Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2023 9:57 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2019
Last Online: September 26, 2023
Birthday: December 22
Country: United States
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About Me

IMPORTANT - Sept 2023 For whatever reason I have more mail going missing this year than ever before. WAY more than during the real COVID struggle. I am going to be cutting down on the number of swaps I do and kinda moving away from SwapBot for a bit. It's getting expensive anyway - and then I have to mail things out more than once. Last month I had to mail a postcard swap 3 times before she received it. I truly have no idea why this is happening. If something doesn't get to you I will happily get a resend out to you immediately. I am really sorry to anyone affected by this VERY weird issue I'm having.

As always please don't hesitate to contact me if something hasn't arrived. Sending swaps that people will love is my primary reason for being a part of Swap-Bot. I want you to be happy with your swap and I am happy to resend if you are not, for any reason. I live in the middle of nowhere and have stopped mailing from here as much as I can. It's unreliable.

My 3 rating I earned - completely and irrevocably. I was so focused on the painting that I created for the swap that I wasn't paying attention to the requirements of the swap and sent to the host in a plain envelope.

Thanks so much for visiting my profile! Look forward to swapping with you!

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. I owe much of my early success with 3D form, shading and depth to Eni Oken. She is an absolutely amazing artist. If you are looking to learn some techniques to make your art pop, she has several ebooks that are super helpful. These days I am not Zentangling all that much but I AM drawing, painting, collaging, lots of wonderful art making!! Feeling inspired is such a happy feeling.

For my day job I am a pediatric mental health therapist (clinical social worker) in Nevada. Opening my own agency and serving the children in these rural areas has been the highlight of my life thus far. 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) and he is a farmer that doesn't buy meat at the store. Win-Win All my chickens have names and I have two favorites currently. They follow me around and call at the window for breakfast when they hear me coming into the kitchen in the morning. Lately there are ground squirrels that run in and take a bite of Flock Block out there for the chickens to snack on. When the chickens notice the squirrel they run full speed to chase off the squirrel. It's SO funny; running chickens are absolutely hilarious.


TL;DR I love nature, animals and value quality over quantity. Other loves - watercolor paper (hot or cold press are both fine) or quality scrapbook-type paper; coffee and sunshine + happiness

I am a lover of colors! As a watercolorist I get to explore pigments and mix up some amazing shades from the world around me. 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 illustrations - any artistic endeavor or watercolor paintings/prints/postcards are awesome!

I make ATCs here and there as I have time to put my attention to it, but lately have been drawn to paper crafting. I am loving the swaps in the YouTube Paper Crafters group. I have learned lots of new skills. Lots of my creativity goes into postcards that I watercolor and/or draw.

I like getting vintage ephemera and samples of watercolor or other interesting papers. Graphic 45, Stamperia, Carte Bella & Tim Holtz are top favorites for paper crafting. If anyone wants to do a private swap for these I would love that. I want to buy almost every new paper set that comes out - Always thought it would be cool to have someone to trade 50/50 so I can get a variety!!

Life goes on. No more boyfriend. Still looking...and dating in your 40's is NOT for the faint of heart. I still haven't gone back to watching TV - Instead I usually spend my evenings at my art table where I 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 - my free time is mostly spent on inspired creating and reading audiobooks or listening to music.

Let me see - what else. Social Work is my passion. I wholeheartedly believe in giving of myself to all those I meet. Even a warm smile and nice word can brighten someone's day. The kids I work with are often the ones who have been left by every person that was "supposed" to love them and keep them safe. That can be hard to witness at times. Not being able to make things better for them is one of the most challenging parts of my job.

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 reading - The Oremere Chronicles by Helen Scheuerer

My all-time favorite author is Stephen King. 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. You will see below - I enjoy books in a series because you can stay in the land and life of the characters you have come to know. Wonderful!!

In 2021 some of the books I finished include: the Riyira books by Michael J Sullivan; Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchiakovsky; 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 Wheel of Time series books 1-5 by Robert Jordan; The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron; Don Winslow's crime series with a big plot section in rural Nevada super close to where I grew up; The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner; the Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. All the King's Lake Investigation books by Peter Grainger and I finished Outlander too. Reread the Expanse recently by James SA Corey.

