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Catida

Catida
Date Joined: December 28, 2018
Last Online: October 20, 2020

Country: Finland
My ATC blog

CAUTION

POSTAL RESTRICTIONS.

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 :)


About Me

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.

  • Reading novels

  • Playing the piano and ukulele

  • Board games

  • 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.


What to write..?

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)

  • Christian encouragement

  • Your worldview

  • Latest dream you had

  • Your goals, small or big


Art & Swapping

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

  • Fish

  • 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/

Feel free to suggest private swaps! Especially for hand drawn/painted ATCs.


-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.


Tea

Favourites:

  • Scented black tea

  • Decaf teas

  • Chamomile blends

  • 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

Dislikes:

  • Rooibos
  • Infusions (excluding chamomile)
  • Licorice root
  • Fennel
  • Berry flavours

Favorite Books

I read novels. I'm very bad at reading non-fiction.

Special likes:

  • Historical novels (my favourite!)

  • Magical realism

  • Scifi

  • Fantasy

  • 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! :)

Dislikes:

  • horror
  • graphic violence
  • super fluffy chiclit
  • harlequin type romance novels

Postcards

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)

  • Black&white photos

  • 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!


Extras/ Flat gifts

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.

  • Sheet music

  • 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!)

  • Bookmarks

  • Teabags (see "Tea" above)

  • Folded notecards with no greeting (these seem to be hard to find in Finland)


LOOKING FORWARD TO SWAPPING WITH YOU! :)

Ratings

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Comment: Well done Emilia for getting as far as you have with the book, this has been such good motivation for all of us. I hope you finish it soon x
Response: Currently on page 156.. :)
USAFwife rated for CL: What are you Reading? on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: I hope you enjoyed your book. :) I've found switching to an audio for a book I want to read but can't get into helps, too. Sorry that the book wasn't as humours as you'd hoped, but hope it was an interesting book none the less. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart. I'm not sure if I can say I enjoyed The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, but it was very interesting and thought-provoking :)
Stargazer008 rated for EML: Postcard Swap #5 on Sep 6, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard, stamp AND Story. You really made me smile. Have a great Sunday!
Response: I'm glad you found joy in it :)
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Comment: I do indeed keep getting you as a partner, pretty awesome though ^_^ Also thank you so much for your email, I really enjoyed reading it! Everything was incredible to read through ^_^ I hope you have a wonderful week!
Response: Thanks, Jess :)
mailfromjo rated for Postcard Suprise - Europe #2 on Aug 19, 2020
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Comment: Wow, thank you so much for this card!💙 It was so interesting to read about the art! I loved it!:))))💛
Response: I'm glad you liked it and found the info interesting :)
ariestess rated for CL: June Reading Log - Electronic on Aug 16, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Sorry for the late rate. Thought I'd done this already.
Response: Better late than never :) Thanks for rating.
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Comment: Thank you for this fun card, I'll definitely check the illustrator out on IG. Stay safe!
Response: I'm glad you liked it :) Enjoy Finnish Nightmares :D
mcorbus rated for Postcard Suprise - Europe #1 on Aug 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you, I love the post card and stsmp.I am glad you enjoyed you summer vacation :)
Response: Glad you liked it, and it reached you in reasonable time :)
penpallingfool rated for ATC:Oh so foxy. on Aug 11, 2020
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Comment: I wish I could give you 5 hearts... You made Dylan sooo happy he loves his bookmark and I love my fox atc its amazing. If you pen pal I would love to write you back just message me xxx Thank you for my butterflies too xxx
Response: I'm glad you liked what I sent :) And thanks for offering, but unfortunately I already have as many penfriends as I can manage with my limited freetime :)
LiliLuv rated for EML: Postcard Swap #4 on Aug 7, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! I like that drawing style, too. It sounds like you've been having a lovely staycation. 😉 Enjoy your weekend! ❤️
Response: I'm happy you liked it :)
LavenderSprinkles rated for Kids' ATC swap PRIVATE on Aug 6, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for doing this swap! My kids want to reply back and will do so soon! Everything was so exciting for them!
Response: I'm so glad you finally got it :)
anicka22 rated for EML: Postcard Swap #3 on Jul 15, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. Going to look for ‘The summer Book’.
Response: I'm glad you liked the card, and hope you'll find the book and enjoy it :)
Jjean rated for CL: June Reading Log - Electronic on Jul 10, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your list...... I did love the Ice Twins but I read the book, not sure I would have liked the audio...... Enjoy your summer.
Response: Oh, you've read it too! I know it's been very popular, so clearly there are plenty of people whose opinion on it is different from mine :)
carrotkate rated for April Journal Swap on Jul 2, 2020
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Comment: Sooo many days later, it finally arrived - and it's just lovely! Thank you!
Response: I am so glad and relieved! And I'm very thankful for you for waiting so patiently. Two months is quite a travel time even during these exceptional circumstances :)
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Comment: I finally got your letter today - Simon will be so excited to see what he got! And I really love the letter you sent me - beautiful handwriting on my favorite paper!
Response: Wonderful! :) It's good to hear mail eventually comes through, even if it can take quite a while.
Ninna rated for Stick figures on card #3 (Europe) on Jun 26, 2020
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Comment: Kiitos hienosta kortista (ja postimerkki on kans aivan upea!)
Response: Oli muuten hämmentävän saman näköinen heppa kortissa ja postimerkissä, vaikka kortti on varmaan 20v vanha ja postimerkki vasta ilmestynyt :D
cloudjun rated for Typewriter/fountain pen Memories on Jun 24, 2020
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Comment: It’s so nice to hear from you again! Thank you for sharing your 3 fondest memories with me c: love the tea and stickers you sent too. I laughed when I saw the toilet paper one LOL 😂 hope you and your family are staying safe during these times
Response: A little over 7 weeks, wow :D I'm glad this reached you eventually :) Here in Finland everything is nearly back to normal at the moment, but we'll see how things evolve as people are meeting eachother more again.
Kskollections rated for ATC for Beginners on Jun 23, 2020
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Comment: Beautiful!
Response: I'm glad you liked it :)
Rosa1 rated for Virtual Photo Journal Week 2 on Jun 15, 2020
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Comment: Love when pics tell a story ~ thank you!
Response: Great that you liked my journal.
Mountaingirl82 rated for Virtual Photo Journal Week 2 on Jun 14, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for your Email and Photos. I enjoyed reading it. Take care :)
Response: Thank you for your return e-mail too :)

