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rafacosta

rafacosta
Date Joined: February 4, 2009
Last Online: April 25, 2011
Birthday: September 16, 1976
Country: Brazil
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About Me

I'm Rafaela, I'm Brazilian, and traveling and getting to know other cultures and people is my great passion in life.

UPDATE! March 7th: For several days I haven't been able to log in swap-bot due to some very difficult personal issues. I'm catching up in answering received messages, as well as a few pending ratings and re-sends.

RE-SENDS!: When I prepare my swaps, I'm always thinking how can I make it personal and bring a smile to my partner's face. I really love to send my swaps. Many of my sent swaps have gone missing, though. Others are simply taking long to reach their destinations. This has been going on for a while now and I always try to do my best to make it right and put together a re-send just as special as the original missing package. I must admit that this has overwhelmed me. As much as I love doing this, it has taken its toll financially, restricting me from joining other swaps. And when some difficult times came along recently concerning personal issues, my re-sends just ended up being put aside for some time and fell behind. I want my partners to know that in no way it means lack of respect or caring.

I'm resuming my normal activities at the moment and this includes swap-bot. I hope to bring everything up to date real soon. Thank you very very much for all the understanding and kindness with which you all treat me here. I promise to continue doing my best to make this swap-bot experience a nice one for those who cross my way here. =)


All my life I've been pretty much busy with studying, academic research, writting papers, etc. I never thought I had any inclination or patience for crafting, but just some months ago I decided to let my 'artistic' creativity flow and started learning how to hand-sew and make crafts. I'm at a very early beginner's level in crafting, but I really put my heart into it. =)

I had already become addicted to making inchies, now I'm getting into matchboxes, which are so cool to make!

Things I love...

  • polka-dots; stripes
  • all colors! color combinations of pink/grey or pink/white or orange/brown or red/turquoise or red/black or teal/red or acqua/brown. Really, I like all colors. Bright tones, pastel tones, monochromatic patterns, etc
  • Kawaii stuff (I'm not an expert, "brandless" kawaii is just fine, I just like cute stuff)
  • Hello Kitty, Snoopy; Betty Boop; Asterix & Obelix; Strawberry Shortcake; Pink Panther; Emily, the stranger; Flinstones; Pucca; Petit Prince; Disney's characters
  • traveling; things related do Paris, London, Greece, Italy, Holland, Spain, San Francisco (CA) and many other nice places!
  • buttons, laces, felt, fabrics, all kinds of sew stuff; scrapbooking, papercrafts, decorated boxes
  • lampwork beads; beads in general; charms; cabochons; etc
  • chocolat
  • matrioskas
  • Momiji dolls, Unazukin dolls
  • paper dolls
  • photography
  • flowers!!! every type, every color
  • pin-ups (love them!); vintage; 50's/60's theme
  • summer, fall, winter, spring (I love season's colors and theme)
  • ocean, beach, lakes, mountains
  • art: Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, impressionists in general
  • football (soccer)! yeah, that's right, I'm a big soccer fan. =)

There are so many other things that I like! It's really ok to surprise me with things that are not in the list!!!!!! Chances are that if you put your heart on it, I'll love the surprise. : )

DISLIKES candies and chewing gum; Harry Potter; religious-themed items (although I do respect every religion and religious-oriented people); prum; coffee, tea

Sending & Receiving

I would never, never flake a swap. Please, keep in mind that I'm sending overseas (priority) mail, so it'll for sure take longer than domestic-mailed items! Please, contact me if you haven't received in a reasonable period of time.

I always look at my partners profile and try to put together things according to her preferences as much as I can. My goal here is not to get as many hearts as I can. I like to put together something that will please the other. I always put a lot of caring in everything I send. Getting a heart is just a consequence and everyone should feel free to give one or not. Of course I like to get hearts, but what really matters is that my partner enjoys what I send.

As soon as I receive something from someone, I'll rate that person to let her know about the arrival.

