Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 4:01 pm


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: October 16, 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, 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, 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.


CatieCat388 rated for SS: Musical Chairs ATC on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC.
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it! Thank you for the heart!!!
fairypretty7 rated for ABES: Decorative Napkins #2 on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the pretty napkins and the extras too.
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Thank you for the heart!
churlann rated for Sharp Shooters: Favorite Photo(s) on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful photos. The one of your pup made my husband and me laugh. We have a little Beagle mix that looks a lot like Maggie May.
Response: Maggie was quite a character! She used to hide under the chairs and tables outside, watching the sky for birds. I'm not sure if she wanted to catch them or if she was trying to figure out how to fly... LOL! Thanks for the comment and for the heart!!
DeidreArt rated for Mermaid Lovers Mail Art Postcard on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely pc.
Response: I'm glad you liked it; thanks for the heart! Happy crafting!
JavaJunkie rated for Map Art Swap - Private on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: This is BY FAR the most AMAZING swap I've ever received in my years of being on Swap-Bot. I can't even begin to cover how grateful and excited I am. Every single thing inside the beautifully crafted envied was 100% profile based and clearly a lot of time was spent carefully selecting every single piece. I wish I could give you unlimited hearts!!! I can't wait to start writing back to you and answering all your great questions. I give you SO MANY HUGS!!!
Response: This swap was so much fun do to and I love going through my stash and finding things that match the profile of my partners. Wish I had more coffee-oriented items to send, but I'll definitely be watching for them now. Let's do another swap soon!!!
stormofangels rated for Handmade ABCs - A on Oct 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you for both letters. I love all the stickers and tape you put on the letter. Thank you for the tea bag. I am drinking it now. I will write you back soon.
lou rated for Mr. Zip : welcome swap/Hello #3: 2018 on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Many thanks for your fun, decorated letter!
Response: This was a fun swap to do; I'm glad that you enjoyed it!
smmarrty rated for MJS: 5x7 Magpie Journal - US on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the goodies inside and the stamps on the envelope.
Response: So glad you liked it! I love the colorful stamps that are out now and I'm glad you liked them too!
mariewilliams810 rated for Mermaid PC on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard.
Response: So glad that you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for MJS: Magpies Send 10 on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Wow! These items are great. You put so much thought and effort into the items--altered them in some way like rubber stamping, etc., rather than just sending a plain page. I will really enjoy using these in my journaling adventures! Thank you for joining and for sending such a special bundle.
Response: I'm so glad that you like it! I really enjoy creating the magpie journals! Thanks for hosting! I will be watching for more of your swaps! Best wishes to you!!!
HappyDayMail rated for WIYM: The Napkin Exchange on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: What fun to received your swap today...I will enjoy using in my mail art all the pretty napkins you sent. And you went over and beyond by sending a bunch of goodies too...thank you! You made this a fun swap indeed.
Response: Aww, thanks so much for the kind words and the heart!!! I really like using napkins in some of my projects. I'm glad you like the ones I sent and hope the extra goodies come in handy for you as well! Happy swapping!
Response: Thanks for the heart!!!
graciepie49 rated for Adult Merit Badges - ATCoins on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: Hi Kathy :-) . . . Thank you for your nice badge. I plan to attach it to the lid of my handmade stamps storage box. There are about 100 stamps in there and I try to organize them once in a while, but of course, in no time everything is a jumble again. Thanks also for the awesome and wonderful note card and envelope. That's a keeper for me!
Response: I'm fascinated that you've made so many stamps, and it inspired me to check on Pinterest for instructions; but the last time I used stamps, I ended up with ink all over my hands. I'm still intrigued, but not sure I'm up to the challenge of it all... Lol! Thanks for the heart! Happy stamping!!!
Lazydaisy0104 rated for Index Card Mixed Media on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: Oh. My. Goodness!!! This is so beautiful!!! I love everything about it, the colors, mermaid and it’s a real photo!!! 😱💞 thank you so much for your hard work on this. I appreciate it so much. The extras were a wonderful surprise to. (((Hugs)))
Response: I am so glad that you liked it! I really enjoyed working on it and was pleased with how it turned out. Thank you for your wonderful comments and for the heart!
DeAnnaVarela rated for Adult Merit Badges - ATCoins on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool badge and lovely blank notecard. XO, DeAnna
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!!!
Comment: I've never seen such a tiny journal, and I'm amazed that you did such a good job of filling it. Thanks for all the goodies, too.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! When I saw those little journals in the store, I thought they were so cute, but it was more of a challenge to find things that would fit on the pages than in the regular size journals! Thanks so much for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
USAFwife rated for MJS: Blind Envie Journal on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for joining this swap, and for sharing the bits that you've received in blind envie swaps. :) I enjoyed your little book. Thank you thank you! :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice handmade PC! I love that you read my profile and used a cat reference. I have squirrels here too but don’t let my cats out beyond the patio with me. I think the squirrels may carry diseases so I have tried to block them from my patio. Lizards are Hendrix’s choice for capture and bring inside- in the blink of an eye! Happy Swapping to you and Happy cat adventures!
Response: I'm glad you liked the cat. Hendrix sounds like quite a character, but I'd have to draw the line at bringing the lizards inside - that would feel too much like snakes to me!!! Best wishes!!
Mimi7 rated for MZA: Mail Art Postcard on Sep 7, 2018
Comment: Hi Kathy, thanks for the pc, you sure have lived a lot of places in Indiana!!
Response: Yes, I didn't realize how many different zip codes I had lived in. But if you look at them on a map, it's a small cluster in the big toe of Indiana.... Thanks for the heart!

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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

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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