**01/24/2018 - I took too long coming back and now I am no longer in my groups with the people that I love to swap with. Been working 6 days a week at the post office. We finally have hired some people and are in the process of training them. I am not sure I will be coming back at all now. I am going to start making crafts and selling them in craft shows. Once I get back into the groove I will make a decision about returning. I wish you all well and will truly miss swapping with such a wonderful group of people.
**02/21/2017 - I kept my word and plan on posting nothing, but positive things from now on. My leg is not 100% and may never be, but I will be returning to my mail carrier job on 3/14/16. I removed myself from the majority of the groups I was in and plan to take it slow and rest for awhile. I am going to try and join at least one swap a month, if not more and continue doing my private swaps. My daughter is expecting a baby boy in July and I am creating decorations for what I hope to be an awesome shower. It is a "Storybook shower." So much fun! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ **I have met some very special ladies on Swap-Bot lately. I owe them all so much for taking time to make my life a whole lot happier. Thank you!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I am Kathy Skaggs. I reside in Denison, which is a small town in Texas in the United States. I'm married, have 4 kids; 5 grandkids; 2 dogs (a poodle and a schnauzer); 1 twenty one year old tuxedo cat, and I work as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service. I love crafts, art, decorating, geocaching; traveling; and life. I am a non-smoker and my cat is an outside cat for those who are allergic to them, because sadly I am also. Do not feel sorry for her, as she is feral and prefers the outdoors. She is spoiled rotten. My dogs do not shed as one is a poodle and the other is a schnauzer. And they are not interested in being in my art studio, as I tend to knock things off on them from time to time. Ha! However if you are allergic to grand-kids there is nothing I can do about them, as they follow me everywhere and are very fascinated with my studio and my artwork. If something should arrive with a bit of cat hair or dog hair enclosed, it is not going to hurt me. I just can not live with them. Allergy shots are great!
If I sign up for a swap and you did not get your swap item and it says I sent it, then it is lost in the mail. Get with me before rating me, as I will make it right.
If my artwork arrives damaged, please let me know immediately, so I can make it right.
Rating is the only way I have of knowing you got your swap and if you are pleased. Ratings are important, as some groups require a certain amount of ratings to join their groups and I love getting them and hearing from my Swap partners. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I like listening to some Country music and Pop/Soft Rock, but while I am delivering mail I turn the radio off most of the time, because I love listening to the sound of nature and thinking about my next creations.
I do not read much although I love reading. But since I have little free time I choose to make art instead of reading. I once wanted to be a childrens' writer and illustrator, but I never got around to it. I love reading children's books to my grand-children and I especially love pop-up books. I also read craft books and catalogs. And I listen to books on tape while delivering mail when I am tired of designing art in my mind.
I have a lot of favorite movies, but I like period movies; westerns; Little House On the Prairie; Gone with the Wind; Dirty Dancing; Pretty Woman; The Titanic; etc.
I like watching most reality TV and shows such as: Big Brother; Survivor; The Bachelor; The Bachelorette; So You Think You Can Dance; The Voice; The Bold and the Beautiful; Young and the Restless; Project Runway; Master Chef; Dance Moms; The Talk; Sex in the City; Game of Thrones
I love art dolls of all kinds. The more unusual the better. Of course I also like the beautiful glittery ones too! For years I made ACEOs/ATCs; Children's Nursery Decor and Paper Piecings, which I sold on Ebay. I have a love for Mixed Media Art; Altered Art and assemblage; Paper Art Dolls; Art Journaling; Pinterest; Christmas Ornaments; Painting Rocks; Painting Driftwood; etc. For awhile I was tired of making ATCs, but I am back to loving them now. I also like making APCs, Twinchies and inchies. I alter matchboxes, paint on driftwood ad rocks and so many more things.
I like most colors, I love metallics; teal; turquoise; purple, lavender; pink; spring green, and even black. I love shabby chic; Boho and gypsy colors. If you like it I probably will also.
~Postage Stamps that have faces of people are animals so I ca use them to make stamp people ATCs.