Feel free to contact me if you have any doubts, or comments or 'just because...'. = )

Music, books, tv...

. R.E.M., Stone Roses, Pixies, Midnight Oil, Stereophonics, The Smiths, The Cure, Coldplay, Hoodoo Gurus, 10.000 Maniacs, Manu Chao, Radiohead, U2, ; Pearl Jam; Matchbox 20 and plenty more.

. all by Victor Hugo, all by Agatha Christie and the Sherlock Holmes collection, Brave New World (A. Huxley), A Hundred Years of Solitude (G.G. Marquez)

. C.S.I., C.S.I. NY, C.S.I. Miami, House, Lost, Friends

Ratings

anicka22 rated for Welcome to your country kit! on Apr 12, 2011
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Comment: I hate to give a 1, but never received anything and no answers to my messages. I really hope I can rerate one day, because you seem like a nice person
SherriB rated for Paper napkins for decoupage etc. on Mar 2, 2011
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Comment: I hate to rate a 1, but since this swap was clear back in November and I still haven't received it, nor the promised re-send I feel I must enter this rating. I'll be glad to change it once the swap is fulfilled. I do know that international mail can be slow.
nativegan rated for BOOK THONG SWAP on Feb 2, 2011
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Comment: I contacted you some time ago and you said you would resend. I've not heard or received anything since. :o(
Bastet59 rated for Intl. Big Fat Stuffed Envelope #6 on Jan 29, 2011
5
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Comment: Hi rafacosta!!:) WOW!!! THANK-YOU!!WOW!!!WOW!!!OMG!!OMG!!! Your work is JUST AWESOME!!! AND TOTALLY WORTH THE WAIT!!:) I KNEW it would be from seeing your fliker posts...when I got your package I refused to open it because I couldn't believe it was actually here (I KNOW ,I'm weird)...I didn't want to mess up all the pretty packages...so delicate and beautifully wrapped!!...LOL!!:) I finally set it all up and took pictures n carefully opened everything!! To ALL those Swappers out there that get THIS ARTIST as a partner....Let me tell you, YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! TRUST ME!!! I am in awe of your talents, lady. The detail in your work is AMAZING!! You DO KNOW you have a calling for design and creativity is in YOUR BLOOD!!:) EVERYTHING is soooo BEAUTIFUL and sooo EXCELLENTLY made. I L<3VED it ALL!!!:) I send you a GAZILLION 5's,Hearts, and Stars!!!:) Thank you for taking the time and all the effort in making EVERYTHING and even checking my profile to send me all those WONDERFUL CATS!!!:) They will definitely hold a prominent place in my collection. I have photographed it all. I just can't believe how LUCKY I was to have been partnered w/you!!:) I hope EVERYONE at Swap-bot realizes that some Intl locations just takes alot of time to reach you especially if that countries govt.,mail system, customs, etc. have serious issues. Lady, I just sit an stare at my new collection of goodies...and again, I can't Thank-you enough for putting soooo much of your-self into your work for me.I have learned alot from you. Hope you post these on flicker...so EVERYONE can see all the WONDERFUL THINGS you make. My husband & son were also amazed at all you sent. Keep up the GREAT WORK!! Simplemente Belissimo!!!! Ciao!!:)
bizzles rated for Ribbon, Ribbon, and more Ribbon! on Jan 21, 2011
5
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Comment: Although it came several months down the road, and you had to send it twice, unfortunately, your package finally made it. And it was all worth the wait! The beautiful ribbons are amazingly wonderful! But even better are the hair pins for my daughter, and she just loves the minnie and mickey pins! The big blue flower pin you sent fell apart (the pin came unglued) but that is fixable. Thankyou very much for such a beautifulpackage. Everything was put together beautifully!
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Comment: My beautiful parcel arrived today, all wrapped up so gorgeously with little beads and tags. I just love all the boxes, the tiny stitched fruit, the smiling fruit in the bowl (my favorite), the cherries. The little brooches are amazing, your miniature stitches are superb. I know you sent me so many extras and I am truly grateful. It was such a thoughtful and beautiful package, you deserve way more hearts. Cheers Helen
TallysTreasury rated for Embellishment Swap! on Dec 1, 2010
5
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Comment: Wow! I just got your package for this swap, and it's the most incredible, intricate and lovingly assembled swap package I've ever received. Your work is beautiful - I'm blown away by the fact that you made all these embellishments yourself. And the care taken to send things that suit the tastes and preferences I have listed in my profile is amazing. The elephant stickers are absolutely adorable, as is everything else. Even the tags and wrappings were amazing. Honestly, since it was so late I completely wasn't expecting the package, so it turned into a really wonderful surprise. And I understand about crummy post offices. :) Thank you so very much for this lovely package, and for all the work and care you put into it!
5
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Comment: WOW what a super honest person with a big heart!! I hope to swap with you again soon!! :))
mb58ca rated for 3 Bears Swap on Nov 24, 2010
5
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Comment: I received your package this morning. What a welcomed surprise after a bad day! I love the way you wrapped everything up...and so many extras! I appreciate the time put into making home made things. It was worth the wait! Thanks so very much.
Sapphyre rated for BOOK THONG SWAP on Nov 23, 2010
5
