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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: April 14, 2024
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 14 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:

Harry Potter anything. While I appreciate that it got so many kids (and adults) reading, it's just not for me--too whimsical and not enough 'real' danger

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. Presently reading 'Malus Domestica' and love it. It's about a young woman who is a witch hunter and the witches are SCARY! 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 ten adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, Londynn, Ciana, Kendrick, and Lyric). 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 19 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 (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. 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

NRGordon rated for PS: Pick a Word PC Swap on Apr 14, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely postcards and for making my word plural.
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Comment: What a wonderful envelope full of smiles! Your envelope is beautiful! Such an awesome selection of notecards! I love them all but I love the wolf with the pup. I’m going to use it today! Thanks for the great happy mail stickers. You really made my day. I hit the lottery when they assigned me as your partner! Have a great week!
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Comment: WOW! What a wonderful package of postcards. You outdid yourself on the challenge (so many extras). Thanks so much!
minniepic rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #257 on Apr 13, 2024
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Comment: ❤️❤️❤️ Oh my goodness, I opened the beautiful postcard treasure ❤️❤️❤️You spoiled me❤️❤️ Thank you so very much for all the beautiful postcards ❤️❤️ I loved all of them ❤️❤️
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Comment: Kristy, I love this journal page you sent me! There are so many adorable vintage photos of children with animals, and this on is at the top of the list. I love the beautiful background you created for this and the lace trim at the bottom. And the little hedgehog - so cute!! And thank you so much for the wonderful extras. I have a swap to do that shows texture and I am going to use the piece of fabric you sent with the stamped flower on it for that project. Happy crafting!!
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Comment: As always a very lovely swap. Thank you so much for brightening my day!
donetta rated for USAPC: Tag Flip on Apr 10, 2024
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Comment: Kristy, the tag flip is absolutely stunning...every time I "flip", I find a new element I had missed previously. It's evident in everything you create that you love what you do...and that's a rare gift. Thank you so much for always being a wonderful inspiration.
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: One-Envelope Wonder #4 on Apr 9, 2024
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Comment: Definitely a smile it is super cute can't wait to put it in my vintage junk journal thank you
ÇisnerosV rated for YTPC: Spring Flip-book Journal on Apr 8, 2024
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Comment: Hi Kristy, Once again a beautiful swap. Thank you so much! It's perfectly purple, with my favorite flowers of lilac.
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Comment: Thanks
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #255 on Apr 6, 2024
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Comment: Love all these great postcards and so many extras. Thank you!
Zander rated for YTPC: Junk Mail Window Cards on Apr 5, 2024
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Comment: Thank You so much for a lovely swap, the window cards are pretty and thank you for the extras
Eulegirl rated for PH: Postcard Poker #11 on Apr 5, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the amazing selection of cards! I love them all!!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards, so many great ones! I can't wait to send the girl reading piles of books to my friend - she is an avid reader and collector of books like me! Take care and have a wonderful day!
simplyjaded rated for YTPC: One-Envelope Wonder #3 on Apr 3, 2024
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Comment: I love the blue background paper on the front
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Comment: wow! what a treat...thank u for so many PCs!!
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Comment: Thank you so so much! I love all these postcards! Wish I could give 10 hearts! 😀 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
DoesItComeWithAHat rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #58 on Apr 2, 2024
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Comment: Thank you! I love each postcard
hibiscus rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #90 on Apr 2, 2024
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Comment: Really nice idea for this “spring” swap.. your card of course is so very lovely .. really like the way you used layering for the background and the dimensional bird.. so much in a small soace and the pearl on the button on the lace.. just wow.. a gorgeous card! Thank you also for the space ribbon and amazing papers!! A wonderful bundle of spring in a pretty envelope!
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Comment: Hi, my friend! I missed getting mail from you and your friendship. There were several of you I so enjoyed swapping with several years ago! Thank you so much for the lovely postcards and the Easter card. Hope you are doing well!

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Comments

hibiscus on Apr 2, 2024:

Your art is both creative and just lovely…you have a true artist’s eye … every little card is a joy

MissChief on Mar 19, 2024:

so glad you liked the boho journal! I was nervous! You deserve the best!

Zefaniya on Feb 19, 2024:

Thank you so much for the tea! I cant wait to try it! (Feb. aatw)

bostianh on Jan 11, 2024:

Thank you so much for the beautiful origami papers for AATW Jan. You are so kind and I so appreciate you.! Happy New Year! I hope your year is fantastic.

Courtney on Jan 11, 2024:

Thank you very much for the AATW profile surprise! These will be a lot of fun to use.

debbiespoms on Dec 12, 2023:

I'm not sure if the gift I got today was for AATW. But I thank you more than anything for the gift bag with Boho Stickers book. I will be using these, that's for sure! I love all the stickers in the book! Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year 2024!

debbiespoms on Dec 6, 2023:

Happy Belated Birthday Kristy! I am so sorry I missed it. I hope your was fabulous for you!

SuperNay on Dec 3, 2023:

Thank you for the December AATW stickers via Amazon! They are so great, they remind me of some that I had in my collection when I was a little back in the 80s. Me and my little will thoroughly enjoy these. Thank bunches.

SuperNay on Dec 3, 2023:

heliogal on Nov 16, 2023:

Oh my goodness my lovely friend!!! You are sweeter than honey to send me those gorgeous mushroom/ botanical stickers!! And with a whole box there will be so many to share with others!! I hope your visit with your daughter is wonderful!!!! Oh right, this was for the AATW November wishlist! You really made my whole week with your genorsity!! Things have been really hectic/ busy/ working so hard to keep my head above water and just taking a break to look through those stickers was so calming and put me in good mood!!!

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