when someone sends me a naked swap in an envelope. Happy Halloween!
TriniH rated for HMPC: Put a "Halloween Monster" on it on Oct 21, 2017
Comment: Wow! That is the hugest postcard I have gotten so far! love it! So clever! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome cards and the extra's. Love them! Have a great week.
Comment: Thank you so much for resending this swap. You made a really great postcard. I love it and it will go into my journal. I am wondering, too what happens to all that lost mail. If someone takes it or if it goes in the trash or is sitting somewhere...who knows. Thank you again for the effort you had making a second card. Thank you. 💕
kittyhahahotbot rated for PTG: Halloween Postcard Swap on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fUn postcard and using those pretty stickers! Lovely sentiment too. Thank God Im not near the fires but I awoke to smoke from the winds. So scary! Scarier than halloween. Glad youre finally under 100degs. Ugggg, huh?
CruStA rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - Aug 2017 on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: i love your handwriting! Hope the temperature is being kinder to you now it's october!
Comment: Thank you so much for all of the fantastic PCs you chose for this swap. I wish I could say I have a favorite but I don't as they are all so good. As for fall color, my house backs up to a wooded area so I have big beautiful trees that show me absolutely gorgeous colors every fall - I love it. I lived in southern California for 17 years and true fall and spring seasons were what I missed the most and I get 4 very distinct seasons here in Virginia. Thanks again for the great PCs and hope to see you in future swaps ~~
Response: So glad you loved it. The Woman in Paintings PC I received were also perfect. xo
isabellasnow rated for PH: "G" Is For on Oct 5, 2017
Comment: WOW!!! Garci, this was such a fun swap to open! The cards you sent are just lovely. My favorite would be that sweet goat chewing his cud! (and the giraffe--so cute;+) Then . . . the amazing package of Halloween ephemera! The kitty . . . oh my! Such fun. You know this is the nicest bunch of ephemera I've ever received--even in ephemera swaps! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this such a special swap for me. You're an angel! p.s. the pink envie was BEAUTIFUL!
Response: So glad you loved everything! Always fun to have a GoodMailDay!
Chaosfay rated for PH: Autumn on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful array of cards and little extra bits! :D
priscilla rated for You Gotta Try This! on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your nice enveloppe Also thank you from my daughters, so sweet you read my profile. I will try the tea this evening.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcard! I love using postage stamps in my art!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful selection of postcards and the extra postcards.. loved everything ‘gold’ !
Lantana149 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the decorated PC love the birds and butterflies. I never thought to use old album covers as the Chunk of Cardboard, great idea!!!
marija rated for PH: "D" Is For on Sep 17, 2017
Comment: Wonderful cards, thank you so much. Mary
mle rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 15, 2017
Comment: I love your SB name!!!!! thanks for the Peter Max stamp too.
kssunlover1947 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2017 on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Star Wars card. I have a Star Wars video tape but it is newer and part of a box set so the picture on the box is different.
Comment: Thanks for the Proposal postcard, Garci! Such a funny movie. I have a stack of VHS boxes waiting to be made into postcards.
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun heart-shaped postcard! I love how you collaged the movie tickets :) I will definitely be trying it sometime. I also love that you used heart-themed postage!
Fenix825 rated for EJ: Ephemera ROYGBIV Blue on Sep 8, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope of blue! I really enjoyed what you sent. Hope you liked the swap!

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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...! ! !

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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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panfried88 on Oct 22, 2011:

Thank you for the flickr pics... Lucky you! Envious And I really like how compatible and relax you and your fiance look in the photo. All the best to you both! :)

kittenred on Aug 12, 2011:

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