Comment: Three beautiful photos! Are you a professional!?! What a gorgeous tree .., how lucky you are to see that every day..that truck and sign are just hilarious and well chosen and it still works!! The colors together on the pepper were perfect...I thank you for sharing these I hope we can partner again.. thanks so very much!
Response: LOL! No, not a professional by a long shot! I just like capturing memories. I really liked the challenge of pictures of such diverse things. The truck picture still makes me laugh and it's been years since we've been there. The funny thing was that it STILL ran well enough for them to use it, although not on the public streets... Photos keep the memories alive. Thank you for the compliments and for the heart! I hope we can partner together again also!
Comment: So fun! I love your idea of putting little extra goodies on the remaining pages. Your dear little cat - so sorry she's not with you anymore. Thank you, Kathy!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Shadow was a hilarious cat; I used to see her hide and wait for our Pomeranian to walk past and then jump out and attack him. It was all in fun for her, but I'm sure he felt bullied and embarrassed. One time I watched her stalk a squirrel from the flower bed, creeping towards it step by step until she finally gathered herself and pounced, actually flying over the squirrel, smacking it on the back with her paw, and landing on the other side of it. The squirrel zipped up the tree and really fussed at her for it! I wished I had a camera in hand to document the whole thing!
Thanks for the heart!!!
Comment: Super cute beach envie! Nice mixture of drawing and appropriate stickers. How did you get the fabric fishy ribbon to stick so well???
Response: Double-sticky tape from the bargain bin at Joann's Crafts... You just have to make sure you get it right the first time, because once it's stuck, it's not coming back up again! LOL! Thanks for the rating and the heart!!! I really enjoyed doing this project and I'm glad you like it!
Comment: Thanks so much for the swap.I loved everything. I can most definitely use the stickers and tattoos for my Cards of Hope program. Thank you again.
Response: How many tattoos can you use? I still have a lot of them... I'm glad you are able to use some of what I sent for your project; it's an admirable program and I'm happy to have a small part in it.
Comment: FABULOUS!!.... the entire swap, the presentation, the thought, the artwork was very clever. AND that chocolate is actually one of my FAVORITES.... yikes almost scary right?! All kidding aside - wonderful swap, thank you
Comment: Hi Kathy O wow you have me wondering what great book this is. Thanks for the nice pc too
Response: The book is called Uhura's Song and the author is Janet Kagan. It has some of the original Star Trek characters in it, but what I liked about it was the new characters with their unique personalities. After reading the book, I decided that I would like to have these new characters as personal friends. If you are a 'Trekkie', you'll probably love the book, but even in you aren't into Star Trek, you'll enjoy the story with it's unique twists and turns.
If you do decide to read it, please let me know what your thoughts are.
aka: Kathy Bates
Comment: What an awesome photo of a Pelican flying! Thank you!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! I sat on the beach sometimes and just tried over and over to get a good shot of a pelican diving for fish; I still haven't gotten the picture I want of that, but I'll keep trying anytime I can get to the beach. Meanwhile, I was pretty pleased with the way this one turned out with the pier in it. Thanks again for the comment and the heart!!
Comment: 🦉🦉🦉 I’m awake! .... What an exciting book! 🦉🦉🦉
Response: It's full of humor and twists and characters that become friends. I have to admit here that I am a closet Trekkie and the book is called Uhura's Song by author Janet Kagan. I've read it several times and one of my sons gave me a copy of it with Nichelle Nichols' autograph! If you should decide to read it, please let me know afterwards what you thought of it. Thanks for the heart!!!
Comment: What a great journal so full of so much information i feel I know you. I love your pictures of your creative pieces and the way you made the book.Well done for a great book. Happy crafting elflady
Response: So glad you liked it!! It was great fun to make and I think I'll try another one with some slight adjustments. I think my granddaughter might enjoy this project too!
Comment: The post card was very lovely! Unfortunately, you never communicated that it would be late. I'm sorry to rate you so low.
Edit: Thank you for reaching out to discuss the matter. It is much appreciated. Again, the postcard was gorgeous!
Response: Nicole, I'm very sorry that your post card arrived late! Did you just receive it on 3/12? I don't have the exact date written down that I mailed it; can you tell by the postmark when it was cancelled? Our mail sometimes does not arrive until very late in the afternoon, and there have been times when it was long after post office hours that we finally had ours delivered to our house. If they pick it up that late, I don't think it gets cancelled for that day, since the post office is already closed. If I have a package that needs to be weighed to get accurate postage, I sometimes have to rely on a friend to get it to the post office for me, as my health issues prevent me from getting out. I am amazed that it took this long to get to you. I once had a swap go to Oregon by way of Hawaii, and it took forever; fortunately I had tracking on that package, so I was able to tell where it was. But for postcards, I don't generally get tracking numbers. Again, I am sorry that you received it late.
