Swap-bot Time: September 16, 2021 3:28 pm


Date Joined: September 19, 2007
Last Online: September 15, 2021
Birthday: January 5, 1976
Country: Latvia
Things made by me in Flickr (old stuff)

About My Swapping

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). Our village's letterbox is emptied 15:30 on workdays.

My address has somewhat changed - due to our county being added to another, I took the county name off my address, as the postal code plus village name should be enough. (It was not a voluntary joining and I just can't bear to think getting mail with that strange county in my address yet.)

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 (although, if you are afraid that I may not understand how exactly it meets it, you could add an explanation, so that I could feel the wow at once, not after confusion and PMing).

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 I was indeed left all alone in it!

About Me

Work: teacher of an after-school math group; checking tests of my husband's first year students.

Home: my husband, our two teen sons and two young daughters; 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, children speak both languages (well, so do we). We live in a townlet near Riga, the capital of Latvia.

About My Username

"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 nickname 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.

Favorite Crafts

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:

  • knitting needles - circular and double-pointed mostly, of 4-5 different sizes, enough for most of my projects, only I cannot run several of the same size at the same time - that's probably only good for me as it makes me to actually finish a project ;) ; two row counters; I also have some stitch markers and a truly good needle holder thanks to @AmandaLee
  • crochet hooks - about 8 of them, I think I have now all sizes covered; and crochet stitch markers from @Toupti 's etsy shop
  • lots of yarn, too! - both my mother and sister have brought me their leftover yarn, hoping I'll find use for it... good thing my mother gave two baskets as well!
  • I also got some raw yarn... I guess I should do some knit/crochet washing-machine felted thing, or do you have some other idea? I have no spinning tools, but maybe I'll try weaving them?
  • wool for felting, felting needles and felting pad
  • a sewing machine, needles and threads and fabric; I also have a bunch of synthetic felt
  • lots of embroidery threads
  • a set of Knifty Knitters (thanks to @luvcatzzz - I wanted them for my grandmother (now deceased)
  • various beads, cheap hooks (no real silver stuff etc), wire and such, and tools
  • Fimo polymer clay, a roller, three cutters, a bead roller, some molds and a varnish; @dreamerkins sent me a clay machine, yay!
  • two children weaving looms [one (newer!) of them rather sucks]
  • glue and varnish (and napkins) for decoupage - had a course in summer 2013!
  • one children DIY kit with pottery wheel (not tried out yet)
  • a bit of stickers and over a dozen paper punches, although I'm not into paper crafts at all (they are mostly for my children) - I admire people who can make wonderful collages, but I just can't myself
  • brads and a setter for them
  • some fabric dye, fabric paints, fabric markers, candle paints, ceramic markers, Hama beads - all these tend to be seasonal hobbies and/or to be done together with children

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 the start of 2009, I knitted a bear who spent over two years traveling mostly within Estonia. Now he/she (we never came to decide) is living in Tartu Toy Museum together with all the things our craft forums hosts made for it... and, it seems, is now traveling around together with museum workers. That bear! I don't know how it manages!!

Favourite Arts

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 recently started to try watercolours, although it seems easiest to use them for background and do the important details in something else. I also have some acrylic paints at home, but somehow I never know how to mix them.
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. According to the teacher and also others, my pictures are often childish or just plain weird "only you can think of something like that" kind. (A coal and watercolour picture I did in spring 2014 was called, within the same lesson, childish by one person and macabre by someone else. Sheesh, I must be really clever.)

Liking and Disliking

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.

I'm fond of...

