September 2013- Giving the Perfect Gift September 01 2013
Giving the perfect gift is a joy and challenge to me. I strive to find gifts that are beautiful, personal and lasting and present them in a thoughtful way. Here's my advice for putting together the right little collection, right down to the gift wrap, for an occasion to honor friends or family.
August 2013- For those who think they are not creative August 01 2013
I have a dear friend who thinks that she is not creative or skilled in making things. The other day I was at her house and found this winged horse amongst a smattering of her daughter’s toys. I fell in love with its simplicity and the perfect execution of her daughter’s request for a horse with wings. Without hesitation, my self-proclaimed "non-creative" friend had cut and stitched the horse from scraps in a matter of minutes. The little loved horse has journeyed around town and through the washing machine inside a pocket a number of times.
The windows are open; I’m lying in bed listening to the gentle waves, trying to silence my mind of all that needs to be done tomorrow, of all that was forgotten today. A memory comes to me of a quiet day one summer, in a canoe on a pond surrounded by lily pads, watching damselflies, hearing nothing but the occasional paddle dip and the lapping of water on the side of the boat. But then my sweetheart reminds me of all the sounds: the tinny whir of dragonfly wings, calls of the marsh wren and warbler, the insistence of frogs. Perhaps silence isn’t so quiet after all.
April 2013- A Deer-themed, Handmade Birthday Party April 01 2013
Port Townsend (the mossy little seaside town where Kata Golda springs from in Washington) is populated by many herds of deer. Beloved by tourists — cursed by gardeners — we see deer every day in our neighborhood of Victorian homes and lush landscapes. And so it is that Rennie Simone, a little girl who lives across the street, came to fall in love with these gentle neighbors.
March 2013- Bunny with Baby tutorial March 01 2013
It's the time of year when I cannot resist taking my morning cup of coffee out to the garden to see what has transpired there, seemingly overnight. New buds appearing on the fruit trees, the first crocuses unfurling on the south side of the house, patient daphne odora teasing me with the promise of bloom and heavenly scent.
I will resist the temptation to tell you how, as a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I long to flee our grey, wet, mild winters. That story has likely been told countless times, today alone, on blogs and web sites. But this is the season when I can get away from the studio and seek quiet and inspiration, and so I travel. Sometimes near, sometimes far, sometimes only my mind wanders.
December 2012- Star Ornament DIY Tutorial December 12 2012
This time of year, when my tummy is full and the pantry is packed for the winter, I think to myself, “I have plenty.” I have so much to be grateful for: a warm home, a healthy family, rewarding work. So during this season of reflection, I remind myself that indeed I have plenty, and hope the same for you.
November 2012- Abundance November 01 2012
What a full and inspired autumn we’re having at Kata Golda.
November 2012- Celebrating Autumn November 01 2012
The skies have returned to cool gray here, but autumn's warm harvest golds abound — a sure sign that preparations for a long winter's nap have begun. We certainly have a lot for you to enjoy and look forward to.
August 2012- Kata Golda at NY Stationery Show August 17 2012
Summer has brought much activity and change here at Kata Golda. In mid-May the new 2012–2013 collection made its public debut in NYC at the National Stationery Show, complete with a new print catalog and website.
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