Comment: Hi Kathy. I finally figured out what your card was for. You didn't put any information about what swap it was. I was going through my sent files to see who I didn't receive from and I recognized your name. I thought the card was a RAK. Net time, be sure to put the swap somewhere on it. Thanks.
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty hot air balloon card. I really like the quote. I will definitely go up in a hot air balloon when I get the chance. I'm going to color the hot air balloons you sent.
Comment: I loved your ATC it was very beautiful and well-made I also loved all the extras you included I've been wanting some printed pictures that were older and I don't have a computer so I couldn't print them and you made my day by sending them thank you so much you are an amazing person
Response: I'm glad you liked what I sent. I checked you profile and thought that those images might be appreciated; have fun using them in your creations!
Comment: What pretty flowers! I have a lot of irises but only large bearded ones. Thank you for telling me about the flowers and for the extras. Our spring has been about the same as yours I guess. Yesterday the afternoon temp was 72 then we had a storm and by bedtime it was 42. There is snow forecast again for Friday night.
Comment: Thank you for the artswap rocks. I have to say the package was open when I took it out of my mailbox. So... inside was one rock with a note attached (in a bag). I’ll let you know when/where I place it outside. Also a cute “Catitude” rock. Is that for me? I see no note inside. Glad your name was on the return address. Happy Swapping
Response: Yes, the CATitude rock was an extra that I sent for you. Your profile indicated that you like cats, so that one is for you. I'm glad the rocks both made it to you. I thought I had that package wrapped and taped pretty securely. Thanks for letting me know about it.
Comment: Sooo many smiles!!! The dragon quote is awesome, that is one to add to my fist of favorites for sure. Thank you for a wonderful, thoughtful swap. The quotes, the brads & lace. All the die cuts, thank you thank you! I just love the little cats. And, of course, the ever elusive glue stick. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this a special swap. All the best to you.
Response: Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you liked the things I sent. I love that dragon quote and was glad to have a chance to use it. I love putting together packets of goodies for others; it's like a challenge to find things on their profile that I can provide.
Comment: Kathy, you spoiled me!! Thank you so much for the interesting amazing images and all the goodies! I especially love the dollie vintage Valentine. Thank, thank you, wish I could give you more hearts, a wonderful swap!! Can't wait to play and use these in my projects. Happy creating and happy March. :)
Comment: A package of amazing butterflies flew into my mailbox today, thank you! I loved everything you sent me....the diecuts, the pretty paper, and I already have the magnet on my paper storage unit next to me :) Thank you for the fun envelope!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty 'postcard'! We just recently had a major snowstorm a few days ago and got 16 inches of snow, so it's not spring weather here yet! I haven't seen any pretty spring flowers growing here, but it's still pretty cold for them.
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much for such an amazing assortment of goodies in this jar. The top was beautiful and the shells especially were true treasures since we definitely don't have shells like that on our beaches here. Thank you so much for doing this swap and being part of this group. xoxo
Response: I loved putting that jar together for you! I'm so glad that you liked it. I'm looking forward to the next swap already!!
Thanks for creating the Whimsy Jar Swap!
Comment: Sorry for the late rate. Tucked your envie into my file and well, it got covered up with ‘stuff’! Brilliant ideas (did you find them online or make them up yourself?) triple hearts if it was the latter! Hope you will join again!
Response: i have a friend who comes and crafts with me who happens to be an Urgent Care nurse. We were talking about the swap and I asked what would HER job be like in a zombie apocalypse. The project took off from there. We actually used the floor plan from her workplace. It was great fun! Thanks so much for your comments and rating!
Comment: Holy cow, Miss Kathy, you went above and beyond. Thank you so much! What an amazing package!!
Response: So glad that you liked it! I was probably a bit conservative with the 'inappropriateness' but I'll loosen up after a while. There were tons of things that I thought about sending, but then I'd think "you can't send THAT!!!!"... Lol!!!
Comment: Cute! The envie made me smile.
I really like the Asian themed tissue paper.
The flamingo page of the dictionary made me chuckle.
