Have you heard of Martha Stewart’s American Made contest? You can vote up to six times every day for your favorite maker in six different categories: craft, design, food, garden, technology, and style. The winners from each category then compete for the grand prize of $10,000 to further their business and a trip to the American Made Workshop in New York! Please stop by vote for Kissen Studio!
In anticipation of the birth of Baby Mac, I’ve spent the past few months building up my inventory and designing a couple of new items for the shop! I’ve been having so much fun coming up with different designs for products and playing with color. My notepad is overflowing with sketches. It’s so thrilling to turn new ideas into tangible products! Here is a preview of some of the new items that I will be adding next week:
Things have finally settled down around here. Most of our things are out of boxes and put away. Almost all of the painting that we wanted to get done before the baby arrives is finished (we still have one bright green closet to paint!). Our new house is really starting to feel like our home. I wanted to share a few pictures of my favorite room with you.
My studio has four large windows, so it gets tons of natural light. I hardly ever have to turn on the ceiling light in the room during the day. Two of the windows look out into our little backyard, which we call our secret garden. It’s small, but it’s full of flowers and greenery! When we moved in, this room was a light pea green color. We painted it white and it really helped brighten up the room.
Tugboat loves to hang out here. There are tons of squirrels and birds in our backyard that like to tease him. The mobile was a project I recently finished for baby Mac’s nursery, which is still under heavy construction. The baskets on the shelves hold pillows that are in progress.
In our old apartment, my serger lived on my desk along with all of my ongoing projects and stacks of papers and receipts for taxes. I love how there is a place for everything in my new space.
Fresh flowers really do brighten up the room and my mood. I picked these up at the farmers market yesterday. They’re so vibrant and interesting!
All of the doors in our home have these beautiful vintage glass and brass knobs. Not only does my studio have four windows, it also has two closets!
I feel so grateful to have such a lovely space within our home where I can work free from distraction. There are still a few finishing touches that I am saving up for. I would love one of these beauties and there is some more art that I would like to hang up, but my studio is turning out to be better than I could have dreamed! I wake up excited to spend my day in my little slice of paradise.
Hello, lovelies! So things have been pretty quiet over here on the blog because I have been SUPER busy lately. Earlier this year, Danny and I found out that I’m pregnant! In September, we will be celebrating the birthday of our little boy. We are so excited and can not wait to meet the little guy!
After we found out we were expecting, we decided to bump up our wedding to June 15th! We are having a casual wedding ceremony and pig roast reception at a farm in Wisconsin. We decided that we didn’t have enough on our plate so then we started house hunting! (Crazy, I know!) We found an adorable two flat in Lincoln Square next to some beautiful parks with plenty of bike paths. We will be moving in late June.
A year ago, I had no idea that I would be getting married, having a baby, and buying a house all within a few months, but I have never been happier. I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family members that are happy to help us as we start our life together.
Aside from my personal life being so full of exciting changes, a lot has been happening with Kissen Studio too. On June 23rd, I will be participating in an Etsy and West Elm sponsored pop-up shop along with ten other Chicago-based artists. I have also started selling pillows at The Haymaker Shop in Andersonville. I have a few more surprises in store for this summer that I can’t wait to tell you about. Stay tuned!