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Comment: Wow - thanks for the really nice book thong and super-cute packaging! Love them!!!
5
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love everything you sent, so pretty and so well made!! I wish I could give you more hearts than just one!!! <3
Seacrow rated for 32ct Matchbox - Vintage Theme on Nov 20, 2010
5
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Comment: You created and sent the most fabulous vintage matchbox package, Rafaela! You are most generous and so very talented. Thank you so much, many times over!
missxpistol rated for Handmade Hair Accessories on Nov 17, 2010
5
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Comment: SOOOO MANY BEAUTIFUL PIECES!!! beyond worth the wait. :)
Tommie rated for Travel the World Inchies on Oct 4, 2010
5
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Comment: i got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was funny because you mailed me last night and i got your package today!!! thank you for everything you sent to me and my baby. she loves the hair pins. i love the inchies too. glad it made it this time. it was worth the wait. tommie
swiftbrooks rated for Inchie Magnets on Sep 27, 2010
5
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Comment: OMG!! This package was definitely worth the wait!! Thank you so much for all of the magnets and wonderful trinkets!! The matchboxes were a nice touch too!! Thank you so much for resending and so nicely too! :)
Response: You're so welcome! =) I'm really sorry you had to wait longer for them and I thank you for being so understanding with my messy mail problems. I'm happy you liked the inchie magnets, specially because this was the first time I ever made something Halloween-related, since I noticed that you enjoy this theme. =)
maryhassound rated for Scavenger Hunt #2 on Sep 27, 2010
5
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Comment: Rafaela!!!! Oh wow. Well, the re-send package arrived today. First off, thanks for resending. Secondly, this PACKAGE is GLORIOUS. I love how much time, effort, and thought that went into each gift. I love that you gift wrapped each one. I loved the little cord-like ribbons and the tags explaining the gifts. The little matchbox filled with the TINIEST PAPER CLIPS IN THE WORLD are amazing. I love love love the dinosaurs. Thank you for giving me something for my grandmother. And everythingggggg. It's so well done! I took pictures (will be on my Flickr soon) and I wish I could give you a million hearts. This was WELL worth the wait.
Response: I'm so happy that you finally received it! This was a fun swap to prepare and I must say I even had more fun the second time around, when I re-sent it, cause I thought of some ideas I hadn't thought before, like the dinousaurs. =) So, it's really amazing to read such nice words from you and see that you enjoyed them. I'm not even sure I deserve all this kindness, but it sure feels good! lol Thank you for being such a nice and patient partner. Say Hi for your grandma and I hope she likes the flower. =) Hugs.
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Comment: OMG, Rafaela, I just received your package and I had to stop everything to rate you because I am SO happy with what you sent/made for me that I'm going to explode!!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! You got everything exactly right, not to mention how beautifully packaged everything was - I almost didn't open it! (I would have given you a heart for the packaging alone.) I'm sorry for you, but thrilled for me that the 1st package never arrived; this is one of the top 3 most amazing & favorite swaps I have EVER received!!! I can't thank you enough. I wish I could give you a million hearts <3 If you ever need an angel for a swap, please let me know so I can repay your generosity & creativity :)
Response: You're so kind! It's been such a pleasure to put this swap together for you and I'm really really happy that you liked it!!!! It was fun to choose maps and tickets among my travelling stuff. You definitely put a huge smile on my face with your comments. Meeting such nice and understanding people like you makes this whole swap-bot experience amazing! =)
BusyB rated for Through the Rain(bow) MatchBox #5 BLUE on Sep 13, 2010
5
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Comment: Oh my goodness! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You were so generous and made me feel very special! This is one of the BEST swaps I have ever received and just loved everything you sent. You are one talented young lady and love that you use a lot of fabric in your work. A bazillion hearts for you! Hugs, Bonnie
JGNelli rated for Random Cotton Fabric Scraps 2 on Aug 25, 2010
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Comment: Thank you so much for resending... the package was AMAZING! The fabrics are great - I can't even imagine how long it took you to make all those gorgeous buttons. The owl magnet is already on my fridge! I absolutely loved that the whole thing was tied up with that gorgeous shamrock charm! Thank you so much... sorry this swap was so difficult!
Response: I sent it to you twice, I really thought my mail was arriving now. =( I hate that this happened. I'll send it one more time.
thebragal rated for RIBBONS AND BUTTONS SWAP JUNE/2010 on Aug 21, 2010
5
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Comment: So sorry you had to send out twice. I loved the fabulous variety you sent and thanks for Demond way more than required!!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9130 130 0 0
Completed Fives Threes Ones
144 135 0 3
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
0 15 96 33
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Comments

