Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2020 5:46 am


Date Joined: September 17, 2012
Last Online: September 13, 2015
Birthday: November 22, 1972
Country: United States
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About Me

Update: March 7, 2015 - The last year has been a rollercoaster with my employment/stress/medical situation. I'm hoping to be able to return to some limited swapping soon.

March 3, 2014 - I have a new job that has me working harder than I have in years. (I like it, though.) On top of that, lack of energy is a side-effect of the medication I'm on. I'm so drained in the evenings, I'm finding it very hard to be crafty.

I'll be taking a swap break and dropping from a lot of great groups. It's not that I don't want to be in the groups, I just can't keep up with the ones with participation requirements right now.


I'm an artist. My favorite mediums are colored pencils, fabric, and collage with postage stamps. I also oil paint, but that's too time-consuming to swap. (My user pic is from my painting of one of my cats, now departed.) I also Zentangle and quilt.

I have a great fondness for black cats, all other cats, llamas, veggies, tulips, salamanders and newts, octopuses, ninjas and geeks.

I also particularly love things with birds, trees or vines as design elements.

This is my crafty assistant, Anusha (a.k.a., Nooshie):

She likes paper and fabric crafts, and insists on very closely supervising any activity involving sharp blades or hot irons.

(I also live with two labs, one chocolate and one black. But rest assured, the fur that seems to always get stuck in packing tape will be the kitty's.)

Allergies and Requests

Please Do Not Send:

  • Clowns
  • Day of the Dead-type skulls (because they're kind of like clown skulls)
  • Images of full-face masks (yes, that's also related to the clown thing)
  • Feathers, images of meat, animal bits (such as artwork containing real bones or skins)
  • Sponge Bob

If made to choose, I'd rather receive a thoughtful note/letter from you--with my name spelled correctly--or a small piece of your art than any other extras. There are extras that I appreciate very much, but I have limited space.

  • My "Like List" is at the bottom of my profile.

  • I live with a retired minister (a.k.a. my mother). Please keep envelope decorations "safe for work."

  • I'm allergic to most perfumes and avoid anything heavily scented. (Allergies also mean that I won't swap food, cosmetics or jewelry.)

  • I prefer non-religious items, with the exception of Nativity scenes. (If it's a religious-themed swap or we've spoken of religious matters in private, that's a different matter.)

  • Things I don't care for: foam stickers, teacher stickers, nail art stickers, plastic beads, too many animated gifs. Please save them for someone else.


As of December 18, 2013

  • Have sent to 150 partners (149 snail mail, 1 electronic)
  • Have been rated by 145 partners (Expect to never be rated by 3 partners; one was a major flaker, one passed away, and one seems to be a non-rater.)
  • Have sent 25 angels (not including angels sent as part of swaps I've hosted)
  • Currently hosting 4 swaps, hosted 26 past swaps

Some links I recommend:

Favorite Crafts

  • Quilting. I like to make very scrappy quilting projects.

  • Tangling. I'm new to Zentangle, but I like it a lot.

  • Inchies ♥ (I put the ones I receive on rolos.)

  • Altered Rolodex Cards
    I prefer rolos with the holes on the bottom on both sides, though I will never mark you down for where you put the holes on the back. (I now have a rotary holder, too, for my smaller cards, so I have a place for every card.)

  • My Rolodex holders:
    2.25-3"x4" and 3"x5" - vintage tray style - lots of room to go beyond the edges of the card.

Favorite Books

I love reading, though lately I love having my Kindle read to me even more. It reads to me while I drive, while I sew, while I play with my cat, etc. It's great.

  • From childhood: The Alanna series by Tamora Pierce (Like Alanna, I have a twin brother. Unlike her, I haven't been able to disguise myself as my twin and go off on adventures.) Also, "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott, and all of the Little House on the Prairie books.

  • The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander was one of my first loves. The Riddle-Master of Hed books by Patricia A. McKillip were my favorites in high school.

