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Catida

Catida
Date Joined: December 28, 2018
Last Online: June 23, 2021

Country: Finland
My ATC blog

CAUTION

POSTAL RESTRICTIONS.

Post has been very unpredictable eversince the covid pandemic started. If you haven't received something from me, please contact me so we can come up with a solution.


UPDATE May 17, 2021:

  • Record from Finland to USA 4 months and 2 weeks. Average 5-7 weeks.

  • Record from USA to Finland 3 months + 10 days. Average 4-6 weeks.

  • European connections work fine.

  • Still not able to send to a list of minor countries outside Europe.

Thank you all my swap partners for your patience and understanding :) I am giving your swaps plenty of time to arrive too.


ELECTRONIC SWAPS: I find e-mails much easier to handle than the private messages in Swap-bot. So feel free to use e-mail if you're to make an electronic swap with me. Just remember to include the name of the swap and your Swap-bot username :)


About Me

I'm Emilia, a woman in my thirties, christian, happily married, mother of two, owner of one cat. I live in Finland, in Northern Europe. I'm afraid I'm somewhat a serious person. I enjoy witty jokes and funny stories, but am not good at making them up. I spend way too much time on my laptop, on online forums and browsing random stuff.

Some of my interests:

  • Good food. Eating out. Trying new recipes.

  • Reading novels

  • Playing the piano and ukulele

  • Board games

  • Corresponding. Aesthetic mail. Fountain pens. Brush lettering.

  • Pets. Horseback riding. Observing animal behavior.

  • Nature conservation, recycling, sustainable choices in everyday life.


ABOUT MY KIDS:

My daughter, age 5, and son, age 7, love to swap too! If your kid would like to swap, PM me and we can set up a private swap.

My 5-year-old likes stickers, die cuts and pictures cut out of magazines, ATCs, trinkets and shiny things (but PLEASE, nothing with clitter falling off!). Her favourite colors are green, lilac and pink. Favourite themes are Paw Patrol, dinosaurs, ponies, bunnies, cats and dogs.

The 7-year-old likes to swap ATCs or small drawings/paintings.


What to write..?

If you're to send me mail/letter/postcard but don't know what to write, here are some suggestions:

  • Local culture and your everyday life

  • Nature and animal life in your country/ home area

  • Books you have read lately/ books you could recommend

  • Your favourite simple recipie (preferably with no meat)

  • Christian encouragement

  • Your worldview

  • Latest dream you had

  • Your goals, small or big


Art & Swapping

ATCs (Artist Trading Cards): I love ATCs, though lately I haven't made that many. I make hand painted ATCs with watercolors, but sometimes also use other media.

ATC themes I collect:

  • Hand drawn/painted cards

  • Fish

  • Wild animals (even reptiles, snakes and other animals that some people consider not-so-cute..)

  • Cards made with interesting techniques (gelli printing, alcohol inks, acrylic pouring, clever use of recycled materials...)

  • Interesting collages and other cards with some unique/quirky twist

I put a lot of time and effort in my ATCs, so if you're to trade ATCs with me, I hope you make your best effort too :)

You can see the cards I've made in the past in my blog: https://atcemilia.wordpress.com/

Feel free to suggest private swaps! Especially for hand drawn/painted ATCs.


-Swap-bot has inspired me to try other types of mail art too, f.ex. decorated envelopes, and self made bookmarks and postcards.

-I also enjoy swaps that are about writing and sharing thoughts, such as letter/postcard writing swaps, swaps about cultural exchange, and reading/ book recommendation themed swaps.


Tea

Favourites:

  • Scented black tea

  • Decaf teas

  • Chamomile blends

  • Scented green tea

Favourite scents: jasmine, mango, peach, vanilla, caramel, pastry tastes, mint, cola

-STASH I've got to taste some nice blends from this mark through previous tea swaps. Unfortunately Stash Teas are not available in Finland. I would like to try:

*White Peach Oolong

*Breakfast in Paris

*Sweet Honeydew Green Tea

*Coconut Mango Oolong

*Peach Black Tea

*Chocolate Mint Oolong

Dislikes:

  • Rooibos
  • Infusions (excluding chamomile)
  • Licorice root
  • Fennel
  • Berry flavours

Favorite Books

I read novels. I'm very bad at reading non-fiction.

Special likes:

  • Historical novels (my favourite!)

  • Magical realism

  • Scifi

  • Fantasy

  • Whodunits (not too cruel, think Agatha Christie)

  • Novels that focus on human relationships

Please recommend me your favourite books! :)

Dislikes:

  • horror
  • graphic violence
  • super fluffy chiclit
  • harlequin type romance novels

Postcards

Anything goes really, as long as it's appropriate. I'm most interested in what you write on the back :) (See "What to write..?" above, if you need ideas.)

