Swap-bot Time: December 4, 2021 8:06 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: December 4, 2021
Birthday: January 3
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 20 April 2020.

I'm a gal who lives with my husband in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, where the climate is desert (dry and hot). We were married in Maui. We enjoy traveling and golfing.

My hobbies/interests: Postcrossing, mailart, antiques, golf, cupcakes, ephemera, fishing, family activities, Anglophile, travel, museums, napping, cooking, the U.K., practicing Spanish, yoga, pro-choice, vodka martinis, flea markets, Hispanic & Japanese culture, vintage, pin-up girls, thrift shops, tag sales, reading, fleur-de-lis, indie and foreign films, lavender, Frida Kahlo, Dia de los Muertos, Texas Hold 'Em poker, crafting, Italy, Renaissance art, turquoise (the color and the jewelry), wrapping presents, morning tea with a splash of milk, sushi, collections,rock painting/hiding, royalty, letter writing,British Television (Killing Eve, Keeping Up Appearances, PEAKY BLINDERS), theme parties, crafting, Guinness...

I've been writing letters since I was a child and have had a number of foreign penpals. My longest term penpal is in Japan and we've been writing for over 30 years. I love sending postcards and letters to friends and family, even if they don't reciprocate. I know they enjoy receiving them.

I love recycling/upcycling. Chunk 'O Cardboard is my favorite monthly swap. I'm always on the lookout for cardboard chunks to send as postcards (food packaging, book covers, VCR boxes, board game boxes, etc).

Swapping note: 1) I strive to get a heart each and every time I do a swap by going above and beyond with extras or personalization. 2) I won't be bullied or bribed into changing ratings. I can overlook some lateness if it's communicated, but if you are a month late on your swap and you think I won't notice...then you deserve a "3." 3) I am very liberal with giving HEARTS because it makes people happy and we're all busy and we do our best with these swaps. Not everyone is an artist. When you get older, you realize life's too short to be petty. As one of my friends said, "Sprinkle hearts because they are free."


I'm fairly easy with these four themes: Vintage, foreign, postal-related, ephemera!

Postcard wish list: *Wedding theme *Bigfoot or Yeti *Retro *Pin-up *Vintage black & white *Golf *Something with the color purple or the color lavender *Mexican artist Frida Kahlo *Royalty *Don't really like typical tourist postcards

vintage wedding ephemera (photos, invites, paper)

anything postal related ephemera






rubber stamps

French ribbon

foreign language newspaper

postage stamps (unused or used; foreign and domestic)



handmade envelopes

foreign language dictionary pages

vintage children's books

Air Mail stickers

vintage cookbooks/pamphlets

Everything about Italy: Art, museums, wine, language, food, churches

Day of the Dead

old tickets of any kind (i.e., travel, train, movie, concert)

vintage books that are tattered and can be used for crafting

glue sticks

My favorite color is purple



The ocean


Country music

B&W postcards featuring vintage scenes or people (i.e., photography by Robert Doisneau)



plant-based eating

Don't Need

felt, yarn, fabric, playing cards, lotion, tote bags, jewelry, doilies, pencils, bookmarks, licorice

Only allergy is tree nuts (i.e., walnuts)

Favorite Movies

Too many to list them all!

I like to watch all Academy award nominated movies.

Indie films

Foreign films


Amelie, Priceless (Audrey Tatou)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love British humor)


The Queen

The Dutchess

Shakespeare in Love

The King's Speech



Mrs. Brown


Love Actually


Bridget Jones' Diary

The Italian Job

The DaVinci Code

Julie & Julia

The Devil Wears Prada

Favorite Television

The Good Doctor, The Resident

The Crown

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Master Chef, Chopped

Martha Stewart

BBC America: Graham Norton, Call the Midwife, The F Word, Come Fly with Me, Keeping up Appearances, The Vicar, Killing Eve

Favorite Books

I enjoy:

Biographies, Autobiographies, Art books, Chick Lit and Celebrity-related

My three favorites I've read that I listed on goodreads.com: Pink Slip Party, Good Mail Day, and The Kite Runner

and I read a lot of magazines!


English/Irish/Scottish breakfast tea. Any other black tea. I also drink chai or vanilla and I will try fruit teas.


