MY LIFE

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I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!  My sister is in town and we are having a big family dinner tonight, something that we don’t get to do all that often anymore, so I’m really looking forward to it.

A few links for your weekend:

I thought this article was so interesting.  Not sure I agree with all their points, but it was a super interesting read nonetheless.

This video made me laugh so hard!  Just watch it and thank me later.  You’re welcome.

I’ve been making this salad non-stop this spring/summer.  Get on board.

I really enjoy listening to Jess’ blogcasts.  This episode was a favorite!

I’m looking forward to Breanna and Jen‘s workshop, Be Free, Lance.

I loved the honesty of this post by my friend, Krystal.  I’ve been thinking about a lot of the same things recently and it’s nice to feel like I’m not the only one.

Have a great weekend pop tarts!

// photo and lettering by me! to see more of my work, click here. //

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by Kayla on 06/27/2014

tagged as in INSPIRATION,MY LIFE

go-the-extra-mile by Peter Loves JaneThis year has been an interesting year.  My husband got a new job in March of 2013 and then studied his buns off and got a promotion this month.  It’s been crazy around here and I’ve tried my best to support him in his goals as he goes for it in this stage of his career.  I could not be more proud of him.  Needless to say, I’ve had some time to think about my life and career and what I really want.  Bri wrote a post last week about life changes and included a little life list that I thought was great.  So here’s what I’m thinking about and working on lately.  Let’s dream it, yes?

Eating / Kale, chard, strawberries, chard, snap peas, oh, and did I mention chard?  (Did I also mention I’m sick of chard?)
Drinking / Water, water, and more water.  Always and forever.
Practicing / Arm balance poses in yoga.
Mastering / The art of the fish taco.
Learning / To be socially confident.
Trying / To chill out on work and the internet and be present with my husband when he is home.
Playing / My guitar.
Finishing / My home office revamp.
Reading / Creative Confidence
Remembering / To believe in myself and my talents.
Wearing / Skinny jeans and dressy tanks.  Usually I can be found towering above the population on 4″ wedge heels.
Cooking / From my farm box.  I’m trying to be better about eating locally, organically, and seasonally.
Working / On what makes me happy: physically, mentally, creatively, spiritually.
Traveling / Hopefully to Seattle soon!
Wanting / To spend more time with friends.  I can be such a hermit sometimes.

Image from Peter Loves Jane.  It’s a free download!  Get it here.

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by Kayla on 06/17/2014

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by Kayla on 06/11/2014

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I have always been a voracious reader.  My mom attributes it to her having more time to read to me when I was a wee thing before my sister came into our lives.  In any case, it’s always been a nightly ritual to read a few pages before I go to sleep every evening (My poor husband.  He’s had to learn to fall asleep with the dim glow of my lamp lighting up half the room…and yet he never once has complained.  Love him.).

I heard once that there was a man (I forget his name) who wrote down the title of every book he ever read for something like forty or fifty years.  When he died, his family found these incredible lists of everything his mind had consumed.  Hoarder status?  Maybe.  But something about that is incredible to me.  It would be so interesting to look back over your life and see how your tastes changed, how some years you read more or less, and to remember old favorites long forgotten.  Seeing as I can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night, I’ve been keeping the same kind of list (digitally.  that negates the hoarder status, right?).  I often have people asking me if I’ve read anything good lately, so, along with my little list, I thought I’d post anything good that I enjoy here.

Marcus Of Umbria | tinyinklings.comMarcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun

“Then she flew up to me, screeching to a halt, and she pushed her soft chest into my chest and rested her head on my shoulder, panting in my ear, as the sun disappeared completely.  The Crucianis had their circle, the one into which Emanuelle was born.  With Marcus, I felt I had at least the beginning of something just as meaningful – something that was mine, the beginning point of a circle.”

The Graveyard Book | tinyinklings.comThe Graveyard Book by Niel Gaiman

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

The Five People You Meet In Heaven | tinyinklings.com

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy.  But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”

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by Kayla on 01/27/2014

tagged as in MY LIFE

Minted Ad_Real Simple Magazine Fall 2013 | tinyinklings.comI’ve been a little M.I.A. lately, and while I’d love to say it’s been because I’ve been working on a bunch of new stuff, that’s not true.  Mostly, I’ve been splitting my time between our kitchen remodel and binge watching new (to me) episodes of Once Upon a Time on Netflix.  I’ve been trying to get some new paintings started, but I’m having a hard time motivating.  So far, I’ve gessoed my canvas…and that’s it.  Blerg.

I did have a co-worker share a fun little press piece with me last week.  My children’s art print, “I See The Moon“, was featured in a Minted ad in Real Simple Magazine.  It’s within a special insert for families, which I think was just sent to subscribers, but still pretty cool, nonetheless.

I See The Moon by Kayla King for Minted.com

P.S. I just wanted to send a little shout out to Annie from Needle Points North for the very kind email she sent me this week.  I was just having a blah start to the week and it’s amazing what such a short, kind note from a stranger did to lift my spirits. So, Annie, if you’re reading this, thank you!

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by Kayla on 09/12/2013

in MY LIFE,PRESS

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There’s always that person, no matter where you go, no matter where you work, that makes you just want to rip your hair out. I’ve been struggling with a person like this at my day job for a while now and I think I finally need to say something. Any advice on how to deal with a difficult person at work (specifically one whose position is quite above mine)?

My apologies for a rainy Monday (emotionally speaking). It’s not always rainbows and unicorns over here, but I’m hoping some of you can relate. And here’s a cute sheep drawing to make up for the downer post.

