Swap-bot Time: April 13, 2024 3:00 am


Date Joined: May 4, 2018
Last Online: April 12, 2024
Birthday: March 8
Country: United States

About Me

Not sure what to write? What's your favorite Alan Rickman role that is NOT Snape.

Previously, I asked swappers to name which role comes to mind when I mention Tim Curry. The most common role mentioned is Frank-n-furter, followed by Clue. The most obscure response is the Monk episode he was on.

When receiving PCs, I like them wrecked! Decorate the heck out of them! Rubber stamping, washi, stickers, doodles - go wild! I prefer non-touristy to touristy PCs, and enjoy handmade PCs the most.


Entire profile updated on 04/12/2024

I'm now my mom's 24/7 caregiver. She came home December 23rd from 5 months in a nursing home. One day in late July 2023 it was like her mind fell off a cliff. She didn't understand where she was, and was hallucinating. She ran outside, fell, and broke her femur just above her knee replacement. Very precarious situation, so she was non-weight-bearing for a few months. Her leg is healing well, but her mind hasn't. She has the mental capacity of about a 2 year old. She needs to be coached through every task, including putting on clothes correctly and the order of things you do when you go to the bathroom. This is the same person who was holds a master's degree in education, created a magnet academy high school program, and was voted who's who of America teachers. Hug your mom.

Be the swaps you want to see in the world! I've started hosting more swaps recently, and I would like to encourage anyone who might be hesitant to host. If you don't see a swap you wish was an option to join, make it! Host it! Make it reality! Jump in!

I've officially drained my savings and am appealing my SSI disability denial. I started this disability process over three and a half years ago, and haven't had income for that time. If you have an extra stamp or two to include in a swap, that's one more swap I get to participate in! I have tons of swap materials, but can't buy new stamps to send it all out. Update 2/5/24 my friend and I both received and returned a big packet of paperwork, and a couple days ago I had a medical exam. I was told to expect an appointment for imaging soon. (Imaging done on 3/1!). Maybe I'm actually getting somewhere with disability. Got a denial on my appeal again in early April. Geesh, this is getting ridiculous. The denial essentially says that yes I am limited but wow look at that education! And so young (48)! Bootstraps! Attorney's turn to fight. Again.

I'm an INFJ, Pisces, disabled, queer paper crafter, recently moved back to SoCal from the Pacific NW, and I love to send and receive mail. πŸ’Œ

I'm quick to happy cry, proud cry, and aww cry. Water sign, indeed. πŸ’¦

I tend to get things out the same day partners are assigned, and rate immediately when things arrive. I mark items as sent when I put them in the mail slot in my front door for my carrier to pick up that day, or when I drop them at the post office. βœ”οΈ

I welcome handmade items. Yes, even - or maybe especially - if you doubt your skill. I love to see what other people are making! Trying a new medium? Let me see! These are my favorite kinds of swap extras! 🎨

Do you make your own stamps, or have unique stamps that are your favorites? I'd love to receive stamped images from them! I've been making my own stickers using blank sticker seals and stamping them, maybe adding some paint or flat mixed media elements. If you make something like this I would love to see it! πŸ€“

I enjoy Postcrossing, mixed media art/collage, iHanna handmade postcard swaps, daisy yellow index card a day, write_on, and other postal and paper crafts. βœ‚οΈ

Β‘Avid! postal swap participant. πŸ“¬

I have a herd of cats (5!) Three Siamese and two tabbies. Also feeding a cat my neighbors abandoned in November 2020. Update: I said goodbye to my sweet girl Lu (one of the tabbies) on Friday December 3rd, 2021. I feel like I've lost my shadow. Mouse, a 17 year old lilac point siamese, has stage 4 kidney disease. She was given 6-12 month life expectancy about two and a half years ago, so she's holding on! Over the past several weeks, Mouse has been losing a tenth of a pound a week. Mini Mouse. (July 2023) Her weight has stabilized for the past few weeks, but I'd prefer she were gaining some back for winter weight. (Oct 2023) Mouse is on blood pressure meds now and continues to lose weight, slowly. She's almost always on her heating pad and sleeping, but seems to have good quality of life still. I'm not a person to drag things out for my own sake, but she hasn't let me know yet. They increased the cost of her treatment by over 50% with no notice, so that was a fun surprise. (April 2024).

