Swap-bot Time: July 24, 2021 2:29 pm


Date Joined: November 21, 2020
Last Online: July 23, 2021
Birthday: December 31
Country: Italy
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About Me

Hey all, I'm from Italy, approaching my 40s, HR generalist during the day and paper crafter / letter writer at night. My actual name is Mariagiovanna, I usually go by Giovanna. I have been writing letters since the 1990s. I am a huge lover of vintage/vintage inspired aesthetics but appreciate many others - I mean, we don't have to choose, right? I'm a childfree intersectional feminist who's very interested in social issues. On a spiritual point of view I'm somewhere between NeoPaganism, Core Shamanism and Pastafarianism.

I speak Italian, English and a little Spanish and French, feel free to write me in any of these languages. But I like to learn words and basic sentences in other languages, so feel free to share.

My hobbies are writing, reading, watching tv series, cooking, geocaching, escape rooms and similar activities. I like dogs and ferrets (I've had ferrets for 10+ years). Also, I'm fascinated by bees and jumping spiders.

I've noticed that my mail arrives to Europe within around 15-30 days, in other continents within 45-60 days. In case you don't receive a swap from me 1-2 months after the sending date (depending on the distance) please do contact me in order to make plans for a re-send.

Favorite Books


  • Margaret Atwood
  • Octavia Butler
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Joanne Harris
  • Robin Hobb
  • Ursula Le Guin
  • Natasha Pulley
  • Sarah Waters

Favorite Television

Some TV shows I've been enjoying lately:

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Doctor Who (not consistently though)
  • Carnival Row
  • Crazy Ex Girlfriend
  • Game of Thrones (the first few seasons at least)
  • Glow
  • Jane The Virgin
  • Lucifer
  • Modern Family
  • One Day at a Time
  • Pose
  • Scrubs
  • Sherlock
  • The Alienist
  • The Good Place
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Other interests

Topics A-Z

If you want to know some of my interests or will send themed stuff, these are some ideas. Of course don't feel limited.

  • Archaeology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal behaviour and evolution
  • Dark stories and spooky stuff
  • Etymology, linguistics and grammar
  • Food from all over the world
  • Foreign cultures and habits
  • Gender studies
  • Languages
  • Legends and lore tales
  • Mysteries
  • Mythology
  • Paganism(s)
  • Paper crafting
  • Recipes
  • Religious traditions, myths etc (feel free to write about that, no need to send devotional objects and please don't try to convert me :-) )
  • Shamanism
  • Social and gender studies
  • Speculative fiction
  • Steampunk, dieselpunk, cyberpunk
  • Victorian age


  • Patterned and scrapbooking paper
  • Crafting paper of any other kind, including upcycled paper (a newspaper, a map or a museum ticket in your language for example)
  • Ephemeras are my all times favourite, especially if vintage inspired.
  • Letter paper
  • Snacks, chocolate, teas or spices from all over the world
  • Recipes
  • Rubber / clear stamps
  • Stickers but please no alphabet, planner or reward stickers because I wouldn't know how to use them
  • Washi samples
  • Vintage / victorian (inspired) photos
  • Spooky stuff

  • Anything with ferrets!

  • Other animal themed stuff: it would be super special to receive cetaceans, octopus, bees or bear themed things
  • Favorite colors: red, purple, blue and brown tones


Please don't send me things that are racist, sexist, homo-bi-transphobic, ableist, ageist etc, or anything violent. I don't have fun unless everybody does - and yes, I've been called a party pooper before because of this. Depending on the swap's topic, it's ok to send me fiction or news with such themes - I mean, I do know they exist in the world and don't want to turn my eyes away.

Other dislikes or "rather not":

  • Alphabet, planner or reward stickers
  • Anime stuff
  • Baby related stuff
  • Bookmarks
  • Candles
  • Coins or foreign currency in general
  • Friendship books, label bags and such
  • Home decorations - house is small and crammed already LOL
  • Magnets - no magnetic fridge, so no room for them :-(
  • Make up
  • Political topics


