Update: I am utterly online these past months. Life got busier and busier, and postage got more and more expensive. I am less around the site but will not leave :)
Hi! My name is Sara and I am an italian girl who lived in France for 6 years, then moved back to Italy.
Here in Bologna I live with 2 little cats, Clio and Ernie, my husband Sergio and my 2 years old daughter Livia
I'm catholic but I am pretty critical about the Catholic Church. I'm much more open minded than what it would force me to be.
I have a Master degree in History - which is of course one of my biggest interests within literature (I love reading).
When I was younger I always enjoyed writing and recieving colourful letters and I have been lately introduced to the great world of swapping...which has pushed me to improve my crafty skills. I mostly work with paper and fabric: I love making skirts, bags, purses, etc
About common swapping stuff, I like swapping stickers, hot drinks/tea (I drink hot stuff even in august ;), candies and chocolate, stationary, letter pad kits or sheets and everyting related to Sweden, Christmas and snow/wintry time. I recently discovered to enjoy decorating matchboxes and I am not that bad I have to say!
I love swapping and I always give my best to put nice packages together, which means that of course I ALWAYS send. If I am a couple of days late in sending, I always PM my partner. PLEASE contact me if you don't recieve a package from me, I am always ready to prepare a new one and re-send it.
PLEASE DON'T SEND: stickers and tea. I love them but have really too much right now!
BAKING GOODIES of any kind. I enjoy so much baking cookies, muffins, cakes, cupcakes and stuff but here in Italy we don't have as much baking nice goodies as you can find for instance inthe US. So if you send me anything to bake you'll make my day!
BOOKMARKS, both handmade and storebought. I sort of collect them, which means, I like to have a certain bookmark stock from which to choose the perfect one for the book I'm reading!
RIBBONS and FABRIC whole pieces or cut-offs. It means that I don't often buy them but I do use them for some creations. I could swap ribbons but not fabric. So, if you have some little pieces of ribbons and fabric you don't use, I'd be happy to use it!
CHRISTMAS RELATED ITEMS, like decorations, giftpaper, ribbons, boxes, stickers, recipes, anything you can think of that is related to Christmas!
HOT DRINKS like tea, hot chocolate, cider...Here in Italy we only have hot chocolate that has to be prepared with milk but I love the one that can be drunk with hot water! Much lighter! I also LOVE cider and here it doesn't exist. About tea, well, I have 3 tons of it but if you want to drop a teabag or two in your swap package I'll surely drink it :)
PAINTING/DRAWING SUPPLIES I am interested in Children's illustration and I do some.
CUTE STICKERS and DECOTAPES. I make a large use of stickers to decorate everything and for my paper creations (bookmarks, cards, letters, etc.). No stickers with animals if possible (I am not hard to please but I wouldn't use them that often).
KAWAII stuff (my favorite carachters are Cinnamoroll, Mamegoma and My Melody). Where I live it's extremely hard to find kawaii stuff else than Hello Kitty. I don't like goth-dark kawaii stuff though, such as skulls or so.
CANDIES, CHOCOLATE, JUNK FOOD from other places. Luckily I am a quite reasonable person! :) Here again, nothing mint-flavored (unless it's mint candies). And here I have to say that I try to boycot multinationals like Nestle, Mars and Coke. I am quite into fair-trade and ecology (and here you must be aware that I REUSE PACKAGING)
Flavors I really don't like: mint, banana, onion, garlic, ginger, rose. I dislike the mixes chocolate+mint and chocolate+orange. I don't like chewing-gum.
There are few items that I tasted/recieved once and that I really enjoyed. I thought to write a little list here so that if the swap requires something specific or if you want to set a private swap, you can get few hints!
I enjoy swapping edibles and here are few things I really like:
Non-edible stuff I am happy to recieve:
Another thing I enjoy using are decorated address labels! If you can make nice ones PM me and we might set up a little flat exchange :)
Teas I love and can't get in Italy:
If you don't find something for me, or if you feel like to, I am always happy to recieve items to share with my family. On bottom of the profile you can get some hints about what they like!
