Things worked on behind the scenes last week. I finally finished all of my online videos for the pattern class I was taking. Pattern camp is the actual name, and it was a great class with oodles of information I now need to put into play, sigh. Somewhere down the line I want to create gift wrap, tissue paper and gift bags and will need to know how to integrate my patterns into Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I need to work on this before all the knowledge falls out of my head, this could happen.

What didn’t happen this week- I did not make it to the printer to discuss process for submitting artwork, printing, paper weight they use, etc. I need to make this happen.

Yesterday, Sean Wes challenged his followers on Instagram to #makeonethingtoday. Below is mine.
BTW- check him out, he’s got a lot going on in the creative world and it’s pretty impressive.

Happy Tuesday!

by: Katie's Design Studio

by: Katie’s Design Studio

I thought I would share the next phase of my creative world with the interwebs in hopes of making some progress. I have a dream of starting an online paper/stationery business that would include selling some of my art prints. There are so many things you can put designs on, however, I want to begin with the these items. It’s safe to say I have been procrastinating on this next phase for quite some time, reason being, this is the nitty-gritty un-fun details that go into starting a small business.

Last year I filed my DBA, Katie’s Design Studio, and spent the remainder of the year creating art for my business.  Now comes the hard part and in no particular order here’s my to-do list in getting this bad boy off the ground. *Finding an online platform to sell items, there are so many to choose from and figuring out which one will be best for your business is days on end of research. *Printer to print your work on, I have one in mind but need to go check out their paper quality, ie. set the deadline make it happen:-) *Load artwork to computer to clean up any messes within drawings. *Packaging for the stationery as well as material to ship sold items. Yes, I’m claiming to sell something right out of the gate. *Terms of agreements for items, which involves some legalese. Wish me luck!

I did submit my Texas Sales and Use Tax Form a biz is required to have in order to sell items, who knew you needed a state ID to sell.

Sneak peak of the stationery line.

Katie's Design Studio

Katie’s Design Studio

 

Sheesh, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I posted anything. Well, that’s not entirely true, I kinda lost my mojo on what to write about. You see writing isn’t my strong point, which is kind of strange since I am an avid reader. However, I do love to share pretty visuals I see. This may take some time to get rolling while I figure out what to share/not share and how to use WP again.

What have I been doing for the past year? Well, I’ve been doing a ton of drawing/doodling and slowly building a portfolio of paper products. My goal is to be selling stationery, art prints and fabric designs soon. Actually, I need to create a deadline to make this happen. I’ve been hanging out on the corner of fear and scared of failure for way too long. It’s time to choose a different road and see where it goes. Here are a few of the things I’ve created. I hope you enjoy!

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*All photos/drawings by Katie’s Design Studio

 

At her finest…Enjoy!

Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

I forgot

I forgot

Cuz I can't stop...More Japanese Gardens

Cuz I can’t stop…More Japanese Gardens

More Japanese Gardens

More Japanese Gardens

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Up close-Multnomah Falls

Up close-Multnomah Falls

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I saw snow- Mt. Hood

I saw snow- Mt. Hood

* All pictures by Katie’s Design Studio

I think I love you. Man, oh man, is this place GOR-GEOUS!!! I forgot how much I loved mountains ’til my trip out west. All I’ve ever heard about Portland is it rains non-stop. Well, I was lucky as this was not the case. I do need to apologize ahead of time as I took 4 bazillion pictures and this may be broken in to two separate posts. This trip I only scratched the surface of discovery, so I’ll need to go back soon. Thanks Julia for letting me visit:-)

Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego

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Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

View of Mt. Hood from Julia's balcony

View of Mt. Hood from Julia’s balcony

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Pearl District

Pearl District

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Waterfalls to come…probably too many pix of them:-)

*All pictures by Katie’s Design Studio


Katie's Design Studio

Katie’s Design Studio

“And so with the sunshine and great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

Hmmm, it’s been awhile and not sure where the time has gone. I’m pretty sure blogging has been my creative outlet the past few years and now drawing/doodling has taken over my life. Guess what that means, no blogging. The full-time gig really gets in the way of all my creative playtime. Some day I hope to change this…

Well, very good news, Spring has sprung in Texas. You know what that means…

Bluebonnets & Bronco

Bluebonnets & Bronco

Errbody’s out taking photos in the bluebonnets…and some look like they’re poopin’ in bluebonnets. And this is how we do Spring in Texas, y’all!

My favorite part of this time of year…temps are PERFECT and the flowers are GORGEOUS!!!
IMG_1602“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
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“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.”~ Carrie Bradshaw

Bronco by KJ Design Studio

Bronco by KJ Design Studio

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”

~John Grogan, Marley & Me

 

 

Looking at pretty things to get me through the work week…living for the weekend. Enjoy!

Amsterdam-Mario Villeda

Amsterdam-Mario Villeda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thames Path via

Thames Path via

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
~Aristotle

My obsessions with shapes, patterns and random doodles continues. My sketchbook/notecards.
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KJ Design Studio

KJ Design Studio

“However good or bad you feel about your relationship, the person you are with at this moment is the “right” person, because he or she is the mirror of who you are inside.”
~Deepak Chopra