Swap-bot Time: June 7, 2023 4:55 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: June 6, 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!


MissChief rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #27 on Jun 6, 2023
Comment: I love all things beach, great index card art! The stamped images and papers are awesome! Thank you
llamamail rated for ATC int #29 - sealing wax on Jun 2, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC, I love the wax stamp you used! :)
Comment: Hi Kathy! Thank you for this nice swap, I love all then purple stuff, esp the butterflies! One of the cut-outs says: Today is a good day, and yeah it is a good day,! ^^ I will send you some happy-mail! :) TNX! ;D
Comment: Hi Kathy Thanks for the nice postalette. and letter Yes I have tons of cute Teachers aide memories!! We don't live far from each other, Maybe we could plan a meet up. take care Our son is into geneology and my great great grandfather came from Germany and came to Ellis Island, NY and onto Iowa from there and finally to Illinois.
kendall rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #79 on May 18, 2023
Comment: Hi Kathy, I got a good giggle from your ATC that came today. The ice cream stand is a hoot (couldn't resist.) Thank you for the delightful ATC and the great papers. A great Happy Mail Day!
tristitia rated for AMA: Mail art based on poem on May 17, 2023
Comment: oh, wow - a zine was such a great idea! Love it!
chelle523 rated for MJS: Magpie Journal 2023 - #2 on May 15, 2023
Comment: I love everything about the journal you sent - it's perfect! Thank you so much! ❤️
Response: Thank you for letting me know how much you like it! It was fun to look at your profile and find that we both like Paris and France, and it made it easy to put together something special. Thank you for the heart!!! I hope we can swap again in the future!
charophyta rated for Zines #8 (USA) on May 12, 2023
Comment: Aweeesome! I loved your letter and garden zines!! thank you!
Response: So happy that you like what I sent! Thank you for you comments and the heart!
LenaLeaf rated for ATC int #29 - sealing wax on May 11, 2023
Comment: Such a beautiful Bee themed ACT ^_^ Thank you for the celestial themed goodies. I can for sure use them <3
Response: I love bees and I'm so glad you like the ATC I created for you! I'm glad you can use the extras I sent. Thanks for the nice comments and the heart!
ktk8 rated for HMPC: Put a Mermaid on it on May 11, 2023
Comment: Love love love this postcard...... and yes the wild sea air is longed for...... many hearts to YOU!!!!
Response: I'm so glad you love the card I created for you! Thank you so much for the beautiful comments and the heart!
qbee rated for Stamped Images Swap on May 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you. Happy mother's day
Response: Thank you for the heart! Happy Spring to you!
Elliepatterson rated for Zines #6 (USA) on May 11, 2023
Comment: Hello Kathy, Many thanx for your magnificent swap! The envie was beautifully decorated with butterflies. That someone would take the time to read a profile and choose your likes to personalize a swap is truly a gift. For that I thank you🌻 Thank you for your generosity of multiple zines and all the extras. I especially enjoyed your flower zine and reading all the memories in it. I look forward to swapping with you again. Blessings ❤️
Response: Ellie, thank you for the lovely comments you've posted for me! I'm so glad you liked what I chose for you. I would be happy to swap with you anytime! Thanks also for the heart!
geekgirl1001000 rated for AMA: Triad of Colors- March on May 8, 2023
Comment: pretty postcard. love the sheetmusic. thank you
Response: Thank you for the heart!
Onaki rated for Zines #1 (USA) on May 5, 2023
Response: So sorry that this swap was so difficult getting through to you. Did the third mailing ever get through? I'm so puzzled about why none of the were delivered...
user6937 rated for ABC: Mystery Supply Cards #1 on May 3, 2023
Comment: Sweet ATC and many extra's (I love the old smell to these vintage items); glad you're feeling better!
Comment: Hi there ! Thank you so much for this nice 🐝 ! I love it ! Have a nice day !
Response: So glad you liked the postcard. Thanks for the heart!
Lolle rated for Stuff the Mailbox: Spring feeling on Apr 24, 2023
Comment: Hi Kathy, thank you for the awesome Spring Happy Mail! I love the wacky holiday zine and the pictures of the abandoned houses... and everything else💜 Hugs from NZ
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!!! I enjoyed putting this swap together for you!
dakotadee rated for MJS: Magpie Journal 2023 - #1 on Apr 21, 2023
Comment: love the journal.It is more like an art journal ...not a junk journal. No need to do a junk one. You went with your creative mind and created art...love it
Response: I'm so glad you like the journal! I really enjoyed making it. I can make a 'regular' junk journal, if you would prefer, but I guess I was inspired to take it into a bit of a different direction. ;-) Thanks so much for the heart!!!
mrsD rated for SSM: Counting to six with paper #4 on Apr 21, 2023
Comment: really a wonderful swap! that sock monkey Spock just rules!! xo LLAP
Response: I hoped you would like that sock monkey; it made me laugh! So glad you enjoyed the swap. Thanks for the heart and the nice comments!
Comment: thanks so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart!

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CookieMomster78 on Apr 28, 2023:

For Our ABC: Mystery Supply Cards #1 Swap

OMG, Kathy! I L.O.V.E this Ava Gardner ATC that you sent my way! Thank you so very much! Your creative use of the lace is amazing. This card is an instant favorite and will fit nicely among my other beautiful women ATC and Pin-ups cards! Extra thanks and a big ol' hug for reading my profile through to include your thoughtful note with the lucky-7's playing cards and zine you created. I feel so very fortunate to have you back in my mailbox again!!! Thank you for being a part of this swap and I'm looking forward to seeing you in the next round soon. :-)

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 🎄❤💌and 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!

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