I joined the monthly Book Club in the Sunshine Swaps + Mail group and that has broadened my horizons. One of the frequent participants is a librarian so I have been introduced to books I probably wouldn't have come across in my regular browsing. I am always open to book recommendations. Tell me your favorites. I go through my Wish List quickly.

Hard to say definitively what my top reads are but I think The Stand is my all time favorite story. Police procedurals and cozy English crime dramas are often on my TBR list. Some of those favorites are the King's Lake crew; Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellicott investigations and Inspector Ian Rutledge.

Some all-times faves are the Narnia books; The Time Quartet; Harry Potter: Game of Thrones, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Outlander and the Hunger Games.


TL;DR don't need - kid or planner items; magazine cutouts; random de-stash stuff with the exception of nice papers or vintage ephemera (already trying to cull my hoard); hateful or exclusionary messages

I had to add some things as I have found in my time as a Swap-Bot swapper that there are 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. Other things I don't use: catalog/magazine cutouts or random photos of things in your life (Polaroids or vintage photos are an exception); planner stickers or related accoutrements.

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 (with the exception of Halloween time). And don't like anything that's hateful, based on bigotry or superiority. To each their own, but I don't want to see that stuff in my mailbox.

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 Rick & Morty; Big Mouth; American Dad and King of the Hill.

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. Recently "heard" that some swappers see the ABC's on profiles as arrogant and "a little much" - if you don't like this section you literally don't have to read it. For those that like ideas - read on for a long list of them :D bold for faves {always evolving}

A: huge animal lover; art; ATCs; astrology; Amazon and Audible; angsty teenagers; Americana decor; Australian accents (meaning spoken word!!); argyle; authenticity; (human) attachment (this is my area of study and expertise in my work - SO fascinating)

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

C: cussing; cooking; Cavallini Paper Co.; chickens (alive!); cuddling; Corgis; classic country music; children; COFFEE (so much coffee); card games; citrus prints; cactus; (actual) cowboys; Carte Bella paper

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

E: ephemera. vintage especially; elephants; eggs; Earth; energy fields; envelopes; empowering others, Echo Park papers

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

G: girls (we rock!); ginger; glass; galaxy theme; getting lost with someone I love; gerbera daisies ; Gary Allan; Graphic 45

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

I: indigenous tribes; ink; imagination; ivy

J: journaling; joking around; junk journal aesthetic

K: knights; kites; kids

L: lily flower; learning; laughter; leaving work early; love and light; LCN stationery (and similar illustrative designs)

M: Mexican food; mentoring other therapists/interns; Mason jars; maps; mysteries; melon; movies

N: nature and a natural aesthetic; nests; narwhals; 'never give up' outlook; Nevada

O: organ donor; owls; oceans; opportunities; outer space; ocean animals (minus realistic great whites, this scares me)

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

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 (and chicken) home decor; rocks

S: stickers; sunsets (Nevada sunsets are incredible!!); sharing; Starbucks; Superman and other Superheroes; summer; sloths; Subaru (have a Crosstrek and I love it!!!); Stamperia; sparkling water; social workers

T: therapeutic everything (I love learning about, talking about, engaging in - I love everything about being a therapist); turtles; Tim Holtz aesthetic and energy/inspiration; tutorials

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/energy 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; whales