Comment: Thank you for the interesting card. Here it can't seem to decide if it wants to be summer temps or fall temps. Earlier today we had a record high in the upper 70's.
debbiespoms rated for CPG Glitter Card Swap - Global on Nov 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much Graci, for the beautiful deer Christmas card with glitter, the Christmas postcards, Christmas stamps ( love these!) and the stickers! Loving all! Happy Holidays!
CHOWEFACE rated for CPG Glitter Card Swap - Global on Nov 23, 2021
Comment: Merry Christmas Garci! Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards and extra Disney ones, sticker, and card. I did watch a Christmas Hallmark movie Saturday.
Comment: Thank you very much Garci for the creative ghost card with lovely Halloween themed stamps! I love them all! :))
Eulegirl rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #160 on Nov 14, 2021
Comment: All the hearts for this one! Love the kitty cards and that glittery Christmas one! And that you wrote a note on orange paper. Thank you
Comment: Thank you for the fun chocolate bar chunk.
Wingy rated for Chunk O Cardboard - November 2021 on Nov 12, 2021
Comment: Love love love this chunk
JenZen5 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #158 on Nov 2, 2021
Comment: Hi there. I think this is our first swap together, or at least it's been some time. I love your envelope and the postcards you chose for me. I especially love the book and the map postcards. And thank you very much for the garden themed extras. I will definitely use all of it. Have a lovely day.
RedheadLady rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2021 on Oct 30, 2021
Comment: I love sugar skulls. Thank you so much. Happy Halloween!
Rateliff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - October 2021 on Oct 28, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the chunk! I've never actually had butternut squash mac and cheese, but it sounds super delicious! We got a Trader Joe's here a few years ago but I guess Arkansas didn't like it that much cause it's already gone🥲 today is 55° and rainy, hope you get some more mall weather soon!😂 Happy swapping
Ikat78 rated for Halloween PC on Oct 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you Garci for the GREAT graveyard pc! 💖Aren’t the Dia De Los Muertos Stamps great?
Response: I love the new stamps! One of my all time favorites.
Comment: Hi Garci! As you said how nice to have a partner for something more than cardboard swaps, where we can really write something! LOL! Oh my, I would have a tough time with temps over 100 - I know everyone says it is a dry heat but over a 100 is hot no matter what! I love everything pumpkin as well - sadly my family does not but when I get a cappuccino, I am all over the pumpkin ones! I think I am becoming more introverted as well - crowds just seem to annoy me at times and I love being home in my own little world - so unlike how I used to be! Good for you on getting your snail mail stuff organized - I am a disorganized mess over here - sigh! Maybe at some point I will get it together but will probably forget where I put it, if I do! LOL! Love the use of your fountain pens - I have never used one but they seem to write so smoothly - very cool! So thankful that COVID has not effected you and yours too much - we have been blessed as well to have very small issues due to it. Well, hubby is calling me to dinner, so will stop chatting your ears off! LOL! All the best and very much enjoyed your letter, and the xtra goodies! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: ❤❤❤
Comment: Thank you so very much, for the PC's spelling Pumpkin and the awesome goodies ! Great swap! I love everything so much! Especially the cork cut-outs & extra Pc's!
marclively rated for 3-2-1 on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: Thanks, Marc
marclively rated for Event Ad #3 on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Comment: Wow, Thank you so very much for the lovely postcards ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for the beautiful card you sent❤️❤️❤️ And thank you for the Disney goodies, that was so sweet of you. Thank you so much for bringing smiles ❤️❤️❤️😊😊
Comment: The Crystal Skull came thru with flying colors. LOVE IT!! I think you could totally rock a groovy Laugh In dress. As always, a fantastic chunk!!
Comment: WOW WOW WOW. Can I say wow three times in a row without sounding like I'm high? I hope so, because I loved this swap from beginning to end. The *expletive* GORGEOUS used envelope; the additional amazing empty envies inside, the orange (!) stamps; the map (!!) and the 1929 check, plus that amazing spider-webby acetate... omg. You knocked it out of the park, my friend. I might sleep with this packet under my pillow tonight. <3 Thanks Garci!!
Response: Well this rating just made my day! Yahoo!!
Comment: Love this postcard.

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ScrapHappyGabi on Nov 25, 2021:

annanymark on Oct 18, 2021:

I’m so happy you liked the VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #11 swap I sent you. Thank you for telling me about the letter! Let me know if you’re in need of more Swedish ephemera, I got alot 😀

ScrapHappyGabi on Jul 2, 2021:

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend!!

BusyB on Jun 4, 2021:

Thank you so much for the surprise letter on the vintage 1981 Strawberry Shortcake note card and the cute Snoopy and Lion King stickers! ❤️ You made my day! Your cool pen (turns from blue to pink) works better at night than it did earlier when it was sunny! Lol I owe a few letters but I'll write back soon. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!

BusyB on May 18, 2021:

Hi Garci! I received the vintage yellow envie of goodness! I love the Barbie piece from a 1962 booklet and the extras, Alice postcard! 💛💛💛 Thank you so much for the private swap since I missed this one on the group! I appreciate it. You're the best! Will send yours this week when I send off more swaps. I always take my mail to the post office. Hope you are enjoying spring!

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 22, 2021:

rhinoluvr on Apr 11, 2021:

👋 Hi Garci! Thank you SO much for this RAK - large Rhino & egret PC.💜🦏 That’s so thoughtful of you to send it to me. Thanks too for your cheerful message. Spring has definitely sprung here 🌸 it was a breezy 75° when my sons & I went for a hike this afternoon.🌤🌲 Take care 🤗

jamicam on Mar 30, 2021:

Hi Garci - I got your sweet postcard today - what a nice surprise! It's a very nice spring day here and receiving this little piece of happy mail just topped it off :)

banjobraids on Oct 29, 2020:

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!👻 happyhallll

lou on Oct 14, 2020:

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