Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2021 10:52 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: October 25, 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!



Lilyhax rated for CPG Halloween Card 2021 - US on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: I loved the skeleton notecard and all the extras. Happy Halloween.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful notecard. I've sent you a response though I'm not sure when you're going to get it. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheerios. =)
Akanksha23 rated for WIYM: Halloween PC Swap 2021 on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Loved the vintage style card.. happy Halloween!
Comment: Thank you. Happy Halloween.
ultracinematik rated for PH: World Postcard Day on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the world postcard day PC. I love that postal washi from penpallingpaula!
Petaltea rated for ISS: Pick 3 on Oct 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you Thank you!! This was spot on!! I love these items. You put something special together for me, that means alot!! take care!!
Comment: Thank you!! And thank you for the nice extras:)
young46356 rated for WIYM: Halloween PC Swap 2021 on Oct 18, 2021
Comment: Cute card and joke, thanks, Happy Halloween to you and yours. Rich
debbiespoms rated for CPG Halloween Card 2021 - US on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the soooo cute Ghost w/ pumpkins card, Halloween PC, and stickers! Loving them! I too love Halloween and have been counting the days till it finally gets here! Can't wait!
UpiikNur rated for Ugly PC Swap #38 on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: Hi Katie! Thanks for the card and your warm message. I'm agree with you for the fact that the card failed to capture the beauty of Hessen Park. By the way I love architectural sketch cards and the ugliest card I've ever received was an ad-card of architectural expo which only has plain text on the front side.
anicka22 rated for IFM: Vintage PC with a Quote #3 on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you. Love the quote
Comment: You have the BEST user name! :) This was a great swap and what a joy to open the mailbox to that gorgeous lettering! All the hearts! And I was super impressed with your handwriting on the inside of the card too. Definite goals! Happy Halloween!
Wambatty rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #35 on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the extra postcard.
KristenCat rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #34 on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: thank you so much for the swap. i will pass it on in the next round!
Wanda rated for HALLOWEEN GREETING CARD SWAP on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the Happy Halloween card, Katy! Nothing I like better than a grinning skelly! πŸŽƒ Thanks also for the great extras and the uniquely decorated and addressed envelope with the special postage stamp. I love it all! And I agree with you 100% about the costuming and playfulness that we need in the holiday. πŸ§‘πŸ’€πŸ§‘
Comment: Thank you for the card and goodies! :)
Comment: Thankyou:)))
Comment: Thanks for sending on to me! I look forward to finding some quiet time for coloring ! πŸ™‚
Comment: Thank you for the lovely envie and note β™₯ I guess my favorite Halloween treat is the warm, fresh cinnamon donuts that we used to get at the apple orchard/pumpkin patch when I was young and in Michigan...Haven't had those in so many years!!!
nanadiana rated for Museum Art PC swap #4 on Sep 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the St. George museum pc. Very interesting piece. Take care!

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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!!

bizzles on May 22, 2021:

Thank you so much for granting my LSRUS May Wishes! I really love the brown textured paper!

sleepingrover2010 on May 15, 2021:

Hi Carolkate,

I received your WONDERFUL POEM in your Pocket to express your appreciation for my participation in your swap. The pocket you used is very COOL! Did you find it somewhere and then put it together for this swap? I also really enjoyed your poem you sent in the POCKET. What an appropriate poem for this swap as I think Swap-bot has mostly women.

Thank you, also, for the Postcard you sent me. I will be adding it to my Postcard Collection. I think you probably read my Profile. Also, I want to express my appreciation for your very thoughtful gift to say "THANK YOU" to each of the participants in your swap. I think this is the first time I have ever received something like this from a host.i hope we will have many more opportunities to swap with you.


Barbara B.


mchesser12 on May 11, 2021:

Thanks for sending the Hummel postcard home to me from the Round Robin Postcard Swap #15.

Drachenfrau on Apr 24, 2021:

Thank you for hosting the "Poem in a Pocket"-swap! I hope, you'll doing it again! πŸ₯°

And thank you also for sending me a Poem in a Pocket, although you are not my partner. I am very touched and will treasure it! 😍

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. :)

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