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Basilika

Basilika
Original Member
Last Online: October 17, 2019
Birthday: November 17
Country: Sweden

About Me

As of june 2019 I will start working longer hours and think I will need an adjustment period before I can tell how much swapping I will have time and energy for. I'm taking a break from signing up for new swaps and won't log in as often, but can still be reached via private message or profile comment.

I prefer angles to curves, salty to sweet, the details to the overall impression. That sentence was one of the first things I wrote to describe myself when I joined this site in febuary 2007, and I've really enjoyed how some senders have interpreted it (and it's still true). I'm a shy, fairly stubborn human who likes mail a lot. I like getting messages from people about their lives or what they're thinking about at the moment. I love mail art, both sending and receiving it. I want to see what you made and I want to show you what I made.

I'm pretty close with my immediate family because they're good people. I believe the fact that people are different from each other is a good and necessary thing. If something is important to you I want to know about it because I'm interested in you. I don't take the least bit offense to swearing, nudity and other so-called vulgarities, but respect that others might.

I collect ATCs, My Little Ponies made in the 1980's and coloured vinyl singles. I like flea markets and second-hand shops because I like pre-loved and genuinely old things. I like DIY and handmade things (the handmader the better, to quote another swap-botter), and I like to reuse and repurpose. I can do things either fast or well, not both.

I like dealing with shapes and colours and how to best combine them, and I like making things with my hands that require concentration, so doing crafts and making art makes me happy. I like a lot of bright colour, vibrant candy colours, intense jewel tones, light happy pastels that make you think of the 80's or the 50's. Some favourites are fire truck red, neon pink, peach, the aqua-teal-turquoise spectrum, warm purples, but mostly I just like all colourfulness.

Art & craft

I like making things with paper, like notecards and envelopes, origami and other kinds of folding. I like embroidering, mostly cross stitch or on paper, and I often incorporate stitching into collages. Collaging and drawing is what I do the most. I like to draw with coloured pencils, gel pens or paint markers. I paint patterns on things to decorate them, but I don't make paintings. I make a lot of ATCs and mail art things like handmade postcards and decorating envelopes any way I can think of, and I enjoy occasional bouts of art journalling. I have rudimentary knitting and crocheting skills that I rarely use.

General likes

Random themes, styles and things that appeal to me:
Images and ephemera having to do with travel, public transport or mail, for example maps (especially subway maps!), used tickets, airmail labels, pictures of old buses and trains, first day covers, the patterned inside of security envelopes etc.
Chiyogami and traditional kimono patterns.
Graph/grid paper, brown craft paper and glassine envelopes.
Art deco and bauhaus style.
Kandinsky, Klee, the Memphis group.
Onion dome architecture and tropical deco.
Graffiti and street art, Juxtapox magazine.
Yayoi Kusama and Hilma af Klint.
Studio Ghibli films and the Cardcaptor Sakura anime.
Botancial illustrations. Floral and nature inspired patterns. Ranunculus, dahlias, chrysanthemum.
Shiny, metallic, iridescent things.
Emotive robots, Princess Peach, kawaii, ugly-cute things, odd/weird things.
Rainbows, snow, sunset clouds.
Logic/math/visual problems and puzzles.
Feminism, GLBTQ-positive attitudes, disability activism.
Insects, hedgehogs, magpies, badgers, seahorses.
Cabinet cards and polaroid photos.
Christmas any time of the year.
Miniatures and things that are bigger than they'd normally be (like clown combs).
When inanimate objects (accidentally) look like they have a face.

