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captkristi

captkristi
Date Joined: May 30, 2019
Last Online: May 16, 2021
Birthday: December 22
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE APRIL 2021

Partners...there continues to be issues with the USPS that I keep hope, hope, hoping will be resolved sooner rather than later. I have had letters returned to sender, returned undeliverable and other weird things - when I check in with people they indicate there is nothing wrong with their address. I resend and it shows up fine. I usually send closer to the deadline than the assigned date since I participate in 40 or 50 swaps a month. However, I have been cutting back over the last month. It's hard not to sign up for every swap that looks fun - but it's stressing me out with the mail. And swapping isn't supposed to be stressful, right!?!

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!

Likes

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 reading - Detective Ian Rutledge crime series (I am a sucker for British whodunit) by Charles Todd

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: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood; The Institute (S. King); I revisited the Cormoran Strike novels written by JK Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The 5th novel in this series was recently released so I wanted to go back and read them all again. These are really good crime novels - if you are into that genre you should check these out The characters are so full and wonderfully rich.

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 -

Dislikes

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

Ratings

myancey rated for SCATTS - U - Round 7 - US Only on May 15, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you
Ikran3 rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #10 on May 15, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for the resend - I totally love it! I hope nothing like that wonderful letter got lost in the previous one! I loved the butchers list too - I have an old ledger of my great (or great, great -I forget!) grandfather's which is really similar! Anyway it's all perfect, thanks so much :)
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Fun fact postcard #2 on May 13, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks so much!
CWUmom rated for Positive Postcard Swap #1 (PPS1) on May 12, 2021
5
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Comment: thank you. Happy swapping
stephiedee rated for OMAE: Bookish HMPC on May 12, 2021
3
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Comment: Thank you for the hand painted card, but as stated in the description, this was supposed to be sent naked. The main mission of the group is sending mail art, and the group description expressly states "no plain envelopes" so in the very least, if you were going to ignore the send naked stipulation, you could have sent in a creative envelope of some sort. I also want to note that the postmark is dated the following week after the deadline.
CookieMomster78 rated for SSM: Earth Day PC Revamp on May 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard of a tulip field! It also arrived with my happy mail envie of smiles (for SSM tag) and brightened my whole day! I love seeing you in the mailbox, my friend! You are like sunshine when skies look gray & I ❤️ your beautiful spirit! Big Aloha Hugs 🤗 ~💙🍪 Harmony Joy
Response: Thanks so much!! Happy to hear it came so quickly! Maybe the mail is back in full swing. I really appreciate the kind words and the smile!! The world could use more people like you!!
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Comment: Thank you for the Plant postcard! I like your answers, especially the one you pack for vacation.
Response: So glad you liked it!
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and sharing your movie quote with me. I like that movie.
suepier rated for SCATTS - T - Round 7 - US Only on May 8, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and sharing your scattergories with me.
TTrotti rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #15 on May 5, 2021
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Comment: Hi Kristi, love your happy mail, it totally made my day. Loved all the extras - much appreciated. You have beautiful handwriting too for the address. France is beautiful right now - lots of green and colza flowers blooming. See u around the post box xx
Response: I am so happy it arrived. And fairly quickly too! Thank you for the kind words <3
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Comment: Thank you for this gorgeous light house watercolor card. It's actually a wonderful idea with the torn edges. And it fits well with the motive. I love it!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it. That's one of my favorite things I have painted in a bit. I was happy to send to you!
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Comment: This swap was due in Dec 20. I had contacted you twice. First, you said you're going to resend. I had waited for awhile then contacted you again for the 2nd time, then you told me it was sent back cause you got my address wrong. I had waited patiently for your swap and now it's May already!! Whether you actually sent your swap in the beginning I never knew, since you never ever contacted me in the first place.
Response: Wow. We literally talked about this on 3 separate occasions. I did write the address wrong..and I am sorry for that. I am heartbroken that this has happened but I understand that you didn't receive anything and that's not okay. I am going to send another one just because you should have stickers and a sketch for this swap whether it is May or not. I always make right on my swaps. Again I am sorry you are upset. I totally get that.
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Comment: I like the name Grace also.
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Comment: Kristi - Thank you for the lovely postcard. Have a great day. D
denisemichelle rated for USATC: Bunny Ears ATC Swap on Apr 30, 2021
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Comment: Oh, wow, I really love this! I can't believe that you painted this!! Very special, thank you!! I am glad the post office delivered it correctly this time!
Response: Thank goodness it arrived. It was so cute!!! Thank you for your compliment. Sometimes I surprise myself even hahaha
annychenghk rated for SSM: April Stickers on Apr 30, 2021
5
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Comment: thank you so much for the cute stickers and the Sarah kay one. all of them are my favorite now!
coffeef1rst rated for Positive Postcard Swap #3 (PPS3) on Apr 29, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC
Autist rated for I&B: One Stamp on Apr 25, 2021
5
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Comment: So much fun stuff!! Thank you for fitting this all in one stamp! They are lots of fun! Cheers
NRGordon rated for Scatts PC - Q - Round 7 - US Only on Apr 25, 2021
5
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Comment: Thanks for the great PC. I love hedgehogs. I hadn't thought of 'Quigley". A friend of mine named his pet rat Quigley, after one of the actors in A Clockwork Orange.
elinor rated for SSM: Profile Based ATC + Surprise on Apr 25, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful ATC, I love the lanterns :) and thank you for the great surprise stationery!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9934 757 49 49
Completed Fives Threes Ones
790 907 1 1
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
23 462 305 0
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Comments

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:

hny

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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