Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 1:45 am


Date Joined: December 11, 2012
Last Online: July 12, 2021
Birthday: May 6
Country: United States
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About Me

I am a quirky, petite, Italian girl who's in love with photography...and food. Those two are battling for favorite at the moment. I recently moved back to FL after living in NY for 8 years (and I miss it terribly)! My hobbies include walking, cooking/baking, photography, visiting museums, crafting, trying new things. My husband and I just bought our first house and are excited to make it a home.

I am a wedding photographer and just love being a part of the most important day of people's lives. I love soaking in other people's happiness. And those vows?! I'm lucky if I can make it through a wedding without crying.

Sustainability is important to me. This is a recent interest but I've become very passionate about eliminating waste and being more conscious of how I'm contributing to environmental problems. It's easy to take the first steps (i.e. reusable shopping bags, cloth towels instead of napkins, composting, etc) but can get overwhelming. I just tell myself any change I can make is better than what I was doing before.

Some other things I like include:

  • giraffes (they're so tall!)
  • crocheting/knitting (still an amateur though!)
  • the number 6
  • weddings
  • dog ears
  • making people laugh
  • fancy pens
  • being organized
  • cooking (i'll eat anything but love new vegan recipes)
  • traveling
  • Harry Potter
  • broadway shows
  • nature/natural materials
  • hiking
  • getting things in the mail :)

Favorite Books

Harry Potter, 100% yes. I'm not a fan of Twilight, definitely not. I love Michael Crichton, which is surprising because I'm not big into sci-fi books otherwise. Nonfiction (or nonfiction inspired) humor is my absolute favorite genre. I am just a big fan of laughing :) Recently, I've been reading Maeve Binchy. I don't usually read those types of stories but she's a great writer. Also, books about food or written by chefs are a favorite genre.

Favorite Music

Anything folksy acoustic. Also Queen, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Denver, anything from the 80s. I have an eclectic taste when it comes to music and depending on my mood, will listen to anything from worldbeat to jazz, to rock. I'm not a big fan of country unless it's got a bit of pop and definitely not a fan of heavy metal.

Favorite Movies

All time favorite movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Anything Disney/Pixar. I really like NASA space movies, The Martian is a favorite. I like a lot of indie films and dark comedies.

My 5 desert island movies:

  1. Moonstruck
  2. Finding Dory
  3. Home Alone
  4. Eurovision
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Favorite Crafts

Knitting/crocheting, jewelry making, mixed media, drawing, painting. I want to get into watercolor but I haven't had too much time to craft lately.

Creative Aspirations

I love trying new things. I just started making a list of things I want to get to eventually (hopefully sooner rather than later):

*watercolor painting


*ukelele (I have one I play occasionally)

*magazine crafts

*write my own cookbook

*gesture drawings (I did this in college)


*chocolate candy making

*fruit dehydrating


funstuff rated for A Note For You # 90 on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely note card with the washi tape. I totally understand lost and late delivered mail. Since the pandemic started the mail has been so unreliable. I have had many pieces lost to pen friends and family Doris.
Response: i'm so glad it got to you, this pandemic has definitely caused some mail problems over here too. thanks for the heart!
Eulegirl rated for Share Your Favorite Recipe! on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: I love rum cake! I will definitely be trying this recipe!!!
Response: i'm telling you, it's a crowd pleaser, one of my most requested desserts from family! enjoy and thanks for the heart!
papercraft70 rated for MMHWH - Washi Sample Swap #5 on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the washing swap.
debbiespoms rated for Share Your Favorite Recipe! on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Golden Rum cake recipe. I think I'll use the imitation Rum for this recipe. As don't care for alcohol. But can't wait to try it. Thank you too, for the 2 recipe cards!
Response: It's so good, a real crowd pleaser. The rum in the glaze can just be left out too if you'd prefer, so you are just left with sweet buttery goodness. I hope you like it!
megan1230 rated for Share Your Favorite Recipe! on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! I can't wait to try this cake!
Response: oh good, i hope you love it as much as me. and thanks for the heart!
1koolkrafter rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #13 on Mar 11, 2021
Comment: Hey Francesca...thanks for the fun stack of assorted goodies that you sent me.
Response: thanks for the heart!
SecondHalfMusings rated for Tea & Inspiration-February on Mar 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the teas, I have never tried either, looking forward to trying one this weekend. The quote was a good reminder. Happy Swapping!
Response: i hope you like them!
MisplacedfromPA rated for A Note For You # 89 on Mar 5, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the chocolate molasses cookie recipe and blank recipe cards.
Response: i hope you like it! i just made those cookies again the other day and they were gone almost immediately, so good! thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Tha k you so much for the great happy mail it really put a smile on my face
Response: oh, i'm so glad :) thanks for the heart!
CapitanSmirk rated for Tea & Inspiration-February on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the tea and kind words! We were in those winter storms and even had a burst pipe but we are doing well now and know that it could have been much worse! Thank you again! ❤️
Response: oh no! i'm glad you're okay now, it did look scary for a bit. thanks for the heart!
Joeanniee rated for Tea For Thee # 84 on Mar 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the teas! I am surprised it took over a month for your swap to arrive in my mailbox.
Response: i know, mail has been super slow here too! glad it made it to you, thanks for the heart!
BeeCreative rated for A Note For You # 86 on Feb 22, 2021
Petaltea rated for MMHWH - Washi Sample Swap #3 on Feb 13, 2021
Comment: I love the washi tapes! thank you so much. Take care and stay safe!
Response: I'm so glad you like them, and thanks for the heart!
isandie rated for Tea For Thee # 86 on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: thank you for the yummy teas!!! I love that your cats are like dogs! my cat is too, she fetches! LOL! cat's are so weird.
Response: Cats are definitely weird but they're pretty cool, although I do miss having a pet that isn't constantly judging me lol. Enjoy the teas! And thanks for the heart!
Comment: Such cute stuff love the little elephant pouch :)
Response: Wasn't that elephant pouch cute?? I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart :)
Slytheringrrl rated for I Need More Tea! on Jan 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the tea. I had never had either of them.
Chaar rated for I Need More Tea! on Jan 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice tea and letter
Comment: Thank you , Thank You for all the Wonderful Tea! Can't wait to try the Northwest Blackberry Tea!
amabear62 rated for 25 Handmade Days of Christmas on Nov 24, 2017
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Love love! the mug muffs were perfect! Merry Christmas!
FrancesDauphinais rated for Thanksgiving Recipe on Nov 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you very Much! I love to cook and these honestly sound Fantastic! Can't wait to try something new. HAVE A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON..,MUCH LOVE XXOO

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Rainydancer on Jan 26, 2021:

welcome to sunshine swaps!

sugaraddict on May 26, 2013:

Hi Hi!! I'm hosting a Foodie Pen Pal Swap which I thought might interest you :) Do swing by and check it out yea.. We would love to have you swap with us! :) Thanks!!

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