  • mathematics (especially algebra, combinatorics, logics; not very fond of analysis) - got my M.Sc at last on 30.08.2010!
  • logic puzzles - I visit Killer Sudoku Online and KenKen daily, plus all those little puzzles that can be get from here and sometimes JigSawDoku; I also have a year of a puzzle magazine (I like the puzzles, but the customer service sucked unbelievably big time).
  • Comics strips I follow on gocomics: [email protected], Agnes, Basic Instructions, Boomerangs, Buni, Calvin and Hobbes, C'est la Vie, Cul de Sac, Daddy's Home, The Elderberries, FoxTrot, Garfield, Haiku Ewe, Heart of the City, Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz, The Meaning of Lila, Lost Side of Suburbia, Nest Heads, Neurotica, The Norm, One Big Happy, Peanuts (x3), Pickles, PreTeena, Red and Rover, Stone Soup, Ten Cats, Tiny Sepuku, Little Dog Lost, 9 Chickweed Lane, Luann. I also read Girl Genius and Between Failures.
    I'm sure you can draw some kind of conclusion about me now. I'm not sure I want to know what that conclusion is.
  • maps and floor plans, incl fake ones
  • playing with my garden, especially theoretically - I am not so fond of decaterpillaring; as in other things, I tend to prefer practical over beautiful, much to my husband's chagrin who hoped I will grow a nice flower garden instead of potatoes that remind him of his childhood drudging on grandmother's farm ;)
  • reusable produce bags - I use some pretty gift bags made of see-through fabric, as I suck at sewing myself
  • if you are a native German or Russian speaker, I'd love to get a note/letter from you in that language (preferably typed, for clarity) - I have learned both languages as a child, but have forgotten a lot because of seldom having to use them
  • of books, I like classic crime stories and young/teen literature, also fantasy; I think I like these because I need my happy end - the realistic grown-up books tend to be rather depressing, and you can call catching the criminal a happy end, too. ;) In crime books, I don't care about blood and gore, but the whodunit ones - when, after reading the book, you go and leaf through it, looking for the clues you missed.
  • I enjoy dry humour, double meaning, subtlety, reading between lines, and the like. Cake-in-your-face type of jokes don't seem funny to me at all.
  • I like to pamper myself sometimes with handmade soaps and bath bombs from Stenders.
  • tiny flat borderless stickers, especially animals (say, like Sandylion's); as I make advent calendars for my pupils, they use lots of winter/Christmas type of stickers as well (and for them, really everything goes).

Wasted on me

  • Extras "thrown in" "for hearts".
  • Knickknacks - my son has dust mite allergy, so we don't have any place to display them.
  • I don't care about souvenirs.
  • I'm way too bad in papercrafts to have any use of paper scraps, ephemera, and other such things.
  • I have already lots of address labels with piggies, they will probably last me years. :) What I miss, though, are address labels without them, especially I'd like some with math theme, as I send my pupils' solutions to math problems by snail-mail.
  • Of jewellery, I wear only earrings (and my wedding ring).
  • I do not use any decorative cosmetics at all. But I do use protective stuff - sunscreen, anti-chapping-lipstick, etc.
  • I don't like strong smells. I don't think covering stink with a strong smell is any replacement of proper hygiene. ;) Not allergic, though.
  • My husband doesn't like food coming through mail from strangers, so please don't send me edibles, unless you have a reason to not consider yourself a stranger. ;)
  • I detest drawn moustaches and Santa's traditional mating call (that's how it sounds to me, anyway).

Do not hope to cause any warm feelings by insinuating that Estonia and/or Latvia is a part of Russia, ever.

Keeping Track of Swaps

Last update: Sept 13

Currently in mail:

Note that Latvia uses "DD.MM.YYYY" date format, so postmark "11.10." is October 11th, not November 10th.

Non-rated swaps:

I have promised to send:

I'm waiting for:



