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{Inspiration} Studio 2020

The last thing that I made in 2019 was a friend inspired tea towel that planted a creative seed for 2020. My creative pal loves to go through my pile of misprinted fabric & ink experiments whenever she visits the studio. Her eyes light up when she sees my heavily printed, ink covered studio towels- one tea towel in particular brings a consistent smile. I thought for a Christmas gift, I’d study these colorful wonders to try to tap into what brings her joy. I started printing in a intuitive manner, pulling screens out, mixing colors & overlapping patterns to see if I could recreate some magic. This process was challenging & rewarding all at the same time & at the end, I had a special tea towel to gift my encouraging muse.

I posted the finished product (which I fondly call the, “Liz” tea towel) on IG & received some incredible feedback. While I usually have confidence when I print & create, I often have a wave of vulnerable insecurity hit me right after I finish. It’s sometimes difficult to be a creative maker in the age of social media- particularly if you work from your heart & soul. However, knowing the process is just as important as the finished product, I embrace the uncertainty of knowing if anyone will like what I make, & post with my fingers crossed- after all, doesn’t everyone want to make work that resonates with someone other than themselves?

2020 brings more experiments & intuitive artistic process in my work. The “Liz” tea towel inspired the “Artist Collection” of collage inspired tea towels and printed fabric that I’m really excited about. I just finished the “Skagit Flats” tea towel that reminds me of the farmland that I drive through daily.

The concept of the “Artist Collection” is really the utilitarian, design version of what I do when I make my paper collages– it’s the same mindset that requires the same confidence and decision making. I hope to hone my skills & maintain both directions as 2020 progresses- it certainly is nice living in that creative bubble as we enter the dark & grey days of winter.

Happy 2020, everyone!


{Friday Inspiration} Beauty is Embarrassing…

A few weeks ago, I stumbled on an awesome documentary on a PBS independent lens segment that I’ve been wanting to pass on ever since. It was another one of those situations where I asked myself why I hadn’t heard of it before- but was really glad to have seen it. The documentary is about an artist (designer, puppeteer, sculptor, musician…) Wayne White and it’s called, Beauty is Embarrassing (which is now out on DVD). It was perfect fuel for my research & inspiration kick that I’ve been on lately & I loved it. Of course, Todd Oldham is the editor & author of a beautiful looking book on Wayne White as well for you book lovers…. 

“Do what you love, it’s going to lead to where you want to go.” 

 – Wayne White


So, if you are looking for some weekend inspiration, check out this documentary. 
Happy Friday Everyone! 

photo credit: here

{Inspiration} Butterscotch & Beesting…

When I first saw these photos, I was immediately smitten. Then my eyes honed in on that hat! It really resonated with me. I could completely picture it on Sayer & was pleased when he said he liked it….

Yep, you guessed it, I ordered him the Betty Butterscotch “Bobblescotch” hat from Butterscotch & Beesting in  a heartbeat. But I have to say, the whole shop was so much fun to cruise through! I’m also in love with these pillows. Camilla Westergaard is one talented lady with such an imaginative vision. Not surprisingly, her blog is just as inspiring… 


Last week, the three of us headed out to one of my favorite spots for a little picnic (& a mini photoshoot). Here are some of my favorite shots of the day that just happen to include the very fun “Bobblescotch” hat. 

I thought the hat was so perfect for Sayer- it totally fits his personality. He got a such a kick out the little ball on the top (& so did we). I also really love how it looked with the new rooster & kitty tees! 


Happy weekend everyone!

Butterscotch & Beesting links: 

{Inspiration} Visual Acoustics…

In my last post about Mr. Rogers, I had mentioned watching two documentaries last weekend to creatively rejuvenate. Being that it’s Friday, I thought I would let you know what the second one was, in case you were in need of some inspiring relaxation this weekend yourself. It was a documentary called Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Not only do I love mid-century architecture, but I love photography too. This film will make the modern enthusiast swoon. I have to say, the combination of the Mr. Rogers & Me documentary & this one, was magic. It was a perfect balance in my book.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all of you awesome dads out there too! 
Photo credits:
1) Case Study House #22 via
2) Julius Shulman & Richard Neutra via 
3) Kaufmann House (Richard Neutra) via 
4) interior via
5) interior via 

{Inspiration} Mr. Rogers & the garden of your mind…

Last Friday, PBS posted a video that has had me on a major Mr. Rogers kick ever since. I’ve been playing it pretty much non-stop since I first saw it in the PBS facebook feed. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood conjures up such nice memories – it’s a wonderful hit of nostalgia. But as a mom, it was a really perfect reminder of a special show – & as a small business owner, it was the much needed inspiration I’d been seeking. 


