Date Joined: April 3, 2015
Last Online: December 24, 2016
Birthday: September 12, 1984
Country: Korea, Republic of
My name is Krista, though I'll also sign off as Avery. I'm a 30 year old English teacher living in South Korea, though I grew up in Florida. I am teaching 1st-6th graders, who have an English level from zero to intermediate. I also enjoy reading, and write little fantasy things sometimes. I like to go for walks and have begun to take photos of the things I see when I do. I play the trumpet, speak Spanish, and pretend that I one day I'll have pretty, flowy handwriting.
Swapping is still a mostly new concept to me, and I'm a craft-illiterate, so sometimes it's very difficult for me to understand what is expected, or where to find it in Korea. I will do my best to stay out of crafting swaps, though sometimes I may be brave and try, but if your profile only has craft-based likes on it, I will panic and send you a "please help me know what I can do for you" message, because I always try to be recipient-specific in my swaps.
Listing what I like is strange and difficult for me, but I've realized how much I appreciate it in others' profiles, and will give it a try! Feel free to offer any gentle guidance. :)
However, just because I've not listed it doesn't mean I wouldn't be grateful. I'm forever thinking of more things that I adore that could have been added to this list!
Best thing ever: I like to hear about people and the sentiments and reasons behind items. A letter included in any swap just absolutely makes my day! I'm less of a visual person and more of a words person. And I send the same. You'll probably be getting a letter from me if I'm to swap to you. And it's highly likely that I may ask if you'd like a post-written response, or I may just send one.
I have a number of penpals, and I love and use all forms of stationary because of this. (AND I love letters from folks! I can't help but to reply, and adore making new friends through post, so if you find me as a swap partner, and want to reach out in a letter, I'd definitely respond!)
In Korea, the only postcards I can find that are of any quality are "tourist" postcards. Sets of blank postcards are awesome, because then I don't have to live in constant fear of getting a swapper who hates "tourist postcards" and having to receive them anyway.
In Korea, there aren't any of the traditional holiday treats I'm used to in America. "Common" holiday treats from Americans are so, so loved and appreciated. (But I also love other cultures too, and would be thrilled to learn about your common holidays items if you're so inclined!)
Keychains and mugs are my favorite sorts of souvenirs.
Decorative Ideas for Any Decorative-like Swaps!
Note: I'm not actually picky, but I know ideas are appreciated! In the end, I am very grateful just to receive a thoughtful swap.
I gravitate toward "cool" colors, and sapphire blue is my favorite of them. Pastel "warm" colors are always nice as well.
I love insects (butterflies, dragonflies, anything that's wouldn't be considered a roach or mosquito, really!).
I adore outdoor scenes, especially of rivers and their surrounding plants. But anything 'nature' is loved!
Transportation-themed things are really cool in my book, especially hot air balloons, ships, and trains.
By extension, I love anything representing an area, especially it's nature or is an older monument of an area. (Not newer things like theme parks though!)... I do like touristy things, though not really advertising/multi-photo view sorts. Informational sorts are always awesome though, I love to learn.
While I most certainly do have a "tomboy" streak in me (superheros and catching insects and running around like a woodland nymph, yay!), I love all things feminine (but those are things are also cool!).
I would love KJV scripture items. KJV Bible is awesome, but I ask that other Christian-related materials not be the focus of any given swap. I'm neither Catholic or into fads that turn up, which I know is the easiest sort of materials to find.
And I love quotes.
I don't like pet images, really. If it's an animal that can be a pet, I feel all ready overly saturated with these things.
I am from Florida originally, and really don't enjoy theme-park related things because of over saturation as well.
If it's not "PG", I'm probably not the one to send it to, on the flip side, I wouldn't know what to do with baby-themed things. :)
I was that kid back in school that everyone knew was an artistic idiot. I will do my best to avoid craft swaps, and so craft items are not useful to me.
However, I DO love crafts, both doing and receiving them.
It tickles me to no end to receive something someone's obviously done themselves. So never fear that I won't like something. I'd probably think you're like the most amazing person alive.
If I do try to send something crafty as an addition to a swap, please be kind with it. It took a lot of care and time, but it came out looking like a 3 year old's work anyway.
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