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captkristi

captkristi
Date Joined: May 30, 2019
Last Online: May 18, 2022
Birthday: December 22
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE MARCH 2021

There were several international swaps returned to me this week...all rubber-banded together and stuck in my mailbox. I wasn't able to find out WHY (they didn't have anything written on them or an explanation of any sort) until Friday. I stopped in to ask at the post office what was wrong with them...they are 6 week old swaps!!! I was informed that somehow the international mail from the last weekend in January had been inadvertently put with supplies (!?!?) and then recovered and returned this week. All my partners with swaps in the stack have been contacted. I was able to just give it back while I was there.

As always please don't hesitate to contact me if something hasn't arrived. Sending swaps that people will love is my primary reason for being a part of Swap-Bot. I want you to be happy with your swap and I am happy to resend if you are not, for any reason. I live in the middle of nowhere and have stopped mailing from here as much as I can. It's unreliable.

In other news - it's almost summer here in my neck of the woods. Two months to go!! That's my favorite time of the year, from mid-May through October. YAY! Can't wait to sit in the sunshine; enjoy long, long days; and maybe take a few road trips.

My 3 rating I earned - completely and irrevocably. I was so focused on the painting that I created for the swap that I wasn't paying attention to the requirements of the swap and sent to the host in a plain envelope.

Thanks so much for visiting my profile! Look forward to swapping with you!

I love all things art!! About 4 years ago I got back into Zentangle. I let it push me beyond the things I thought I could do and I am so happy that I committed to making art and believing in my talents. I owe much of my early success with 3D form, shading and depth to Eni Oken. She is an absolutely amazing artist. If you are looking to learn some techniques to make your art pop, she has several ebooks that are super helpful. These days I am not Zentangling all that much but I AM drawing, painting, collaging, lots of wonderful art making!! Feeling inspired is such a happy feeling.

For my day job I am a pediatric mental health therapist (clinical social worker) in Nevada. Opening my own agency and serving the children in these rural areas has been the highlight of my life thus far. I have two dogs that I absolutely adore - they are super active so they keep me going!! I also have a flock of chickens that I am frequently adding and subtracting from. My dad and I "trade" chickens as I am a vegetarian and wouldn't hurt a spider (literally) and he is a farmer that doesn't buy meat at the store. Win-Win All my chickens have names and I have two favorites currently. They follow me around and call at the window for breakfast when they hear me coming into the kitchen in the morning. Lately there are ground squirrels that run in and take a bite of Flock Block out there for the chickens to snack on. When the chickens notice the squirrel they run full speed to chase off the squirrel. It's SO funny; running chickens are absolutely hilarious.

Likes

TL;DR I love nature, animals and value quality over quantity. Other loves - watercolor paper; coffee and sunshine + happiness

I am a lover of colors! As a watercolorist I get to explore pigments and mix up some amazing shades from the world around me. Rainbows and happy, bright colors are the best. I tend to lean towards turquoise, pink and purple - but, truly, I LOVE colors!! I don't know that there is a color that I would say I don't like.

I like inspirational quotes - especially handwritten little art pieces. Botanical line drawings, florals, fun illustrations - any artistic endeavor or watercolor paintings/prints/postcards are awesome!

I make ATCs here and there as I have time to put my attention to it. I do some paper crafting and spend the bulk of my creative time using watercolor and pens to create handmade postcards for swapping. I like getting vintage ephemera, paint chips and samples of watercolor or other interesting papers. Graphic 45, Stamperia & Tim Holtz are top favorites for paper crafting. If anyone wants to do a private swap for these I would love that. I want to buy almost every new paper set that comes out - Always thought it would be cool to have someone to trade 50/50 so I can get a variety!!

I have had lots of changes in my life in the last year - who hasn't, right!!?? I have almost entirely stopped watching TV since my boyfriend's schedule is the opposite of my own. We aren't often home together in the evening so it's not as fun to watch movies and TV. Instead I usually paint/draw/listen to Audible/watch tutorials on YouTube.

I love to cook vegetarian meals, bake homemade bread (the smell?!?! oh my!) grow things (houseplant addict over here) and spend time with my friends and my pets - and sometimes my family. But honestly - my free time is mostly spent on inspired creating and reading audiobooks or listening to music.

Let me see - what else. Social Work is my passion. I wholeheartedly believe in giving of myself to all those I meet. Even a warm smile and nice word can brighten someone's day. The kids I work with are often the ones who have been left by every person that was "supposed" to love them and keep them safe. That can be hard to witness at times. Not being able to make things better for them is one of the most challenging parts of my job.

I am spiritual but definitely not religious. I am big into the "mystical" (I can't really think of any other way to put it) and I am a GIANT tree hugger.

