Swap-bot Time: November 24, 2020 4:50 am


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: November 23, 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.

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! Also, because I think it's worth a read, I'm posting this article here -- Why The Post Office Is Even More Awesome Than You Think It Is.

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 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")

  • Kawaii stationery in muted colors, not the bright colors, if that makes sense. (Kutusita Nyanko and Shirasutai are my favorite San-x characters - but I'm more interested in it all as stationery products rather than the characters themselves, and the fewer characters, the better, tbh)

  • anything with French Bulldogs (I have two!)

If I'm Mailing You Something

Please do reach out if something hasn't arrived in a timely manner. If it arrived with postage due, or damaged, I will do my best to make it right!

Please Pass It Along!

Feel free to reuse & repurpose anything I send!



area51ufo1 rated for LSRUS Travelling postcard round 5 on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for all the extra postcards and lovely envelope. I have my wax seal kit but haven’t used it. It looks like rain here too,so I’ll be crafting also
howdyholly rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 33 on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: That stationery is beautiful! Thank you for the notecard. love that you said "Howdy Holly"
marclively rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #8 on Nov 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Marc
SoberMermaid3 rated for Letterpress Love #1 on Nov 10, 2020
Comment: I never get sick of people sending me mermaid stuff lol!! Ever! I love the drawing and the stickers. Thank you ❤️
Comment: Great cards! Thank you so much for telling me their story!
shellimakes rated for ITW: Quick Postcard Swap on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the ADORABLE woodland postcard, and for your really nice note. Your handwriting is beautiful! :)
hibiscus rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #6 on Nov 7, 2020
Comment: I knew this swap would be a special one before I opens the envelope! I wasn’t disappointed ... love all the amazon stamps on the envelope and in the little one! Cannot thank you enough how thoughtful! The cards you chose!! Perfect especially the fishing one! But the really nice letter was a treasure ... thanks for a most wonderful swap!
nomadmama rated for Notecard Penpals USA on Nov 6, 2020
Comment: Juicy Fruit smell is some sort of sense trigger for me. I don't know if I had a weird experience and the smell triggers it or if it's just the chemical compound of the smell that makes me feel unwell. I love the Halloween card and other goodies you sent! I will try to write back soon.
aero rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #10 on Nov 5, 2020
Comment: Your swap was fantastic 🙆 I absolutely love every piece of it😊 Thank you so much for the religious charm👧Blessings and Good Health 😊
WhimsyEcoBug rated for Halloween Mailbox on Nov 5, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love this flipbook, is it so cute!! thank you for everything I am very excited to use it all!
Comment: Thank you!
Rapsy rated for PH: Halloween PC (Blank or Naked) #5 on Nov 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the great PC! Today we got a bit of snow, and no, I am not ready for it! Take Care :)
Comment: One awesome card, thank you.
jessnewson98 rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Nov 2, 2020
Comment: I got so much mail today (the post office must've been holding out on me). Thank you so much for the lovely postcard and what you wrote on it! Have a stunning week :)
emilysenvelopes rated for Magazine Swap 3 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you I’m really looking forward to reading this magazine and thanks for the extras and the beautifully decorated envelope!
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much! I just got home from a trip to my native Indiana, where one of the first things I did was buy the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from Kroger´s that I haven´t had since we moved away. I was sad that we do not have them where I live.Then I come home and find a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip BARS in my mailbox ... will definitely make these. Thanks so much! (and I LOVE the carrot paper clip)
lob rated for International PenPals - Spring 2020 on Oct 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you will be hosting the next round very soon just want everyone to have a notebook to join the next swap I love how you did the pages came out amazing thanks for joining the swap
debbiespoms rated for Book Postcard on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Hi Katy! Thank you for the neat book PC. Glad to hear, You've been reading lots. It's been a week since I've picked up the book I've been reading. Only because of my Radiation treatments. Too sick to care right now. But reading a series by Patricia Briggs " The Mercy Thompson" series. I'm her 6th book out of 12. Take care & be safe.

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LavenderSprinkles on Sep 26, 2020:

Thanks I finally got the other bracelet! Enjoyed the swap! Have a great day!

oz on Sep 15, 2020:

Thank you for the welcoming message and letting me participate in the polaroid swap as a newbie :) have a nice day!

Lilyhax on Sep 14, 2020:

Thank you for the warm welcome and hosting the World Postcard Day swap.

RainHeart on Sep 11, 2020:

Hi! Thank you for the warm wellcome and this beautiful rainbow! I also hope swaps will make my days happier in this times, and that I will bring joy to others as well.

ittybittykitty on Sep 8, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Barbara on Aug 13, 2020:

Hi Katy, Thank you for reading my profile and sending the vintage playing card. It is almost like a little painting.

Ellen101 on Aug 3, 2020:

You are so kind to have sent me so many wonderful kawaii goodies! I especially love the Sanrio pencil case! They're may favorite characters! 💘

thisismeAXiD on Aug 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

Dinkyde on Jul 26, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful beaded friendship bracelet. I love it; the blue colors are fabulous and go with everything. Great job hosting your first swap!!

52901m on Jul 6, 2020:

Thank you for the LSRUS Wishlist Envie!

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