Swap-bot Time: February 2, 2023 6:47 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: February 1, 2023
Birthday: July 12
Country: United States

About Me

Update 10/23/2022 I'm back!!! I took a lot of time off to deal with a lot of things, including more health issues, but I've been missing this group and I'm eager to take part in some swaps! My mail has been so boring and sometimes downright depressing, and I really need to get some HAPPY MAIL coming to brighten up my days. I'm looking forward to creating some great projects and sending out good wishes to my partners.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAIN PROFILE INFO updated 10/25/2022

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 life partner; we have two dogs: Lucy the Pug and Baby the Aussi-Shepherd mix, both rescues.

I retired in 2019, but 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 (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 item into something fantastic! I like creating all sorts of paper crafts: ATCs, postcards, minizines, journals, folios, and of course, I have a list of 'projects in progress' as well as a list of 'ideas/techniques to try'.

My main project this year (2022) is the same as last year: to finish decluttering and streamlining my home to make it more 'handicap-friendly', 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, (A lot of my postcards have been coming through with scrapes on the front, which really messes up the picture; because of that, I'd really prefer to receive them in an envelope, if possible); 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 10/25/2022

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 and lotions, pretty kitchen towels/hand towels/washcloths. Whimsical items will always please me, so if it makes me laugh, it becomes a favorite!!!

Favorite movies/TV shows: anything with Robin Williams or Nathan Hale, Z Nation, police shows, hospital shows, fire department shows, end-of-the-world/saved-by-the-hero type movies, time travel shows, movies based on true stories. Also Fringe, Deadwood, Jurassic Park series, Medium, Ghosts, anything with Queen Latifah.

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, jazz, Gloria Estefan, Eurythmics, James Taylor, Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Adam Lambert... And lately, Leonard Cohen, Stjepan Hauser, and Michael Buble.
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 save those for someone who will appreciate them more.

