Swap-bot Time: June 24, 2019 10:36 pm


Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: June 24, 2019
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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Post matters

  • DO NOT send anything edible, nor even a single bag of tea. We are not allowed to import any sort of food (I wish we could!!)

  • I do certified all my envelopes and packages, except naked postcards as there is not such service for them. This means, it takes, even more; horrible amount of time to complete the whole process to get sorted out to final destination (sometimes takes days after mail is collected from the blue mailbox) but it's the only way I can keep proof of shipping, so please bare with me.

June 20th/2019: Our tracking numbers (even the most expensive service which is called EMS International), are no longer trackable on random international pages nor at another national post services websites. This means, I still will use the tracking numbers because I get proof of shipping and in the worse scenario I can request a reimbursement for lost mail but I won't even be able to track/find anything else about my packages, outside Costa Rica; as I used to be able to do from my side.

  • PLEASE write me if you have not received from me. I promise I will do my best to make it right. Don't 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 :

[email protected]

I am Maria, 50 years old. Mom of three grown children and 'grandma' of 6 beautiful grand-babies. I have a beloved sister and a niece and a nephew that are like my own children and we all live 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 lol).

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 as long as NOT Jehovah Witnesses (and 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 and by no means I expect extras back; however, I know the difference between quality and quantity and I much prefer to receive the first so I do really appreciate the love you put in your swaps as that is very important to me and if you pick something good than many cheap stuff. I don't like when I receive swaps where the sender just did just about to met the swap's criteria but nothing else.

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, journals and make them (specially Flowish-y, 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 collages and love used note-cards and greeting cards that I can re-purpose to send my postcards (do not get surprised if I sent your postcards within an used NC! It's only about recycling and re-purposing! 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'' x 6'' and bigger, happy mail into decorated envelopes, painted papers, jelly papers, journal stuff, unique things, antiques. I love lighthouses, Cherry blossoms, hot air balloons, stars, the cosmos, supplies I can use to produce, the past, the 50's the 20's, Roses, Christmas and Fall, the snow (oh the snow)... Did I say snow?

I do not like:

  • Dirty stuff
  • Childish (I am an adult, do not send me Disney stuff nor cutie stuff that seems to be for babies)
  • Stickers too small or too baby type, please don't send these
  • The 70's (hate this decade but from time to time I can take vintage stuff from this era because I can re-purpose it)
  • Notepaper printed at home
  • Postcards that have their price in the back, if you do that, I can't re-use them)
  • Nakedness (nor even a naked baby, I don't find that 'cute' at all)
  • Smoking smell stuff
  • Vulgar stuff or rude
  • Pets

