Swap-bot Time: April 19, 2019 11:36 pm


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: April 19, 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 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.


Comment: very cute zine. I enjoyed reading all thru the pages and it gave me little chuckles as I did. even with all the issues of spring I am still looking forward to the change from winter:) This was fun. My first time and I am hooked I think!
WoodlandBanshee rated for AMA: April Sender's Choice on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your super cute postcard! I love the use of the doily with the bird. The saying is wonderful! So true.
Fieke rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice Postcard- March on Apr 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your postcard.
SoCarla rated for Keys in Trees on Apr 16, 2019
Comment: I DID find the email in my spam - thanks! Glad you have such nice neighbors!
Response: I'm glad you found the email. I wish Anna and Josh were my neighbors, but they live across town from me; when they shoveled snow, they drove all over town shoveling for the people they knew who wouldn't be able to do it themselves. I was just one of the lucky recipients. I hope you have some people like this in your life too! Happy swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the great photos and note. Rich
Response: Thanks for the heart!!
bigmamabird rated for HMPC: Spring Day Edition on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: Lovely spring card! Thanks! The snow is definitely melting though there are still parts of the fence covered y drifts so the geese escape, looking for real spring!
Response: I'm glad you liked the card! Thanks for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
Comment: Thank you so much for the amazing journal!!! It looks like so much fun to go through and I love the peacock cover :)
Response: I hope you enjoyed going through it; I tried to pack it with lots of different things and kept finding more stash packets that I hadn't gone through, so there isn't much rhyme or reason to it. It's very Random... Lol! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Oh wow!!! Yessss, I freakin LOVE this bookmark you made me. Why haven't I thought of that????? I also enjoyed the letter and envelope. I got a real kick out of the tombstone. LOL Thank you so much for the thoughtful swap. I hope I can get around to answering your lovely letter, but I can't promise anything. Thanks again, Kathy. You're awesome!!! Oh, and I love the fact that you grow Bonsais. So cool!!!
Response: I'm so glad that you appreciated the bookmark! I checked your profile and wanted to send something 'different' that you probably didn't already have. And don't feel that you have to write a letter, but I'd love to do more swaps with you if you have the time...
arimails rated for Keys in Trees on Apr 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
porpie5 rated for Keys in Trees on Mar 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you for relating the story about Anna and Josh. We have Amy and Tom who take care of us! They watch our house if we are gone, take in our mail, make sure our house is warm and even leave us cheese and wine so we have something to eat when we get home. They are the best neighbors! Thanks for reminding me of our good neighbors! I'm glad you have Anna and Josh to help you out!
Response: Wow - cheese and wine!!! That is very nice! I'm glad you have such a special couple in your life, and I'm glad that you shared this with me. Thanks so much for the comments and for the heart!!! It's nice knowing that there are other "Anna and Josh" types out there.
lou rated for SS: SPRING FLOWER PHOTO SWAP on Mar 25, 2019
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for the beautifully-coordinated swap, gorgeous through and through, loved your note and the poem and the stories on the backs of your photos and the fantastic themed card you made me!!! Wow!!!
Response: Aww, I'm so glad you liked it! I've liked that picture of the pussy willows for a while now and just wasn't quite sure how to use it. When I found the poem, I knew I had to include that with it. I'm glad you like the photos; thank you for your nice comments and for the heart!! Happy swapping!
kssunlover1947 rated for POSTCARD: Horses on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card and note. I also love the cute little dragon you drew on the back.
Response: Lol!!! I'm glad you like the dragon! Thanks for the heart and the comments!!
Comment: I want to give more hearts! What an amazing, above, beyond and delightful package! I don't have words...!!!
Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! I had such fun putting it together. The ideas of what to include just kept coming - who would have thought that your one word "blue" would create such a spark! I'm looking forward to the next "send me something" swap to see if it was a fluke or if I can get a repeat of the inspiration that this one brought! Thanks so much for your nice comments and for the heart!!
JuneRosebud rated for MM! March 2019 Something Swap on Mar 24, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the greenery....
samjowers rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: Love how bright and beautiful your zine is! I can't wait to print it out! Thanks!
Response: Thank you for the nice compliment! I wonder if it was using photo paper to print it out on made it better quality than my previous ones. I've been trying to figure out how to make them more clear and sharp. Thanks for the heart!
elliecf rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 23, 2019
Comment: I loved you garden zine, you've inspired me to put out nesting materials too, I didnt think of putting them in a bird feeder. Thank you! - Ellie x
Response: Thank you for the comments and I'm sure the birds will love your nesting offerings! This was a fun swap; I'm looking forward to the next one. Thanks for the heart!!
mediatinker rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: I have big plans for my garden this year; I love what you're doing, too.
Response: The sunny days we've had lately keep pulling me from indoor duties to the garden to play; maybe we can do another zine later in the summer about how things are progressing! Thanks for the heart!!
rainydayangie rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: Lovely zine! Thank you!
Response: Thank you for the comment and for the heart! I hope we get to do more of these swaps; this was great fun!
iowa05 rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: I loved reading about your garden and aspirations! Your heart for the birds and butterflies is so precious. I grew up in Phoenix, so we never saw many birds or butterflies - but now we live in Missouri and my mom and I both love seeing all the birds that come to her bird feeder! ♥
Response: Thank you so much for the nice compliments! I'm glad you enjoyed the zine; I love making those little booklets! I already have the sequel forming in my mind. I'm not sure where you live in Missouri, but near St. Louis, there is a Butterfly House that was absolutely fascinating. If you are wearing any perfume, the butterflies will land right on you to check it out! Do you and your mom 'name' the birds that come to visit? We do... Lol!!! Thanks again for your comments and for the heart! Happy crafting!
9O96O rated for Pocket Zine eSwap - March on Mar 21, 2019
Comment: Nice one Pelikat. It has a mini magazine feel to it. Your garden sounds like an oasis. I loved reading about your plans for this year. Regarding your outdoor fan idea, last year I tried a fan while out on my deck to keep the mosquitos away and it worked, so I recommend it to keep you cool and itch-free. Thanks for being part of the March zine swap.
Response: I'm glad to hear that the fan is a worthwhile idea! Thanks for the compliments; I was rather pleased with how it turned out. I plan on doing another one about just the Whimsey Garden - my granddaughter and I like to share in each other's fairy garden and make projects together...Thanks so much for the heart! Happy swapping!

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stiffneck78 on Apr 16, 2019:

stiffneck78 on Apr 9, 2019:

Thanks for the friend request.

jenmcjen 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 !

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

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