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{Textile Tuesday} Anticipating Spring

Back when I was in college, I took my first serigraphy class (screen printing). I was completely hooked & took three more serigraphy classes before I graduated. I really love all printmaking, but there is something about the aesthetic of screen printing that I gravitate towards. Two summers ago, Chris helped me set up a little screen printing studio and I’ve been honing my craft ever since. I’ve been getting more proficient at printing textiles and last spring printed my first collection of scarves at the nudging of the ladies of a great design shop in Bellingham called Ideal. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying making a new line of scarves for this spring/summer that are heavily influenced by my surroundings. 

We live among the beautiful tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and I wanted to create a mid century inspired tulip textile. I was playing with fuchsia and yellow in the anticipation of warmer weather and the fields of color that on the way. 

After printing this weekend, my guys indulged me in heading out to take some photos of my scarves among some of the landscape that currently inspires me. The river is a bit high right now due to all of the rain and I love the reflections and bare trees on the river’s edge. 
I’m pretty lucky that my family indulges my creative whims. I think deep down they enjoy the adventures that we find ourselves on in the pursuit of a that perfect photo that I’m always seeking. 


This is one of the things I’ve been up to lately. How about you? What is keeping you creatively interested?

{Glimpses} Remembering to Breathe

Do you own a sketchbook? Better yet, do you use one? I have many – one in every room in in every bag. You may remember me mentioning a few posts ago that I’m teaching at the college again. Class started last week and I required every student to start using a journal to collect inspiration or “glimpses” for our drawing class. Every week, I want them to document something that they see in their everyday life that inspires them – like a texture, color, shape, mood, or image. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing but to use the klt:sketchbook to document my observations weekly.  So here are my five  Wednesday glimpses.


Glimpse 1 – I love old barns and peeling paint. While driving the backroads today, I spotted this little barn like building up on short stilts. There was something that struck me about it- maybe it was the little ladder and the idea that I would have loved this space as a fort when I was a kid. The peeling color was wonderful too. 


Glimpse 2 – I’m trying really hard to find balance right now. The addition of teaching night classes is throwing a monkey wrench into my daily schedule. The fog was so pretty today and I found that I just started driving after a post office drop off. I pulled over for a short walk on the river dike and spotted a heron on a log and I slowly made my way towards it. I was too late get the heron in this photo, but you can see him leaving. The photo is to remind me to breathe.


Glimpse 3 – There are so many trumpeter swans in the the valley that I live in – particularly these days. I really love them. I get excited when I see them on the side of the road and if I can, I’ll  pull over.  I also really enjoy fog – the combination made me giddy today. The roads were empty as well. I just sat on the side of the road, up against my car and watched these guys for awhile. This photo was to capture color.


Glimpse 4 I have driven by this building so many times and I always give it a double glance almost as if to see if it’s still standing. Today the foggy light gave it extra appeal. The window, the weather vane,  the green/yellow pollen on the building, and the fog lifting is why I took this photo. The spindly trees lined up behind the swans was a bonus. 

Glimpse 5 –  When Sayer and I walk to school in the mornings, the swans are often honking and flying overhead. There is always one point during our walk that we stop and look up. I am fascinated in not only how they fly, but their formations (I was in marching band so I can completely appreciate the complexity of what they’re doing). These two flew over my head today when I was walking and I was quick with the camera. This picture is for perspective both figuratively and literally. 

Did you see anything noteworthy today?


{inspiration} family night out…

It’s that time again – the tulip fields are starting to bloom & our rubber boots are out.  Like every year, one of the local bulb farms has what they call “locals night” where they let those of us that live in the area into the fields to ride the tractors, play in the mud, take tons of photos, & enjoy the fields before tourists come in bus loads. It’s a family tradition to attend & Sayer has been to this event ever since he was born.  Today was cloudy & raining all day, but the sun came out just in time. The light & color was perfect.  We have family visiting from Boston so we had a chance to show off our beautiful surroundings tonight. Sayer was particularly interested in the puddles & his reflection. However, his last jump landed him bum down in the mud so…. it was time to go home. It was a fun evening. How’s your week going?

* If you didn’t get your Tulip Town photo fix, you can view “Locals night – 2011” here

{Fun} exploring the backroads…

We live in a really pretty valley – particularly this time of year. On our routes to grandma & grandpa’s house and hutch studio, we pass many daffodil, tulip, & iris fields. Even though I grew up in this area, I still love it when the fields are full of color – it never gets old. Sayer is sort of used to me pulling over to take photos every now & then. These days, the tourist traffic is crazy, but when you are a local – you can usually sneak in quick little trips at odd times or find the more obscure spots & backroads to check out the beauty. Today was just gorgeous – so Sayer & I took off for a little adventure through the backroads to check out the daffodils, soak up some sun, & play in the mud. Not surprisingly, I  was focusing the camera on Sayer way more then the flowers – along with noticing some awesome texture. 

