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isabellasnow

isabellasnow
Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: October 15, 2021
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello fellow swappers!

I'll be in El Dorado Hills California, from September 23 through October 18, 2021. If you have sent me a swap, I'll rate it upon my return.

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. Just finished 'Monstre' by Duncan Swan, which was a swap-bot member's recommendation! I LOVED it and now I'm reading, 'Mexican Gothic,' and hoping the Doyle Family are vampires ;+)

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

TSuda rated for AACG: Autumn ATC: Squirrel, Fox, Deer on Oct 13, 2021
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Comment: Kristy, what a beautiful ATC! The colors, textures, layers - what a treasure. I’m thrilled to add this to my collection. Thank you for the fun extras too, and for being such a great swap partner!
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envelope/pocket. I love that there was so much to discover - poems, facts, goodies. So fun to open!
5
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Comment: I do so love your work!
evanselli rated for YTPC: Folio with Clear Pockets on Oct 7, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful folio and all the little extras that you tucked in, they will come in so handy 😊❤️
bearnbabs rated for BW&PP: BEE Bookish on Oct 6, 2021
5
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Comment: Love the PC and the book list. I will definitely check them out. Thanks for sharing. bearnbabs
SavvyNatalie rated for SMSUSA: Embellishments on Oct 4, 2021
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Comment: Beautiful embellishments!! And thank you for the extras, I really enjoyed and will use everything, thank you!!
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the stickers! I have the Antiquarium sticker book too lol.
Response: Isn't it wonderful? I just got the one for bibliophiles but it doesn't have much to do with books. Still great stickers though! Thank you for the wonderful rating--can't wait to swap together again!
pynart2 rated for BW&PP: BEE Bookish on Oct 4, 2021
5
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Comment: Love the RED Woods PC and list of books. Thank yo so much.
amccracken109 rated for BW&PP: BEE Bookish on Oct 4, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the great card! Happy swapping!
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Comment: Brilliant postcards, thank you!
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Comment: Such a christmassy envelope! Many thanks, Kristy!
sjbult rated for YTPC: Lunch Bag Pockets w/Ephemera on Oct 1, 2021
5
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Comment: It was so fun to get this from you— “a familiar face” This was so gorgeous! Thank you
5
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Comment: Thank you!! Loved your envelope!
5
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Comment: Thank you. This will be going on display when I put up some of my living room halloween decor :) Happy and safe travels.
5
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Comment: I love this, it was a very challenging swap to make but man do I love them
Response: Thank you so much, Brenda! I thought it was a great tutorial and I received great ones, too. I so appreciate your kind words and always love swapping together!
Sequoia183 rated for YTPC: Autumn Stacked Clusters on Sep 26, 2021
5
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Comment: So gorgeous, I simply adore your work. It only goes in my personal journals.
Coffeeegal rated for YTPC: 2 Tim Holtz Paper Doll Tags on Sep 23, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you so cute and love the extra s
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Comment: Great PCs. TYVM!!!
Response: You are most welcome! I hope your mail issues are getting resolved quickly so we can be swapping together even more!
monsbrick rated for WIYM: Tags with Button Dangles on Sep 22, 2021
5
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Comment: Hi Kristy, thank you this was absolutely an amazing perfect adorable swap!!! Can’t say enough about the colors and textures and paper. I’m in love with it!!
Response: I m so glad you are pleased! I wasn't sure if they were too 'chunky' because the YouTube gal's tags looked so dainty ;+) Thank you for your kind words!
evanselli rated for YTPC: Origami Pencil Paperclips on Sep 22, 2021
5
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty paper clips and thanks for the little extras, I really appreciate them 😊❤️
Response: You are most welcome and thank you for your kind words and lovely rating.

Rating Overview

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Comments

Rbrstmpr on Oct 8, 2021:

Another great snail mail envelope arrived today. Enjoy those kiddies while you can. Love the little quilted ghost paper clip! You never cease to amaze me.

circularlogic on Sep 23, 2021:

SMSUSA: 6-Week Snail Mail Swap week 2 mailed today!

bbsporty on Sep 21, 2021:

Kristy, thank you so very much for the wonderful package of washi tape! There are so many pretty designs! You really made my day!

Rbrstmpr on Sep 20, 2021:

Hello! Received the first mailing of the 6-week snail mail swap. I'm in LOVE with the decorated envelope! It's propped up on my desk so I can admire it. And the bird cards are nothing less than fabulous! Leave it to you to send the perfect thing my way. Thanks ever so much Girlie!

laterdayze on Sep 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the washi tape from my wish on AATW group!! I was so surprised and I love them! :D

laterdayze on Aug 25, 2021:

Thank you SO much for the package of notecards/envelopes for my AATW August wishes. It was such a nice surprise!! Very sweet of you to get these for me :) <3

mymerakidesk on Aug 12, 2021:

Welcome to Wax Seals & Dried Flowers Enthusiasts, Kristy! Happy to have you in!

bethe on Aug 2, 2021:

Thank you for the Happy Mail stickers from AATW July!

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!

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