Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2022 7:35 pm


Date Joined: December 5, 2018
Last Online: August 15, 2022
Birthday: February 4
Country: United States

About Me

**Please let me know if something doesn’t get to you and I will resend.***

Hello! My name is Maria. I currently live in Western New York (transplant from the PNW) with my family, two mischievous cats and, as of 9/2021, a puppy. I enjoy the winter but not so much the summer humidity.

I am a teen librarian and LOVE my job. I am always happy to talk about libraries, programming, books and education. I would be extra excited to receive items from your local library—book lists, program flyers, etc. I love to see what’s going on in your part of the world.

I love meeting new people and participating in swaps. Choosing things I think will make people happy is the best part of swapping.

Favorite Books

My favorite genre is speculative fiction, especially short stories. Some favorite authors include Kelly Link, Caitlin Kiernan, M.Rickert, Octavia Butler, Karen Joy Fowler, Maureen McHugh, Sarah Pinsker, E.Lily Yu, Ken Liu, Cat Rambo, Pat Murphy, etc.

I also read YA fiction and (non super hero) graphic novels.

Favorite Hobbies

Paper crafts of all kinds: postcard creation, bookbinding, journal-making, mail art

Penpals and Postcrossing

Reading/book groups


Visiting museums and bookstores. I like lectures and author visits and learning new things.

Swap Thoughts

Below are some ideas for things I enjoy. However, they are just suggestions. I love surprises and like lots of things not listed.

I love stickers and washi tape.

Things I am especially fond of: Snails, mushrooms, rain, clouds, outer space, planets, stars/moon, robots, cats, stripes, polka dots, rainbows, mail/post office, things that are metallic, or have shimmer or sparkle. Map-related. LGBTQ

I am also a fan of things that are odd or quirky. I enjoy handmade things so if that’s your jam, go for it!

I rather enjoy vintage postcards or advertisements. I also like interesting postcards that advertise something you enjoy: bands, books, authors, artists.

Other postcard themes: sci-fi, space, moon, quirky, maps, cats, fashion, snails, Star Trek, graphic novel or picture book themed.

I like dark chocolate plain or, really, with anything. I can't think of anything I don't like in chocolate. :)

Things to Avoid

Things to avoid:

Stickers with words only or inspirational/motivational sayings.

Tea--I don't drink it

Religiously themed items.

Planner stickers

Kiddie reward stickers.Kawaii is totally fine!

Strong scents


Favorite Television

Favorite TV and Movies: The Ladies in Black, Home for the Holidays, Far from Heaven, Single Man, Brokeback Mountain, But I'm a Cheerleader, Groundhog Day, Schitt's Creek, The Good Place, Star Trek, Handmaid’s Tale.


Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard.
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Christmas in July 2022 on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful stickers and envelope. Your happy mail made me feel like it was Christmas morning. Take care and keep on swapping...
kristenlyns rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search #11 on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great sheets!
anicka22 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #29 on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: Wow, what an amazing swap. Love all the pretty stamps you used. And the postcard and stickersheets are just awesome as well! Thank you this awesome mail.
Comment: Thank you for the great goodies. That snailmail PC is adorable!
kclicquot rated for MAIL ART - Match Up on Jul 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the underwater theme envelope and stamps. The extras are wonderful too! I love the card catalog cards and look forward to using them in one of my upcoming projects!
TeaNi rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #13 on Jul 19, 2022
Comment: thank you for the fun things you sent! Can you tell me where you got your little round return addie labels with the black cat on them? So cute!
Response: Rebecca Jane stickers. She makes adorable things! https://www.etsy.com/shop/RebeccaJanesStickers
LilacSilence rated for SSM: June book club and craft on Jul 17, 2022
Comment: Hello Maria! Thank you for a beautiful ATC and your letter. I don't know if I like Jude - I think she can be quite dumb (or maybe naive?) at times, but I enjoyed the book overall (my favorite characters are Maddock and Cardan). Right know I read the 2nd book, I am at the part 2 and I am a bit afraid to continue, but well... my curiosity would kill me if I didn't finish it. ^_^ Have a nice day with a good book!
Petaltea rated for Random Envelope 13 on Jul 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the items and your envie was fantastic too!!!
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Yum! on Jul 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the stickers and washi tape. Receiving your package in the mail made my day and was a sweet surprise. Take care and keep on swapping...
jeka396 rated for IFM: Washi Samples on Jul 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the washi, love all the shiny stuff!
captkristi rated for SSS: Scavenger Hunt on Jul 2, 2022
Comment: I am just as much in love with this envelope as I am with this MASSIVE sticker haul you sent me!!! I got this yesterday but I saved it to open for today because I wanted to enjoy the full experience. haha I might be a little obsessed with swapping with you :) THANK YOU!!!
Response: 😂💜
FieryCanuck rated for APP - Will you be my penpal # 3 on Jul 1, 2022
Comment: I got your letter and goodies (thanks for the cute stickers and washi!!) and I can't wait to respond back! <3
NorthVanKnittr rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search #10 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: That k you for the stickers.i really like the tea and baked goods ones
TeaNi rated for SSM: Find four #23 on Jun 23, 2022
Comment: thank you for a lovely swap! I'm thrilled with everything you included- it's obvious you took the time to look at my profile, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness! The stamps on the envelope are wonderful too, and I will repurpose it in my gluebooks! :)
Comment: Maria!!! WOW, first I love the envie. Pretty blues and yellows with flowers. Second, I love the tuck ins. The owl washi I have never seen. It is going straight into my travel journal. 🥰 (Along with the other pretty washi and mail pc) The Mary Syring stickers are COOL!! never seen those either. Thanks for a great swap!
Writercat rated for PH: List 5 Series - Fears on Jun 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for your postcard outlining your fears. It was a hard postcard to do, wasn't it? We don't like to confront our fears that often but good to acknowledge them and try to accept them. It was a good exercise though not that cheerful as you said. Take care. Cathy
oldsoul rated for APP - Will you be my Penpal # 1 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Hi Maria, it was so nice to hear from you! Thank you for the extraordinary stickers you sent me. How ever did you find them. I've had trouble finding stickers these days. I loved your letter, and will respond. Have a great summer!
Stargazer008 rated for Random Envelope 12 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Oh Maria, thank you so much for the random envelope filled with so much joy! Lucky me! And now have a wonderful weekend.
sherba31 rated for MAIL ART - SUMMER on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Your amazing envie was well worth the wait! I love all the detail you included, especially the lighthouses and various sea creatures. Thanks for the extra washi and pc as well.

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captkristi on May 6, 2022:

It feels like my birthday!! Thank you SO much. I can't believe you made this. It's gorgeous...I don't have the words to say what a wonderfully thoughtful gift this is. I am going to treasure this forever.

captkristi on Apr 11, 2022:

EEEK!! Thank you SO much for this wonderful surprise!!! I loved it before I even opened it because you use the coolest stamps!! You seriously made my day!!! I have practiced my Snails and I am looking forward to the next time I get to send you something fun <3 I have been drawing something for Past is Red and I will send you a picture. I think you will love it!! That book. It cracks me up so bad!!

ccmmsu on Feb 8, 2022:


Sorry I'm a little late. Hope you had a fabulous day and the best year ever in 2022!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


OrigamiGrace on Dec 24, 2020:



takehimaway on Nov 8, 2020:

What a juxtaposition - librarian, but you hate word stickers. May I ask why? Stickers with words only are my FAVOURITE type of sticker. I also love washi with words on it!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 28, 2020:


Have a fun and safe Halloween!

manders2280 on Apr 30, 2020:

The paper pocket in the CPG Quickie swap I sent you is a simple origami cup.

Rainydancer on Apr 14, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps and mail!

dmwcheng on Feb 23, 2020:


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