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Basilika

Basilika
Original Member
Last Online: May 4, 2021
Birthday: November 17
Country: Sweden

About Me

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, hydrangeas.
Shiny, metallic, iridescent things. Galaxy print and watercolour effects.
Emotive robots, Princess Peach, kawaii, ugly-cute things, odd/weird things.
Rainbows, snow, sunset clouds.
Logic/math/visual problems and puzzles.
Feminism, LGBTQ-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, that’s probably my favourite collage background. I’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.
* Some nice-looking small paper to write swap notes on, like loose memo sheets, pages from notepads or listpads with a nice design, smaller letter writing papers, larger gift tags etc. Any style and design is good here since I'll be using them to write to other people.
* 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 (but if I've joined a swap where you can't do any of these then of course follow the swap guidelines first).
* I prefer postcards written on and sent naked rather than blank and in an envelope, unless it's handmade and you think it needs an envelope to survive mailing.
* I think handmade postcards, free ones and ones from zazzle etc. are just as good as storebought ones to recieve in postcard swaps.
* I like salty and sour candy as well as sweet.
* I find all sizes of stickers useful, even the tiny ones.
* If your art/craft needs to be printed to exist as a physical copy, like with photography, digital art or a zine that you print from a master copy, I think those count (and are great!) for handmade swaps.

I can't use or don't like

I'm sensitive to smells and can't really use anything with a strong 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 because of the texture, 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.

Notes to self

For my own keeping track of things other than swaps.

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Ratings

Satorii rated for ESO: Make an Envelope #2 on Jun 29, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the great envelope
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Comment: Thanks for this great envie, wonderful note and origami gull! I love your design and the stamps! Our gulls leave as soon as the salmon runs are done and come back in the spring with the herring. We have eagles, ravens, crows and magpies, in the winter, but they take off in the Spring. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
AmyMarie rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #21 on May 13, 2021
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Comment: What a wonderfully fun swap to receive! I love everything about it - the great envelope and postage stamps, the awesome aerogram, and the cool Stockholm postage stamp notecard. It all brings back memories of when I lived in Uppsala (visited Stockholm several times) and wrote aerograms to family and friends back home. The aerograms I used were not themed. The one you sent is so fun and I really love the mailbox and first day stamp on the aerogram. Thank you for it all!
Aeon rated for LDEM - Eclectic Mix of.....Flora :) on May 4, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cheery envelope stuffed full of botanical goodies—even your notepaper! 🌸🌺🌼😍 My favorites are the floral postage stamps, the cute flower girls, the washi tapes, and the pretty origami papers. Thank you!
EchoLima rated for Stickers And A Card #2 on Apr 26, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much! I LOVED the photo and those stickers were gorgeous! I'm going to have to try to copy the pouch you made for the stickers because it is seriously awesome! What a clever idea! Thanks again for sharing everything with me!
Gwillisinc rated for HMPC: Bird love - March on Apr 22, 2021
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Comment: what a beautiful bird, love all the colors
iolair rated for Huge Stationery Destash on Apr 19, 2021
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Comment: Hi Basilika, thank you so much for the amazing swap! I was really blown away by just how pretty and/or cute everything was - right down to the envelope you used and the stamps you put on it! Although I also buy too much stationery (haha), I've never seen such gorgeous pieces as the ones you sent, clearly I need to go shopping ;) I loved the badger in particular and the narwhal. Thanks again!
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Comment: Thanks for all the goodies!! It took me a minute to find the swap (you forgot to include a note) but I love it all regardless. Thanks so much! <3 AL
Poohtat rated for CPG Mailbox Stuffer #2 - Global on Apr 19, 2021
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Comment: Wow, such a lovely package. I love the heart shaped playing card! Everything is so nice. Thank you.
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Comment: thank you very much for the goodies!!
VerreShana rated for ESO: Mail Art - Take 5 on Apr 9, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely swap!
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Comment: What a treat to receive Sven Nordquist illustrations!! I just know him from the Findus-books :) Thank you so much for a fantastic swap, I looove the Origami paper and all this fun yellow paper-love!! Have a brilliant weekend :)
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Comment: Love the postcard! Thank you!
Hunbun rated for Create a Paper Scrap Postcard on Mar 24, 2021
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Comment: What a cool card! I am totally stealing your pattern idea; hope that's okay. Just beautiful, thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card from Falkenberg. What a beautiful place to go to growing up. The memories must be lovely. I love the stamps, & the postal cancel stamp. It's cute! Thank you & happy swapping!
anicka22 rated for MAIL ART - Botanical on Mar 18, 2021
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Comment: What a beautful envie! And the washitape you used on the backside is amazing
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail ART on Oct 22, 2020
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Comment: What a great postcard. Love that you used a handprint on the swirly design. One of my favorites. Thank you so much.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful array of stickers and for the surprise post-it notes on the back of the card.
susieq11 rated for Flat Envie of Fun Part 28 on Jul 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so so much for resending this! The envelope - and zodiac constellation stamps!!! - is so nice! You have completely spoiled me with so many AMAZING things! A new poodle postcard - I almost screamed, haha!! Deer, pin-up, Fox, beach, narwhal!! Everything is just perfect - really beautiful things. Thank you tons - you really made me smile!!!! Thank you for all the care you took putting it together for me XOXO
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Comment: Oh Lisa, this envelope was an amazing work of art. I had a hard time convincing myself to open it, it was just so beautiful! I loved how all the little drawings were put together with the stained glass like effect, just WOW! I don’t know if I could even pick a favorite image as they were all so lovely! (Although I do have a particular fondness for cats). The goodies inside were perfectly curated as well. Thanks so much for all the love you put into this swap!!

Rating Overview

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5.0000 371 2 3
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Comments

Petaltea on Jun 14, 2021:

Hi there, I’ve been trying to reach you. I hope your ok. You need to rate some fellow swappers. You have not been online or have answered any messages. I will have to remove you from the ESO group unless I hear something from you. Rating is just as important as sending.

Robyn ESO group

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

xdanigirlx on Jun 22, 2020:

Hey girl I just pm'd you!

susieq11 on May 28, 2020:

Hi Lisa! I received the CPG Happy Mail Tag - Global today! OMG thank you for everything, starting with the poodle mail art and gorgeous postage stamps! Everything you sent is so very perfect for me, you really are so kind and generous! I love everything and it puts me in a snail mail mood!! Thank you again!!!! XOXO

meeltje57 on May 23, 2020:

Sunshine swaps and mail > Happy mail

Wonderful!! My dear Lisa, you did such an excellent job in finding me all these colorful goodies. I absolutely love them all. The magazine and bookpages, the notecards, the stickers and washi. This is true happiness, o, how I love that cat sticker and the little red envelope. Perfect

Rainydancer on Apr 27, 2020:

Welcome to Sunshine swaps and mail!

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

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)

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