Swap-bot Time: July 6, 2020 11:15 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: July 6, 2020
Birthday: July 12
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 4/15/2020

Greetings! I'm Kathy Bates, and no, I am not the famous actress, (although I can relate to her in many ways). I read that I should introduce myself to my swap partners, so here it is: I live in Southern Indiana, near the Ohio River, with Lisa,my life partner; we have two dogs: Sophie the Pug and Foxy the Pomeranian, and two guinea pigs: Hawkeye and Radar. I love Capybaras, but they won't pass the city code for house pets, so guinea pigs will suffice, and they look just like miniature capybaras with much shorter legs. I retired in 2019, but I keep busy with several hobbies:
1) Family History (especially the Heritage scrapbook I'm putting together) so genealogy is a big love of mine; 2) growing Bonsai trees (tree postcards and stickers are always welcomed); 3) browsing through antique store/thrift stores/consignment stores (where I find a LOT of items to use in my craft projects!), 4) surfing Pinterest (where I have pinned so many things that I'd love to try), and, of course, 5) Crafting (especially paper crafts!). There's nothing more fun than meeting the challenge of turning some found crap into something fantastic! And really, one person's crap is another persons treasure, right? My main project this year (2020) is the same as last year: to finish decluttering and streamlining my home, and getting my crafting corner set up. I have a beautiful big window overlooking my back yard, and I'm looking forward to sitting at a work table there, watching the birds at the feeders outside while I craft. The trick is to get it all organized so that I can find what I need when I need it, without having the place look like a craft store was blown in by a tornado. We all know that "creativity is not a pretty sight" until the project is finished and the mess cleaned up, right?

I like all kinds of paper crafts, love getting happy mail, (A lot of my postcards have been coming through with scrapes on the front, which really messes up the picture; because of that, I'd really prefer to receive them in an envelope, if possible); I enjoy putting together 'packets' of goodies for other people to enjoy, and learning new things. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas to use in crafting and have a big collection of materials that I like to share with other crafters.

Happy swapping to you! May your mailbox be full of happy mail and your postage stamp supply renew itself continuously!!

Thanks so much for swapping with me, Kathy Bates, (not the actress).

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Updated 2/18/2019

Favorite things: bees, dragonflies; crafty bits and pieces like ribbon, buttons, charms, and unique papers/gift wrap/book pages, fancy printed napkins; anything beach related, whether on the shore or in the water; dogs especially pugs; birds and feathers; bonsai trees; genealogy; cats; guinea pigs; capybaras; chocolate, coffee, cocoa! I also like bath and shower gels, pretty kitchen towels/hand towels/washcloths.

Favorite movies/TV shows: anything with Robin Williams, Z Nation, police shows, hospital shows, fire department shows, end-of-the-world/saved-by-the-hero type movies, time travel shows, The Last Ship, movies based on true stories. Also Fringe, Deadwood, Jurassic Park series, Medium....

Favorite Music: just about anything from Mozart to Pink, reggae, 60s/70s/80s Pop, Heavy Metal, but not Thrash Metal; Country except for the really twangy kind, Gloria Estefan, Eurythmics, James Taylor, Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Adam Lambert... And lately, Leonard Cohen. Just no Gospel or Justin Bieber.

Wish List: Time, Money, and Good Health... But don't we all want those things??!!! Since there is never enough of those three items to go around, in lieu of that, I would love to receive anything whimsical or humorous - I love to look at the funny side of Life! Or you can check out my 'favorites' lists. Basically anything I get in the mail that isn't a bill or an advertisement is 'fun mail'!!! I'm not into Disney or religious things, so please save those for someone who will appreciate them more.

Favorite time of the year: Autumn, when the leaves are beautiful and they crackle under my feet when I walk, and the air smells so crisp! Next favorite would be Spring, when everything starts waking up again. Summer is usually too hot for me, but Winter is okay, as long as there is coffee and cocoa available, and a big pot of soup!

