Swap-bot Time: April 2, 2020 12:25 am


Date Joined: December 28, 2018
Last Online: April 2, 2020

Country: Finland
My ATC blog


SNAIL MAIL: Please be patient. It typically takes 2-4 weeks for mail to travel from Finland to other continents (f.ex. the US or Australia). And vice versa. Occasionally it has taken nearly two months before a letter of mine has received the recipient.

It's very rare that mail gets lost in the post, but if this happens, let me know and I will re-send!

I always rate as soon as I get a swap :)

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. I live in Finland, in Northern Europe.

I enjoy good food, playing the piano, and reading novels.

I'm interested in pets and observing animal behaviour. 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.


My daughter, age 4, and son, age 6, love to swap too! If your kid would like to swap, PM me and I'll set up a private swap.

My 4-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. (IF YOU'RE READING THIS FOR "For the kids - happy mail!" -swap, SHE'S THE ONE YOU'RE SENDING TO) :)

The 6-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 recipie (preferably with no meat)

-Christian encouragement/ your favourite Bible verses

-Your worldview

-Your pets

Art & Swapping

ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) I love ATCs, though lately I haven't made many. I 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/quirky 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.

-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.



-Black tea (preferably scented)

-Decaf teas

-Chamomile blends

-Scented green tea

-favourite scents: jasmine, mango, peach, vanilla, caramel, pastry tastes, 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?)

-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 especially like to try:

*White Peach Oolong

*Breakfast in Paris

*Sweet Honeydew Green Tea

*Coconut Mango Oolong

*Peach Black Tea

*Chocolate Mint Oolong

*Chamomile Nights

My dislikes:


-Herbal/berry infusions

-Plain green tea

-Licorice root

Favorite Books

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)

-Black&white photos

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

My favourite animals: goats, badgers, crows, cats, betta fish, gourami fish

-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 :)

Extras/ Flat gifts

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.)

-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


-Teabags (see "Tea" above)

