Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2021 8:05 am


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



Fabriqueen rated for Merry Christmas card! on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome card and the ephemera! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
jules4534 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #14 on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Love the cards. I don’t have those yet so Yay! Thank you for the extras. Love the Texas ones. You are so generous. I’m jealous you have been camping! I’m tired of being in the house. Thanks again!
me2az50 rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #15 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the adorable playing cards. I love them. You have not sent me these before and they are a great addition to my deck.
Writercat rated for WIYM: DOG POSTCARD 12/2020 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Love the sweet Frenchie dog card and sticker as well as that gorgeous lettering for my address. So beautiful! Thanks so much!
lovesmail rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS Card Swap USA 2020 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and fun envelope! Happy new year!
Fieke rated for Happy New Year postcard on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your New years wishes Happy 2021
Kraftylady777 rated for Coloring Collab 2020 #11 on Jan 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Received and will send out in February. Thanks for the notecards. I've been sick and catching up on ratings. Happy New Year.
bauerdesigns rated for Holiday Postcard Swap! on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Your post card arrived today.The Santas exercising made me laugh. Too cute! Happy NEW Year!!!
Ashzaller rated for Merry Christmas card! on Jan 2, 2021
spiffytiffy rated for Merry Christmas card! on Jan 1, 2021
Comment: I hope you had a fantastic Holiday! Thank you so much!!! I adore the stickers! They are going on my work laptop!
Luvslife3 rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS Card Swap USA 2020 on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful card Katy!! Thank you and Happy New Year!!
squince rated for MEGA CHRISTMAS Card Swap USA 2020 on Dec 31, 2020
colleenbUSA rated for WIYM: DOG POSTCARD 12/2020 on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: I LOVE the pc! Thanks!
monicac rated for Pocket Notebook Swap #2 on Dec 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Katy Mike!! I have sent you a quick note by post! Monica
Comment: Thank you(:
Comment: Lovely colorful bird card! :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas! <3 :)
kssunlover1947 rated for Coloring Collab 2020 #12 on Dec 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the card . I will color it and send it on. I also love the art postcards you sent as the only ones I can get around here are tourist cards.
skinny52 rated for Holiday Postcard Swap! on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: What a fun postcard! And the reverse is great too! Thanks so much. I hope that you had a good Christmas and sending wishes for a happy new year. Stay healthy and best wishes Mar/skinny52

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


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.

ittybittykitty on Sep 8, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Barbara on Aug 13, 2020:

Hi Katy, Thank you for reading my profile and sending the vintage playing card. It is almost like a little painting.

Ellen101 on Aug 3, 2020:

You are so kind to have sent me so many wonderful kawaii goodies! I especially love the Sanrio pencil case! They're may favorite characters! 💘

thisismeAXiD on Aug 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

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