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Hallvi

Hallvi
Date Joined: February 3, 2013
Last Online: October 24, 2015
Birthday: March 21
Country: Sweden
My Blog about Snail Mailing

About Me

I'm a 26 years old art and archaeology student from Sweden with a love for penpalling, books, board gaming, knitting/crocheting and lot more.

I am living with my boyfriend in a overpriced undersized apartment in a city in which one third of the population is students.

I love old buildings and ruins, and my family is really tired of me begging them to stop by every church on our holiday trips.

My ultimate dream is to move into Neuschwanstein Castle, breed an army of dragon riding vampires and travel around the world excavation historical places. Yes, you heard me! I am a bit of a escapist and romantic (not the lovey-dovey kind, but the kind that like history, beauty and fantastic minds).

Besides from this I like budgies, old maps, ghost stories, art, Victorian whatever, cryptozoology, weird/odd objects and chocolate :) The list could go on forever!

Favorite Books

I have so many books I love and treasure, but here are a few that left a strong impression, and a short note about them:

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I don't even know how to begin the praising of this book. It swirled me away to a magic romantic world that I haven't really yet been able to leave. Whenever I see a ruin I think of the Raven King, whenever I see a large mirror I want it to be a door to another world, and whenever I read a footnote in academic literature I want it to be about the history of magic.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

This book made Lestat de Lioncourt the love of my life.

I love vampires in various forms: The scary flesh eating ones, the evil counts, the human ones, the mind-reading and manipulating ones, the ugly and the beautiful ones. (I have read the Twilight Saga and am moderately impressed with it, but it still has owned it place in vampire literature history.)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

What a book! So down to earth but still so fantastic! Can't believe they wont give him the nobel prize already.

Blindness by José Saramago

Alternative post-apocalypse. No zombie virus, no nuking, but a wave of blindness! And it also made me think about how people react to great disasters. It's hopeless but full with hope!

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wilde is the King of Wit, and this novel is gothic and funny, but is also a interesting comment on art theory.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I loved Anne as a child and I still do! She has had a big part in forming my romantic mind and appreciation for beauty of all kinds.

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

The best thing about this book is, in my opinion, the cool post-apocalypse setting in the Moscow metro.

Favorite Crafts

I like painting with acrylics on canvas. That's therapy for me! My apartment is full of stacks of paintings I don't know what to do with since I have a bunch of cool stuff on my walls already. I don't feel any need to show off my work, I just love playing with colours and expressing my thoughts and feelings to myself, what others think of it is an other story.

I watch a lot of TV-shows, and when I sit in front of my computer (where most TV-watching takes place ;) I like to have something in my hands, like a knitting or crocheting project. I'm no pro, I keep to the simpler stuff like mittens, shawls, socks, easy amigurumi figures, granny squares etc.

I also like putting stickers and deco/washi tape on random stuff.

Collections

...some might call them collections, but I usually move from one obsession to another rather quickly, and I don't hunt rare or valuable items, I just like to own things that appeals to me. I often refer to myself as borderline hoarder, pretending to joke but crying on the inside.

Stationery

I love penpalling! And from that interest sprung my devotion to kawaii letter sets, stickers and washi tapes. I would probably spend all my money on cute stationery if I didn't have to eat and have a roof over my head.

Books

My apartment is filled with bookshelves filled with books. I just like having books around. Especially those I like, or beautiful ones. I do judge books by their covers - that's what covers are for! (Ugly covers don't stop me for loving the content thought ;)

Games

I'm a nerd :3 I love playing board- card- and role playing games with my friends while having a beer or two. I think my boyfriend counted our games to 55 board/card games and 122 role playing books (modules included).

Postage stamps

I have a lot of stamps, but I particularly collect those that have anything to do with history, archaeology, religion and/or art.

Yarn

I start up new knitting/crocheting projects all the time, often before the last one is even half finished, so I have a bunch of colourful yarns scattered around in our home.

Anything made of paper

This is not something I collect really, the papers just heap up everywhere. It's like I am unable to throw anything made of paper away; we're talking everything from novels to old paid bills, recipes, post cards, magazines, school work etc. It's weird and out of control... Am I the only one with this problem?!

Manga

I really enjoy reading manga and have a collection of mangas in one of my bookshelves. ...Yet a paper related collection. A few favourites are: Blade of the Immortal, Angel Sanctuary, Skip Beat, Gravitation.

Dice

A gamer can never have too many dice. I unfortunately have too few, but still probably more than your average 24 year old Swede.

Favorite Television

Time Team ~ Destination Truth ~ Top Model this or that country ~ Ghost Hunters ~ True Blood ~ The Borgias ~ My Name is Earl ~ Buffy the Vampire Slayer ~ Project Runway this or that country ~ Twin Peaks ~ Escape to the Country ~ Ancient Aliens ~ Black Books ~ How I Met Your Mother ~ The Big Bang Theory ~ Modern Family ~ Game of Thrones ~ Community ~ Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files ~ Oddities ~ Psych ~ The Walking Dead ~ Downton Abbey ~

About Swapping

I am super new to this site, but fear not - I am not here to flake on you guys. I will not join swaps I don't know if I can manage, and I will not send you scraps from my pile of paper garbage just to get it done with (unless you specifically would want me to for some reason ;)

I have noticed that many here use their profile as a wishlist, but I prefer to keep mine as a place to give you an idea of what kind of person I am and what my interests are. See it as inspiration, not a set of rules!

