A New Studio Home in a Very Unexpected Place ///

It's been a while since I've done this and probably because life has changed so much! 

Where to begin? 

Well, I've moved! I left my beloved Portland for Central Oregon. This transition has been a roller coaster of emotions, but I have to say the highs are so much higher than the lowest lows. I miss my friends, favorite restaurants and the ease of seeing live music any night of the week. There aren't photo booths and strip clubs on every corner, but there are mountain views and snow-dustings everywhere I go. The natural inspiration is like nothing I've ever experienced. New materials and soothing colors pallets are giving me the opportunity to experiment with my creativity. Welcoming new friends have allowed me feel at home in a way I never expected so quickly. 

Through those new friends I've manifested a studio. This happened with way too many "small world" moments and ended with the space you see me in above. Friend's art, along with thrifted items and my own work hang on the old ironworks buildings epic wood panelled walls. My huge classroom sized chalkboard gives me a free-space to do my monthly chalk installments. For 2014, each month is handlettered. 

Initially I am using this space to nurture my chalk art and hand-lettering. Honing my craft and doing projects that are all my own. "This space is all my own," something I have to keep saying to myself, something I've never experienced. It's small, 10x10 cube and my sweet next door studio neighbors are almost within whispering distance...but, it's all mine. A community and individuality all in one fell swoop. 

After jumping out of the warm feathered nest that is Portland, I feel more at home flying on my own than I ever expected.

Portrait by Cat Carty


A Time for Transition - Late Summer

No longer working a 9-5 is magical...spending my time doing freelance work while enjoying these last bits of warm sun and new moments of crisp air. Michigan, Eastern Oregon,  love and friendships. Cherishing this time of rest after a long hard year of 60 hour work weeks. 

Gwen Frostic's inspiring home and letterpress studio in Benzonia, Michigan. 

Chalk pieces for Cat & Colby's big day. 

The time needed to make my house a home, just in time for chilly evenings and snuggles...

and Penny got a little home improvement as well. 


For Your Reading Pleasure: Dear Sugar, The Rumpus Advice Column

I don't usually dig advice columns.  I find them trite and antiquated normally. 

This one is different, it's heartfelt and raw. The author, Cheryl Strayed gives personal details about her life that so many advice columnists avoid.  The thing is - this is what makes her answers pack a punch.  This is what makes me want to just post up at her bar and drink too many bloody mary's and just cry. I know I could come to her with anything and she would have a way to make me feel better about the situation. 

So please my friends, check out Sugar, The Rumpus Advice Column.  

Also, my favorite post and the post that lead me to her amazing writing in the first place.



Tiffany Ford Journal Entries

Tiffany Ford produced a public journal series called No Shame November.  Her mix of hand painted and drawn entries are lighthearted, yet heartfelt. I can completely relate to these entries as the type of person who cannot always put things into words. "Let me SHOW you how I feel"