Anglophile, bibliophile, cinephile. Is there a word for a Scotland fancier? Indie kid, illustrator, comic-botherer, bad comedian, recycler, your friendly neighborhood feminist, third-rate retromancer.
I might be a hipster. I don't look like one, though, but I have my doubts as I like owls, Wes Anderson films and ironic t-shirts...
Shoe/sock size: European 39. Favourite colours: Red and light, greenish blues (turquoise, teal, you know). T-shirts in men's size S or ladyfit M.
I did decobooks, slams and the like in my teens but never moved on to scrapbooking or ATCs. I mostly write letters and send postcards. I draw and dribble with watercolours. Craft-wise I'm more Regretsy than Etsy. Don't worry, I won't join swaps that require knitting, crocheting or anything like that!
I love postcards! Most kinds, really, from ones you find in art galleries' shops (especially if it's one of the painting or artwork specific to your local museum) to cool free promotional ones. I don't mind old designs, tasteful artistic nudity or bad jokes. The more unusual the better! I'm not too big on Zazzle, but if it's all you have, I understand. I like my postcards naked, but if I'm partnered to you in simultaneous swaps, (this has happened) feel free to put multiple cards in an envelope if you want!
I like button badges, patches and posters, especially if they are related to my interests. I love magazines, I buy SFX every month and Empire almost as often.
I wrap gifts in recycled paper, re-use parcels whenever possible, prefer second hand to brand new. I use a canvas tote bag for my shopping, and they are always useful, but I prefer ones with short handles.
I don't really collect stamps. If it's a bigger parcel you're sending, feel free to let the post office slap that ugly sticker thingy on! On the other hand, Finland has cool stamps (most of them self-adhesive these days) and I like to pick interesting ones for your card or letter.
I'm always willing to help people in need of something Finnish they desire. I know how it feels to live in a country that lacks your interests, ha! I won't be able to catch you a live Angry Bird or Moomintroll, but smaller things I can do. So I guess I'm saying I could sometimes do private swaps.
Aside from owls, another favourite animal of mine (that's sadly not yet a fashionable mascot) is the humble walrus. I also like whales, seals and the like. Magpies and small birds make me happy. My favourite dogs are corgis.
Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Elbow, Oasis, Blur, Fever Ray, Eugene McGuinness, Art Brut, Maxïmo Park, Kaiser Chiefs, Spector, Glasvegas, Eels, Kent, IWATSW, Klaxons, Hard-Fi, LCD Soundsystem, The Go! Team, Franz Ferdinand, Patti Smith, Rammstein, Sigur Rós, Pet Shop Boys, film scores and Tarantino soundtracks.
Withnail & I, Fight Club, Some Like it Hot, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, The Escapist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Nice Guys, Secret of Kells, The Fall, Frances Ha, Maurice, Escape from New York, Top Secret, Blades of Glory, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Mad Max Fury Road, Star Trek: The One With The Whales & The Lensflare Reboot, The Force Awakens, Moonlight
Currently I am doing the 52 Films By Women challenge, where I try to watch 52 new to me films directed by women in 2017!
Life on Mars (do I even need to say "UK"? UK.), Doctor Who, old campy Torchwood, Misfits s1-3, Lewis, Endeavour, The Mighty Boosh, IT Crowd, Green Wing, Spaced, The Thick of It, Veep, Blackadder, My Life in Film, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Breaking Bad, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Silicon Valley, 30 Rock, Frasier, Oz, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Stargåte SG1 s1-5, Boston Legal, Star Trek TOS &TAS, True Detective s1, Gotham, Club de Cuervos, Gravity Falls, the dark and gritty Battlestar Galactica.
