Swap-bot Time: February 26, 2021 5:33 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: February 26, 2021
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. I would no longer consider myself a "planner addict," and I'm in the process of purging all the planner accessories for something more streamlined. These days my everyday carry journal is smaller - about 3x5 - and I love anything passport or index card sized. I've decided I can't do away with paper completely, but I dabble with digital journaling & 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 up-cycling, not down-cycling!)

  • Scraps of paper (I’m swimming in bits & bobs and can’t possibly upcycle it all right now!)

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!)

  • actually, I’m a fan of most vintage office supplies, tbh. Or vintage anything, especially if it's campy, kitschy, or retro (especially atomic era adverts, old signage, outdated film cameras & fountain pens ...)

  • letterpress, linocuts, woodblocks, printmaking & maybe even letterboxing

  • bicycling stuff 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?)

  • occult themed, including cemeteries, altars, Dia de Los Muertos, and tarot (I'm v. into New Age / Now Age lifestyle but not "goth")

  • Matching stationery (either Lisa Frank print or elegant linen paper, I like a matchy-matchy set sometimes. This includes some of the Kawaii stationery - 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.)

  • 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!



mags142 rated for Halloween Mailbox on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Hello Katy. I have been away from swap-bot for a while but I made sure to save your envelope. Better to rate now than never. Your envelope was so nicely decorated, I love your calligraphy. Thank you for including so many things I like and for joining my swap.
Comment: Thank you for the space themed goodies!
Comment: Happy to pass these along! Loved your envelope and thanks for the memo sheets.
Comment: Love the notecards, the fairy is great and the butterfly I have an idea for! Thank you!
SunflowerRose rated for Black/White Postcard Swap #80 on Feb 21, 2021
Comment: I cant wait for spring too. Wish i had room to start plants indoors.
Comment: Omg I totally spaced rating, I'm so sorry! Thanks so much for the fun vintage cards! And the postage is so cool! THANKS!
vlhafer54 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Flower PC - Global on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you - I visited Bellingrath Gardens umpteen years ago - probably when the postcard was made.
ccmmsu rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap # 24 on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great cards and sardine memos! And thanks for sending two of each memo, so I can put one in my collection binder and use one. :) I actually have multiple frankendecks going now -- the original one of favorite cards, one of locations, one that's only bridge size cards, etc. The cards you sent this round are different than the earlier ones. The ducks made me smile because I remember the adults in my family playing with cards like it when I was a kid. Ducks are such a classic bridge card design. :) Thank you!!
VaGrammy66 rated for PC Playlist #5: 60's R&B on Feb 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I like all your song picks! I also had to do a little research too.
Comment: Omg! Thank you for the Dead postcard--I adore it. Great playlist--sometimes it's fun to do the extra research! Take care, k
young46356 rated for MZA: Blind envie #27-poem on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Lovely poem given by a lovely girl, thanks
teejlc rated for Traveling Sticker book #25 on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for sending so quickly! I loved getting this in the mail today. The envelope was so pretty and the little goodies inside were really fun.
Comment: Hi! How would you come to have postcards from Alaska? When did you visit?
Comment: Many thanks for the newsy note/movie review (lol) and the fun notecards, too!
lyssathemermaid rated for Letter and Pencil on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful surprise to find in my mailbox! Thank you so much Katy, it made my day 💖 the effort & extra care put in just radiates! Sending you lots of love and best of wishes~
NurseWalker30 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 34 on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the LP card!! I have all my PCs that I trade in a 'semi organized' storage container. For all my notes/cards I have a keepsake box where I keep them. I also have tons of photo albums/scrapbooks that I keep letters & cards in as well. I have not been to big bend, but I've heard it's amazing!! Take care 🖤
Comment: I love the dish soap, trash bags, and hand sanitizer. Thanks!!
ccmmsu rated for Letter Set Swap on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: I love every single thing you sent, even the outter envelope! lol Thank you so much!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the extra postcards! I’m excited to see where this swap goes too 😊
Comment: I loved the notecards and your note. Thank you so much. I just finished reading The Devil in the White City, an interesting book about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Most interesting.

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wyrdfae on Feb 23, 2021:

Thank you! I love this book mark. And will pass on the fbs

CariahCreates on Feb 17, 2021:

Thank you for the birthday card and fun pampering items from my LSRUS wishlist!

kittyhahahotbot on Feb 12, 2021:

Thank you for the pretty postcard! Mmmm divine texture/paper. And Im pretty sure that cheese is silly putty or something similar. LOL But yesterday I started out thinking about fasting. Later I found myself at Squeeze Burger for their onion rings. We'll start tomorrow. LOLOLOL

kittyhahahotbot on Jan 24, 2021:

Hay girl. Sent ya a message. :)

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MamaD on Dec 8, 2020:

Thank you Katy for the great finished mermaid jam! Makes me miss the water too!! Have a great holiday!!

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.

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