Some special likes:

  • Artsy cards (classical art, contemporary art, also art designed for postcard purpose)

  • Black&white photos

  • Animals, fish or bugs pictured in artistic or realistic style (as opposite to funny cartoon style)

Favourite animals: goats, badgers, crows, cats, betta fish, gourami fish

  • Cards with books/someone reading

  • Cards with a teacup, or a character drinking tea

  • Your handmade art!


Extras/ Flat gifts

Please don't feel you should send me extras. I'm fine with your original swap :)

Should you still want to send something, or if the swap requires "a small flat gift", here are some things I like:

  • Unique pieces of paper/cardstock I can use for future artwork (f.ex. leftover pieces from your art/craft projects)

  • Book pages/ magazine pages with english text.

  • Sheet music

  • Pages with text on tiny font

  • Reward stickers and other childish stickers. I have kids, and I work with kids, so I have use for them :)

  • Washi samples (love polkadots!)

  • Bookmarks

  • Teabags (see "Tea" above)

  • Folded notecards with no greeting (these seem to be hard to find in Finland)


LOOKING FORWARD TO SWAPPING WITH YOU! :)

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks so much! I have added them all to the list! <3 Al
Response: You're welcome :)
Readergirl rated for PC from a Place I Don't Live #16 on Jun 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! I have read, " Born a Crime" and enjoyed it as much as you. I adore, "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" and watch it regularly. Please visit other countries, before here....We are such spoiled brats, compared to the rest of the world.
Response: Haha, you would not get a job as a tourism marketer :) I had never heard of Trevor Noah before the book. Could be fun to watch him perform now, after reading his story.
deesides rated for Illustrated PC #2, yay art on Jun 4, 2021
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Comment: Kiitos ihanasta Julia Vuoren kortista!
Response: Oleppa hyvä :)
Risna rated for PC from a Place I Don't Live #16 on Jun 2, 2021
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Comment: It's so wonderful to meet you here on swap-bot. I received your cool postcard today. Thank you so much, I really like it. (You asked what I volunteer for... it's a NGO that does cultural exchange programs - mostly for students. I help planning short term exchanges and chaperone once a year.) I hope you are having a wonderful day. Take care and stay safe!
Response: I'm glad you liked the card. Your volunteer work sounds very interesting!
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Comment: Thank you sooo much for your great postcard, Emilia. I like the snowy view a lot :-) Your message makes me want to go to Tampere and visit the yarn shop right away ;-) And I will definitely read the book you recommended. It sounds very much like something for me :-)
Response: Happy reading :)
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Comment: The cat postcard cracked me up, thanks! :D
Response: I'm so glad! :)
deesides rated for Illustrated PC #1, yay art on May 24, 2021
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Comment: Kiitos söpöstä kettukortista ja ihanasta pikku mursupiirroksesta :D Muumimerkkikin oli ihana! Hyvää kesänalkua ja onnea yksipyöräisellä ajamisen treenaamiseen!
Response: Kiva kun tykkäsit :)
Katastick rated for Private ATC swap Catida&Katastick on May 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the amazing ATC. You’re very talented. Love the way you labeled the back. The envelope art is stunning too. The dried flowers are so sweet. The green ink you use is very pretty. Such a lovely letter, it made my day!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, and that it arrived in good condition :)
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Comment: Emilia, thank you so much for the amazing card. You have such beautiful handwriting.
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Comment: Got it today, thank you! Tack för kortet, såå roligt att du skrev det på svenska :D
Response: I'm glad you liked it :)
CookieMomster78 rated for E & H’s ATC Swap on Mar 15, 2021
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Comment: Yay! This beautiful horse ATC reminds me of a favorite book from my childhood, The Black Stallion! Thank you so much! I love it! The envelope decoration is great as well & I look forward to trying the calming cinnamon tea! 😁
Response: Haha, I used a photo of the friesian "Frederick the Great" as reference when painting. I'm so glad it arrived to you safely!
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Comment: Thank you so much for your thoughtful Bible verse and letter. It’s a verse that I will keep on my prayer list! We all need God’s protection at the moment.
Response: Thank you for the generous rating :)
twileteyes rated for AAA: Challenge #5 on Feb 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the great ATC!
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely, and that you liked it :)
sweetgypsy rated for WIYM: STAMP IT! Mail Art on Feb 19, 2021
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Comment: Such a fun mail art envelope and I love that you painted me bubblegum girls grandma - "spiked haired granny". She is one cool granny! Thank you so much!!. :)
Response: You're welcome :)
vlhafer54 rated for AAA: Challenge #5 on Feb 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC - even the envelope is pretty - Happy Swapping!
Response: I'm glad it reached you in a reasonable time, and that you liked it :)
Gnoe rated for WIYM: Chatty postcard 2 - EUROPE on Feb 5, 2021
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Comment: Dear Emilia, a big THANK YOU for your amazing bling-y postcard that is a delight to read!!! And the envelope is to drool for as well <3 I didn't know we were allowed to send in envelope or I would've too: naked PCs are always way too small to chat properly ;-)
Response: That was fast! I had naked postcards in mind when creating the swap, but I put yours in envelope as you said in your profile that you wished to re-use the stamp. I'm glad you liked it :)
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Comment: Thank you for the swap. I had fun reading about the books you’ve read and your fave authors. I might check some of them out. TYVM again!
Response: I*m glad it didn't take awfully long to reach you! No sign of your letter yet, but I'm positive it will get here sooner or later :)
Ikran3 rated for WIYM: Local Christmas Card EUROPE on Dec 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard - I LOVE it :) Happy Christmas!
Response: I'm glad it hadn't gone lost after all :) Thanks for rating :)
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Comment: Well done Emilia for getting as far as you have with the book, this has been such good motivation for all of us. I hope you finish it soon x
Response: Currently on page 156.. :)
USAFwife rated for CL: What are you Reading? on Sep 21, 2020
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Comment: I hope you enjoyed your book. :) I've found switching to an audio for a book I want to read but can't get into helps, too. Sorry that the book wasn't as humours as you'd hoped, but hope it was an interesting book none the less. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart. I'm not sure if I can say I enjoyed The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, but it was very interesting and thought-provoking :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

