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carrotkate
Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: April 15, 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!

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Ratings

Yfletcher rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 36 on Apr 14, 2021
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Comment: Oh, heyyy! Thanks for passing the card along, and thanks so much for the Patti Smith pc--so rad! <3 -k
journalingrachel rated for SWAS: Witchy Happy Mail on Apr 13, 2021
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Comment: OH MY GOODNESS <3 Thank-you so much for this swap, I absolutely loved everything, the little black book with wax paper is super neat too! I've never seen one before. Thank-you so much for everything & for the journal/ I also love the "creative juice" haha. I wish I could give you 10 hearts!!! <3 Thank-you so much again. & I hope you are doing well and staying safe! Blessings!
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Comment: Thank you for the playing cards and all the wonderful extras! It's quite an envelope of goodies when the actual swap has to get its own envie to stand out within all that goodness!!
Carollee922 rated for 2021 List Pad Letter #1 on Apr 11, 2021
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Comment: Your envelope art was so cool, thank you
MisplacedfromPA rated for Notecard Swap #6 on Apr 10, 2021
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Comment: You wrapped up the 4 note cards so nicely, thank you. A tiny bundle of happiness. Thank you also for the flower stickers
PerArduaAdAlta rated for Notecard Swap #6 on Apr 10, 2021
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Comment: I LOVE all these, but hands down the handmade one best! Did you make it? It's fantastic! Thank you. (P.S. love the way you tied them together 💖)
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Comment: Katy, what a beautiful envelope! ❤️
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Comment: Thank you for the fun card with good news and *beautiful* hand lettering! :)
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Comment: Cards arrived safely. Thanks for the bonus postcard!
Liiskah rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 35 on Apr 8, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the surprise Australian stamps :D
Selewis91 rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #9 on Apr 8, 2021
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middleearthtraveller rated for CPG B&W PC - US only on Apr 7, 2021
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Comment: I adore this b&w postcard! So excited for live music...soon...someday....ack! -k
Wingy rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #10 on Apr 5, 2021
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Comment: )0( blessings. Loved your letter ;) and the really cool stuff you included. You made my day. Thank you so much.
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Comment: Happy Earth Day!!!! Than you for this cool postcard!!
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Comment: Wow, your envelope seems to have taken the long way around - I can't believe it took so long to get here. Pretty envelope, too. Thanks for the notecard :-)
NRGordon rated for Girl POWER Postcard #16 on Apr 3, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the PC, your note and the fine quote. I have added Bessie Coleman to my list to Google.
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Comment: Thanks for all the awesome extras! I will sign & pass your PC to the next round. XD
arystotle rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #10 on Apr 2, 2021
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Comment: Wow what a fun postcard and thank you for the extras
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Comment: Those are good stories! That did bring a smile. TYVM!!!

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Comments

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. :)

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

hny

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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