Swap-bot Time: February 22, 2019 10:22 am


Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: February 22, 2019
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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January 2019: Our Unions are back on the streets with a new strike!. So, please; bear with me, whether if I am your sender or your receiver!!

VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT send me anything edible, PLEASE. This has became prohibited in Costa Rica and whatever food category I might get, Customs will impose on the package importation process that takes several days to be resolved including a quarantine (even for a bag of tea as crazy as it sounds). They are entitled to do this and more! It wasn't as bad as this before and it would really depends of package getting caught by Customs but with the strike, the Government has taken measures and policies destined to push citizens and pay more and more to make them believe the Bill for taxes is the best thing to do. So, the odds to get packages sent to pay taxes has increased considerably (have gone there 5 times already, this month) and more than paying taxes the problem arises when it's related with food coming into the country in any form it's made because nothing is giving to me that is in a box until I clear up the food part. Have learned this the hard way today so really stick to this please :-(.

PLEASE write me if you have not received from me. I promise I will do my best to make it right. PLEASE do not rate me down without even giving me the chance to talk and act.

My basic info

Maria Gallardo
Po Box 1891-2050
San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San Jose 11501
Costa Rica

My :


I am Maria, 50 years old. Mom of three grown children and grannie of 5 beautiful grandbabies and one more on the way (can't wait to see if girl or boy) :-). I have a beloved sister and a niece and nephew that are like my own children and we live all together (we are 10 at home, a very organized one). I also have 1 DIL and 1 SIL that treat me as their mom and I love them dearly (even if we fight jajaja).

I love my family above all, also love art, reading, traveling, Internet, movies, classic and indie music, talking, philosophy, philology, history, anthropology, even politics.... I am atheist but I love anything/everything related with religious icons, symbols, ethereal spirits, angels, pagan and so on and I have no problem receiving any of this (only do NOT indoctrinate me please).

I am a sharing person, I do not like hoarding (really minimalist in my possessions). I love to send extras and try to make my best to send your way a good package but by no means, I expect extras back. Though, I do appreciate the love you put in your swaps. This is more important to me.

I quilt, sew, do mixed media, altering, recycling, up-cycling and more. Love cotton fabrics (QSQ only), ethnic textiles and batiks, fibers of all kinds, buttons, papers, pretty stuff, VINTAGE stuff, doing collage, painting, using watercolors, the stars, the cosmos, the humans, the leaves and trees, the ocean, the planets, ribbons & laces. SNOW!!

If you send postcards, I would like them in an envelope and blank, even if the swap calls for a written one (I won't rate you down, I promise it). However, I love used postcards (note cards, greeting cards, etc) for my collage. I also love used postage stamps of any kind. Your leftovers and de-stash too.

I do love handmade items that show your soul, envelopes 4''x6'' and bigger (colorful and handmade are the best), happy mail into decorated envelopes, painted papers, jelly papers, unique things. I love lighthouses, cherry blossoms, stars, the cosmos, supplies I can use to produce, roses, Christmas and Fall, the snow (oh the snow)... Did I say snow?

I do not like:

  • Dirty stuff
  • Smoking smell stuff
  • Vulgar stuff or rude
  • Pets

I am an honest person, passionate, intense and straightforward (this gives me problems all the time) ...