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


knitterofhats rated for FS: Send a card on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely card and goodies. Glad to hear the hard work is staring to pay off with the new business. Oh, I can’t wait to have grand children! How fortunate you are!
Response: You will see is another world!! Grand babies are the best part of our lives, I promise you that. Thank you for the nice hearty rating ❤️😍
Phenyx rated for Claim your wish #2 on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you sooooooooo much for granting my wishes of clear stamps and scrapbooking paper pack while including extra pack of stickers as well. I can't thank you enough for your generosity, the only way I possibly could would be to reciprocate and spread the joy of sharing with others. 😘💕 I look forward to using them.
Response: So glad you liked all. I hope you can get the time to use it to create something lovely!!! Thank you so much for a super nice ❤️ rating 😘😘
anicka22 rated for ISS Send Three Things (Flat Envie) on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: Teo swaps in one day from you is just a lucky , lucky day! And the handmade postcard is really amazing. I am going to treasure it forever!
Response: I am so happy you liked it and that you want to keep it. Thank you for your lovely rating. ❤️😍
Comment: Thank you soooooo much . Mail from you is always amazing . The beautiful handmade envies, the notecards, the bookmarks, lovely stickers. Thank you for spoiling me so much
Response: Oh so happy this arrived!!! 😍 😍 😍 Thank you so much for your compliments and lovely rating dear friend ❤️
MeggyMoo rated for Monochromatic flat envie on Jun 21, 2019
Comment: I am so lucky to have you as a swap partner! Thankyou for the most beautiful and generous package I think I have ever received, it was simply magnificent! There's not a thing that you included that I didn't like and everything I can see myself using in scrapbooking and card making projects and everything else I get myself involved with! Just fabulous, really fabulous. Thankyou so much, Maria. Tracy.
Response: So glad this finally arrived and that you liked it all. Thank you for a wonderful rating, your words are very encouraging and I really appreciate them! Enjoy your goodies! 😍😍❤️
porpie5 rated for Trading postcards on Jun 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the postcards and all the extra stuff! I remember seeing a rendition of Frida painted on the side of a building in Costa Rica. Our artist friend was thrilled to see it! I thought it was pretty cool, too! Thanks for the Paris extras!
Response: So glad you liked everything I sent!! Thank you for the ♥
Phenyx rated for Bits & Pieces - Vintage on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much Maria for your generosity. I truly loved the items you included. I am equally excited for you to receive mine as well.
Response: So glad it didn't take forever to arrive. I hope you can use it all and show me your work anytime! 😍
knitterofhats rated for Send 3 From the List #13! on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely and personal assortment of goodies!
Response: My pleasure!! 😍
anicka22 rated for Claim your wish! on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so very much : not 8 samples, but 8 rolls!! You are crazy, but so sweet!! I wish I could give you 10000000000000 hearts: today I received a amazing beautiful edition of Jane Eyre! Thank you very, very much
Response: Happy to surprise you dear Anicka. You deserve it. Hugs. Yeahhh, finally it arrived. I love Jane Eyre ❤️❤️❤️❤️ too 😘. Enjoy the reading
fluffyjunk rated for Bundle of mystery on May 29, 2019
Comment: I did not feel well the last weeks and it took me some days to open your beautiful envelope but it was worth waiting... :) Thank you a thousand times for all the lovely handmade items you sent me! The bird painting is already behind glass and on my desk in the office. I love the rich red colors you chose and can`t thank you enough for your thoughtful and amazing mail - you are a real artist!!!
Response: I hope you're feeling better! Glad you liked all! Also hope the store-bought art prints I included in the package are not too 'irreverent'! ;-) Sending love, hugs! ♥
mag rated for Your wasted paper on May 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for coordinating this swap and for the lovely papers you sent! Can’t wait to put them to good use!
Response: You're most welcome!!! 😍
anicka22 rated for Bundle of mystery on May 23, 2019
Comment: Received the most amazing bundle of red!! Thank you so very much. Especially love the henadmade notebook and tag. They are amazing!!
Response: So glad you liked all! I hope you can use the notebook. It's small enough to carry in a purse. Sending love!
susieq11 rated for Handmade Envelopes - March 2019 on May 22, 2019
Comment: Maria, these are so beautiful!! You sent me so many!!! Thank you so much. What beautiful papers, and so perfectly made. Wow!!!! I really do appreciate them very much!!!!!! Thank you for joining the swap!! XOXO!!
Response: So glad you loved them because I made them for you! Use them ;-) Many hugs and thank you for the lovely rating!
MamaMangrove rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #170 on May 22, 2019
Comment: Oh, Maria, what an absolutely marvelous swap you have sent me. Thank you so much for your thoughtful & generous selection of postcards, all beautifully packaged in your decorated envie & the stunning Flow card. As if an abundance of profile-based PCs were not enough to make my day, you also delighted me with foreign bank notes, gorgeous postage stamps & a joyful handmade envie. Thank you again & many extra ♥♥♥ to you!
Response: Thank you for your lovely rating! I am so glad you liked everything! Have fun using everything!
MeggyMoo rated for Pack of 2 - Swap on May 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Maria! Your gorgeous package arrived today and I feel thoroughly spoilt with cards, envelopes and stamps, all beautiful. The toucan card made me smile as I have just finished the book 'Toucan Keep a Secret', so that was a bit of fun! Thankyou so much for an awesome swap! Tracy
Response: So mesmerized, you got the package already! I am so glad you liked all. Always funny to find those coincidences in life! Enjoy all the content! Thank you for a lovely rating ♥!
Comment: This swap deserves 10 hearts! I love the clear wrap, the collaged envie, and all the wonderful goodies inside! It truly is an "inspirational kit." Thank you so very much! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: That collaged envelope had many 'clients' lol... So glad you liked it everything. The clear wrap was the best way to met the swap requirements but at the same time protect the envie en case you wanted to re-use it (I even didn't touched the seals). Enjoy it! Hugs and thank you for your ♥ rating!
shirleyinCA rated for Flat Envie of Fun Part 21 on May 17, 2019
Comment: Oh, my, Maria, what a wonderful envie of pure fun! You so generously sent so much and so kindly chose items that perfectly fit my interests! So much Disney and then all the delightful vintage items - wow! That pop up Pansies in a pot card is spectacular; love the postcards that all made me smile. I love the Disney and Christmas postage! Everything is just great and as always you packaged it all so well in a fun decorated envelope! Thank you for a terrific swap that I am still oohing and ahhing over.
Response: So glad you liked all I sent (the blue Disney bands were from a package my granddaughter got and I thought about your collectibles likes, I hope you don't find them weird). Thank you for such a sweet rating ♥
neea1989 rated for Surprise envie on May 16, 2019
Comment: Wow, I love the things you sent me! Thank you so much! ✨💖✨
Response: So glad you got the envie already!!! Happy you liked all!! Thank you so much for your lovely rating! 😍
kiwi2140nz rated for Big Spring Swap on May 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the nice cards you sent, all matched my profile. It would be nice to get one or two Costa Rican postcards if we swap again. I do not have any from your country. Best wishes to you.
Response: I have noted it!! They are really crappy but I will send you as soon as I get some!! I didn't have any at the time of sending this swap and I left out some notebanks I had ready for you and I missed to include them in the envelope. I will send them together. Thank you for the sweet rating!
gerberdaisy rated for Looking for... on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the Camping Theme Items. They are perfect for my summer Camp Snail Mail project.
Response: Lovely!! glad you liked all! Thank you for a ♥ rating!

