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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: February 4, 2023
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 than 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 13 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 (26 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!

Just a quick note re ratings: I like to take my time with ratings. Often, the items I'm rating took a long time to create and I want to say more than just, 'thank you.' That said, I often save swaps for up to 10 days before rating. I sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy rating and doing justice to the senders who put their time and effort into creating a swap for me. If I rated every day, I would end up just saying, 'thank you,' trying to fit rating into each day. Please respect my rating style. Thank you so much.

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

sunshinesuperman rated for SMSUSA: Stationery Share on Feb 4, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for this lovely swap. I love how you presented all the items, great job. All perfect items for my letter writing. !00 Hearts to you! Hugs, Mona
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Comment: First of all, loved the envelope and carefully took it apart so I could use parts of it. Second-the rice paper looking napkins are gorgeous! Alread have plans for two of them to stick as fly papers in a journal I'm working on that has a fabric cover! Loved the way you sent the napkins too with the beautiful flower prints! I wondered at the time how to send my to my partner and ended up putting freezer paper between napkins! Thanks for great swap my friend and hope we do swap again in fact I'm working on one to you now so I know I will! Take care!
JanHardt rated for FFF: Vintage Flip Books on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Another amazing swap from you. These little books are amazing! I agree, they were fun to make. I love the beautiful goodies you enclosed. Thank you.
shalvorsen rated for YTPC: pocket envelope - USA on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Kristy!! I always love receiving one of your lovely swaps. I adore your aesthetic. It matches mine exactly! Thank you so very much for the cute envie and the lovely epherma.
Chickaree rated for usapc: CUT APART EMBELLISHMENTS on Feb 3, 2023
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Comment: Hi Kristy :-) Thank you so very much for the beautiful embellishments! I just love everything about them! The colors and the pretty papers, the Woodland theme with a white rabbit, grin! Thank you also for the beautiful lace and I want to call them stickers but maybe they're Washi sheets? I love them. They are all perfect for my journal!
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concxrde rated for PH: Send 4 Postcards #49 on Jan 31, 2023
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Comment: Hi Kristy, thank you so much for all the wonderful postcards! The Van-Gogh-esque one is my favourite ๐Ÿ’“
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Comment: Wow; such gorgeous cards. Thank you.
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely winter botanical tag.I love tags and you created a beautiful one. And thank you for the extras too.
JanHardt rated for FFF: Fabric Postcard on Jan 30, 2023
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Comment: Kristy, your fabric postcard is beautiful. I absolutely love hearts! Iโ€™m sure you can guess whyโ€ฆ. The extra fabric and lace you included will definitely get used. Another excellent swap.
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Spell H-E-A-R-T With Pcs #6 on Jan 29, 2023
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Comment: Thank you, I am happy to be back swapping again. You are so generous, and I love all of the PC's :)
JaneInSD rated for FFF: Neutral Fabric Collage Tag on Jan 26, 2023
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Comment: Kristy, this tag is GORGEOUS!! I love everything about it. Thank you so much for making such a stunning swap for me.
JBFR rated for Chinese New Years on Jan 26, 2023
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Comment: Sorry I received your beautiful journal page a few days ago, but my grandmother is out of the hospital, and with my mom, we have to take care of it almost H24, so I'm late in my answers. ... I'm charmed to see how you made the page! I love it ! thank you very much. Thank you also for all the beautiful paper goodies and the fabric with the sequins!
lou rated for WIYM: Ani-Mail Art: Rabbit on Jan 25, 2023
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Comment: Hi Kristy, thanks so much for the multi rabbit mail โ€” such a fun artistic sewn envelope with rabbit images stamped on it, glued-on rabbits and cute Bugs Bunny postage โ€ฆ inside, the seals, stickers, envelopes, fancy little booklet with a cutout and rabbit clip were great fun to receive โ€ฆ appreciated your note, too!
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Comment: Thanks so much Kristy, for my beautiful watercolor strips! You did a great job on them! I will definitely use them! I had a really great time making them as well! Fun swap! Thanks again and happy new year!
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Comment: Thank you, love it
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Comment: GORGEOUS! TY!
JanHardt rated for AACG: Winter Animal Tags: Fox on Jan 23, 2023
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Comment: Kristy, the tag is beautiful, and I love the pockets you made. The fox looks like itโ€™s singing! Thank you for another excellent swap.
Ace330660 rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #73 on Jan 22, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for the atc! I loved the theme. Hopefully we can swap again soon!
Arabella rated for AACG: 3 Elements Advanced #3 on Jan 21, 2023
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Comment: Love your atc, Kristy! And the quote is so true!! I love how you always make all the elements fit so beautifully together!! Thank you!! And -oh-my-goodness!!! - so many wonderful extras!! You will always be one of my favorite swappers!!

Rating Overview

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Comments

SuperNay on Feb 3, 2023:

TYSM for the AATW January wish! I was so blessed by the incredible package. It was a tough month and the package helped lift my spirits at the perfect time. I love every single item you sent me. Thank you for taking such good care to search and find so many fun kitty cat things! I love them all. :)

yvonne401 on Jan 30, 2023:

AATW January '23: Thank you for the nice Valentine's stickers! I appreciate you resending.

Blessings,

Yvonne

Zefaniya on Jan 24, 2023:

Thank you very much for the AAW January wish...you sent some cool stamps!

bostianh on Jan 15, 2023:

Thank you for sharing the beautiful digitals for my Jan Wish AATW. They are lovely and I appreciate you taking the time to share them with me.๐Ÿ’ž

asunset4me on Jan 15, 2023:

Thank you Kristy for the fabrics. They are all fabrics I do not have in my collection (hoard). I really love the one that is pinkish with the b&w queens and colorful flowers and butterflys.

3cats2dogsand2crazykids on Jan 14, 2023:

Thank you soooo much for my AATW Jan. I absolutely love every. Single. Thing. Even the package was gorgeous!!!!!! I am so excited.

Poohtat on Jan 12, 2023:

Thank you for the AATW Jan Floral Happy Mail. So many lovely items in this package. Even your envelope was bright and cheery. Happy swapping

Lonestarchild on Jan 7, 2023:

Thank you so much for the lovely swap you sent for MERRY Scavenger's Hunt on behalf of my partner. Was such a fun envie to go through with all the little bits. I appreciate it very much! Thank you.

georgiafae on Dec 28, 2022:

Now that I have opened all the gifts you sent me for the 25 Days Christmas Advent Calendar Swap -I must give you a great big THANK YOU! Opening it up was greeted by may wonderful smells and even greater surprises where these scents were coming from. You were a great partner to receive from and I really appreciate everything and YOU! Hope we swap again in 2023. I'll join more of the swaps you create in hopes I may get your name sometime! Happy New Year and take care!

Tverne05 on Dec 25, 2022:

Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful day!

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