MystyxMya on Feb 18, 2021:

Hello!!!!

Amigirl on Dec 11, 2020:

Thanks for the nice compliment!

Lemonine on Oct 12, 2020:

I've got the back-and-forth postcard!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 26, 2020:

Thank you for your kind words. I've been trying to be kinder and look at the big picture. Your comment really brightened my day. :)

CajunLady on May 23, 2020:

Saw your comment about Firefly. How long ago did that end and I'm still not over it?!

pepita2608 on May 10, 2020:

Hello this is Deco profile Kawaii Pusheen

I hope you enjoy!

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parakeetmails on May 9, 2020:

Hello! This is for Kawaii Pusheen Deco swap! I found these super cute so I hope you do too! <3 Enjoy!

parakeetmails on Apr 5, 2020:

Omg I didnt see your comments on my profile until just now!!! To answer your questions; I'd love to visit Somero only cause I did a whole school project on that place, and kind of fell in love with its beauty. Same as Rovaneimi (I think I spelled that right) I have a literal ZINE based after that place! Finland is so beautiful and also, I heard they love to eat reindeer with Jagërmeister sauce and I wanna try that too, LOL!! I also had finnish licorice & snacks and ohhhhh they were soooooo good. Also, I do let my birds roam free in my home! Yes, they do poo everywhere, so you gotta clean that up but they are very well trained. They only make messes in their cages, but I hear you can potty train a bird. I dont know how though haha. Birds are DEFINITELY a big bundle of commitment, and knowledge. Thankfully I've had birds since the age of 11 and know almost everything about parrots! Everything as in ranging between their poop, behavior, sickness, bird structure, habitat and food patterns hahah :] If you have any questions about them just strike me a message, I know everything about little parrots!!

parakeetmails on Apr 1, 2020:

Hello Emilia! Thanks for joining my swap "Positive Comments" so I, your host, shall write you a very heartfelt comment for your profile. First, I must say, I'm so lucky to have you as a partner! I absolutely LOVE Finland as it is one of my favorite countries (I studied it the most in my Geography class) and it's also my favorite foreign food. I'd loooove to visit your country one day, especially Helsinki or Suomi. I read your profile and you seen to be really devoted to animals. I love animals too, but I bet you're kind of one of those "animal whisperers" haha! You also seem really interested in ATC's and art! I do some art myself, I think it's amazing how talented people can get when it comes to artistic skill. I also read books, so I thought I'd also recommend one. Lately I've been reading "The HazelWood" it's about this young girl whose grandmother dies alone in a supernatural estate called the HazelWood. Soon her mother gets kidnapped, and she finds out someone hid her mother in that creepy place. It's really good fantast/thriller sci-fi type book going on, although I'm not a fan on fantasy books, it is a good read. I'm more of a romance novel reader--or a graphic novel hoarder LOL.

Anyway, hope this uplifted your day in a way, smile bright and stay safe! Have a great day♡

Catida on Nov 28, 2019:

I haven't received any post in the last few weeks due to a strike in finnish postal service. The strike finally ended last Tuesday, so hopefully all delayed post will be delivered soon :)

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