Swap-bot Time: July 26, 2021 4:10 pm


Date Joined: June 11, 2020
Last Online: July 26, 2021
Birthday: February 23, 1995
Country: Portugal
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About Me

I'm a Lisbon-based journalist, with a childlike passion for science and nature, but I write mostly about books and city life, which includes me telling you the best plays to see in town, the best places to grab a bite and the best things to do with kids outdoors (I don't have kids yet, but I think I know pretty well what they like to do since I'm also a kid at heart).

I'm also a very curious and full-battery person (who really enjoys being outside and rollerblading). Of course, I do need a recharge every once in a while. That said, in my so-called spare time, I read comics, watch sci-fi tv shows on Netflix (or other streaming platforms), drink a lot of Portuguese cider, while listening to indie pop/rock music, and craft for my lovely pen friends.

Snail mail

I do Postcrossing and have penpals since 2011 when I was in high school, but I stopped during university and I absolutely regret it. Now I'm back and I know this is more a lifestyle than a passion. Writing and reading letters make my day and I have so much fun creating snail mail that I can't imagine my life without it.

My favourite crafts to make and send to people are flipbooks and pocket letters and I always try to decorate my envelopes to send my swaps in (if it's not decorated, it's probably inside a standard green Portuguese envelope that I use sometimes to send flipbooks). I don't have a personal aesthetic yet though. I do love pastels and earth tones, but my motto is to create something the other person can relate to and truly enjoys. It's more about making someone happy and less about my own liking.

I do love to receive vintage, magic, nature or space-themed snail mail. I think they are my favourite themes, even though I love to be surprised (recently someone created comic-themed snail mail for me and it's one of my favourites ever!).

I try to always add other gifts, such as pretty paper, washi samples, die-cuts, stickers, tea bags or other stuff the person I'm writing to might like. Of course, I love to receive gifts too, but that's not my focus. I just want to feel that you care and that's something you can show in many ways, beginning with a genuine letter. That said if you do want to send me extras, here are some things that I absolutely love to have around and would be so excited to receive in a swap:

✨ postcards (I only collect written and stamped) or another type of stationery;

✨ tea, because I love a cup of warm happiness;

✨ washi samples, since I'm shamelessly addicted and there's not a thing as too much washi if you ask me, but some ideas of washi patterns I might love a little extra: grid or checkered, solid pastel or earth colours, with mushrooms or other nature-themed elements, like flowers and butterflies, magic/witch or space/sky/astrological elements, for example.

✨ pretty blank labels for addresses;

✨ girl stickers or any stickers really;

✨ vintage/patterned/kraft paper and envelopes;

✨ bookmarks;

✨ cute sticky notes;

✨ anything nature, mushrooms, bee or space-themed;

✨ dried flowers and leaves;

✨ you doing you with love.


You can send me any postcard you like: I'm sure it'll be lovely. But if you want to choose something that particularly pleases me, I made a guide:

♥ if you are from France, I would love to receive postcards from here (http://www.correspondances.com/);

♥ designer cards (by names like John Lodi, Anne Taintor, Jim Benton, Holly Webber, Lila Ruby King, Cansu Yaman, for example);

♥ postcards of House of St Junior;

♥ "I ♥ ..." postcards;

♥ painted winter or autumn;

♥ black&white postcards;

♥ map, flag or landscapes postcards (not multy views) from your country/city;

♥ peace, love, infinite and hope postcards;

♥ blue things, like sky or ocean or whatever;

♥ Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe;

♥ wonders of the world;

♥ pin-up girls;

♥ color painted city views;

♥ book inspired, because I'm a compulsive reader and writer;

♥ Retro/ Vintage/ Art/ Typewriters/ Cameras;

♥ lighthouses;

♥ 3D/4D postcards;

♥ anything related to mail (like mailbox/envelope/postman, etc.);

♥ children book illustration/retro famous painting;

♥ Bands (as Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, The Kooks, The Strokes, Foster The People, Guns N' Roses, Patrick Watson, Likke Li, or so);

♥ things related to New York, England, Paris, Scotland, Australia or Ireland (I really want things related to these places).

If you want, you can send me Birthday postcards in February and Christmas postcards in December.

Anyway, don't worry. I'm not particularly demanding, and I'm sure you can give me to know lots of beautiful cards that have nothing to do with what I just described above. But, please, don't send me religious cards. And don't forget to write and stamp (I only collect postcards written and stamped). You can write whatever you want me to know about you (your likes and dislikes, favourite music, books, poems, favourite quotes, etc.) and about your country and/or culture.


