Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 8:55 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2016
Last Online: November 18, 2017

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
  • Namrita
  • 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,Owls, Cats, pastel colours ( especially Mint, Teal, Turquoise, Lime Green, Silver, Coral), kawai stuff,mushrooms, stickers, stationery of all sorts,Totoro, Retro anime, FF series, i have a bit of an obsession with Alice in wonderland,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 carachter, 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

clear stamps clear stamps clear stamps.... i am trying to improve my stamping and coloring abilities so again any help would be super appreciated ...

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


KaurinMarie rated for penpals for life on Nov 12, 2017
Comment: Thank You!
Response: Thank you Marie, looking forward to your response :)
brumby3 rated for Pocket Letter 'Coffee and cake' on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Hi Barbara, I received your pocket letter today. Thanks so much, it is very nice :) The coffee shaker pocket is so creative. Thank you for the extra goodies too :) To answer your question, no I don't celebrate Halloween (it is not traditionally an Australian event, although some families do celebrate it). I did buy a few bags of candy for myself though!! :) Take care and thanks again! Annabelle.
Response: Thank you for the rating! Glad you liked it, i stole the idea of the coffee shaker from another swapbotter, i thought it was sooo cute
JadeFan rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 1 on Nov 5, 2017
Comment: I got this sweet Postcard. I will pass it on.
Response: Yay!!!! thank you so much for the rating
roxymtl rated for November Tea Swap on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for a very nice collection of teas and the nice vintage style stickers :)
Response: i am impressed by the speed of italian mail!!!!! - so glad you liked it - thank you so much for the rating and the heart
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely swap! The owl envie was so cute, and I loved the thoughtful goodies inside!
Eudaimonia rated for Me-Time in an Envelope Swap on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Dear Barbara, thank you so much for the lovely swap. I loved everything
Response: Yay!!!! Thank you so much for the feedback!!!! Enjoy i
Angelflores rated for Snailmail Flip-book Swap on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: Omg thanks for this flip book was lovely and i love it the goodies soon i will reply you 😉.
Response: I am so so glad you liked it... I so loved making it and there is no better feeling that hear that the recipient loved it!!!!! Thank youuu
milamilamura rated for August Birthday Wishes #3 on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: It finally made it, yay! Thank you so much for the lovely card, it's beautiful! And the teas, OMG! I've never had any of those but I had been wanting to try them for a long time, so this really made my day! Thanks!!! Hope you're ok and your loved ones as well <3 Thanks for this lovely swap!
Response: I can't believe you only got it now!!!! It's like the Ulysses of swaps.... I even sent it before the "present" swap.... :O well glad it arrived and even happier you liked it ;) Thank you so much for the rating
MyRetroSoul rated for Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: I can’t begin to tell you how happy this awesome envelope full of goodies has made me. I love EVERYTHING! Thank you for being so generous and thoughtful.
Response: Aawwwwe thank you for the feedback... I loved putting it together Thank you for the rating
Comment: Hi Barbara, thank you so much for the lovely swap you sent me! I loved it all! Wish you all the best, Angelique
Response: I am so glad you liked it Thank you for the rating
Comment: Thanks for the happy mail enveloppe. Yhanks for the stamps. The stickers the wooden veneers, etc. I love it xx
Response: So glad that you liked it! Thank you for the rating
Comment: Thank you for the lovely happy mail you sent me! It took me some time to find you, since you didn't include a note with the swap name. But tou really made me smile! ❤😃
Response: i am so so sorry i did not add the note i knew i had forgotten in some of my envelops :(:(:(:(:( thank you so much for rating
Comment: Hi, thank you so much for the awesome mail!!
Response: Thank you for the rating!!!!! i am so glad you liked it
Comment: thank you for all of the wonderful things you sent! I loved the little notebook and tea, and all the other goodies! happy Swapping!
Response: Thak yu so much i am so glad you liked it!!!!
DaniZplannerchick84 rated for AIR MAIL Pocket Letter on Oct 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so Much Barbara for the fabulous pocket letter you sent me I love it!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all the goodies too everything is wonderful!!!!!!!
Response: I am sooo excited you liked it!!!! It was one of my favourite to make... Thank you so much for the heart <3
Comment: Thanks a lot for the wonderful Happy Mail, Barbara! I really like the stuff you've sent me! And so diverse! And I love the beautiful Twinings tea (the bag). I hope it will be as tasty as it looks! :-D
Response: I hope you will love the tea... One of my favourite.. thank you do much for the rating and the heart
Comment: Just got your lovely envelope, and guess what..... there was a note with your personal message on it in there !! It certainly made me smile, great postcards and awesome stickers. Never seen before, very cool ໒(❤‿❤)७
Response: I am sooooo happy you got it!!! and even more happy to know i did not forget the note :) thank you so much for the rating and the heart
LouiseW rated for Happy Mail on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for this gorgeous happy mail, it certainly made me smile. I love everything and will use it all! <3
Response: yay so glad you liked it it was my pleasure to create and send thank you so much for the rating
Nurse101 rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Ladybugs on Oct 9, 2017
Comment: What a cute flip book! Thank you!
Response: I am really happy you liked it!!! it was more challenging than expected to create thank you for the rating and the heart
dodie rated for WIYM: PocketLetter - under the sea on Sep 30, 2017
Comment: Hi Barbara, no worries about your PL, you will get better and better with time. This one was not sticker swaping.
Response: so glad yo liked it Thank oyu for the rating and the heart

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