2015 Hymn Calendar

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I’m so happy to share with you the 2015 calendar! It’s 12 months of some of my favorite hymns! I always seem to run really behind on starting on my calendar. I just sent it to the printer a week ago and got a proof today from my printer. I’m so happy with the color and quality. You can preorder the calendar on etsy for $18 with free U.S. shipping. The calendars will ship by November 1st. I’m also running a special – buy two calendars, get one teeeny print free!

I think the hardest thing on this project was deciding on which hymns to pick. SO here are the  hymns that I picked for the calendar.

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Here are the backs of the each month – filled with bright colorful patterns that are perfect for you to reuse once 2015 is over.

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I’ve been overwhelmed with the response to preorder. I thought I might get 10 preorders, and I’m still shocked at the number of orders that have been placed. I had to bump up my order from my printer! And I’m thinking about doing another hymn calendar for 2016, because there are a still a lot of hymns that I need to draw. I will also be turning a lot of these hymns into art prints before Christmas so be sure to be on the lookout for that!

BUT I still need YOUR help getting the word out! If you are a fan of hymns, would you share with your friends and family? Or let me know a Christian blog that might be interested in the calendar! I would normally submit my calendar to a few design blogs, but I honestly don’t know if I’ll get the press because it’s Christian content.

Kate

New work FINALLY!

I have been working hard the past month on some new prints! I’m so happy to share today I’ve listed SEVEN new prints in my etsy shop! I’ve been fighting major burnout over the past year. And it’s been a while since I’ve been excited about my work! I’ve got MORE new prints in the works that will hopefully be ready in a month or so! And I’m starting on my 2015 calendar this week!

Use code “Zinnias” for 20% off your order this week! (Expires September 13). My zinnias finally bloomed at our house!

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Pizza, Art, Automattic & Fireworks in New York City

One of the perks of my husband Dave’s really amazing job is that he gets to travel to meetups to work with his coworkers. This was my 3rd time I’ve tagged along with him. I’ve gotten to go to Santa Cruz and Tokyo which were both amazing. I just got back from a week in New York City and since I’ve blogged about my other two meetups, I thought I’d make this a tradition. Dave does work for the Mobile team at Automattic so he goes on the meetups. The Mobile team is very spouse friendly so I get to hang out with the team and other spouses more than I would on other meetups.

This was my first vacation trip to New York City. All the other times I’ve gone, it’s been for work. When I was there I had only a day or two to explore the city. I intentionally didn’t plan any business meetings because I wanted to just enjoy myself.

First stop was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I walked around the Met for FIVE hours last Monday. If you haven’t been, GO! I’ve taken quite a few art history classes while in school, which gave me a great appreciation of what I saw. I had only seen things in a text book so it was so wonderful to see it in person. The two highlights of the Met for me were the Egypt and Greek/Roman wings. I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of everything.

Here are some photos of the Egypt wing. Look at the design and colors. INCREDIBLE.

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In Art History I, I just fell in love with Greek sculpture. They just captured the form of the body in such a breathtaking way. This was the first time to see Greek sculpture in person. It was just simply amazing. I am so thankful I got to see it.

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I shopped so much on the second day of our trip because the next day was Dave’s birthday. I stopped by MarieBelle to pick up Dave a tin of Iced Chocolate. Ahhhhmazing! Also picked him up some Sugru at MoMA. That night I went out with a few Automatticians to a moving party for one of Dave’s coworkers.

The next day I visited the Frick Collection in the Upper East Side. I can’t stress how incredible this museum is. I was BLOWN AWAY. They don’t allow you to take any pictures in the museum so you’ll just have to look on their website. It was the home of the Frick family. Then they turned their home into a museum with their collection of art. I loved how intimate it felt. I told Dave I felt like I was viewing art like it was meant to be viewed – in a beautiful home.

Matt Mullenweg (WordPress creator and CEO of Automattic) invited the Mobile team and other Automatticians to his apartment in SoHo for pizza. That was just such a treat for me because I have been wanting to meet Matt. He’s a celebrity in tech/internet world but he is so nice and personable. He grew up in Houston, Texas. He lost his accent a bit, but didn’t lose his Southern charm.

After the meetup was over, Dave and I visited the Museum of Natural History. Then we went to Brooklyn to see the fireworks on the 4th of July. This was highlight of my trip. It was simply incredible to watch. We were on the East River at Pier 2. We could see the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower (World Trade Center), Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. The fireworks shimmered off the buildings and river creating this magic I’ve never experienced before. I am telling everyone that it’s worth the trip to go just for the fireworks.

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Here’s a few food recommendations for you!

Shake Shack  Ahmazing burgers!

Totto Ramen Tasted just like it did in Tokyo. GO.

Ladurée Incredible Macaroons. I bought a box for Dave’s “cake”

Dean & Deluca I know it’s a chain, but they have an amazing Tres Leches Donut I just loved.

Summer Scarf Collection

I’m not quitting Little Things Studio. But I needed a break. I had burned myself out completely from keeping up with inventory and all the tiny little details that come with running your own business. I’ve struggled to stay motivated the past year for LTS. I’ve been doing this for four years now and I needed something new.

Painting three dimensional objects was so liberating for me. I didn’t have to keep up with old work. It was always new and fresh and I didn’t have to keep up with the inventory after I painted it. I threw myself full force the past two months into just silk painting for a break! I showed at a local show last weekend ONLY textiles! It was so scary to step outside of what I know. I’m going to make new prints. I’m listening to all the requests of quotes, hymns, Bible verses, etc. I’m going to start pursuing fabric companies again for that fabric collection that I dream of.

SO since we got that out of the way, I’d like to share the 2014 Summer Scarf Collection Lookbook! Please visit my NEW etsy shop to view all of the new scarves!

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HUGE thanks to my beautiful friend Helen Simpkins for modeling for me in my backyard! And huge thanks to Andrew Le for letting me use his white wall (with the most perfect natural light) to take my product shots.

 

 

SPRING CLEANING SCARF SALE

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I realize that I just wrote “Spring Cleaning” when it’s SNOWING outside my window in Nashville. But I want spring to be here. I am having a BIG CLEARANCE sale on scarves. They are mostly flat crepe (which is perfect for spring and summer) with just a few raw silk scarves. Right now the count is up to 19 I think? I’m pricing them to SELL! It will be 50-60% OFF. This is a permanent markdown, but once it’s gone, they are gone! You can view some of the scarves that will be for sale tomorrow on etsy. For the rest of the day I’m gonna be photographing the rest then uploading them online for tomorrow. I hope the sale will start around 10:00 am Central time. I’ll post it on all social media if you have one you REALLY want.

Kate