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...
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!)
witch (Woman In Total Control of Herself, lol)
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.
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.
I appreciate the opportunity to participate, and I'm always grateful to receive something in the mail. It truly brightens my day!
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!)
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!)
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