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Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: May 10, 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 (Iโ€™m swimming in bits & bobs and canโ€™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, Iโ€™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!



frenchd73 rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #15 on May 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!!! Love the extra!!!!!
Comment: Thanks for the swap and the extra!
Aurora1 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #9 on May 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Hugs, Aurora.
glassnowdrop rated for LouPaper postcard collections on May 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the Illinois card! These cards are so lovely, and your handwriting is SO NICE. I like them all, but i haven't seen many of the US state ones, i think this might be my first :) I don't mind the Chicago Blackhawks so It's pretty neat to receive - not familiar with the cubs though, baseball doesn't make it here much :)
Comment: Thank you for the extra card! Passed it on round 16 ^_^
Comment: Thankyou so much!!! Yep, I will finish filling out my info on this card and get it mailed back to the original owner. ๐Ÿ‘
AvianAine rated for BS&S: Magical Postcard on May 6, 2021
Comment: A 'simple' postcard can contain so much. Thank you for the inspiration! I like to ponder about beauty and about the relation between the perceiving and the perceived. I guess we can find beauty even in our mundane chores, if we do them in an attentive way. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
Comment: Thanks for the Maine jokes. I'm used to Ohio jokes and midwestern jokes. Lots of those.
Comment: Thankyou:)))
Nevermore rated for Feminist Flatmail #2 on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful feminist postcards.
hammondeggs rated for Bird Watching via PCs Swap #4 on May 3, 2021
Comment: I LOVED this bird postcard!!! The fact about the woodpeckers having one-of-a-kind patterns on its head and neck was super interesting. We don't have cardinals here in Colorado. Wish we did.
Fabriqueen rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #13 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for sending and for the extra PC! I think it got hung up somewhere. It has been all folded up. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
laterdayze rated for Black and White Postcard Swap #4 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Got the resend today, thank you!
debbiespoms rated for Black/White Postcard Swap #83 on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the neat PC of Etanga, Namibia and telling me about them.
lovenita rated for Huge Stationery Destash on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card and Iโ€™ve never been to Wisconsin either. ;)
Ruthless rated for LouPaper postcard collections on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. Your handwriting is beautiful! You made my day with a beautiful Lou paper postcard.
Foxy rated for PH: Nearly Impossible Scavenger Hunt #1 on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Dear Katy, thank you so much for the resend. It is a shame that the first try didn't arrive, i'm sure that it was just as amazing as this one. When i opened my mailbox that colorful envelope directly caught my eye, just a real happy mail. :-) You sent awesome Postcards, i love them all. Thank you for the extra ones! I hope you are doing great and are safe and sound!
theprairiemailbox rated for Notecard Swap #6 on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the notecards - the little notecard you wrote your note on is extra adorable! :)
Fabriqueen rated for Poem in a Pocket on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling pocket with a poem and tea! Thank you also for the awesome poster about National Poetry Month! This was a great swap you planned for us! Thanks! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane

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Drachenfrau on Apr 24, 2021:

Thank you for hosting the "Poem in a Pocket"-swap! I hope, you'll doing it again! ๐Ÿฅฐ

And thank you also for sending me a Poem in a Pocket, although you are not my partner. I am very touched and will treasure it! ๐Ÿ˜

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.

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