Swap-bot Time: June 9, 2023 3:29 am


Date Joined: December 26, 2009
Last Online: June 8, 2023
Birthday: December 4
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello fellow swappers!

PLEASE NOTE: I will be in California for 3 weeks beginning 5/25. I have temporarily changed my address. If I have not yet rated you, it's because your swap crossed paths with my travel dates and I will rate upon my return home.+

My name is Kristy, crafting is my favorite pastime and I love all things handmade. I love shopping online and although I have more craft supplies than I could ever need, I still love to shop for more ;+)

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, New York (north of Albany) 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 in Reynoldsburg, a southeast suburb of Columbus. Next to crafting, my favorite thing to do is sit in my recliner with a cup of coffee and look out the patio door at the wildlife and three huge oak trees in our backyard. I love to watch the birds, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, possums, and skunks. I feed them all each day. I've got the raccoons eating from my hand. Each spring, the mama animals bring their babies to my deck for snacks. I just love watching them grow--it brings me such joy! Nothing is cuter than wildlife babies.

I absolutely love being a swap-bot member! I've been here for 13 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!


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

  • Heart-shaped things

  • Pretty papers

  • Textile snippets

  • Vintage stationery (especially Current!)

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

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other cryptids

  • Bears, Squirrels, Raccoons, and all other animals

  • 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!


Short and sweet here:

Harry Potter anything. While I appreciate that it got so many kids (and adults) reading, it's just not for me--too whimsical and not enough 'real' danger

Foam crafts or stickers

Color-your-own anything (including postcards)

Scented products (I get a headache!)

Over-long swapper profiles, profiles that read like a hospital chart, and those that make harsh statements like, 'DON'T send me anything ________! or ________! or ________!(fill in the blanks) It really takes the joy and inspiration out of creating something for a partner.

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 or most comedies, in general. 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

Enjoying House of Dragons, Gangs of London (I LOVE this show), Succession, The Split, Ted Lasso (my favorite), Better Call Saul (except the sad ending), and my guilty pleasure reality shows: 90-Day Fiance and Married at First Sight. I also love true crime and documentaries.

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! I love nearly all paper crafts.

Love creating junk journals using vintage ephemera and I'm crazy for using vintage books in all my work.


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 'Malus Domestica' and love it. It's about a young woman who is a witch hunter and the witches are SCARY! I would sooner die than read 'chick 'lit' -- why is it that a whole genre (chick lit) of mostly fluffy nonsense is defined as reading for women??


Hubby and I are retired. I'm trained as a middle school language arts, social studies, and math teacher. Occasionally, I tutor for reading comprehension. Hubby was a park ranger in Kentucky and Ohio.

I am a mom of four grown children and a granny to nine adorable grandchildren (Noelle, Xander, Lucas, Evan, Kristopher, Aaliyah, Londynn, Ciana, and Kendrick). Unfortunately, my sweet Noelle and Lucas live in El Dorado Hills, California ;+(--much too far away from their granny.

I spend a fair amount of time in El Dorado Hills with my eldest daughter and her family. They also have two of my granddogs--Dasher and Dancer--East German shepherds. Being there takes me back to the bustling household when MY children were young. We're planning a move to California or New York in the next couple of years.

My hubby is the light of my life. We met on match.com and have been together for 17 years. 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 indoor four-legged furbaby is Junebug--a VERY large (26 lb) gray tabby. 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. We're in the process of adopting and bringing in an outdoor kitty who adopted us! My daughter has named her Vixen--my daughter is determined that, as a family, we have pets named after each of Santa's reindeer! Vixen is shy with everyone but me, but she loves being indoors, sleeping on her heated blanket, and having plenty of food and snacks. I truly enjoy the company of cats. My sweet cat, Mizzy, passed on June 14, 2022. She was so loved and our home seems much emptier without her. For me, a pet--any pet--makes a house, a home.


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, I will never engage in public shaming of other swappers or have a 'Flaker List' on my profile. Remember . . . life happens.

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 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!

Just a quick note re ratings: I like to take my time with ratings. Often, the items I'm rating took a long time to create and I want to say more than just, 'thank you.' That said, I often save swaps for up to 10 days before rating. I sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy rating and doing justice to the senders who put their time and effort into creating a swap for me. If I rated every day, I would end up just saying, 'thank you,' trying to fit rating into each day. Please respect my rating style. Thank you so much.

I appreciate kindness in any form. One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible . . . it is always possible."


