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Pikkis

Pikkis
Date Joined: July 9, 2009
Last Online: September 30, 2020
Birthday: November 19
Country: Finland
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About Me

I´m a woman at the age of fifty with two children; a daughter (22) and a son (19). I work as a comprehensive school teacher and especially love teaching English, maths and litterature. I use Hungarian Varga-Nemenyi-method in teaching maths.

I put a lot of effort on my creations and never send anything trashy, so I hope you will do the same :)! I don´t tolerate any kind of flaking! If you don´t receive anything from me, contact me before rating, please!

If sending me ATCs/APCs, please, try to keep them the right size as I like to store them into pocket sleeves! So NO parts over the edges, please (at least not very much)!

Favorite Books

I love reading and read many kinds of books. Fantasy is one of my favourites; Harry Potters, LOTR, Twilight-saga, True Blood, Vampire Diaries etc. Also books related to history like the ones from Diana Gabaldon fascinate me. Jane Austen, Joanne Harris, Kate Morton are Cecilia Samartin are amongst my favourite authors too, just to name few. At the moment I´m especially in the search of Morganville Vampires-books by Rachel Caine. I already have books 1-5 and 7-11!

Children´s litterature is my passion. I collect children´s books, especially the classics; H.C.Andersen, the Grimm-brothers, Astrid Lindgren, Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Elsa Beskow and many, many others are on the list. Moomin-books in different languages are wanted too. Books with great illustrations attract me the most.

My favourite fairy tales are Little Red Riding-Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel, Princess and the Pea, Pussy in Boots, SnowWhite and the Seven Dwarfs and Thumbellina just to name few. But as said above, all the classics make me happy and I´m easy to please.

I´d like to get more Dr. Seuss-books as they are hard to get here. So far I have "The Cat in the Hat", "Oh, the Thinks you can Think" and "Green eggs and Ham".

I try also to read books for young adults, mostly because of my work, but also as I want to.The Hunger Games-series by Suzanne Collins hooked me immediately. David Almond, Cornelia Funke, Eva Ibbotson, Neil Gaiman and Michael Ende are some of my favourites too, but there are so many good books and so little time to read them.

Favorite Movies

I like Tim Burton-movies. Johnny Depp is my favourite actor :)! Fantasy-movies, romantic ones and historical films are my favourites too.

Favorite Crafts

Especially ATCs and decorated envelopes are my favourites. I make also altered playing cards (APCs), tags and journal pages. Recently I´ve found rolos and love to alter them. My rolocard size is 4" x 2,5/8". I´ve made some decos too and one altered book. They look great, but are really a lot of work and at the moment I don´t seem to have the time for them. Button fairies are cool too.

Rubber stamping, collage and mixed media are my favourite techniques. I can´t draw at all, so don´t expect anything drawn from me! I ALSO DON´T LIKE TO RECEIVE DRAWN THINGS, I´M SORRY. I´m usually very easy to please and I´m not picky, but drawn things just are not for me!

I have two art journals based on stamping, collage and mixed media techniques. The theme of my first journal is "Quotes". The page size of this journal is around 5 x 7 inches. Feel free to decorate one side or both, but if decorating both, leave some empty space on the edge, please, so I can tape the page into my book. The other journal is sized 4 x 4 and the theme is "Vintage", so everything with vintage photos, lace, ephemera, doilies, patterned paper etc. is welcomed! This is a journal with loose pages that I bind together with rings, so no thick layers to the left side, please, so I can punch the holes for the rings. And feel free to decorate both sides of the page, if you wish!

Favourite Dogs

I love dogs and almost all animals. My favourite dog-breed is a German shepherd, a dalmatian comes second. I also collect postcards with dogs at work like guide dogs, rescue dogs etc. If you´re sending me pcs with dogs, I prefer realistic ones, not dogs wearing clothes or driving the car etc.