But if you have any comments or questions, feel free to message me.

Happy swapping!

Ratings

cynlen rated for ✉ Snail Mail Envie ✉ #13 on Apr 24, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the great envie! I really like how you decorated the outside and the pieces you included inside were great. Such a fun piece of mail to receive - thank you! :-)
Response: I'm so glad to hear that you liked it! :D Thank you for the rating and heart <3
provadia rated for Hallvi & provadia on Apr 21, 2014
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Comment: Thanks so much Sofie, would love to do this again for more fun stamps if you'd like! :)
Response: I'd definitely be up for swapping with you again! Send me a message whenever you're ready for a repeat :)
murmuli rated for For a Dying Art on Apr 8, 2014
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Comment: Thank you! I'm amazed, I like everything in the envelope, even the envelope itself is beautiful:) Jag skulle vilja tacka dig på svenska, men jag är mållös!:D Tack!
Response: Oh yay! I'm really happy that you liked the stationery I sent! :D Tusen tack för hjärtat! <3
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Comment: This was such a fun swap to receive! Awesome envelope with equally awesome postage stamps on it. :) (The wax seal you used on the back of the envelope has me green with envy - such a regal design!) As for the contents of the envelope... - what a delightful surprise to find two Moomin postcards inside! Thank you for a lovely swap, Sofie.
Response: I am so happy that you liked it!! :D I love when you can brighten someone's day, if only just a little, by sending some snail mail! And I do have a thing for pretty wax seals. I think it's the romantic in me that can't resist them. Thank you for the super nice rating, and have an awesome day!
CynthiaMH rated for ✉ Snail Mail Envie ✉ #13 on Mar 31, 2014
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Comment: Hi! I received yours! The enlvelope is really romantic! Stamps are also cute. :) Velazques is one of my favorite artists!! So your choise for the postcards really made me surprised! Thank you so much, Sofie! :)
Response: Thank you for your rating!! I am so happy that you liked the postcards that I picked! Velazques was indeed an amazing artist, but I didn't know he was one of your favourites. I guess we just have similar taste ;D Thank you again, and have a great day!
HermaPol rated for week of tea #2 on Mar 22, 2014
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Comment: Hello Sofie, The heart is for the beautiful envelop you made. When it arrived it was a little bit open. In it i found youre handmade card( lovely ) and 8 bags of tea. So i hope nothing dssapeared. Thanks for the translation on the tea. It all smells good so i think i will enjoy all!!!!
Response: I'm sorry the envelope was a bit open, but nothing have fallen out of it so we're in luck! :) I am very happy that you like it, and a big thank you for the nice rating!
Meryly13 rated for bird postcard on Feb 7, 2014
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Comment: LOVE the postcard. Thanks so much Sofie!!
Response: That owl is a cutie, I am happy you like it too :D Thank you for your nice rating again~
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful stamps - you chose very well. :-) Also, the envelope was beautifully decorated - thank you!!
Response: I am very happy you like them! And the envelope too, it's so fun to cut and glue papers together :) Thank you for your rating!
azmanma rated for Not My Country Postcard on Jan 29, 2014
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Comment: Hi Sofie, many thanks for a beautiful postcard. Have a great day. Cheers :)
Response: I'm happy you liked it! :D And a big thank you for your the rating!
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Comment: Many thanks for the awesome stamps! They all go straight into my collection.
Response: I am really glad you liked them. Thank you for the nice rating!
NancyG rated for Gum & A Post Card on Feb 25, 2013
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Comment: Thanks so much for the gum, I actually had never tried that flavor, not sure if they even have it here but I loved it! Also thanks for the beautiful postcards. Take care. :)
Response: I am so glad the parcel found its new home and that you liked it! And hurrah for me finding a gum you haven't tried! All brands seem to be international, so I find it a little hard to pick something typically Swedish or something you haven't seen before. And thanks for your nice rating :)
kelliramirez rated for Easy as Pie Pen Pal Swap on Feb 20, 2013
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Comment: Adorable stationary!
Response: I am glad you liked it :) Thank you for the rating!
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Comment: Love the postcards and letter. The paper that you used for the letter and the inside of the envelope are awesome too. I love to hear about new places and meet new people. Don't worry about writing to much to me, I am a talker! =) :Let me know if you want a new pen pal or to do a private swap. Thanks
Response: I am so happy you like it! :D Anf thanks for the rating! The letter paper I used is one of my favourites, but I'm afraid some of my penpals find it too weird... I would really be up for penpalling if I weren't so behind on my mail at the moment due to a big paper I have to write. I could find time for a swap though :)
nanatam rated for Easy as Pie Pen Pal Swap on Feb 15, 2013
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Comment: thank you so much for the letter and postcard and recipe.
Response: You're welcome. :) And thank you for the nice rating!
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Comment: Thanks for these beautiful cards. ;-)
Response: I'm glad you liked them! :)
dorcii rated for Envelopes and letter paper sheets on Feb 8, 2013
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Comment: I got the letter papers and the envelopes today, thanks a lot, I love them soo much <3
Response: Oh wow, that was quick! The post people did a great job :) I am very glad you like the papers, and thank you for your rating <3

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