Swap-bot Time: December 4, 2023 1:52 am


Date Joined: December 5, 2018
Last Online: November 27, 2023
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.


Rainydancer rated for SSM: 5 Pipsticks things #4 on Nov 29, 2023
Comment: thanks so much!
hazelwitch3 rated for SSM: October book club on Nov 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for your review of the book and the great tuck-ins! Like you, I particularly warmed to the story of the men and the babies, Another piece that stood out for me was 'The Wolf Man's Daughter'. Like so many pieces in this book, it told of the difficulty of growing up knowing you are different, different from your family, different from the other kids at school. The idea of the werewolf as an analogy for queerness – 'Larry Talbot's growing awareness of his nature and betrayal by his own body' – reflects the experience of so many of us as we recognised ourselves for who and what we are within worlds that told us what we were was unacceptable. I've still never seen a horror film but found the essays thought-provoking.
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Altered Postcard #5 on Oct 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely happy mail. It made my day and put a smile on my face. Hope you had a nice visit with your parents. Take care and keep on swapping...
Myself333 rated for SSS: Scavenger Hunt #6 on Oct 10, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the great sheets, Maria! The iridescent faux postage stamps are so cool, and the rest are so cute! I love the foxes.
Rainydancer rated for SSM: August book club on Oct 7, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for your thoughts! I think especially the eye stickers were perfect. I'm surprised it wasn't for you! I think I ended up giving it 4 stars, I liked the mystery but was a little let down by the end. (so i bet that won't convince you to finish it lol)
ccmmsu rated for SSS: Altered Postcard #3 on Aug 6, 2023
Comment: Oh my -- the cat eyeing that snail. lol And I can so picture that scenario in the backseat with your sister. I've lived through many similar ones with mine. :D
Sweetrizzo44 rated for SSS: Any 2 Sheets - July '23 on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely happy mail! Receiving these stickers made my day. I can't wait to use them in a journal or in my next swap. Take care and keep on swapping...
AJ73 rated for What Are You Reading? - July '23 on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: I love the amazing postcard of New York you sent. It will be on my bulletin board so I can look at it every day. I love also your book mini reviews and the books you've read. I am going to read the two books that you mentioned by Toni Morrison. I don't know why I haven't read her books before. Anyway, you really earned a top rating from me!! And I wish I could give more than one heart! Thank you. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
captkristi rated for SSS: 4x4's #5 on Jul 24, 2023
Comment: These are absolutely beautiful!!! I really like Violette, don't know why I don't subscribe to that!!! They are always so inspiring for my watercolor work. Thank you!!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Out of this world! #26 on Jul 22, 2023
Comment: Wow! This envelope is a work of art. Those stamps are perfection, and so are all the goodies inside!
Comment: Hi Maria! So nice to see you as my partner! Thank you very much for the beautiful swap! I love everything, inside and out! Great envelope and I really love all the animal themed items. Thanks too for all the extras, I really appreciate it all. XOXO
ccmmsu rated for SSS: Tell Me a Story #2 on Jul 13, 2023
Comment: I'm sorry your plan was a bust, but it made for a good sticker story! Not the ending I expected, which made me laugh. Thank you for playing along with me on these story swaps! I love seeing what you come up with. :D
kristenlyns rated for SSM: Three TPCs and stickers #3 on Jul 12, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much!
Comment: Great quote! Very clever book title.
Comment: Loved the envelope and the goodies! Thank you!
Comment: What a lovely envie to receive and thank you for the quote and nice stickers!
GreetingsEarthling rated for SSS: Sparkle & Shine #2 on Jul 5, 2023
Comment: Hello Maria! Thanks so much for these 4 very awesome sticker sheets and extras. I absolutely love the geodes and the constellations. You have sent me so many stickers lately, I hope I get to send you soon : )
GreetingsEarthling rated for SSS: Vinyls and Flakes on Jun 26, 2023
Comment: Thanks for another great swap!!🤗
aspens rated for WIYM: Make my day… happy mail on Jun 25, 2023
Comment: Awww, Maria! Thank you so much for this swap! I love that you made a Seattle sky with washi on the front. :) My boyfriend & I were just in Seattle last weekend so your timing was great! Thanks for all the goodies too--I LOVE the shark stickers!! Where did those come from so I can buy more! :) Thank you again!!
Response: So glad you liked everything. Shark stickers: gentle creations.com https://gentlecreations.com/search?page=2&q=Animals&type=product
TryshaH81 rated for SSM: June 5 sheet sticker swap on Jun 24, 2023
Comment: I wouldn't call the 3 labels a sheet of stickers thank you for the other four sheets

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circularlogic on Mar 24, 2023:

Best cat postcard ever! Your thank you happy mail was so thoughtful and kind! The stickers and memo sheets are fantastic. Thank you so, so much, friend! See you at the mailbox again,

simcoe54 on Feb 4, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

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.

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