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!

37 comments:

  1. You can't go to New Zealand without me!

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  2. Your home is Beautiful!!! Hardwood floors and beautiful brick! swoon! Oh and I know the feeling of not knowing anyone where you live. I'm living in Spain for the summer while working as an Aupair and don't know a soul in the city I live in. I have to venture to a village about 2 hours away on the weekend to see the handful of people I do know in this beautiful country. And on top of that I don't speak Spanish. hahah. It's quite the adventure and I am loving it. I hope your week is wonderful and you make lots of friends in Bend!
    xo

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    1. Thanks, Esther! Wow, Spain? That sounds like a lot of fun... Spain is another place on my list to visit :) I wish you the best summer!

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  3. Katie, I LOVE my life, and wouldn't change a thing...that said...if it were completely different, I would be wander-lusting and living in beautiful places with exposed brick and doing art all day. :-) I so enjoy reading about your adventures!!
    I'll never forget receiving my first Katie Daisy print a few years ago; it's been wonderful to see where your talent has taken you!

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  4. love the happy space you created :) and your fanciful paintings~ glad you are back to your blog!

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    1. I hope to blog a BIT more regularly! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. I'm so glad you blogged again! It's always nice to see the behind the scenes life of a favorite artist. Looks like a fabulous place! Enjoy!

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  6. I love your new place! It is lovely and perfectly suits you. This summer, I've been spending lots of beach time (looking for shells) and pool time with my daughter. I hope to add a few new creative endeavors as well: calligraphy and embroidery. Give Clementine a pat for me.

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    1. Sounds like such an inspiring & creative summer, Monica :)

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  7. Gorgeous! I am in love with everything about this post~ your "Parisian" loft, Oregon, and your plans, but my heart leapt when I read "New Zealand"- it is the most amazing place on the planet and stole our hearts when we visited for a friend's wedding last year. It's like Europe and Hawaii in the middle of a crystal clear turquoise ocean! Italy, Greece, and Western Europe are on our list, but NZ is where we would want to live as ex-pats forever :)

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    1. Oooohhhh your description of NZ just pushed me off the edge! I need to get there soon :)

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  8. Have to say I'm drooling with envy over your new place!! Stunning! And I love that we get a peek at your loo in the top picture ;) Have a happy stay there. And loving your new Paris painting too xx

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  9. I really love the florals in your space! I'm a born and raised Portlander. It takes getting used to. :) Love your work!

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  10. What a wonderful place you have found to live. I just adore your Paris poster. I can certainly recommend Australia as a place to visit as well as New Zealand, but there is so much to see!

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  11. I hope those sneak peeks will soon be prints! I'm excited for the camping one! And the moon one! Ok, all of them.

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  12. ahhhhhh i have a serious case of wanderlust!! I grew up in New Jersey and then moved to florida for a year then argentina for a year then back to New jersey for 2 years and now I've been in Florida again for the past 3 years and I am oh so ready to move again:):):)

    I love your loft!! I live on the second floor of an old victorian and i climb a (nonmoving) old library ladder to get up to my 3rd floor studio loft. It looks totally awesome but its a wee bit of a hassle when im carrying canvases and paints up and down!

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    1. Allison, your loft/library setup sounds quite magical! I'd love to see pictures :)

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  13. I must say that your use of color is amazing! Love your works!

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  14. Your apartment is adorable. I was actually just looking at my "hello, daydream" print and wondering what you were up to. The way you travel the country is so inspiring to me. Glad to hear all is well!

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  15. Congrats on your move! Portland is just as rainy today as it's been for the past 8 months, so it sounds like it was a good call on your end ;) One question. How do you keep moving so many large and fabulous pieces of furniture???? :)

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    1. Yikes, good question, Maresa ;) I only acquired my large furniture in the past year or two. I generally just get a 10ft uhaul and everything squishes in! Also, storage units are a good option when I wanna take some time to travel :)

      I do love Portland for its delicious food, shops, people... but it was just too big and too gray for me! I'm only 3 hrs away, so I can enjoy it on sunny days ;)

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  16. Hello! I was so thrilled to see your post pop up in the blog list today! So nice to hear that things are lovely for you! Summer is great. It is starting to get a little hot here in Phoenix, but it is all good. That is what pools are for, right?!

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  17. I would love to see more of your new place! It's incredible and very inspiring! You are one of my favorite talents and I love seeing how you create your home! xo

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  18. Katie - your place looks awesome and it looks exactly like I'd expect your place to look. Very pretty! I discovered your work a couple months ago and I'm so impressed with your creative, flowery style. Keep those beautiful works coming and I'm not surprised with your success on Etsy at all. Everyone should own one of your pieces!

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  19. My heart smiles reading this. Love it all. Thank you being such an inspiration to take the time to "dream". --mindy

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  20. Hi Katie, I just came across your blog and just wanted to say hi, and wow--so inspiring! Your town and apartment sounds amazing, your illustrations are beautiful, you're incredibly talented!

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  21. Oh Katie!! You are so inspiring! Life looks dreamy!!
    -Britney of Lemonwood and Honey

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  22. Hello! I'm Sarah. My friend Kaycee was telling me about you (she works at Lone Pine) and said that you and I should meet. I'm also an artist in Bend (well getting back into it)...but funny thing is I've been following you on Etsy for some time. So I'm very excited that you are in quaint Bend (I just love it here)! But I look forward to meeting you! I think we could have a great deal to talk about...I'm also dreaming of traveling...Bali, Italy, Greece....;-) Anyway, welcome to Bend!!

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  23. Your home looks lovely and so comfortable. We just moved and settled into a place in Asheville. We are loving every minute but still have lots of stuff packed and are trying to get organized.

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  24. Wow, I love your paintings! And your kitty is adorable!

    Hope you have a fun weekend! ;D

    Miki.

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  25. Your living room is absolutely the most beautiful thing I've ever seen...wow. My dream living room. Also, I have to say that I am SUCH a big fan of your work. Every time I see one of your paintings, I am so inspired to remember all things true, good, and beautiful.

    Good luck in your new town!!!

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  26. Hello Katie, I'm new to you & loving this most recent blog post!
    Your flat is to die for...seriously! The original wooden floors and exposed brick work give it tons of character let alone all of you vintage finds.
    ...love love love
    I look forward to reading more about how you get on in Bend
    x

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  27. That picture of you and your kitty is wonderful! Just found your blog...will be checking it out!

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