Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2018 10:09 am


Date Joined: June 25, 2013
Last Online: October 13, 2018
Birthday: September 4
Country: Finland

About Me


A big, friendly grin from the periphery of Europe :)

I'm a nerdy girlwoman from Finland. I study in the UK, so I keep traveling back and forth between "my" two countries. I have also lived in the USA (Missouri) and India.

Pet household - I try my best to prevent an occasional cat or dog hair traveling with my swaps, but those seem to have a life of their own so sometimes they just decide to travel and I apologize for that.

My obsession #1 is traveling. 43 countries so far :) My obsession #2 is fall (autumn), I love anything fall related :) My favorite holiday is Halloween, especially anything pumpkin related :) Other than that, I love anything nature-related: hiking, camping, picking berries and mushroom, fishing...

I love my TV shows! My favorites are How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls, Bones, Lie to Me, Anne of Green Gables...

My favorite colors are bright yellow, mustard, lime, grass green, red, terra, orange, brown, teal, turquoise, rainbow (yeah, I know rainbow is not a color, but I love rainbows :) )

I don't participate in a myriad of swaps just to "earn" ratings, I participate in swaps that genuinely bring me joy and when I feel I can genuinely bring my swapping partner joy

I was flaked on in a private swap by @hmscm - so, I didn't get a host star :(

Things I like/ Wish list

I prefer things I can USE. I don't want to collect anything.

Asta's wishlist items and themes A-Z

A - Autumn; American mailbox theme; American magazines; American houses (old ones, with big porches); American candy (especially Reese's, Hot Tamales and Halloween candy); Amish style handicrafts; American stuff in general

B - Boston; boho; Bed Bath and Beyond

C - cinnamon flavor/scent, Canadian magazines; Le Chat Noir theme (the bohemian Parisian cabaret poster picture); 'country home' style/theme; coffee (different flavors); cherry flavor; candy corn; cute stuff; Canada

D - Dishcloths (themed, handmade, cute...)

E -

F - Fall (autumn); fruit treats

G - grape flavor

H - hippie stuff/style, Halloween, handicrafts (well-made); hot chocolate with different flavors; haunted houses; hats (knitted or crocheted)

I - Inanimate objects and food with faces, super cute!

J - Jerusalem; Jewish holidays

K -

L - lighthouses

M - maple syrup; MINI products (hand sanitizers, shampoos, liquid shower soaps, soap bars)

N - Native American (style, jewelry and handicrafts); nature (and nature theme, especially with fall foliage colors); New York

O - Old maps of the world on something usable (for example a journal with old map covers)

P - pumpkins :) Pumpkin lanterns, pumpkin decorations pumpkin anything :) ,peanut butter; pumpkin spice anything

Q - Quirky twist in everyday objects (for instance, I have a dish brush that looks like a 70's disco dancer - think anything that looks like it would be sold in Pylones store)

R - rainbows; retro; Rocky Mountains

S - socks (Very colorful, funky or cartoon socks: EUR size 34-36 / U.S. + Canada size women's 5 / Japan size women's 21 / Australia size 3,5 / Britain size women's 2,5... / yeah, children's size...NO TOE SOCKS); scented candles

T - trekking/hiking, Twinkie Chan -style well-made handicrafts ; tea (flavored)


V - vanilla scent

W - Wonka brand candy; watermelon flavor

X -

Y - Yankee Candle

Z -

Things I don't like

  • blackcurrant, hibiscus, aloe vera
  • plain black tea
  • nail stuff
  • romantic books / chick-lit
  • anime / manga
  • gothic, gore, pagan, wiccan
  • skeletons
  • Mustaches
  • fridge magnets
  • Hershey's chocolate
  • keychains
  • TOES!
  • I don't appreciate male beauty, so nothing with men on them.
  • Ephemera
  • phone cards
  • Bath TUB products
  • The 80's style
  • junk and badly/hastily made items
  • colors: black, gray, neon colors, minty green, pale yellow, blues (except turquoise and teal)
  • stickers with reward words
  • any drug-associated things
  • homophobic or racist ephemera / propaganda
  • Lalaloopsy, Diddl, Dora the Explorer, Donald Duck
  • insects


Severe allergies !!!! KIWI FRUIT, PINEAPPLE !