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


Ciciwow01 rated for Summer Book Reading list! on Mar 30, 2020
Comment: Catida was my swap partner for the summer book reading list swap, and she sent me a lovely email with many book recommendations. She put a lot of effort into the email and the list. It made me feel very special! Thank you so much!
Response: Have a nice time reading, and thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you I loved both letters and loved the paper you wrote on. Will write back soon!
Response: Oh, you got it already! I'm glad the postal system still seems to work normally :)
Taedybear rated for Quick! It's a email swap! on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Your favorite thing to do sounds like my cup of tea as well. And I think going down a cliff with a rope is very daring indeed. ôヮô And you’re so kind! Thank you for saying that about my name! I’m flattered. ☆d(o⌒∇⌒o)b
Response: Thanks for the nice rating :)
blkwlf rated for EML: Deerfox ATC HD/HP on Mar 19, 2020
Comment: Love it, simply gorgeous!
Response: Thanks, it was fun to draw :)
sweetgypsy rated for HD/HP ATC - Green Haired Girl on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: I really love your green haired bubble gum girl! Not too cutesy at all. Your drawing & coloring are both so good, I can't believe you rarely draw people. It's going into my favorites binder! Great first black out poetry page too. :)
Response: I'm glad you liked it! :) It was fun to draw a face for a change.
Phish rated for B&W postcards swap 17 on Mar 6, 2020
Comment: Such an awesome photo! Thank you for sending it. I love it. I also love the stamp!
Response: I'm glad you liked it :)
arystotle rated for B&W postcards swap 17 on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Love the postcard, eyes are so intoxicating. You have amazing handwriting.
Response: I'm glad you like it :) And thanks for the compliment.
goinjenny rated for B&W postcards swap 17 on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome.
basykes rated for B&W postcards swap 17 on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: I loved the postcard and agree with all you wrote about human cruelty. Thank you.
Response: I'm glad you liked it :)
eileensariot rated for B&W postcards swap 17 on Feb 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the art card! I’ve only been in Berlin once and for a short time. I hope you have fun!
Response: This card travelled fast :) I'm very much looking forward to the trip. And just hoping the coronavirus epidemy won't make travelling impossible :/
Ninna rated for EML: Postcard with a Prompt #16 on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Paljon kiitoksia hienosta kortista upealla postimerkillä! Just sellainen mitä oon toivonut :)
Response: Kiva että tykkäsit :)
MamaMangrove rated for ECO-Arted 😃 Mail! on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the charming little book you created using berry juices to illustrate Elizabeth Lamb's poignant haiku. The effects are lovely, but sadly in my sub-tropical climate the "inks" are melting & the pages sticking together. I hate adding chemicals to your delightful natural art, but I'll try spraying it with fixative to preserve it. Otherwise it will soon be lost to the heat & insect pests that come with my climate :-(( And thanks for the tip about Kaj Stenvall's recent Trump pieces. I visited his website to view them. How I'd love to see DT wearing that orange suit!
Response: I'm glad you liked my creation. I'm sorry I didn't come to think of the effect of warm/humid climate. Fixative is a great idea, I hope it helps!
cloudjun rated for Where I Live Letter Swap INTL on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: OMG this is probably the best swap-bot mail I have ever received, you put so much thought and dedication to it! I can see how much you love where you are living c: And did I scream when I felt that paper that you wrote on! Thanks for telling me what it is c: I need to go buy some! It feels so light and buttery, did anything smear when you wrote on it and what is this amazing pen you used to write?! Its like calligraphy to me, you handwriting is superb!! I loved learning about where you live, Finland sounds amazing especially the forests and the community that you live in as well. I think it'll be awesome if your daughter and you can start horseback riding again in the future c: Also, thank you so much for the tea and little stamps too! <3 If I can give you more than 1 heart I definitely will!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words :) I'm relieved, I was beginning to worry that this swap had gone missing. I can't remember what pen I used. But my favourites for brush lettering are Tombow Fudenosuke and Zebra Disposable Brush Pen (extra fine tip). Both are pens with a fine, flexible felt tip, which is easier to handle than a real brush tip, and good for writing small font. For normal cursive or print I use various fiber tip markers (Pilot Drawing Pens are my long time favourite), and sometimes also ball point pens. Haha, it's so fun to meet a person who appreciates quality paper like I do :D Also, pens with felt or fiber tip last much longer when used on smooth paper :)
Comment: I did enjoyed reading about you. You sound a very nice person. Best wishes.
Response: Thank you :)
Comment: loved the formatting of your answers. Will be writing back soon.
Response: Great! :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter! You did really good with the fortune cookie phrases since you've only had one! And my sister and I loved your fact about the bird. Also, your cat sounds like mine with the biting into bags and bread. Thankfully we don't have to lock the cabinets, but we can't leave any edible things out otherwise they tear it open! And thank you for the cute stickers!
Response: I'm glad you liked my letter :)
Comment: Thank you for your answers & note! My kids will especially enjoy your fun fact! LOL!!! :)
Response: Haha, it's good to have a laugh together :)
Comment: Thank you for your letter and answers. I loved reading both and think we'd get along great so will write back soon. Thank you for the Finnish phrases too. Don't worry, I don't ask 'how are you' to just get a 'I'm fine' answer :-). Happy Swapping.
Response: Great, I'm looking forward to your letter :)
Comment: Truly a great letter! I enjoyed reading sbout your family traditions and the full day you had. Thank you for the recipes. I am glad we were able to connect. I would of loved getting the purple paper! Yes, stationary is hard to find, no less purple.
Response: Thanks for rating and your e-mail, and for being so understanding about the letter gone missing :)
StargazerHM rated for Tea Advent Calendar 4 INTL on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the delay in rating! Wonderful swap, thank you!
Response: Better late than never. I'm glad you liked it :)

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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 :)

Itti on Nov 28, 2019:

Hi, I sent the Tea Advent Calendar 2 & 3 swaps almost a month ago. It's nearly the end of November, I hope you receive it in time for Advent if you haven't already!

Itti on Nov 25, 2019:

Hiya, I saw you like reptiles and snakes so I sent you an invite to the Scales 'n' Tails group. Would be lovely to have you join us!

You can accept or decline your group invites from the groups tab in the top left. (Or you can go straight to the group link I posted above and click 'Join'.)

derakisu on Aug 6, 2019:

Thanks for the sweet comment on my ATCs. The yellow bird is meant to be the gigantic mythical Roc.:)

RockyBeach on Jul 21, 2019:

Thanks for your nice comment! I will be then looking forward to your envelope. :)

Whippet on Feb 28, 2019:

I love your artwork, thank you for sharing the link to your artist's blog.

reauk on Feb 13, 2019:

2019 Newbie Friendly - Profile Bible Verse #1

from reauk

"Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." ~ Isaiah 53:4-5

Fabriqueen on Feb 13, 2019:

2019 Newbie Friendly - Profile Bible Verse #1

But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other. 1 John 1:7

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1

Have a blessed day! Hugs, Diane (Fabriqueen)

Tverne05 on Feb 11, 2019:

Hello Emilia, Greetings from the USA!

This is for the "2019 Newbie Friendly - Profile Bible Verse #1" -swap.

Giving the time of the year I thought I would add a few verses about love.

John 3:16 – “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 13:13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

This is another one that I like:

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