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PeliKat

PeliKat
Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: May 25, 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.

Ratings

Zander rated for Decorative Napkin Swap on May 24, 2018
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Comment: Thank You so much for the beautiful napkins and extras
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Comment: Thanks for the hand drawn postcard! Cute
melsanchez rated for List Journal on Apr 30, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you for the great lists! I'm sorry there was such a mix up with the USPS!!
HannahsMommy07 rated for Scavenger hunt HANDMADE on Apr 20, 2018
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elflady rated for MJS: This Is Me Magpie Journal on Apr 19, 2018
5
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Comment: What a great journal so full of so much information i feel I know you. I love your pictures of your creative pieces and the way you made the book.Well done for a great book. Happy crafting elflady
Response: So glad you liked it!! It was great fun to make and I think I'll try another one with some slight adjustments. I think my granddaughter might enjoy this project too!
matt319 rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #9 on Apr 19, 2018
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loveualatte rated for Letter Writing Supplies Swap #2 on Apr 17, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely happy mail you sent me. The pug picture you wrote your note on was the best!
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Comment: The post card was very lovely! Unfortunately, you never communicated that it would be late. I'm sorry to rate you so low. Edit: Thank you for reaching out to discuss the matter. It is much appreciated. Again, the postcard was gorgeous!
Response: Nicole, I'm very sorry that your post card arrived late! Did you just receive it on 3/12? I don't have the exact date written down that I mailed it; can you tell by the postmark when it was cancelled? Our mail sometimes does not arrive until very late in the afternoon, and there have been times when it was long after post office hours that we finally had ours delivered to our house. If they pick it up that late, I don't think it gets cancelled for that day, since the post office is already closed. If I have a package that needs to be weighed to get accurate postage, I sometimes have to rely on a friend to get it to the post office for me, as my health issues prevent me from getting out. I am amazed that it took this long to get to you. I once had a swap go to Oregon by way of Hawaii, and it took forever; fortunately I had tracking on that package, so I was able to tell where it was. But for postcards, I don't generally get tracking numbers. Again, I am sorry that you received it late.
newrule rated for Swap Card Swap on Apr 11, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for the nice swap cards!
Onyx rated for Mail Art: Creative Doodles on Apr 9, 2018
5
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Comment: Loved your envelope, and really appreciate the pretty extras. Thanks so much for joining this swap!
scrappycats rated for My Cat's Journal on Apr 6, 2018
5
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Comment: This was awesome, so it took so long to rate you
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Comment: Hi Kathy. I finally figured out what your card was for. You didn't put any information about what swap it was. I was going through my sent files to see who I didn't receive from and I recognized your name. I thought the card was a RAK. Net time, be sure to put the swap somewhere on it. Thanks.
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Comment: Most of the images have light spots where it’s not stamped all the way. There all small and cut around the stamp shape so it’s hard to use them.
paperlover rated for Theme: Hot Air Balloons! on Apr 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the very pretty hot air balloon card. I really like the quote. I will definitely go up in a hot air balloon when I get the chance. I'm going to color the hot air balloons you sent.
Fieke rated for Garden Postcard #9 on Apr 5, 2018
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Comment: Thank you very much for your postcard and the extra's you included. I love the old book pages also
junemoon rated for Journal with Pictures- USA on Apr 5, 2018
5
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Comment: Thanks for all the info and the pix. I'll PM with a bit of personal information.
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Comment: I loved your ATC it was very beautiful and well-made I also loved all the extras you included I've been wanting some printed pictures that were older and I don't have a computer so I couldn't print them and you made my day by sending them thank you so much you are an amazing person
Response: I'm glad you liked what I sent. I checked you profile and thought that those images might be appreciated; have fun using them in your creations!
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for all the great "junk"!!!
mjhaertling rated for PT - Signs of Spring on Apr 4, 2018
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Comment: What pretty flowers! I have a lot of irises but only large bearded ones. Thank you for telling me about the flowers and for the extras. Our spring has been about the same as yours I guess. Yesterday the afternoon temp was 72 then we had a storm and by bedtime it was 42. There is snow forecast again for Friday night.
bombardiette rated for O: Nautical Pocket Letter on Apr 3, 2018
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the really cool PL and all of the lovely goodies! xo

Rating Overview

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4.9900 171 0 0
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Comments

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!

Blessings,

Yvonne

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:

Happy

solstice

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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