  • Manga: I loved "Hikaru no Go." I'm following "Naruto" but am not so up-to-date anymore. Also enjoying "Fairy Tail."

  • Comics: I like the new Hawkeye comics written by Matt Fraction, though if I had my way ALL of them would be illustrated by David Aja. I love Aja's style.

  • More recently: "The Thief" and the rest of the Attolia series by Megan Whalen Turner. I particularly enjoy fantasy novels that have a thief as a main character. I like seeing the planning of a great caper.

Favorite Media Things

I went out to see a movie in 2003... and didn't go again until 2013... I haven't watched TV in my own home since graduating from college (in 1997).

I may, quite possibly, be living in a little bubble where it's still the 1990s... If it's something that's been hugely popular within the last ten years--like Harry Potter or Twilight--I have no interest in it.)

Movies: The Princess Bride, The Cutting Edge, Labyrinth, Star Trek movies, and the original Star Wars trilogy, Strictly Ballroom, Iron Man/Avengers

Television: I buy the Project Runway DVDs every year. And I will happily watch "Say Yes to the Dress," "Law & Order," and "NCIS" marathons while visiting my family.

Star Trek (Original Series and Voyager were my favs) and Torchwood. I loved the early seasons of "Supernatural."

Music: 80s pop, boy bands, Eurodance, Adam Lambert, Cobra Starship

Video Games: I used to play a lot of JRPGs. Still have some very favorite characters I'd love to see if you swing that way. :)

Anything from the Arc the Lad, Star Ocean, or Lunar series. Final Fantasy IV (especially Kain, Rydia or Edge). Final Fantasy VI (especially Locke, Edgar, or Shadow). Final Fantasy VII (Cid or Vincent). Anything Final Fantasy XII.

My 'Like List'

Swap wish list:

  • Anything with Chococat or one of Shinzi Katoh's little black cats

  • Vintage ephemera, cancelled postage stamps

  • I enjoy many art styles, and my own style varies greatly. But if you're at a complete loss and wondering what I might like, something done in the colors or general style of California Farmhouse pottery will certainly make me smile. It's a pretty simple style, too.

Other things that I think are fun/fabulous:

  • bright saturated colors
  • orange, yellow, lime green, bright pink, aqua
  • polka dots, hounds-tooth patterns
  • black cats (especially if they're not Halloween cats)
  • cats on chairs (I have a small collection of fabric featuring cats on chairs, and I think it would be fun to see your art on the theme, too)
  • all other cats
  • llamas and alpacas, hedgehogs, sea otters
  • Labrador & Golden Retrievers
  • cardinals, chickadees, finches, and other birds
  • salamanders, newts, octopuses, koi and betta fish
  • veggies
  • cupcakes--the fun "zero calorie" kind
  • kawaii food with faces (especially kawaii veggies & sushi)
  • trees, vines, holly and pine cones
  • tulips, daffodils, cherry blossoms
  • pussy-willows, autumn leaves, flowering cacti
  • puns, old vocabulary flash cards, tongue-twisters, whimsy
  • ninjas and geeks
  • vintage pin-up girls
  • Oolong teas, camomile and mint teas (I like trying other kinds, but these are my favs) (I don't care for teas that brew up red, or teas with vanilla or jasmine in them.)


