To avoid going to PO during pandemic, for the time being I'm going to sign up only to swaps that can be sent and received as a letter (i.e. contain only paper).
In case you are interested, I have a list of things sent/owning on the bottom of my profile.
I'm here mostly to swap ideas (for example for handmade items), not stuff.
So, for most swaps I sign up hoping to get to try something new, and also that I get some new ideas in exchange.
That means, if you are sending to me, don't be afraid to try something new. I'd love to look on an item you made/sent and think "oh wow, what an idea! I would never have thought of it!". If it meets the swap description, no matter how unusual the interpretation, it is a fair game.
For swaps that require writing something (a note, a letter) it means that, given the content is the same, there's no real difference for me whether the letter is handwritten on pretty paper or printed on plain printer paper. There's no reason to apologize in the second case as some people have done, really! Actually, as I'm not a native English speaker, I often find printed text (especially in plain font on plain white paper) easier to read.
In general, I prefer practical over pretty. Yeah, weird.
It also means that I am not so extremely fond of receiving extras - I have lots of stuff already, and as I said, I am much more interested in the idea behind the swap items than getting more stuff. Extras do not affect how I rate you, anyway.
Also because of all the drama surrounding extras, I don't send any extras myself - I do not want to make my partners feel like they are under pressure to give a heart, and if they won't who knows where I will go and complain about rude people (not that I'd do that, but how would you know?). So - no extras, no pressure on my partners, that's the way I think. ;)
Another thing that my not caring much about stuff means is that I don't really lose any sleep if you send your swap out late or not at all. On the other side, I lose no sleep over rating accordingly, either.
I'd also rather not get angel packages, unless you allow me to angel something for you, too - I feel uncomfortable when receiving but not sending myself (or when receiving too generous packages).
I strongly disagree with the "send what you'd want to receive yourself", so don't be afraid - you will not get mathematical problems from me unless that's what you'd want to receive, too. (whew!)
I am aware that the swaps hosted by me tend to be not of everyone's taste and hence often don't get many sign-ups. But I never delete a swap because of "lack of interest", unless it is partner-assigning time and I'm all alone in it. Hope dies last, I guess?
If you are sending me for several swaps at the same time, feel absolutely welcome to combine them into one envelope (unless there are must-be-sent-naked postcards) to save on postage - just make clear what is for what! And, of course, do send both swaps on time.
Home: husband, four children (two young adults, two young children); no pets (unless you count free-range spiders) but a small garden.
Besides work&home: visiting local art studio on Saturdays.
I am Estonian, my husband is Latvian, our children speak both languages (well, so do we). We live in a townlet near Riga, the capital of Latvia.
"Paha siga" in Estonian means "bad pig" - from a story of a piglet whining that he cannot burrow as either his snout is mangy or ground is frozen, resulting in a saying in Estonian said to people who complain about something and find fault with all solutions offered as well. I was often like that during my second pregnancy and to warn my fellow chatters (you know, trying to find solutions for someone just wanting to whine gets both parties angry) I changed my nickname to paha_siga on these occasions. Afterwards I stuck to it as it was far more original than previous nick.
This little pig in my avatar I crocheted specially for using as an avatar. I wondered after photographing whether I should find her now another use, for example, as a pincushion (making her therefore a porcupine - direct translation from Estonian would be "thorn-pig") but a friend told me that she looks more like a sad pig than a bad one and it is obvious from her face she knows about my cruel plan to stick needles into her. Now she lives in a tin cake that @dreamerkins made me for a swap and works occasionally as a model for my swap cards. :)
If you find spelling my username too difficult, you may just call me piggy.
But, what with my nick and avatar, pigs are actually not particularly special for me. I rather like all kinds of animals (on pictures, anyway - please do not send me actual animals).
Two crafts I feel most confident in are knitting and crocheting. But I also do now and then a bit of sewing, play around with polymer clay, and actually like to try a bit of everything.
So as to give you an idea, what I do and on what level, here's a list of what I do have and use:
Most probably I don't even know what I'm missing, so if you read this list and think of something I miss, you should tell me! ;)
In my art group that I attend, we can use whatever media we want for drawing or painting. I have been using mostly coal, oil pastels and dry pastels, and have tried watercolours and acrylics, but I somehow I never know how to mix paints.
We have mostly still life settings, of course, but more and more do people bring in photos they want to paint or pictures they want to copy (all purely for an artistic growth), so it may easily be that everyone does her own little thing. Especially for Art Days each spring - we usually need to do Something Else depending what the theme is.
While we do generally life-like things, not posters or abstract art, I do like paintings by Navitrolla. I think a big part of it may be his picture names.
My own art pieces generally are pictures of something, not abstract combinations of suitable things. And I do have a thing with names or rather, what it boils down to - the idea behind the picture.
First of all, if you are reading this because you need to send me a flat profile surprise, any math or logic puzzle will do very well - pull it out of a magazine or print off internet, doesn't matter. Of course, if you find something else that fits the description, it is quite fine - I just thought to make this easy, as I'm not signing up to swaps for those profile surprises, so there's no point in putting too much energy into it.
Also, I don't collect unwritten postcards (except for maps and Navitrolla) or notecards, so if you are sending some of those, there's no point in making them to match my profile - but rather, the profiles of people I'm going to send them to. Which means anything (of sufficiently universal interest) goes!
My husband has decided to rekindle his boyhood stamp collection. You know what this means - I have a perfect excuse for spending money on stamps for swaps I send out myself!
Pretty colours: black, white, red, blue, yellow, green, terracota, grey, silver, beige
Ugly colours: pink, orange, purple, golden, dark brown, muddy colours
That's just my personal opinion and doesn't include things that are in their natural colour - I'd rather have pink than green pigs, thank you. ;) If you make an ATC trying to convince me that pink and brown is actually a pretty combination, it's fine! I also have no problems using "ugly" colours when making something for others.
Do not hope to cause any warm feelings by insinuating that Estonia and/or Latvia is a part of Russia, ever.
And if you haven't noticed yet, sending me paper scraps is the best way to inform me that you did not read my profile.
Our village's letterbox is emptied 15:30 on workdays, so mail posted after that time will bear next day's postmark (or so I hope). But if I make it to letterbox and back before 10 am, the sent date in swap will show previous day due to time zones.
Last update: June 30
Currently in mail:
Note that Latvia uses "DD.MM.YYYY" date format, so postmark "11.10." is 11th of October not November 10th.
I have promised to send:
I'm waiting for:
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