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PeliKat

PeliKat
Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: May 20, 2019
Birthday: July 12
Country: United States

About Me

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 work partner AND 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. Lisa and I work together in a family business, but when we aren't working, 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 (which we used to sell on the internet, but don't now due to having to WORK at the family business) 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 (2019) is 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, (postcards can be sent in envelopes or naked and stamped/written on; I love them either way!); 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 don't send those items.

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.

Ratings

mediatinker rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - May on May 20, 2019
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Comment: Your Mama's garden was lovely. Lilacs and climbing roses are favorites of mine, too.
9O96O rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - May on May 18, 2019
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Comment: Beautiful flower and Mother's Day theme zine. I loved reading your write-up about the wonderful flowers of your childhood that bring back fond memories. Thank you for sharing.
lou rated for Sharp Shooters: Scenic view photo on May 9, 2019
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Comment: Pretty sunset photo, Florida is very scenic! Thanks for the zine you made, too, as it was great how you combined that poem with your photos
Response: Thank you so much for the comments and the heart! I'm glad you liked the photo and the zine. That poem is a favorite of mine.
fairylover rated for In My Garden on May 9, 2019
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Comment: I was waiting for your swap and I love it so much! Your little booklet/leaflet is so nice and all those flowers so beautiful, I didn't know dwarf iris! It was a pleasure to read your little text behind, I read it twice! Thanks a lot!!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! I haven't seen any dwarf iris in the garden centers around my area. We found them while traveling and brought some home as an accent plant for our bonsai trees. They multiply quite readily, just like the larger ones, and the blooms are so sweet! I plan on putting some into my Fairy Garden this year, along with some dwarf hosta plants. I think it will be a nice touch, since they return year after year... Thank you for your comments and happy swapping!
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Comment: What a fun read! Loved your zine!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I really like making the zines, the possibilities that they provide are endless! Thanks for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
lemooon rated for Mail Tag Swap #1 on May 7, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for gorgeous items! I really love all of them. Have a great creative day!
Response: I'm glad you were pleased! Thank you for the heart and happy swapping to you!
shinyserra rated for Altered CD Swap on May 3, 2019
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Comment: I am so in love with this under the sea CD! You did an amazing job. Thank you.
Response: Oh, I had the best time creating that, and two of my friends locally who love the sea BOTH wanted to claim it! Too bad for them! LOL! But now I have a nice gift idea for each of them later! Thanks for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
Jenicat rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - April on May 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the great zine and address labels! 💜
Response: So glad you liked them! Thanks for the hearts, both the red one and the little purple one! Best wishes to you!
jaimierandolph rated for 2019 Notecard to Postcard #1 on Apr 28, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for the notecard to postcard! I loved it! Hugs 🤗
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
Jafferty rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - April on Apr 27, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the April Zine! Nicely done! Loved all the cool stamps you used on your envelope. Thank you!!
Response: I'm glad you like the zine; I'm having a good time creating them. The stamps were from a package I purchased online; I have to really plan the layout of them to get enough of them to fit on a letter envelope. It's hard to believe that at one time, you only needed one of those low-value stamps to send a letter, while now you have to cover the envelope with them, but I agree with you that it makes for a fun envelope to find in your mailbox! Happy swapping to you!
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Comment: Thank you for the nice zine! I loved the postage stamps you used on the envelope... so fun! I appreciate the address labels too! Your swap brightened my day!!
Response: I'm glad you like the zine; I'm having a good time creating them. The stamps were from a package I purchased online; I have to really plan the layout of them to get enough of them to fit on a letter envelope. It's hard to believe that at one time, you only needed one of those low-value stamps to send a letter, while now you have to cover the envelope with them, but I agree with you that it makes for a fun envelope to find in your mailbox! Happy swapping to you!
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Comment: Hi Kathy! Your 'zine is so much fun! I smiled as I read each page as it really did bring to mind all the spring rituals--especially the mosquitoes--ugh! I loved the images you chose, especially the kitty and the bird on the back cover. Love the hand-drawn kitty and mouse on the envie and al the lovely extras you included. The 'A Poem from the Cat' made me laugh--so true! I'm also in love with those little pictures you included featuring kitties and elephants--so thoughtful. Thanks for a wonderful swap;+)
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! I check profiles and try to include a little something that my partners will like; cats are easy because I love them too! The poem makes me laugh every time I read it; I don't think it will ever get old to me...LOL! Best wishes to you!!
JuneRosebud rated for Happy Jar 2019 #1 on Apr 25, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for participating in this swap; I shall look forward to reading the little messages...
Response: Thank you for the heart and best wishes!
vlhafer54 rated for Homemade Postcard Swap #2 on Apr 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you - my favorite part of spring in making new plans for the flower beds.
Response: I used to go through the seed catalogs and create the biggest gardens in my head... I wanted to grow everything! I've learned to limit myself to what I can realistically take care of, but it's so hard to not have every flower that I want growing in my yard... Lol! Thank you for the heart, and best wishes to you with your flower beds!
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Comment: Love how you made this zine, my favorite was the page for No Housework Day. thanks so much for it and the address labels.
Response: I'm glad you like the zine. This one was such fun and I'm working on May's Wacky Holidays now. I love swapping zines! Thanks so much for your comments and the heart! Happy swapping to you!
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Comment: most excellent zine!....I loved reading it....love the penguin story the best but every page is really good and unique....all around great mini-maga-ZINE...glad I got one!....thanks for the labels, too....cheers!
Response: That penguin story still cracks me up! I'm so glad you enjoyed the zine; it was such fun to put together and I'm looking forward to the next one. Anytime you want to swap a zine, let me know and we'll do a private swap! Best wishes to you!
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Comment: Loved it. You are so right about bully bird Grackles. But they do make a lovely centrepiece to your collage. I like the idea of a lawn of Spring Beauties. How cool that you have guinea pigs! They are such sweet pets.
Response: Thank you for your nice comments! The guinea pigs are such characters! I never realized how distinct their personalities would be, but I am loving the way they interact... Happy swapping to you!
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Comment: thank you for the spring collage! It was awesome that you included explanations!! Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the nice comments! I think the comments on photos add a lot to them, so I try to include something about it when I send them. Happy swapping to you!
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Comment: very cute zine. I enjoyed reading all thru the pages and it gave me little chuckles as I did. even with all the issues of spring I am still looking forward to the change from winter:) This was fun. My first time and I am hooked I think!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love doing zines and am looking forward to the next one! Happy swapping to you!
WoodlandBanshee rated for AMA: April Sender's Choice on Apr 17, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for your super cute postcard! I love the use of the doily with the bird. The saying is wonderful! So true.
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and for the heart!! Happy swapping to you!

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Comments

stiffneck78 on Apr 16, 2019:

stiffneck78 on Apr 9, 2019:

Thanks for the friend request.

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:

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VivaLaDiane on Feb 26, 2019:

Doing as okay as I can. How are you?? ♥♥♥

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

babypansy on Dec 8, 2018:

Thanks and happy holidays !

earthnk on Oct 29, 2018:

Hi Kathy, Great suggestion. I created a card for you last night and mailed it today at the post office where the clerk wanted to have his picture taken holding it. I was able to sweet talk him into stamping the card with today’s date cancellation stamp. Yippee! 😉🥗

USAFwife on Sep 6, 2018:

Hi :) Just a reminder that tomorrow, Sept 7th is the send by date for the "MJS: Blind envie journal" If you can't mail off, please let me know. :)

Thanks! Cindi

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