Swap-bot Time: July 30, 2021 11:17 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2019
Last Online: July 30, 2021
Birthday: December 22
Country: United States
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About Me


Ok. It looks like that 1 is not getting changed. I sent her more than one fat package with paintings and stickers. She won't even change it to a 3 unfortunately - even though the resend and eventually the original were delivered.

The 3 was totally my fault. Completely and irrevocably. I was so focused on the painting that I wasn't paying attention to the requirements of the swap and sent to the host in a plain envelope.

I live in the middle of nowhere and I am finding more and more that it is imperative to give my mail time to make it to where it's postmarked - not here apparently. So I am trying to send out well before the deadline to avoid issues with this.

PLEASE let me know if you are missing something. I am always happy to resend swaps that don't look like they are going to show up. Thanks so much for visiting my profile

I love all things art!! About 4 years ago I got back into Zentangle. I let it push me beyond the things I thought I could do and I am so happy that I committed to making art and believing in my talents. These days I am drawing, painting, collaging, lots of wonderful art making and feeling confident in my creations.

For my day job I am a pediatric mental health therapist (clinical social worker) in Nevada. I have two dogs that I absolutely adore - they are super active so they keep me going!! I also have a flock of chickens that I am frequently adding and subtracting from. My dad and I "trade" chickens as I am a vegetarian and wouldn't hurt a spider (literally). All my chickens have names and one in particular follows me around and calls for me when she's getting hungry. She also comes when I call her name. It's SO funny!


I am a lover of colors! Rainbows and happy, bright colors are the best. I tend to lean towards turquoise, pink and purple - but, truly, I LOVE colors!! I don't know that there is a color that I would say I don't like.

I like inspirational quotes - especially handwritten little art pieces. Botanical Line Drawings, florals, fun characters - any art artistic endeavor or watercolor paintings/prints/postcards are awesome! I have started to move into the world of ATC, paper crafting and painting with watercolor. So ephemera is always appreciated. Samples of watercolor paper are a lovely surprise.

Watching movies is one of my favorite things to do - if I have a strong coffee in hand I am basically in heaven. I am a Capricorn, so productivity is my superpower :D I am known for going non-stop from morning until evening and then I hop on the couch and draw while I hang out with my best friend, my dogs or both.

I have had lots of changes in my life in the last year - who hasn't, right!!?? I have almost entirely stopped watching TV since my boyfriend's schedule is the opposite of my own. We aren't often home together in the evening so it's not as fun to watch movies and TV. Instead I usually paint/draw/listen to Audible/watch tutorials on YouTube.

I love to cook vegetarian meals, bake homemade bread (the smell?!?! oh my!) grow things (houseplant addict over here) and spend time with my friends and my pets - and sometimes my family. But honestly - art and swapping are my two favorite past times currently.

Let me see - what else. Social Work is my passion and I treat children with mental health struggles in my private practice, Journey Within. I am spiritual but definitely not religious. I am big into the "mystical" (I can't really think of any other way to put it) and I am a GIANT tree hugger.

Favorite Books

currently The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner - I am blowing through this series I love it so much

Stephen King is my favorite author. I wouldn't say that I am typically a horror person. I am easily spooked, but King's writing style is phenomenal ...so, yeah, I love him!!

I have an hour long commute to and from work, so I am an avid Audible listener. I have also been listening to books while I paint in the evenings and have been averaging 3 books a week (seems insane to me but I am reading much more than I am watching TV these days!)

This year I finished the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. A recommendation from my little brother. Excellent series. Some of the other books I have read in the past year include: The Ian Ruttledge crime drama by Charles Todd; The King's Lake crime drama and spin off by Peter Grainger; Det. Finnegan Beck's series by Michael Scanlon and some of the Maisie Dobbs books by J. Windspear. I also revisited the Cormoran Strike novels written by JK Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The 5th novel in this series was released so I read them all again and then the 5th.

Hard to say what my very favorite books are. The Stand is my all time favorite story. I also love a well written series where you can follow characters for more than one book. - Narnia books; The Time Quartet, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Hunger Games -


I had to add some things as I have found in my first year as a Swap-Bot swapper that there are some things I don't like that I wouldn't have necessarily thought of before.

I prefer not to receive teacher/reward/kiddie stickers. If they come on a roll, I don't really have a use for them. I don't have kids and prefer a more grown up aesthetic. Also I don't use catalog/magazine cutouts or random photos of things in your life (Polaroids are an exception). If you use those things in your handmade PCs I don't mind at all. I just don't need them for myself.