Favourite Places

I enjoy travelling, but haven´t done that very much yet. I hope someday I´ll be rich enough to do that properly (LOL)! My favourite city is London. Also Australia and New Zealand, the USA and Canada are the destinations of my dreams. But what comes to travelling, anything goes. I´ve visited Spain once and I fell in love with that country. Now I´m learning Spanish :)! Other countries I´ve visited are Bulgaria, Turkey, Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Egypt, Hungary, Greece twice (Rhodes and Crete) and Great-Britain.

Other Hobbies

Swapping ATCs and APCs is my hobby no.1 right now. But I also collect bookmarks and postcards and I´m a postcrosser/ bookcrosser. Reading is so much fun! If you´re sending me postcards, I prefer them unwritten in an envelope.But of course written and stamped are welcomed too! Learning Spanish is my hobby too! I also try to exercise every now and then by cycling, jogging, nordic walking and circuit training. I like baking. Trying new recipes is so much fun! I´d like to start building my own recipe book with baking recipes from all over the world!

Themes I like/ collect

Postcards and mail art: - children´s book illustrations/ fairy tales/ Alice in Wonderland/ fairies/ London/ German shepherds, dalmatians, dogs at work( realistic ones, please)/ Johnny Depp/ books and reading people/ vintage typewriters/ European robin (the bird)/ Harry Potter/ Lord of the Rings/Hobbit

I DON`T LIKE HANDMADE POSTCARDS (meaning postcard-swaps)! I prefer my cards sent naked in an envelope, please!

Only ATCs and mail art: - anything vintage/ time/ text/ quotes/ musical notes/ cemetary angels/ travelling/ oriental, esp. geishas/ birds, nests, eggs/ owls/ ladybirds, dragonflies and all other insects/ pin up-girls/ classic film-stars like Marilyn Monroe/ Spain/ Spanish language/ Mexican loteria-cards/ Tim Holtz/ vintage Christmas, Halloween and other holidays/ Marie Antoinette

Altered Playing Cards (APCs): Classic Hollywood film stars (men and female)/ Lord of the Rings/Hobbit/ Alice in Wonderland (books and Tim Burton-movies)/ vintage women and girls/ children´s books and characters/ vintage garden/ vintage school/ Harry Potter PM ME FOR THE SUIT AND NUMBER, PLEASE!

Wishlist

  • postcards (only store-bought)
  • used postage stamps, the older the better (I use them in my crafting)
  • vintage bus tickets and other vintage ephemera
  • ATCs/ APCs /Altered Envies
  • playing cards, NOTE: only poker-sized 2,5"/ 3,5" (single cards are fine as I only use them for crafting)
  • magazines related to rubber stamping or mixed media, my faves are Stamper´s Sampler/Somerset Studios (preferably in English)
  • vintage garden-themed pictures to use in my garden journal
  • Moomin-books in different languages (see the list below)
  • rubber or clear stamps, especially with vintage images, numbers or other themes mentioned above (nothing childish, please)
  • anything Tim Holtz (not very large objects as I mainly make ATCs)
  • anything Steampunk-related
  • Graphic45-papers and any other stuff from that brand
  • nice flat stickers, also washi-stickers
  • teacher-reward stickers in English (not puffy)
  • dresden scraps in any colour
  • napkins/ tissues with nice images I can use in my crafting
  • chocolate from your country (if you happen to send from Belgium, I´m totally in love with Ambiente Schilfertruffels)
  • green or white tea in bags, no loose (flavoured are also welcomed)
  • baking recipes on a decorated page sized 14 x 19cm/ about 5 x 7,5 inches (height x widht) to add into my recipe scrapbook; contact me for more details, I´m happy to swap also
  • vintage lace
  • children´s books by Dr. Seuss (I have The Cat in the Hat and Oh, the Thinks you can Think, Green Eggs and Ham)
  • Easter egg surprise-figures (not the ones with loose parts)to use in my math projects
  • washi-tape
  • planner-goodies
  • postcards from Anna-Mari West (from Finland)

PLEASE! DON´T SEND any paper pieces, as I have plenty of them already (except Graphic45). THANKS!