Hobbies: (1) I've been working on my family history, so genealogy is a big interest. I have one family line tracked back to the 1600's. My mother was a German war bride, who came to the US one year before I was born and gained her US citizenship after learning the language and studying about her new country. So working on her ancestors is a bit of a challenge, but little by little, I'll break down those walls! (2) I also grow bonsai trees, and used to sell them at art fairs and craft shows. I didn't get rich off of it, but did make enough money to finance my bonsai hobby and make trips to bonsai nurseries to choose more trees to play with and train. I still have a few that I will sell, but my collection is now at about the quantity that I can care for easily. (3) I've discovered the joy of birds and have several food and water stations for them out in my yard. Our regular visitors all have different personalities, and it's especially exciting when we get a new visitor! That sends me scrambling to the bird books to learn more about that species.

~~~~~~~~~~ If you don't get a swap from me that you are expecting, please let me know before you rate, so that I can check on it and make things right. I think a lot of the time it's the creating and sending out things that is the most fun for me, and I definitely don't want to be a flaker! I also try to err on the side of sending more than required; it's part of my 'declutter' campaign! If you should receive a swap from me with postage due, please let me know so that I can take care of the extra cost.


young46356 rated for SS: May Color: YELLOW Photo on Jul 3, 2020
Comment: Hiya, thanks for the great photos. No, my wife would not appreciate anyone giving me any more t-shirts. I have hundreds. I've stopped counting. I like rock/country bands and singers/places I've been/resorts and hotels I've stayed at/stuff like that.
Response: I'm glad you liked the photos; thanks for the heart! As for the t-shirts, I guess I'll just have to turn them into quilts and throw pillows. Lol! Stay safe and happy summer to you!
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap. I used to do ATCs and pocket letters. Now my art is diamond paintings. I will get back to ATCS eventually. We went to Roswell geocaching on Sunday. Got 16 in 2 days.
Response: I'm planning an all-day geocache adventure for me and my granddaughter - this is our birth month and she has just gotten interested in geocaching. Are you on geocaching.com? I've not done any diamond paintings, but I'm trying my hand at quilling right now. It's trickier than it looks. Thanks again for your comments! Happy swapping!
skeffiboo rated for WIYM: Let's Make a MiniZine! on Jun 24, 2020
Comment: Many thanks for the fun swap. What an envelope of joy! Penpal style zines are such a good idea and being a bit of a coffee fanatic, the coffee one was fun too! Thanks again!
Response: From one coffee-fiend to another, thank you for your nice comments and for the heart! I like that I can make a zine for a swap, and then make extra copies to send with other swaps. Stay safe and happy swapping to you!
isabellasnow rated for WIYM: Let's Make a MiniZine! on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: Hi Kathy! Thank you for sending TWO zines to fulfill this swap! Loved your whimsical coffee 'zine and, most of all, I loved learning a bit more about you in your personal crafty 'zine. Your creations are so nice. Many thanks for sharing!
Response: Thank you for your comments and for the heart! I really like making the mini-zines; the possibilities for topics and treatment are endless. Best wishes to you!
supersquirrel rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #25 on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: Such a HAPPY atc. Thank you so much for the smiles. You went WAY overboard on the amazing extras but I love it all - especially the squirrel ephemera and your booklet. Thanks again and take it easy ^+^
Response: I'm so glad you liked the atc. I have a ton of craft supplies and ephemera, and I'm happy to share it, so I'm glad that you loved what I sent. Thanks for the nice comments and for the heart!
parakeetmails rated for WIYM: Let's Make a MiniZine! on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you kathy! πŸ’›
Response: Thank you for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
Onaki rated for ATC - Coffee (USA) on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you tons for the lovely ATC as well as the zine, I just recently started making and collecting zines so it's neat to see other people create the one page 8-panel zines! Thanks again! :)
Response: I'm so glad that you liked the ATC and the coffee mini-zine! I think mini-zines are great fun to create and there are limitless topics to base them on. If you ever want to do a zine swap, let me know; I have an abundance of ideas for them that I'd like to try! ;-) Meanwhile thank you so much for your nice comments and for the heart! Happy summer to you!
Comment: My favorite one was the katydid. That would make a neat postcard. Thanks for the labels and extras too!
Response: I liked the katydid too! Thanks! And I'm glad you liked the extras! Thanks for the nice comments and for the heart. Happy swapping to you!
Comment: Thank you for the fun colorful PC, Kathy!
Response: So glad you like it! Thanks for the heart and happy swapping!!
donetta rated for USAPC: Glue Book Page #4 on Jun 6, 2020
