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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: June 28, 2022
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello fellow swappers!

My name is Kristy, crafting is my favorite pastime and I love all things handmade. I love shopping online and aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

I have lived in or near the Columbus, Ohio area for most of my life. I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years and in Clifton Park, New York (north of Albany) for 2 years. Ultimately, we moved back to Ohio to be near family. I felt it was important for my 4 children to have an extended support system. While Ohio isn't the MOST exciting place to live, I do love the change of seasons (except summer...I'd gladly skip summer). My husband and I now live in a humble home (with an amazing back yard) in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus. Next to crafting, my favorite thing to do is sit in my recliner with a cup of coffee and look out the patio door at the three huge oak trees in our backyard. I also feed birds, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, possums, and even skunks! I love all the suburban wildlife in our little backyard forest.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 12+ years and have met so many lovely people. Crafting and swapping give me such a lift. When I'm creating, the hours just fly by!

I LOVE

Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • Botanicals and Wildflowers

  • Animals. especially bears, foxes, and other woodland critters (not a fan of monkeys)

  • Nature

  • Trolls & Gnomes

  • Cats

  • Birds

  • Halloween

  • Koi

  • Snails--especially things that say, 'Snail Mail'

  • Vintage Paris & shabby

I love receiving postcards in any of the themes listed above as well as:

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Fotofolio cards

  • Inge Look cards

  • Nouvelles Images cards

  • Elephants

  • San Francisco (especially Alcatraz!)

  • Unusual images

  • Zoo and Aquarium cards

  • Map cards

  • Interesting black & white images

  • Sumo wrestlers!

I'd also love to receive:

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

  • Used postage stamps

  • Pretty papers

  • Layered embellishments

  • Snippets of textiles

THINGS I DO NOT LOVE

Short and sweet here:

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

I do not like user profiles with a HUGE "do not like" list--some of these are more detailed than my family's Christmas lists! haha!

Favorite Movies

Some favorite movies: The ORIGINAL Fright Night, Prometheus, The Talented Mr. Ripley (this is probably my favorite movie of all time), Aliens, Last of the Mohicans, Hocus Pocus, Shawshank Redemption, White Oleander, Terminator series, Blood Creek (LOVE Michael Fassbender), The Thing. I love well-made scary movies! Not a fan of romantic comedies. My movie & tv choices might not seem to "fit" with the rest of my profile but I have always loved science fiction and scary movies!

Favorite Television

Enjoying the new Star Trek Series, Strange New Worlds. Crazy for Succession, Ted Lasso (my favorite), Better Call Saul (LOVE it!) and my guilty pleasure reality shows: 90-Day Fiance and Married at First Sight. I also love true crime and documentaries.

I think (ok, I know) I watch too much TV but there is a TV in my craft room so I'm not likely to stop any time soon.

Favorite Crafts

Mail art is one of favorites. I love to jazz up all my envies before sending--fun, easy and what's more fun than a colorfully decorated envie in your mailbox? I especially love the postoid rubber stamps--the ones that look liike a postage stamp but say something funny. I have quite a collection!

I love paper of all kinds and, along with the beautiful papers, papercrafts.

ATC's! I used to hate them and be consistently irritated at how many ATC swaps there were here on swap-bot. Now I love them! I love nearly all paper crafts.

Love creating junk journals using vintage ephemera and I'm crazy for using vintage books in all my work.

Reading

I LOVE to read but am super fussy about what I choose to read. If you are an avid reader and read anything in the suspense/thriller/horror genres, please send me a recommendation! With so many book choices available, a recommendation from an avid reader is worth its weight in gold. Just finished 'Game of Snipers' (a Bob Lee Swagger novel), by Stephen Hunter, and have yet to decide my next read. I would sooner die than read 'chick 'lit' -- why is it that a whole genre (chick lit) of mostly fluffy nonsense is defined as reading for women??

ME & MY FAMILY

Hubby and I are retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. Occasionally, I tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger in Kentucky and Ohio.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to nine adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, Londynn, Ciana, and Kendrick). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in El Dorado Hills, California ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

I spend a fair amount of time in El Dorado Hills. California, with my eldest daughter and her family. They also have two of my granddogs--Dasher and Dancer--East German shepherds. Being there takes me back to the bustling household when MY children were young. We're planning a move to California in the next couple of years.

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been together for 17 years. We are so lucky to be able to spend a lot of time together. I love my life and count my blessings every day.

I am an only child and have always wanted a sister to share with. I love that I have some crafting 'sisters' here on swap-bot!

My four-legged furbabies are: Mizzy and Junebug, Mizzy was a shelter cat and my daughter found Junie abandoned in a cart in a Target parking lot in mid-December. She had a collar mark around her neck, so she was someone's pet and was just dumped. I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.

THOUGHTS ON SWAPPING. . .

I'm not a stickler about postmarks; in fact, I've never checked a postmark in my life. I do understand the need for rules within this swapping community, but if you're going to be late in sending a swap to me, just be courteous and let me know. Although I take my role as swapper and host very seriously, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Remember . . . life happens.

I'm consistently puzzled when swappers say they 'hate' a specific color. I want you to be inspired to create something special for me, so use whatever color speaks to YOU. It's not my job to ban a color that might spark your creativity. I used to dislike brown, but brown is the color of our Earth, of trees! Pink? it's the color of a dancing child's leotard, the inside of a shell--ALL colors are beautiful! I appreciate anything created with love and inspiration and if it's not one of my favorite colors? It must be one of yours and that's good enough for me.

In a community of inspired, thoughtful, and artistic swappers, I believe we should show each other kindness, grace, and understanding. We all have enough stress in our lives outside of swap-bot--let's not let swap-bot become a source of stress and negativity instead of the joy it is meant to be!

