Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2020 5:46 am


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: October 20, 2020
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 and I'm on the fence as a "planner addict." In the past, I was never without my traveler's notebook, but I'm trying something different in 2020! These days, I'm trying more digital journaling via Zinnia and the Moleskine smart weekly notebook. (I love 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 upcycling!)

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!)

  • interesting typography and signage

  • letterpress, linocuts, woodblocks, printmaking

  • bicycling stuff and country, city, state maps 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?)

  • vintage themed anything, especially if it's campy, kitschy, or retro (atomic era prints & 1940-60's adverts are crazy to me)

  • occult themed, including cemeteries, headstones, Dia de Los Muertos, and tarot (I'm v. into New Age / Now Age lifestyle but not "goth")

  • Kawaii stationery in muted colors, not the bright colors, if that makes sense. (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 themselves, and the fewer characters, the better, tbh)

  • 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: So jealous of your lovely handwriting and loved the cards and extras! Thank you so much!!
suepier rated for PC Playlist #1 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard and sharing your playlist with me. I will look these up on YouTube.
NurseWalker30 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 32 on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute card! My favorite time of the year is fall. Halloween is my favorite! Will keep your card moving. Take care & stay safe๐Ÿ˜Š
NettieBird rated for Instax/Polaroid swap on Oct 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap. I loved everything about it. The pup, the plant, and hello kitty! Your hand lettering is flawless. And yes, my dog Evy has more photos taken then anything else. Best to you from one crazy plant lady to another.
ajmay rated for Recipes and Memories #11: Pumpkin on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe. The guys my BF works with will love them! Also thanks for the recipe cards and planner stickers. Best wishes! -Ana
Mimosagirl rated for Playing Card Swap~Round 2~Swap #7 on Oct 14, 2020
Comment: Helllloooo Kitttttyyyyy card (giddy like a 7 yr old) hahahaha.... Thank you very much for the awesome card and swap. I appreciate your telling me the history of the fishing card. This is my first Frankendeck so I will be holding onto it forever. I have one child left at home who loves to collect playing cards so I imagine he will keep these type of things in the years down the road too. Take care...thanks again!
noone7212 rated for PC Playlist #1 on Oct 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the card, I love your blue ink! :-) I hope you're doing well and staying safe!
kizzlets rated for Fill A Pencil Bag on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the goodies you sent me! It's been such a long time since I owned a Gelly Roll pen lol. It's funny, because just today I ordered some brown Kraft envelopes on Amazon since I ran out of envelopes for my snail mail and it's going to be perfect to use the white gelly pen! I also loved the postcards you sent me, definitely my type of postcards (bright and colorful)! You have to tell me where you got those two micro washi tape! They are so adorable, where do I got more of them? Thank you for your handwritten letter, your writing is so pretty :). I can relate totally about your dogs snoring haha (sometimes it's annoying, but sometimes adorable). My dog loves to be under sunny spots too! I'm more of a pumpkin dessert type person - pumpkin pudding, pumpkin crisp bar. Honestly haven't had pumpkin chocolate chip bars, but sure sounds delicious!
squince rated for PC Playlist #1 on Oct 9, 2020
Comment: Fun card, thanks!
Ashzaller rated for PC Playlist #1 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Kate!!! Your swap was wonderful!!! Thanks so much. I too am a Let's Make Art subscriber!!! Best company ever. I do the awtercolor but I follow Jessie on her Art Journal journey sometimes too. Thanks for the cards I will use them for sure. Did you sew this pocket with a sewing machine? I have been thinking about getting one of those handheld sewers as I love the fabric plus paper look.Thanks again. Fantastic swap
Comment: I love that stamp you used, thanks!
skinny52 rated for WIYM: Vintage postcards on Oct 6, 2020
Comment: AWESOME selection! I've been to Fort Marion in St Augustine so nice connection...and really cool that the playing card and postcard coordinate! A really nice swap, thanks so very much! Stay healthy and best wishes, Mar/skinny52 Ps...nice job on the envelope too!
isandie rated for Pocket Notebook Swap #1 on Oct 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Warhol notebook!!! I love him! The paper seahorse sounds like an amazing shop I need to visit...me and office supplies too!!! ;-)
bpl76 rated for LSRUS-Space themed env-USA on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: This is the best thing I have received al year !!! Thank you
CookieMomster78 rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing this nifty little book shaped postcard! I havenโ€™t received any like this one before. I like it a lot ๐Ÿ˜‰
Comment: Thank you! I love the postcard! Where'd you get it? Thanks so much for joining my swap!
Xira rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard and all the stamps and of course sharing your story! Best wishes! Barbara
BrunetteBunny rated for LLU: World Postcard Day on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: I promise you're not missing out on ANYTHING by not having read the House of Seven Gables. Stick to Hawthorne's short stories (or give him a pass ;) Such cute tiny handwriting!!
LibraryMaker rated for PC Playlist #1 on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard and playlist! I'm excited to listen!

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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! ๐Ÿ’˜

thisismeAXiD on Aug 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

Dinkyde on Jul 26, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful beaded friendship bracelet. I love it; the blue colors are fabulous and go with everything. Great job hosting your first swap!!

52901m on Jul 6, 2020:

Thank you for the LSRUS Wishlist Envie!

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