Swap-bot Time: June 16, 2019 9:32 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2016
Last Online: June 15, 2019

Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

Once upon a time there was a child that lived in a small town in northern Italy, she loved writing and receiving letters; reading letters from faraway places was her way to know and explore the world.... thanks to these letters she learnt another language and developed a taste for travel, knowledge and wanting to experience different cultures. Fast forward 20 years in the future and that now so not little girl anymore lives in London with a husband and a crazy daughter, she still loves writing letters, she is crazy for science fiction, she is a bit of a workaholic and in the few scraps of times left she sews, scrapbook ( badly) , loves photography, music, cooking and in general being a crazy happy shiny person.

Favorite Books

Ohhh this is a difficult one ( it could take a bit) you see i could say my tastes can be perceived as ecletic; I looove Japanese novels, especially Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto; but i am a super fan of Fantasy literature and i confess to have read The Lord of the Rings about 10 times... maybe i should try to give you a list of my favourite books

  • Alice's Adventures In
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • In Search of Lost Time
  • Ulysses
  • The Trial
  • Brave New World
  • The Lord Of The Ring
  • On the Road
  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
  • The wind up Bird
  • Amrita
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Shadow of the Wind
  • The Foundation series
  • A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earth-bound Travels in the Far East

.... i could go on forever, i haven't even started to scratch the surface ...

Favorite Movies

This is another difficult one as there are far too many.... i have to confess i am a big fan of Secret Cinema, you should check it out if you can. In the mean time here is a quick list of my all times faves:

  • Blade Runner
  • Star Wars ( original Trilogy)
  • Casablanca
  • 2001: Space Odissey *Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • A clockwork Orange
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Taxi Driver
  • Annie Hall
  • The Big Lebowski
  • the Goonies
  • Ferris Bueller day off
  • Brazil
  • Ghost in the shell

and yes i could go on

The way of Tea

I have several passion, one of them is tea.... it all started when i was an Italian teen ager surrounded by teen ager in Italy, surrounded by coffee; I wanted to be different and in order to look older, more interesting and more sophisticated i started to drink tea....little did i know i started a passion that would last a lifetime.... i spent hours and hours trying to get the perfect cup of tea, black teas, fruity teas, white teas I thought i had found them all, and then i discovered "Matcha" a new world opened and i now mix matcha with A LOT of things ( cakes, cappuccinos, ice creams, salads ..... i would try it with everything i tell you) I still drink a lot of tea, but mostly in order to try and keep down my sugar intakes i tend to drink green tea ( i have a bit of a thing for the flavoured ones) and if it is summer i do like myself some cold Oolong Tea or some Mugicha (barley tea) So if you are sending me tea be assured i will appreciate most teas ( ok ther eis one i really don't like... Twinings Liquorice Allsorts earl grey.... i think it is the only tea box i have never been able to finish.....


Flamingos; dragonflies,botanical print ( vintage style), pastel colours ( especially Mint, Teal, Turquoise, Lime Green, Silver, Coral), kawai stuff,mushrooms, stickers, stationery of all sorts,Totoro, Retro anime, FF series,and lately i can't stop buying washi tape... i even have started to use a wooden twining tea box to sort them... I have a fetish for all things Japanese, Korean, thai etc...south east Asia is where my heart flies and flutters... I pretty much will be happy with anything you choose for me, it is the time you dedicate to the swap and therefore to me that will make it special, not what you end up sending :)


I do not have any real dislikes, however i do like my boundaries so PLEASE do not send nudie pictures, i have nothing against the human body i just would like to be the one deciding when to see some of them :) i do not mean to offend anyone with this statement, and i hope it is taken in the spirit it was meant :) Also please I am not really a lover of Disney and it's characters, or child like stickers so if you can please choose something else :)

thank you

Looking for

I am currently quite enthralled by classic botanic prints; the ones you used to see on old old books ... They seem either very difficult or very expensive to track down, so any pointers on how to acquire some will be super appreciated. *Also i am looking for pages from old Atlases - geography maps etc - succulents and words die cuts :)

Postal notices

I do take a lot of pride in my swaps and unless something strange happens ( sickness, flooding, biblical plagues)

I will ALWAYS send my swaps

However it does happen that things are delayed, lost, damaged, stolen in the mail so please please please do get in touch in case something is amiss


Please note I am posting from UK and parcels abroad can take up to 5 weeks to arrive

About Me

the hard part that i can't face deleting yet from my profile

6 December 2018 My dad passed away today Thank you all for your patience and support

30 November 2018 We are facing the final part of the journey So please if you message me and there is no answer bear with me while we face this

2 november 2018 update as we have reached a "static" phase i will be able to join a few easy swaps, it does keep me sane and it gives me a chance not to think about the tragedy we are facing right now....