MCGalaxy rated for Toys around Town - Part 2 on Sep 16, 2021
Comment: It was interesting to learn about kindergarten in Latvia. In the US there is Pre-K (preshool) for ages 3-4 and kindergarten for 5 year olds but at 6 they go to first grade. In 1st grade they usually sit at desks all day and learn writing, reading and math. Playtime and drama play and blocks and all that are used occasionally in Kindergarten but not in first grade. That's mainly done in PreK so is naptime. When they get to Kindergarten at age 5 in most districts they go to school from 8 or 9am to 2 or 3pm with no naptime. Sometimes if the kids are acting up the teacher will have them put their heads down on their desks and rest Its amazing how different education is in different countries
Comment: Thank you Kati! I loved this trip! ❤️
ktk8 rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 31 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: What a fun swap I received and what a beautiful card to add to.... and I love the children's folk song card......great swap and many many hearts to you..... will add something fun and pass it on......
ccap rated for Puzzles! on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the puzzles!
Comment: Thank you for the great card, sorry this arrived last week and I thought I'd rated but I hadn't so sorry for being a bit slow. The sculptures are amazing and the postcard looks really good. I am trying to collect a postcard sent from every country in the world and hadn't got one from Latvia yet so thank you for also helping me with my quest. Stay safe. Cathy 😸
Comment: Thanks for the fun and yummy looking card, Kati. I liked reading your answers to the questions. We have a lot in common with our love of comfortable clothes. Cathy
Comment: Hi Kati, your zine arrived today, yay! My first words in Estonian. The illustrations are beautiful, thank you!
Vickyen rated for SS: Touristy postcard from July 2021 on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Hi Kati! Thank you for the photo share about your time in Saaremaa! The colors are awesome! All the Best and thank you for hosting the swap! I love photo swaps! Hugs, Happy Snapping, and Swapping! ;)
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Toys around Town - Part 2 on Aug 14, 2021
Comment: Super adorable photos and what a great Teacher Ms. Puppetbear is! I LOVE that you have kindergarten until age 7... I think the world could learn a LOT from this practice. I think it's too soon to send so young children to school for a full day of intense learning at age 5... it's too much for them. I love the colour choices that each student chose for their pencils as well as their lunch! adorable! This was SO MUCH FUN to see a day in the classroom of a Latvian Kindergarten!! Sending warm hugs to you and your adorable students, Ms. Puppetbear and your daughter too! She did a GREAT JOB and it was so much fun!!
rkassman rated for CPG 1 Sheet MIni Zine #8 - Global on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: I love these 2 puzzle zines, what a great idea!!
Zomac rated for MAE: ATC COLOR SWAP 3 for 3: PURPLE on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: A very special package with a beautiful swap inside has arrived! Thank you so much!
Fuchsi rated for SIE: Happy [Bizarre August Holiday]! on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Dear Kati, thanks for celebrating the "More herbs, less Salt"-day with me. :-) I love herbs, even before I had a balcony to grow them and I'm so lucky to now can use my own herbs on my lunch and dinner. XD Your paintings look amazing I'm simply stunned by them. You are a very talented artist! - Thanks for this amazing card! ^.^ Have a great day, Maxi
Comment: Hi Kati, I am sorry to be so late in rating your swap. I'm not being lazy, but have been really sick for the last month. This long illness ended with me in the ER twice and 1 Urgent Care in 5 days. My visit to Urgent Care got me in an ambulance and in the hospital after more evaluation in the ER. They are still unclear about what caused my whole body to tailspin and I could have had seizures or even passed away. This has been scary! So, I want to say Thank You for your generosity and kindness over this last month. Thank You for your caring swap and for a GREAT swap. Happy Swapping until we meet again. Barbara B., sleepingrover2010
Poftoffel rated for ESO: July ATC - Cat on Aug 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the super cute cat ATC and the lovely story behind it! I very much enjoyed receiving this swap, thank you!
armadillogal rated for SS: Above Us Only Sky on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cool picture. I took a storm cloud picture just the other day but mostly we have sunshine.
Comment: Hello Kati, thanks for the mailed photos of the fences, I liked them both. I guess you were in a hurry to get to vacation, I did receive the swap's note by email as I requested, after you got back from vacation, hope it was a fun getaway!
Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful photos! Your booklet made my day - especially the long-tailed titmouse photo! Thank you for a grate swap. Be well.
Comment: Thanks a lot for your letter! It was a very interesting read, as similar as our languages are, haha. Looks like estonian survived google translate rather well! It's interesting to hear about your year with the family too, since my experiences living alone were a bit different, though not too much so.
dalbright rated for Photo Postcard Global #317374 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for taking time to create this postcard! I do love museums! I enjoyed having a postage stamps from your country, so fun! Happy July! Debbie, Iowa USA

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Amigirl on Apr 16, 2020:

Hi Pahasiga! I'm back after a long absence, and you are one of the few I've seen on the forums that I remember~! How have you been?

cindygroet on Mar 28, 2020:

Happy Birthday to you !!!! Make it a nice day for yourself in this strange situation. Cindy

gooseberry on Jul 29, 2019:

"I'm over 18, let the swaps begin!"

gooseberry on Jul 22, 2019:

LittleButterfly86 on Mar 31, 2018:

I will drop you a hello from Germany :) I liked to read your profile! So lovely ❤

user6937 on Jan 16, 2018:

I've received the 4 seasons RAK! My very first fabric ATCs - so nice, thanks very much.

crescendo on Dec 21, 2017:

~~~Happy Winter Solstice~~~

bblue on Jun 27, 2017:

Thank you so much for the Midsummer card!

simcoe54 on Jun 19, 2017:

Just received the Rhubarb Cake recipe postcard that you sent for - Merry Midsummer card RAK. It is a nice addition to my postcard collection. Thank you!!

bluehairedmary on Jun 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for the Midsummer card! So lovely! The celebration sounds wonderful! Thanks again! ♥♥♥

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