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Last Online: February 23, 2015
Birthday: June 15, 1987
Country: Finland
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About Me

Bookbinder, painter, traveler, recycler. Most often dreams of water in unusual places. Tea-time, fixing things, learning, growing vegetables, being an idle fellow.

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I like all things earthy and organic, and I dream of train travels across the Europe, worm-fishing at the summer cottage, hiking and camping trips, fell climbing, visiting unlikely places and experiencing new things, knitting woollen tweed pullovers, walking in the frosty fields in early November, learning carpentry, going to cinema alone, writing long letters, reading books and burning incense in the evenings.

Favourite television

The Hour, Top of the Lake, Downton Abbey, In Treatment, Heartbeat, Boardwalk Empire, Broadchurch, This is England, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, documentaries. All kinds of films

Favourite books

Osamu Dazai: Tsugaru | Anne Rice: Interview with the Vampire + The Vampire Lestat | William Least Heat-Moon: Blue Highways | Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights | Ted Hughes: Hawk in the Rain | Annie Proulx: The Shipping News | Bella Bathurst: The Lighthouse Stevensons | Bella Bathurst: Wreckers | works of Kazuya Minekura


  • Inks, brushes, fineliner pens etc..
  • Mixtapes and CDs
  • Tea (especially Stash teas because I can't get them myself)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Old poetry, archaeology and anthropology books, in English
  • Coloured linen thread
  • Embroidery thread and also thin silk threads
  • Gemstones, crystals, animal teeth, glass and metal beads
  • 14 gauge (0.6mm) ear jewellery, all kinds of
  • Everything historical / old-fashioned sea and seafaring related
  • Pictures and old illustrations of lighthouses
  • I would love to have mourning stationery. Other old-fashioned fountain pen friendly stationery is welcome too.
  • A6 (postcard size) envelopes, especially kraft paper, recycled paper and coloured ones.
  • Thin, black cotton or linen fabric
  • also thin, natural white cotton or linen fabric
  • Original art or crafts by you, handdrawn ATCs
  • Handmade or handdyed papers/scraps
  • Leather scraps, especially brown ones
  • 35mm or 120 photographic film!
  • Everything Gary Oldman, T.E. Lawrence, Toshiro Mifune related
  • WWI and WWII related things
  • Patches, self-made or bought, weird and punk ones, fabric or embroidered. I sew these on my clothes and my backpack.
  • Large stickers in the same spirit as above
  • Old photographs: Gentlemen, horses, ships, trains, cars, landscapes, unusual, oriental. Vintage postcards are nice too.
  • Old religious and esotheric ephemera, oddities
  • Incense (such as nag champa, amber, myrrh, coconut, rosewood...)
  • Aromatherapeutic / essential oils, for example bergamot, camphor, neroli, petitgrain, vetiver, ylang ylang, and the ones above.
  • Lomonosov cups, saucers and mugs. Broken ones too. I can trade for something!
  • Folding paper or fabric fans, historical ones or ones with scenery / art reproductions are neat but everything's quite fine. I actually use these!
  • Gentlemen's clothing items: Vests, neckties, bow ties, spats, braces, gloves, spectacles.. Second hand or new, I don't mind
  • Everything useful like woollen socks, wool yarn, candles, organic soap samples, matchsticks in strange or funny boxes.

I always prefer handmade and organic/ethical products, I love things that have some soul and integrity. I like practical items more than items that are merely decorative - unless they're your original art or curious vintage/antique, which I do love. Recycled and found objects are always interesting, and I'd be more than happy to receive ephemera and trinkets from your "personal archives" too. Everything doesn't have to be store bought, so you don't have to worry about that. I make mixed media pieces in which I can use all sorts of curious materials.


  • I don't necessarily like plastic dollar store items... Except really weird stickers, such as glittery aircrafts. Eh!

  • No cutesy, girly, cartoon, Disney things for me

  • I don't wear makeup

  • Touristy postcards, unless it's a touristy postcard swap!

  • Really strong, artificial, soapy scents are not my thing. I prefer essential oils etc.

  • Rooibos tea, hibiscus

  • I always try my best to send interesting packages even if it means I have to spend a couple of dollars (or euros) more in the post office. I hope you'd do the same for me in a craft / item swap.


I'm around size 34 (XS/S) and of lanky build. My height is 164cm and my shoe size is EU 38.

My favourite colours are natural, earthy tones; Browns, muted blues, rust, maroon, grayish purple, amber, mustard, moss green, bronze, black, natural white and all kinds of grays. Some of my house colours:

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Some favourite artists: Andrew Wyeth, Hugo Simberg, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Harry Clarke, J.C. Leyendecker, Romaine Brooks, Aleksei Savrasov, Mikhail Vrubel, Lucjan.

Other favourite things: Steam trains, heavy horses, old engines, parachute boots, punk gigs, psychedelic or traditional doom metal, natural and plant dyeing, ink drawings, mushroom hunting, frosty days of the late autumn. My favourite film is Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky. I love loose leaf teas. I think gender binary is rubbish. I don't follow any organised religion in particular.

I don't give hearts based on the amount of "extras" you put in a swap; I think it sort of promotes a culture of bribing. I give hearts for packages that look like a great amount of care and thought has gone into them or packages that are particularly spot-on and wonderful and feel somehow very special to me.

