Swap-bot Time: December 6, 2021 12:13 pm


Date Joined: May 30, 2019
Last Online: December 6, 2021
Birthday: December 22
Country: United States
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About Me


HAPPY NEWS on the dash tonight. My 1 is GONE!! I am literally jumping for joy about this. Getting a 1 made me want to stop swapping. Dramatic I know, but man, bone-crushing to see that. Weight lifted to have that changed and know that my swap partner received her package.

The 3 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.

I live in the middle of nowhere and I am finding more and more that it is imperative to give my mail time to make it to where it's postmarked - not here in the town I live, apparently. So I am trying to send out well before the deadline to avoid issues with this.

PLEASE let me know if you are missing something. I am always happy to resend swaps that don't look like they are going to show up. Thanks so much for visiting my profile

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. These days I am not Zentangling all that much but I AM drawing, painting, collaging, lots of wonderful art making and feeling confident in my creations.

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 one in particular follows me around and calls for me when she's getting hungry. She also comes when I call her. It's SO funny and makes my day!


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 characters - 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 - art and swapping are my two favorite past times currently.

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 usually 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 Wheel of Time series. Have had it in my wish list forever. Some people in the Sunshine Swaps and Mail group are reading it together so that will be great! I don't have many (any?) book loving friends

Stephen King is my favorite author. 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 book 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.

This year I finished 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 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.

Hard to say what my very favorite books are. The Stand is my all time favorite story. I also love a well written series where you can follow characters for more than one book. - Narnia books; The Time Quartet, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Hunger Games -


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. Foam stickers get a thumbs down from me as well. I don't use catalog/magazine cutouts or random photos of things in your life (Polaroids or vintage photos are an exception). If you use those things in your handmade PCs I don't mind at all. I just don't need them for myself.

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

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


Comment: Holy crap, this was such a special swap to receive! I love watercolor and receiving others' art and you're so talented, the skull is awesome and I love everything else too. This inspires me to dig out my paints again hehe
Comment: Great pet list! I think I told you a while ago, I would love to have some chickens. Guess it will have to be in my next life ☹ Titan lived a nice long life! How lucky you were to have each other 🐶 Cool! We had the little green turtles when I was very young, but not nearly as cool as a Box Turtle! 🐢 I'm happy you have Ranger now. I know dogs can be great companions...that's what my friends and family tell me - wish I could have one. Guess that's for my next life too! Thank you for sharing your pets!
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much for the PC! I don't cook whenever I can get out of it but when I do thank the Lord for mixes. Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper is my best dish! What-a-burger is our favorite fast food! Have a very Merry Christmas! Hugs, Diane
elinor rated for PA: Awesome Autumn on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard :) and yes, rain is very common British weather!
Comment: I've never been to the desert, but I can imagine that a desert sunrise is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing. :)
myancey rated for SCATTS - XYZ - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the pc and great answers!!!!!
Rainydancer rated for SSM: Watercolor ATC on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: Oh my! This ATC is everything! Thank you so much, I will have to find a special place for it! This has to be my favorite card I've ever gotten!
Cellolady rated for A simple pc challenge-intl 6 on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Hi Kristi, did you get snow? Our mountains did, but not the valleys. Love sparkling water, too!
ultracinematik rated for SSM: November sticker swap on Nov 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the sticker sheets in the really fun package. It was a pleasure to receive! The cats with scarves stickers are my favorite item!
Comment: Hey! I just realized why there were two ATCs in one of your other swaps to me! Lol! One was the Halloween swap for this and the other was for the fall themed swap. Thank you so much!
squince rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #14 US Only on Nov 23, 2021
Comment: How can you not like cats?!
Jbondbull rated for 20 Stamps Swap #15 on Nov 23, 2021
Comment: Awesome Awesome Awesome
colleenbUSA rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #14 US Only on Nov 22, 2021
Comment: That's a well-trained pup! I'd have a whole pack of dogs if I could, so I'm for sure a crazy dog person! Thanks for the PC and for joining the swap!
Comment: I would have loved to take anthropology. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the upcycled PC!
Comment: Hello Kristi! Another beautiful painted PC from you and I love it. Good job on the piece. Thank you! ❤️
fiennesgirl rated for Fall Themed ATC Swap - USA on Nov 20, 2021
Comment: Hi! Thank you for the birthday wishes! I absolutely love the two ATCs that you sent me! They’re beautiful! You’re very talented! I love the painting, ink, and layers on them and the interactive part on the squirrel one! The papers are very nice too! Thank you again!
HappyMom rated for SCATTS - W - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Nov 18, 2021
Comment: Ohmygosh!Kristi- I've actually been to Wollongong! I was so tickled to get this card ❤️🇦🇺 and your answers were great!
Response: Ha! No way! That's so random...and cool. So great!
Comment: Thanks for the cute dog postcard. My pup also brings me great joy. I can always count on her for cuddles when I'm in a down mood.

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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:


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!).

jannieb on Sep 12, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely compliments regarding my ATC's. That is so nice to hear. You put a big smile on my face :)

CookieMomster78 on May 30, 2020:

Happy First, My Lovely Swappin’ Friend!!!

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