Finnish mail...

...doesn't go anywhere during the weekends. If I mark my swaps sent on a Saturday or a Sunday, or after 5 p.m. on a Friday, I have mailed them but the stamps aren't franked/cancelled and the mail isn't sent forward from the post office until the following Monday. This, at it's most unfortunate, may cause a false impression that I haven't sent my swaps in time :-( However, I try to drop everything to the post office during the week days. Also, there are some bank holidays in Finland, and on bank holidays the mail doesn't travel either.

****NOTE: Finland uses the DD.MM.YYYY date format, so a postal stamp marked 12.9. means it was sent on September 12th****

Reuse, recycle

I am a mad recycler, so I will reuse package material and use cardboard boxes which originally held something else often, unless the swap requires something fancy or specific. I hope this is not a problem :)

If you don't receive from me..

...please send me a private message before getting mad. The reason is not that I have not sent my swap, the reason must be problems in the mail chain.


Eulegirl rated for CALG Note Card & 2 Teas on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: I love the tea, thanks! And your kitty has the best name.
Response: I'm glad the teaa pleased you! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: I received the postcard yesterday, thank you very much for the tea, greetings from Chile!
Response: I'm glad it arrived safe and sound! Thank you for the heart!
annim rated for Alphabets of me - A on Sep 29, 2018
Comment: Kiitos! :) Ihania tarroja!
Response: Olepas hyvä! Tosi nopeesti joutuivat sinne saakka! Kiitos sydämestä!
pernie123 rated for AFAWL - Autumn Scavenger Hunt on Sep 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all that you sent. I hope you have an enjoyable autumn.
Response: You too! Thank you for the heart!
bblue rated for Back to University! on Sep 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your generous and colourful package. I liked everything, especially the dinosaurs!
Response: Yay! I've been worried sick if Postman Pat would ever find your new home! Thank you for the heart! I am overjoyed you liked it :)
Snailermailer rated for Tea swap on Aug 31, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely tea ☕️ 😊😊😊
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the heart!
cajiky rated for Tea swap on Aug 31, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for nice tea. I all of them.
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
marles rated for 100 FOOD QUESTIONS!!! on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Loved your answers. Thanks! I love brussel sprouts too but only roasted or fried
Response: Wow, I should try them roasted or friend! I have only eaten them cooked, often with marinade. Thank you for the heart!
me2az50 rated for 100 FOOD QUESTIONS!!! on Jul 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your answers. I enjoyed reading them.
Response: Thank you for the thank you! :D
biphobe rated for 100 FOOD QUESTIONS!!! on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Thaks for the very detailed fun answers! I was laughing by reading it. Also, it was clear through your aswers too that this questionnaire was soo US centered. I had the same problem from here, Hungary.
Response: Haha I am glad I managed to amuse you :D Köszönöm for the heart!
Leekoba rated for 100 FOOD QUESTIONS!!! on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Sushi is very good! I love cooking just like you do :) It was a fun read, Happy Swapping!
Response: I'm glad you found it fun! Thank you for the heart!
peanutsmommy7 rated for 100 FOOD QUESTIONS!!! on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: I do not even understand how people have the gift of cooking with NO recipe. The thought of that terrifies me. Great job!
Response: Oh, thank you! To be honest, I am very bad at reading recipes, so I'd just better stick to winging it :) Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Hi Asta... I think this swap is so much fun too! I enjoyed your postcard and thanks for the washi. Happy swapping!
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Such a sweet swap!! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you so much for the <3 !!!
Comment: Thanks for postcards to send and the nice stickers !
Response: Thank you for the heart!
patricia8288 rated for Mail some - Saving tips # 5 on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: thank you for the awesome swap. you have great tips and advice. special thank you for Adrian's postcard. thank you very much. happy holidays.
Response: Happy Holidays and I am glad you liked the swap! Thank you for the heart!
ellecamino rated for What is Your Holiday? on Nov 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful message. I am absolutely touched and delighted by the advent card. I have never seen one before! Now I have to decide if I am going to keep the extra one you sent me or pass it on! And tomorrow is December 1st, so I get to open a window tomorrow! Thanks for being you.
Response: Thank you for the heart <3! I am happy you liked them! I spent ages choosing the calendars :D I was excited to notice they actually make advent calendars in smaller sizes too nowadays. Happy Holidays!
Kayllra rated for December Tea Swap on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Omg Moomin I love moomin (L) the smells are really nice can't wait to try the teas thank you so much. really like the names of your cats :) and yes cat's own us we do not own the cat hahahahah
Response: Hi! Thank you so much for the heart! I am glad you liked the teabags, let's hope you'll like the taste of them as well :D
Comment: I am stunned- a partner in Finland who went to high school in Fenton, Missouri?? What a small world- I must know more. :- }
Response: LOL Thank you for the <3 ! (was it for the Fenton part ;D ) Yep, class of 1994. A proud, nerdy Eureka Wildcats marching band member :D My parents always thought I must get the best education possible, and thought living in the U.S. would be the best way to learn English well (although, Finland has an excellent English teaching curriculum in Finnish schools, it's an obligatory subject since grade school), and it may have worked as I started taking college classes in American literature and American history the next day after my 17th Birthday :D
brooklynbunch rated for Hosting my 100th Swap!! on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the card and the extras--my cookie baking marathon will be coming up soon.I think it's interesting that you're in criminology. I have been trying to write mysteries (finished several, none published) and for the last three years have been going to the Writers Police Academy, which is 4 days of hands on workshops. My favorites have been the ones on how to kill people with food poisoning and insect born diseases. I always go to any sessions with animals. There are always well known authors attending--Karin Slaughter was one of my favorites. Thanks again, Susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: WOW! First of all, thank you for the heart! Karin Slaughter (what an appropriate last name, considering her genre) is one of my favorites! What a coincidence, insect born diseases are another speciality of mine - I work in the medical field and am specialised in infections (and cardiology, but it has nothing to do with this topic :D), but I am studying because I want a new career. My morbid side really loved how you mentioned baking marathon and killing people with food poisoning in the same paragraph here :D. I hope you will get published soon! Good luck!

