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ailuutt

ailuutt
Date Joined: April 19, 2013
Last Online: October 14, 2014

Country: Finland
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About Me

I like doing so many things that I'm often a bit lost in this urban life where everyone should have specialize on something. I like writing, the origin of words and languages, food, crafts, herbs, gardening and children. I'm a graduate student researching ancient Japan, working simultaneously on a degree in early education.

I absolutely adore whales and know a lot about them. My dream is to go whale-watching and take part in a whale festival.

I live in Helsinki, south of Finland, with a husband and a very old (and quite eccentric) cat lady. My family has a summer cottage in the countryside not far away. The garden there is full of butterflies and dragonflies, birds singing and looking for food, and it's my favorite place in the world.

I very much like mornings, especially bright mornings and blue sky. I also love green tea and translucent things, like steam and glass and delicate paper. I like tactile things and surfaces that are pleasant to touch, as well as how the air feels on my cheeks. My favorite season is either autumn or winter.

Favorite animals

Whales: humpback whale, narwhal, cachalot, beluga, blue whale Monkeys: lion tamarin, Japanese macaque, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, bear baboons Moles: common European mole, star-nosed mole Miscellaneous: tapir, octopus, starfish, cat, crocodile, owls, butterflies

Favorite colors

Earthly colors rather than light or bright. Sunflower yellow, forest green, berry porridge pink, spring sky blue, aubergine. Snow white and champaign.

Favorite Books

Arabian Nights, C.S. Lewis's Narnia, Tove Jansson's Moomins, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Makioka Sisters, Astrid Lindgren, Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, Dazai Osamu, Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Ladies' Detectice Agency

Wishlist

Tea swaps: I prefer green tea, but I also like white tea, maté, rooibos and herbal infusions. My favorites sent to me have been Tazo teas. I don't drink black tea, but it won't go to waste either, as my husband will drink it. Please do not send fruit infusions.

Granny square: Any pattern is fine, also the less traditional ones. If possible, I would like you to use all natural materials, like wool, linen or cotton.

Christmas ornaments: I'm not Christian, so I would prefer either something from the pagan tradition, something winter themed or just something kind of abstract.

Sweets: I love chocolate. Especially dark chocolate. And fudge. And liquorice. Ginger, citrus. I prefer things not too sweet.

Other wishes: - anything with whales - yarn, natural materials - things to eat - felt pens, face paints - quality paper - beautiful buttons, stuffed toys' eyes - pins, hooks - things with peppermint or eucalyptus

Foods and drinks I like

I'm vegetarian and avoid almost all animal products. I'm also mostly glutenfree. I love walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans and pistachios, as well as dried fruits and berries. My favorite drink is jasmine tea and my favorite snack is banana. I love herbs, both as spice and as infusion. My favorite herb is fennel. I love coconut.

Favorite crafts

I like colorful crafts of natural materials. Earthly colors, not too light or bright. I like linen a lot, but wool must be my favourite material. Although merino, alpaca and all fine wools are nice, I especially enjoy plain, quaint wool that looks like it was from backyard sheep. I esteem herbal and fungi dye.

Ratings

ktina rated for What's on my plate! #2 on Jun 15, 2014
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Comment: WOW! Very attractive photos of great food! Would you send the chantarelle pie recipe to me? It looked really delicious! Sorry for the late rating!
cajiky rated for week of tea nr.4 on Jun 5, 2014
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Comment: Thanks for tea and nice card.
Elliepatterson rated for What's on my plate! #2 on Jun 4, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the totally awesome photos of your food. I loved them all. Especially the chantarelle pie made of mushrooms. I would love the recipe if you're of a mind to share:-) blessings
tonewadventures rated for What's on my plate! #2 on Jun 1, 2014
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful pictures! Its wonderful to see all the deliciousness and that too gluten free! The chickpea omelette reminded me of an Indian breakfast called Chilla. They seem similar!
sp1c4 rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 31, 2014
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Comment: The pictures make me hungry now :)
AquilaMira rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 28, 2014
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Comment: The chantarelle pie sounds amazing. Love mushrooms!
cynlen rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 27, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the fantastic pictures! I'd love to know how you made the cheese cake! That looks delicious. :-)
Response: The "cheese cake" in picture is made using this recipe: "http://www.sweetlyraw.com/2010/01/winter-dinner-party.html", although I think I used red currants. An even better recipe can be found here: "http://www.sweetlyraw.com/2010/01/winter-dinner-party.html" (after rolling down quite long).
natasha838 rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 26, 2014
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Comment: Your food photos are just beautiful. I'd love to get your cheese cake recipe if you don't mind.
Response: The "cheese cake" in picture is made using this recipe: "http://www.sweetlyraw.com/2010/01/winter-dinner-party.html", although I think I used red currants. An even better recipe can be found here: "http://www.sweetlyraw.com/2010/01/winter-dinner-party.html" (after rolling down quite long).
LadyAnanas rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 26, 2014
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Comment: Wow! Your photos made my mouth water!! I really enjoyed going through them! I'd love a recipe of the pizza and the chantarelle pie, they look amazing!! :D
ammely rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 26, 2014
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Comment: I think there are many things I could never prove, and look so delicious. Many of the things you name I have not ever heard. I doubt they sell them here.
KSENiA rated for What's on my plate! #2 on May 26, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your delicious looking meald. Everything looks absolutly yummy :)
mostspectacular rated for week of tea nr.3 on May 13, 2014
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Comment: Thank you so much for all of the teas, they look delicious. I can't wait to try them! :)
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Comment: Thanks a million for the wonderful selection of teas, I can't wait to try them all, especially those long teabags from Ronnefeldt, I have never seen them before!
Response: You're welcome! Those Ronnefeldt teas should be very good; I've had Ronnefeldt loose tea and those are same tastes in bags. Let us hope a mail sortsman in some distant country enjoys the first selection :)
valancy rated for Tea advent calendar on Nov 7, 2013
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Comment: Kiitokset teeadventtikalenterista jonka olet pakannut tosi kivasti (odotan innokkaasti joulukuuta), Nordqvisteista ja Virolaisista suklaista! Käyttämäsi kirjepaperi on hieno <3 Ihanaa päivää ja joulun odotusta! :)
Response: Joulunodotusta myös sulle! Toivottavasti teet osoittautuu herkuiksi :)
Rattie rated for Sweeties collection on Oct 29, 2013
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Comment: Love the sweeties you sent - they're really lovely!!! :) Thank you!!!
Nightenbelle rated for Simple Tea Swap on Oct 19, 2013
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Comment: Thank you.
uiltje rated for I LIKE ROOIBOS TEA nr.2 on Oct 14, 2013
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Comment: Mmmm,... it smells heavenly after opening the envelope this afternoon. Thank you!
Lucinka rated for I LIKE HERBAL TEA nr.2 on Oct 14, 2013
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Comment: This was really nice envie! Many thanks.
Lucinka rated for I LIKE GREEN TEA nr.2 on Oct 14, 2013
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Comment: Many thanks. I really like this selection!!:) And Tomas likes the picture from postcard.
OnlyTheMoonCanSaveMeNoq rated for Simple Tea Swap on Oct 12, 2013
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FrancescaP on Aug 25, 2013:

Hi! Your profile looks great, you can definitely join my "Tea for every day" swap, if you'd like to! :-)

latentsmile on Apr 22, 2013:

Welcome to swap-bot! Thanks for joining Teas Around the World!

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