LinSoles rated for ESO: Paper stuffed Blind Envie on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely envelope full of paper goodness. There sure are a lot of variety. Love it.
Response: Yay, I hoped my partner would like them. Thank you for the rating!
Comment: What a fun bunch of notes!! I'm simply in love with that unicorn and those cute woodland critters! Thank you so much for sending such a sweet assortment!
Response: I'm happy you liked them! Take care
Response: Thank you!
Inesrv rated for ESO: Grab Bag on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Hello Giovanna, thank you so much for this beautiful grab bag, I love it!! Every piece is a little treasure! I'm still finding new items everytine I look at it. 😊 Hope we can swap again in the future. Love, Inês
Response: I'm so happy that you liked it! Thank you for the rating, take care!
m3i5 rated for ESO: Crazy Eight Washi Tape Swap #3 on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: Hi Mariagiovanna, thank you very much for your pretty washi samples! :D I don't mind doubles, I can still use them ;)
Response: Glad you liked them! :)
MissMinaPT rated for Tiny European Swap #17 on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the swap, M.! Will def find a use for the goodies u’ve sent.
Response: Yay! Thanks!
julesstewart rated for WIYM: Blind envie #21-green on Jul 1, 2021
Response: <3
Comment: Thanks for the fun variety of cards! Take care!
Response: Happy you liked it! :-) Thank you for the rating
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! This was shuffled into an already done pile on accident. Thank you for the story! It was sweet and I love the postcard!
Response: I'm glad it did arrive :-) And also that you liked the story. The postcard looked somewhat related to the story haha. Thank you for the rating and take care!
MissRich rated for Botanical Themed Envelope #1 on Jun 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you SO much! I love everything!
Response: Yay! :-) Thanks for the rating!
inkspellonyou rated for ESO: Space Lovers Swap on Jun 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all you have sent, I loved everything!
Response: Hey I hadn't noticed this message LOL, so it has arrived? I'm so happy about it!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the story and card! <3 Al
Response: Glad you liked it! :-)
bexkex rated for SIE: Stickers passion! on Jun 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Very nice stickers! And the packaging was so nice! :D
Response: I'm happy you liked them! :)
KIllerMal rated for SIE: Stickers passion! on May 27, 2021
Comment: Ciao ^^ ho ricevuto proprio ora la tua busta, mi piace come hai decorato ! Grazie per la selezione di adesivi, sono tantissimi e stupendi! Spero di vederti nei futuri swap ^^
Response: Mi fa piacere che ti siano piaciuti! :-) Alla prossima
Tara rated for Blind Envie:Happy Mail Extravaganza 2 on May 24, 2021
Comment: Oh my gosh, your happy mail was so fun to open. Thank you so much for the fun stuff.
Response: I'm happy you did like the swap, thank you for the rating!
Comment: Awwww, what a lovely bundle of joy!!! Thank you so very much for this fabulous evelope!! I love the variety!! And I loooove the paper-bundle with the vellum-labels :) I have never seen them before, they are fanastic!!! Thank you for making even a destash-swap so special!!! Have a brilliant Sunday /)
Response: It's great you liked this swap so much, and I'm honoured about this! Take care
m3i5 rated for ESO: Crazy eight washi tape swap #2 on May 22, 2021
Comment: Hi Gionanna, Thank you very much for the assortment of washitapes wrapped in see through paper and the cute cherry paperclip, love it! :D
Response: Hopefully they can be useful :-) Take care
Comment: Such lovely origami-pockets! I loved the botanical cutouts! Thank you so much! 🥰
Response: Thank you for the rating, I'm happy you liked it!
bexkex rated for Tiny European Swap #16 on May 19, 2021
Comment: Got it today, thanks! Not really my style but I'll make sure to send it to someone who's going to use it :) many thanks
Response: I'm sorry that I couldn't send you things that matched your style more!
Stachel rated for ESO Quiz For You on May 11, 2021
Comment: (Sorry for rating late) Thanks for the Harry Potter quiz! This is putting me under some pressure, because I expect myself to be nothing less than doing perfectly, hahaha 🤣. Here are my answers: 1) b 2) c 3) a 4) a 5) c 6) c 7) b 8) c ??? 9) b 10) c I hope those are correct, hahaha 🤣 Well, I could live with one mistake 🤪
Response: I hope you enjoyed it. The only wrong answer is 8: Dumbledore means Bumblebee in Old English :-)

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Caithness on Jan 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the delightful mail that has come through my letterbox today. So many wonderful goodies - I love all of them. Everything was such a good choice and just perfect for me! Thank you x

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