June 5, 2014

The Journey

Well guys, it's been two years since my last entry. You could say I'm a pretty awful blogger ;) Besides the little snippets I share on Instagram and Facebook, I'm pretty quiet about my personal life on social media. I guess that's both intentional and not, but tonight I felt the need to share a little more. I want to share a bit about the incredible journey I've had so far in my 26 years.

First off, let me apologize if you see Papyrus headers on this page. They're definitely not supposed to be there. I wouldn't use the font Papyrus in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 years. (I don't even know how many that is, but even then!) My headers used to be a really lovely font, but I think my typekit subscription probably expired in the two years that I've been absent.

Ok. Now for the good stuff:

I want to catch you up on my story, if you're not familiar. Around this time four years ago, I was feeling the need for a change. I had recently graduated from art school and was living in Minneapolis. I often felt pulled to Asheville, North Carolina although I had never been. Heck, I didn't even know anyone who had been. I just felt a magnetism. I decided to take a huge leap of faith and GO. I packed up my car with all my possessions (watercolors, sundresses - you know, all the important things) & moved to the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

I decided to try my luck in a great big cabin in the country, sight-unseen. The entire upper floor was mine - equipped with a claw foot bathtub, cathedral ceilings, and my own private balcony that overlooked a meadow & the misty mountains. At night, the breeze would dance through the windows and sounds of frogs, bugs, and other nighttime critters lulled me to sleep. This was around the time my Etsy shop started to boom and way before I even thought of hiring an assistant. I filled oodles of orders from my bed.

This fairytale, out-of-a-dream house was built and inhabited by Leah, a kindred spirit who I now see as one of my guardian angels. I remember when I first stumbled out of my car at the house on the hill - it was magic hour and the sun turned everything into gold. Leah could tell I was exhausted from my 17 hours on the road & handed me a glass of white wine. She then showed me my room. For the next few months I literally thought I was in a dream.

Living in the basement of the house was the bright and sunny Pamela who taught me a great deal about loving the planet and all the critizens that inhabit it. She took in many-a-stray critters to rehabilitate them or find them new homes. She is a beam of light and anyone who encounters her is lucky indeed. Loveeta lived next door on the hill and offered a wealth of knowledge when it came to baking, sewing, gardening, and so many other things. I remember picking blackberries with her near the horse pasture and being inspired by all her crafty endeavors. For the next 2 years of living in North Carolina, I grew as an artist and woman, uncovering my authenticity and finding my true voice. Being around these strong, creative women really pushed me to dive into life and follow my dreams.

One day in September (I think), Pamela found a stray kitten behind her studio in nearby Weaverville. She scooped him up and tried to find his owners by putting up posters around town. “Why don’t you just keep him in your room until we find who he belongs to?” She suggested to me. Though I knew exactly what she was up to! My intention of moving to North Carolina was to feel “free” and untethered… as much as I absolutely loved cats, I didn’t think I was ready to take on the responsibility of caring for another living being. Days went by and there were no signs that this kitten ever had a home. I became more and more attached to this little feline until one day he told me his name. It was Basil! I can’t even begin to describe the amount of joy Basil, an unexpected gift, has brought me throughout the years. My life wouldn’t be the same without him.

Today I find myself in a similar position, four years later. I’ve taken many big leaps (some scary ones) since moving from North Carolina. Leaps in business, relationships, and most recently, the leap into motherhood. I remember the day I left. I was a blubbering mess and my heart was heavy. Something, however, guided me to the Pacific Northwest. It was in Oregon that I first met Melanie, my full-time Etsy shop maven. I couldn't ask for a better assistant! She is positive, cheerful, hard-working, and loves cats ALMOST as much as me. (haha, if you're reading this Melanie!) Not long after moving to Oregon, Basil told me that he needed a companion. Clementine became part of our family.

It was also in Oregon that I met Eli, an unexpected blessing who is now my fiancee and father of my baby-on-the-way. We met at my dear friend Sarah McMurray's art party during one of the most transformative summers of my life. That summer, I made more friends than I could have ever imagined... I'm usually quite introverted, so this was a surprise. A few of us took a roadtrip to Big Sur, CA to see Beach House perform at the Henry Miller Library. We explored the Redwoods. We jumped off of cliffs and into water. We had stargazing parties. We slept on rooftops. We had house shows. We swam in lakes and camped in the forest. We just were, and it was so beautiful.

image on left by Joy Prouty

And it still is so beautiful. Even more so. Fast forward a year to October 2013, the month I found out I was pregnant. Eli and I were so happy to learn of this blessing. Wow how things can progress in such a short time. Upon learning of the news, we decided to leave our lovely Bend loft and move to a magical cabin in the woods. I have a studio right next to a rushing river and now, with the warm weather, everything is starting to turn green.

Being pregnant has been an amazing journey into the unknown. To be honest though, I've been in such an emotional haze. This is uncharted territory for me and I don't think any type of planning can truly prepare someone for what's to come. I've read so many books on pregnancy and labor, taken a prenatal yoga class, talked to oodles of moms, read countless baby blogs, and listened to so many Ina May Gaskin talks that I feel like I could make The Business of Being Born pt. 2 (just kidding of course!) As much as I love filling my brain with knowledge and information about this very important subject, there is something deep within me telling me to just be still. To gather my own strength and listen to my intuition. Women have been birthing for eons. I keep wondering why this completely natural process has become so fear-based. I do have some apprehension of what's to come, but I'm learning to transform that anxiousness into strength and power.

I can't even tell you how excited I am to meet our baby in a few weeks. I had a dream that I saw him as an infant and then through every stage of his life - all the way into adulthood. He had long curly brown hair, brown eyes, and a dimple on each cheek. He was (and is) beautiful. Intuitively, I know there will be challenges in parenting that I can't even imagine right now. I also know there will be moments of sheer joy and depths of love I have not yet been to. Eli and I are so ready to shower our baby with love and see the world through his new eyes.

So here's a warm thank you to my friends, family, and even those of you I've never actually "met." Your encouragement and support has propelled me into places I once only dreamed of. I am so happy to be alive and experience heaps of beauty, love, and wonder on a daily basis.

With gratitude and so much love,
Katie Daisy

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?