Around Here In Photos

Holy moly, it’s June mid-June!

Here are a few things that I’ve been up to lately…

Still collecting some of the most beautiful art, craft, and sewing supplies. As usual, my studio is one crazy mess today, but no one can tell through my macro lens.

 

Baking…lots and lots of baking. Pictured on top are Wookiee Cookies that I baked up to make my Star Wars fan happy. They are adapted from a recipe found in the Star Wars CookBook –one of the cutest cookbooks I’ve ever seen.

The glazed citrus doodles, pictured below the Wookiee Cookies, are more my speed. These doodles are tart, chewy, and delicious. They are not very heavy, making them perfect for spring and summer. Plus, I love the smell of lemon zest that filled my kitchen while I was making these. I did have a heavy hand with the icing on my first batches, so my last dozen are sans the icing goodness. However, they are still very good! I got this recipe from Everyday Food, one of my very favorite magazines.

 

We’ve been working tirelessly on our yard. Last year we didn’t have time, so this summer its been our goal to have a pretty and functional yard. I saw this cute idea in someone’s front yard–its an old boat filled with flowers. I’m thinking I might try to do this on a much smaller scale, using some of my favorite herbs.

 

Last, I’ve been spending all of my free time at the beach. The weather has been gorgeous and I’ve been trying my best to soak it all in.

Hope you are taking the time to enjoy this fun and relaxing season!

Xo, Kat

For The Love of Art + A Little Makeover

I often get asked how I make time for art in my life. Typically, it seems like people only ask so that they can talk about how they used to love to paint, sew, or engage in some other creative endeavor, but that their lives are just too busy now. They tell me their rehearsed stories about how they were once so creative, but then they got married, or had kids, or fell into a career. I hear the excitement in their voices as they describe the artistic medium they once excelled in. However, these conversations typically end with the person determining that their artistic door is closed. Their enthusiasm fades and they decide they need to stop dreaming and get back to work.

I completely get it. Just like everyone else, I feel that my life is very full and it can be difficult to fit creative time in. The truth is, I don’t get to my camera, metals, fabrics, and paints as often as I would like. However, I have learned to balance my creativity by living a more artistic life. Your creative expression doesn’t always have to show up on canvas or through a string of beads. Your creativity can shine through in your everyday life, such as in the way you dress, little notes you write for your family, and the way you decorate your home.

Today, I am excited to invite you to my home, where we are celebrating love. Love of family, love of life, love of art….

For St. Valentine’s Day, we are having a small, cozy celebration….


As the snow continues to fall outside, are hearts stay warm with thoughts of gratitude and love.

Even little Mazzy joined in the fun.

Our celebration includes love notes…

and little presents.

We have red velvet cupcakes,

tiny candies,

and many other sweet treats.

Of course there was romance with cherubs and roses…

And love. So much love.

Mazzy (who’s red collar you can barely see because she is so “big-boned”) gave me the stink eye when I put the cookies away. I guess she’s only feelin’ the love when food is involved. Can’t really blame her.

This celebration was also made for the Love of Art Blog Party that is happening today through the Fly Tribe. You can join all the fun and get inspired by this amazing group of artists through the Fly Tribe Blog Hop.

Aside from the party, I had time to do a little St. Valentine’s Day makeover. Turning this brown tall boy into a pretty lavender lingerie chest. This was a new color for me and I am really happy with the romantic look of the piece.

Adore the little keyhole…

I hope you are having a wonderful St. Valentine’s Day. I am curious, how do you fit your creativity into your everyday? With how busy you are, how do you make time for your love of art?