Specific likes and preferences

For when it's needed, here's a straightforward wishlist of items I would be thrilled to receive. Please don't feel limited by this, surprise me and I'll be just as thrilled.
* Aida or evenweave fabric. I use mostly small pieces, about postcard size. Other colours than white would be especially fantastic as it's almost impossible to get here.
* Any embroidery thread.
* I like any vintage or everyday ephemera that I can use in collages, but especially magazine cut-outs. Images of people are always useful, but also animals, objects, anything really. And bits of sky, thatโ€™s probably my favourite collage background. Iโ€™m happy to do the more precise cutting around the edges myself, just cut/tear out the piece of magazine page the image is on.
* Other crafting materials like paper, buttons, sequins, craft wire, ribbon etc. Feel free to send me little bits from your stash or left-overs from your latest project.
* Lucky red envelopes, the kind used to give away money at Chinese New Year.
* An ATC made by you.
* Anything to enable my addiction for wrapping gifts in unnecessarily elaborate ways.
* White chocolate or peppermint flavoured hot cocoa sachets.
* Reese's pieces.

For when a swap tells you to check your partner's profile for their preference on a specific thing, here are some of mine.
* I prefer postcards written on and sent naked rather than blank and in an envelope.
* I think handmade postcards, free ones and ones from zazzle etc. are just as good as storebought ones to recieve in postcard swaps.

I can't use or don't like

I'm sensitive to smells and can't really use anything with an artificial fragrance, like scented papers.
I dislike the colours army green and khaki.
I prefer no loose glitter, when it's stuck firmly on or in something it's fine.
I don't like eating coconut flakes or anything artificially banana-flavoured, but I have no food allergies.

Sending, receiving, rating

I always send my swaps. If you're expecting something from me and it doesn't get there or arrives damaged or doesn't match what you thought you were getting, please let me know.
If you remember to add your swap-bot alias and the name of the swap or tag to what you're sending, that will really help me out. If you live far away from me, please don't feel stressed to send as quickly as possible, I know international mail can take time and I am patient. If something unexpected happens and you need to send a swap late, I'll appreciate it if you send me a message to let me know as soon as you can.
I will never rate you a 1 or 3 without contacting you first, unless you seem to be completely inactive. For me, an extra special swap is one that makes me extra happy for any reason, not necessarily one that includes extra items. If I send some extra thing along with a swap it's because I saw something on your profile that made me think it would make you happy, I'm not fishing for a heart and won't bother you if I don't get one.

Ratings

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Comment: I love love love this postcard! Thank you!
Hyshu rated for WIYM: Blank Notecard Swap #2 on Jun 16, 2019
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Comment: WoW! I see from the postmark you mailed this swap 2 months ago in April and I just got it! Well, it was worth the wait!! What beautiful envelope and the inside contents. I love the very large stamp of your country's Royal Family. Very cool! I love the large postcard you wrote your note one with the glasses and moustache Too funny! I love the colorful owl stickers. I also love the Autumn leaves postcard! I love Autumn. I absolutly love all 5 cards you sent! I can't pick a favorite! Thank you for such Happy Mail!! Thank you for joining my Swap!
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IrinaBG rated for WIYM: Not My Country Postcard #2 on May 31, 2019
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Comment: Thank you.
ncnurse04 rated for Surprise envie on May 30, 2019
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Comment: So sweet. Love my goodies and can't wait to put them to use. Thank you very much!
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Comment: Oh I love the strawberry postcard so much! And thanks for the lovely stamping and washi too!
luvbird rated for AMA National Dandelion Day! on May 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful dandelion and birds postcards. I love them and it is always special to me to receive mail from another country! I love your darling decorated envelope that you sent everything in. P.S. thank you for translating the name of the birds. Fun swap!
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Comment: Oh such a colourful envelope! I love the contrast of the bright colours in combination with the black paper. Which pens do you've used? Such a great flawless opaque result, looks like printed. Thank you so much!
Response: I'm glad you liked it :) I used Sakura Gellyroll Moonlight pens, it takes two layers to get them that opaque on black paper. Apparently they also fluoresce under blacklight but I've never had the opportunity to see that.
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Comment: All of the cards you sent are so gorgeous! Thanks so much!
Germanbaby77 rated for Swap A Book of Sample Scraps on May 1, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful book! I LOVE how it turned out!!!
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Comment: Neat PC! I looked it up online and the sculpture of the giant was made in 1969 and was one of the artist's first large sculptures:) Always fun to learn new things! Hope you're having a great day:) :)
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Comment: What a beautiful postcard! Thank you so much!
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Comment: Ohhh how I love this pack of cards card! I've worked in the casino a couple of years, so it's extra special for me. Love it! And your cute decorations on the back. The Swedish stamps are so cute always!
Cariboocarol rated for WIYM Letter Set Swap on Apr 23, 2019
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Comment: Very special and fabulous swap, Lisa! Thank you so much for all the stationery and extras which were presented in a lovely fashion. It was a delight to open! I loved everything! โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ
1koolkrafter rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #6 on Apr 15, 2019
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Comment: Outstanding!!!!! I could not believe how much your hand drawing looked liked the stamps on your envelope...๐Ÿ˜€. I loved it!
vlhafer54 rated for WIYM: Postage Stamp ATC on Apr 12, 2019
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Comment: I love the ATC - and all the bits and bobs I can use in my paper crafts - Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you very much! I love birds stamps. You've use so many cute and funny sctickers like ex. fried egg and Pikachu. I also see that you've put some star and cat stickers. That postcard looks amazing! Thank you very much! Have a great weekend!!!
armadillogal rated for CHWH ~ Snow PC on Apr 11, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome car and stamps on it!
SeleneW rated for WIYM: Ugly/dislike PC Swap #6 on Apr 7, 2019
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Comment: PC cards from the 1980s are always a bit weird. I have a bunch that are brightly colored and just say words like AWESOME! or WISH YOU WERE HERE! Thank you for the PC.
soccer8s rated for POSTCARD: I don't live there! on Apr 4, 2019
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Comments

