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PeliKat

PeliKat
Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: January 19, 2020
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.

Ratings

Prettyexpressions rated for Fast Blind Swap 7 on Jan 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you!!
Hyshu rated for CTMHStamper Gives for Grief Help on Jan 11, 2020
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Comment: Blessings
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Comment: Wow wow wow! Thanks for all of the goodies - I’ve looked thru it twice but I know I’ll see more. Thanks for all your hard work and thoughtfulness.
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Comment: :)
tlemon4 rated for Christmas Winter Junk Journal on Nov 27, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for such an awesome swap. I really love how you made the journal very creative. I also love all of the Vintage stationary and cards they are so cute I won't want to use them I will want to save them LOL tell your mother-in-law thank you they will be very greatly treasured. This was a super fun swap I really enjoyed your book, thank you for making my day..:):) I would give you a hundred Hearts if I could.
Response: I'm so glad that you like the book! I really enjoyed making it and I tried to include a lot of things that I thought could be used for future projects. Thanks so much for the heart and the beautiful comments! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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Comment: You picked some great places to visit! Maplehofe is wonderful. We often get our milk there - in glass bottles! I've never done the Strasburg Scooters, but Strasburg is pretty, and the Strasburg Railroad is fun. I have friends that vacation here and rave about Diener's, but I have never been there. I'm sure it is delicious. Good & Plenty is the country's largest smorgasbord. It's pretty amazing and not too far away. I'd also invite you to my family's pizzerias. My husband and I have Papa Joe's at the Buck (in Quarryville), and my parents have House of Pizza (in Willow Street, not the other two). For some old-fashioned general store shopping you could go to Good's Store right on the square in Quarryville. It's like a Mennonite Kmart. As my neighbor says, "If you can't find it at Good's, you don't need it." :oD
Response: Thanks so much for your comments; now I really want to come to your area! This swap has awakened my 'travel bug' and I want come and see everything! I love pizza and would truly enjoy visiting your families restaurants! Thanks so much, and happy swapping!
Cosychaos rated for Mermaid Themed swap on Nov 1, 2019
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Comment: Wow, you put so much effort into this, Kathy! A lovely collection of pictures and quotes, and loads of extra bits for me to use, too! Thank you so much :)
Response: I'm so glad that you liked the Mermaid swap that I sent to you. I really had a good time creating it! Thanks so much for the heart. Best wishes and happy swapping to you!!!
MCGalaxy rated for GOIN TO THE BIRDS on Oct 10, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade postcard. My mother was cleaning up and found a bag of bills and other mail from the past year. I'm so sorry for taking so long to rate you. I thought I was finally caught up on my mail but I guess not.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Not to worry about the delay in rating; my house looks like a craft store exploded in it! I'm trying to re-arrange my crafting area and get everything de-cluttered, but, wow! Is it ever a difficult and time-consuming task! Thanks for the heart and happy swapping to you!!!
Jsereg001 rated for MJS: My Magpie Journal of Lists on Sep 13, 2019
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Comment: Thanks! I saw some stuff on your list that I also wanna try. I’m dabbling with wire jewelry now and I wanna do some beaded jewelry too!
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Comment: Dear Kathy I am stunned you spent so much time on sending something so lovely and unexpected! I dont think I've ever seen a book made of envelopes before! The pictures you sent didnt look like pictures. The paper looks and feels so different. Things must of changed. lol Up until no long ago I was still using ONLY those green disposable cameras. lololol You shared such beautiful papers. You even shared your no-where town you grew up. Your life is full of love and hair! I am so grateful for the gift you sent! And the cherry was sending the "book" in plastic which I looooooooooove. lololol A hundred hearts for your generosity and time!
Response: I'm so glad you liked the swap I created for you! The photo paper was from a batch I got at a yard sale; I'm not sure if it's something that is still available or if it was something special that the person ordered and just didn't need the rest of it so put it in the sale with other paper stuff. The plastic I sent it in was just a sheet protector (also from that yard sale!) that I cut to size. Thank you for the wonderful comments and for the heart! I'd love to swap with you again anytime!
armadillogal rated for SS: 6 ATC size Photo Swap on Aug 11, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the great shots and all the geocaching memes!
Jenicat rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - July on Aug 6, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the zines and the thoughtful purple goodies 💜
amyduff rated for MJS: Recycled Magpie Journal USA on Aug 2, 2019
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Comment: Hi Kathy! Your journal arrived today. Thanks for the recycled and vintage items and sharing your answers. Hope your arthritis is easing up on you and your truck is fixed. Happy Summer to you!
Wykyd rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - July on Aug 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much!
Rainydancer rated for 1 + 1 July on Aug 1, 2019
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Comment: thanks!
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Comment: Wow, you made not one, but two awesome zines! You are a wacky lady to made double zines! I love them both... especially the humor you put into each wacky holiday you highlighted. Thank you!
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Comment: Wow, thanks for sending two zines full of July Wacky holidays! Love the images of the poor mailman,the UFO and your two cowboys. I was most amused by the Shark stepping on a lego and the chocolate being a vegetable, thanks so much for sharing both of your wonderful fun zines.
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Comment: Pretty flowers...thanks!
Response: Thank you for the heart!
SillyTilly42 rated for Real Photos - Floral Edition! on Jul 30, 2019
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Comment: I love the photos and the extras! Thank you!
Response: So glad that you like them! Thanks for the heart! And I love your swap-bot ID name!! So 'poetic', Lol! Is it an accurate description of your personality? If so, you might be part of my 'tribe'!!!
Jafferty rated for Real Photos - Floral Edition! on Jul 29, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for the pictures! They're lovely!
Response: Thank you for the heart and the comments! I'm glad that you liked them!

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Comments

lou on Jul 27, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month!

stiffneck78 on Jun 21, 2019:

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:

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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 !

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