Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2019 5:54 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: January 18, 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 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.


earthnk rated for Brought to you by... S on Jan 18, 2019
Comment: Oh Nooooooo's Betty met that Yeti and it didn't go well for her. Thanks for the spaghetti poem and postcard. Totally cute and a hunger enticement. :-)
Comment: Hey Kathy , thx for the lovely letter and cute zine..💛🐶
Response: I'm glad that you liked it! Thanks for the heart! Happy 2019 to you!
tentmari rated for Tree Postcard on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. What an awesome photo. It makes me wish I were at the beach right now. ; )
Response: I'm so glad you like it! We had snow over the weekend and I've been wishing I were at the beach too!!! Happy swapping to you!!!
MSturgill87 rated for MM - December 2018 Flipbook on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a very nice Flipbook! I loved the beach theme!
Response: I had fun making that flipbook because I love the beach and the ocean. I'm so glad that you liked it! Thanks so much for the heart. Happy swapping in 2019!!!
Comment: Hi Kathy - sorry for the delay in rating, been away for the holidays. I love the snowman card you sent, so cute and glittery! :)
Response: I'm glad you liked the snowman card. Thanks for the heart and happy new year!!
Response: Thank you for the heart and happy new year!!!
Comment: I love the pretty purpley postcard Kathy! <3 Thank you so much!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the heart! Happy swapping in 2019!!!
evelyn rated for Christmas Pocket Letter on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: hello thank you for the letter
Response: Thank you for the heart! And happy new year to you!!!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photo, I love the beach and ocean too! Also thank you for the Christmas goodies and for joining the swap!
Response: It was a labor of love; such a fun swap! The letter that I left out went out in today's mail, along with a few vintage ephemera papers for you to play with. If you are interested in writing back, and have the time, I'd love to exchange letters with you. Either way, I hope we get to swap again in the future... Thanks for the heart and happy swapping!!!
LauraElizabeth rated for Winter Zine on Dec 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you - what a wonderful zine!!!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I think I might have to go to Kinko's to get future zines printed, because the print quality on my inkjet isn't as good as I would like. The original always looks so much better and sharper! Thanks so much for the heart! Happy swapping!
Comment: What a pretty card! Thank you
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I hope you had a nice Christmas and that a wonderful new year is in store for you! Happy swapping! And thank you for the heart!
draco rated for Quick Favorite WINTER Quote or Poem on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: thank you for the great poems/sayings
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for the heart and Happy New Year!
Kskollections rated for Artist Trading Coin- Christmas on Dec 24, 2018
Comment: Love them!
Response: I'm so glad that you like them! Thanks for the heart and happy swapping in the new year!!!
Comment: Thanks! Have a Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the heart! Happy New Year!!
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard! I'm glad we have some things in common 😀Happy holidays to you and your family!
Response: I'm glad you liked the postcard. I hope we get to swap again in the coming year. Thanks so much for the heart!!
Comment: Loved your beautifully handmade BLUE PC... Loved your note on the back... and I loved reading your profile although I ran out of time and couldn't read it all! We do seem to have a lot in common, I hope we get to swap again sometime. Happy Holidays!
Response: I'm glad you liked the blue PC. It was created from the cover of a computer catalog; when I saw all that blue in such lovely shades and with a bow (!), I knew I had to work it into something. And then the blue postcard swap popped up. Lol! Merry Christmas to you!
Jenicat rated for Winter Zine on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: Hello fellow Hoosier! Thank you very much for the zine and letter. It was nice learning about you.
Response: Thank you for the comments and the heart! Nice to hear from a fellow Hoosier. I hope your holidays are wonderful and art-inspiring! From PeliKat to Jenicat. Meow!
AMDteachnskate rated for Winter Zine on Dec 18, 2018
Comment: This was amazing. I'm so worried mine will look like Amateur Hour!
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I actually thought that it was a bit bland compared to the original, which had glittery parts that didn't transfer as well to the copies. I resisted the urge to 'touch them up' by adding more glitter. LOL! I'm not one of the partners you send to, but I'd love to see your zine; I bet it's not nearly as 'amateur' as you think it is! Thanks for the heart, and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you so much, I loved your letter! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Response: Thank you and thanks for the heart! Best wishes and happy swapping!
Comment: I received your swap today.Thank you. I loved the sea shell ornament! Merry Christmas!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I love putting together this kind of swap! I hope there are more opportunities like this in future swaps! Happy holidays to you and yours!!

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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

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!

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