Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2020 3:39 am


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: February 21, 2020
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States

About Me

More about Katy Mike

Greetings! My first name is Katy Mike, and I live in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Professionally, I work for a local university, teach yoga and advocate for sustainability. In my free time, you'll find me at the library, in the garden or out hiking if I'm not holed up in my studio room working on some odd project.

I've had a number of nicknames over the years, including "Killer," "Prairie," and "Maestro," if that provides you with some insight. Here are some more words that have used to describe me...

  • yogi (RYT-200)

  • academic (EdD.)

  • Leo (with Capricorn rising)

  • bookworm (7 different library cards)

  • treehugger / hippie (LEED-GA and Sierra Club member)

  • jock (all-star volleyball player in HS & still competitive!)

  • "campaigner" (ENFP)

  • witch (Woman In Total Control of Herself, lol)

Favorite Crafts

I love handmade objects and items with a unique story or special history (even the ordinary and obvious) so I'm drawn to art-making and collecting weird miscellany.

These odd bits usually show up in my crafting in the form of collage. I am a newbie when it comes to ATC's so as I experiment with those, you'll find examples of this. (Please be kind & judge lightly if you're on the receiving end of one of my ATC's - I'm still learning!)

Journaling, however, is a lifelong habit/hobby and I'm on the fence as a "planner addict." In the past, I was never without my traveler's notebook, but I may have moved on - we'll see come the new year 2020! These days, I'm using the Moleskine smart weekly notebook and love the tech interface. (I love digital arts too!)

Because we're settling into the colder months here, I'm more likely to pick up my needles again. I enjoy textile arts and handicrafts like embroidery and knitting, but I often don't find time for them. It's just too easy to set aside a sewing project in the Spring when it's time to play outside in the garden! To bring the garden indoors, these days I'm building terrariums, forcing bulbs, and sprouting seeds - so I gladly welcome houseplant starts and sprouters!

I really enjoy mail art and snail mail. I've been a Postcrosser for over four years, a member of the Letter Writers Alliance, and have picked up various pen pals along the way. I joke with my family that I am more likely to write you back via snail mail than an email!

If I had all the time in the world, I'd travel and get really good at taking photos. I toy around with a blog, and am always hoping to improve my writing skills.

Favorite Books

Always Reading!

The library will always be one of my favorite places, and I will always have a stack of books in every room.

The best way to see what I'm reading and what books I've favorited in the past is to find me on GoodReads : www.goodreads.com/katymike.


Know I'm Grateful

I appreciate the opportunity to participate, and I'm always grateful to receive something in the mail. It truly brightens my day!

Don't Send

Because sending something personalized means so much, here are some tips on what I'd prefer not to receive. This list is shorter, and a good deal of it stems from my work as an environmentalist.

  • Animal print (I'm working on going vegan!)

  • Kiddie-themed (I'm happily married with no plans to have children!)

  • Crappy or clearly cheaply made (I believe in upcycling - let's make things better, not worse! And obviously, if you wouldn't want to own it, please don't send it my way and make it my job to toss!)

Consider This

If you're looking for more specific info about my preferences, it may be helpful to know I especially like:

  • interesting typography and signage

  • letterpress, linocuts, woodblocks, printmaking

  • bicycling stuff and country, city, state maps or subway/metro maps (I support public transit!)

  • documenting what's going on outside (what does your backyard look like? what's growing? how has the climate changed?)

  • vintage themed, especially if it's campy, kitschy, or retro (atomic era prints & 1940-60's adverts, if they're original, are crazy to me)

  • occult themed, including cemeteries, headstones, Dia de Los Muertos, and tarot (v. into New Age / Now Age lifestyle)

  • French Bulldogs (I have two!)


CookieMomster78 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Will change this rating as soon as something arrives! 😉
camelsamba rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #8 on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the great Japanese postcard - very charming! And the snail you drew is cute :^)
marinda rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #8 on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Great postcard. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your comments and likes :') Have a great day!!
Comment: Thanks for the IG love
Aew324 rated for Library Lovers' Day 2020 on Feb 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the super neato postcard! I have never seen one with a detachable bookmark. So cool! And the stamp is a perfect match. Thank you. Happy library day!
MuggleMom rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 30 on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Loved the llama on the envie! !xx
oldsoul rated for Handful of Mail on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you Katy — first for taking part in my very first host, and also, for the GREAT postcard! What an awesome find! Hopefully you enjoyed the swap. All the best to you, and good luck with growing a beautiful garden.
Comment: It was nice to see my letter folded into an airplane, reminded me of what we used to do in high school :-) I will need to check out the island you wrote about. We have gone to sleeping bear dunes several times, but never took a ferry to the islands. Thank you for the extras. I use them right away in decorating an envelope
matt319 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Feb 13, 2020
Rosa1 rated for SotM: Divination #1 on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: thank you ~ interesting reading :) and also for the goodies too!
Comment: Thank you for the card, it arrived today! There was an extra sticker over the bottom bit to print the postal barcode. I think the washi-tape made it more difficult for the postal services.. I like the picture!
Response: I'm so glad it actually arrived - I was worried! Our postal service in St. Louis doesn't handle non-conformist mail very well, so thanks for you patience! :)
mariewilliams810 rated for Old Post Card Swap on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks for both mailings!
RosieMart rated for Pen Pal Search # 7 on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks! I really enjoyed reading your letter. I’ll write back :) I’d love to be your penpal 💕
Response: Please do write back - I’d like that! 💜
veronicallama rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
jogreene00 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: Love the quotes! Thank you!
sherig47 rated for Touristy Postcard swap #11 on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice post card.
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: What a super cute PC! I love the little baby peeking through the mom's legs!
myancey rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much the post mark was on the picture side :( but I love that u sent us a ga card from stl Happy swapping

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gooseberry on Feb 11, 2020:

Saw somewhere in the forums that you are a member of the Letter Writer's Alliance.
Me, too! :)
Just dropping by with a little friendly hello.

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