Swap-bot Time: December 9, 2022 1:58 pm


Date Joined: November 13, 2019
Last Online: December 6, 2022
Birthday: August 21
Country: United States
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About Me

Early July 2022 Update: Slowly easing back into swapping after Covid had me down & out last month. 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 extra pc! Maybe one day that other one will show up in my mailbox!
Response: Whoa! I'm sorry this hasn't arrived yet, and have reached out to you to find out how I can make this up to you!
Comment: Im not rating late I just got it! LOL Spice girls? Very cute. Oh thank you for using vintage stamps; they drew the dreaded black line thru them to cancel them! Grrrr. LOL Happy Holidays. Ps. I love those types of images...small, many images. So cute!
Comment: Katy, thank you for the card & stickers. Sorry for the late rating; hubby & I were doing some cleaning & found this on the mantle, of all places!!
blubutterfly rated for Note on a Postalette 5 on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: What a great postalette! I haven't seen one like it before, with the quote too:) Plus a lovely note! Really made my day, thank-you!!
Barbara rated for recipe card swap on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: Finally arrived like out of nowhere, Thank you!
sera rated for Vintage Tourist Card #28 on Nov 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the card! I definitely think looking at water makes me more relaxed. I think that’s why so many people in Hawaii are so laid back :)
squince rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #30 US Only on Nov 9, 2022
Comment: My cats would never allow me to dress them up, so rude! haha
HappyMom rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #79 on Nov 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for resending the swap. I totally understand how things get mixed up and I appreciate this awesome envelope! I'll pass the card along and will enjoy the stickers and stationery you sent too ❤️
Comment: Such a lovely swap!! Thank you :)
Comment: Thanks so so much for the postcards from Nazareth---so cool!
Comment: Hello Katy, Thankyou for the lovely halloween card and cool bat stickers! ❤️❤️❤️
Comment: Fall bulbs. I would love to plant those. Sadly, my chipmunks, deer and squirrels think otherwise. I'm sure your garden will look gorgeous this spring. Thank you for the extra p/c. I will pass along the traveler on the next round. Enjoy your week.
Eulegirl rated for Coloring Collab 2022 #1 on Oct 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the interesting card to color and the extras!
Comment: Got em! Thank you for the stickers! I love your handlettering. I wish I could do that. Take care !
coolcamaro rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #30 US Only on Oct 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great card. I love a card with a something to read. My girls are currently cuddled on their blankets on the floor. They don't snore but they do dream quite a bit and I love watching them while they dream. One of them talks in her sleep too which I always find interesting since she doesn't bark when she's awake.
Comment: Thank you so much for the card! It's so cute ♡ can't wait to reuse it ♡♡♡ happy Halloween!
Comment: thank you for the halloween fun!
Sweetrizzo44 rated for MZA; RELIGIOUS BUILDING PC SWAP on Oct 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! Your handwriting makes me want to practice my own handwriting. Keep sharing your handwriting with the world. Take care...
Comment: Thank you for the great envelope and the great enclosures! So many great things. Aloha
USAFwife rated for FLL: Halloween cards on Oct 18, 2022
Comment: ohmygoodness, what an adorable card!! I love it!! My spooky stationery stock has grown quite a bit too! It's dangerous, isn't it? :) I don't dress up or decorate for Halloween, but I still love all the spooky stuff! I used to buy fresh cut flowers as a 'treat' every few weeks, but then we got cats, and they would get into them and make a mess, so I stopped. I miss it though - you're right, sometimes a small thing can bring joy. :) We might do pumpkins this year, we don't always. Happy Halloween!

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Barbara on Sep 3, 2022:

Thank you for granting my August LSRUS wish!

lou on Aug 21, 2022:

Happy birthday, Katy Mike!

simcoe54 on Aug 21, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!!

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! :)

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