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Catida

Catida
Date Joined: December 28, 2018
Last Online: August 5, 2020

Country: Finland
My ATC blog

CAUTION

POSTAL RESTRICTIONS.

UPDATE June 24. I got a bunch of overseas mail from March and April today. So I'm hopeful the rest of what's missing will also arrive sooner or later :) If you're waiting for something from me, please remain patient. I have sent everything in time, but apparently the journey can take a VERY LONG TIME in some cases. Current record from Finland to USA is 3 months.

UPDATE May 14. Postal connections from Finland to European countries seem to work normally. Post to USA is being delivered but slowly. Still not able to send to CANADA, AUSTRALIA and many other countries outside Europe.

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. 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 love good food, reading novels, playing the piano and ukulele, and playing board games. I spend way too much time on my laptop, browsing random stuff and watchin YouTube tutorials.

In the past year or so I've re-discovered the joy of old fashioned correspondence. Although I value content over appearance, I do love the aesthetics of neat handwriting and nice stationery. I've tried to learn brush lettering, and lately I've found the world of fountain pens as well.

I'm interested in pets and observing animal behaviour. Currently I only have one pet of my own, a cat. I'm hoping to continue my dear hobby, horse back riding, in the future.

Nature conservation, recycling and sustainable choices in everyday life are things that matter to me. That includes crafting. I'm not a puritan, but I try to use recycled materials when I can, and only buy crafting materials that I know I'm actually going to use.

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 I'll 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 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 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/


-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:

-Black tea (preferably scented)

-Decaf teas

-Chamomile blends

-Scented green tea

-favourite scents: jasmine, mango, peach, vanilla, caramel, pastry tastes, mint, cola (Yes, cola! A finnish tea house used to produce cola flavoured tea that was one of my favourites, but they gave it up. I wonder if any other company makes one?)

-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 especially like to try:

*White Peach Oolong

*Breakfast in Paris

*Sweet Honeydew Green Tea

*Coconut Mango Oolong

*Peach Black Tea

*Chocolate Mint Oolong

*Chamomile Nights


My dislikes:

-Rooibos

-Herbal/berry infusions

-Plain green tea

-Licorice root

Favorite Books

I mostly read novels. I love historical novels, but also read detective stories, fantasy and scifi, and a variety of books that are not that easy to put in some locker. I mostly read in finnish (both domestic and translated literature), but sometimes also in english or swedish.

I'm taking part in a local library's 50-books-a-year-challenge (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! :)

Genres I don't like are horror, and stories with a lot of detailed description of violence/sex.

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.)

My 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)

My favourite animals: goats, badgers, crows, cats, betta fish, gourami fish

-Cards with bookish theme (picturing a character reading, someone in a library/ bookstore..)

-Cards with a teacup, or a character enjoying a cup of tea

-Card drawn/painted/collaged etc. BY YOU :)

Extras/ Flat gifts

You don't need to send me a bunch of extras in hopes of a heart. If I like what you sent for the trade/ I see you've put thought and effort in it, I will give you a heart.

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. (I would like to create blackout poems, but am short of material.)

-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

-Bookmarks

-Teabags (see "Tea" above)

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

Ratings

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 :)
kasa rated for May 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Hello Emilia, I havent read any of Herman Melville books so I am glad that you mentioned them to me as i like reading old classics. The chinese one sounds interesting too and like you I am glad that i was not born in that particular time. Happy reading.
Response: Thanks for your comment :)
margeux rated for May 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your May reads with me, Emilia! I appreciate your insights, and have added "Agathe" to my TBR list. <3
Response: I'm glad you found something that interested you :)
LiliLuv rated for EML: Postcard Swap #2 on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I love the art on it and that you wrote something about the artist. I also love your handwriting! Hope you are having a nice weekend with your family! :)
Response: I'm glad you liked the card :)
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #2 on Jun 11, 2020
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Comment: Hi Emilia! Sorry for the late rating! Thanks a bunch for the email! I loved reading through it! Have a great weekend :)
Response: Always a pleasure to swap with you :)
camelsamba rated for Altered Text on Jun 9, 2020
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Comment: You identified some thought-provoking found text in there - nice! I like it. (And if you didn't find it yet, my "source those quotes" are all from Welcome to Nightvale)
Response: I'm glad you liked my found text :) I see it "only" took 3 weeks for this card to reach you, so maybe the postal connections are starting to recover..
Elliepatterson rated for Your bookish profile on Jun 8, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers. I enjoyed reading them🌻
Response: Thanks :)
sprog101 rated for May 2020: What Did You Read? on Jun 3, 2020
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ATea rated for 🔖Bookmark and Recommendation #2🔖 on Jun 2, 2020
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Comment: I loved this so much Emilia! Thank you <3
Response: To be honest I have a bit vague memory about the bookmark I made, or which book I recommended, as I forgot to take a photo of this swap. But I'm glad you liked it :D
kasa rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #2 on May 31, 2020
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Comment: Hello Emilia, thanks for the swap and sending me the link about the reading challenge you are doing. Today is the first day of winter in my country and it feels . Our libraries opened up nearly two weeks ago and I have been enjoying reading new books again. Hope that you get to read some new interesting books . Happy reading from here in the southern hemisphere up to you in the northern hemisphere.
Response: Thanks for your comment :) I just came home from the library with two bags full of books! :D
JadeFan rated for Your bookish profile on May 29, 2020
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federfuchs rated for PRIVATE Book Suggestion on May 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for the swap! The book sounds really cool and I love listening to audiobooks, so I'll definitely give it a try. And by the way: your letter writing paper is gorgeous! :)
Response: Great! :) Thanks for the heart.

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Comments

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

Pusheen

Pusheen

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'.)

derakisu on Aug 6, 2019:

Thanks for the sweet comment on my ATCs. The yellow bird is meant to be the gigantic mythical Roc.:)

RockyBeach on Jul 21, 2019:

Thanks for your nice comment! I will be then looking forward to your envelope. :)

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