Swap-bot Time: June 19, 2019 8:20 pm


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: June 19, 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.


syllepsis rated for Pride Swap 2019 on Jun 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely letter and sharing your beautiful story with me! Happy pride! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and for the heart! Love the rainbow hearts! Happy swapping!
mjhaertling rated for May Scavenger Hunt PC on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cute dinosaurs I like how you incorporated all the elements in the scene. Sorry for the late rate..
sharmison33 rated for Put undersea on! on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Yay! What an awesome package. Love it all.
Response: So glad you like it! I love the beach and the ocean - so many creative opportunities when that is the subject. Thanks for the heart!!
Arabella rated for MAGPIE JOURNAL on Jun 13, 2019
Comment: Love your journal, Kathy, so many interesting pages! Thank you so much for the resend!
Response: I'm glad you like it; it was fun to put it together for you (twice)! Lol! Thanks for the heart!!! Happy swapping!
Leen rated for amaZINE #11 - craft on Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful hand draw mailart! Love the letter and funny zine as well!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the drawing! I like putting silly sketches on the envelopes; I envision that it might give the postman a smile to see something a bit different for a change. Thanks for the comments and the heart! Best wishes to you!
JuneRosebud rated for Poppies PostCard on Jun 9, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the post card; I just love poppies=)
Jenicat rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - May on Jun 8, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading your zine very much. Thank you! 💜
Response: I'm glad that you like it! Thank you for the comment and the heart! Happy Swapping!!
Comment: What a fun Zine! I especially love the limerick, as I am quite the numbers nerd. Thanks for the book pages, too. Great swap!!
Response: I loved that limerick too! And of course I had to do the math and make sure it was accurate. Lol! Thanks for the nice comments and the heart!
Comment: What a nice zine! Thank you for the fun/retro book pages.
Response: Glad you liked it and the extras! I have so much stuff that I always try to send some out with swaps. I send even more out after I watch an episode of Hoarders. Lolol!!! Thanks for the comments and the heart!
Comment: Fun Wacky May zine - and it looks like we have the same favorite episode for Twilight Zone! Thanks - it was fun to read, and hugs to Shadow and Smoky from Watson and Emma (dachshunds).
Response: I'm glad you liked the minizine! I didn't know if anyone else would recognize that particular episode of Twilight Zone, but I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I would do if I were in his shoes...LOL! Thanks for the comments!
waltsroo rated for PICK LUCKY 7 - MAY 2019 on May 31, 2019
Comment: This was so great! From the project pouch to the stamps, which I can never get enough of , to the handmade envies, music & book pages and sooo much more! Thanks a million.
Response: I'm so glad you were pleased with it! I'll keep it in mind that you like to get stamps, so that if we get partnered again in the future, I'll be able to send more! Thanks so much for the nice comments and the heart!
Candyn29 rated for ATC - Coffee (USA) on May 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you
cynaemon rated for Keys in Trees on May 25, 2019
Response: Thank you for the heart!
elinor rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - May on May 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful flower zine, I'm looking forward to printing it and having a proper look :)
Response: Thank you for the nice comments, Elinor! And for the heart as well!!! Happy swapping!
jenmcjen rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - May on May 22, 2019
Comment: Sorry bout late rating, I do awful with non-mailbox rates! No excuse! Without diminishing how much I LOVE all the others, this is my favorite. So creative. So loving. I think if I did this for my mom, it would be her breads! Thanks so much!
Response: Jenn, so glad you liked the zine. I was thinking that I might do some zines for different family members, talking about fond memories with each of them. It would be a nice addition to the Family History Album that I'm working on, and maybe preserve some memories that might otherwise be lost. Thanks for the heart!!
mediatinker rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - May on May 20, 2019
Comment: Your Mama's garden was lovely. Lilacs and climbing roses are favorites of mine, too.
Response: Thank you for the nice comments; Daddy loved the roses too. We used to think he brought home wildflowers from work for Mama; but after she died, he still would gather wildflowers to keep in his house. Perhaps it was to honor her memory. Flowers speak on many levels, don't they? Thank you also for the heart!
9O96O rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - May on May 18, 2019
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.
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and for the heart! Happy swapping!
lou rated for Sharp Shooters: Scenic view photo on May 9, 2019
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
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!
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!

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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:


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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