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.

Gold teeth


So I am usually not one to try and follow trends, but can I help it if I am loving the gold/white/black yumminess that's going on in the design world?! I've added these two new 5x7 symbolic teeth prints to my Katie Vernon etsy shop. One's kinda roundy and one's kinda not as roundy. Each have one gold-leafed tooth. They remind me of my bestie Mary- who proudly rocked a silver tooth from age 2 to 7! They also remind me of this...

...which is kinda great. 

Looking back and forth


So last year I made these goals for myself...let's see how we did...

1. Create enough strong new work to redo (or at least majorly update) my website 
-IN PROGRESS. definitely did a major update of my site...i'm still struggling with what work to show- my major gigs have been in more of the "chipmunk cheek" style, but i like the newer stuff more. 

2. Have a gallery show of personal work 
-DONE! I had two gallery shows of new work that I felt super proud/excited about!

3. Maintain the Chipmunk Cheeks shop, but not take on commissions/new works in that style. 
-KINDA DONE. I think I did a few new animals this year, but definitely said 'no' more than i said yes. 

4. Find excitement and joy in projects
-DONE! I really loved doing the herbal wreaths and all the newer works for the gallery shows.
 5. Confidence in my craft
-IN PROGRESS- this will always be a goal for me- but being in IKEA this year made it easier to be like "f*ck yeah! My art is in IKEA!"

6. Learn one new artsy skill 
-KINDA DONE. I discovered a new type of paint this year- does that count? I also ventured into needle felting but ended up just making some dryer balls. 
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So what does 2014 have in store for me and me arts? Besides moving (location TBA) and all the craziness that goes with that- i'm still figuring it out, but here's a few things i'm thinking over...

1. Be kind. 
- of course i always want to be kind to others, but this year it's more about being kind to myself. Being a stay at home mom is a full time gig- so i need to cut myself some serious slack if i'm not blogging or marketing, or drawing as much as i think i should be. Also included in this is being kind to my body- cutting out gluten/sugar as much as possible, keeping up the crossfit, and making regular massage/chiro appointments.

2. Seek out nature more. 
- I get a lot of energy/ideas when i'm out in nature- so i should be hanging out with trees more- duh.

3. Push my hippie boundaries
- for the past few years reiki has been popping up in my life randomly. I've been ignoring it for the most part- until recently i went and had it done and OH MY GOODNESS- i truly felt like a new person- so much peaceful energy! So i decided i'm going to learn how to do it.

4. Other artsy plans
-as far as the arts goes- my plan is to continue on with creating more healing wreaths and have them available as prints, originals, and large square silk scarves. I'm going to move my chipmunk cheeks etsy shop over to Society6 so that they can still be available to people, but i don't have to do any of the printing. I'm sure more things will pop up, but this feels good for now.



I know gems are kinda hot right now- and typically I don't try to be "on trend" with my illustrations/products- but I have always had a soft spot for pretty rocks. I love wading stream beds looking for promising geodes to try to smash open. It all appeals to my hunter/finder/gatherer/collector side. Maybe I need to do some sea glass paintings since that was the treasure to find growing up near Lake Michigan. 

Check out my birth gemstone calendar and gemstone print in my shop! I have a limited number of calendars and will not be re-ordering- so get them while you can!

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