Comment: Kathy, I love this glue book page! You did a beautiful job (I always struggle with this) of making something lovely without any dimensional embellishments...thank you for a great addition to my glue book!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked the page! It was fun to create it and I'm looking forward to more swaps like this. Thank you so much for your nice comments and for the heart! Stay safe and keep on crafting!
Comment: Hi Kathy! I love your tree photos! You are right, the Maple with the sun shining is just beautiful and the Bonsai Tree is very cool looking! Thank you so much for the lovely Happy Mail and extras! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thank you so much for your nice comments and for the heart! I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. I hope we can swap again in the future. Best wishes and happy crafting.
satinification rated for Let's send fruit postcards! on May 26, 2020
Comment: How delicious-looking strawberries ;) This is the second postcard from you that I found in my mailbox today. Thank you for postcards and for participating in my swaps!
Response: These swaps are great fun! I'm glad you finally received it, as well as the flower postcard. I hope we can swap again soon. Until them, enjoy some strawberries and stay safe!
satinification rated for Let's send flower postcards! on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the flower PC! I hope you and your loved ones are also safe and healthy. Certainly, the virus crisis causes huge mail delays. It's almost summer, and it was a spring swap :)
Response: Thank you for the heart! We are all staying safe, though my routine hasn't changed much; I'm a stay-at-home kind of person anyway because of some health issues. Have a great summer!
dmwcheng rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #6 INTL on May 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the handmade postcard, Kathy. The quote is appropriate for the times. =)
Persnarkety rated for Mermaid Flipbook #4 on May 15, 2020
Comment: It's so beautiful! Thank you so so so much!
Response: I'm so glad that you like it! Thanks for the heart!
tlemon4 rated for MJS: Magpie Journal 2020 #1 - US on May 14, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness I don't even know where to start. This book is absolutely beautiful! I love all the personal items that you added, I love reading all of the information that you wrote In the book .I would never have thought to do that .I have so enjoyed going through it I'm going to go through it again and again and again. If I could give you a thousand stars I would. This journal is definitely by far going to be one of my most treasured items in my craft room. I am excited to add to it on the pages that you left blank and you have given me so much inspiration. I absolutely love this journal! Thank you so much for all your hard work and thoughtfulness .I feel very lucky to have received such a beautiful swap. I am going to go through my journal again!! :):) HUGS Tammy
Response: Tammy, your comment made the hours spent on that journal well worth every minute! I'm honored that you consider it such a treasure. You made my day with your appreciation. Thank you for the wonderful comments and for the heart! I'm happy to swap with you anytime!
Writercat rated for WIYM: Sender's Choice PC #6 INTL on May 13, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love your fingerprint cats. They are simply delightful. So darn cute and creative. Thank you so much! Cathy/Writercat
Response: Cathy, thank you for the comments on the postcard I sent to you; I appreciate knowing that you liked the cats. I saw one similar on the internet and wanted to try a rainbow version. Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
HelenG6 rated for Let's send flower postcards! on May 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice blue floral card.
Twishlow rated for Spring Flowers ATC Coins on May 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! Your coins are so bright and colourful and I love the ginkgo leaves! And thank you for your long letter. That was a pleasant surprise. :)
Response: Thank you for the nice comments! I'm glad you liked the gingko leaves and the letter. Thanks also for the heart!
Comment: I love how bright and cheerful these are <3
Response: Thank you; I'm glad you liked them! Thanks for the heart!

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pearlie on Apr 6, 2020:

Thanks again for the useful items in the Whimsical Sewing Jar. I wanted you to know I've already used the fabric for face masks and the buttons are going on mask ear loops holders for hospital workers. I put things to use!

lou on Jul 27, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month!

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stiffneck78 on Apr 9, 2019:

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VivaLaDiane on Feb 26, 2019:

Doing as okay as I can. How are you?? β™₯β™₯β™₯

Jsereg001 on Feb 5, 2019:

Thanks for the thoughtful comment about my husband and all of the linemen working to restore power to those who are affected by power outages. I hope that you and everyone else dealing with the bitter cold will be safe! I have been watching videos of people’s hair and clothes freezing and it’s crazy!! Stay warm!!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 27, 2019:

I'm so excited to send my magpie journal to you! I have a few pages left. I'm doing 60 instead of 30. I can't stand blank pages. I hope you enjoy it. =D

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