mrsD rated for Handmade envelopes on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: what a wonderful package to open! so many beautiful envelopes and the great postcards too. always apleasure to receive a swap from you Maria, thank you !! xo
Response: So happy you liked them! Thank you for a sweet rating! ♥♥
Comment: Thank you so much for this amazing journal you made and all of the goodies you put inside. I love it and I give you a million hearts!
Response: So happy it arrived safe and made you happy! This was lovely and fun!! Thank you so much! Hugs ♥♥
Comment: Oh my goodness...! Your aprons are awesome! Thank you so, so much!!! The fabric is awesome (not only the two stunning prints, the quality is special) and how you made them... just perfect! My mom was here today and she saw your two aprons when I opened your mail. She loves them and said, you are clearly a perfectionist (just like me...). :D It will cost me some overcoming to use them (they are so beautiful und I don`t want to ruin them!) but it will be a pleasure to wear them while I bake Christmas cookies with Konstantin. :)
Response: So glad you liked the prints. Those are some of my very favorites brands!! Sending much love!! ♥
fluffyjunk rated for Advent calendar for kids on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: 11/16/2018: This is only a place holder until I unpacked everything... :) What I can see so far is way more than I expected! All the gifts are wrapped so cute and I can`t wait to open everything! :D Thank you so much for the calendar...!
Response: ♥♥♥ I look forward to it!!! Hugs and thank you!! ♥♥♥
starrycat rated for FS: Flat stocking stuffer on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating Maria, I have been very busy with work the past couple of weeks. Thank you for the stocking stuffer! I cannot wait to see what you chose for me!
Response: Happy holidays!! ♥♥
fluffyjunk rated for lovely Advent calendar on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: 11/23/2018: This is only a place holder until I unpacked everything... :) What I can see so far is way more than I expected! All the gifts are wrapped so cute and I can`t wait to open everything! :D Thank you so much for the calendar...!
Response: ♥♥♥ I look forward to it!!! Hugs and thank you!! ♥♥♥
piratecaptainmo rated for FS: Flat stocking stuffer on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you! The letter set is just wonderful! I always love being partnered up with you!
Response: Ok :)
anicka22 rated for FS: Flat stocking stuffer on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Dear Maria, Thank you so much for the beautiful wrapped presents! And 5!! Edit: these notecards are soooo cute
Response: Oh Anicka! So glad you receive them and made your day!!! ♥♥ Enjoy them!!! Hugs!
HaoHaoHao rated for Flat Mail Surprise Swap on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful surprises! I love everything! I wish I could give a million hearts!
zurdoswifey rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #157 on Oct 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the amazon order...they’re really cute ☺️
Response: Glad you liked them! ♥♥
shirleyinCA rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #157 on Oct 27, 2018
Comment: Many thanks for going way above and beyond swap requirements to get me wonderful postcards on time despite your postal strike!
Response: So glad you liked them!! Sending hugs and thank you for your understanding! ♥
anicka22 rated for FS: Flat Happy Mail #2 on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Thank you, thank , thank you. Mail from you is always the best!
Response: ♥♥ Glad you discovered and liked it ;-) ♥♥
susieq11 rated for FS: Happy Things PC swap on Aug 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Rodin postcard and your list of happy things!! #10 - life. YES!!!!!! XOXO
Response: Hugs Sue!! Thank you for letting me know this finally arrived!
Comment: I was so glad to receive this package of delightful yellow goodies from Costa Rica! The Leche Dorado recipe sure looks good and I can even read the Spanish. The little dotted envie is okay, its really cute. I never rate down when a swapper sends something on my dislike list - don't want to ruin anyones score for some little thing. There sure are a lot of great items in here that I will really enjoy using.
Response: Ohhh, that's why I included the note regarding the mini envie, because I had very clear your likes and dislikes. I hope something in there is good enough to be used.
blubutterfly rated for Random Envelope 3 on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: On my goodness!! What a wonderful envelope to receive!! Especially on a Friday, I really needed some happy mail, thank-you so much. Loved everything, favourites are the postcards (especially the cat one!), the flamingo and the llama:) You were so very generous!! Again thanks so much♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
Response: Glad you liked everything! ♥♥ Thank you for a sweet rating!
LadyJo rated for FS: A Day With Me on Aug 2, 2018
Comment: I enjoyed sharing in your Birthday day! I loved reading about this milestone day of yours! Thank you too for all the extras you sent to me! You deserve many hearts! Happy Belated Birthday!
Response: Thank you so much!! Best wishes taken!! Hugs! ♥♥
MelbourneGirl rated for Happy Mail, Yay! #26 on Aug 1, 2018
Comment: WOW! Thank you for so much fun :) :) We love it all <3
Response: Glad you both liked all! :)
Comment: I love the water color pencils you sent me. Now I am off to water color :0)
Response: Yayyy, something more is in its way!!! :)
Comment: What a wonderful and colourful Flowish Journal! I love the sewn cover. And the sewn extra cover with the stamps. Flipping through the journal is inspiring with all the papers and fabric you've picked. It's such a pleasure, thank you so much! It will be hard to take it apart. :)
Response: Totally forgot to answer your rate dear Monique! Thank you for your sweet rating and for your friendship! Until next time! ♥♥
milamilamura rated for Snail Mail Lovers on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Ay María, al fin llegó tu envío y no puedo creer lo hermoso que es todo, quedé completamente en shock y absolutamente fascinada. Amé todas las cosillas de ephemera, están hermosas y también lo de Flow, que nada de eso lo tenía y me hizo muy feliz! Y qué hermoso cómo armaste un mini pack de cosas para mi libro de recetas que ya pronto comenzaré a trabajar en él y me viene súper todo lo que enviaste, lo encontré demasiado lindo para ser verdad. El monedero pequeño de gatito es adorable y ese té no lo había visto antes. Conozco la marca, pero ese tipo de té no lo había visto, así que feliz de poder probarlo, yay! Amé este swap porque se nota mucho el cariño y tengo muchas ideas sobre qué hacer con todo lo que me enviaste hehe. ¡Muchas gracias y hasta otro swap! Feliz de seguir intercambiando contigo <3
Response: Me hace feliz que te gustara todo. Estaba aterrorizada porque tu siempre envías cosas hermosas 😍!! Un abrazo y espero pronto otro swap :)

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thelocalman on Feb 11, 2019:

Thank you SO much for all the postcards you sent me from the PTG - WTA September!!! I actually forgot about this and when I went to my local post office today to check if I have something new, they told me they've kept this envelope since January. I'm so glad it arrived and I've never gotten anything from Costa Rica! The picture postcards are amazing and I really appreciate the Star Wars comic cover postcard as I started collecting them ^^ Thank you very much <3

newrule on Jan 25, 2019:

Thank you, thank you and thank you Maria! My friend and I received our GF Costa Rica cards! No worries, the scribblings was bearable!! Hahaha... Thanks again for your help and I really appreciate it! Take care!!

user6937 on Jan 12, 2019:

I've received your Amazon gift card, Maria - you've gone above and beyond what you needed to do, my friend.

MSturgill87 on Jan 9, 2019:

Thank you so much Maria for the granted wish! I am so thankful that you thought of me!

Happy New Year!

sabbysteg on Jan 7, 2019:

I received your postcard from a Slavic country I believe! It is wishing me Merry Christmas I think. Thank you! Thanks also for the vintage postcards from Etsy. Sorry about being slow to thank you!

simcoe54 on Jan 7, 2019:

Make A Wish - Pick 2 Tag -- Thanks for resending this swap. I absolutely love everything enclosed!!!!!

piratecaptainmo on Jan 6, 2019:

Just leaving a friendly reminder on all participant profiles that, if you haven't already done so, please don't forget to update your rating for the FS flat stocking stuffer swap now that you have opened your gifts :)

sassafrass on Dec 28, 2018:

I've been kind of popping in a bit more and was thinking of you. I hope all is well with you on your side of the world!

simcoe54 on Dec 27, 2018:

Thanks so much for the replacements for the Make A Wish - July & August Wishes. I love all of them. Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!

anicka22 on Dec 22, 2018:

Thank you very, very much for the lovely suprises as a RAK. Love the cute tin, with the scissor and the sticky notes. They are adorable, just like you are adorable!

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