Illustration from my Cargo

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by Kayla on 07/29/2013

tagged as , in ART,MY LIFE

painting by christina carroll | tinyinklings.com

I met my dear friend Christina on the first day of beginning art class while attending junior college.  She walked into the classroom and just oozed cool and confidence.  She had a silver nose ring and a tiny star tattoo on her ankle.  She was loud, with a big voice and even bigger hair.  She was my polar opposite, but from that first moment I saw her, I wanted to be her friend.  Fast forward eleven years, two college degrees, marriages, first home purchases, and one adorable baby boy (hers, not mine) and I’m still so happy that I get to call her my friend.  Even if we don’t talk or get to see each other as much as we used to, it just feels like we can pick up where we left off each time.  One of the best kinds of friendship, in my opinion.

For my thirtieth birthday this year, she took me out for drinks and unveiled this gorgeous painting.  One that I’d been wanting for years, but never knew what it looked like.  This girl just gets me.  And especially my taste in art. The best part?  She painted it just for me.  An original, my friends.  How lucky am I?

So here it is, friends.  One of the best gifts I’ve ever received.  I wanted to take a picture and show it off.  It brightens up my living room in the best way and I love how it just pops against the grey wall in our living room. Thank you, Tina, from the bottom of my heart. I love you, friend.

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See more of Christina’s work in her Etsy shop and on her blog. For original works, contact her here.

Other art in this post from left: my original drawing for Restless.  Limited edition prints available at Minted.com.  Original encaustic deer piece by Amy Ruppel.

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by Kayla on 04/23/2013

tagged as in ART,MY LIFE

nectarine blossom | tinyinklings.comIt’s beginning to feel a lot like Spring around here!  Despite a rough start to the morning, today turned out to be a pretty great day.  I got most of my home errands finished up, had lunch with Jen (who I’ve talked to online for what feels like forever, but had never met in person until today) at Sally Loo’s in SLO, planted some snap peas, cooled off with the hose out back, and even managed to try out a new recipe.

I hope everyone out there had a nice end to the week.  We probably won’t be doing much for St. Patrick’s day, but to everyone that celebrates: have a great time!

Image by me of our double flowering nectarine tree out back.

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by Kayla on 03/15/2013

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Saguaro Palm Springs | tinyinklings.com
Now that it’s March, I’m getting really excited about my birthday next month. I’m turning 30 (!), so instead of wanting to avoid the day completely, I’ve decided to embrace it! I’ve upped my fitness game and am hoping to reach my fitness goal by the beginning of April because I’m going to Palm Springs for my 30th birthday celebration!

I booked a room at The Saguaro for myself and a couple of my closest girlfriends to spend a few days laying in the sunshine, maybe drinking a few cocktails (I can’t even remember the last time I had alcohol), and indulging in a spa treatment (or two). I’d love to get in a trip to some vintage stores, but, honestly, I’m just looking forward to relaxing in the sun for a couple days with some of my favorite people.

It will be my first time to Palm springs, so if anyone has any tips for great restaurants or things to do, hollar at me here or on Twitter. I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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by Kayla on 03/07/2013

tagged as , in COLOR,MY LIFE

Dresser | tinyinklings.com Today I thought I’d share a little peek into my favorite room in our house.  This is our bedroom and the room I feel the most comfortable in.  It gets the best morning light in the whole house, and since I’m NOT a morning person, I definitely need the sun to get me out of bed.  I read here every night and Indy and Fritz sleep in their bed in here, too.

My dresser is a vintage score from Craigslist.  The two necklace hangers are from Pottery barn and Marshalls. The photo is from our wedding day taken in Shell Beach by Chloe Murdoch.  I look like a giant puff in my dress and I love it.

Night Stand | tinyinklings.com

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The other dresser and night stand are from Goodwill and aren’t as nice, but I like the lines of them.  Yes, that’s a real leopard.  It was handed down to us from John’s side of the family who shot it (!) and had it made into a rug once upon a time back in England.  It totally has it’s head still attached and teeth in its mouth.  John tells me stories from when he was little and he used to play with the teeth.  Kind of gruesome, but it’s a fantastic conversation piece.  I like to think he guards me at night when John is working.  Indy and Fritz are ambivalent about sleeping so close to it.

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The alphabet print above our bed is from Beauchamping and I love looking at it every day.  If we ever decide to have kids, this is one that would transition into a kid’s room.  The headboard was built by my husband.  Pretty much all of our bedding is from Ikea except for our sheets, which are the organic cotton ones from Target and get sooo soft the more you wash them.  One day, I’d love to pick up this duvet cover from West Elm if they ever decide to make their bedding in Cal King sizing. The little photo in the bottom left corner of the mirror is a photo of John’s great-grandfather’s house in Wales, taken sometime back in the 50′s. We actually visited it last year when we went to Europe. I love looking at it. The mirror decal is from Shanna Murray‘s shop.

Dresser | tinyinklings.com

Our closet is teeny tiny (oh so tiny) and when we bought our house, it had sliding doors. I removed them for better access and added a set of sheer curtains to match the other windows in the room. Tip: If you have low ceilings like I do, mount your window hardware on the high side and buy longer curtains. It will make your room feel taller than it actually is.

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The print is a monoprint by Brainstorm that I got from Fab.  Finally, the room just wouldn’t be complete without these two puppies in it. Meet Fritz and Indy.  They’re my little shadows, always up for a snuggle and can always put a smile on my face.  You can see more of their cute faces on my Instagram feed.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little glance into my life.  I’m trying to put more of myself and more original images on this blog, so let me know what you think!

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by Kayla on 03/04/2013

tagged as , in INTERIORS,MY LIFE