Swap-bot Time: January 21, 2022 11:39 am


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: January 20, 2022
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!



Comment: Hi Katy Thanks for the pc to send on and the great extra ones and the pad of paper take care :)
Comment: Your handwriting on envelopes is always so pretty! Thank you!
bizzles rated for SMSUSA: Books & Tea for Me on Jan 20, 2022
Comment: Hiding at home and reading is one of my favorite things to do. Thank you for the book recommendations. I’ve heard of two of them but haven’t read any that you suggested so now I’m on the hunt! I’m currently listening to Normal People by Salley Rooney, & reading The second book in the Inheritance Games series, The Hawthorne Legacy, and also Blindsided by Amy Daws. Thank you for the lovely swap, I hope you enjoyed your reading weekend!
Lablauri57 rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #42 on Jan 13, 2022
Comment: Rory for the late rating
Comment: Will pass them along! Thanks for the extras!
Comment: Thank you!
AJ73 rated for LSRUS Travelling Postcard Round 17 on Jan 10, 2022
Comment: Hi Carrotkate! Love your Swap-Bot name!!!! Thanks for the LSRUS Travrlin Postcard. I l get it ready to pass on in the next round. 🤗
alittledabble rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Jan 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for a lovely swap. Sorry for the delay!
Carollee922 rated for LSRUS Mega Swap #5 USA on Jan 5, 2022
Comment: Sorry for the late rate, thank you very much for the nice swap
suepier rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Jan 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card.
SavvyNatalie rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Dec 28, 2021
Comment: Love the card and matching envie, and thank you for the stickers! Merry Christmas!
Comment: thanks
BeHappyToday rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Dec 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you… received Christmas 🎄 Eve. Love the red truck card & stickers.
Comment: Thank you!
Chantica rated for The Moon on Dec 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun moon themed PKG. I can't wait to use the stickers for something the rabbit especially and hope to see a glow in the dark ATC challenge that would be so much fun I think great idea. Thanks again and hope you have a great holiday. Happy Swapping. Chantica
bettflow0017 rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Dec 19, 2021
Comment: Thankyou!!!
Comment: Hey! Thank you so much for the notecards in the cute packaging! I can't wait to use them!
anetteua rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Dec 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful card!
aero rated for Christmas Card Swap 2021 on Dec 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you 🤶

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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! :)

bostianh on Nov 27, 2021:

Thank you for the beautiful postcard, your writing is stunning and the stickers are super cute too.

jenniann on Oct 29, 2021:

Thank you for the LSRUS October wishes! My favorites are the bookmark and the clear botanical stickers. I am excited to try the tea - the tumeric and ginger are flavors to enjoy in fall for sure. I am definitely already embracing fall. The cooler weather is so welcome after the heat and hustle and bustle of summer! Thank you again & take care!

Poohtat on Aug 10, 2021:

Thank you for the LSRUS July wish. I enjoyed your note and the frog stamps are awesome. The Chocolate Pig paperclip is great, but I think it looks more like a squirrel. Lol. I love to camp with my husband. He says it is not really camping though as we go to our cabin to 'camp'. But it is a lovely getaway regardless.

Linsoid on Jun 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for the June CPG wishes!! My girls are over the moon at all the stickers you sent! Its such a fun activity for them to simply stick stickers to paper (mostly) and they love it!!

bizzles on May 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for granting my LSRUS May Wishes! I really love the brown textured paper!

sleepingrover2010 on May 15, 2021:

Hi Carolkate,

I received your WONDERFUL POEM in your Pocket to express your appreciation for my participation in your swap. The pocket you used is very COOL! Did you find it somewhere and then put it together for this swap? I also really enjoyed your poem you sent in the POCKET. What an appropriate poem for this swap as I think Swap-bot has mostly women.

Thank you, also, for the Postcard you sent me. I will be adding it to my Postcard Collection. I think you probably read my Profile. Also, I want to express my appreciation for your very thoughtful gift to say "THANK YOU" to each of the participants in your swap. I think this is the first time I have ever received something like this from a host.i hope we will have many more opportunities to swap with you.


Barbara B.


mchesser12 on May 11, 2021:

Thanks for sending the Hummel postcard home to me from the Round Robin Postcard Swap #15.

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