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Comments

Lemonine on Oct 12, 2020:

I've got the back-and-forth postcard!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 26, 2020:

Thank you for your kind words. I've been trying to be kinder and look at the big picture. Your comment really brightened my day. :)

CajunLady on May 23, 2020:

Saw your comment about Firefly. How long ago did that end and I'm still not over it?!

pepita2608 on May 10, 2020:

Hello this is Deco profile Kawaii Pusheen

I hope you enjoy!

Pusheen

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parakeetmails on May 9, 2020:

Hello! This is for Kawaii Pusheen Deco swap! I found these super cute so I hope you do too! <3 Enjoy!

parakeetmails on Apr 5, 2020:

Omg I didnt see your comments on my profile until just now!!! To answer your questions; I'd love to visit Somero only cause I did a whole school project on that place, and kind of fell in love with its beauty. Same as Rovaneimi (I think I spelled that right) I have a literal ZINE based after that place! Finland is so beautiful and also, I heard they love to eat reindeer with Jagërmeister sauce and I wanna try that too, LOL!! I also had finnish licorice & snacks and ohhhhh they were soooooo good. Also, I do let my birds roam free in my home! Yes, they do poo everywhere, so you gotta clean that up but they are very well trained. They only make messes in their cages, but I hear you can potty train a bird. I dont know how though haha. Birds are DEFINITELY a big bundle of commitment, and knowledge. Thankfully I've had birds since the age of 11 and know almost everything about parrots! Everything as in ranging between their poop, behavior, sickness, bird structure, habitat and food patterns hahah :] If you have any questions about them just strike me a message, I know everything about little parrots!!

parakeetmails on Apr 1, 2020:

Hello Emilia! Thanks for joining my swap "Positive Comments" so I, your host, shall write you a very heartfelt comment for your profile. First, I must say, I'm so lucky to have you as a partner! I absolutely LOVE Finland as it is one of my favorite countries (I studied it the most in my Geography class) and it's also my favorite foreign food. I'd loooove to visit your country one day, especially Helsinki or Suomi. I read your profile and you seen to be really devoted to animals. I love animals too, but I bet you're kind of one of those "animal whisperers" haha! You also seem really interested in ATC's and art! I do some art myself, I think it's amazing how talented people can get when it comes to artistic skill. I also read books, so I thought I'd also recommend one. Lately I've been reading "The HazelWood" it's about this young girl whose grandmother dies alone in a supernatural estate called the HazelWood. Soon her mother gets kidnapped, and she finds out someone hid her mother in that creepy place. It's really good fantast/thriller sci-fi type book going on, although I'm not a fan on fantasy books, it is a good read. I'm more of a romance novel reader--or a graphic novel hoarder LOL.

Anyway, hope this uplifted your day in a way, smile bright and stay safe! Have a great day♡

Catida on Nov 28, 2019:

I haven't received any post in the last few weeks due to a strike in finnish postal service. The strike finally ended last Tuesday, so hopefully all delayed post will be delivered soon :)

Itti on Nov 28, 2019:

Hi, I sent the Tea Advent Calendar 2 & 3 swaps almost a month ago. It's nearly the end of November, I hope you receive it in time for Advent if you haven't already!

Itti on Nov 25, 2019:

Hiya, I saw you like reptiles and snakes so I sent you an invite to the Scales 'n' Tails group. Would be lovely to have you join us!

You can accept or decline your group invites from the groups tab in the top left. (Or you can go straight to the group link I posted above and click 'Join'.)

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