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Date Joined: August 21, 2015
Last Online: November 5, 2018
Birthday: October 6
Country: Ireland
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About Me

alt text Hey there! In brief, my name's Emma. I'm 23 years old, from Ireland and have a desire to spend my time reading, writing, drawing, knitting and crafting.

In more detail:

  • I love snail mail. I have several pen pals around the world and I love taking some time out to sit down and put some words on paper.

  • I also love snail mail because it's fun decorating letter paper and envelopes so that each one is unique. Also, it's allows me to put my hoards of craft supplies to good use!

  • Did I mention my hoards of crafts supplies? I absolutely love making things and have an obsession with pretty washi tape and card stock.

  • As for knitting, I taught myself to knit a few years back when I was avoiding doing research on Old Norse-Icelandic elves for my undergraduate final year project. One of the better decisions I've made in my life - doing an FYP that involved translating Old Norse when you don't know Old Norse was not.

  • It may not have been a great decision in my life as it did make for a difficult few months, but I do find Norse mythology fascinating

  • Which leads to a love of fantasy literature, movies and games, especially things related to Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's films.

  • And while I did find that Old Norse tricky, I'm rather fond of languages. I studied Japanese at university and I'm currently trying to learn some Dutch. I did study Irish for many, many years at school but my Irish is abysmal...not that my Japanese is any better!

Things That Make Me Happy

Just a few things:

  • cats
  • chocolate
  • tea
  • happy mail
  • documentaries
  • nature scenes
  • cute animals
  • pastel colours
  • a good book
  • purple and grey (my favourite colours)
  • maps

Favourite Books and Movies

My absolute favourite movies are Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit trilogy. I also really love the books and I collect various different copies of The Hobbit. I have about seven copies of the book...including a Japanese translation, a Latin translation (even though I don't understand Latin) and a graphic novel version.

Other favourite movies of mine include The Martian, V for Vendetta, The Fast and the Furious movies (or anything with Vin Diesel really...).

For books, well, I guess I read a lot of travel literature! I love reading about people's adventures around the world and learning new things about places. My favourite of what I've read so far is 'Walking the Nile' by Levison Wood.

Crafts, Crafts and Crafts

There are so many, many crafts I enjoy. I like knitting and I recently started learning how to crochet.

I am also a huge fan of planners. I have a Filofax and I love making my weekly to-do lists look pretty!

Snail mail and making mail art is another huge passion of mine!

I also enjoy card making.

As for different craft materials I enjoy using:

  • die cuts - can never have too many, especially ones of useful phrases and words like 'hello'
  • planner stickers...just very useful for my planner!
  • journal cards
  • pretty card and textured paper
  • just general interesting stickers
  • and basically anything interesting that can be used to decorate snail mail.

Oh, did I mention washi tape? Washi tape...I love washi tape. I always wish I had more! alt text

Tea and Chocolate

I love tea! I drink about five mugs a day. I can't function without my tea (usually black tea with a dash of milk, no sugar!). Thankfully there's quite a large overlap with people who enjoy snail mail and people who enjoy tea. For any tea swaps I get involved in, I'm happy to try out any tea really! My favourites though are black teas and chai.

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My favourite type of chocolate is...all chocolate? Maybe white chocolate...or milk...I really can't decide! Just along as it doesn't have nuts in it!

Things to Note...

Things I don't like:

  • mushrooms
  • spiders (I really hate spiders!)
  • nuts


A few things to note about allergies, I do have a nut allergy so please don't sent me anything with nuts in it! If you want to send me chocolate and it says 'may contain traces of nuts', don't worry, I can eat that!


Religion just isn't my thing - I'm an atheist. Avoiding sending strongly religious themed stuff is very much appreciated! :)


Comment: Sorry to rate...late- my crazy life gets the best of me. Thank you for the beautiful envelope of roses and all the extras. I totally enjoyed the "Dear Anonymous" zine- cool.
Response: Happy to hear that you liked it!
Kieloeveliina rated for March Tea Swap on Mar 4, 2017
Comment: Thank you Emma so much for the awesome teaselection! I love Pukka-teas 😊 Happy swapping!
Response: So glad you like them! Pukka teas are my favourite - I love the variety of flavours they do!
Comment: Hi Emma, it was so exciting to get special mail from Ireland. Thank you so much for everything! I am not sure if I got it all, as the envelope was slit along the bottom (not your fault) and I found the tea bags in my mailbox separate! Anyway, it was lovely, and the stamps on the envie were special as well! Thank you for your special effort!
Response: Hi! So glad you liked it! That's so strange about the envelope, usually those envelopes are pretty sturdy - I hope nothing was missing! There should have been tea bags, a few notecards and a set of tags I think :)
Comment: Thank you for the package. I will open it in December.
taledo rated for Snail Mail Penpals - International on Jul 23, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the letter and goodies. Will get the reply out on Monday.
Response: Happy to hear it got to you safely :)
Comment: Emma, got your package today. Thanks so much...the teas smell wonderful. You are our first Irish swap :) we appreciate the extras...esp the tags since we can't find many craft things here, we are really grateful. <3
Response: I'm glad it got to you safely and you like everything! ^-^
Comment: Thank you so much for the delicious teas!
Comment: Many thanks for your swap. I only like the raspberry tea but that's a favourite one :-) Happy swapping !
grannysimpson rated for Postcard Mish-Mash #5 on May 28, 2016
sneakypeek rated for <3 Chocolate Lover's Swap!! <3 #2 on May 17, 2016
Comment: Thank you!!!! It was so exciting opening the package you sent. It was beautifully presented too, what a gorgeous selection of chocolate! I feel so spoilt!!! :)
Response: I'm so glad it arrived safely and that you like it! Enjoy your chocolate ^-^
Ilive2scrap rated for Flat Items Swap International #5 on May 17, 2016
Comment: What a terrific package. So diversified and so many things to look at. I love everything. "Smiling joyfully ". I really like to receive international swaps. Thanks again
Response: I'm so glad you like it ^-^
bluecrayons rated for Blog Hop - February Round-Up! on Apr 18, 2016
bluecrayons rated for Getting to Know You: ESwap on Apr 18, 2016
Comment: Thanky you!
Hollyjay5 rated for ★ FULL ENVELOPE #1 ★ on Apr 1, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely things
angel1985 rated for Blog Hop - February Round-Up! on Mar 26, 2016
Comment: Sorry I've been so slow to rate! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog - if you ever find yourself in Melbourne, hit me up and I'll take you out to amazing Japanese food!
apryl rated for NH: Handmade Envelopes 2016 #2 on Mar 19, 2016
Comment: Beautiful envelopes. Coincidentally i made a few envelopes out of coloing pages too! Thank you so much ♡
SJ1 rated for Getting to Know You: ESwap on Mar 9, 2016
dogwood rated for Getting to Know You: ESwap on Mar 6, 2016
Comment: Thank you; I enjoyed reading your answers :)
Jennifer2004 rated for Show your bookshelf! on Mar 5, 2016
Comment: Very nice bookshelves. Thanks for sharing. It's so cool that you have books in so many languages.
Response: If only I could those languages better xD

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