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)

February 10, 2011

My Lovely Friend Heather

I would love to introduce you all to my wonderful friend, Heather Baker! She is an amazingly talented photographer & visual artist who finds much of her inspiration in nature. Last year, Heather was fortunate enough to work with the Nature Conservancy at Nachusa Grasslands in Northern Illinois. There, she aided in prairie preservation and restoration. I was lucky enough to visit her this past fall! It's truly a marvelous place to be :) The photographs I've selected are scenes that Heather captured while living and working on the prairie.

Heather also makes beautiful collages/studies with material she gathers from the natural world. 

In Heather's words on her nature studies: "My process is very intuitive. I simply start by going through my plant collection and arranging different elements into different forms, often asking myself 'what kinds of functions is this part used for? What else can it be?' For me, these pieces arouse my imagination and my fascination with nature. They elicit that timeless feeling as I contemplate these archaic forms that have persistently been the building blocks of life on Earth"  

You can visit Heather's website for more amazing nature-inspired artwork. She also has an Etsy shop with prints and jewelry! Thank you for sharing your art with us, Heather 

February 9, 2011

Thoughts of Warmer Days

The Daily Grind

Hello! I hope you all had a nice journey to dreamland. It's a beautiful day in my neck of the woods and I'm so excited to accomplish (hopefully!) everything on my list. Do you make lists too? I love to make a "Good Morning" list at night so I have a clear idea of what I need to accomplish for the following day.

Here's a peek at some of my favorite/daily reads.

1. 14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer
2. Gratitude: A Journal (From Chronicle Books)
3. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
4. Cloud-Hidden Whereabouts Unknown by Alan Watts
5. Life - Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho
6. The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life by Jennifer Worick
7. Daily Om: Learning to Live by Madisyn Taylor
8. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

What are YOU reading? 

February 8, 2011

Valentine's Reminder!

Hey beauties! Just a reminder that this is the last week to place a Valentine's Day order at my Etsy shop! Hurry on over and pick up a card or print for your sweetie

Greetings To All!

Well hello there! It's about time I got a blog, right? For those of you who don't know me, allow me introduce myself :) My name is Katie Daisy and I'm an illustrator/designer/daydreamer living in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. I grew up on a small Midwestern farm in a magical little town called Lindenwood -- a place that will always be the deepest root of my inspiration.

It was in the tiny town of Lindenwood where I first understood that anything is possible. I could frequently be found by the creek watching tadpoles flutter or lying in a pasture watching cumulus clouds pass by. My childhood was one never-ending, blissful daydream. I spent hours behind our simple white farmhouse picking 4(and even 5 or 7!)-leafed clovers. Often, I'd take bike rides up and down our road and collect any interesting treasures I found along the way.  In the evening, Mom would pick a bundle of lilacs and place them in a white porcelain pitcher - the smell would fill the entire house. 

There's something about holding onto the wonderment of a childhood summer and applying that feeling to my adult life. I am now 23 years old and can say that I still hold onto a portion of that fairy-tale like perspective. At an early age, I knew that I wanted to be an artist. At a later age, I knew I wanted to be an artist for a profession. I am so grateful to have parents who encouraged any dream I could conjure. Rarely,(if ever) did I hear the word "no" when it came to following my heart's desire. 
Today, I'm "following my bliss" as a full-time, self-employed artist. I am forever thankful for the wonderful people in my life who have encouraged me to make this a possibility. I thank you from the depths of my heart!

I invite you to join me as I wander through the strange & beautiful world of being an independent artist. On this blog, I will share new projects, inspirations & other daily musings you might find interesting. I'm definitely not a writer, so many of my posts will be image-heavy and simple. I hope you'll stick around a while to see what transpires 

Many, many thanks to Katrina from Powered by Pastries for helping me get this blog off its feet!