Candyn29 rated for IOAS ZENTANGLE ATC on Mar 17, 2014
Comment: I am super envious of your zentangle skills! The cat post card is cute and love the owl card! And that envelope is to die for!
LizzyJo rated for WFMA Fingerprint & Doodle envie on Mar 7, 2014
Comment: I love the envie Cristin....it cracked me up! Tell Nooshie how honored I am be be in possession of genuine Noosh-prints. The Zentangle is very nice (it's given me the incentive to try Pop't.) And thanks for the stickers and cute St. Pat's card. I am glad I was the recipent of your 100th swap. ♥
Comment: I love the envie you made. Sooo cute. Thank you for the goodies inside too. Stickers are always my favorite!
CathWI rated for TUT - Black & White & Red All Over on Mar 3, 2014
Comment: thank you for the lovely note and the beautiful bookmark - tangle on!
Comment: I love the rolo, Cristin! Before she passed away, my grandma loved Elvis, so it reminds me of her when I see it, lol! (Its been a few years since she passed, so its not a sad thing or anything) Thanks so much for such a fun rolo!
LizzyJo rated for TUT - Year of the Horse Zentangle on Jan 22, 2014
Comment: I LOVE my Horse tangles (especially the horse head one). As always, you did a great job. (I agree, I am not a fan of using the official tiles either.) And thanks for the cute Valentine, too.
jensquil rated for TUT - A Wintry Tangle on Jan 16, 2014
Comment: Wow!! I love it!! It was great to read your thought process too. Thanks!!!
Comment: hi thankyou you for the lovely Christmas card ..yes my dogs bring me lots of happiness ..happy new year
servingHim rated for NH Handmade Envelopes Swap on Dec 30, 2013
Comment: I wish I could give you more than one heart--the envelopes were that wonderful. Thank you so much! I can't wait to use them!!
Comment: Hi Christin! Thank you so much for the beautiful ice skating card, if I could give this two hearts I would! You extra gift, the beautiful Christmas tags are so pretty! I am so glad to receive a card from another crazy cat lady ^_^ Your personalized note with all the final fantasy references made me super happy, lol. Thank you again and have a very happy holidays!!
Hag53 rated for WFMA - Christmas Cards for All on Dec 17, 2013
Comment: Love, love, love the tags that came with the card! They are hanging on my holiday cork board display where everyone who comes in comments on them! I'm saving them for inspiration!
Stepht rated for WFMA - Christmas Cards for All on Dec 12, 2013
Comment: Thank you Cristin! Wow, those gift tags are beautiful! Thank you so much :) Merry Christmas!
Comment: loved reading your 25 Things list and I adored your doodles!
Comment: These are amazing! :) So envious I don't have such a cool toy! ;) Wishing you merry Christmas and happy 2014! :)
Comment: Thanks for the two, count them two wonderful rolos - and a dragon, too. The extras are great, too! Happy Holidays!
jannieb rated for WFMA - Christmas Cards for All on Dec 5, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card & wonderful tags. Merry Christmas!!
LizzyJo rated for WFMA - Christmas Cards for All on Dec 3, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful angel card. It will get added to my angel collection. And a special thank you for the awesome gift tags. I think they are too cool to give away! I wish I could give you a bunch of hearts.
anrtist rated for WFMA - Christmas Cards for All on Dec 3, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the BEAUTIFUL Angel card & the AWESOME TAGS! I will have a hard time letting go of those little jewels! I think I may use them as ornaments on the deer camp tree! They are so pretty & will look so good on it! (needless to say my home tree is Peacock ;-) Thanx for an awesome swap! Merry Christmas & Blessings, cc
Comment: Even your card swaps turn into package swaps, thank you so much! Loved the dog licking the cookies, your story about cookies for Dad and also the to/from tags. Hugs my friend, Susan :-)
Comment: Thank you. You did a very nice job on making the tags, just wonderful!

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anrtist on Jan 23, 2016:

Just a note to say HI when you pop back in the bot!

Blessings, cc

Snuggles555 on Dec 1, 2015:

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Susan ♥

Snuggles555 on Mar 11, 2015:

It was SOOOOOO good to see you on my profile! Hang in there & come back soon ok?

I miss you!!! ♥♥♥


Snuggles555 on Dec 24, 2014:

Merry Christmas! Love & Miss you!

anrtist on Dec 16, 2014:

Miss ya! You need a little CHRISTMAS Bling!

;-) & Blessings, cc

Snuggles555 on Dec 5, 2014:

I miss you!!!

anrtist on Nov 24, 2014:

Blessings, cc

Candyn29 on Oct 30, 2014:


Snuggles555 on Jun 26, 2014:

I hope work is going well. Still miss my favorite artist though.


Susan :-)

anrtist on Apr 19, 2014:

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