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3/1/13

moving on up


 i've been learning a lot about myself these past (almost) 8 months of being a new mama again. in a lot of ways it's made me braver. but more than that it's knocked me on my newly large mom butt in some pretty humbling ways. anyways, i could go on and on about all things mom guilt and trying to work from home and all the daily failures in between...but this! this here...is about the stretch and the leap and the want for something more that comes out of it all. it's finding what works and changing what doesn't with just a tad bit of time spent wallowing between them.

in the name of sanity and a small dose of wild hope, i decided to pack up all my paints from the house and make the dream move into a studio space of my own. a place to make a mess and leave it...to get to come home to a house that is there solely for loving and playing and cooking and sleeping. but more than anything, a space to get me off my butt and make things happen already. so that's what i'm doing. 

this space is rich with goals and ways to achieve them...plus a funny little building cat that sidles up and scares me each and every time. (not to mention the sweetest artist i get to share the whole thing with).


i'm so so excited to see what happens next. my head is swimming with ideas and business plans. my goal this year has been to put myself out there more...to feel settled in what i have to offer the world...and to grab at what i want...all while tossing a baby and an 8 year old on my hip. fingers crossed i can do it. 
 
there's nothing like a fresh start space with dirty old floors that makes you want to try...

happy first of march to you all!
xoxo

71 comments:

  1. Congrats! How exciting. I'm sure you'll do great things in this new space.

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  2. That is amazing! I'm so excited for you, it looks beautiful!

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  3. Oh how excited! I can relate in so so many ways to what you write in this post, especially the beginning. Best of luck! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  4. oh my goodness, dearest. our world keeps getting smaller. brook is great friends with my beloved friend, atalie.

    what a wonderful place to be co-creators together. i'm so excited for you and a tad bit envious that you have a space to go and work. i know just how hard it is to juggle motherhood/artist/self-employment. it is a pull stronger than taffy on one of those funny machines at a boardwalk.

    congrats! i'm so looking forward to seeing more beautiful art out of you.

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    1. i love this small world of ours! i so admire atalie's work all over town...
      it's a comfort to know we're not alone in all this, no? i can't wait for you to find that perfect spot that is just your own! because it WILL happen!

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    2. attie has pretty much taken over warren st. i love that little grey squirrel.
      yes, it is very comforting to know we are not alone. thanks for the reminder....

      oh, and thanks for inspiring me and encouraging my little spirit through your "you-ness".

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  5. That looks a gorgeous airy space to work in. Great to feel you are going out to work, close the door on your studio in the afternoon, go home and concentrate on family. Look forward to seeing your work.

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    1. oh, you said it! that's what i'm looking forward to most! keeping work and family separate is going to be a life saver. plus it will help me get dressed before noon....hopefully. haha

      xoxo

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  6. Congratulations! A brave and exciting leap- it will be wonderful.

    xox Lilly

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  7. Working at home with a little one is definitely not easy!! Currently I have to get all of my work done during his one hour TV break and a 2 hour nap (and finish anything else when my husband gets home). In a few months we'll be welcoming a new little girl & I'm taking a year off because I don't think I'll have *any* time to work with two on different schedules. (Then our guy should be starting Pre-K)

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    1. i think the hardest part is feeling like a bit of a failure in all areas...not getting to devote 100% of yourself to any of it! a shared space can do that to you. i think that's what i'm most excited about...keeping work and family separate and being able to devote the time and attention that both deserve.

      wishing you so much luck with your new baby and new life! some time off sounds well deserved...and i'm sure if and when you're ready to go back to working it will be with a whole new zest and energy!

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  8. What a PERFECT space! Can't wait to see how this year unfolds! You are one talented lady. The world is your oyster! Let me know if you need any help. I'd love to work with you on project somehow. xo

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    1. thank you, mama!
      my heart just skipped a beat at the thought of working together...you name it, i'm in!

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  9. Katie! Congratulations!! SO so exciting. I can't wait to see it in June:) Please give me a little tour. And I want to buy a painting. xoxo

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    1. kate! i have something cookin' for you and your guy...i can't wait to see you guys come june. a tour is a must!

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  10. Having a workable space for an artist is very important. Good luck!

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  11. ohhhh, so exciting! cannot wait to see all the new and exciting things that come from this place :).

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  12. Oh wow congratulations!!! That is sooo exciting!!

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  13. Congratulations, just the place itself looks exciting!

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  14. How exciting! What a lovely place to go to and get creative! Wishing you all the best!

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  15. Congrats! Just awesome place. I work from home and it´s pretty boring. Greetings from Helsinki

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  16. I'm so excited for you! What a dream come true. Paint away... :) Can't wait to see what you create.

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  17. wow, so inspiring! sounds like exciting times ahead.

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  18. congrats!!!! that's amazing!!!!!

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  19. This is the happiest thing! So glad for you. :)

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  20. This is sooo amazing! I'm really jealous but it inspires me to strive for my own space like that one day. For now my bedroom/studio will have to do :)

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    1. amazing things come out of bedroom studios! or at the very least, big dreams do!

      xoxo

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  21. Congratulations! This was a brave step, and I am so excited to see what comes from it. Your artwork (along with your perspective on life) is just lovely!