Favorite Books

currently reading the last book in the Outlander series. I was completely smitten with the characters before I realized that it was not just historical fiction...but also a romance. I am generally not a big fan of "hot and heavy" and the like...but I got used to it. There's so much more to love and it is genuinely a beautiful story. I have also been introduced to many cultures and historical occurrences that I don't think I learned about in school. I know I will be sad when it is over.

My all-time favorite author is Stephen King. I wouldn't say that I am typically a horror person. I am easily spooked, but King's writing style is phenomenal …so, yeah, I love him!!

I have an hour long commute to and from work, so I am an avid Audible listener. You will see below - I absolutely love books in a series because you can stay in the land and life of the characters you have come to know. Wonderful!! I have also been listening to books while I make art in the evenings and have been averaging 15 books a month.

In 2021 some of the books I finished include: the Riyira books by Michael J Sullivan; Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchiakovsky; the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski (a recommendation from my little brother. Excellent series!)

Some of the other books I have read in the past year include: The Wheel of Time series books 1-5 by Robert Jordan; The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron; Don Winslow's crime series with a big plot section in rural Nevada super close to where I grew up; The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner; the Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith - the 8th novel in this series was released so I read them all again. I also joined the monthly Book Club in the Sunshine Swaps + Mail group and that has broadened by horizons. One of the frequent participants is a librarian so I have been introduced to books I probably wouldn't have come across in my regular browsing. We read Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon and that was a very interesting book.

Hard to say what my very favorite books are. The Stand is my all time favorite story. Police procedurals and cozy English crime dramas are often on my TBR list. Some of those favorites are the King's Lake crew; Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellicott investigations and Inspector Ian Rutledge. I also love a well written series where you can follow characters for more than one book. Some all-times faves are the Narnia books; The Time Quartet; Harry Potter: Game of Thrones, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; and the Hunger Games.

Dislikes

TL;DR don't need - kid or planner items; magazine cutouts; random de-stash stuff (already trying to cull my hoard); hateful or exclusionary messages

I had to add some things as I have found in my two years as a Swap-Bot swapper that there are some things I don't like that I wouldn't have necessarily thought of before.

I prefer not to receive teacher/reward/kiddie stickers. If they come on a roll, I don't really have a use for them. I don't have kids and prefer a more grown up aesthetic. Other things I don't use: catalog/magazine cutouts or random photos of things in your life (Polaroids or vintage photos are an exception); planner stickers or related accoutrements.

No food or tea/coffee please. I have specific stuff I eat and drink and probably won't drink the tea that gets sent my way.

I don't like creepy, dark stuff (with the exception of Halloween time). And don't like anything that's hateful, based on bigotry or superiority. TO each their own, but I don't want to see that stuff in my mailbox.

I don't really like adult cartoons. I would say I don't like crude humor, but I am not sure that's what you call it. I love Step Brothers the movie, don't like Rick & Morty; Big Mouth; American Dad and King of the Hill.

ABC of Me

Saw this on a couple of profiles and thought it would be fun. Allows some prompts to help give ideas of things that I like and/or that I would enjoy receiving should you be looking for ideas. Recently "heard" that some swappers see the ABC's on profiles as arrogant and "a little much" - if you don't like this section you literally don't have to read it. For those that like ideas - read on for a long list of them :D bold for faves {always evolving}

A: huge animal lover; art; ATCs; astrology; Amazon and Audible; angsty teenagers; Americana decor; Australian accents (meaning spoken word!!); argyle; authenticity; (human) attachment (this is my area of study and expertise in my work - SO fascinating)

B: books; (old) book pages; best friends; botanical art (drawings, stickers, etc); bravery; berries; (my) backyard; board games; bees

C: cussing; cooking; chickens (alive!); cuddling; Corgis; old country music; (actual) cowboys; children; COFFEE (so much coffee); card games; cactus

D: dogs (especially my own); dreams; the desert; dinosaurs; dancing; dolphins

E: ephemera. vintage especially; elephants; eggs; Earth; energy fields; envelopes; empowering others

F: frogs; fish; farmhouse aesthetic; festivals; flames; friends; fruit; folk/indie music; funny people

G: girls (we rock!); ginger; glass; galaxy theme; getting lost with someone I love; gerbera daisies ; Gary Allan; Graphic 45

H: herbs; healthy food; horses; home; helping others

I: indigenous tribes; ink; imagination; ivy

J: journaling; joking around;

K: knights; kites; kids

L: lily flower; learning; laughter; leaving work early; life, love and light {borrowed this from a fellow swapper because it was such a wonderful answer and definitely applies to me!}

M: Mexican food; masks (beauty kind); mentoring other therapists/interns; Mason jars; maps; mysteries; melon; movies

N: nature and a natural aesthetic; nests; narwhals; never give up outlook; (finger) nail wraps/polish strips

O: organ donor; owls; oceans; opportunities; outer space; ocean animals (minus realistic great whites, this scares me)