28 October 2018 update - as my dad is now facing his final months I have relocated for a period to Italy to support him in his last leg of the journey .. I am pretty sure I contacted everyone and sent out all swaps, but please email me in case I missed out on something, my thoughts process is a bit herratic at the moment

17 october 2018 update unfortunately more bad news from my dad, i have dropped out of all of the swaps i had signed up to as it seems the worst will come to pass soon - apologies for all of the inconveniences but as you might imagine i would rather be able to swap than seeing my dad through this.... please do accept my heartfelt apologies

24 September 2018 update Unfortunately my dad's cancer is advancing and i am in and out of Italy .... i might be delayed in sending a few letters, but i will endeavour to keep all informed; please keep your fingers crossed xxx


Comment: Thank you for this beautiful mini pocket letter love it and thank for the fabulous goodies.
brumby3 rated for FTLOC#1: Pocket Letter - Vintage on Jun 3, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh Barbara, this is one of the most beautiful Pocket Letters I have ever received. So stunning! The handmade banner paperclip on the side especially really made this Pocket Letter so beautiful! Wow! Yes Winter has now started here in Australia and it is pretty cold (although surely not as cold as Winter in the UK). I wish you the best of luck with your daughter - as a teacher, I can understand the stigma with Dyslexia. It can really affect the self-esteem of the child. Hopefully you can get the right support. Thanks for joining this swap! Annabelle xoxoxo
Response: OMG thank you for the feedback - coming from you ( i have been in a swap with you before and was totally overwhelmed with what you sent) it means an awful lt!!!!!!!! THANK YOUUUUU
Comment: Hi Barbara thank you for the Nettie Stevens PC. I enjoyed reading the PC...great presentation ...Happy June swapping peace love light
Response: thank you so much for the rating
Hunbun rated for Washi Sample Scavenger Hunt on May 28, 2019
Response: :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter! Looking forward to writing back!
Response: Yay Hope to hear soon from you
sharmison33 rated for Themed Washi Swap #4: Food 🍓 on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the neat washi! I’ve never seen any of the ones you sent and I love them! The blue and white cats are beautiful too.
Response: I am so glad you liked them!!!! Thank you for the rating
dorcii rated for Penpals (Europe) on May 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks a lot for your letter :) You forgot to mention the name of the swap, so it was a little bit hard for me to find where you were my partner :) But I found you! :) I'm going to reply to you as soon as possible :)
Response: Oh noes. I am so sorry you had to do extra digging to find me. I apologize for my scatter brain. Thank you for the rating
Pammm rated for Themed Washi Swap #4: Food 🍓 on May 22, 2019
Comment: I was very surprised! I love the washi tape especially the pineapple washi! And the pineapple card is adorable. Thank you!
Response: I was hoping you liked the pineapple little card ;) thank you for the rating
Eulegirl rated for Poem in your Pocket on May 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for "The Poison Tree". I love the tea as well.
Response: Thank you so much for the rating
Comment: I will send the card on its way in the next round.
Response: Thank you so much for your rating
pynart2 rated for Poem in your Pocket on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the Poem, I really enjoyed it.
Response: I am so glad you liked it It is one of my favourite from Blake
Comment: Thank you for the sweet swap :)
Response: Hope you like it - thank you
Rainydancer rated for International PenPals on May 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: Glad you received
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Thank you ;)
MrsKytes rated for ES: Washi Tape Sample on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Wow, I am very impressed by this swap! Thank you so much for all the different washi tapes. This really adds to my collection. I used to play MTG, so it was funny to see the land cards used for the washi tape. :) I also like the envelope you sent everything in, and the (wax?) seal on the back is really neat! Merci beaucoup!
Response: What a coincidence you played MTG - we have millions cards here, my husband still is addicted ;) Thank you so much for the rating
Zanet rated for Themed Washi Swap #1: Floral 🌸 on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Dear Barbara, thanks for the washi, I like them all:))
Response: Thank you :) :)
bjansen rated for Feed My Mailbox Please! 😀 on Apr 15, 2019
Comment: I am so sorry I did receive this :) Accidentally marked the rating on the wrong swap, Hugs :)
Response: Omg I am so glad!!!! I was so so sorry I had already started assembling a new swap - thank you so much -
Comment: Thank you very much for the amazing pocket letter! Tante grazie! It was nice to hear that London is starting to blossom - I'm visiting next week with two of my girls :) Finland is still a bit chilly but we're approaching spring too.
Response: I am so happy you like it!!!! Thank you so much for the rating
pahasiga rated for SIE: Tea Pocket Letter with teabags on Apr 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you, what a pretty pocket letter and interesting teas!
Response: I am so chuffed you liked it - :) :) - thank you for the rating
Christine6035 rated for International Washi Samples on Apr 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the beautiful washi!
Response: I am so glad you liked it - thank you for the rating

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SpringPearl5 on Feb 21, 2019:

Magazine swap is now 1 partner! Spread the word to anyone who loves collecting/using magazines http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/276188

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


CurlyTea on Aug 9, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

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