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  23. this looks like a dream comes true! happy you!
    Life Could Be a Dream

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  24. What an amazing space. Would love to see more images of it. As soon as I saw it I had images of Flashdance running through my mind. LOL, will we see you in legwarmers and a leotard?

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. i will definitely share more as i get settled in! i also will be sharing my beautiful line of 80's inspired paintings (peach and teal and unicorns on grids..haha) after spending all my time wearing a leotard while painting. haha

      xoxo

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  25. wow! how exciting! i'm a little bit envious:)

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  26. That is super exciting! Can't wait to see what you create in your new space :)

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  27. So excited for you! The studio space looks amazing.

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  28. What a beautiful space to create in. I am looking forward to seeing bits and pieces of the space as you settle in.

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  29. I was so excited to see your things in the space when I went there for a little bit today! (I may have fondled one of the succulents...)

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    1. i whole-heartedly believe that succulents were made to be fondled. but now that i think about it, that may be why all of mine end up dying. haha.

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  30. I am so happy for you! Take this and run with it!

    Margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

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  31. This is so inspiring! Do you have a website with your art prints for sale?

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  32. Enjoy your space to yourself! Not every artist realizes it, but it's so important to carve away that time and space where you can just throw yourself into creation and be able to leave the remnants out for the next day. We represent and exhibit an artist who is recently a new momma herself (plus, she does these large, room-sized installations) that is struggling with the same thing. As a gallery, you give her all the support you can, but also it's something she needs to hit her comfort zone with. It's a big leap! Can't wait to see what you create because of it!

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    1. I love you sooo much!!!You are Blessed and Loved and Gifted. God has so much in store for you. It's your Time!


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  33. I couldn't think of anything more exciting at the moment! Your own studio! Congrats and hope to get a peek at more of your work.

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  34. super exciting!!! go for it! that space calls for creative exploration. can't wait to see what's next for you!

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  35. This is the greatest thing. And what a space to work in! I can't wait to see more of your work.

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  36. Ah, so happy for you! It is so important for people to not lose themselves in the title of "parenthood". I have been reading your blog for a long time. It's one of the few that I have kept on my feed over time and I love it more and more. It makes me happy that you're finding time for your creative outlet. I'm excited to see more!

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  37. Good for you! This is wonderful. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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  38. What a gorgeous post. You go girl. I am so happy for you and I don't even know you! But at least we share little Bees. (Phoebe) My little one is 8 months and she comes to the office with me. It is nice to have some space outside the house. This will free you up.

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  39. Yay! Congratulations! I'm so proud of you. I too am hoping/ trying to get back into my creative ventures and do some art making. Go for it! You CAN do it!

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  40. Congrats! I cannot wait to see what you do with this space! (And see more of your beautiful work!)

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  41. Good for you! How inspiring!

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  42. This is incredibly exciting (and inspiring)! May your new space be everything you need :-)

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  43. super inspiring! can't wait to see what your new space produces!

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  44. What a gorgeous studio! It has so much character. Can't wait to see what creativity blossoms in there!

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  46. How exciting! I hope your new space is all that you want it to be. I'm very happy for you!

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  47. Omg how awesome!! Good for you!!! Best wishes on your future projects in your new studio space! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  48. What a beautiful space and such an exciting new adventure! Speaking from recent experience, taking these leaps (especially while juggling motherhood and family) of faith are so scary but oh-so rewarding too! Enjoy the journey :)

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  49. At first I thought it said "This place is rich with goats."

    Methinks it's time for me to bed down for the night.

    :)

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  50. OMG! so happy for you! How exciting!!! You are an amazing artist and I can't wait to see what you produce from this new place! Congrats!!!

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  51. This is super exciting and inspiring! I wish you all the best and can't wait to see what you create.

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  52. Katie, my heart is bursting with hope and happiness for you in this incredible new space that is just for you. I never knew how much I needed that as well until little ones came into the picture!

    Can't wait to see what this new space will bring to you!

    xo
    cortnie

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  53. this is so exciting! good for you for taking the leap. i seriously cannot wait to see what's in store... i'm hoping it might involve some of your incredibly gorgeous paintings for sale?! ;)

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  54. This is fantastic! I'd love to someday buy one of your pieces (new goal for 2013 is to save all my money to buy beautiful art). Hi hi, by the way, from a long time silent reader.

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  55. I can't explain but that photo of the flower pot is amazing. I seriously fell in love with it when I saw it. So glad I found your blog! I swoon!

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  56. Sweet Katie!

    I am late to catching up and reading blogs and just about squealed when I saw this! I am SO excited to see this and think about how much fun you will have. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. :)

    xo
    Dani

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  57. Just catching up on blogs, and how exciting is this news?! I bet you are so excited! It will be so nice for you to "leave work at work." Hope it works well for you and your family!

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