Swap-bot Time: May 17, 2022 7:48 am


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



samsstuff rated for Holy Crap, It's Valentine's Day! on May 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card and the little extras! I didn't do anything special for the day, just worked. Your options all sound far more interesting!
young46356 rated for Vintage Post Card Swap. on May 14, 2022
Comment: Thanks very much
Comment: awesome! Jean Francois Miller's Starry Night is beautiful!!
USAFwife rated for FLL: Write On #3 on May 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter. Lucky there was so much decoration on the paper - the mail sorters or someone took a big chunk out of it! Luckily, I can still read it. :)
Response: Oh no! I’m glad it was still legible!!
Fuchsi rated for FLL: Write On #3 on May 9, 2022
Comment: Hello Katy, and thanks a lot for your wonderful swap and the cute gooddies and this awesome letter! ^-^ It was fun reading it and to your questions: I'm more a fan of colder temperature and my favourite season is autumn. I love it when all cools down a bit and the air smells like rain. Having small little walks is one way to relax for me, also reading is good to recharge the social battery and there are sheep nearby my flat and I just love to pet them! ^-^ I wish you a great time and stay safe and healthy! Yours, Maxi
Comment: I see you had a little trouble with this one! but it has arrived today and ready for the next round. Thanks
circularlogic rated for FLL: Song lyrics on May 3, 2022
Comment: Your song is beautiful! I listened to it twice then passed it along to a friend that I think will appreciate it as well! I am not sure I have updated my playlist recently. I will take a look and add any new favorites that aren't listed. I'll add an **updated on** tag as well so it will be easier for me to see if I need to add something. My musical interests vary, and I really enjoy finding new bands, songs, and inspirations that feed my soul. I have been listening to a lot of praise and worship lately. It has really lifted my soul in a special way through April. I had no idea my playlist was a balance of men and women artists! Good eye! :D :D Have a wonderful week! I hope we are able to swap again!
aligurl75 rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #62 on May 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you for passing on the RR postcards :) I also appreciate the added extra postcard that I can use for future swaps. :)
Comment: Oooh - great selection! I like the feminist one so much, that I scanned it before getting it ready to pass along. What a treasure!
Comment: Wow, your swap finally reached its destination today. It was posted on 3/14 and arrived 4/29. Thanks for the extra postcard!
Comment: This is absolutely one of the coolest postcards I have ever received! (And I have received quite a large number of them over the years!) Thank you so much. 😀
metrognome rated for FLL: Write On #1 on Apr 28, 2022
Comment: Thanks! I don't know of any monuments around here but we have tons of parks. Garden of the Gods is one of the most well-known, but parking is so difficult that I usually only go when I have visitors from out of town.
Comment: Thank you! I do like ice-cream. In Polish "popsicle"and "ice-cream" are the same word ("lody"). I like both. And also sorbets. Yum ;)
Piccolo rated for AMMM: Blind Envie Swap #3 on Apr 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks Kate! Love the Japanese round stickers!!!
minniepic rated for 3 Vintage PCs #2 on Apr 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards and the extra ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
monsbrick rated for FLL: Slow it down! on Apr 23, 2022
Comment: Hi Katy, great to hear from you and to get to know you!
Jafferty rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #62 on Apr 23, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap!
tatntole rated for PH: Traveling Postcard Swap, Rnd 19 on Apr 21, 2022
Comment: What a fantastic card that the postcard was mailed in. Thank you so much.
Comment: Thanks for the extra postcard!

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USAFwife on Apr 19, 2022:

Thank you so much for the bonus postcard of Ursula K LeGuin. :) I've seen collections of postcards like this for sale and haven't bought them yet, so this is a new one for me. :) And it made it through the mail ok, so double bonus. :)
Thanks so much! Cindi

Stellaerrans on Mar 29, 2022:

Thank you so much for the washitape samples, notecard and awesome vintage items, you really made my day!! I am in love with those post-a-note ☺ CPG wishlist March 2022 ❤

loveretro on Feb 10, 2022:


so much, for the lovely Missouri postcard , one of my missing US states . Very much appreciated !

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!!

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