Swap-bot Time: January 28, 2022 10:53 am


Date Joined: October 3, 2017
Last Online: December 13, 2021
Birthday: July 12
Country: United States

About Me

Update 12/11/20 RIP sweet Sophie... πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ’”

Updated 12/8/2020 I just wanted to let anyone interested know that I have been going through a lot of unhappy events the last few months. I have lost my younger brother and my uncle both to cancer, my older brother died from Parkinson's Disease, and my favorite aunt died from a stroke. My devoted Pomeranian of 11 years died in my arms, and shortly after that shock, my partner and I both came down with Covid 19. She has since recovered and is back to work, but I'm still working through the symptoms and am not yet up to doing much crafting. I'm hoping that with some additional rest, I'll get over it and be able to take part in some swaps soon, but until then, I'm just taking care of myself. Thanks to everyone who has been so patient with me as I deal with all of this.

Updated 4/15/2020

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: 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. 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 crap into something fantastic! And really, one person's crap is another persons treasure, right? My main project this year (2020) is the same as last year: 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, (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 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 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.

~~~~~~~~~~ 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.


MisplacedfromPA rated for TF: Something Christmas-USA on Dec 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all you sent. I did not know the Amazon bag was from you, or I would of opened it immediately and rated. The computer paper (with squirrel) is perfect. The window clings will be put up as soon as I am well enough and the chicken washi tape is so darn cute. I hope 2021 will be a better year for us all. Merry Christmas.
9O96O rated for Print Your Own Postcard - Theme: Cats on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: That's a great postcard and well made too. I love the look on the tomcat's face. He's a tough-looking guy. Surly is definitely a good description for him and he looks like he takes no guff from mailmen.πŸ˜„ 🐈 Thanks PeliKat.
Comment: WOW! Thank you so much! Everything you sent was amazing! This mail started off my week in a great way. Thank you for all of it, you went above and beyond, it's awesome. I appreciate the effort, time and love that you put into this swap. Have an amazing winter season of swapping and crafting!!!
Response: I'm so glad that you liked what I chose for you! I had a lot of fun going through my Christmas stash and checking your profile to see how well I could match your likes. Have fun with all of it and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you Pelikat for sharing the pink and blue evening sky in Florida. The palm trees silhouetted against the sky are relaxing to look at.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for the nice comments and for the heart! Happy swapping!!
Comment: What an amazing journal! Thank you so much for sharing it all with me. I can't wait to sit and go through it properly, too. And my dog says you smell *very* interesting!
Response: Thank you USAFwife, for the nice comments, although I'm puzzled about your dog and the smell - did my dogs add something to the package when I wasn't looking? Or was it the guinea pigs? LOL!!! Maybe I should send your dogs a package of their own... ;-)
Comment: I sincerely apologize for the VERY late rating. I’ll be sending you a RAK for the inconvenience & to show my heartfelt appreciation for such a WONDERFUL swap received! This was my first time participating in this swap. Wow! You set the bar high for all others. What a wonderful journal/book you made me! I just love all the details and how you incorporated actual magpies throughout. Thank you so much for clearly investing a lot of time and crafty love into this swap. The extras are sooo appreciated as well. You’re a very talented crafter!
Response: No problem, Butterfly1974! I'm glad you liked the journal. I do tend to spend a lot of time on the journal swaps, but it's such fun that I don't mind, especially when they are so appreciated! Thank you so much for the kind comments and for the heart! I look forward to maybe swapping with you again sometime! Best wishes to you!
mermaidery rated for Photo Scavenge Hunt 10 on Sep 22, 2020
Comment: I love that postcard and those Stamps. Thanks for sharing!
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Thanks for the comments and the heart!
CiCiHatter rated for Bee Mini Flipbook on Sep 20, 2020
Comment: This is such a delightful bee flipbook!! ...love it!πŸ’œ ...my favs are the flower pages, the sweet tag and love that painted bee on the back...I assume that was your handiwork, its sooo cute!!...thank you for all the bee goodies tucked away inside....a small treasure indeed...cheers!!
Response: LOL! Yes, that bee was mine. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it! It was so much fun to make and I love the pollinators so I'm always happy when a bee swap comes along. Thanks for your comments (made me feel so good!) and for the heart! Happy swapping to you!
Lablauri57 rated for SPCP: Photo ATC on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the ATC. What a neat idea with the charms
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
karli rated for Unicorn/horse themed mail on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Love what you sent, thanks! K
Response: Glad you liked it; thanks for the heart!!
samsstuff rated for SS/Drop A Shot πŸ“· on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely photo & all the extras!
Response: I'm happy that you liked it! Thanks for the comment and the heart! Best wishes to you!
alexalgebra rated for Zine Swap #1 !! on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: OH MY GOSH!!!! You are literally the biggest sweetheart ever <3 Thank you so much for the package!! I've been having a really terrible week because of the fires; 2/3 of my county is under mandatory evacuation (not us, but it was touch-and-go for awhile). Your package cheered me up so much!! I love all the random finds - that ring is going into my jewelry box ASAP! And the stickers are great! I shared some with my sweetie. Your zines are super cute and I'm glad to learn more about you :D Also COFFEEEEE!! You speak my language! LOL!
Response: I am tickled to death that you liked the package! I had so much fun putting it together for you. I'd love to do another swap with you as a partner, so if you ever want to, let me know! Thanks for the wonderful comments; that makes it all worthwhile! And thanks for the heart. Stay safe and happy swapping to you!
penpallingfool rated for ATC - Free Themed #18 (USA) on Sep 7, 2020
Comment: this is so lovely thanks for the great serenity atc
Response: Thank you for the nice comment and the heart!
StwbyQT rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #9 on Sep 6, 2020
Comment: I randomly found this going decluttering. Better late than never, eh? <3 Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness in making a handmade horse postcard with quote, "The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears". - Arabian proverb. I used to have an Arabian and Arabian/Quarter. I miss them. <3
MrsAlderman rated for ATC - Free Themed #19 (USA) on Sep 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Atc and extras!
marymary914 rated for FCMA: Scrappy Postcard on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great PC!
peipeicl rated for USAPC: 3 Elements ATC #32 on Sep 3, 2020
Comment: thank you for the lovely ATC! I really love the washi samples in added and enjoyed reading your mini zine :) Hope you are feeling better!
ChrisD rated for H/H Fun Black Cat Mini Pocket Letter on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the adorable PL. You did a fantastic job! Thank you also for the extras.
cmalaina rated for FCMA: Every Color of XXX Postcard on Aug 24, 2020
Comment: Love it thank you
Response: Thank you for the heart! Happy swapping and stay safe!
Coss rated for PA: Favorite Quote on Aug 22, 2020
Comment: Very cool card and I love the quote. Thanks so much.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! I like that quote too! Thanks for your comments and for the heart! Best wishes to you!

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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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