Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2018 4:34 am


Date Joined: January 27, 2010
Last Online: February 17, 2017
Birthday: November 2
Country: Finland
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profile updated 01/2017

"Last online: June 25, 2013" untill yesterday oh wow. o_____O My getting-back-to-business-09/12 didn't go too well since life happened to happen RIGHT at that time and not in a very good way. Now I need some inspiration and a way to be more active in the arts and crafts I've enjoyed so much, and Swap-bot is the perfect place for that. Trying to start in a very slow and small scale way (NOTE TO SELF GAHH) again.(Jan.15.2017)

I've been quite absent form Swap-bot for about a year, but now it feels like getting back to business. :) (september 2012)

i pledge to rate and recycle packages/ packing materials.

i tend to be the swapper who sends on the very deadline day, and sometimes i've been a couple of days late (i try to PM my partners about it on time). But I'm not a flaker and not planning on becoming one; I'm just often a bit slow with my stuff. this applies to maaany things in my life, not just swaps and mail; time management is not my forte and i've always been the deadline girl.

the hearts are weird. please don't send me "extras" just in the hope of a heart; i try to give hearts by the feeling i get from the swap itself. If you genuinely want to send me something extra, it's fine (i love ephemera and knick-knacks he), but you shouldn't feel offended if i don't give a heart anyway. I think leaving a comment is a better way of telling what you think about the swap. so hearts, for me, ARE the extras, not FOR the extras.

about me.

I've been swapping (mainly decos) for years and i'm also in postcrossing and sendsomething.net.

I'm 33 years old multicellular organism from Finland.

I study biomedical laboratory science, only part time at the moment though, since my long-term partner, the clinical depression, is acting out again and I'm trying to get it back in control.

I used to work in an after-school club for 1st and 2nd graders, so my days consisted of lots of noise, stress, dumb jokes and messing around. I dig kids but I won't be having any of my own; the role of a part-time educator suits me better. ;)

intersectional feminist. pro-choice. agnostic.

I'm open-minded, sarcastic and laugh at stupid jokes. puns, SELF-irony and oh those good ol' poo and fart jokes.. I'm not easily offended and enjoy many things some might find a bit obscene or bizarre (but also respect the beliefs and views of others, so don't worry).

plus i'm a dork for often not using capital letters as i write on computer. too lazy for that, sorry.

i love nature and all kinds of animals. i have an especially soft spot for insects, molluscs and other creepy crawlies!

I have Madagascar hissing cockroaches and I used to have 5 african land snails as pets, they were adorable and interesting, believe me. I've also had a praying mantis, indian stick insects and field crickets. i'd LOVE to have a giant millipede one day. i'm dreaming of an aquarium with apple snails. and triops!

two kitties from local animal rescue shelter live with me too.


plastic jewellery. nintendo (esp SNES and GameBoy). my little ponies (generation 1). tamagotchi. virgin mary / holy mother / madonna / immaculate heart / sacred heart / lady of guadalupe. catholic imagery. rosaries. kitch. hama/perler beads. bondage-related imagery. torn stockings. lipstick traces. toilets. beer. sarcasm. 8bit and game sprites. geekery♥

cephalopods and giant squids. insects. deep sea creatures. mermaids. zoology. cell biology. molecular biology. virology. bacteriology. parasitology.

KNITTING AND CROSS-STITCH♥ mixed media. sewing tiny creatures out of felt. embroidery.

doodling. scribbling. letters. zines. drawing. sketches. comics. photos. collages. mix tapes. street art. stickers. vintage ephemera. typewriters. random lists. handwriting. art nouveau, esp. alphonse mucha and gustav klimt.

oh and THRIFT STORES! how can i forget that. and maybe i'll actually try bullet journaling someday instead of only dreaming about it..

COLORS: hmm pink, black, warm red, orange, moss green, petrol blue, dark grey, brown, turquoise.