Helene Schjerfbeck, Ronald Searle, Quentin Blake, David Shrigley, Tom Gauld, Molly Crabapple, J.C. Leyendecker, vintage illustrations, medieval illuminations, Kate Beaton, Transmetropolitan, Phonogram, Peanuts, Chew, MAD magazine, street art, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, Nimona, Yayoi Kusama
(So many lists already! Let's make this quick!) I will read anything by John Avjide Lindqvist, Johanna Sinisalo, Leena Krohn, Jens Lapidus, Stephen Fry, Stephen King and Alan Bissett. I don't care for Harlequin-esque romances or bestsellers that were originally fanfiction but filed off the serial numbers and got published. There. If you want you can find my Bookmooch wishlist from my linked profile. (Bummer to read if you're not a member though)
For fellow Finnish swappers:
I don't smoke or own pets, and wish things you send wouldn't be smelly/hairy. No allergies though, just annoyances! So relax, a cat hair inside the envelope doesn't kill me, but hopefully your pet doesn't contribute too much to the swap.
I'm not very girly. I don't wear make-up. No piercings. I don't drink tea. Nor coffee. I'm not allergic but I don't really like nuts in things. I dislike white chocolate. I'm not religious, but like saints, icons and non-tacky angels.
I don't see myself participating in bigger swaps for toiletries or such as I like to buy my own, but I'll say just in case that I do love Lush. However I don't have a bath tub, I don't think anyone I know does! (It's all showers and saunas for us Finns.)
I dislike bobbleheads and Funko Pop figurines, and am not keen on Victoria Frances. I'd appreciate if you didn't send Hello Kitty, Spongebob, Me To You, Disney, Diddl, your usual suspects in cartoony-cutesy-kawaii fare. (No Family Guy either) The only popular culture vampire I tolerate is Proinsias Cassidy.
I'd rather not have a cluttered profile, so I delete comments with graphics. It's nice to be appreciated, say, for joining a swap, but I don't need a badge of participation.
I'm not really picky, though. My tastes can be a bit too eclectic, (I know that too well myself) but if I get something unwanted I'll find someone else I can give it to. However, I would never pass anything you made as my own creation. I'm here to have fun and enjoy sending and receiving mail in timely but friendly manner, not demanding senders to be able to read my mind to meet my most outrageous wishes!
If you are disappointed with what you receive, or haven't gotten anything on reasonable time, please PM me first! I too will send a private message before rating 3 or 1. I'd rather not get into any drama or female dog fights, I believe we are all adults on this site and should be able to resolve any issues with reasonable communication and common sense.
I would appreciate it if you wouldn't post my letters or art online, at least not without asking me first. After all, I am sending things personally to you in these times of over-sharing everything. If uploading photos of things you're sending, would you please be so kind and blur out my name as well as my address. I might post my drawings done for swaps on my art blog myself.
Ratings never received
I have been flaked on (also angeled by sweet people!) but do not care to make a list of those, just move on. However, ratings never gotten make me annoyed and paranoid in case the partners turn up years later and rate me down out of the blue.
@midnightsurf - We love skulls - postcard-swap From the wording on their message I think the card was received but the rating never showed up. Could be a glitch, have had those happen to myself. Unread message I sent Mar 30 '15, last online April 12 '15
@MsMarvel - Mammal postcard swap. Sent three cards, messaged back and forth, latest is unread as of Nov 25 '15. Last online November 22 '15
@shumpshug1187 - Yellow Flowers for International Women's Day 2016 Last online March 8 '16, which is recent enough but since the user is partially suspended and apparently a multi-profiler I'm not holding my breath
I mark items sent once I've dropped them into the mailbox (the one closest to me is emptied mon-fri at 14.00/2 PM), but if it's Friday past collecting time it won't get a date stamp/cancel (dd/mm/yyyy, that's how we roll) until Monday. Mail dropped in my usual mailbox gets cancelled in a whole different town, unless I bring it to the desk of the main PO. In Finland there's no delivery nor collecting of mail during the weekend. I would never abuse this to my benefit, just a heads up. I don't obsess over cancellation dates if I get my swap in otherwise understandable time.
Finland belongs to the EU, so no need for the green customs sticker if your country is in it as well. But if you send anything bigger from a non-EU-country, please mark the item as a gift and its value low so I don't have to pay for it!
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