Instagram is one of my favorite things lately. Here are some shots from today & on our route  home from grandma & grandpa’s house the other day. Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’m so grateful that it’s finally feeling like spring around here….


*you can find me on instagram @KLTworks

{Everyday Inspiration} That time of year…

It’s that time of year….corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple trees, & the beautiful light of a crisp autumn day. Fall is really my favorite season. But lately, I view my days a bit like this corn maze. I’m sort of stuck in the middle right now- looking for which way to turn. I’ve been so busy with klt:works (along with life) that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, I’m looking forward to finding my way out  of this maze & running free. Until then, it’s one day at a time. It was a gorgeous weekend here in the valley & we were lucky enough to get outside to enjoy some of the sunny days. How was your weekend? 

{Everyday Inspiration} That time of year…

It’s that time of year….corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple trees, & the beautiful light of a crisp autumn day. Fall is really my favorite season. But lately, I view my days a bit like this corn maze. I’m sort of stuck in the middle right now- looking for which way to turn. I’ve been so busy with klt:works (along with life) that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, I’m looking forward to finding my way out  of this maze & running free. Until then, it’s one day at a time. It was a gorgeous weekend here in the valley & we were lucky enough to get outside to enjoy some of the sunny days. How was your weekend? 

{Everyday Inspiration} family night out…

Ok, so I’ve been posting a lot of pictures of the tulips & daffodils lately, I know. But, we are surrounded by all of these colors & I really can’t resist. Right now the Tulip Festival is going on so there is tons of traffic in our little town & the fields are swarming with tourists. However, every year, the Tulip Town fields hold what they call “locals night’ where the locals are invited to roam their fields, take tractor/trolley rides, & enjoy the sites for free.  It’s always crowded & a fun evening. We started a tradition with my parent 2 years ago & last night we headed on out to Tulip Town adventure like years prior.

While the tulips are beautiful, I sometimes find the people attending this event more interesting & colorful. When taking a tractor ride though the fields, these lovely ladies were in my view. I was taken with their individuality, smiles, & friendships that they were enjoying.

There were also lots of other things to explore. The kites & flags were flying & spinning like crazy in the wind (it was chilly) & on the outskirts of the tulips was this tent. It was intriguing & we let our imagination go a bit. Was it a mini circus in there? I don’t know, but we hung around it for quite awhile. No clowns left from tent that we saw.  

All in all it was a nice evening out. We saw some familiar faces, got to play in more puddles, & enjoyed our local surrounds.  How is your week going?

{Everyday Inspiration} family night out…

Ok, so I’ve been posting a lot of pictures of the tulips & daffodils lately, I know. But, we are surrounded by all of these colors & I really can’t resist. Right now the Tulip Festival is going on so there is tons of traffic in our little town & the fields are swarming with tourists. However, every year, the Tulip Town fields hold what they call “locals night’ where the locals are invited to roam their fields, take tractor/trolley rides, & enjoy the sites for free.  It’s always crowded & a fun evening. We started a tradition with my parent 2 years ago & last night we headed on out to Tulip Town adventure like years prior.

While the tulips are beautiful, I sometimes find the people attending this event more interesting & colorful. When taking a tractor ride though the fields, these lovely ladies were in my view. I was taken with their individuality, smiles, & friendships that they were enjoying.

There were also lots of other things to explore. The kites & flags were flying & spinning like crazy in the wind (it was chilly) & on the outskirts of the tulips was this tent. It was intriguing & we let our imagination go a bit. Was it a mini circus in there? I don’t know, but we hung around it for quite awhile. No clowns left from tent that we saw.  

All in all it was a nice evening out. We saw some familiar faces, got to play in more puddles, & enjoyed our local surrounds.  How is your week going?

{Everyday Inspiration} A day of yellow & green…

The sun peeked out from behind a cloud for a few minutes today. So, Sayer & I grabbed our boots & cameras, then headed out the door for a little adventure. We don’t have to go very far to be surrounded by fields of yellow daffodils & lots of mud puddles (soon there will be tons of blooming tulips). Sayer told me that he wanted to take photos of the flowers… so that we did!

We jumped, we splashed, & we took photos. We even had a little “Sound of Music” moment. It’s safe to say that we’ll both sleep well tonight. The fresh air & gorgeous color did us some good. Hope you had a nice day too! 

{Everyday Inspiration} A day of yellow & green…

The sun peeked out from behind a cloud for a few minutes today. So, Sayer & I grabbed our boots & cameras, then headed out the door for a little adventure. We don’t have to go very far to be surrounded by fields of yellow daffodils & lots of mud puddles (soon there will be tons of blooming tulips). Sayer told me that he wanted to take photos of the flowers… so that we did!

We jumped, we splashed, & we took photos. We even had a little “Sound of Music” moment. It’s safe to say that we’ll both sleep well tonight. The fresh air & gorgeous color did us some good. Hope you had a nice day too!