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. 

SO MUCH LOVE!!

Katie Daisy


December 5, 2011

Pathless Woods

Companion piece to my "Wild & Free" painting...

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more"

- Lord Byron

October 29, 2011

Rain, coffee & art!








Eek! Sure has been a while since my last blog post. How are you all? I'm busy as a bee over here in Portland, OR! I'm trying to get used to the rainy, grey days... which to the locals, haven't even "started" yet! 
I've been working on a few huuuuge projects including: a line of greeting cards, illustrating a book for a well-known author (stay tuned for details!), a blog re-design, a magazine cover, iPhone cases, and more! Because of all this freelance work, I've gotten a little behind on my Etsy orders... which brings me to the next bit of exciting news:

I have an assistant! Her name is Melanie and she's the lovely talent behind Soma Venus and Rad Cat. She's a total cat lady -(works at a shelter, professional kitty photographer)so we most definitely get along. So far, we've done a little work and a lot of cat things. Or is it the other way around!? ;) I'm super grateful for her assistance and I hope she likes her new job!

Up top are 3 new paintings + a self portrait in my new studio! I really love the house we're living in... a super sweet 2 bedroom house with lots of character & charm.

Well, that's all for now... Have a lovely day, friends!

Daisy

August 28, 2011

Prairie Camping

My best friend Heather is getting married! To celebrate, we went camping at Nachusa Grasslands in rural Illinois... it was SO much fun. 

Our camping night included: campfire stories, almonds, chocolate, pita chips, cookies, a night hike and lots of stargazing :) 

Did you hear? I'm moving to Portland, Oregon! I've officially fled the state of North Carolina for a change of scenery. I've loved every minute of Asheville, but the gypsy in me is saying, "time to move!" I'm excited to be closer to the ocean... collecting treasures on the beach and getting new inspiration. 

For now, I'm in Northern Illinois until Heather gets married -- I'm her maid of honor! Shortly after that, I'll round up Luke and Basil and high tail it out to the Pacific Northwest. Adventure awaits!

July 24, 2011

Travels West



My sweetie Luke and I recently took a trip out west to Nebraska, South Dakota & Minnesota. Here are a few shots of our travels...(all taken with a cheapy disposable camera!) We have so much fun together :)

I'm convinced that the little yellow house was mine in a previous life... I love it dearly!

Have you traveled at all this summer? If so, where?
xo

June 19, 2011

Summer Sales





It's summertime! That means it's also art sale time. I've had a ton of fun so far this summer with the shows I've participated in. These images are from my most recent art show at Freshly, a sweet boutique in Denver, NC and The Big Love Fest in Asheville, NC. It's been interesting to experiment with display elements. Vintage linens, chipped up barn wood furniture & ever-so-sweet buntings made by the lovely Jessie have played a big role in my setups.

I'm currently having a display built by the super-talented Darlene of Hatchett Designs. Can't wait to share what she comes up with!

The next show I'm taking part in is The Big Crafty in downtown Asheville. It's on Sunday, July 10th - mark your calendars! There'll be tons of amazing vendors, food, music... Hope to see you then!

I'd love to hear about your festival/craft show displays :)

May 22, 2011

Stillness Speaks

"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness." - Eckhart Tolle

May 15, 2011

Wildflowering



Having fun with some new patterns. Look for these on notecards soooon :)

April 28, 2011

Goodies from the North





I recently took a trip North (Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota) where I found all sorts of delicious things. I collect vintage hankies and was soooo thrilled to stumble upon the most beautiful prints for $1 a piece! I also found an amazing vintage Valentine, a sweet little chocolate box & gold foil letters.

Yippee!

April 20, 2011

Beauty


Made from scanned doilies, vintage embroidery, watercolor, acrylic & gold foil letters :)

March 27, 2011

Uncle Mountain Gig Poster

Here's a little gig poster I did for Asheville band, Uncle Mountain. There will be some space at the bottom for the guys to write in their show info. That way, if they have gigs in multiple cities, they can use one poster & just change the details! How handy...

I hope they like it!

March 9, 2011

My Idols





There really are no words to describe the utter fascination I have with these three artists. They've all had a tremendous influence on my work and I am in awe of their talent and skill. I LOVE THEM!

March 6, 2011

Oh, the Sea!

Another saltwater-themed piece :) Watercolor/acrylic. Avail in my Etsy shop!

March 5, 2011

Salty Air



Dreaming tonight of waves & constellations. Watercolor, acrylic, some digital collage. Print available at my Etsy shop.

February 28, 2011

Dreaming Again...

a. HaoJan Chang  b. Parker Fitzgerald  c. Irene Suchocki  d. Rengim Mutevellioglu

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Oh, I am dreaming again. Today was stormy and beautiful... it conjured up all types of feelings in me. One thing I know for sure: I have to get to the sea! The urge to go to the ocean is like none other. I anticipate a journey to the beach in the next coming weeks. 

Lately I've been thinking about dreams & goals, what I have accomplished and what's left to accomplish. I'm so grateful that I've been able to attain so many goals at my young age of 23, but understand that I can't stop now! It's so important to keep creating & following new dreams.

SO, I thought it would be great to share a list of NEW dreams with my fellow blog readers. Here are a few I came up with:

1. Travel to: France, Italy, Ireland, Costa Rica, Bali, Iceland, Montana, The Galapagos, Easter Island, India, New Zealand, Greece, Morocco, Nepal... to name a few ;)

2. Live in a country seaside cottage with a detached shed for a studio.

3. Find an amazing assistant to help with my Etsy orders, e-mails, project managing, etc.

4. Jump off a cliff into the sea

5. Develop a regular yoga/meditation routine

6. Learn how to sail

7. Learn how to garden

8. Meet more people!

9. Maintain authenticity through all of my business endeavors

10. Connect more with my family

I'm sure more goals will come in time and I'd love to share them with you as they do. For now, that's what I'm striving toward. I wish you all the best in accomplishing your goals too! Feel free to share what you're dreaming of :)

 (image via sugarock99)