~Art Dolls of all types - Spirit; Nature; Dotee; Art Dolls; Handmade Paper Dolls
~Distress Markers; Copic Markers and Glitter Pens
~ Fibers; Trim; ribbon; seam binding; tulle; or vintage lace
~ Sea Glass or Sea Pottery
~ Foreign Coins
~ Pages from foreign books. I do not care if they are folded. I just want pages from languages other than the English language.
~Vintage Hat Pins
~ Chocolate (No coffee flavors or artificial chocolate) I love chocolate with nuts, peanut butter, etc.
~ Washi or decorative Tape
~ Jewels; Rhinestones and crystals
~ Die Cuts
~ Rubber Stamps and ink
~Embossing Pens; Powder and ink
~ Stencils for Mixed Media
~ Dresden Foil Trim for ATCs and Inchies
~Fun shaped Brads
~Silk; ribbon; paper, jeweled or any small flowers
~ Any Tim Holtz; 7 Gypsies..Ten Second Studio..Graphic 45 products
~ anything Steampunk-related or small metal odd objects
~Pieces of vintage sheet Music
~Scrapbook Background Paper (Unusual or eye catching)
~Playing Cards (Poker Size) for APC swaps. Single cards are fine.
~Quality stamp Pads
~Please do not send me any mice or rats. I am terrified and disgusted of them. Toys or not. It stems back to a bad experience in my life.
~Artwork that my 4 year old grand-daughter can do. I have received art where someone wipes a little paint on a card and slaps a sticker on it and that is so unfair. I will be rating accordingly from now on.
~ Teaching Stickers
~ Kawaii (Most of this I am not interested in, although I do agree some of it is adorable)
~ Hello Kitty (I am not collecting and will pass it on)
~ Disney (I have plenty at the moment)
~ Chewy Candy
~ Chocolate that is artificially flavored = Yuck!
~I do not smoke and can not stand the smell of something that is reeking in the smell of cigarettes.
~ Sorry I do not collect postcards. If you send them to me I will probably pass them along to someone who does. The only postcards I am intrigued and might keep are vintage whimsical: cute children; animals; people etc.
~This may sound like I am picky, but really I am not. I am not going to be mad if I get any of this stuff. I am generally appreciative of anything you would love to send me. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have an APC collection that I just started collecting that will be miscellaneous. (Anything goes :-) )
Currently I have 4 APCs in this collection:
Ace of Spades Collaged (2)
Queen of Spades Mermaid
10 of Diamonds Mermaid
I am involved with groups where we send each other gifts, so I will list a few things I would love in my Stocking at Christmas or in a Grab Bag
~ Things similar to my Etsy Favorites (Wishlist) Link is above.
~ Anything similar to the items on my Pinterest Wish List Board. (Link Above)
~ Tiny detail paintbrushes with precision tips.
~ Waldorf Inspired Dolls and things.
~ Miniature Poodles less than two inches
~ Beautiful Seashells
~Tiny miniature Seashells
~ Chocolate that is not artificial. (None with coffee flavors)
~ Small unique Tins
~ Miniatures or Tiny Figurines - Glass, crystal, resin, pewter, brass, Carved Wood, Clay, Polymer Clay, Porcelain, etc. (Vintage or current)
~Unique or antique Marbles (Especially the Shooter Size)
~Antique or unique Dice; Vintage Monopoly Pieces
~ Miniature vintage figures that came on the glasses at the Sonic Drive Inn or other Drive Inns or restaurants.
~ Walnuts with a surprise tucked into them.
~ Craft Supplies (Anything listed above)
~ Used Craft Books (About anything I have listed above)
~ Clay or Ceramic Cookie Molds, Presses or Stamps
~Vintage Jeweled Hat Pins
~ Vintage or Antique Keys (Not replications)
~ Nail Polish in Neutral, Light or Pastel Colors (No Red)
~ Printed Address Labels
~Succulent Plants in tiny Pots
~Unique Pin Cushions or Pin Keeps
~Tiny Home Made Dolls
~Wide Headbands seen in my Pinterest Wishlist