Swap-bot Time: August 6, 2020 5:25 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: August 6, 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)

  • anything with French Bulldogs (I have two!)


Comment: Thank you so much. I love the envelope! You did an amazing job!
Conni59 rated for SS/Drop A Shot πŸ“· on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the photo. I really enjoyed your note and feel like I will respond to your questions by mail! Who doesn’t love a weirdo flag πŸ˜ƒ
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Beautiful pages!! Thank you for the planner goodies :) So fun!! Yes I plan differently these days - mostly my planning revolved around my kid's cheer team and activities and with Covid in the works - no Sports--- so my planner is a little less full!! BUT I still use it daily! Mostly I use my travelers notebooks these days!
Comment: When I read that you like bigger ideas, i instantly thought "She must be big brained!" Lol. Which means smart.
Comment: I loveee doing different personality tests, too! I think different tests would give us a different view of our own personalities. And I just love learning more about myself <3
Comment: You sound wonderful! My sister loves the Enneagram, but I can't seem to wrap my head around it as well as the MBTI. Mainly because I can't decide which number I am. Love learning about myself and others with tools like these, though! ❀️
Comment: Thank You!
me2az50 rated for Playing card swap #23 on Jul 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the 6 and 7 of diamonds. I think the fishermen diamond was so very funny. Thanks again.
Comment: Thanks for brightening my day! So very generous of you! I love the mission behind this company!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Star Struck Filled Envie on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: thank you!
CANNEKCUL rated for I β™₯️ Fairies - USA on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the awesome fairy related items. I β™₯️ Everything! The handmade card is simply Exquisite. πŸ™‚
mulkey rated for I <3 Plants! #2 - International on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh this was just lovely! Thank you so much for what you put into this swap. Such sweet little envelopes and so many goodies. Thank you!
Aeon rated for CPG Patterned PC - US Only on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the sweet house PC and cool sticker!
Lonestarchild rated for Handmade Envelopes - July 2020 on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the fab envies -- great sizes and prints!
Comment: hi Kate! Thank you so much for the postcard! I love the United Nations stamps, I haven’t seen those before, I really want to find them now!! Do you know what they are from, or what year? Hope you’re having a great week, Micaela
aero rated for πŸ“š Passion Planner GIVEAWAY! on Jul 27, 2020
Comment: Have a wonderful day 😊
Comment: Thank you! I love how you decorated the back of the postcard!

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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! πŸ’˜

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!

Swan on Jun 24, 2020:

Thank you for the May/June wishes for LSRUs! It’s so interesting to read about your life. Great stickers and special towelettes!

DRMOM on Jun 7, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely surprise card and postage. You didn't need to do that at all. However, it is greatly appreciated. Wishing you well.

Easymail on Jun 6, 2020:

Green plant for profile

CrowDancer on Jun 3, 2020:

Green plant for profile

Guelder Rose Guelder Rose

Aloe Vera Aloe Vera

Mandaloolee on Jun 1, 2020:

Green Plant for Profile Swap!


I love these Lithops, also called Living Stones:

Snaileditcrafts on Apr 27, 2020:

Hi Katy, I just sent out the swap, "For The Birds ATC Swap" I hope that it arrives quickly and safely! Have a lovely day! h

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