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carrotkate

carrotkate
Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: October 5, 2022
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
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About Me

Early July 2022 Update: Slowly easing back into swapping after Covid had me down & out last month. Please let me know if you're still waiting on something from me or if I still need to rate! Thanks!

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!

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Ratings

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Comment: tysm for the goodies and notecard! happy halloween!
user7949 rated for Envie of Pink Ephemera on Oct 3, 2022
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Comment: What a wonderful envelope of pink delight. So much fun stuff to put in my journals. Thank you so much!!
ChinaCat rated for SOHC ~ 3 Halloween Items on Sep 29, 2022
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Comment: Much love for my Halloween items! Thank you. You really did make off like a bandit at the thrift store - awesome haul. I love the shrinky dinks. The candy corn ornament is very cool. Thanks much and Happy Haunting!!!
LilacSilence rated for APP: Book Penpal on Sep 29, 2022
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Comment: Hallo Katy Mike, your letter arrived safely. I was grinning like an idiot all the way from the letterbox to home - the envelop was so cute!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the recipe card with the tofu recipe. Looks great! I am not a picky eater and love pretty well everything so I would love to try this. Thanks so much for all the other recipes you sent from the Martha Stewart magazine, too. I can't wait to try some of them. Great hearing from you! Cathy
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Comment: Oh my goodness, this was the most precious swap! You themed everything so perfectly! This was everything in a swap that I aspire to be: simple, but lovely, precious, and oh so thoughtful. Thank you for taking the time and energy to make and send me such a perfect swap through and through ❤
USAFwife rated for FLL: Write me a notecard USA on Sep 23, 2022
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Comment: Thank you :)
Hotthreads rated for HMPC: Botanical love - August on Sep 23, 2022
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Comment: Gorgeous. I just received it. Thank you.
Rabbitfreedom rated for Quick Halloween Sticker Swap! on Sep 23, 2022
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Comment: Thank you! Saving the envelope to open on Halloween weekend!
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Comment: Thank you! I will pass these along!
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Comment: Thanks for the card, letter and postcard. What a wonderful place to volunteer! I have never been to Gateway Arch. I just visited Assateague National Seashore. Next "new" national park to visit? It will probably in California. I stumbled into being a museum interpreter. History is so interesting. So many parks to visit.....😁
Jafferty rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #81 on Sep 20, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the fun swap and the art stamps! Very cool!
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Comment: WOW! I absolutely love the super gorgeous envelope you decorated for me! It was so fun to find that in my mailbox! I also really loved the owl note card you included for me – so perfect! And of course I’ll be passing these postcards along in the next round. Thanks for the amazing swap!
NJBird rated for Ugly PC Swap #60 on Sep 14, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard and the lovely note. I would live outside if I could.
Karen07 rated for FLL: Stationery set on Sep 9, 2022
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Comment: Hello and thanks for your letter! Incidentally it arrived today. Clear August 29th postmark so it had an 11 day journey! No worries, just an observation. I love the vintage stationery that you used! Very cool. Also thanks for the playing card as I am a frankendeck builder. In spite of the name of this city, we really aren't overwhelmed with palm trees. Lots of pines though.
Carrii rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #79 on Sep 2, 2022
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Comment: Rec'd yesterday and ready to send out in today's round 📬
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely card and recommendation! :)
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Comment: This notecard/envie was so small and cute! I love it! Thank you :)
Risna rated for Ugly PC Swap #59 on Aug 30, 2022
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Comment: What a surprise! I just love those vintage cards plus I always wanted to go see Petra myself. Ugly card for you... perfect card for me! That's what I love about this swap series! Thank you so much for picking this card.

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Comments

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:

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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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