Please note that I sometimes drop my swaps in the post box instead of taking them to the postal office, and although I try my best to see that they are collected before (or on) the deadline, I can't always make sure that they are stamped on the deadline. Our postal system doesn't operate during weekends.

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I don't wanna vote for your government / I just wanna be your tugboat captain


rngstgstll rated for Valkyrie Santa Swap on Jan 9, 2015
Comment: Thank you, the Santa Valkyrie was absolutely wonderful and I so enjoyed the postcard and other fun materials as well! I am pondering how to make you something equally wonderful, it will be a challenge. Valkyrie is guarding my living room at present, she takes her job quite seriously. Thanks again for your participation, and keep checking your mailbox :)
Comment: Great choices in snacks, incense, and tea. Did you make the soaps?
bluehairedmary rated for C&C Stocking Stuffers!! on Nov 29, 2014
Comment: Items received! I can't wait to open them on Christmas Day! Thanks! - I love the handmade mini-journal and the lace and trims you sent! Thanks so much! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
TheMadKnitter rated for Vampire ATC round #2 on Nov 25, 2014
snailmailer1 rated for wrapped stocking stuffer on Nov 13, 2014
Comment: Thanks very much. I like the wrapping. Merry Christmas :)
nolagirl rated for Vampire ATC round #2 on Nov 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful vampire ATC! I am very happy to have this one in my collection!
everoutlaw rated for Uncommon package. Round 2 on Nov 4, 2014
Response: As of 4th of November, the first package I sent still has not arrived to everoutlaw. I'm mailing another one as a replacement in a week or so!
ktina rated for QUICK Halloween Matchbox swap on Oct 22, 2014
Comment: Thank you, I love your art!
niwaliu rated for B & W PC Swap INT #10 on Oct 14, 2014
Comment: Hello Elina, Thanks for the swap & wow! you write lots of words! Thanks! :)
dawnakaulen rated for Vampire Postcard Round 2 on Oct 14, 2014
Comment: You are very talented, thank you.
Elvenwarrior rated for The dark side - Round 3 on Oct 9, 2014
Comment: Thanks for that awesome stuff :D the CD is pretty cool and the Photos, looks nice and scary. Hope that you get a nice Package too. :D
Melliej045 rated for Vampire Postcard Round 2 on Oct 7, 2014
Comment: Awesome drawing, I love it. Thank you very much for sending me this card!
Diana1 rated for B & W PC Swap INT #10 on Oct 3, 2014
Comment: Thank you for a very special card and for telling me something about it and about your life. Me very happy girl :)
wendybee18 rated for Simply tea ~ Newbie friendly! on Oct 3, 2014
Comment: Thankyou so much! I loved em. ^^
Gwillisinc rated for Scrap Attack ATC on Aug 25, 2014
Comment: Hello, I just received your card today. It looks like it was mailed in July. it's beautiful & simple, thank you.
Response: Wow, it took AGES to get to you! I sent both of the cards for the swap at the same time, I wonder what took this one so long. I'm glad to hear you received it though, and that you liked it too.
piratecaptainmo rated for Scrap Attack ATC on Aug 9, 2014
Comment: THank you for the great ATC!
Comment: Thank you... The postcard is really lovely!!! (and i DO call it art!) thank you for the teas too. I'm going to try the red fruits one tomorrow morning! :-)
MeganSR rated for Share your beliefs on May 20, 2014
Comment: Thank you so much for such a thoughtful letter and for the stone and incense. I really enjoyed reading about your beliefs, agree with so much of what you wrote, and have added the authors you mentioned to my 'to-read' list. :)
herlovenotes rated for "This is Me" Postcard Swap, R1 on May 2, 2014
Comment: thank you so much for the amazing postcard! i love it and i also loved hearing all about you. you have gorgeous handwriting, too! your postcard made me smile. :) <3 xx
Comment: Love the Atc. Thank you!

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rngstgstll on Mar 30, 2015:


Second flight of Valkyries takes off today ...

rngstgstll on Mar 25, 2015:

OK, one flight of Valkyries is finally on its way!

hydro75 on May 15, 2014:

Thank you so much for lovely pen you sent for the Cup and Chaucer paper twist tag! I will get lots of use out of it! :)

grimmlynn on May 14, 2014:

Thank you for the lovely pen in the Cup and Chaucer WTA game! It is one of my favorite types, actually. You did a great job picking it out and it arrived really quickly! Thanks again! Jeni

zoev1975 on Apr 8, 2014:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard and ATC for the Cup and Chaucer WTA - I love them. The ATC in particular is fab - you are so talented!

TereDiane1954 on Nov 27, 2013:

I like your profile! You have a poetic way of expressing yourself that is very appealing.

PukeFacedFreak on Nov 24, 2013:

Thank you for joining My Drunk Penpal. :)

elvenfire on Mar 12, 2013:

Laitan slameja heti kun kerkeän. :)

satanicpanic on Feb 16, 2013:

:) Reading through your profile made me long for new friends and to visit Finland. Also, you are quite beautiful. (I stalked your flickr and for that I am not sorry)

satanicpanic on Feb 16, 2013:

your hand made books are absolutely brilliant!!

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