Swap-bot Time: May 18, 2024 7:07 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: January 10, 2024
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
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About Me

UPDATE: December 2023 - Life happened… and as a result, I’ve needed to step away from Swap-Bot for a little bit. You’ll notice I haven’t been as active lately. I believe I am all caught up on sending swaps - although it feels like the mail has been running very slow lately - but if there’s something you have not received from me yet, please let me know. Thank you for your patience!

More about Katy Mike

Greetings! My first name is Katy Mike, and that's what I go by as my first name if you're personalizing a letter. To be clear & because it's a common mistake, please don't shorten my first name to just "Katy" - thanks! More on nicknames later... ;) I live in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA and love it here by the Mississippi River. 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.

Speaking of names, 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!



MiRdLHWY43 rated for LSS: Title TBD Nov. 2023 on Jan 16, 2024
Comment: Swap was due back in November. I gave it a good long time because of the holidays. Messaged on Jan 10, 2024 that I haven't received this swap and it hasn't been read. Will re rate if I receive anything.
JJcrafty rated for Reuse Halloween card - PC # 9 on Nov 24, 2023
Comment: Thank you
Maddashin rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Thanks 🙏 Hearts 🥰
denisedecker58 rated for FLL: Halloween or Fall letter on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter! I really enjoyed reading it!
Kairbear rated for Quick Halloween Postcard on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the awesome black cat postcard with the cute skeleton joke; I love it! You have pretty handwriting! Hope you had a spooky Halloween; I’m already looking forward to next year LOL
AJ73 rated for LSRUS: Business Size Envie-USA on Nov 12, 2023
Comment: Wonderful swap!!! Thank you so much.😸❤️
USAFwife rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Nov 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cute card! Hope you had a spooky Halloween!!
noone7212 rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Nov 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the card! :⁠-⁠) Happy belated Halloween!
Comment: MEOW! THANKS, cute card, loved the stickers
Comment: Thanks for the cards and extra beautiful card of the Arch!!! I hope you enjoyed your day off!!
kittyhahahotbot rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Nov 3, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the bicycle postcard. A lot of people in my town love to cycle. Ironically I can't. Lol. Singapore is a small country and public transportation is very convenient. Cars are super expensive here.
aholmer10 rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Oct 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the halloween card. your handwriting is everything I aspire mine to be! It is so drool-worthy!!
urquhart rated for Halloween card swap 🎃 on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: CarrotKate: Thank you for your card and also for your beautiful embroidered BOO. I love it. Judy
Jangonz rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Oct 26, 2023
Comment: Thanks Katy, loved the "orange" PC. Sounds like you are really enjoying the season. Hope its a great one. Happy Halloween.
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and fun stickers - the skeleton ones are especially fun. I wanted to let you know that the decorated envelope didn't do so well in the mail. I took a photo if you'd like to see it (message me your email address).
Comment: Thank you!
mle rated for Any HALLOWEEN PC #2 on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: I like the postcard and I love that papel picado dia de los muertos tape on the back! Where did you get it?
inventacharm rated for HALLOWEEN GREETING CARD on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: what a lovely package! I like how you did my address on the envelope, thank you!
vlhafer54 rated for Halloween card swap 🎃 on Oct 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and all the pumpkins - Happy Halloween!

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Barbara on Sep 3, 2022:

Thank you for granting my August LSRUS wish!

lou on Aug 21, 2022:

Happy birthday, Katy Mike!

simcoe54 on Aug 21, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!!

Vickyen on Jun 21, 2022:

Hi Kate! I received your vacation pc that you sent extra for the BLC pc! What a bummer that it was too cold to enjoy the swimming hole - and the ticks - yuck! Yes, anything beats going into the office! LOL! Hope you have a great time, rain, ticks and all! LOL! The sunset on the pc is so pretty! Hope you got to enjoy some like that as well! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

USAFwife on Apr 19, 2022:

Thank you so much for the bonus postcard of Ursula K LeGuin. :) I've seen collections of postcards like this for sale and haven't bought them yet, so this is a new one for me. :) And it made it through the mail ok, so double bonus. :)
Thanks so much! Cindi

Stellaerrans on Mar 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the washitape samples, notecard and awesome vintage items, you really made my day!! I am in love with those post-a-note ☺ CPG wishlist March 2022 ❤

loveretro on Feb 10, 2022:


so much, for the lovely Missouri postcard , one of my missing US states . Very much appreciated !

groundhogstamper on Jan 15, 2022:

Thank you so much for the beautiful package you sent for my LSRUS December Wishlist. I'm sorry to be late in telling you how much I appreciate it; I was away for several days.

bostianh on Jan 13, 2022:

Thank you so much for the Smokey postcard, I LOVE it.

Zefaniya on Jan 10, 2022:

Hey there! Thank you for posting the link to the InCoWriMo blog on CPG! I stumbled upon some great penpals from there last year but didn't save the link so thank you! :)

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