STRIKE IN FINNISH POSTAL SERVICE starting on November 11! Will presumably last untill November 25, and after that it takes time before all piled up post is sorted out. If you've sent me something lately, it may take a loooong time to arrive :(
SNAIL MAIL: Please be patient. It is not unusual that it takes up to 4 weeks for mail to travel from Finland to other continents (f.ex. the US or Australia).
It's very rare that mail gets lost in the post, but if this happens, let me know and I will re-send!
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 :)
I'm Emilia, a woman in my thirties, happily married, mother of two. I live in Finland, in Northern Europe.
I enjoy good food, playing the piano, and reading novels.
I'm interested in pets and animal kingdom. Currently I only have one pet of my own, a cat. I'm hoping to continue my dear hobby, horse back riding, in the future.
Nature conservation, recycling and sustainable choices in everyday life are things that matter to me. That includes crafting. I'm not a puritan, but I try to use recycled materials when I can, and only buy crafting materials that I know I'm actually going to use.
I'm a christian, and if you are too, maybe you could share your favourite bible verses, scripture related art or other encouragement? :)
PS. My 6-year-old is very much hoping to exchange some mail too. If you have a kid around the same age, who would like to exchange drawings/short notes/post cards, please contact me :)
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 recipie (preferably with no meat)
-Christian encouragement/ your favourite Bible verses
-Your pet, or what animals you like
ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). That's my thing! I mostly make hand painted ATCs with watercolors, but sometimes also use other media.
ATC themes I collect:
-Hand drawn/painted cards
-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 twist
I put a lot of time and effort in most of 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/
Swap-bot has inspired me to try other types of mail art too, f.ex. decorated envelopes and self made bookmarks and postcards.
My tea favourites:
-Green tea is fine too, if it's scented
-favourite scents: jasmine, mango, peach, vanilla, caramel, mint, cola (Yes, cola! A finnish tea house used to produce cola flavoured tea that was one of my favourites, but they gave it up. I wonder if any other company makes one?)
-Plain green tea
I mostly read novels. I love historical novels, but I also read detective stories, fantasy and scifi, and a variety of books that are not that easy to put in some locker. I mostly read in finnish (both domestic and translated literature), but sometimes also in english or swedish.
I'm taking part in a local library's 50-books-a-year-challenge (somewhat similar to Pop Sugar reading challenge), which has inpsired me to read more books "out of my comfort zone".
Please recommend me your favourite books! :)
Genres I don't like are horror, and stories with a lot of detailed description of violence/sex.
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.)
My special likes:
-Art cards (classical art, contemporary art, also art designed for postcard purpose)
-Animals, fish or bugs pictured in artistic or realistic style (as opposite to funny cartoon style)
-Cards with bookish theme (picturing a character reading, someone in a library/ bookstore..)
-Cards with a teacup, or a character enjoying a cup of tea
-Card drawn/painted/collaged etc. BY YOU :)
You don't need to send me a bunch of extras in hopes of a heart. If I like what you sent for the trade/ I see you've put thought and effort in it, I will give you a heart.
Should you still want to send something, or if you're to send me "a small flat gift" like some swaps require, here are some things I like:
-Unique pieces of paper/cardstock I can use for further work (f.ex. leftover pieces from your art/craft projects)
-Book pages/ magazine pages with english text. (I would like to do some blackout poems, but am short of material.)
-Reward stickers and other childish stickers. I have kids, and I work with kids, so I have use for them :)
-Teabags (see "Tea" above)
-Folded notecards with no greeting (these seem to be hard to find in Finland)
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