(Btw, I lived in Eville for about yrs when Bristol Myers discovery was there.)
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! I have the stamps that I used on that tissue paper. Let me know if you'd like more of it. Where in Evansville did you live, and when? Happy Swapping to you!
Comment: Wow! Kathy, thank you SO much for alllll the papery goodness you sent! I love it!!!!! Such a wonderfully interesting, generous variety! And what a great envelope - a hand drawn chicken scene, fancy lettering and three special stamps! All of that will be going in my latest journal. You made my week!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I had a lot of fun with this swap; I love ephemera and have a lot of it to share. Maybe we'll swap again another time!
Comment: I could not imagine what was in the giant green envie in my mailbox...what a surprise! Thank you for such a great selection of fun items. Iâ€™ll be even more excited when I get to start using these wonderful things! Thanks so much for filling my mailbox with such fun goodies! â¤ï¸
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! My sister gave me the green mailing envelopes, and the timing was perfect for this swap. Happy crafting to you!
Comment: Kathy thank you for my amazing magpie journal!:I havenâ€™t gone through every page but wow! Itâ€™s so unique and just beautiful! You did a superb job and wish I could give you many many hearts. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸
Comment: Wow! Thank you so much for such a wonderful enve of goodies. So much fun stuff. Thank you for the dragonflies, one can never have too many & the build a bear clip is phenomenal! Have a wonderful Christmas.
Comment: Your rating was so sweet and kind! I am so happy you loved everything and got to share that joy with others too!
Iâ€™m also super happy that I had you as a partner too. I love, love, love the wolf cards!!! They are sooo sweet and will be joining my ever growing collection of wolf PCs. Thank you so very much! I look forward to swapping with you again! <3
Comment: Greetings and thank you tons for the awesome envie filled with really neat stuff! Your swap was truly one to sit and experience as you opened the lovely decorated envie and reviewed each and every piece of goodness that you included. I think my most favorite piece was the strip of birds all sitting on the same line. It looks like it was cut from an ad, envie, or piece of stationary. no matter as it was just the cat's meow. So an exceptional thank you for all your kindness.
Comment: Hello Kathy! Thank you for the minizine about the beach. With me living in the Midwest, I don't get to go to the beach too often. The last time I went to a real beach (not a lakeshore, which us Midwesterners call "going to the beach") actually was 3 years ago... in BugÃ¸ynes, Norway while on an exchange semester. Sure enough, we put on our swimsuits and ran into the water, but we then immediately ran back into the sauna! The Arctic Ocean was barely above freezing temperature, but it was such a fun time! Seeing your zine makes me want to try out a warmer beach again though. I enjoyed reading it! Best wishes to you!
Comment: I can't tell you how happy your postcard made me! I love the vintage ad style! I have heard of radish roses! I used to be big into bento and as a result found allsorts of fun acceptable ways to play with my food =D Thanks again and I hope to bump into you again!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Christmas Card Letter! I love it and all the little goodies! I received 12/9/17 but I know it was mailed before by the postmark I'm sorry for it arriving late and causing the late rating! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package. I received it on 12/4 but was getting ready to go out of town so did not get to write until tonight after getting settled in the motel. I love all of the goodies, especially the lovely papers , postcard and your book about you. Your pets are so cute.
I have a spoiled rotten "wiener " dog who rules our home. Thank you for the time and effort you put into making this swap special for me.
Comment: Being we are in the Advent times, I opened your box this morning and I am so happy to see a wax rooster and a snow man. Thank you so much. You did great! I also want to say thank you for making this personal with a very nice message from you on my card. Makes swapping so much better when I get to read something about the swapper....Thanks :-)
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I will definitely keep my eyes open for more rooster items now that I know someone who appreciates them! We had a rooster when I was little; his name was Chanticleer. He was beautiful with dark feathers on his body that were so colorful in the sun. I wanted to pet him on those pretty feathers, but he didn't want me to and he pecked my hand! I still love roosters and chickens, especially the ones with iridescent feathers!
Comment: Thank you Kathy for the package of envelopes ... neat idea on the little info folder also...
Response: I'm glad you liked it. The info about me was a 'minizine' that I created for another swap. It seemed like a perfect way to make my swaps a little more personal, with a real person on the sending end.