Cariboocarol on Apr 23, 2019:

Hello Lisa--I wanted to especially thank you for the mini envelopes you made and the mail art in pur recent WIYM Letter Set Swap--it was all so nice but there was not enough space to say everything in the rating box! Also, I am going through my own crafting storage boxes this week and will keep your list in mnd in case there is somethng I can put aside for you.

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!

fool

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From CPG!

fool

urocyonfox on Oct 28, 2014:

Love your icon! AJ is my favorite 80s pony as well! Are you on the arena? Your profile seems vaguely familiar o.O

rylko on Aug 14, 2014:

Hi Lisa! I got your angel mail today and I'm totally blown away by your generosity!!! Thank you so much for such a great selection of savoury and sour candy. I was lost for words when I got your package as it was much bigger than I expected. This is one of the best angel packages anyone has ever sent me. I'm really touched and this made my day! I just want you to know I appreciate your effort in finding these snacks and will be sending you some washi tapes as a small thank you!!! :D

P.S. I have already tried the cheez ballz and dragster candy, and they taste so good! :D

Best, Cheryl (Rylko)

bluehairedmary on Jun 25, 2014:

Consider joining my quote or stickers swaps in the Mailbox Mania group!

tanjch on Oct 7, 2013:

Just had to say thank you again, because i really don't know what else to say... just WOW...

tanjch on Oct 7, 2013:

Got some unexpected mail and i was WOW.
Thank you - i don't really know what to say as i'm a bit lost for words. This was so thoughtfull that i'm really suprised and awed and just... happy :) :) This was so kind of you!!!! The pattern is really amazing - really unique and inovative (i've never seen anything like it here for breast cancer research - only normal ribbon - this is actualy one of the ribbons that i have on my bag all year round) :D :D :D THANK YOU! (exactly what i needed)

ZzMonstruozZ on Aug 31, 2013:

tiene un libro

Hello Basilika!

Just dropping by to invite you to join the new swap in the Butterfly Anarchists group, cheer up and join us!

What are you Reading now? Round 2

efjellro on Aug 11, 2013:

Hei :) Jeg holder pรƒยฅ รƒยฅ gรƒยฅ igjennom deltakere til "can this be mailed" og ser at du รƒยธnsker aida i andre farger enn hvit. Jeg har noe om du vil ha, sรƒยฅ kan vi sette opp en privat swap :) Elisabeth

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