Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2022 9:34 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: June 22, 2022
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
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About Me

Late June 2022 Update: Still taking a break while down for the count with Covid. Please let me know if you're still waiting on something from me or if I still need to rate! Thanks!

More about Katy Mike

Greetings! My first name is Katy Mike, and that's what I go by as my first name if you're personalizing a letter. To be clear & because it's a common mistake, please don't shorten my first name to just "Katy" - thanks! More on nicknames later... ;) I live in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA and love it here by the Mississippi River. 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.

Speaking of names, 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!



Comment: Thank you for the cards and the St. Louis extra.
matt319 rated for I’m Not From Here on Jun 20, 2022
Marida rated for Ugly PC Swap #54 on Jun 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the ugly card! The monkey is actually quite cute but I totally agree with you on the quote! :) Loved the color you wrote my name and address in! :)
fbresnah rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #69 on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcards and for the extra postcard! I’m going to use that one in my next round for myself ❤️
USAFwife rated for FLL: Leftovers! on Jun 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for your letter. Hope you are doing better! Sounds like it was a bit of a rough time there for a while!! I'll have to give some thought to book recommendations. :) First author that comes to mind for a recommendation for light, summer reads is Emily Henry - I've loved her books and she just released a new one. I also really like Simone St James for historical fiction. And the 'Witch City" cozy mystery series by Carol Perry is usually a fun read. ((Hugs))!
Carrii rated for Traveling Pen Pal PostCard Swap #9 on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the extras! I haven’t been camping yet but hope to go soon.
QueenHannie rated for I’m Not From Here #8 on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! I love it!
lyssathemermaid rated for LSRUS: Let's Recycle! on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mail! I adore the fox 😍 and the pretty gel pens and markers will most definitely come in handy with my papercrafts! I loved everything and reading your note; its wonderful to hear youre thriving in your location! Thank you for everything ❤️ All the best!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting ephemera!!!
Comment: This card took 14 months to get around! Sending it on!
Comment: Thank you for the cool big tree state park card. How amazing is that tree!
Comment: Cards have arrived! Will be sending on. Thanks for the extras!
estromberg rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #66 on May 31, 2022
Comment: Thank you for passing these wonderful cards on to me. I will send them on their way soon!
Vickyen rated for BLC Book recommendation #13 on May 30, 2022
Comment: Hi Kate! Love the pc - I love having a traveling stationary kit as well but also find at times it is not quite what I remember being in it! LOL! No worries on my end, as we do what we can! LOL! I will have to check that book out, sounds interesting and I love a good mystery/suspense book! Hugs, Happy Reading and Swapping! ;)
nanadiana rated for I’m Not From Here #8 on May 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the Boston pc and your nice message. Nice information! :)
Vickyen rated for I’m Not From Here #8 on May 24, 2022
Comment: Hi Katy! I have been lucky enough to visit Germany twice! Once 35 years ago and the next six years ago! Big difference from time to time but so beautiful and so much history! Yes, beer festivals are a big thing in Germany, with Octoberfest being the biggest (I think) and we attended both times! LOL! All the best and love the Germany pc! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Wylde rated for Traveling Pen Pal PostCard Swap #8 on May 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard! I’ll pass on the travelers!
circularlogic rated for FLL: Don't decorate it! on May 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! The ink and penmanship were both lovely! Have a great weekend!
Comment: Great envelope and loved the innards very much too … sounds like you’ve got a lot of fun things planned, yay!

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Vickyen on Jun 21, 2022:

Hi Kate! I received your vacation pc that you sent extra for the BLC pc! What a bummer that it was too cold to enjoy the swimming hole - and the ticks - yuck! Yes, anything beats going into the office! LOL! Hope you have a great time, rain, ticks and all! LOL! The sunset on the pc is so pretty! Hope you got to enjoy some like that as well! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

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.

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