Special wish

As I´ve already mentioned before, I collect Moomin-books in different languages. Here´s a list of the languages I already have. So if you have one not mentioned on the list, I´d be more than happy to do a private trade with you.

Languages I already have: - Karelian - English - Swedish - Estonian - Dutch - Russian - Japanese (big thanks to whiterose) - Lithuanian - French ( a huge thanks to Moineau) - Polish - German (huge thanks to sasasubine) - Hebrew (huge thanks to KSENiA) - Czech (million thanks to marankovazena) - Norwegian (huge thanks to Sassa) - Bulgarian (million thanks to indajani)

Ratings

Itti rated for SiE: Advent Calendar #1 on Sep 19, 2020
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Comment: They look great! I'm excited to open them!
Response: So happy to hear that! Thanks a lot for the heart!
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Comment: Kiitos for the teas you sent to me - I already liked Nordovist, but when I opened the plastic bag, I fell in love in the smell <3
Response: Glad to hear that :)! Thank you for the heart!
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Comment: It's hard to believe that this is your first altered rolo! Not only did you do everything "right", but you made an absolute beauty for me! Thank you so much for always being the best imaginable swap partner.
Response: Well, first of all I have to say that it’s amazing how fast this reached you!!! I mailed on the 15th and after having had to worry about the mail taking months to arrive this spring/summer, this really is a miracle! But I’m happy about that and want to thank you again for your kind and engouraging words :)! You are always so sweet and love to be your partner. Thank you also for the heart and hugs!
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Comment: Beautiful tag going directly in my journal.Thank you so much.Can't say I like beetles but love your tag.
Response: So happy and relieved to hear that it has arrived and you liked it :)! Thank you so much for the kind rating and the heart!
luvbird rated for VJP: Summer Garden 4x4 Journal Page on Jul 22, 2020
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Comment: Hi there! This is such a darling journal page... I just love it! Lots of great layers and details! I love the bird house and cute bird. Thank you so very much and for the pretty butterfly napkin.
Response: I’m so happy and relieved to hear that it finally arrived and you liked it :)! Thank you so much for your sweet rating and the heart!
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Tea For Thee # 43 on Jul 4, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for everything, I love getting mail from Scandinavia! I love the Moomin T you sent oh, I had started collecting the empty tea bags. My daughter loved the stickers you sent, they were absolutely perfect! And I love your handmade envelope, and it's even had a little finish writing on it, which I love. I will definitely save your stamps as well! Thank you so much for everything! 💖☕
Response: Thank you so much for your sweet rating and the heart, but most of all for your patience with this swap :)! I can’t believe how slow this corona-situation has made the postal system, and all my swaps seem to take ages to arrive. But I’m so happy and relieved that my teas finally reached you and you liked everything!
lukeyduke rated for AACG: 3 Elements ATC #2 on Jul 3, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Beautiful card, Everything so perfectly placed!. I love it!
Response: Well, I’m so relieved and happy to hear that it finally arrived :)! Thanks a lot for your kind rating, the heart and most of all for your patience!
isabellasnow rated for AACG: Shabby Layered Tag on Jun 18, 2020
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Comment: This is so pretty! I just love the Paris images, the roses, the lacy doily, and those sweet pink buttons. Beautiful composition and I love those vintage-y lace touches. Thank you so much~
Response: I’m so happy to hear that you received it as the mail to the US seem to take ages nowadays! Thanks a lot for your sweet words and the heart :)! I’m always happy when I hear I’ve succeeded in making someone else happy!
redheart rated for AACG: Shabby Blue Butterfly Tag on May 27, 2020
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Comment: Thanks so much for my butterfly tag! Love the detail stitching! Also great job on the envie too!! 💕❤️😍🤗💕🌺🦋
Response: Well, I´m so happy and relieved to hear that it finally arrived! I can´t believe how slow the mail is nowadays and especially overseas!!! I haven´t received anything from the US in ages... But thanks a lot for your kind rating and the heart!