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. (4) Flower gardening, especially my work in progress: a Whimsey Garden! It will be full of art creations that make me laugh and that share some quotes that I love. Health issues this past summer kept me from making the progress on it that I was hoping for, but next Spring, I'll be going at it full-speed with the creations I make through the winter.

~~~~~~~~ SWAP INFO: 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. Also, as I mentioned, I prefer to receive postcards in an envelope since so many of them arrive with big scrapes down the middle; it's such a shame to think of the time and energy someone has put into it only to have it reach me with damage due to postal machines. Also, I love handmade postcards, so if a swap says only store bought postcards, and you want to send me a nice handmade one, I will rate it as if it is store-bought and will appreciate the effort you put into it!


georgiafae rated for Mermaid Mail x 3 USA on Feb 1, 2023
Comment: Wonderful mermaid items and wonderful other extras from my profile likes! Thanks for being a super swapper. Take care -stay safe! Might get above zero here on Saturday. Brrrr! It's been very artic here lately!
Comment: Thank you for your winter birds has made postcard. I esp enjoyed reading what you wrote. Thank you for reading my profile! Yes, I send all my handmade postcards in plastic sleeves unless the swap states explicitly that it must be sent naked. But i don't understand... who would want to receive a dirty and ruined postcard? πŸ˜‚ Happy swapping!
Wended rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #23 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Hi Kathy. Thank you for the lovely index card collage and old book pages. I am also enthralled by all the beautiful postage stamps on your envelope..I will certainly put them to good use in my journals.
lyssathemermaid rated for Mermaid Mail x 3 USA on Jan 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for joining my swap and for the mermaid goodies! πŸ₯° I especially adore the little booklet you made and all of the ocean themed washi! Wishing you all the best <3
Response: I loved this swap! Thank you gor hosting it! So glad you liked what I included. I had a lot of fun making the little booklets. ☺️ Best wishes to you!
chimerix rated for Mermaid Mail x 3 USA on Jan 29, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope of goodies. I love the little mermaid notebooks you made and the dragon, octopus, and other items I will definitely use in my junk journals. Aloha!
Response: Thank you for the heart and your comments. The little booklets were fun to make, and I was glad to share some things from your profile as well. Happy swapping!
di53 rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #16 on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much. I love it all: the new year sticker, the pretty floral hankie, washi tape and the rest! You mentioned a private swap; I've never done one, but I'm game. Thank you again for a great swap. Have a happy New Year and Happy Valentine's day!
Response: Thank you for the nice comments. I'm so glad you liked it. I hope the hankie was the type you collect. This was fun. Best wishes to you!
Comment: Thank you Kathy! I love these handmade cards swaps.
Response: Thank you for the heart! I also love the handmade cards, especially postcards! Happy swapping to you!
wolfeagle rated for HMPC: Put a Snowflake on it on Jan 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you. That is pretty ribbon. ;)
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Idril rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 14, 2023
tizzicat rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 13, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard from your trip.
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the heart! πŸ˜€
Unbijou rated for WIYM: Pick a poem any poem (Intl) on Dec 24, 2022
Comment: What a lovely card you sent and I will be using your poem for something. It is lovely Thanks for the matching Washi and hand drawings. You are quite talented ! Happy new year
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the poem! I used to love to eat cold fresh plums from the refrigerator, but alas, I developed an allergy to tree fruits and they are now off my menu. But I still love the poem! Thank you for your nice comments and for the heart! Merry Christmas to you!
Comment: What a wonderful postcard. They are just the sort of flowers I would like in my garden. I just hope that chickens don't like eating them.
Response: Thank you! I would love to have a few chickens in my backyard, just for the fun of watching them! Thanks for the nice comment and the heart! Happy swapping!
JanHardt rated for CR: Christmas Tree Mail Art on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: Excellent ACT. Thank you.
Response: So glad you liked it; thanks for the heart!
Comment: love the postcard - they are beautiful flowers! I especially love that you took the photo yourself, so special. thanks for sharing!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: What a wonderful bunch of goodies you sent me! And what a wonderful name you have, too! Enjoying all the postage stamps you sent on the envelope. Thanks for sending such a thoughtful package. We are in second day of a slow-moving blizzard now-lots of snow! Have a Happy Holiday! Take care and stay safe!
Response: Thank you for the heart! I have such fun pulling things together for swaps like this. I'm glad you liked it and I would be happy to do another swap with you any time! πŸ˜‰
watercolorgirl rated for ABC: Sender's Choice #21 on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: Fun to work on your two ATCs. Pretty colors too. Your homer is in the mail. Happy Holidays.
Response: I'm glad you liked the backgrounds; I loved the pearl accents! Thanks for the heart!
YooperHill rated for ABC: Fun w/Stamps #4 on Dec 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun pieces to collage with. I like your backgrounds too!
Response: Thank you for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
Chantica rated for Chinese Zodiac ATC #5 - The Dragon on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: Mail!!! Thank you for the not one but two Dragon ATC'S. They both turned out great. I did have a nice Thanksgiving. I'm in hospitality so worked first but then a Friendsgiving which is always nice. Thank you. Happy Swapping.
Response: Thank you for the heart! I loved working on the dragon project and I'm so glad you liked what I created!
quaisoir rated for CR: Leaves Mail Art on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: What a pretty wallpaper postcard! Thanks Kathy! I'm trying to imagine that room with the wallpaper on it. Must be really pretty,
Response: Actually, although I loved the wallpaper, it really darkened the room, so I changed it to a lighter theme. But the leaf paper is great for craft projects! 😊 for the heart!

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CookieMomster78 on Dec 22, 2022:

Thank you for returning the cards for ABC Fun w/stamps #4 and Sender's Choice #21! I enjoy how you added to each of them! The Antique Victorian St. Nicholas is a new favorite for the holiday season especially! Hope you and your loved ones enjoy the season πŸŽ„β€πŸ’Œand I'll "see" ya in the mailbox next year!

Rainydancer on Nov 2, 2022:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

lou on Jul 7, 2021:

Happy Birthday Month!

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

arimails on Jul 13, 2020:

Haiku For You <3

Thank you for joining/ I love Swap-Bot and crafting/ I hope you do too

lou on Jul 11, 2020:

Happy Birthday!

MexiMidge on Jul 10, 2020:

Haiku for you:

Your profile is full / of lovely details I enjoy; / you know yourself well

erinhayden on Jul 9, 2020:

Haiku for You:

Hi Sophie the pug!

And hi Foxy the pom too!

Kathy, you rock. WOO HOO!

pearlie on Apr 6, 2020:

Thanks again for the useful items in the Whimsical Sewing Jar. I wanted you to know I've already used the fabric for face masks and the buttons are going on mask ear loops holders for hospital workers. I put things to use!

lou on Jul 27, 2019:

Happy Birthday Month!

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