Swap-bot Time: June 3, 2020 12:26 am


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: June 2, 2020
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
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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)

  • "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'm trying something different in 2020! These days, I'm trying more digital journaling via Zinnia and the Moleskine smart weekly notebook. (I love digital collage too!)

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 five years and a member of the Letter Writers Alliance & the League of Extraordinary Penpals. I love picking 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

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.

If You're Mailing Me Stuff

I appreciate my fellow Swap-botters and I love this opportunity to participate in this act of reclaiming the postal service from generic mailers & boring bills. It's always a welcome relief to receive something in the mail that was sent with care!

Know I'm Grateful

I am thankful for what you send - it truly brightens my day! I am not quick to rate someone down and appreciate that everyone has different preferences.

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!)

  • Kid-related or kiddie-themed (I'm happily married with no plans to have children!)

  • Crappy or clearly cheaply made (I believe in upcycling!)

Consider Sending This

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

  • vintage pencils (I'm a legitimate card-carrying member of a pencil club!)

  • 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 anything, 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 (I'm v. into New Age / Now Age lifestyle but not "goth")

  • French Bulldogs (I have two!)


pepita2608 rated for Green plant for profile on Jun 2, 2020
Kts6girl rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on May 31, 2020
Comment: loved the card! thanks so much
Lablauri57 rated for O,O How I Love 2 PenPal #01 on May 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the easy on the eyes letter. Seriously, sometimes it is hard to read some people’s handwritten letter. I just have to take my time. I love the ozarks and the tv show too. Will write you back .
AnnaL rated for JAMS Starter Set w/ a Birdcage on May 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for making me the birdcage ATC. Also, enjoyed the extra ones as well. Have a wonderful weekend & Craft On! AnnaL
Comment: Love this vintage PC :) And all the recipe cards!! Thank you so much and hugs ~Jean
vlhafer54 rated for SMSUSA: Handmade Envelopes!! on May 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great envelopes - I love your paper choices!
usctrojans79 rated for A POSTCARD FROM YOUR STATE on May 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
SeleneW rated for Coloring Collab 2020 #5 on May 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the Flow activity. I have always been interested in the magazine but have never found one near me being sold. This is truly a treat! :)
Mandaloolee rated for Weird Stuff Swap on May 29, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness! This was such a joy to receive! I loved every piece and the way it was packaged was so fun. I will definitely let you know if we are up STL way with our French brigade!
bluerose3 rated for SMSUSA: Happy Mail Swap on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you. Nice selections. Can't wait to try the tea :)
LavenderSprinkles rated for LSRUS Bracelet Swap-USA on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute bracelet. It was fun to swap with you. I am glad to have you in LSRUS. The cupcake envelope was very cute. There will be more jewelry swaps posted today.
LavenderSprinkles rated for LSRUS: Bracelet Swap on May 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the bracelet. It was nice to receive today and I hope you enjoyed this swap. The little envelope was really cute.
Comment: Nice shaped postcard and fun stamps! I am surprised it made it through the USPS system safely since it is smaller than standard size. You creatively made the addresses, postage stamps, and quote fit in such a small area. Thank you!
CraftyShana76 rated for Notecards Swap #7 USA on May 24, 2020
Comment: I love all the notecards! TYSVM!
DRMOM rated for Happy Maill Swap on May 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely goodies. The envelope is pretty. The typewriter card is so cute - I will have to try to recreate that from stuff in my stash. Have a lovely Spring.
Chantiemaya rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on May 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the postcard, love the drawings πŸ˜„
xobexox rated for Art Journal Pages-May on May 22, 2020
Burger1girl rated for Cute Envelope Swap on May 19, 2020
Comment: I love them all!! Esp the "recipe bird" one. I love the soft paper reminds me of rice paper. love it. Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thanks for the great museum card.
Melovespaper rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on May 18, 2020
Comment: The monsters set this PC off!!! Loved it!!!

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Mandaloolee on Jun 1, 2020:

Green Plant for Profile Swap!


I love these Lithops, also called Living Stones:

Snaileditcrafts on Apr 27, 2020:

Hi Katy, I just sent out the swap, "For The Birds ATC Swap" I hope that it arrives quickly and safely! Have a lovely day! h

nancylee on Apr 24, 2020:

Arbor Day-Let's celebrate the trees profile deco thank you for joining my swap these are bonus images

CookieMomster78 on Apr 23, 2020:

CookieMomster78 on Apr 23, 2020:

Happy Arbor Day!

CookieMomster78 on Apr 23, 2020:

bambam on Apr 23, 2020:

Arbor Day Trees Deco

Emma a.k.a bamabm

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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