Saturday, April 05, 2014

April 2014

I caught myself thinking today that I had 'made it' through winter as I gazed up at the tiny green flowers on the trees that line the street. Made it through winter!? Like it was really that hard? It wasn't hard but it was hard.

December's darkness hit me pretty hard. I struggled for the first time with that feeling of there being too much darkness. Of course I had a lot to distract myself with. Crafty Wonderland happened in mid Dec. I still can't get over how many people flow through that show. Of course I was so sick that weekend, doing shots of dayquil behind my curtain.

In January I felt like my life resembled cold molasses flowing up hill. SSSSSLLLLLOOOOOWWW.

February is my birthday month. Not that I'm a big birthday gal. I once worked with a very delightful person who never failed to announce that it was her 'Birthday Month' I'm pretty sure she wore a tiara at home and possibly at her desk sometimes. You go girl! Celebrate the crap out of yourself! That's not me.

Also in Feb. was the crazy winter storm that Portland never gets but did get. We dug up what winter gear we still had after ditching most of it when we moved to CA (stupid) and went out in to the surreal snow covered Portland that had come to a screeching halt.

In March we stressed about taxes and jobs and just about everything we could think of to stress about. But we handled it. New projects appeared on the horizon and someone who was 4 turned 5!

So here I am in April thinking, I made it through. Remembering that the only way out of something is through it. (Carl Jung via Chris in the Morning, Northern Exposure)

I'm sure that when the heat and busyness of summer is over I'll be saying, as I gaze up at the turning leaves on trees that line the street, I made it through.

Now please enjoy some photos. xo K



Pysanka post card by Klay

E doing his E things



Spring at the park

Our favorite place, Pips!

Doughnut faces ( I don't ever eat them ... sad face)

My Pips pillow, I love Pips and I love having my work there.

Birthday Boy in his new shirt that I made!

Richard's full Ron Swanson birthday dinner at the Laurelhurst Market

My mom and step dad

Emmett and I 

moral support

Warming bun by Klay, available at Boys Fort (downtown PDX)

Emmett at the gym relaxing after much running and jumping



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11.19.2013

Ahh Tuesday morning cappuccino from the fabulous Pips Original on Fremont here in Portland, a luxury I can't really afford but I pretend that I can because it's the little things right?

Last night I put down my pirate bunnies for a few minutes to do a little needle felting in preparation for another wine and crafting night Dec. 6 at Spark Arts Center. It's a very low key fun sort of crafting night, please join us! We'll be making these tiny mushrooms, well maybe not this tiny but small enough to hang on a tree or wherever you like to hang little felted mushrooms in your home.
Currently, the rest of my days kind of look like this.

My small batch doll making machine is crackling along as I get ready for Crafty Wonderland Dec. 14-15. I'm excited to be getting out of my cozy little studio to share everything that I've been working on for the last few months. It's my first really big holiday show. I feel like I've put so much of myself in each and every one of these creations. Sometimes I'm really surprised at how sweet and happy and cute they all turn out. Spoiler, I don't always feel so sweet and happy and I never really look that cute, but oh how I try. 

On occasion, I think about making dolls that aren't as sweet and cute and happy looking and then I think, nah there are people who are way better at that than I am and even when I try to be edgy it comes across as cute. It's just not what Kleja dolls are all about so I'll leave edgy to those who are great at it and stick to what I do best. 

You can see more of what I'm making over here and come see me at Crafty!

xo
Klay

Monday, September 09, 2013

Hello September!

Hello? Is anyone still here. Poor neglected blog. I haven't thought much about my blog lately. I sort of dismissed it because I didn't really think that I was doing anything worth talking about. But you know what, I am!

Since Crafty Wonderland last May it took me a while to get back on track. I felt like a failure at first but I met some wonderful people and the experience gave me a clear idea of what this crafty art world is really all about. 

Going into fall, my little creatures are popping up all over Portland and I couldn't be happier about that. It's really exciting to put my creations out into the world and to have people willing to help me do that makes it so much better. I am super grateful to the shops that are helping me and, I hope, I am helping them too! 

The hardest part of all this is shifting my thinking and my attitude to accept my artwork as a valid way to spend my time. I don't think there is any formula where doing art equals making a living. It's almost contradictory. Some people get lucky but only after many years of trudging along collecting $70 a month. My mantra these days is 'it takes time' - how long can I hold out is the question.

Anyway, Thanks for coming along for the ride. I think posting here more often would be a good thing, I will try harder to do that.

Here's what I've been working on lately.

New Portlandesque Bunny couples, how could I not.

Many many Super Buns! Even a bun in a kilt!

Created this little painting for my friend Jordan, I love projects like this.

Finding time to created painted postcards isn't easy but it's so fun.
I've been creating these for a few months and then popping them in the mailbox.
I've challenged myself to keep this up for a year.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Crafty Wonderland Spring 2013

Here are a few images from Crafty Wonderland this last Saturday. I'm pleased to say that the show was really fun, as I knew it would be. I was so happy to be able to share my work with Portland and to meet many amazing artists, it's been a dream of mine to be on the inside of a show like this for a while and I'm so glad I did it. I hope to be back for the Christmas show in December.

Be sure to check out my Etsy shop, I worked really hard to make a lot of new things with new and amazing fabrics so please go check it out, I'm posting more every day. Also, if you are in Portland, you can stop by the Spark Arts Center in NE Portland and see some of my work in person.

 Feel free to contact me if you want to talk about a custom order.
the first 200 lined up to get the coveted Crafty Wonderland goodie bag
First ever Kleja booth - I liked it!





cutest booth visitor of the day



Right across the way from me was the fabulous Rian of Tuesday Scarves. Thanks to my sister and brother-in-law I own many of these and they are fantastic!


The talented and inspirational LeBrie Rich

I didn't get to walk around very much but I did get to see these simply amazing eggs from Hanky Pysanky. I wish I had better photos  - check out her Etsy page!

What show isn't complete without these crazy kids!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Missing bunny mom!

This bunny is missing his Mom. Did you buy this bunny from me at Craftywonderland? Your information was misplaced and I really want to make sure he gets to you, especially since he's going to have a new outfit.

My sincerest apologies for this mixup. Please email me as soon as you can so I can reunite you with your bunny. my email address is kleja72 [at] gmail.com

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Craftywonderland!

I had a great time at Craftywonderland! Visit my website and Etsy shop Monday for something super special!