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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: October 1, 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 (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

  • 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. 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 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 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. 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 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.

It's sad to see mean girls in the forums--especially the Frustrations Forum. What a stain on the soul to be mean to others on this site--digging into people's lives and posting nasty comments. MANY swappers have left the site because of their behavior--a loss for the community. Most of you familiar with the forums will know their names. They're the ones always weighing in on dramatic posts, even though many of them rarely swap. It's somewhat better since the 'meanest' girl left swap-bot--she whose name shall not be spoken ;+)

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: Thank you for this elegant Poe atc.. that raven/skull image is one of my favorites ever..the gold shimmer was a nice touch.. as was the ghostly colored rose.. such a creative and fitting card…those extras are being used today .. just in time!! Thank you…
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope and the goodies. Your time in making this so special is very much appreciated. :)
Bavarija rated for PH: 3 Postcards/3 Partners #4 on Sep 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for nice card!
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Comment: Thank you for sending pristine postcards! You select and wrap them carefully and I really appreciate it. The octopus postcard is going to a friend who loves octopi! Thank you xo
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Comment: Thank you for those great postcards.
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Comment: thank you so much for the book page pockets! and all the goodies <3 they're all so cute!!
georgiafae rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #70 on Sep 26, 2022
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Comment: So good to see you in my mailbox again! You never disappoint on sending me "happy mail"! Love the fox composition! Thanks also for the extras-such lovely lace and pink leaves and the roses Victorian scrap die cut! Thank you, so much and Happy Fall!
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Comment: Thank you for your Halloween card, stickers, and poem. I recognize the poem is from Macbeth by William Shakespeare - I found this same quote when writing Halloween cards for the 10-partner swap 😉
skinny52 rated for PH: 2 - 4 - 6 - 8 (7th Edition) on Sep 25, 2022
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Comment: Oh my, you've totally overwhelmed me! In the best way possible! You have a really nice assortment of postcards and I appreciate that you shared so many with me. I can tell that you had a lot of fun with this one! Thanks❣❣❣
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Comment: Love the Mary Englebreit card - Happy Halloween!
kishna rated for PH: 3 Postcards/3 Partners #4 on Sep 24, 2022
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Comment: Thank you!!
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Comment: Goodness -- What a great batch of cool cards. LOVE the black cat Halloween one. Thank you!
ButterflyGirl85 rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #43 on Sep 22, 2022
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Comment: thank you for the awesome postcards and extra memo sheets you sent
dmarie rated for SMSUSA:paper bag pocket on Sep 22, 2022
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Comment: I love these so much...thanks! ♥ The stamps you used are great and I like the gold...great idea and the goodies are perfect! ♥
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: Altered Paper Clips on Sep 22, 2022
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Comment: Love them thank you. I think i made mine thick
amyduff rated for YTPC: Autumn-Themed Mini Journal US on Sep 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you Kristy for the beautiful autumn junk journal! It’s absolutely lovely with so many tuck ins and colorful pages.
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Comment: Love the envelope, Kristy, thank you so much!! You are always an awesome partner=)
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Comment: Love these dangles, Kristy, but dear friend, you definitely cannot count!!! LOL!! But more for me!! Love all the charms you used and that gold dotted fabric is beautiful! And I am glad that you put the paper topping with the words right side up so they can be read - I did that on mine, too! Thank you for such a great swap - and thank you for the beautiful piece of lace material!!!
theprairiemailbox rated for YTPC: Kraft Paper Pockets on Sep 15, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the pockets - your sewing machine can do some really neat stitch patterns!
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Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous cards, I love them!!

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Comments

debbiespoms on Sep 27, 2022:

Hi Kristy ! I received your envelope of goodies today. You rally didn't to send to me for the Scavenger hunt, cause you missed it. But TYSM for being so sweet and thoughtful in doing so. I absolutely love all the PC's ( Esp. the Halloween one ) and Halloween stickers ! TYSM again!😊

Autist on Sep 14, 2022:

Thank you for the sharpies!! For my AATW September wish! They brightened my day so much! Thank you for thinking of me. Cheers - Rook

DeboraCreates on Sep 2, 2022:

Thank you for granting my August AATW wish - that was very thoughtful of you!

bethe on Aug 21, 2022:

I love the Halloween digitals! Thank you so much. Can't wait to use these for crafting! AAW August.

Autist on Aug 19, 2022:

Thank you so much for the AATW Aug wish of a Shabby Chic Envelope. This is by far one of the most gorgeous and thoughtful things I have received from SwapBot. Even though the post office ruined one corner of the envelope. It is still very precious to me. Everything inside was lovely, and I can not wait to find uses for it all. Thank you for thinking of me and sharing your creativity with me. Rook

bostianh on Aug 18, 2022:

Thank you so much for the sweet AATW Aug wishlist. Everything you sent is awesome! Nature stuff🤩. I appreciate your kindness in putting this sweet gift together for me.💗

debbiespoms on Aug 18, 2022:

Thanks so very much Kristy, for the AATW RAK wishes for beautiful note cards with stickers and the new National parks postcards. You have to treat me to these. But I'm honored you did and I will put these all to good use. I love all so much!

heliogal on Aug 16, 2022:

Thank you so much Kristy for sending me a August wish on the AATW group. You are so kind and generous sending wishes without even posting any wishes of your own!! I love the Lavender Meyer's candle tin. It smells so lovely!! I also love the lemon verbena one too!! You are the one who got me into these awesome candles!!!

Poohtat on Jul 22, 2022:

Thank you for the green goodies for my AATW July wish I love the tag you made. This envie is filled with so many lovely things. Happy swapping

Highlander18 on Jul 21, 2022:

Thank you very much for the AATW July ribbons for the Children's Project. These will really embellish the bookmarks!

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