Comment: Kathy!! you really made my day, you went over and above. thanks for the awesome goodies, love everything! lots of pretty papers, very cool diecuts, birds, vintage ephemera. and I opened the actual stocking stuffer lol , the ladybug pin is precious. ðŸ’–ðŸžðŸ’–
Comment: Really love the PC! I wouldnâ€™t be so hard on your penmanship. Trust me, Iâ€™m a teacher and I have seen worse...WAAAYYY WORSE!! I will do my best to remember to write you some caligraphy next time we swap :) I look forward to crossing paths with you again!
Comment: Thanks for the nice card of pumpkins. I don't mind cards that are already written on, which I guess would have to be in an envelope if they've already been addressed and whatnot. I think it is interesting to read what people wrote on them.
Response: Brian, I will make a note about the written postcards; I have several vintage ones. Like you, I enjoy reading the messages that are on them from people long ago. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the scooter card! I want one so bad but I also travel 30 miles to work. Might be a stretch.. lol...sure we can trade.... atc's are a bit new to me and I love the idea of pocket letters but also have not done many.... let me know and I will rise to the occasion
Comment: Thank you so much for my beautiful wolf postcards they are so great! I also loved your All About Me card inside - your animals are so cute and it was great to see your ATC too - I've never done anything like that before so it was great to see some examples! Thank you so much for being a great swap partner!
Comment: Thank you for this beautiful card!
As far as I know the closest you'll get to 'wolves' in SA is the jackal. There are definitely 'wolves' in Namibia (our neighbour), but they don't look like the American ones.
Comment: I love "ALL ABOUT ME" - it's wonderful and really does give me a tiny taste of who you are. Thanks so much....I'll use the fun embellishments you added in the altered book I'm currently working on!
Response: Thanks for the nice comments! I've not done an altered book yet, but it's on my list of things to try soon!
Comment: Thanks for the goodies. I especially like the old photos. :3
Response: You're welcome! I love old photos! Sometimes, though, when I see that they've been taken out of an album and sold one by one, like the ones I sent to you were, it makes me sad for the family that once treasured them. I think using them in art projects - whether beautiful, funny, or sentimental - is a nice way to honor the memory of the people pictured.
Comment: Thanks so much Kathy, you broke my empty mailbox streak! I like your zine and I like meeting celebrity name twins, I've met Carlos Santana, Wanda Jackson... and thanks for the extras. Those are some high quality stickers!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Now we've got to do something about that empty mailbox, right? I hate it when I open the mailbox and there isn't even any junk mail in there! It makes me wonder if the mail person has skipped me on purpose, or if something happened to them and my happy mail is all scattered over the roadway somewhere... Wait a minute: that's how I reacted when my kids didn't get home by curfew time! Ack! I've adopted the mail carrier!!!! Lol!
Comment: Oh my goodness, Kathy! If I could give you more hearts I would! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the lovely vintage Christmas pieces, and the lovely papers too! I'll certainly be using everything as
I wrap presents this year (my favorite part of the holiday!). You totally made my day - thank you so much!!!
Response: I'm glad you are pleased! I was happy to find a home for it where someone else could appreciate it!
Comment: Thank you for the card. Iâ€™m not sure if the card I got is for this swap or not you forgot to write the swap name on it.
Response: Millie52, my apologies! I noticed that I did seal a couple of them before I put the swap card in, and I tried to write the swap name on the envelope. I'm sorry for the confusion. Yes, it was for this swap. Thanks for letting me know about my oversight; I'll be more careful in the future. ;-)
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap! Great cards and I'm still swooning over the great vintage pics. I have never been in a hot air balloon, but it looks fun! In Muncie we used to have a hot air balloon festival. Made for a beautiful sky!
Comment: Thanks for the photos! So sorry to hear about the dog, but that is a sweet moment you captured. And I love your Calliandra flowers!
Response: Thanks for your comments! I'm glad you liked the photos. The dog had a wonderful life with a loving family for many many years, and although losing a fur-baby is so hard, moments like the one in the photo give nice memories to look back on when the wounded heart has healed a bit. I've been through that tragedy several times. Thanks again!
Comment: Thanks for the swap cards! Also, thank you for your letter. I will write you back soon and include a couple things I am making these days. Hopefully we can continue sending letters and little bits of crafty inspiration external to swap-bot. I will be in touch! Cheers
Response: I will look forward to hearing from you! I would like to keep in touch and exchange ideas and letters!
Comment: Thanks for the beautifully handmade PC. No smell from the card, but I had just made a cup before I got the mail so it works. ;) My roommate always says he knows when I'm home if the house smells like coffee.
Response: I love to walk into a house that smells of coffee! It makes me feel welcome before the host even greets me!