July 2, 2012

Magic Summer

Hello beauties, how are you? How is your summer shaping up? I must say... mine is turning out to be rather magical. There's a certain enchantment swirling around my days, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Cumulus cloud canopies? Naps in the grass? Serendipitous encounters? A combination of it all, perhaps? I've been compiling a list of sweet summer moments that I've experienced throughout the years (and some that I haven't yet) and I'd love to share them with you. Maybe one or two might inspire you to embrace your magic summer.
  • Camping on the beach
  • Hiking through the Redwoods
  • Cliff jumping into a lake or river
  • Driving hwy 1
  • Iced coffee & journaling at an outdoor cafe
  • Eating strawberries straight from the vine
  • Finding giant moths & tiny toads at dusk
  • Sleeping during a wild storm
  • Mineral baths with the windows open
  • Moonshine out of a mason jar
  • Getting lost in an unfamiliar town
  • Canoe trips that creep into the night
  • Making love in a pasture
  • Digging carrots in the sun
  • Raccoons in your backyard
  • Rosewater & lavender cocktails
  • Snapping turtle ponds
  • Unlikely friendships
  • Sheer, gauzey dresses in the breeze
  • Delicious solitude
  • Reading Walden on a pier as the sun goes down
  • Muddy feet & messy hair
  • Dimly lit apartments & sweet summer air
  • Walks with your lover down a dirt path
  • Kissing in the pines
  • Dreams that become reality
  • Driving through the desert
  • Wild Maine blueberries
  • Firefly extravaganzas in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Skinny dipping & back floating in a cloud painted lake
  • Packing up and heading out
  • Iced maple latte 
  • Naming constellations from a rooftop
  • Daydreaming under giant sequoias 
  • Summer night playlists: Beth Orton, Nick Drake, Iron & Wine
  • Receiving a bouquet of wildflowers
  • Taking a train to Montana
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • Diving in
  • Strawberry pie
  • Outdoor showers
  • Full moon adventures
  • A car full of camping gear
  • Farm stands in the middle of nowhere
  • Barn kittens

Tell me how you're spending your summer 

June 25, 2012

I have a blog!?

Whoa! It's been MONTHS since my last post... I guess that's what happens when you're a painter with a bad case of wanderlust. Well, it seems to me as though I've landed in the lovely town of Bend, Oregon. Have you been? After living in Portland for 8 months, I've become a little soggy. I'm currently residing in the high desert, drying out :) Bend is quite lovely and my place reminds me of a sweet little Parisian loft. It has exposed brick, vintage chandeliers, huuuge windows and a luxurious clawfoot bathtub. Heavenly, really! Not to mention, the farmers market is RIGHT BELOW my window. I found it on allofcraigs.com. It's a website that lets you search ALL of Craigslist (hence the name!)I think I typed in "exposed brick" and "clawfoot." Take a look: 
I'm loving that Bend is a relatively a small town full of nature & friendly folks. I hardly know anyone (psst... introduce yourself!) but that's one of my favorite things about moving somewhere new - making new connections! I've found a lot of good nooks here, and a few really great ones. My favorite coffee shop (which I frequent on a daily basis) is Lone Pine. They make a delicious maple latte. Thump is a close second, as I love their lavender mocha. I'm also a regular at Dudley's. It's a cafe/book shop/cozy hang out for anyone looking to melt into a novel for a few hours while sipping on a cup o' chamomile. I was there the other day during a rainstorm and it was one of the most magical moments I've experienced in a while.

I got rid of my car a year back in Asheville, and I figured it was about time to get a new mode of transportation. Pictured above is my new Electra bike with sweet Clementine in the front basket. Projects & Etsy have been steady which is a great blessing. I just finished a fun project for Natural Vines, a natural licorice company based out of Bend. Here's a sneak peek of what I've been working on: 

I've also been dreaming of Paris a lot :) I've never been out of the country, but hopefully by next year that will change. I'd love to go to Italy or France... New Zealand, Australia... Bali? I created this quick little illustration tonight while watching Midnight in Paris. Have you seen it? One of my all time favorite movies! 

Well, I think that's enough of an update for now. How are all of you? Enjoying the summer? Any fun summer plans? Sending love to all of you everywhere!