I started a ko-fi to help support Mouse's ongoing treatments for stage 4 kidney disease, at http://ko-fi.com/katkatbobat/tiers

Postal swaps bring me a lot of joy while I'm physically limited. I'm a #spoonie dealing with a lot of chronic pain - fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis and multiple other spinal and nerve problems, allergic response inflammatory arthritis, as well as a handful of other autoimmune issues including over 200 known allergies (meaning it is nearly impossible to manage my 200+ allergies and allergic response arthritis,or even anaphylaxis, if I'm out in the world). If you know me in person, you know where my epi pens are kept at all times! Unless you can relate to chronic illness and disability, I'm not terribly interested in talking about it, but wanted to acknowledge where I'm at. #spoonies

My artistic background is in super 8 and 16mm film production, photography, and paper crafting of all kinds.πŸŽ₯πŸ“·

I have a dark leaning-think goth and not horror, secular hearth witch. I like somewhat grim oddities, like conjoined twins (human or animal), but not gore. πŸ–€ Bearded ladies, early 20th century sideshow and/or cirque du soleil type weirdos. πŸ–€ Emily Strange, Tim Burton (Vincent, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Alice, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.), the old Beetlejuice animated series, Edward Gorey, Nikki McClure, CROWS!, black+red+white together (orange is my least favorite color, but it is fine in a rainbow or Halloween or something you created context), ghosts, bats, CATS!, cats in glasses, coastal, nature. Alice in Wonderland, especially classic (pre-Disney) illustrations. BMO and Marceline. I also like lil Bub, grumpy cat, sea creatures like whales, narwhals, manatees, otters, seahorses, octopuses, peacock mantis shrimp, mantis and stick insects, BIOLUMINESCENT critters! Gnomes, mushrooms, botanical, ferns, redwoods, and woodland critters. I'm a big nerd for fractals in nature. πŸ§›πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦‡πŸ‹πŸ¦¦πŸ™πŸͺ΄πŸ„

My flowers of choice are hellebore, ranunculus, and dahlias.

Raven Story (2021) is my favorite USPS postage stamp. πŸ“«

Tintypes and daguerreotypes make me swoon, and postcard prints of them. I'm a big fan of unusual vintage photos or odd groupings of people and/or things, including vintage photos painted over with, say, a cheesy Halloween style bedsheet ghost. πŸ“·

I'd love to receive Halloween themed postcards any time of year. I'd also love to receive stamped images from your favorite (especially vintage) Halloween stamps. πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

I like coffee and coffee themed items like stickers, washi, postcards, stamps, etc. β˜•

My grandma led a team that made circuit boards for the Space Shuttles, and I'd love to receive anything related to the NASA Space Shuttle programs. I especially like images of astronauts inside spacecraft or in space, real photos or any kind of art. πŸš€

The Jetsons (Rosey!), mid mod futuristic space art, and mid century images of humans in space intrigue me. πŸ›Έ

I'd love to receive What We Do In The Shadows fan art. Guillermo and Nadja are my favorite characters, but Nandor in workout clothes is also up there! πŸ¦‡

One of my main aesthetics is something I call evidence of time passing. Rust, moss, smooth stone, collapsed barns, abandoned places, nature reclaiming spaces previously occupied by humans, tree roots or vines growing over buildings, side cuts of sediment layers, what time does to human skin (think images of an elderly person's hand holding a child's hand). Evidence of time passing. πŸƒ

My brother and sister in law are major fans of all things tiki, so if you have fun tiki stuff to pass along to make things for them I'd love to receive it. πŸŒΊπŸ—Ώ

For tea swaps, I am allergic to 🚫 cardamom (chai, etc.), hibiscus, lavender, and nuts aside from almonds 🚫, but anything else is fine. Do you have a favorite roasted green tea?πŸ«–πŸ΅

I am not a girly girl. I'm comfortable in a dress, but i've never used cosmetics (allergic, was never an option, yes even the hypoallergenic stuff). I don't own a curling or flat iron. I am too low maintenance for that. Never liked pink things, copious frills or bling, hustle culture, or girl boss/girl power stuff. It's not my jam, not into this marketing of femininity. On that note, I'm not here for socks, keychains, jewelry, cosmetics, health & beauty items, or food, etc. I prefer silver to gold, and have metal allergies (so, sterling or stainless). I'm not interested in any sports.

🚫 I don't have a use for items geared toward very young people, parenting, reward stickers, or planner and journaling stickers. A snip of ribbon or lace or twine is nice on occasion, but I won't use yarn or fabric scraps. I don't need sticky notes or tiny memo sheets unless they match my listed interests. I have many allergies (seriously, over 200 known allergies), so I'm not interested in receiving cosmetics, pressed flowers, strongly scented items. I'm atheist/transcendentalist after basically growing up in a cult. I'm not interested in receiving anything western religious/christian/deity themed. Honoring earth, others, and self is welcome. 🚫

Favorite Books

The Secret Garden was my first favorite book. I've read Jane Eyre several times. The Griffin and Sabine series, Marjane Satrapi and Michelle Tea graphic novels are keepers. More recently, The Night Circus and anything by Matt Haig. I read a bare minimum of at least 4 books a month and am very fond of libraries and library apps. My taste is all over the place, but I don't tend to like crime/mystery much. Memoirs often make me dislike the author, because they come across as very out of touch in most cases. Don't meet your heroes, right?

