Post has been very unpredictable eversince the covid pandemic started. I'm mostly focusing on European swaps for now. If you haven't received something from me, please contact me so we can come up with a solution.
UPDATE August 16:
New record from Finland to USA 4 months and 2 weeks. Average 5-7 weeks.
Record from USA to Finland 3 months + 10 days. Average 4-6 weeks.
European connections work fine.
Still not able to send to Australia and a list of minor countries outside Europe.
Thank you all my swap partners for your patience and understanding :) I am giving your swaps plenty of time to arrive too.
ELECTRONIC SWAPS: I find e-mails much easier to handle than the private messages in Swap-bot. So feel free to use e-mail if you're to make an electronic swap with me. Just remember to include the name of the swap and your Swap-bot username :)
I'm Emilia, a woman in my thirties, christian, happily married, mother of two, owner of one cat. I live in Finland, in Northern Europe. I'm afraid I'm somewhat a serious person. I enjoy witty jokes and funny stories, but am not good at making them up. I spend way too much time on my laptop, on online forums and browsing random stuff.
Some of my interests:
Good food. Eating out. Trying new recipes.
Playing the piano and ukulele
Corresponding. Aesthetic mail. Fountain pens. Brush lettering.
Pets. Horseback riding. Observing animal behavior.
Nature conservation, recycling, sustainable choices in everyday life.
ABOUT MY KIDS:
My daughter, age 4, and son, age 6, love to swap too! If your kid would like to swap, PM me and we can set up a private swap.
My 4-year-old likes stickers, die cuts and pictures cut out of magazines, ATCs, trinkets and shiny things (but PLEASE, nothing with clitter falling off!). Her favourite colors are green, lilac and pink. Favourite themes are Paw Patrol, dinosaurs, ponies, bunnies, cats and dogs.
The 6-year-old likes to swap ATCs or small drawings/paintings.
If you're to send me mail/letter/postcard but don't know what to write, here are some suggestions:
Local culture and your everyday life
Nature and animal life in your country/ home area
Books you have read lately/ books you could recommend
Your favourite simple recipie (preferably with no meat)
Latest dream you had
Your goals, small or big
ATCs (Artist Trading Cards): I love ATCs, though lately I haven't made that many. I make hand painted ATCs with watercolors, but sometimes also use other media.
ATC themes I collect:
Hand drawn/painted cards
Wild animals (even reptiles, snakes and other animals that some people consider not-so-cute..)
Cards made with interesting techniques (gelli printing, alcohol inks, acrylic pouring, clever use of recycled materials...)
Interesting collages and other cards with some unique/quirky twist
I put a lot of time and effort in my ATCs, so if you're to trade ATCs with me, I hope you make your best effort too :)
You can see the cards I've made in the past in my blog: https://atcemilia.wordpress.com/
-Swap-bot has inspired me to try other types of mail art too, f.ex. decorated envelopes, and self made bookmarks and postcards.
-I also enjoy swaps that are about writing and sharing thoughts, such as letter/postcard writing swaps, swaps about cultural exchange, and reading/ book recommendation themed swaps.
Scented black tea
Scented green tea
Favourite scents: jasmine, mango, peach, vanilla, caramel, pastry tastes, mint, cola
-STASH I've got to taste some nice blends from this mark through previous tea swaps. Unfortunately Stash Teas are not available in Finland. I would like to try:
*White Peach Oolong
*Breakfast in Paris
*Sweet Honeydew Green Tea
*Coconut Mango Oolong
*Peach Black Tea
*Chocolate Mint Oolong
I read novels. I'm very bad at reading non-fiction.
Historical novels (my favourite!)
Whodunits (not too cruel, think Agatha Christie)
Novels that focus on human relationships
I'm taking part in a yearly reading challenge by the local library, with 50 prompts (somewhat similar to Pop Sugar reading challenge), which has inpsired me to read more books "out of my comfort zone".
Please recommend me your favourite books! :)
Anything goes really, as long as it's appropriate. I'm most interested in what you write on the back :) (See "What to write..?" above, if you need ideas.)
Some special likes:
Artsy cards (classical art, contemporary art, also art designed for postcard purpose)
Animals, fish or bugs pictured in artistic or realistic style (as opposite to funny cartoon style)
Favourite animals: goats, badgers, crows, cats, betta fish, gourami fish
Cards with books/someone reading
Cards with a teacup, or a character drinking tea
Your handmade art!
Please don't feel you should send me extras. I'm fine with your original swap :)
Should you still want to send something, or if the swap requires "a small flat gift", here are some things I like:
Unique pieces of paper/cardstock I can use for future artwork (f.ex. leftover pieces from your art/craft projects)
Book pages/ magazine pages with english text.
Pages with text on tiny font
Reward stickers and other childish stickers. I have kids, and I work with kids, so I have use for them :)
Washi samples (love polkadots!)
Teabags (see "Tea" above)
Folded notecards with no greeting (these seem to be hard to find in Finland)
LOOKING FORWARD TO SWAPPING WITH YOU! :)
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