No food or tea/coffee please. I have specific stuff I eat and drink and probably won't drink the tea that gets sent my way.

I don't like creepy, dark stuff. And don't like anything that's hateful, based on bigotry or superiority.

I don't really like adult cartoons. I would say I don't like crude humor, but I am not sure that's what you call it. I love Step Brothers the movie, don't like American Dad and King of the Hill stuff.

ABC of Me

Saw this on a couple of profiles and thought it would be fun. Allows some prompts to help give ideas of things that I like and/or that I would enjoy receiving should you be looking for ideas. bold for faves {work in progress}

A: huge animal lover; art; ATCs; astrology; Amazon and Audible; Americana decor; Australian accents; argyle; authenticity

B: books; (old) book pages; best friends; botanical art (drawings, stickers, etc); bravery; berries; (my) backyard; board games; bees

C: cussing; cooking; chickens (alive!); cuddling; Corgis; old country music; (actual) cowboys; children; COFFEE (so much coffee); card games; cactus

D: dogs (especially my own); dreams; the desert; dinosaurs; dancing; dolphins

E: ephemera. vintage especially; elephants; eggs; Earth; energy fields; envelopes; empowering others

F: frogs; fish; farmhouse aesthetic; festivals; flames; friends; folk/indie music; funny people

G: girls (we rock!); ginger; glass; galaxy theme; getting lost with someone I love; gerbera daisies

H: herbs; healthy food; horses; home; helping others

I: indigenous tribes; ink; imagination; ivy

J: journaling; joking around;

K: knights; Kratom; kites;

L: lilies; learning; laughter; leaving work early; life, love and light {borrowed this from a fellow swapper because it was such a wonderful answer and definitely applies to me!}

M: Mexican food; masks (beauty kind); mentoring other therapists/interns; Mason jars; maps; mysteries; melon; movies

N: nature and a natural aesthetic nests; narwhals; never give up outlook; (finger) nail wraps/polish strips

O: organ donor; owls; origami; oceans; opportunities; outer space; ocean animals

P: pebbles; Primitive stuff; postage that's unique; Plants

Q: quiet times in the morning before the dogs get out of bed; questions; quirky sayings

R: rain and rainbows; rebels; robots (cute kind as well as functional housecleaning kind) Rooster decor

S: stickers; sunsets (Nevada sunsets are incredible!!); sharing; Starbucks; Superman and other Superheroes; sloths; Subaru (have a new Crosstrek and I love it!!!)

T: therapeutic everything (I love learning about, talking about, engaging in - I love everything about being a therapist); turtles

U: underwater things; upcycling; Unicorns; underappreciated little pleasures of everyday life; the Universe as a living entity that is constantly responding to all the stimuli that is life

V: vast spaces; vintage everything

W: warm water, warm clothes out of the dryer, warm bread - WARM ANYTHING :) the Spirit of the West; weekends; women; whales