MSKcat rated for Decorated Snail Mail on May 13, 2020
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Comment: I absolutely love everything! Thank you so much for the thoughtful swap!! The Harry Potter envelope is so amazing!! I love it! Thank you for all the cool goodies too! <3 <3
Response: Thank you so much for your sweet words and the heart :)! I´m happy to hear that my mail has reached you safely and you liked everything!
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Comment: Such a lovely tag...but I knew it would be, as everything you create is beautiful! I love the layered look of this tag, and the gorgeous velvet rick-rack you tied to the top...a treasured addition to my collection!
Response: Thank you dear Donetta :)! I´m so happy to hear that it arrived this fast as I seem to get no mail from the US these days... And thank you for your kind words and the heart! Hugs and all the best!
Itchy rated for Tea For Thee # 42 on Apr 22, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the nice tea, I love moomin tea! ;D And thanks for the nice exras, and I love what you did in the letter!
Response: Nice to hear that :)! Thanks a lot for the rating and the heart!
luvbird rated for AACG: Bee, Butterfly, Beetle Tags on Apr 17, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so very much for the darling bee tag! I love all the elements you used to make this tag. Very nice! Enjoyed reading your note.
Response: Thanks a lot for your kind words and the heart :)! I´m happy to hear my tag arrived safely and you liked it! Take care!
fanfive11 rated for Lovely Layered Backgrounds Tags on Apr 7, 2020
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Comment: Pirjo-Liisa, I adore your lovely layered tag! The color combination of the blue and old paper is so appealing. Your assemblage of the background ephemera is perfection! And of course the sweet little girl tops off a beautiful, delightful tag. Thank you so much.
Response: I´m so happy to hear that you liked my tag and it found you well :)! Thanks a lot for the lovely rating and the heart!
LDeWitt rated for Lovely Layered Backgrounds Tags on Apr 4, 2020
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Comment: Oh my stars and stripes, what a gift. First and foremost, the decorations on the posted envelope were such a delight, So much time and effort to the outer detail was sensational. Onto the innards...breath taking! The layers, the image, the theme, extraordinary! This is one gangbuster of creative spirit. I wish I could give you 10 stars. You have filled my heart with creative spirit and taken my mind off the terrible crisis at hand. Thank you so very much.
Response: Thank you so much for your overwhelming words and the heart :)! Those are the best prize I can get and I´m so happy to hear that my sending brought you that much happiness at these difficult times. More time to create now and love making beautiful mail, but normally don´t have enough time to do that. Such a delightful rating, thanks once again and keep well :)!
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Comment: Lovely ATC!! Thank you!
Response: Glad to hear that you liked it! Thanks a lot for the heart :)!
donetta rated for MFF: Mixed Media ATC with a Twist on Jan 26, 2020
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Comment: I saw this beauty on Flickr and fell in love! Thank you so much for always making the most beautiful works of art...you are a truly wonderful swap partner!
Response: Thank you dear and I´m really relieved and glad that you finally received it :)! Thanks a lot for your kind words and the heart!
mle rated for 15 Old Book Pages on Dec 11, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for all the pages and the stickers.
Response: So relieved to hear that you finally received them :)! Thanks a lot for the heart!
Gwillisinc rated for MFF: Bird, Book Page, and Lace on Dec 5, 2019
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Comment: It’s finally here & beautiful! Lots of details!
Response: So happy to hear that it arrived :)! Thanks a lot for the kind rating and the heart and for your patience!
kakipi rated for Tea for Thee # 13 on Nov 25, 2019
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Comment: Aaaaaaa!! Thank you so much for resending the tea! I just got them today. I can't wait to try them, especially the Moomin one!!
Response: Well, finally! I´m SO happy to hear that my envie arrived, I was already beginning to loose hope with this 2nd one too. Thanks for your patience and the heart!