just a reminder...


This Saturday- May 31- is the last day to order prints or originals until early August. We're packing up our home, moving temporarily to the home I grew up in, vacationing, and then moving again to....??? We're still not 100% sure. I'm trying to embrace the unknown. 

If you've been following my #dailywreaths on instagram- you've noticed that they've become more like #everyonceinawhilewreaths. Don't worry- I hope to get back to the #daily part of it soon! 

daily wreath update


Just a few of the #dailywreaths I've been posting to instagram (thekatiev). What's your fave so far? Mine is the pancake (it was also the most delicious). 



So let's just forget that it's been two months since the last blog post. I've been too busy playing! Spring is here so we've been outside a TON and I've definitely felt newly inspired to create more. I've also been having more fun on twitter and instagram. Using vscocam has renewed my love for phone photos- you have so much more control over the editing and so many more preset options available. Anyhoo- you probably know that I have a slight obsession with wreaths. (I still have more healing wreath paintings in the works- stay tuned, but don't hold your breath)

This week I decided to start making a daily wreath to photograph and put on instagram. Some will be floral, some will be drawn, some will be salads :)

I hope you'll follow, share, comment, and do a happy dance. toodles

Press Play



Right now I'm playing the waiting game. Hubs is applying for jobs, we're putting our house up on the market without knowing if/when we're moving out of Bloomington, and so many questions cannot be answered... Do I need to have Juniper on some waiting list for a preschool somewhere? What if we sell our house before we know where we're going? Will I be able to have a space to make art in? What if we move somewhere terrible? 

Then there are all the questions that we need to answer but are exhausting to think about... Do we want to move with this/donate that/sell those? Are we going to have to repaint our whole kitchen ceiling or just the part that has exploded beer stains? Should I close up my Chipmunk Cheeks shop to focus on other arts? (that question has been lurking for years).

On a typical day all these unanswered/unanswerable questions leave me a bit paralyzed so I just print/ship any orders I need to, watch some Parks and Rec or something brainless, and have some dark chocolate for lunch, and otherwise go about my day with Juniper. Today I started tweeting about life feeling like it's on hold. Then I switched it to a question- "what do you do when your life is on hold?"-then I switched "on hold" to "paused"- then I answered my own question- "press play." 

What does that mean for me? It means not focusing on the unanswerable questions, enjoying our incredible daughter, and embracing the part of the future that I'm looking forward to (hello purging/organizing/packing! (yes- i like those things)). It means turning off the voice in my brain that says "if you can't be doing x, y, and z with your art, then you're not moving in the right direction." Sure, I'd love to be painting massive wreaths and finding my place in the gallery art world- but that's just not going to happen right now. So instead I'm going to draw one small wreath today. Or maybe I'll draw a bigfoot and put him on a stick and take pictures of him hiding- that sounds like fun. Or maybe I'll work on the play kitchen I'm building for Juniper's 2nd b-day. Playing is not about beating yourself up for what you should be/could be/wish you were doing. 

When paused you can press stop, fast forward, rewind, or play. Today I'm pressing play. 

you warm my heart


who's your heart's norwegian sweater today?

another little act of artiness


 This was a perfect-sized leather cross-body bag I found while thrifting. The only think I wasn't thrilled with was the embossed logo. So I thought I'd bust out some embroidery floss. My first attempt was a fail- it looked like a candy corn and I started at the base of the triangle so it meant I had no room at the top to finish well. The second try turned out much better (though the top of the triangle still gave me problems).

And here's juni rocking her mushroom turtleneck and carhartt overalls...

Pinterest project #5


I have officially done 5 projects on my "to do" pinterest board. My mom and I found these agate bookends at a garage sale and I gold leafed the outside. BAM! Here's the image that I was inspired by:

Random acts of artiness


I added this snazzy custom paint job to Juni's ukulele months ago (as seen by the "well-loved-patina" which has occurred even though i did spray it with a clear coat). Nonetheless she loves it, I love it, and her fellow bandmates at band practice love it. 

 silly juniper.

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