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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: July 26, 2021
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 aliexpress should get a line item in our budget ;+)

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 (north of Albany) New York 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 (with an amazing back yard) in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 11+ 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

I love receiving postcards in any of the themes listed above as well as:

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • 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!

I'd also love to receive:

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

  • Used postage stamps

  • Pretty papers

  • Layered embellishments

  • Snippets of textiles

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!)

I do not like user profiles with a HUGE "do not like" list--some of these are more detailed than my family's Christmas lists! haha!

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. 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

I'm a fan of: Homeland, Top Chef, Project Runway, The Monsters Inside Me, Castle Rock, The Great British Baking Show, and more. So sad that both Penny Dreadful and Banshee have ended ;+(

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! Also love twinchies and other 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, 'Elsewhere' by Dean Koontz.

ME & MY FAMILY

Hubby and I are nearly retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. I still tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger. In our nearly-retirement, we 'work' for my daughter and son-in-law, overseeing several of the apartment buildings/houses they own.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to seven adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, and Londynn). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in San Francisco ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

My hubby is the light of my life (we met on match.com and have been married for 12 years already!). 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 four-legged furbabies are: Mizzy and Junebug, Mizzy was a shelter cat and 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. I truly enjoy the company of cats. For me, a house is not a home without a pet.

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 here, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Let's be kind to each other!

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 used to dislike brown, but brown is the color of our Earth, of trees! Pink? it's the color of a dancing child's leotard, the inside of a shell--ALL colors are beautiful! 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!

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

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Comment: Oh wow Kristy, this is an awesome Cardinal index card! I love every little detail and there are lots of wonderful elements to this card! The beautiful Cardinal, the mushrooms, ruffled fabric...all of it is lovely! The extras were wonderful. I love the little quilted square...did you make it? So pretty! Very nice swap as always! Sending hugs!
LinSoles rated for YTPC: Ephemera Folio on Jul 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you very much for the lovely ephemera folio you made. And the ephemera are just as beautiful. Love it.
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Comment: Well this swap has been through alot! The envelope has stickers and stamps all over it. But it’s here regardless. Thank you and the triple pockets and goodies are just gorgeous, Thank you for everything! That heart is so precious!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the stunning folder. It is absolutely beautiful. I ant say enough about it, I’ve been dying to get some of the trim and lace you sent. You totally made my day. I would like to give you a dozen hearts,thank you again😊❤️❤️❤️
bizzles rated for tLB: Blind Mail swap on Jul 12, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful stationery! May I ask where you find these? They are stunning and such great quality!
Response: Hello~ I found those sets on amazon. There are actually 6 designs in all. Thank you for the lovely rating ;+)
CraftyShana76 rated for tLB: Blind Mail swap on Jul 9, 2021
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Comment: Absolutely love what you sent! TYSVM!!
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Comment: Thanks for this gorgeous tag! I love coffee dyed papers and the polka dot one, is brilliant! I too tend to stuff my envelopes! I love everything you sent. The little quilted piece is so untouchable! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
luvbird rated for USAPC: Butterfly Fairy Tag on Jul 6, 2021
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Comment: Hi Kristy! Thank you so very much for the lovely butterfly fairy...she is so pretty! Thank you also for the wonderful, generous extras that you sent. I feel like I should be giving you a big giant heart for this as well! It is always such a pleasure to swap with you Kristy! Hugs, Debbie
lvpoohbr2 rated for SMSUSA: Travels, Tea & Me on Jul 6, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Kristy for another lovely swap! I too would love to go to Alaska and Hawaii someday. I may have to get over my fear of flying first! Lol I loved reading your letter and Darjeeling tee is one of my favorites! Yay! Enjoy your time with family! Hugs!
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Comment: Oh you really made me smile. Thank you so much for the wonderful envelope filled with so much joy and well chosen bits and bobs Your story made me smile, too. And now have a nice evening.
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Comment: Woohooo :) Your collection is just fantastic!! Thank you Kristy for such a wonderful swap! I love everything (your envelope in and out and your lovely note!!) You made me really happy today :) :) Thank you for joining my tiny eclectic swaps and for being an officer :)
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Comment: Loved all of the PC's! Thank you!
vlhafer54 rated for YTPC: Mini-Ephemera Holder on Jul 4, 2021
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Comment: I love it and all the wonderful things stuffed inside it - it's beautiful! I love all the pretty pastels and the papers you used to cover it are perfect - Thank you! Even the envelope you sent it in is pretty!
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Comment: Thank you so very much for all the beautiful postcards ❤️❤️❤️ I loved the washi tape and the way you wrap the postcards up so special❤️❤️❤️
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Comment: Oh my what a lovely swap❤️❤️ I loved the washi tape you used on the envelope it was adorable ❤️ I loved how beautiful the cards were wrapped ❤️ I loved the selection of postcards you chose for me, I loved them all❤️❤️ Also I am in love with the Hallmark birthday postcard❤️❤️ Thank you so very much for such a beautiful happy package❤️❤️❤️
Kalalinga rated for SMSUSA: Pick 5 Scavenger Hunt on Jul 1, 2021
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Comment: This was a wonderful group of items to receive today! Everything is right up my street and I love it all. Thank you so much!
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Comment: Once again I wish I could shower you with hearts for this truly lovely swap. Each pocket is so unique as are the tuck ins but my favorite touches are the bits of fabric, lace trim and lace & fabric flowers added with machine stitching. So very special. Thank you ever so much for sharing your talents with me.
shellbede rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #51 on Jun 29, 2021
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Comment: Such a gorgeous ATC! And beautiful extras to boot - I'm a lucky gal. Thanks!
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Comment: Great hearing from you! I'll be mailing a letter your way :)
warheart rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #50 on Jun 28, 2021
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Comment: Kristy - this is a GORGEOUS mermaid ATC - I'm so happy to add her to my collection - I love all the elements you added :) Thank you.

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Comments

weatherwax on Jul 25, 2021:

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday :)

heliogal on Jun 4, 2021:

Kristy, Thank you so very much for that really lovely quality tea infuser you sent me for the All About the Wishes June Wishlist! It is exactly what I needed and was really a wonderful surprise to get!!! You are so generous!

Snaileditcrafts on May 22, 2021:

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heliogal on May 18, 2021:

Kristy, you totally put the biggest smile on my face today!!! Oh my goodness I can see why you would burn this candle all the time it is LOVELY smelling!! Thank you so much for granting a wish for me on the All About The Wishes May wish list. I was in town all day driving around doing errands and I just kept smelling it!! Good Aromatherapy!! This was very kind and thoughtful!!!

debbiespoms on May 14, 2021:

Thank you so very very much, for the All about wishes May 2021 wish for Gelly roll pens! I love them so much!

bethe on May 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for grating a wish from my Etsy favorites. The papers are so cute and I cannot wait to use in happymail and journaling!! All About the Wishes, May. :)

chimerix on May 5, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday greeting for my DH. It showed up just in time for his big day today. Aloha!

AATW - April wishlist

manders2280 on May 5, 2021:

Thanks ever so much for the sunny mail. There's even sun in the postcards! You're an angel!

Autist on Apr 17, 2021:

Thank you for the AATW wish! There were s many wonderful stickers. They will for sure come in handy!! Thank you for thinking of me!! Cheers - Evan

dartha on Apr 14, 2021:

AATW-April Thank you so very much Kristy for all the beautiful treasures to include in my journals. WOW I love the stitching and fabric pieces. So cool - thank you!!! and take care, darla

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