Enjoyed Bookshops & Bonedust so much that I am now reading Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree. Fun lighthearted queer inclusive fantasy romp about fighting for what you believe in and building community.

Favorite Movies

City of Lost Children, True Stories and Marie Antoinette are my top favorites.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson, and Sophia Coppola are my favorite modern directors.

I'll watch anything with Salma Hayek, Tilda Swinton, Toni Collette, Mia Wasikowska, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman, Charlyne Yi, Lea Seydoux, Franka Potente, Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, John Goodman, Crispin Glover, Joaquin Phoenix, Gael Garcia Bernal, or Vincent Price!

I studied German expressionist film, film production, photography, journalism/women in media, and literature. Double major, double minor. BA(IS)


Comment: Thank you for these interesting postcards ! Very springy vibes !
Comment: Send swap from you today! What a cute alley view of this bun shop in England!
Comment: Thanks so much for the Dino fold n seal, very cute! And I really appreciate you enclosing the flower postalette from your granny’s collection- I love it!!
Comment: Thank you for sharing the story of your name! I love that it evolved from Katie to Kate to Kat. I laughed out loud at the comment your friend made about β€˜Ka’ hahaha!
btbeth rated for Newbie Friendly Happy mail USA #5 on Apr 12, 2024
Comment: another great swap from ya, thanks, friend!
Comment: Thanks for all the fun stuff πŸ˜ƒ
Comment: Thank you
Poeprincess rated for AMA: Doodle BOMB! PC on Apr 11, 2024
Comment: Wasn’t this fun to do! Thank you for your creative PC.
Comment: Thanks so much!! I cant wait to use everything! <3
Comment: Der Schadel (The Skull) is about the same character that is in Quills. (Marquis DeSade) Yes, I had to Google all of this. This could be why they seem similar to you. American Ride doesn't sound too bad. For someone that lives in BYU land, I hardly ever watch the channel. Thank you for the postcard.
Lisserz rated for Quick Envelope Destash #2 on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the envelopes. No, I don't mind. I love stationery with cordinating envelopes. Your Easter gnome envelope is adorable.
ericabella rated for That's a fact! #1 US on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the neat fact!
Comment: Thank you!
hjbcats rated for April 2024 Postcard Swap USA Only on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Lovely!πŸ₯°
Comment: Hi Kat! Love your tree pc and hope your avocado tree produces for you! One of my other swappers/pen pals lives in CA and she gets so many avocados that she sends them to friends and family! Very cool! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
JJcrafty rated for Newbie Friendly Happy mail USA #5 on Apr 10, 2024
Comment: Love the bag and pocket full of goodies! Thank you
Comment: Thank You........=)
Comment: Thanks!
BusyB rated for CPG: Mystery Supply #1 - USA on Apr 9, 2024
Comment: Hi Kat! Thank you for the cards you made with the mystery supply. I'll use the notecard to send to someone and the smaller one in a junk journal.
Comment: Hi Kat! One would never know that you are not accustomed to working with pink . . . you did a fantastic job! So many different interesting images--I LOVE roses and really loved the way you tied the little ribbon bundle with thread--so clever--thank you so much!

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lou on Mar 15, 2024:

Happy birthday month!

LindaW on Mar 8, 2024:

Happy Birthday!πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚

ensigncelery on Mar 8, 2024:

πŸŽ‰βœ¨ HAPPY BIRTHDAYβœ¨πŸŽ‰ to the sweetest and most amazing birthday neighbor I could ever ask for!! πŸ’œ I hope you have an amazing day!!

wolfeagle on Feb 21, 2024:


Thank you so much for the cute bag with goodies for the AMA: USA Mystery Supply Swap.

wolfeagle on Feb 21, 2024:


Thank you so much for your lovely envelope for the AMA: Intl Mystery Supply Swap. I think it's great.

Gnoe on Feb 14, 2024:

...for your lovely mail-goat RAK with ΓΌbercute animal washi samples! You are so sweet! Loving the envelope paper (and stamps) as well so they're going to be used in crafty sessions :-D I hope you're doing okay?!

Gnoe on Nov 30, 2023:

Awww Kat you are the sweetest for making & sending me that ΓΌbercute donkey Yuletide postcard. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH!!!

crimsonrivulet on Nov 13, 2023:

I received my postcard back today! Thank you! I love the stickers that matched perfectly!!! ❀

crimsonrivulet on Oct 26, 2023:

I received my postcard back today! Thank you! 😊 I love ❀ how you decorated it! Awesome! Best wishes to you!

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