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PeliKat

PeliKat
Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: May 19, 2024
Birthday: July 12
Country: United States

About Me

Update 10/23/2022 I'm back!!! I took a lot of time off to deal with a lot of things, including more health issues, but I've been missing this group and I'm eager to take part in some swaps! My mail has been so boring and sometimes downright depressing, and I really need to get some HAPPY MAIL coming to brighten up my days. I'm looking forward to creating some great projects and sending out good wishes to my partners.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAIN PROFILE INFO updated 10/25/2022

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: Lucy the Pug and Baby the Aussi-Shepherd mix, both rescues.

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 item into something fantastic! I like creating all sorts of paper crafts: ATCs, postcards, minizines, journals, folios, and of course, I have a list of 'projects in progress' as well as a list of 'ideas/techniques to try'.

My main project this year (2023) is the same as last year: to finish decluttering and streamlining my home to make it more 'handicap-friendly', 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 or clear sleeve, 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 10/25/2022

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 and lotions, pretty kitchen towels/hand towels/washcloths. Whimsical items will always please me, so if it makes me laugh, it becomes a favorite!!!

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

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, jazz, Gloria Estefan, Eurythmics, James Taylor, Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Adam Lambert... And lately, Leonard Cohen, Stjepan Hauser, and Michael Buble.
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. (4) Flower gardening, especially my work in progress: a Whimsey Garden! It will be full of art creations that make me laugh and that share some quotes that I love. Health issues this past summer kept me from making the progress on it that I was hoping for, but next Spring, I'll be going at it full-speed with the creations I make through the winter.

~~~~~~~~ SWAP INFO: 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. Also, as I mentioned, I prefer to receive postcards in an envelope or clear sleeve, since so many of them arrive with big scrapes down the middle; it's such a shame to think of the time and energy someone has put into it only to have it reach me with damage due to postal machines. Also, I love handmade postcards, so if a swap says only store bought postcards, and you want to send me a nice handmade one, I will rate it as if it is store-bought and will appreciate the effort you put into it!

Ratings

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Comment: I am so sorry I haven't rated you sooner. I found the journal under a pile of my stuff :0( I too love pickles. Thank you fro all the wonderful "extras".Hope you are doing well.
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Comment: Hello :) Thank you for the wonderful package! I love the cards and envelopes you made so pretty!! The pink one was particularly stunning. I also used the glue method but also want to try the plastic wrap version :) Hope you are feeling better, happy swapping!
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Comment: thank you, and thank you for the warning about it being my own book.... A lot of hard decisions were made... Yes I looked at it and I love it. thank you for doing so many pages in the book.. I love them all. Love all the extra, yes I will be using them. Love the squirrel, fox and owl papers. Hope you are feeling better!
YooperHill rated for PC: Handmade Purple Postcard on Feb 15, 2024
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Comment: TY!
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Comment: Thank you for passing along - love your painted waves addition! And thank you for all the fun junk journaling bits, looking forward to using them <3
sarenka7 rated for Scavenger Junk Journal Round #10 on Jan 19, 2024
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Comment: Beautiful page
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Comment: Thanks for the magpie assortment ๐Ÿ˜
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Comment: It will be a difficult decision which to use. Thanks
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Comment: So sorry about the mix up. I think my brain is on vacation and didn't let me know. I can't wait to used the ephemera book on future projects.
MuggleMom rated for Purple Tsunami for December on Jan 9, 2024
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Comment: OMG, the all the envie were sooooo fun with all your art and creations! December to remember. Thank you so much for sharing. xxMuggleMom
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Comment: The ATC booklet arrived today. I LOVE the Snoopy page. Just perfect. I can read the saying perfectly. Happy New Year.
emcki rated for Rainbow Mail #6 on Jan 7, 2024
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Comment: thank you so much. sorry for the late rate