IAMX. chelsea wolfe. Sub Rosa. nirvana. tori amos. otep. babes in toyland. le tigre. tura satana. hole. L7. pj harvey. queens of the stone age. slipknot. bikini kill. radiohead. tool. a perfect circle. le butcherettes. deftones. elliott smith. sonic youth. mark lanegan. interpol. nine inch nails. queen adreena. die so fluid. crim3s. nitad. sneaker pimps. veruca salt. pulled apart by horses. soviet soviet. amanda palmer. drive like jehu. true widow. pelican. 65daysofstatic. russian circles. etc.

grunge. metal. jungle. alternative. punkrock. dark wave. witch house. chiptune. post rock. doom. sludge. stoner.


some all time favorites:

  • douglas adams - "the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy"
  • john irving - "the hotel new hampshire"
  • jeff long - "the descent", "deeper" and "year zero"
  • virginie despentes - "baise-moi"
  • nick cave - "and the ass saw the angel"
  • pauline réage - "histoire d'O"
  • margaret atwood - "the year of the flood" and "the handmaid's tale"
  • the moomins, both comics and novels, by tove jansson.
  • anaïs nin. torey hayden. chuck palahniuk. john ajvide lindqvist.

COMICS and graphic novels. many many many, and into these i'm oh so in love:

  • love and rockets by jaime hernandez
  • tank girl by jamie hewlett/alan martin
  • bone by jeff smith
  • meat cake by dame darcy
  • julie doucet, junko mizuno, joakim pirinen, liv strömquist, nina hemmingsson, ville pirinen, ville ranta, kati kovács, guy delisle...

ZINES. esp. perzines, feminism and mental zines. if you make one, i'd love to read it!


alien. only lovers left alive. natural born killers. se7en. termonator. tideland. tracey. hedwig and the angry inch. russ meyer movies. sympathy for lady vengeance. velvet goldmine. fightclub. lost highway. trainspotting. silent hill. requiem for a dream. the cell. the nightmare before christmas. rocky horror picture show. dirty diaries. fear and loathing in las vegas. planet terror. the science of sleep. antichrist. the royal tennenbaums.

i'd love some.. (just ideas!)

  • wooden knitting needles
  • sharpie pens
  • zines
  • mixtapes
  • hair clips
  • mini hama beads
  • embroidery yarn
  • kitchy catholic items
  • vintage ephemera
  • medical items and imagery
  • insects, invertebrates, single-celled organisms
  • anything handmade by you

not into..

  • sport stuff.
  • all that "be beautiful/ perfect/ stiff/ insanely productive/ in fashion" -kind of thinking.
  • scents, since i seem to be anosmic. i do notice BAD and strong smells, but i have no idea what e.g. rain, ground, flowers, different kind of food etc smell like. :<

note to self.

waiting a tag from @badandknowsit2 in I've Got What You Want - Tag

waiting a tag from @zurdoswifey in I collect...send to the person above you - tag

Flaked by:

@RoseHips in Mermaid paper doll swap Date extended!!

@DownsideUp in Mix CD Scavenger Hunt 2010

@Lawless in ODD little monster stuffie - I sent a PM to her on Oct 16, 2010 and left a 1 rating a week later. ("She has marked sent on Aug 7th, but I never received anything. She's been online last time Aug 9th, so no answer to my PM. I'll re-rate if I ever receive anything.") Now, Nov. 9, she has deleted her whole profile.. oh well.

@swinginginthetrees in Chicks Rock Music Swap!


