Swap-bot Time: October 3, 2022 7:55 pm


Date Joined: March 8, 2010
Last Online: October 3, 2022
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, dinosaurs, 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.


marclively rated for Girl Power #2 on Oct 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Marc
marclively rated for 3-2-1 Your Choice #4 on Oct 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Comment: You did NOT have to re-send this! I love what you sent Omg!! So amazing! I ABSOLUTELY am in love with this legal letter from 1847!! A lawyer writing to his client about land deeds! VERY COOL! Love the fancy handwriting and fountain pen!!! Thank you for the awesome ww2 envelope! Love these and keep them safe in my WWII officer's desk (we have a traveling WWII museum that we bring to various events throughout the year and on my correspondence desk I keep various period stiuff! That will be in that desk now! I love it all! Thank you SO MUCH! I even love the Peanuts sewn envelope! Arrived in perfect condition! The USPS couldnt destroy that one! xoxoxoxoo
Comment: SUPER Fun swap! Thank you for everything! awesome fun goodies from the decorated envelope to the stuffed vintage halloween treat bag! I love it all!! Sending you lots of love and halloween HUGS!! x Gabi
fortannam rated for Male Mail #2 on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the manly postcards and sticker! Great variety!!
susieq11 rated for MAIL ART - Where I Want to Visit on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: I was so excited to see your envelope in my mailbox!! Yay for Japan!! Even a Ruth Asawa stamp! I love the Snoopy, Moomin and airmail goodies you sent! I will be in Japan in about 4 1/2 weeks! It has been three years and I CANNOT wait to go back! We will be in Hiroshima for a couple of days. PM me if I can get you anything while we're there. It would be my pleasure! Thank you so much for joining and always sending beautiful swaps. xoxo
Response: Glad you liked my Japan mail art theme! Have a wonderful adventure/trip to Japan! xo
marclively rated for Cool Down on Sep 16, 2022
Comment: thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the chunk. Love the stamps and Rosie sticker.
Comment: Hi Garci! Thank you so much for the great batch of postcards. They are all really good ones. Also, the fold-a-note is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sending it and the other extras (the Reagans!!) And thanks to your friend for the amazing envelope💌
Comment: Oh wow -- these are wonderful! Love the chandelier! Thank you for a FAB swap!
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #236 on Sep 7, 2022
Comment: Garci, you send the best, most thoughtful mail! Thank you so very much for all the amazing postcards including pin-up girl with a poodle - omg I love it! And the sweet poodle cards, wow! Your meet-up sounds fab! Wish I could head out that way - I used to go every year after I moved but it has been WAY too long. Hope things start to cool off soon. Thank you for joining and for your generosity!! XOXO
SunTradeToo rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2022 on Sep 6, 2022
Comment: ╭(◔ ◡ ◔)/ Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🌞 for the cool chunk! It looks so yummy! Made me hungry, and I LOVE the cool stamps you used!
mle rated for Chunk O Cardboard - August 2022 on Sep 4, 2022
Comment: I do really like the peacock washi and the cool graphics.
Comment: Thank you for the chunk from Belarus. I hope you enjoy your day trip! How fun! I appreciate the space themed decoration! 🚀 🌚
Comment: Thankyou for the awesome postcards and the cool sticker.
BetsyPreston rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2022 on Aug 15, 2022
Comment: Kewl Kalendar Chunk!!! Thanks!!
NRGordon rated for Chunk O Cardboard - July 2022 on Aug 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the swap. That chunk looks yummy. I'm going to look for it when I go grocery shopping.
vivi2912 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #182 on Aug 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! I love it!
Comment: Oh Garci! I absolutely adored receiving your envie of ephemera! Your envelope was decorated so nicely and the contents are fabulous! Thanks for sharing the banana bread recipe. I love that you sent this to me! I will be using it and the ephemera. 😊
Comment: Love the stamps!

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ScrapHappyGabi on Oct 1, 2022:

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Garci for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for my neglect in not thanking you personally before this time. There is no excuse and I hope you can forgive me this time. I want to treat you and everyone with the respect you deserve. I love Swap Bot and want to be the best I can be and one who earns your trust. Sincerely, Alma

AJ73 on Jun 10, 2022:

Thank you Garci for the PH April WTA postcards. I apologize for my neglect in not thanking you personally before this time

SunTradeToo on Apr 13, 2022:

thisismeAXiD on Jan 5, 2022:

Happy birthday month

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!

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