Thanks for reading!
To name bands and singers everyone has heard about, I am a huge fan of Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Muse, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam and Sigur Ròs. To name a swedish band I just LOVE but that is less known, well, it's kent.
Some of my favourite movies ever: Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Titus, Festen, Birdy, Amadeus, The big Lebowski, The Blues Brothers, Four Rooms, The Royal Tenenbaums...
I love reading and I dream of becoming a writer since I was a little child and I used to read Roald Dahl's books dozens of times. Growing up, I just kept on reading and reading hundreds of books. I enjoy european literature in general, and some great american authors such as Raymond Carver. Some of my favourite authors ever are Stig Dagerman, Heinrich Böll, Alberto Moravia, Marguerite Yourcenair. Being a history-lover, I also read historical books and magazines. I am a fan of Harry Potter as well! :o)
I also like comics. International comics I like are Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts and Manga, but only Shojo ones (yet not too teenager-like).
I also love children's literature even if I am not a pro. My favorite author is Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake. I also love PEF and his lovely stories about hairy monsters and kids named Adolf ("My name is Adolf" made me cry...). I also love scandinavian literature, old and recent (Selma Lagerlof, Tove Jansson and her Moomins - I LOVE MOOMINS!). About famous illustrators, I guess that, after Quentin Blake, one of my favorite illustrator is Beatrix Potter.
I always post when I recieve a tag in the sticky recieved threads in al the groups and I always PM or drop a profile comment to thank the sender. I'd be glad if you'd do the same if you expect something from me, just to reassure me about getting your package safely.
First of all, THANK YOU to all the angels who angelled some flaked swaps (you know who you are! :).
I am afraid of insect. Any kind. All of them. I have a real phobia! Nothing to do with cuteness, though, so if you send me things like a cute ladybug sticker or spider-shaped confetti for halloween I'll like them! :)
I have thought to add few lines about my family because sometimes I like to swap for them.
My husband, Sergio: he loves cinema, his favorite movie ever is The Night Warriors. He loves underground hip-hop (Beastie Boys, Gravediggaz, GangStarr, Raekwon, Keith Murray, Ol' Dirty Bastard, MethodMan,Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep..). He wears hip-hop t-shirts (size M) with small writes on it; he also collects small car models. He enjoys reading and learning new things, he's very curious. He is a wine expert. EDIBLES: he's quite picky. He might like plain licorice, tic-tacs, mints or fruity hard candies.
My daughter, Livia. She is just 1 1/2 year old so anything would do, from toys to clothes. She's very cheerful and happy but she also enjoys playing on her own. She prefers "hard" toys to plushies/softies. She wears her age size, more or less.
My mom, Enza: she likes reading a lot and she uses journals or notebooks to write her thoughts in. She also likes travelling, french language and french culture. She doesn't understand english, though. She enjoys cooking, expecially meat, veggies, soups. EDIBLES: She loves Fruit Leathers, Gummy Candy and Sour Candy, Apple Cider, fruity Cereal Bars, Spices, Caramel anything (expecially puddings). She loves healthy snacks and trail mixes.
My dad, Gianguido: he loves travelling and discovering new places and new cultures. He loves bike travelling and he is member of a bike club. EDIBLES: He loves Apple Cider, too, and chocolate.
My sister Sissi: she loves reading and travelling, she's an artist and enjoys taking photos, painting, creating in general with any sort of craft. Her favorite animals are cats and rabbits. She also loves fun t-shirts such as the ones at Threadless.com. She LOVES Starbucks, that doesn't exist in italy, so anything from Starbucks would make her day. Her main passion within photography is music. Her favorite band is Radiohead. EDIBLES: She enjoys Gummy Candy, Sour Candy, Caramel, Coconut, French Vanilla scented items (i.e. coffee or chocolate), toffee, and Marshmallows, expecially the MINI ones. She loves white chocolate.
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