Comment: Oh wow -- this is a wonderfully special package. I had such fun going through all the little bits. Can't wait to use some of this. So fun! Thanks so much!
Response: Hey, I'm so glad it arrived! ❤️
Crafty rated for PIE: Profile based postcard #5 on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard of the Portugese tiles inside a barber shop. It's a great bit of history, which I love. I do like scenes that depict everyday life! Have a great day, & stay safe!
Response: Thank you so much for the generous rating. I really appreciate it ❤️ Have a great day too!
Jayofjournals rated for BLC: 3 Bookish Items on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely bookish mail! I enjoyed going through everything. You spoiled me :) And I would love to be your penpal! I would love to answer your letter very soon :) Thanks again
Response: I'm so glad you liked it and thank you so much for the generous rating ❤️ Feel free to answer to my letter whenever you can. I'll certainly reply 💌
Foxears rated for Tiny European Swap #17 on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely items! I am happy that you are well. The wax seal on the envelope was so pretty.
Response: Thank you so much for the kind rating. I'm really glad you liked what I sent ❤️ Please be safe and take care!
Comment: Thanks so much for such a lovely stuff. What a beautiful envelope - I wish I could add one more start just for it :) Have a lovely summer!!!
Response: Hey, I'm so glad it arrived safe and sound. Thank you so much for the star and your kind message ❤️ Have a lovely summer too, and be safe!
LiisaS rated for ESO: Make an Envelope #3 on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Got the mail today! Such a cute envelope and I loved the washis you chose! Just wonderful! Thank you!
Response: Thank you so much for the heart! I'm so glad it arrived faster than I thought and you liked it! Whenever you want more washi samples, I'm more than glad to make private swaps too or just send some for fun (I have too much washis) ❤️
MGiulia rated for ESO: two bags of tea swap on Jun 23, 2021
Comment: Hi Raquel! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎 You definitely deserve more than one heart!! I do really really love how you decorate the envie 💌 and I am really looking forward to trying the Detox Yogi Tea 🧘‍♀️ 🕉 🍵 🙏❤️🌈STAY HEALTHY & SAFE ❤️🙏🌈
Response: Hey, I'm so happy you liked my mail, and I do hope you like the Yogi tea. Lately, I only drink that and my stock is running low, so I definitely need to buy more hehe Take care ❤️
Hugsie86 rated for FTLOC#1: Mini Pocket Letter INTL on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the mini PL. It arrived last week!
Response: I'm glad it arrived safe and sound ♥️
Comment: Such beautiful mail, thank you so so much!!
Response: Thank you so much for the kind review ♥️ I'm really glad you liked!
thelocalman rated for PIE: Monthly swap - May on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard. I've not been to Portugal yet but definitely will visit someday! Take care :)
Response: Thank you! You too ♥️
Petaltea rated for ESO: two bags of tea swap on May 22, 2021
Comment: I love these flavors and thanks for the extras too!! I don’t know why the english put milk in their tea but they drive on the wrong side of the road so it doesn’t surprise me at all ;)
Response: Hahaha that's true! I'm glad you loved the teas I chose ♥️
anicka22 rated for ESO: Crazy eight washi tape swap #2 on May 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the nice samples and your beautiful mail!
Response: I am glad it arrived fast and safe, and you liked it ❤️
Foxy rated for ESO Spring greeting postcard on May 10, 2021
Comment: Hey there, i got your wonderful Postcards today. Thank you very much. I love the postage you used. :-)
Response: Hello, I'm so glad you received them and liked it. I think Portuguese stamps are very nice ♥️
photovivie rated for ESO Paper Lovers swap on May 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!! The package was incredible!! Loved the sushi envelope and your letter ♥️
Response: Thank you so much for the kind rating! I had a lot of fun choosing what to send, and I mean what I've written, so I appreciate your feedback ❤️
Stachel rated for ESO: Space Lovers Swap on May 1, 2021
Comment: Oh wow such a beautiful swap you sent 🤩 I love everything you've picked for me ☺️ I liked the fact about looking back in time when looking at the night sky. This is of course something anybody knows or can know when thinking about it because it's logical but I really love the idea and thought of this as I have never thought this thought 🤗
Response: Thank you so much for the kind rating! I'm so glad you liked my fun facts. That one in particular, I learned by watching an episode of Cosmos, with Neil deGrasse Tyson :)
Comment: Thank you for everything!! I love it!! Can't wait to try the tea also!!
Response: I'm so glad it arrived safe and you liked it. Enjoy it ❤️
anicka22 rated for ESO: Make an Envelope #2 on Apr 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful mail! Totally in love with it
Response: WOW, it arrived so fast, but I am really glad you loved it! Enjoy it ❤️
Comment: Thank you for the bit of joy in my mailbox. I especially loved the stamp you used!!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it ❤️ I think the Portuguese stamps are very beautiful, and I love to find new ones!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful post card! I hope that you have been having fun drawing on your iPad - the dlower you drew on this post card is gorgeous. 💗 Stay safe.
Response: I'm so glad you liked what I sent ❤️ I'm having plenty of fun and, if
Comment: A beautiful collection of handmade goodies, really loved everything included went above and beyond the requirements thank you so much
Response: Thanks Terri, it was a pleasure ❤️

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LavenderSprinkles on Mar 29, 2021:

Thanks for the cute PC will reply soon!

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