Swap-bot Time: August 25, 2019 1:12 pm


Date Joined: April 4, 2013
Last Online: August 25, 2019

Country: Finland
BookMooch profile

About Me

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.

Lists of Likes: Animals

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, Pacific Rim, Star Trek: The One With The Whales & The Lensflare Reboot, The Force Awakens, Moonlight, God's Own Country

I completed the 52 Films By Women Challenge in 2017 and will attempt it in 2018 as well.


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 s1-4, Blackadder, My Life in Film, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Breaking Bad, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn 99, Silicon Valley, 30 Rock, Frasier, Oz, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Stargåte SG1 s1-5, Boston Legal, Star Trek TOS & TAS & Discovery, 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)

Lust Objects

  • Single issues of Phonogram: Rue Britannia and The Singles Club
  • Zines
  • The Caravan Gallery postcards
  • Movie postcards: Free ad cards, poster reproductions, portraits of film stars
  • Soccer postcards or greeting cards. Any team, any country, touristy or humorous, new or vintage, if it's of the beautiful game it's good
  • Magazines: Recent travel size issues of Total Film, any Little White Lies
  • Light blue Col-erase pencils
  • Pilot VBall Grip/V Ball Rollerball 0.5mm pens, black
  • Ballpoint pens/biros in colours other than that basic blue
  • Pentel Brush Pen ink cartridges
  • Cassette tapes, unused or official releases
  • Vintage carte de visite photographs, especially of dapper gentlemen or with interesting designs on the back
  • Gillian Kyle designs
  • Feelmax over the knee toe socks. They don't appear to make these anymore, which makes me sad
  • Writing paper! I often run out of it, stationery sets tend to leave me with a stack of envelopes but no sheets.
  • Irn Bru! Not the drink itself, I can get import cans, but related things like ephemera, stick candy and other tat
  • Kendall mint cakes (plain or chocolate-covered), Giant Palma Violets and Love hearts. Milk chocolate, fair trade/organic is bonus.
  • Sketchbooks or notebooks with blank pages. Seawhite of Brighton is a favourite brand, but cheap Moleskine-knockoffs can be used for quick masterplans and other bad ideas as well
  • I don't know if there is Star Trek stationery but that would be amazing

For fellow Finnish swappers:

  • Tom of Finland-postimerkit
  • Julia Vuoren kuvitukset
  • Pöllöheijastimet
  • Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliiton söpöt eläinkortit

Negative Space

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.

@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

The Postal Service

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!


GirlMomToTwo rated for Postcards - Focus on: Women on Aug 21, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the post card!
STUFFellaneous rated for Snow Scenes 1 on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: I would also take the detour!
Marykstaveness rated for Postcards - Focus on: Women on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Chaosfrau rated for unusual card on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Thank's a lot for the swap - I guess she has cold feet :-)
Response: It was a pleasure helping you with your unusual themed collection :D
Johanna51 rated for Snow Scenes 1 on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
widelo123 rated for Take Your Pick - Naked Map #8 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Emma , thank you so much for the map of Lapland. I was in Helsinki, Finland in 74 and loved it. I couldn't get over your language. So many letters. Shirley
Response: Haha, Finnish is too much indeed :D Glad you like the card, thanks for the heart!
Leen rated for LOCAL TOURISM SWAP **INTERNATIONAL** on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Wow!!! Thank you SO MUCH for the amazing package! I love it! Amazing stamps, mailart, beautiful postcards and brochures. So happy with everything you sent :)
Response: Glad you liked it, it was fun to put together!
matt319 rated for Advertising/Free Postcard Swap #1 on May 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much!!
syllepsis rated for Not my City, but I love it. on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the fun postcard! I hope you have a great trip to Scotland!
Villagegreen rated for MAN PC JAN on Feb 21, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the card. I'll now go and find out who Emperor Franz was! Best wishes.
Komandorsha rated for Female Portrait Postcard Swap on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Dear Emma! Thank you for a beautiful postcard! Best, Valentina
Myself333 rated for Male Portrait Postcard Swap on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely portrait postcard of Tyko Sallinen!
Larina rated for Male Portrait Postcard Swap on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the pretty man postcard! You gave me a lovely stamp to add to my collection too!
Response: Glad to hear you liked it, and the stamp! It's always nice to pick interesting ones for my partners :)
susieq11 rated for Year of the Pig Postcard on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard!!! I’m glad you found occasion to use it - and I got it! : ) Great stamps too. Thank you for joining!!!!! xxx
Response: It was such fun, thanks for hosting!
iheartushi rated for Map Postcard on Feb 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much. I love the postcard.
Villagegreen rated for Male Portrait Postcard Swap on Feb 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the post card, l found the expression on the man's face fascinating. Best wishes
earthnk rated for Female Portrait Postcard Swap on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Lovely postcard, lovely stamps. Thank you 😊
hazelwitch3 rated for Female Portrait Postcard Swap on Jan 31, 2019
Comment: Really lovely postcard - thank you for choosing it for me! And an artist new to me -- I look forward to seeing more of his work.
Response: Always fun to introduce people to artists new to them, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the great door postcard. I really like it.
biphobe rated for IU: QUOP (early-JAN 2019) on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: ahhh, what a perfect card for the 'provocative box'! I love these Tom of Finland cards, and special thanks for the matching stamp <3 I wish I could give more than 1 heart
Response: Hehe, it's always fun to send those cards to someone I know will appreciate them :D

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SuMay on Jan 18, 2017:

Words for Scotland-fancier: Hibernomaniac? Caledoniphile? Kilt-lifter? Haggis-hag?

Poftoffel on Apr 16, 2015:

Thank you for angelling the Letter to Someone Else swap for me, and thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story! It was sad and funny and insightful and I was completely blown away by how awesome it was, the way you wrote it down, it's just, wow. I love it. Thank you!

daydreamer47 on Mar 6, 2015:

I got the round Lapland postcard, thank you so much! I love the pictures shown and the unique shape, definite gem in my collection. ♥

natasa20 on Oct 2, 2014:

Thank you so much for the lovely Kaj Stenvall postcard i love it! And walking while yawning is definitely not a good idea! lots of love xx

kirstyenarno on Jun 6, 2014:

I enjoyed reading your profile :-) Thank you for joining the Ugly Postcard Swap. Take care :-)

susieq11 on May 8, 2014:

Thank you for the Moomin postcard and stamp for PTG:naked postcard-tag!! I love them! : )

ktina on Apr 15, 2014:

Hi! I invited you to my Freecard.... group. We have a movie card swap now, it may interest you. Happy Swapping!

Veterok on Apr 4, 2014:

Happy Swap-Bot anniversary! t:Kyylä

CindyST on Mar 28, 2014:

Thank you so much for the Vampire postcards!!!! They are awesome!!!

natasa20 on Mar 27, 2014:

Thank you so much for the beautiful Kaj Stenvall postcard! I absolutely love it... i will now be on the look out for more! xx

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