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

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

Z: Zentangle; zen feelings; zero bullshit


colleenbUSA rated for SSS: Outside on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you. I'm not sure if I received the first send or the second! But one arrived!
Comment: I love love love the idea of this swap. Thank you for coming up with it. Drugs have taken some amazing people, even if they survive their addiction. Sorry you experienced this too.
debbiespoms rated for Postcards With a Prompt #244 on Sep 22, 2023
Comment: Thanks Kristy for the great PC and answer to Buzz kill.
debbiespoms rated for SCATTS - O - Round 12 - US Only on Sep 22, 2023
Comment: Thanks Kristi for your "O" postcard and great answers!
kclicquot rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #41 on Sep 19, 2023
Comment: ooooo! another wonderful envelope from Kristi . . . Thank you so much for the very generous selection of stickers, It's like you read my profile and only sent ones I'd love! I can't wait to use them! Thanks! Cheers!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard. What does it mean? Accept the flooring I like your ideas. My Mom doesn't fly anymore but I would love to take her a trip of her choice. Oh and I don't need a new roof but I would love to hire a professional gardner. I hope you are well!
hazelwitch3 rated for SSM: THEMED Handmade PC - TIME on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: The first postcard you sent is still travelling somewhere, but the second postcard arrived safely this morning! Thanks so much for making it for me; I really like it.
MuggleMom rated for HMPC: See Through Postcard #2 on Sep 14, 2023
Comment: Not sure where this great see-through PC went but it finally arrived! It survived the mail machines, lol! Thank You! xxMuggleMom
Selewis91 rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #53 on Sep 13, 2023
SFreer rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #64 on Sep 8, 2023
Comment: Thanks Kristi! I will pass these along next swap. Your writing on the envelope is gorgeous!
Inkeltje rated for Postage Stamp Bag Swap #64 on Sep 4, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the stamps, and the cards, I love flowers!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked them
Comment: Where to start? First, that has to be one of the cutest cards. I really enjoyed hearing all your thoughts. I didn't end up liking Melmoth lol. I would have most likely DNFed if it wasn't for book club. I think I low key dnfed the first book in the red rising series, but I was only 50 pages in awhile ago and wasn't sure if i wanted to really start a series that wouldnt be over for some time. I should try it again-did you do the audio for the song to be stuck? I adored the card included and of course the stamps! You made my week I always love opening happy mail from you.
Response: Well at least I wasn't the only one that wasn't a fan of Melmoth. It went quick so I just finished - plus, Book Club. But I agree!! Yeah I listened to Red Rising on audio. The only books I really read in print are for work. I truly thought it was the last book...but no the series goes on. UGH. haha. I am so glad it brought you a smile. You are wonderful to swap with!
Comment: Thank you.
soyprincesa2 rated for SCATTS - M - Round 12 - US Only on Aug 29, 2023
Comment: I love that recipe for chicken on the postcard. Those were great answers. Thanks so much!
bpl76 rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #23 on Aug 28, 2023
Comment: WOW This is amazing!!!! thank you
Comment: Kristi, Thank you for the beautiful postcard that looks like it came from a science textbook. We both had biology and abnormal psychology on our lists. I didn't realize the value of auto shop class until after graduation and i was driving a clunker lol. Have a great weekend!
Comment: Thanks for all the great postcards. You mentioned stamps but none in the package?
Response: hahahaha I realized later that I forgot them!!! They will be on their way to you. Sorry about that :)
Lolcw rated for SSM: Sticker Sheet Search - AUGUST on Aug 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Ummmm - wow. Just wow. Your painting is incredible and I absolutely love this mason jar PC! Thank you so much - from the topic to the colors, you totally got me!
Response: Eeeeee! So glad you loved it. That's one of the best things I have ever painted IMO. I love the way it turned out. So happy that you enjoyed it.
Aseret25 rated for SCATTS - L - Round 12 - US Only on Aug 21, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the lichen postcard! Would you believe that we had THREE duplicate answers?? Don't step on Legos in bare feet; I have leftovers in my fridge too; and my -TION word was lactation. Great minds think alike!!
Response: No way!!! lactation :) hahaha that's amazing

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mrsD on Apr 14, 2023:

thank you for the loveliest packet of happy mail. your silver calligraphy on the navy envelope was just beautiful. so many terrific paper goodies inside but I especially loved your tiny watercolour paintings you included. mille merci! xo (SSM group tag game)

Snailmail1772 on Jan 20, 2023:

Thanks for the notecard and vintage stamps you included with the Non-Touristy Postcard Train #22.

simcoe54 on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas! And best wishes for 2023!

simcoe54 on Dec 22, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

simcoe54 on Oct 2, 2022:

PH: My Requests Tag -- Thanks so much for tagging me and sending me these wonderful postcards and unmarked stamps! Love them!!!

user6937 on Jun 28, 2022:

Hi, Kristi - the resend tag from the Sunshine Swaps group has arrived. If this envelop is any indication of what you sent the first time, I'd be very lucky to get it, too, lol. Fantastic stuff that I'll be using on some collaged items I'm making today - thank you!

ccmmsu on Jun 21, 2022:


Yay!! I'm so glad you joined us!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

heidiblooms on Dec 25, 2021:

πŸŽ„β„οΈMerry Christmas!β„οΈπŸŽ„

heidiblooms on Nov 26, 2021:

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