mypoohbear60 on Jan 9, 2012:

Been over a year...you still have not rated me for Candy Wrapper Inchies!

mypoohbear60 on Jan 9, 2012:
anicka22 on Mar 8, 2011:

Hello, Are you oke? I was very happy to have you as my partner for welcome to your country kit, but still not received anything... Can you please reply to my messages?

DosLittleMonkeys on Jan 18, 2011:

Come and join us!

Let's Swap Kawaii Cabochons!

dolcxvita on Jan 14, 2011:

Hi there!

would you be interested in joining my swap? Its called Show Me Your Country

I am trying to get as many countries as possible! Click to take a look:

Show Me Your Country Swap

sign up if you'd like to get a themed envelope/package stuffed with goodies from other countries! :) I know that it will be lovely to get a Brazil themes envelope/package

This is a great cultural exchange swap!

last day to sign up: 21 Jan, Items to be sent by 31 Jan

dolcxvita on Jan 14, 2011:

Hi there!

would you be interested in joining my swap? Its called Show Me Your Country

I am trying to get as many countries as possible! Click to take a look:

Show Me Your Country Swap

sign up if you'd like to get a themed envelope/package stuffed with goodies from other countries! :) I know that it will be lovely to get a Brazil themes envelope/package

This is a great cultural exchange swap!

last day to sign up: 21 Jan, Items to be sent by 31 Jan

raspberryrose on Dec 27, 2010:

HI - have you received my envelope for the Flower Power swap yet? Jo

RyeRye on Dec 21, 2010:

CLICK HERE

Merry Christmas from the Crafting Queens group~

colormetoni on Nov 4, 2010:

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Welcome to Mailbox madness, Rafaela! I'm looking forward to many awesome swaps with you. :)

See you around!

mb58ca on Nov 4, 2010:

It's been less than one month since the 3 bears swap deadline. It is marked as being sent but I don't recall having received a package. If you can tell me what the three items were, it may help jog my memory...

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