I appreciate kindness in any form. One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible . . . it is always possible."

Ratings

wincejl rated for YTPC: Booklet from 12"x12" Paper: US on Jun 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous booklet! I absolutely love it! It is always a pleasure swapping with you! Thanks again! 💞
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Comment: Absolutely beautiful. I love it. And the extras are great.. thank you so much.
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Comment: Kristy, I almost forgot how amazing your work is, and how beautifully you present everything. These side clusters are a gorgeous reminder. Love the fabric you included. Thank you for a great swap. I’m hoping we will exchange again soon.
shalvorsen rated for YTPC: Simple, Simple Pockets on Jun 24, 2022
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Comment: Wow, you always impress me with your beautiful crafts! I love your eye for design. Thank you for such lovely pockets. They may be called "simple" pockets, but I call them "simply perfect!" <3 Thank you so much!
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Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful package you sent. I love all the animal goodies, especially the huge book of stickers! 💗
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Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing card! I love it so much and I've already put it on display. It's just so cool. Also thank you for the ribbon, I'm going to glue it onto a headband for my little girl. I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you again
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcards
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Comment: I love everything you sent! Thank you. The book you made is just beautiful. I really, truly love it all. And thank you for hosting another great swap. This was fun. Have a lovely day!
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Comment: Absolutely loved the cards you picked, especially the animal illustrations! Thank you so much for a wonderful swap.
user2148 rated for YTPC: Masterboard Tags on Jun 16, 2022
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Comment: Yay!! I always love seeing your name on an envelope! Another amazing swap!! Your tags/cards turned out gorgeous!😍 so pretty - and all those darling charms! Oo-la-la! Than of course you went way above-and -beyond with the darling extra fabrics, napkin, postcards, bird embellishments, etc. etc. … wow!! So much fun in one envelope! Thank you so very much! ❤️❤️❤️
DeboraCreates rated for SMSUSA: 2 Notecards + 1 Letter on Jun 15, 2022
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Comment: Hi Kristy, we know each other from the AATW group. It is always wonderful to receive mail from you! Thanks for the lovely assortment of items and your nice letter.
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Comment: Oh my gosh! I love the whale!!! Definitely getting hung up with my extra special Mail art!! Thank you so much!!
Response: haha! SO glad you loved my whale! Thank you for your kind words--they made my evening!
Arabella rated for VJP: Vintage Gnomes & Mushrooms! on Jun 7, 2022
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Comment: I love your cute gnome and mushrooms!! And even a cute gnome house!! Kristy, you always make me smile with your swaps and know that I will always love them even before I open the envie!! Thank you so much for the magical addition for my journal!!! And a bonus bookmark!! Love it!!
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Comment: thanks for the lovely ATC, love it so much, and thanks for the extras.
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Comment: Kristy such a very pretty card so beautifully put together as usual. thank you ever so much ❤️🦋
ellie rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #66 on Jun 5, 2022
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Comment: That's always it's a pleasure getting a swamp for thank you for making my ATC so special. I will have fun using the pretty lace Thank you.
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Comment: You've been a wonderful snail mail pal, Kristy. As you know, May was a rough month for me, health-wise and the mail brought me surprises from you just when I needed them the most. Thank you so much for everything. Wish I could give you lots and lots of hearts!
ÇisnerosV rated for YTPC: Easy Paper Tassels on Jun 4, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much. Tassels are just lovely! And the extras are great too!
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Comment: Lovely cards! Thank you so much. I appreciate the extras as well :)
pegstamps rated for YTPC: Side Opening JJ Envelope on May 23, 2022
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Comment: Kristy!!! Got your swap today and I am so impressed! Love everything about this!!! Thanks for the extras too. I love all the textures. You did fantastic!!! Hugs-Peg

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Comments

AmookIslandCreations on Jun 7, 2022:

Thanks for the beautiful swap you sent to me on behalf of Quiltbutterfly! I so appreciate you! I am sending prayers of comfort and healing to her. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

groundhogstamper on May 4, 2022:

What a Happy Mail day this has been! I love the washi tapes. Thank you. I'm so glad you are my May snail mail pal!!!

warheart on Mar 30, 2022:

Oh my!! You went overboard on those stamps and dies! I love them and can't wait to use them, thank you so much for that!! :D Love & hugs!

bethe on Feb 20, 2022:

Hi! I am so glad to hear you like your wishes! I stamped all of the images then used watercolor paint for color. I only wish I could draw that well! LOL ☺️

bostianh on Feb 17, 2022:

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the AATW Feb Wishlist gift The papers are so beautiful, I can hardly wait to start using them in my crafting adventures.

heliogal on Feb 11, 2022:

I received my Amazon wish today from AATW Feb wish list and I am so thrilled with lovely surprise you sent me! The candle smells so amazing and you are amazing for being so darn thoughtful!!!

Poohtat on Feb 10, 2022:

Thank you for the AATW pansy notebook. So pretty!

laterdayze on Feb 8, 2022:

Thank you so much for the really nice clear stamps for my February wishes in All About the Wishes group! I love them :D

DeboraCreates on Jan 22, 2022:

Thank you for your generosity in the AATW group and granting my January wishes!

debbiespoms on Jan 19, 2022:

OMG Kristy, You certainly spoiled me to the core. I received the Amazon box today, not expecting anything from them. As I haven't ordered from them in over a year & when my hubby bought mail to me, I'm like puzzled until I open it. Thank you thank you thank you for the AATW January wish for the Wine dogs postcard tin. I will definitely have enough to use for Puppy Dog PC swaps!

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