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notme78 on Jun 23, 2019:

Thank you for the washitape and stickersheet for may wish (make a wish group), love it.

Ciska76 on Jun 21, 2019:

OOPS ... ☺️☺️

Thank you so much for the beautiful stamps for the ISS: i offer tag. Love them!!


Ciska76 on Jun 21, 2019:

Oops...I meant the ISS: flat surprise envie ☺️

Ciska76 on Jun 21, 2019:

O what a joyful start of my summer holiday...a surprise envie (ISS I offer tag) full of treasures AND all library items for the IFM: April WTA. What a lovely postcards! O, and I love the house stickers. Thank you, dear friend 💕 You will hear from me after our camping trip. I wish you a lovely summer ❤️

Phenyx on Jun 21, 2019:

Thank you so much for the vintage themed stamps and papers you sent me for my ISS May wishes. They are truly beautiful and call out to me to start using them. I'm currently a little occupied with my PhD but I'm looking forward to taking some time out in the coming months and getting my hands dirty. Thank you soooo much 😘💕 Hugs!

simcoe54 on Jun 19, 2019:

Make A Wish - May 2019 Wishes -- Thanks Maria, for the May wishes - postage stamps and notecards. Love all of it.

phillaine on Jun 13, 2019:

I received the GORGEOUS handmade envelopes you made me for the ISS: take 10 tag, and WOW!
I will tag you or trade you for these any day of the week. They are beautiful. I love the papers you chose, the large size, and how sturdy and well-crafted they are. Looking forward to embellishing some of these outer-space themed lovelies and sending out some more happy mail! Thank you. ♥

DaisyNY on Jun 11, 2019:

I used one of the lovely leaf papers you sent to me in my Magpie Journal:

Ciska76 on Jun 6, 2019:

Thank you so much for my May wish (MAW!). What a lovely washi you sent me! 💕 happy June💕

porpie5 on Jun 6, 2019:

I am guessing the Japanese vintage pages are from you via Etsy! You are just outdoing yourself! Thank you so much! Thank you! Thank you! You are too much!

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