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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: December 9, 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 although I have more craft supplies I could ever need, I still love to shop for more ;+)

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 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 wildlife and three huge oak trees in our backyard. I love to watch the birds, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, possums, and skunks. I feed them all each day. I've got the raccoons eating from my hand. Each spring, the mama animals bring their babies to my deck for snacks. I just love watching them grow--it brings me such joy! Nothing is cuter than wildlife babies.

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

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Pretty papers

  • Textile snippets

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

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

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Bears, Squirrels, Raccoons, and all other animals

  • 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!

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!)

Over-long swapper profiles, profiles that read like a hospital chart, and those that make harsh statements like, 'DON'T send me anything ________! or ________! or ________!(fill in the blanks) It really takes the joy and inspiration out of creating something for a partner.

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 or most comedies, in general. 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 House of Dragons, Gangs of London (I LOVE this show), Succession, The Split, Ted Lasso (my favorite), Better Call Saul (except the sad ending), 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 the new Stephen King book, 'Fairy Tale.' I LIKED it but didn't LOVE it. Next up is Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon. 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 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 or New York 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 indoor four-legged furbaby is Junebug--a VERY large (24 lb) gray tabby. 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. We're in the process of adopting and bringing in an outdoor kitty who adopted us! My daughter has named her Vixen--my daughter is determined that, as a family, we have pets named after each of Santa's reindeer! Vixen is shy with everyone but me, but she loves being indoors, sleeping on her heated blanket, and having plenty of food and snacks. I truly enjoy the company of cats. My sweet cat, Mizzy, passed on June 14, 2022. She was so loved and our home seems much emptier without her. For me, a pet--any pet--makes a house, a home.

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 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

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Comment: Lovely tags! Thanks so much!
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Comment: I'm glad I got the resend instead of the Halloween post card. Your winter theme is so pretty and I like the various colors you use. I also love the glittery accents that you used. Happy Holidays.
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Comment: These will be a lovely addition to my Christmas journal πŸ₯°
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Mini Tags with Dangles on Dec 7, 2022
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Comment: Thank you - I love them - and the presentation - and the envie - Happy Swapping!
squince rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #204 on Dec 7, 2022
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Comment: Great selection!
Satorii rated for YTPC: Mini Envie Flip Book on Dec 7, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for this very well made flip book and thanks for the extras :)
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Comment: Hi Kristy ! I received your resend today and thank you so much for resending. I never did get your 1st swap. πŸ™ But I love the LEAVES postcards! As well as the 4 extras and cute Christmas stickers you gave me. So sweet of you to do that ! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones !
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Comment: Thank you! I love the card and the bag you put my goodies in! Hope your December is off to a great start!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and lovely note. I have enjoyed swapping w ith you this year as well! I can't wait to try the tea and the stickers are so pretty!
Ethony rated for Witchy Mail Art & Letter! on Dec 5, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much!!
LiisaS rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #201 on Dec 5, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards :)
Myself333 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #203 on Dec 4, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for all the postcards, Kristy! I especially love the fox and the cat/dog ones :D
Ruthless rated for PH: Something IN The Sky #2 on Nov 30, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great selection of postcards! My favorite is the bird in the tree! Thanks for the beautiful decorated envelope! It was great unwrapping my gift! Hugs to you!
ericabella rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #47 on Nov 29, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards!
roosje rated for MFF: Bird-Themed Folio on Nov 27, 2022
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Comment: I always get so happy when I see your name on my incoming swaps! How wonderful to have you as a swappartner! I loved the bird folio you made for me, love your personal style that shows through everything. The book pages you used are so beautiful! Thanks for a great swap my friend.
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Comment: oooo i just love a pink Christmas thanks so much and for the extras!!!
Chickaree rated for YTPC: Embellished Glassine Bags on Nov 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you :-) I absolutely love everything. The embellishments, embossing and tags are beautiful. I have never used my sewing machine, but seeing how you decoratively sewed the bags, now I know I have to try it!
vlhafer54 rated for SMSUSA: Postage Palooza Mail Art on Nov 23, 2022
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Comment: Wow! What a selection of stamps, inside and out - Thank you so much - Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Beautiful as always.Like the button arrangement. Very pretty choice of buttons.Thank you,I love them.
teejlc rated for YTPC: Holiday 'Zine from 8.5" x 11" on Nov 23, 2022
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Comment: It was such a joy to receive your Christmas Zine in the mail yesterday! I love your collage work. Thank you for the adorable vintage stickers and the pretty decorated envelope too!

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Comments

Highlander18 on Dec 8, 2022:

Thank you very much for AATW Dec wish ~~~beautiful paper napkins for my latest envelope obsession.

Poohtat on Dec 8, 2022:

Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the beautiful owl dreamcatcher. This is absolutely stunning and I love it. AATW Dec.

simcoe54 on Dec 4, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

1koolkrafter on Dec 4, 2022:

Happy Birthday my crafty friend! I hope your day is πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸͺ…πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³πŸŽˆand filled with all the things that you love!

Zefaniya on Nov 13, 2022:

Thank you so much for the November wish from AATW!!

orneryswife on Nov 13, 2022:

I have more of the same birds if you want me to send you more. I tried to get just different ones but they came in a package of several sheets. Just let me know.

Poohtat on Nov 12, 2022:

Kristy, thank you for the lovely blue AATW Nov envie. I love the pockets you sewed and stuffed. I swear I need to get a sewing machine! There is just something so ethereal about this envie. It really made me smile. Thank you

Highlander18 on Nov 10, 2022:

Thank you very much for the AATW - Nov wishes - beautiful paper napkins to go to the top of the pile for covering envelopes. Just acquired many more blank envies from the Dollar store. Happy Dance!

mkaylee455 on Nov 10, 2022:

TYSM for the AATW Wish - Disney postcards <3 <3 Happy swapping!

debbiespoms on Nov 7, 2022:

TYSVM for the AATW Nov. wish, from Amazon for sp pretty magnetic bookmarks! I love them so much!

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