Swap-bot Time: August 22, 2018 12:45 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: August 21, 2018
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 we have just added two guinea pigs to the family. I love Capybaras, but they won't pass the city code for house pets, so guinea pig 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 right now is to figure out how to move my craft room into my Living Room, which is, after all, where I do most of my 'living'. 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 3/19/2018

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! I also like bath and shower gels, pretty kitchen towels/hand towels/washcloths.

Favorite movies/TV shows: anything with Robin Williams, everything Walking Dead or Z Nation, police shows, hospital shows, fire department shows, end-of-the-world/saved-by-the-hero type movies, 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.

Updated 4/14/18 The Low Rating of 3 on my record: This was for a stamped image swap; the first envelope I sent was not received by the swapper it was sent to. A second mailing, which included extra stamped images (I had gotten some new stamps and was having a great time trying them out) was received, but the recipient said that they the images were not clear enough and that they had been trimmed to close to be used. I'm confused, because the second set that I sent was stamped on blank index cards, with only two images per card on most of them, and I sent the images that were fully stamped, keeping the lesser quality ones to use myself. I'm wondering if perhaps the first mailing turned up and was mistaken as the re-mailed packet. I offered to re-do and re-send a third time, requesting info on how much white space she would like around each image, but she declined. Hopefully, my 190+ ratings of 5 and my 160+ hearts will stand on their own if I'm borderline on joining a swap.


PrairieKittin rated for Group:mr zip cardboard swap on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: I LOVE this card! It looks like an ad for Canada in the summer dry season. LOL!!!! Thank you!!
Response: So glad you like it! Thanks for the rating and the heart!!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the doggie treats. giggles. I love the doggies on the envie too. Is that Sheba? Awwwwwwwwwwwww. I love the big black dog too on front! Thank you!
Response: Yes, Sheba was the dog on the beach, with the big smile. She loved the beach and could spend the entire afternoon chasing the waves back out to sea, turning and prancing proudly back to our chairs, only to discover that the waves were coming back! Then she'd turn around and chase them out to sea again. I'm glad that you enjoyed it all; it was a fun swap! Thanks!
Comment: Kathy: Received your swap today and it was one of the best I have ever gotten from Swapbot! I would give you a 10 and 2 ♥s if I could. Thanks for joining and for the fun item, drawing and kind words. Hope we swap again. A few who showed interest are going to be sorry they didn't play. luckylynnl
Response: Lynn, thank you so much for the nice rating and the kind words! I really like swaps that are 'outside of the box' - which my next giant postcard WILL be! This was great fun and I'm so glad that I joined and met you through it!
emilynhr rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: 🌺Thanks!🌺
1koolkrafter rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun envie of stuff!
Comment: Thank you so much Kathy! Wow you made such a beautiful travel magpie journal. Great to read it all and to look at it. We are also going to Florida for holiday ;-) I'm so happy with your magpie. Thanks so much sweetie. It was worth waiting for. Love from the Netherlands, Marian
doodlebugdezines rated for FCMA: Faces on Envie on Jul 22, 2018
Comment: Super fun faces!! Loved your letter and extras :D
Anettethhjertnes rated for BL ~ Butterfly Frankenpages on Jul 21, 2018
Comment: I loved your page, I will use it in my next book. Thank you for the amacing paper
hibiscus rated for Picture This - these three on Jul 17, 2018
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!!!
Peaches12 rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the goodies that I can use in a junk journal!
Response: Thank you for the heart!!!
CariahCreates rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for all of the PL backings-now I'm set!
Murmuration rated for junk journal supplies - red on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the junk journal ephemera!
Poohtat rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Wow. This is a package worth waiting for. Thank you for all the goodies! Glad you are feeling better.
Response: Thank you! It's been a crazy few weeks, but I'm finally getting caught up. Thanks for the heart and the nice words! I appreciate your patience!
doodlebugdezines rated for FCMA: BEACH on Jul 11, 2018
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!
crochetjunkie rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for everything!
Response: This swap has been sent out and you should receive it in a few days. My apologies again for the delay, and I appreciate your patience while things were in such chaos here.
Arabella rated for BL ~ Butterfly Frankenpages on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Lovely pages, Kathy! It will be fun using them! Thank you and thank you for the extras, too!
LacieLove rated for WIYM:Happy Flat Mail June USA on Jul 5, 2018
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.
patchworkchickadee rated for Random Handmade PC! on Jul 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you, Kathy! I love the colorful fishy.

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ittybittykitty on Jun 5, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Gobarb on Mar 15, 2018:

Hi Kathy. Thank you for the lovely package and card that you sent me. I am not sure why you sent it. There was no swap-bot info so I am assuming that it was a RAK, in which case it was a very thoughtful package. Thanks again! Barb B. CZT (gobarb)

yvonne401 on Feb 8, 2018:

Welcome to Butterfly lovers! It's great to have you here!



tcornell on Jan 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for the pic of Sophie and the other goodies that you sent my way :) She's super adorable!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 21, 2017:



bluehairedmary on Dec 14, 2017:

Thanks so much for the wonderful dictionary pages! Get Something, Give Something Tag (US & Canada Only)

mariewilliams810 on Nov 14, 2017:

Thanks for the great envelope of goodies for the I got what you want tag. They will work perfectly for my project!

mgallardo68 on Nov 13, 2017:

I am super glad you liked everything!! Enjoy it!

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