Swap-bot Time: July 9, 2020 1:34 pm


Date Joined: June 25, 2013
Last Online: May 8, 2020
Birthday: September 4
Country: Finland

About Me


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

I'm a nerdy girlwoman from Finland and a recent (2019) MSc graduate from the University of Essex, the UK. 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...

My favorite place in the whole world is New York, I travel there a few times a year. Boston is a close second :)

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

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 :) )

New long letter penpals slash friends are always welcome - as long as you are not a racist or against anyone's human rights. Yeah, this means LGBTQ+ rights too. I am gay af, live with my wifey and our two kids and I wouldn't change it for the world!

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, Sourpatch Kids and Halloween candy); Amish style handicrafts; American stuff in general

B - Boston; boho

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...). dog treats

E -

F - Fall (autumn); fruit treats; feminism; Frida Kahlo

G - grape flavor; gluten-free Mac'n'cheese

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 -

K -

L - lighthouses

M - maple syrup anything; 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; vinyl stickers from Strand bookstore

W - Wonka brand candy; watermelon flavor; Wonderwoman (Marvel)

X -

Y - Yankee Candle

Z -

Our kids: Sarah is 11 and loves sloths and Harry Potter. Edi is 9 and loves doing pranks and wearing black and white.

Things I don't like

  • blackcurrant, hibiscus, aloe vera
  • plain black tea
  • Hershey's chocolate
  • nail stuff
  • romantic books / chick-lit
  • anime / manga
  • gothic, gore, pagan, wiccan
  • skeletons
  • Mustaches
  • fridge magnets
  • 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
  • religious, 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.

Waiting for swaps and ratings

I am still waiting a swap from @stephania27 (deadline December 1, 2018)

I am still waiting to be rated by @Sunnylightmode @rimbar


miccachan rated for Tea swap for tealovers nr.10 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: thank you very much for a variety of teas!! I will enjoy them all!
Response: Hi! I am glad if you will! Thank you for the heart!
dorcii rated for Tea for Thee # 17 on Oct 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you soo much for the teas! :) I tried the teas already that you sent to me, but I adore Finnish teas, especially the Moomin teas <3 It's such a coincidence that you love Hungary - I love Finland actually!! :)
Response: Thank you for the <3 ! I'm glad you enjoyed the teas!
Momskii rated for Feed My Mailbox Please! 😀 on Mar 17, 2019
Comment: thanks so much for the flowers
Response: You're very welcome! Thank you for the heart!
MayorJose rated for Letter of Lists on Mar 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for my first swap! Your letter was awesome.
Response: I'm glad your first swap didn't disappoint you :D
Cobweb rated for Feed My Mailbox Please! 😀 on Feb 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely stickers and the interesting note. Halloween is my favorite holiday as well.
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Great job Asta! I enjoyed your answers and appreciate you sharing!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed my answers! Thank you so much for the heart!
Response: Thank you for the <3 !
Comment: Wow, we have a lot of similarities! :o I also lived in India and also worked 6x3 months in the States! In India I was also doing laundy by hand! :D Kiitos fo your answers, I enjoyed reading them! :)
Response: Yay, I am glad they brought you joy! Thank you for the heart!
RachelSwaps rated for Suprise Swap Christmas #11 on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: Wow!!! What a thoughtful package!!! Thank you so much for your nice note, the wonderful Christmas items and the amazing extra's!!! I love everything!!
Response: Yay, I am happy you liked my package! Happy New Year and thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the card and the Bible verse stickers!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great card. Thank you for the stickers. They are cute.
Response: Thank you for the heart! Happy holidays!
Comment: I am so excited to receive your Christmas Greetings in a new language for me. That is a weird tradition and I don't think I would care to be the almond finder. Can't wait to try the tea. Many thanks Asta. Hyvaa Joulua to you too.
Response: Yay! I'm glad the card found its way to you! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the pretty PC and Finnish xmas card - it's my first! :). The little story about the traditional almond in the porridge made me laugh - that's the kind of thing my family would do too!
Response: I'm glad my card brought you joy! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Thanks Astra, I'm going to really enjoy using the verse stickers in my bible journaling! :o)
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Sash90 rated for week of tea nr.31 on Nov 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the very interesting tea collection 😋 I can‘t wait to try them. I must say how much I love the teabags with the Moomin Characters. They are so cute ❤️
Response: Thank you so much for the heart! I hope you love the Moomin teas as much as I do!
Comment: Thank you for your bucket list letter. Really enjoyed reading it!
Response: I had fun writing it! Thank you so much for the heart!
skeffiboo rated for Halloween Goodie Bag- Int on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: What an absolutely FABULOUS surprise this was, even the postman was amused! Everything was wrapped beautifully, the box you used was genius and I really adored everything you sent for me. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful mail day! <3<3<3
Response: :D I'm glad I managed to amuse Postman Pat! And I am glad you liked it, too! Thank you for the heart!
CreativeCitrine rated for Put NATURE on it! on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: I loved everything so much and the envelope was so nicely decorated. Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the thank you and the heart! I am glad you liked them!
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!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 184 16 17
Completed Fives Threes Ones
155 202 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
8 93 54 0
View all

Currently In

  • the user is not currently in any swaps :(

Currently Hosting

  • the user is not hosting any current swaps


earthnk on Feb 24, 2019:

WOW! What a letter! I got it on my birthday, yesterday. Just finished reading it @ 0442hours and it was so enjoyable. Best swapbot letter EVAH! Will most def be writing you back! Thanks so much😊☕

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!!!

Login to leave a comment now!