Some of you may remember me talking about my love of watching documentary films when I’m needing to decompress & take a creative break. Well, this little video got me on a search that led me to Mr. Rogers & Me & I watched it this weekend (I actually bought it on itunes). It was just what I needed- two thumbs up from me!

I introduced Sayer to Mr. Rogers this weekend as well. Not only by the cool “Garden of Your Mind” video, but by watching a few episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I was thrilled to see that there are videos posted on PBSkids. We watched an episode on Tuesday about paper (here). This is what it inspired…. 


We had a blast making this paper chain like the one in the Mr. Rogers paper episode. But we had even more fun playing with it. Of course, I had to document this colorful play (along with the new german pointer toddler tee). 


Thanks Fred Rogers, for still encouraging continuous joy…

Mr. Rogers image via 

{Everyday Inspiration} I love paper…

It’s been a year since Cardboard Man was officially born. The wonderful, cardboard Halloween costume that my husband came up with last year really became his hutch studio uniform & Cardboard Man is really who he becomes in the studio. This treasury is all about my love of all things made with paper & dedicated to Chris on this weekend before Halloween. Hope you are enjoying spooky festivities & making cool things with paper this weekend! 

Visit this Etsy treasury live here
Visit last year’s Halloween photo shoot here

{Everyday Inspiration} hanging low….

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It seems as though the change of the season & schedules has brought the icky crud right along with it. Our whole family has been battling a bad cold over the last few weeks. We just keep exchanging symptoms & trying on new ones. Sayer & I are still feeling less than our energetic selves today & decided to take it easy. On the agenda (while Chris is at work) is a little painting, a possible puppet show, fire station, & some cuddling on the couch with our favorite books & magazines.  Hopefully we will be all energized and inspired by tomorrow. What do you have planned for the weekend? 

{Everyday Inspiration} hanging low….

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It seems as though the change of the season & schedules has brought the icky crud right along with it. Our whole family has been battling a bad cold over the last few weeks. We just keep exchanging symptoms & trying on new ones. Sayer & I are still feeling less than our energetic selves today & decided to take it easy. On the agenda (while Chris is at work) is a little painting, a possible puppet show, fire station, & some cuddling on the couch with our favorite books & magazines.  Hopefully we will be all energized and inspired by tomorrow. What do you have planned for the weekend? 

{Everyday Inspiration} Fantastic Foxes

We are a family that enjoys movies & books very much & Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorites. Sayer has been asking for a bandit hat & quotes Ash often so we thought that maybe Sayer should be Ash for Halloween this year. But the Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t only inspire the Halloween costume, it inspired the newest klt:tee. 

I drew the fox image this last spring – right when we introduced Sayer to the movie. I was struck by everything, the characters, the palette of the movie…. all of it (I love the book too). When the fox tees came in last week, Chris & I started making the Ash bandit hat together. I thought it would be fun for a fox tee photo shoot. I think these foxy guys really played their parts well. I wonder what movie or book will inspire the next klt:works character. Any guesses? 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

{new klt:tee}
organic toddler fox tee here
organic unisex fox tee here


{Everyday Inspiration} Fantastic Foxes

We are a family that enjoys movies & books very much & Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorites. Sayer has been asking for a bandit hat & quotes Ash often so we thought that maybe Sayer should be Ash for Halloween this year. But the Fantastic Mr. Fox didn’t only inspire the Halloween costume, it inspired the newest klt:tee. 

I drew the fox image this last spring – right when we introduced Sayer to the movie. I was struck by everything, the characters, the palette of the movie…. all of it (I love the book too). When the fox tees came in last week, Chris & I started making the Ash bandit hat together. I thought it would be fun for a fox tee photo shoot. I think these foxy guys really played their parts well. I wonder what movie or book will inspire the next klt:works character. Any guesses? 

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

{new klt:tee}
organic toddler fox tee here
organic unisex fox tee here