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Comment: Thank you for the napkins (P.S. the themed journals are for specific people or specific interests of mine....since "stuff" in those categories are typically hoarded it gives me a space for it)
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Comment: Thank you! This is very special! I adore it! Merry Christmas!
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Comment: Thank you for forwarding Debโ€™s booklet with your page done to me. Iโ€™ll do my page & pass it along. Thank you for the beautiful card you included for me!
grammypammy rated for ๐ŸŽ„Christmas Tags - US on Dec 12, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the cute Tags and extra goodies!
evanselli rated for MFF: Christmas Bird Tag on Dec 10, 2023
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Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute bird tags, I love them both. Yes it would be interesting to compare notes so to speak. It seems we do have quite a bit in common thank you again๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ
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Comment: I LOVE this cat family portrait soooo much!!! I have seen that technique, but I haven't tried it myself. I will write you back and answer the question about the move from OR to NZ. I have so many photos I took from abandoned buildings, but I'm so unorganized with my photos. When I'm motivated to tackle the photo situation, I'd love to email you some. Fingers crossed that will happen soon, but I'll send you a letter for sure! Happy Holidays from NZ, Carola ๐Ÿ’•
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Comment: OMG! OMG! OMG!!! You did an awesome job on that jar. And all of the goodies inside of that jar is amazing, I don't know how you got all that stuff inside that jar. Plus, I think I saw some vintage like pieces in that jar as well. I wish I could give you a thousand heart on that jar. You are amazing. Thank you so much for all of the goodies. I hope to see you on the next swap. Be safe and take care my friend. Happy Hoildays to you.
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Comment: I adore the ocean theme so much! Thank you!

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Comments

PinkPengin on Jan 28, 2024:

OK, I can't even tell you what an amazing gift these fabric swatches are... you made my whole month! (And I just ended up needing something fabric for a card challenge on another site and I thought, WOW, that was so well-timed...) And the cats were an especially great find. I love kitties and I just thought those were adorable, I can't wait to figure out how to use them! I have got some goodies headed your way this week to say a bit of a thank you, but I wanted to comment and say how awesome you are too! :)

MuggleMom on Jan 2, 2024:

So creative and I do know of some fun things to use the puzzle pieces for!! You've got some wicked smart ideas!!

Purple Tsunami for December ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

xx

MuggleMom

MuggleMom on Dec 28, 2023:

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Purple Tsunami for December ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Thank you so much for hand painting me envelopes. Why have I not thought of this before? Extra grateful you gave the color codes for the paint, and nope, I don't have them in my stash. Post holiday shopping might find them in my cart tho, lol!!

xx

MuggleMom

wolfeagle on Dec 25, 2023:

MC

MuggleMom on Dec 23, 2023:

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œOMG, you had the same idea as me, making a purple journal for the swap!! LOVE LOVE - so worth USPS taking forever to deliver the mail to me!! Thanks so much๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Hugs

MuggleMom

MuggleMom on Dec 23, 2023:

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ I love your garden with purple asters!! Thank you so much for making me a super special postcard with your photograph for Purple Tsunami for December ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Hugs,

MuggleMom

Sonya on Oct 26, 2023:

Thanks for returning the Mystery Supply ATC, Kathy. Your bees are very cute. I'll send an email to all participants with photos of all. Cheers!

CookieMomster78 on Apr 28, 2023:

For Our ABC: Mystery Supply Cards #1 Swap

OMG, Kathy! I L.O.V.E this Ava Gardner ATC that you sent my way! Thank you so very much! Your creative use of the lace is amazing. This card is an instant favorite and will fit nicely among my other beautiful women ATC and Pin-ups cards! Extra thanks and a big ol' hug for reading my profile through to include your thoughtful note with the lucky-7's playing cards and zine you created. I feel so very fortunate to have you back in my mailbox again!!! Thank you for being a part of this swap and I'm looking forward to seeing you in the next round soon. :-)

CookieMomster78 on Dec 22, 2022:

Thank you for returning the cards for ABC Fun w/stamps #4 and Sender's Choice #21! I enjoy how you added to each of them! The Antique Victorian St. Nicholas is a new favorite for the holiday season especially! Hope you and your loved ones enjoy the season ๐ŸŽ„โค๐Ÿ’Œand I'll "see" ya in the mailbox next year!

Rainydancer on Nov 2, 2022:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

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