Happy New Year!

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So I have been thinking a lot about what goals to set for this New Year. Personally and professionally 2016 was a really good year for me and I want to continue on that forward motion for 2017. What are some goals that everyone is working on for the New Year?  I have already started working on my goals and I am so excited for starting off fresh.   I am looking forward to enjoying a prosperous and lesson filled year.  I plan on growing in my faith with my family, pushing my business into a thriving design company and I will do all this by staying persistent in my goals and organized in my thoughts and processes.  2017 will be an amazing year!

So here’s to working hard and hustling to thrive.

Cheers… Kat

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Thankful

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Today has been and inspirational sort of day.  I took family photos and as I reflect on the day I cannot help but say “wow!” I am blessed beyond belief with a beautiful, healthy and loving family and that is the best I can ask for. I am so thankful to my God who has given me such a fulfilled life and all the opportunities that have presented themselves lately. I am honestly overwhelmed. What brings joy to your heart and thankfulness to your soul?

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble!

… Kat

Happy October

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Here’s to pumpkin spice everything, scary decorations, a ton of candy and dressing up.  Here’s to cooler weather, comfy outfits, Ugg boots, leggings, fall colors, falling leaves, wind in the hair and gatherings with good friends.  Here’s to the start of the holiday season and always having love in your heart, a smile on your face and God in your life.

Cheers.

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Grateful

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The cherry on top for me is that I get to design pretty things.  I love my creative life.

What’s your cherry on top??  What are you grateful for??

A penny for your thoughts…

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A Grateful Heart

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A look back to be grateful & move forward in confidence.

To reflect is a good thing, when it can foster growth for the future.  Looking back I am now so excited for what is to come.  The last 6 months came and went by so quick, seriously, did I just blink?  I’ve forged new friendships, strengthened old ones and met some awesome clients along the way.  I have grown professionally, personally & creatively, I have set goals and crossed them off my lists, my children are healthy, happy & oh so bratty… this is my life & I am oh so blessed.  And it is through this growth, this roller coaster, and this crazy thing called life that I find my inspiration to keep creating.

As I am planning my youngest child’s 5th birthday, I am reminded of how precious time is.  My littles are 4 & 6, how in the world did that happen?  Being a creative mama is a challenge.  Sick kiddos, holidays off, late night cries, temper tantrums, “Bubby is being mean to me!”  “Sissy took my toy!”, time out, “No you can’t have candy at 8 in the morning!”, jumping on beds, “Mama, just one more (insert something fun or tasty here)”, potty breaks, play dates, homework practice, chicken “nugs”, Legos, princesses, Frozen, Avengers… yeah it’s a lot but it’s an amazing job & they are my muses.  They help me to see the world through their wonder & innocence and it is such a great gift to draw daily inspiration from them.  As a busy mama I encourage you to find the time to be creative in your day, however you can.  Organize your time and you will see that a little bit of art, paint, pen & paper, hot glue, crayons, wood, (insert art medium here) will set you free.

My 2016 saying is…  Here’s to sunshine, dancing in the rain & finding the silver lining in every cloud. And I have been looking to the sunshine everyday and trying to make sure I see the silver lining in every moment. I have improved on myself, have grown so much and I look forward to see what other adventures the rest of the year has for me, my sweet family, my businesses and life in general. I move forward in confidence, excitement and with a grateful heart.

How has the first half of the year been for you?

Have you taken the time to reflect so you can move forward with a grateful heart and confidence?

So let’s think positive & always keep moving forward.  Thanks for joining me on my creative journey & please feel free to share with me on here or on my Facebook page or a picture on my Instagram page (@KatLangeDesigns) your inspirations & your story to creative happiness. Remember, look to the sunshine, have fun dancing in the rain & always search for the silver lining in every cloud.

Thanks for reading.

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Summer Dreamin’

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It’s the beginning of summer and oh boy it’s hot.  Sizzlin’.  I am summer dreamin’ of pool time and running in the sprinklers, of flip flops and sun glasses, of ice cream dates and toes in the sand… oh this is the life.

Cheers…. Kat

Making time

There are days that just whiz by and as I reflect I wonder to myself “what the heck happened?”  Well as I start to break the day down, I realize that I ran all around town doing errands, went grocery shopping, came home and started some laundry, prepped dinner and then had just enough time to run and pick up the kids from school. Wow, I am tired just writing that. I have found that I can run myself ragged with ‘mommy duties’ and not give myself the work time and the leisure time that I really need to run a graphic design freelance and It Works business and to give myself some much needed me time to just breathe. I need to schedule my own time. Therefore, with summer schedule in mind I have made arrangements for my kids to go to a babysitter 1 day a week by bartering with another mom (we traded babysitting for babysitting). This will give me the much needed quiet time and business time. And 1 to 2 days a week are scheduled for cleaning and errand running and at least 2 days left for summer fun activities with the kiddos. Does anyone find themselves getting so weighed down with life that they forget to stop and schedule some ‘me’ time?? Where are all my busy mamas at??

I find that I am not a spontaneous person. I like to plan. I like to have lists and have post it notes as reminders everywhere. I prep and plan my week every Sunday night: appointments, play dates, coffee dates, shopping times, and errand running… yeah I like to plan. I am the type of mom who plans out meals and snacks before trips, lays out outfits and packs extras just in case, I put waters in the fridge the night before and plans out a packing list if we are doing something the next day. I am always with a cooler of waters and snacks and a bag of toys and electronic distracting devices in the car. So planning keeps me sane. I don’t try to fight it; I go with it. And acknowledging this about myself has made my life much more awesome. But when the last minute changes and things come up now I just go with that too. I have learned to pick my battles and I just go with the flow when I need to. And this has brought peace to my businesses as well.

Plan, prep, organize, schedule, write it down, prioritize, make some rules and allow some freedoms because we need to permit ourselves some special time for us and some important time for business. So go do it, get back on track and just do it. Your busy brain and body will thank you.

Thanks for reading… Cheers!

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Recycled Art

Happy May!

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I have a habit of keeping a lot of my children’s painting, colorings & doodles. I actually have more pieces of colorful paper than I care to admit. And as part of another goal to bring more color to our stark walls by adding our personal art I came up with this idea of mixing the kid’s art with my crafting, a bit of artsy recycling. It was fairly simply and didn’t require many tools.

All you need are:

Scrap piece of wood

Paint or stain

Thumbtacks

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Some sort of paper art

Frame hanger

Here’s what you do:

Paint or stain your wood – set aside to dry then attach frame hanger to back

Cut your art up & arrange it in a shape of your choice – glue it to the board

Carefully hammer the thumbtacks along the border of your art

And voila… custom recycled art.

Now hang it and enjoy!