Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 7:53 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: September 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!



Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely envies. So cute the way you packaged them up and I loved the envie you sent them in too!!! And lol, you didn’t need to send extras but I do appreciate it!
fighterangel rated for Postcard with a Joke #3 on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness, I LOVED the joke you included!!! It 's so cheesy and that's my favorite kind of joke!! Thank you so much for making me smile!!!
Comment: Thank you! Loved that bear too :)
bringitb rated for World Postcard Day on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing this great celebratory card! That sticker is perfect, too. =)
Kbrewste09 rated for World Postcard Day on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Thanks Katy Mike! Your stamps are so cool! I love the monopoly one! Your handwriting is so nice too!
Allylu rated for LSRUS Travelling postcard round 3 on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I got your card+ the day I sent mine out! I love your handwriting on the envelope, too.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and also thank you for all the lovely extras! Sorry for the late rate. Goodness.
marclively rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #1 on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Marc
RNRISLOVE rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #4 on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great cards. Loved the interesting history of the vintage card.
Comment: I visited this place a long time ago with my patents - good memory. Cute swan sticker!
banjobraids rated for Profile Swappy Swap on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: HOLY CRAPMONKIES! My birthday isn't until next month, but I feel like it's today. My mouth was hanging open the whole time while my eyes feasted on each and every thing. I am obsessed with these bug stickers, esp the longhorn beetle. SQUEEEEE And the wood postcard and lenticular eyes!! and all the little cards. I love the libertad justseeds card esp bc I call my daughter Libertad sometimes (her name is Liberty). These seashell book pages are so wonderful. They reminded me of my home in the north and the lake shells that are so different than the ones down here. This "collect moments not things" button is hilariously ironic. And this old feed store pencil is COOL AS HELL. And yes, the pressed penny, I actually like the ones that turn out like this better. They remind me that mistakes happen and are still beautiful a lot of the time. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. You really made my day and started my weekend with a smile. I feel quite special. I knew this group would be my kind of peoples. :):):) THANK YOU! Have a lovely day.
emilysenvelopes rated for Papery Swap on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: This was an amazing envelope filled to the brim with gorgeous paper goods that I really can’t wait to put to good use! Thank you so much!
BeTravelicious rated for Blind, quick tea swap nr.15 on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the nice variety of tea's!
Comment: I am just giddy with all you sent and the work you put into this creation! I just opened it and can't wait to pour a glass of wine and go through every single page! Thank you so much!
Vickyen rated for SS: AUGUST free-form: REFLECTIONS on Sep 14, 2020
Comment: Hi Katy! Your reflection photo is just beautiful! Thanks so much for the lovely share! Please let your sweet little niece know I loved how she decorated the envie! Thanks also for your card and bookmark! All is appreciated! Hugs and Happy Swapping πŸ˜‰
me2az50 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #3 on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the playing cards. I love them.Also thank you for the stamps.
BethiquaC rated for DRINK ME! 2 on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love everything you included. Thank you so much for a fantastic selection of items - and even if the kombucha is a total flop it will be super fun to experiment with!
Comment: Thanks a lot for your swap and the extra postcards. I'm not sure but I guess it's for this swap as you didn't mention a swap name.
Response: Oops!! I didn't realize I forgot to include it until after I sealed the envie - and then promptly forgot to send you a note! So sorry about that!! TYVM for the kind rating anyway! :)
Comment: Love this Legoland card. My first from the park. Thank you
Kc055042 rated for Save the United States Post Office on Sep 11, 2020

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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! πŸ’˜

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!

Swan on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you for the May/June wishes for LSRUs! It’s so interesting to read about your life. Great stickers and special towelettes!

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