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OGIMAQTpie on Dec 13, 2017:

Awwww thank you @bstrong It's the essence of swapping, bring smiles on fellow swappers' faces <3

bstrong on Dec 9, 2017:

Thank you very much for the angel swap. I seriously can’t emphasize enough how much I loved everything, especially your letter. You put a big smile on my face.

VivaLaDiane on Nov 2, 2017:

SimoneLettrd on Apr 3, 2017:

I am so happy you liked everything! Yes, isn't that Lehman's catalog just the coolest? So many cool things that aren't sold in stores anymore :-D Glad you enjoyed everything! -Simone

miablancs on Feb 23, 2016:

From the group Trinket Pen Pals

OGIMAQTpie on Aug 30, 2014:

@luna82 It was the most fun letter I've ever written!!! I loved how my thoughts were just flying with my pencil! I've always found her a very interesting person - and loved her art <3 I am very happy I managed to entertain you, but I bet it was even more fun for me! 😃 By the way, I visited Helsinki two days ago - and I just HAD to visit Karl Fazer's patisserie! I found it so exciting that I was sitting in the very same café as her -more than a hundred years apart!

Luna82 on Aug 30, 2014:

Yay for that! I could tell you were completely into the time. I looked up the painter and I love her! She was totally cute as well! ;)

cinandrews04 on Aug 4, 2014:

i am so glad you liked it! i was getting worried that it had not arrived. :)

OGIMAQTpie on Aug 4, 2014:

@ cinandrews04 Cindy- your package arrived today! You are the best swapper ever!!! (no offense to all of you awesome swappers, but you really should have seen this package!!!) I absolutely adore everything!!! <3 THANK YOU!!!

cinandrews04 on Jul 30, 2014:

I am hoping your package arrives soon OGIMAQTpie!

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