January 16, 2012

This Wild & Precious Life

Hello dear ones, and welcome to 2012! This is my first painting of the new year! The Mary Oliver quote I illustrated above is so meaningful to me... what, oh what, will you do with your precious life? Have you ever made a life list? Things to accomplish in this life...? Here's the one that's been hiding out in my sketchbook:

1. Jump off a rock into the ocean
2. Eat pizza in Naples
3. Lay in a lavender field in Provence (or anywhere!)
4. Own a beautiful 200yr old farm house
5. Make a line of fabric
6. Bathe in hibiscus flowers in Bali
7. Have garden with poppies, daisies, cosmos, crickets & hummingbirds
8. Create an outdoor bathtub/sacred space to bathe in every day of summer
9. Make a strawberry pie from scratch
10. Stay in a yurt on the ocean (accomplished this last week!!)
11. Live out of an airstream for a while... pick up and move wherever/whenever. Set up camp in National Forests, seashores...
12. Climb a mountain
13. Hike the Appalachian Trail
14. Learn to Sew
15. Live in New Zealand
16. Skinny dip (again ;))
17. Learn every constellation recorded
18. Sit in stillness every day for at least one hour
19. Marvel at the Northern Lights
20. See the French Riviera
21. Learn to SURF! 

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There are sooo many more things in my noggin that I'd love to accomplish. Let's see how many of these I can complete in 2012! 

What's on your list? 

December 31, 2011

2011 Year in Review

Hello dear friends. How are you? Can you believe another year has passed us by? All of 2011's moments are gone with the summer breeze ...or maybe collected in your heart? I know I've collected so many memories, friends & lessons from 2011. 

Oh MY, what a wonderful year it was... perhaps my favorite yet. I have SO MUCH to be grateful for. Here's a list of fifty sweet-as-honey 2011 highlights:

  • Rung in the new year with my best friends at an Avett Brother's show
  • Lived in beautiful, beautiful Asheville, North Carolina and shared a country dream home with two amazing women, a kitty and a clawfoot tub.

  • Perhaps 2011's most magical moment: I rode a bicycle through a forest wearing only a bikini. At the end of the trail I swam in a lake with a horse. 
  • Soaked atop a drizzly North Carolina mountain in a hot tub.

  • Got a gym membership and became really active (for a while!)
  • Danced my heart out at an Asheville drum circle
  • Saw my artwork on an American Greetings Valentine's Day endcap

  • Had a Thai massage that rejuvenated my mind, body & spirit
  • Witnessed my best friend Heather get married
  • Drank lots of Silver Needles & Tulsi tea at my favorite teahouse, Dobra
  • Met my spiritual mentor, Alia
  • Had my first facial and felt like a brand new person
  • Realized that being alone is a gift

  • Took part in a great art collaboration with my dear friends Peter & Kima
  • Painted butterflies, flowers & lettering for Target's spring line. Saw my art on teapots, gift bags, mugs & so much more.
  • Created packaging illustration for Sunbites
  • Had my heart broken
  • Had my heart mended

  • Witnessed a misty mountain firefly extravaganza. I will never see anything like it again.
  • Tried moonshine... and really liked it.
  • Had the best iced coffee of my life at The Mill in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Illustrated 10 cards for Madison Park Greetings - to debut in 2012
  • Had gum surgery (ouch!) and finally got my teeth in healthy spirits.

  • Took my Basil cat on oodles of walks through the mountains. He would follow alongside me with his fur poofed up.
  • Participated in several craft shows and a few gallery shows

  • Moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for a new adventure with Luke
  • Had an amazing dream about a farmhouse, ferris wheel & a Milky Way meteor shower

  • Learned (and still learning) to love rain
  • Met the Pacific Ocean and stood in awe (first picture)
  • Saw my first look at my home decor/garden line with Demdaco - to debut 2012

  • Bought a pink Christmas Tree
  • T-Shirts!
  • Played countless games of Scrabble

  • Let go of what didn't serve me
  • Let go of many insecurities
  • Created album art & posters for several musicians
  • Met & hired the most wonderful studio assistant, Melanie

  • Designed a blog for Ashley
  • Saw my art published in several magazines & publications
  • Reached 9,313 Etsy sales

  • Met some of my favorite Portland artists
  • Illustrated a journal for Chronicle Books - out in 2012
  • Spent $456 in one trip to the Post Office (mailing Christmas orders!)
  • Momentarily lost track of my bliss... but began to chase it again.
  • Felt a (mostly) constant flow of abundance
  • Made the entire year (actually THREE years!) without getting sick -- not even a cold!
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It really has been incredible and I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store. Although 2011 brought some amazing experiences, there are areas I need to nurture a bit more. For example - I should be exercising regularly, spending less time online (more time in stillness), becoming a bit more stable with my finances, nurturing my relationships and above all, really looking within and asking whether I'm living the most authentic life possible. 

Much laughter, light and happiness to you all in 2012. 


Katie Daisy