Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2018 6:19 pm


Date Joined: August 29, 2016
Last Online: October 15, 2018
Birthday: July 7, 1968
Country: Costa Rica
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October 02/2018: Hello friends. As FYI, Costa Rica is in 'no due national strike' for almost a month now. Negotiations with Government failed and unions, civic organizations and bases rejected its offer and it does not seem we are close/near any solution. Everything is almost paralyzed (90% function is cut and only essential services like ER and the such are up). Things are SUPER slow (more than ever) so please know that there are important delays with my post.

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. I have a beloved sister and a niece and nephew that are like my own children. 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 indi 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, this means I expect the same. Though, I do appreciate the love you put in your swaps.

I quilt, sew, do mixed media, altering, recycling, upcycling and more. Love cotton fabrics, buttons, papers, pretty stuff, vintage stuff, doing collage, painting, using watercolors, the stars, the cosmos, the humans, the leaves and tres, the ocean, the planets, ribbons & laces. Snow!! ♥♥

Love blank postcards in envelope but I am perfectly fine if you send a naked one, and postage stamps (used and unused), handmade items that show your soul, envelopes (colorful and handmade are the best), happy mail and decorated stuff.

Love 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) ...


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 :)
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #152 on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Maria, I had pretty much given up your envelope arriving, but low and behold it got to my mailbox last night. And it was worth the wait--I LOVE all the cards! Thank you so much! Carol in Denver
Response: You're welcome.
meeltje57 rated for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme - on May 15, 2018
Comment: O, what a joy it is to receive a package from you. You surprise me every time. Thank you for all the beautiful things you made for me. The smell of coffee on the boiled paper is so lovely. And all those painted papers, it will be hard for me to use them for I would like to keep them to myself and treasure them. But you teach me the art of sharing, thank you so much for everything.
Response: So happy it reached you finally! I hope you have liked the envelope too. I made it specially for your collection (and JJ). Hugs!
tejka76 rated for Big Spring Swap on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the nice collection of postcards.
Response: You're most welcome!
Comment: The first notice I got said that I got a package from Ireland - the postman must have misread it. Anyway, three tags are a lot of tags; yes, that more than satisfies the swap terms. I particularly love the little embroidered one. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome.
choke rated for PVT: mgallardo68 & choke on May 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mini rolos, your work is stunning! I am so happy to swap these with you, they are my first additions and really set the bar high! Thank you too for the gorgeous papers, I will have a hard time using them up because I LOVE them so much. Hope we can swap again soon!
Response: Thank you for your sweet rating, words of encouragement and for giving me the opportunity to swap! Hugs ♥
choke rated for IPC: Let's Build a Tag Journal #1 on May 2, 2018
Comment: Love, love, love this tag! All the beautiful green colors, woweeee! Thank you so much for your beautiful work Maria, I adore it!
Response: So glad you liked it! It was a 'deconstruction' :) Hugs.
Comment: Oh I love it all!!!! The little bookmark with the sloth is so cute! Thank you for all the beautiful items and a lovely mail art envelope!!! 😘
Response: Yay. Glad you liked all Sue! Hugs and thank you for your rating! ♥
knitterofhats rated for Random Envelope on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks! I loved the sewn batik envie and all the little goodies you enclosed. I love it ALL!!!
Response: So glad you liked all! Thank you for the sweet rating!
RooBaRoo rated for Boiled paper #2 - Your theme - on Apr 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your generous package! Thanks for the unusually stained paper! Whats that mushroom shaped design? I', guessing slices of a citrus fruit .... :) You've been a wonderful host & addressed all the participants' issues! It was a fun new thing to do! Thanks for all the extras!! My daughter is not here ... she's gone to my moher's place, but I thank you on her behalf, she will LOVE the stickers, the postcard, the greeting card, the Toucans ... are the scrapbook paper for her or for me ? :) She'll make delightful "fortune teller"s out of them - here & now they call it "tippy-tippy-top" :) Most importantly, I want to congratulate you about the coffee & spice paper. They have so much "character"!!! If they weren't so fragile, I'd write to penpals on them. Now, I'll make some layered mixed media cards out of them. It's not my "type", but you got me converted ! :)
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words!! Glad you liked the papers! ♥
simcoe54 rated for Tourist Postcards in an Envelope #4 on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful selection of tourist postcards and for the extras.
Response: Thank you Maxine! I hope you get everything else I have sent recently, very soon and that you like it all! Thank you for your sweet rating!
Comment: REally wonderful cards -- I sincerely love everyone of them. And the Stooges bag -- how fun is that! Thank you so much!
Response: Glad you liked all! Hugs and thank you for the ♥ rating!
fbresnah rated for FS: Mail Art with Flat Surprise on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely cat envelope and all the wonderful coloring items! Love it!
Response: So glad it did not take that long to arrive and that you liked it! Hugs!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 436 29 34
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404 462 0 0
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anicka22 on Oct 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the amazingly pretty postcards for the IFM WTA prize!

RooBaRoo on Oct 9, 2018:

Thank you for publicly supporting me, Maria, it was certainly gutsy & it meant a lot

susieq11 on Oct 3, 2018:

María - Thank you for the super cool postcards for Make A Wish! September! You find the most wonderful things. Big hugs to you!!!!! XOXO

susieq11 on Oct 3, 2018:

Thanks so much for the beautiful August IFM prizes!! Really lovely and I appreciate it so much XOXO

anicka22 on Oct 3, 2018:

simcoe54 on Oct 2, 2018:

Make A Wish - September Wishes -- Thanks so much for the etsy banknotes. Perfect for my collection and I love them.

anicka22 on Oct 2, 2018:

Thank you, Thank you for the lovely Wax seal stamp! It is amazingly beautiful!

simcoe54 on Sep 28, 2018:

Make A Wish - Pick Two Tag - Received one part of the tag today. It was the etsy postcards. Thanks so much, perfect for my collection.

fluffyjunk on Sep 28, 2018:

THANK YOU!!!! For the fantastic order you did for me! All the art supplies are fantastic and I am so currious to try out the embellishmet mousse! :D
Thank you for the glitter drops (already tested and they are soooooo shiny!!!) and the ink pads! You are amazing!

susieq11 on Sep 27, 2018:

Hi Maria!! Thank you for the adorable postcard book for MAW September!! It is PERFECT!! XOXO

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