P: pebbles; Primitive stuff; postage that's unique; Plants; play therapy

Q: quiet times in the morning before the dogs get out of bed; questions; quirky sayings

R: rain and rainbows; rebels; robots (cute kind as well as functional housecleaning kind) Rooster (and chicken) home decor; rocks

S: stickers; sunsets (Nevada sunsets are incredible!!); sharing; Starbucks; Superman and other Superheroes; sloths; Subaru (have a new Crosstrek and I love it!!!); Stamperia; sparkling water; social workers

T: therapeutic everything (I love learning about, talking about, engaging in - I love everything about being a therapist); turtles; Tim Holtz aesthetic and energy/inspiration; tutorials

U: underwater things; upcycling; Unicorns; underappreciated little pleasures of everyday life; the Universe as a living entity that is constantly responding to all the stimuli/energy that is life

V: vast spaces; vintage everything

W: warm water, warm clothes out of the dryer, warm bread - WARM ANYTHING :) the Spirit of the West; weekends; whales

X: X-MEN; XCITEMENT; X-tra special surprises

Y: yellow; yelling (it's fun sometimes); Yosemite NP

Z: Zentangle; zen feelings; zero bullshit

Ratings

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kankalin rated for Totally Inappropriate PC Swap #6 on May 17, 2022
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Comment: haha- indeed you don't need a guy to enjoy life. Thanks for the card :)
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Comment: Thanks form this beautiful watercolored PC! So gorgeous! Oh, and "Jonquil" is another name used for them too. Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Brokenwings87 rated for April 2022: What Did You Read? on May 17, 2022
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Comment: thank you :) that was a great email to read through. I like how you gave a little info on the books you read.
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Comment: Thanks for the great postcards. Love the pig one.
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Comment: Thank you for the coffee postcard. Your list made me smile. Have a great day!
laterdayze rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail USA #11 on May 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the goodies! I love everything you sent! :D
Pupullona rated for SSM: Find four #19 on May 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the variety or items :)
Shrita rated for Time Travel Telegram on May 12, 2022
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Comment: I hope you're ale to now!!
octobereve930 rated for SCATTS - V - ROUND 9 - US ONLY on May 12, 2022
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Comment: thank you for the vespa card and your list on the letter V 5/10 woopsie my bad I put this in the wrong place. sorry
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Comment: Great stuff -- all things I'd pick for mysefl! Thanks for a great swap!
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I like the spin on the inspirational quote. Thanks for sharing about your challenge you overcame.
Sonya rated for Mushroom ATC (USA) on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Just love your mushroom ATC! Well done and the extras were so lovely. Thanks much.
laterdayze rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #27 on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the wonderful goodies, you really made my day!! :D
Meowsha rated for 5 Blank Postcards to 5 Partners: May on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the fantastic set of cards!
Smsands2 rated for Flower PC Swap on May 10, 2022
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Comment: I like the quote! thanks
jannieb rated for EASU: Gnome ATC on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Oops...I forgot to rate this one. Sorry for the delay. Thanks for a great trade!
RockyBeach rated for SSM: THEMED Handmade PC - WINTER on May 10, 2022
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Comment: I love the watercolour poppies! So great. And the cancelled stamp on the sleeve on the picture side adds a nice touch. I will leave it in the sleeve!
mariewilliams810 rated for This Brings Back Memories on May 10, 2022
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Comment: Thank you!
pernie123 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Birds #2 on May 9, 2022
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Comment: I agree with crows and owls. I am not keen on chickens. You like Kingfishers but say you have not seen one? A quail? Have you seen one of them? Just wondering--There are so many beautiful birds. Ones we know.

Rating Overview

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Comments

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:

hny

Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

heidiblooms on Dec 25, 2021:

🎄❄️Merry Christmas!❄️🎄

heidiblooms on Nov 26, 2021:

fairypretty7 on May 14, 2021:

Thank you for the surprise mail, absolutely love the bits and pieces, they will go well in my mixture of journals.

traceyj on Mar 14, 2021:

Hi Kristi,

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Pi Day! and thank you for joining my swap!

pie time

Jillemina on Jan 12, 2021:

I just saw your comment on my page. Message me your address and I'd love to swap Nevada stories! Thanks for the invite to the group. I will definitely look at it!

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2020:

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

postmarkd on Nov 20, 2020:

Aha thank you for being my first comment!! I signed up last year but have really only been active since August. :P

I'm fine waiting for the third book because the first two were amazing - and you can't rush perfection! Have you read the Dresden files?? That's a long series that could keep you busy and entertained, it's amazing. Two books released this year (haven't read them yet) and apparently it's just heartbreak and brilliance!

&& I'm so glad you're enjoying the swap series!! Thank you for being a regular participant! Hopefully we get each other in future swaps. (I have you for the "Your State/Country Shape PC" and I can't wait to finish it for you!).

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