Swap-bot Time: May 8, 2021 11:34 am


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: May 8, 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 delightful letter and postal treats! I've been meaning to get a fountain pen again. I loved writing with one about 20 years ago (how am I that old already?), but they got really messy and I stopped using them. Maybe now that I have a dedicated writing desk, it'll work out better. The color-shift ink you used is crazy. Speaking of crazy, those lenticular postage stamps--woah! :) I think my favorite treat is the square "zip" illustrated postcard. Thanks for the great variety. โ™ฅ
KarenFife rated for Chunk O Cardboard - April 2021 on May 5, 2021
Comment: Oh my, I love that tortilla blanket!! Sounds like your hubby does too. Thank you - very nice note and quite the cute chunk for this swap!
Comment: Eeek! My very favorite movie ever!! Thank you so much!
cmmaldonado rated for VES: Colour Swap #1 - RED on May 4, 2021
Comment: Wow Garci, this is awesome! I genuinely adore everything here, thank you so much! I canโ€™t wait to use it ๐Ÿฅฐ
Comment: Oh my gracious! What an amazing swap! Did you realize two of the envelopes were from this town? Man, you must have an amazing stash!
Response: I did notice the city on the envelopes and I thought you might like that!:-)
Maddashin rated for PH: Postcard Poker #8 on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for everything
shirleyinCA rated for A Different AD Card #3 on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: You're right - a very cool and unique ad card! And she sure had great legs for a Hanes ad! Not back to work yet - probably by June though, when they can increase the number of tourists! Thanks for joining my swap!
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard choices and extra stamps!!!!
Comment: Thank you so much! We are not fully transitioned to spring yet. LOL. we just had a snow during the weekend. Take Care always.
susieq11 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #21 on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Your stamps and mail art made me soooo happy! So beautiful! I love everything about it especially the poodles - thank you!!!!!! I love the postcards and little stickers you sent as well as your note. Postalettes were totally my jam as a kid! : ) I lived in Scottsdale years back and Iโ€™m one of the few that love the crazy heat! But it is challenging to say the least, lol! Some days the metal of the seatbelt burning my arm was too much lol!! It is worth it for the beauty and overall lifestyle. Thank you so very much for an amazing swap. This is going into my โ€œsaveโ€ box for sure!
amyduff rated for VES: Ephemera Scavenger Hunt #3 on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Garci thank you for the amazing mail art and all the wonderful ephemera inside! Wow! So many fun finds and canโ€™t wait to dive in and use!
mchesser12 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #137 on Apr 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of postcards, especially the pink ones. Santa is probably my favorite.
Comment: Absolutely loved my fun bit of cardboard. It's the first one my husband didn't give the side-eye. LOL. Thanks so much and happy swapping!
Comment: Wow just received this postcard in the mail today !! Jellybellys are one of my favourite treats, thanks
Response: OhEmGee that was some slow mail!
Conni59 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2021 on Apr 4, 2021
Comment: Loving the chunk! I enjoy ones that are creative! Thank you.
VaGrammy66 rated for VES: Ephemera Scavenger Hunt #2 on Mar 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great items!Great selection! I might try the apricot recipe that was sent as a postcard! Your envelope was so cool!
Comment: Oh my goodness Garci, you sent me so much!! The PCs are great, but that ephemera!!!! *die* Everything is awesome, thank you so much!! And the envelope, I LOVE it, it's SO bright and retro! <3 The Margarite Miller journal sounds awesome! I do make mail art and journals (junk, art, travel, etc). Papercrafts are my favourite. <3
Comment: omg I love this soo much! Each egg has so much awesomeness TUCKED INSIDE!! you went above and beyond! I LOVE everything so much! hahah you even sent chocolate... hee hee hee... which I have started to nibble on !!! Thank you so much!! I love all the ephemera and bits and pieces and omg just so much fun!! I love love LOVE it!! Thank you thank you thank you! 10,000 hearts and then some!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo!!
Response: So glad I picked good items for the eggs! I started working on it almost 2 weeks ago so I could fill them with small but good ephemera. My husband graciously ate all leftover Easter chocolate!
Comment: Thank you for the great PCs and your note. That 2 weeks was the worst we have had in years. and it ended with a low of -21 deg. I was glad it ended when it did as I had to go get my 2nd covid shot on the 19th.
dartha rated for MAIL ART - Vintage Ephemera on Mar 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so very much for the wonderful envelope and so many goodies to get creative with. I just love everything and thank you for telling me about Margaret Miller too. take care and stay safe, darla

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ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 22, 2021:

rhinoluvr on Apr 11, 2021:

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi Garci! Thank you SO much for this RAK - large Rhino & egret PC.๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฆ Thatโ€™s so thoughtful of you to send it to me. Thanks too for your cheerful message. Spring has definitely sprung here ๐ŸŒธ it was a breezy 75ยฐ when my sons & I went for a hike this afternoon.๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒฒ Take care ๐Ÿค—

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!!!๐Ÿ‘ป happyhallll

lou on Oct 14, 2020:

please check your private messages and email

Pikapika on Sep 28, 2020:

LSRUS: 1000 Hearts Giveaway

I'm sorry I am not able to mail anything to you. I hope you like the hearts i'm sending your way.

OrigamiGrace on Aug 7, 2020:

Happy Friday!!


simcoe54 on Jul 19, 2020:

Thanks for the random RAK - stamps and postcards and for thinking of me. I always love to receive these items. ๐Ÿ’š

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:

Thanks for your RAK birthday greeting, it pleased me a lot!

ivanabu on Feb 14, 2019:
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