X: X-MEN; XCITEMENT; X-tra special surprises

Y: yellow; yelling (it's fun sometimes); Yosemite NP

Z: Zentangle; zen feelings; zesty oranges haha


RockyBeach rated for SSM: Handmade Postcard - July SC on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your super gorgeous raven painting!!! Love it! It looks like printed, almost like a photograph, so realistic. Yes, I saw it already on IG and I guessed that it could fly to me. :)
Comment: Thank you Kristi, for the Let it Grove PC and your prompt answer. Like you, I went through exactly what you did. Which is the lack of relationship with parents. There's no getting that back. It's too little too late in my eyes, for me anyway. Because even now as an adult, I still have a relationship with them and I'm 60.😒 I'm the oldest of a brother & 2 sisters and I had to grow up way too soon, from the age of 8 until I left home at 18. Which I could not hardly wait for that day too! It was all control issues by my mother especially. So, I can't let bygones be bygones. As I never got an apology.
Comment: Great list. Love the idea of artichoke hearts! Why haven't I ordered that before?? I love veggies (except beets)... but I'm still stuck on old fashioned protein 🙂. Thanks for the cool pizza fact pc. I love NY style pizza 🍕 ... what's better than pizza that you can fold and put in your pocket?? LOL..JK. 😂 Bon Appetit
Petaltea rated for SSM: 2 Truths, 1 Lie PC on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: I don’t know!! I cheated and took a peek at your profile ha! Your a vegetarian, I think your a smart cookie so you did probably get your masters degree in one year. So that leaves #2 as being the lie. Your uncle is not a cfo at Subaru? lol. On my postcard I think I put I love ice cream, I love mexican food, I love to jog. Guess which one was the lie ( hahahahahaha)
megan1230 rated for SCATTS - H - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Honey from the farmers market is the BEST!!
mchesser12 rated for WnWHS - 2 Truths and 1 Lie PC on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. My guess of the lie is that you earned your Master's Degree in one year.
Comment: Hi Kristi, thanks for the beautiful hand-painted postcard ! It has a very welcoming feel to it :)
Ukucaitie rated for SCATTS - G - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Gray Whale card! I put gout for reason to see a doctor too and garden gnome was a fun answer for scavenger hunt! THank you!
Comment: Thank you for the hummingbird postcard. I would love to see wild horses!
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for all the goodies! I had fun going through them and am looking forward to crafting! :D
Comment: Hi Kristi, your card has arrived today! I was already worrying that it might have gotten lost. I totally agree, the paper quality is divine and the paper has a unique smell, too. Very lovely painting, I especially like the effects on the green leaves. Thanks a bunch and I hope to swap with you again! 💚
Response: Wow! That took a while!! I am so glad you liked it. Thanks so much for the note!
KarenFife rated for SCATTS - F - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cool Flamingo postcard. Enjoyed reading your answers.
lrm1980 rated for A.I.- ATC with a Pocket on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: WOW! I love your gorgeous ATCs! The flowers in the jar one is my favorite. So creative and lovely! Thank you for them and for the great stickers.
Response: Woo hoo! So glad you liked them!! I had a wonderful time putting those together. Great fun!
Comment: Thank you for the citrus card - perfect as we have 2 orange trees and a lemon tree! Oh geez, I too need to go to the dentist - it's been 13 months since my last visit... I have a couple of cracked teeth and cavities - I have been putting it off! :O Take care and good luck at the dentist - hope it doesn't break the bank!
Response: Thank you so much for the encouragement. I wish I could be done with it already...but haven't even begun :) Good luck to as well!!!
peipeicl rated for Three Pocket Card with Tag+ on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Love this beautiful pocket card tag! Thank you for hosting, I had fun making mine and really enjoy receiving yours <3
Response: I am so glad you liked it!! Thanks so much for the heart as well!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard!
kclicquot rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #17 on Jul 4, 2021
Comment: Woooohooo! Thanks so much for the fun envelope of goodies! Graphic 45 is my favorite!
Comment: Thanks for the pretty butterfly card and your insect dislikes. You picked rather unique ones. Earwig--? I must look that one up.
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous postcard! Wonderful painting. And my favorites are similar! (My husband is a big fan of apricots, but the crop is very iffy in Michigan because a late-ish freeze can wipe them out.)

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fairypretty7 on May 14, 2021:

Thank you for the surprise mail, absolutely love the bits and pieces, they will go well in my mixture of journals.

traceyj on Mar 14, 2021:

Hi Kristi,

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Pi Day! and thank you for joining my swap!

pie time

Jillemina on Jan 12, 2021:

I just saw your comment on my page. Message me your address and I'd love to swap Nevada stories! Thanks for the invite to the group. I will definitely look at it!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


Heirloom on Dec 24, 2020:

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

postmarkd on Nov 20, 2020:

Aha thank you for being my first comment!! I signed up last year but have really only been active since August. :P

I'm fine waiting for the third book because the first two were amazing - and you can't rush perfection! Have you read the Dresden files?? That's a long series that could keep you busy and entertained, it's amazing. Two books released this year (haven't read them yet) and apparently it's just heartbreak and brilliance!

&& I'm so glad you're enjoying the swap series!! Thank you for being a regular participant! Hopefully we get each other in future swaps. (I have you for the "Your State/Country Shape PC" and I can't wait to finish it for you!).

jannieb on Sep 12, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely compliments regarding my ATC's. That is so nice to hear. You put a big smile on my face :)

CookieMomster78 on May 30, 2020:

Happy First, My Lovely Swappin’ Friend!!!

MsBellaDonna on Mar 19, 2020:

Hi Kristi, I've been meaning to thank you for the wonderful Game of Thrones postcard you sent me - I love it! I have it on the refrigerator and it always brings me a (much needed!) smile... many "hearts" to you! Be safe and stay well - MsBellaDonna

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