Ilovemanatees rated for WIYM: Mega 3-Items USA❗️ on Jun 8, 2023
mermaidery rated for SMSUSA: Scattegories 2 on Jun 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun M list and the great extras 💌
Poeprincess rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #80 on Jun 6, 2023
Comment: This ATC is perfect! Love all the elements & the extras you included are so pretty. Thank you so much—I can’t wait to use them.
Comment: Kristy♥ Thank you so much for the pretty envelope and wonderful letter! I love the pretty paper you used and the very pretty goodies! ♥ I am enjoying the group!
Comment: Hi Kristy! I was so excited when I saw you were my partner for this month’s journal! And oh, I was not disappointed to say the least! I love this sweet journal! So many pretty images of birds and flowers! I love all the papers you used in the journal as well as all the little pockets and tucks. The cover is beautiful! This has been so fun making a journal for each month…thank you so much for hosting this swap! Thank you so much for such a great swap! Hugs! 💕
denisedecker58 rated for tLB: A Book, Tea, & Me on Jun 4, 2023
Comment: Thank you so very much for the lovely letter, the beautiful bookmark and the tea! You are so crafty and talented! I will be sending a letter back to you and was hoping that we could continue writing. As you mentioned, we have several things in common!
meganimal rated for WIYM: Mega 3-Items USA❗️ on Jun 4, 2023
Comment: Thanks for all the fabulous goodies! :)
minniepic rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #49 on Jun 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you so very much for all the wonderful postcards, you spoiled me❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
2Hearts rated for SMSUSA: Flower Power! on Jun 1, 2023
Comment: WOW! I love what you sent to me! Thank you!!
Comment: I love it when you are my partner..I know I am going to love it. And I do, beautiful tags and pocket. Thanks for making my day! And thanks for being an inspiration!
Sonya rated for AACG: 3 Elements Advanced #5 on May 30, 2023
Comment: Very pretty and feminine ATC, Kristy. Lovely. Thanks so much for the cool extras! Cheers!
DreamCloud rated for WIYM: Mega 3-Items USA❗️ on May 30, 2023
Comment: Kristy, thank you so much for the card, ephemera, and stickers! 💜
Highlander18 rated for PH: Different Scavenger Hunt #6 on May 30, 2023
Comment: ❤️❤️Fantabulous choices for the categories. Love even the little smile on the elephant. The Inge Look cards are special, will at to my wish list. The whale card has such vibrant green and blues!. Thank you very much! I loved the cards you chose for me--they're all keepers.
Comment: Enjoyed all the little pictures etc you sent to make me smile. With kids and animals you can’t help but smile 💕
Comment: Loved your leaf print and how you hi-lighted the edges of the letter and envelope in same color.
evanselli rated for YTPC: Book Page Vellum Pockets on May 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, it is always so nice to swap with you. You have a very creative mind. Thank you as well for the vellum and the fabric, I love them.😊❤️
Comment: Thank you for nice cards! Have a nice day.
mchesser12 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt for PCs #222 on May 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the great variety of postcards. You went above and beyond.
ShellyHammond rated for WIYM: Mega 3-Items USA❗️ on May 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the fantastic items you sent! I absolutely love each and every single thing. Thank you so much and have an amazing day!
Comment: Thank you! Loved everything!

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JazD on May 28, 2023:

Thank you very much for the happy mail stickers you sent for AATW May wishes. I love them!

bpl76 on May 23, 2023:

Thank you for the fun paperclips !!!

bpl76 on May 18, 2023:

Thanks so much for granting my wish, for AATW

heliogal on May 15, 2023:

Hi Kristy!! Thank you so much for the whole set of gorgeous gold accented washi omg!!! I just love it so much can't wait to put on envies and other things it is so pretty. I really love those tones of colors and gold!! Thank you so much for your amazing generosity!!! Oh this was for the AATW May wish list. I appreciate you thinking about me and sending me something that really made my day!!!

debbiespoms on May 10, 2023:

OMG, Thanks so much for granting my wish, for AATW May for Flower stickers. I absolutely love them so much!

Rbrstmpr on Apr 30, 2023:

Hello Girlie, opened the front door at bedtime last night to let the doggies out, only to find an Amazon goodie bag from you for week 3 of Snail Mail HappyMail on the porch. Woo Hoo! Love every single roll of washi equally. Happy indeed.💕💕💕

Lolcw on Apr 29, 2023:

Thank you so much for the Mini File Folder angel. I absolutely love it! The cluster embellishment on the front is gorgeous!

LenaLeaf on Apr 27, 2023:

✨Thank you for granting a Wish for AATW April❣ 💙 All the memo sheet are beautiful and I can't wait to use them ^_^ ✨

ButterflyGirl85 on Apr 26, 2023:

Thank you for my AATW wish for memo sheets. I love the assortment you sent.

heliogal on Apr 25, 2023:

Hi Kristy! I received the amazon wish list package for my AATW April wishes and I just love the beautiful bookmark!! Thank you so much for thinking about me it really lifted my spirits!! I really appreciate you going the extra mile and resending it to me too!!! I hope you are enjoying the Spring and hope to swap with you again soon!!

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