Looks like Flickr has a lovely new facelift! I have been neglecting my Flickr account due to having too much social media going on. But their new format is really nice and inspiring! Makes me happy to play over there again. I've been on Flickr for 6 years and it's nice to see it change.
Just returned from a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast with a gaggle of ladies for our friend Sarah (also our lead designer at PAPAYA!) who is getting married this summer. She's not a stripper-in-vegas type of gal and this weekend was a delightful way to celebrate the beginning of her future.
There was a great big house on the sea cliff for us to sleep, eat, drink and play in. And that we did.
We did a fair share of crafting and collectively designed a beautiful, giant wedding mobile for Sarah to use in her wedding if she chooses. It was a great way to pass the evening hours and be together.
Plenty of down time, sillyness and maybe too much fish n chips. Oregon Coast has my heart. Every time. Congratulations to the lovely Sarah and thank you for a nice weekend!
Facebook has been bugging me lately. Just feeling burnt out on the feed. The overfeeding. So I've been taking solace in Instagram and enjoying that far more these days. (Even though the small format scrolling makes me dizzy) Snaps of my evil, girl kitty, days spent transforming the boutique, people sightings (like the true old schooler, Ashland hippy lady spotted) and selfies in the flowers have been part of this weeks instagram-cam playtime for me. Sending spring hello's from our little mountain town...
This beautiful little booth is actually all our PAPAYA! team efforts, blood-sweat-and-tears, all poured into a little 10 X 20 cube of love. This picture was a test set up in our warehouse. Our spiffed up treasure trove will be on display this week at the National Stationery Show in New York. We'll be side-by-side with a lovely mix of well known artisans and designers who collectively set the tone for our very special industry. It's a sentimental show for us because ten years ago we had our very first booth there!
See! We hauled everything in suitcases through NY city, and completely stumbled through our first trade show. I didn't want carpet and our feet swelled up because I didn't know a thing about "trade show shoes" and the impact of a week on concrete. The stationery industry at that time was wildly different. There where hundreds of smaller, independant designers. A whole convention floor in fact that doesn't exist today! (few of those companies survived and the magical designer floor evaporated) There was so much style. Artists either belonged in the super, modern pattern group on high end papers, or made tiny, pastel illustrations on oversized cards. I was neither. We where in a sea of well dressed, finely tuned designers and we where complete newbies. But looking back it was excellent! We studied and learned everything from that show and decided to do as much work as we could and come back stronger and more defined. And we did. And ten years later we'll be there of course, strong as ever! May 19-20th, Booth 2328
Just finished this painting this morning to sneak over and put in my Mom's dining room. SHe's had this prime wall space for a few years now since her kitchen remodel and I've neglected it's need for a real piece of art. (Don't worry she's not so good at getting online often) I'm not sure it's entirely finished but maybe it's a great excuse for a couple more art nights at her house. Would be fun to add more botanical studies in the black parts.None the less i'm feeling good about it. I was trying to be less fussy- as I am with all my artwork lately. So some of it is loosey goosey on purpose. Kind of how I'm trying to do with my whole life. Details here and there, on-the-fly the rest of the way! I hope all you Moma's are out there having a beautiful day! Happy Mother's Day!
Snuggle time, art time, lots of homework-inspired jokes about Uranus! (more always welcome) Walks that feel like wonderland thanks to spring time in Ashland, and flowers from the yard that make the house more magical. Can't complain. The week is off to a great start.
I am the founding artist of PAPAYA! and our flagship, PAPAYA! Living Boutique in Ashland, Oregon, USA. This is my persuit of creative abandon. I'm here to share my artwork, inspiration, travels and lifestyle. To learn more visit the tabs at the top of this blog. Xoxox...