Ryleighsmom rated for PIF (pay it forward) #1 on Jul 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you! So sorry for the delay in rating!
Lucine rated for Handmade sticker swap on Mar 17, 2017
Comment: Not received and she did not read my pm.
Comment: I loved your journal! It's quite apocalypse-y. Made me smile :)
Comment: Taija, I love my little Sipulikollo! It is absolutely gorgeous and I would give you 100 hearts if that were possible! I love the story too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the little creature. I'm quite fond of the place you live in, seems so incredible to me!
Comment: Thank you for the great package. I absolutely love the post cards. I can not get non-tourist cards in my area. The return address lables are so cute and I am looking forward to using the rubber stamp. The other items will come in handy as I write to my list of college students. Thanks again I love it all. <3
karli rated for Victorian Mourning on Oct 23, 2012
Comment: Very lovely, thank you! Karolina
donetta rated for Victorian Mourning on Oct 22, 2012
Comment: I love this ATC so much, Taija! You are a wonderful artist; thank you for sharing some of your original art with me...you really tapped into the essence of the Victorian mourning obligation!
Response: Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you liked the ATC!
Comment: Very cool stuff! Thanks so much!
manders2280 rated for Happy Happy Joy Joy #2 on Sep 12, 2011
Comment: Such a wonderful package! I love the felt Day of the Dead skull - and that's coming up as Halloween in the US so I can wear this in the run-up to our holiday! Thank you.
Comment: You decided on an awsome image for the envi. I really like it and of cause the felt in it.^^
Response: Thank you for the generous rating/:) ( I must note here that I actually forgot this swap, and sent a bit over a week late. I did send PM to lieselotte81195 and the swap co-ordinator about my mistake. My partner was really kind with the rating. )
Celticmoon rated for Cross Stitch Surprise #1 on May 20, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the 2 very special cross stitch patterns. Yes, I already have plans for both pieces. Happy swapping
Comment: Wonderful zine - I love both your doodles(/sketches) & notes. Your artwork is awesome! Thanks for a great swap. :)
Comment: Love it. Love your drawing style too.
Comment: I love your doodles! What a marvelous zine. Thank you so much for sharing :)
oreon rated for Dr. Parnassus Trinchie on Mar 1, 2011
Comment: What a beautiful piece. I love it so & will add it to my wall of Mail Art. Thank you!
Basilika rated for Happy Happy Joy Joy on Feb 19, 2011
Comment: WOW!! I love my swap package, thank you thank you thank you! The pens of course (yay!), all the little crafting bits and ephemera that are *so* well tailored to me, the homemade stickers... Oh, did you alter the MLP in the photo? It's so cool! But the best thing (ever!) is the ATC. I mean, it's Princess Peach, it's xstitch *and* it's freaking glow-in-the-dark!! Its awesomeness defies description. The goal for this swap was "to promote a minor seizure of happiness". Yes. Mission accomplished.
Response: I'm happy you liked the swap. :) The MLP in the photo was altered by my girlfriend. This was a fun swap to make yay!
LavenderLizard rated for Guerilla Art! on Jan 6, 2011
Comment: I totally love your style! My boyfriend and I will plant the art items this weekend...the knitted tags are so amazing I will have to force myself to let go of them, the stickers are adorably quirky/fun, and the wishing stars are a great idea. Thanks so much for a great swap!
Kimbeewa rated for NOV: ZMACS filled 250 Matchbox on Dec 27, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic matchbox!!! It was full of so many incredible items, I LOVE it!! I received the embroidery package about 4 days before the matchbox so I was waiting each day with anticipation knowing it would be there soon :) Thank you so much, I thoroughly enjoyed everything ♥
Response: Great that you liked the matchbox despite the fact it arrived in sort of two pieces:D
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating you. Thankyou, I love your zine pages (and the cute little cloud!) and really enjoyed reading what you wrote =)
Comment: I absolutely love your pages, so original and fun! I love your style! Thank you so much :)

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EmilyT on Apr 13, 2017:

Please ask to rejoin Beginner's Cross Stitch when the sticker swap is taken care of.

Lucine on Mar 17, 2017:

I never received the Handmade sticker swap and you have not been on swap-bot since February 17th. You also did not read/replied to my message.

Izafelidae on Feb 6, 2013:

I am going back and tracking the origins and destinations of my swaps. WE did teh Blood Countess ATC swap back in '10. If you don't mind, could you share your city in Finland? Thanks so much.

BluePoppy on Dec 13, 2012:

Passing by to wish you one very merry Christmas! Hope you enjoy the season with your family and friends in peace, happiness and good health!

iLoveMail on Nov 26, 2012:

Hi Taija - I've sent you a couple of messages regarding the Snail Mailer's dream parcel swap. Can you please let me know if you've received it?? Thank you :)

BluePoppy on Oct 31, 2012:

Passing by to wish you a

BluePoppy on Oct 6, 2012:


I've just received the Surprise Tag! Love the kawaii lettersheets and, oh girl, the cross stitched hair pin is a little treasure! You're so talented! Well done!

RyeRye on Sep 29, 2012:

babynavyblue on Sep 26, 2012:


Did I ever thank you for angeling the Brown Softie for me, cause the package you sent was amazing!! Thank yoo again, it was truly a wonderful package. I wish you had been my partner instead of who I got.

BluePoppy on Sep 8, 2012:

Passing by to wish you a

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