Behind the name:  I grew up in the water, not somewhere warm and tropical but in the midwest state of Michigan.  With over 11,000 lakes, naturally my favorite memories growing up were camping and swimming.  My first jobs were teaching swim lessons and life-guarding.  I spend long days in the summer outdoors, but in the reverse see few days of sunshine in the winter.  Somewhere during high-school or college  I used to joke that I was solarpowered, when the sun went down in the winter I was left with very little motivation and energy.  While this is still somewhat true today  I would like to believe that I am more powered by the SON than the sun, it is my constant source of life, motivation and gratitude.

In the past I have struggled with writing a blog, mostly because I am not good at journaling and I don’t want to over-expose my family and friends on the web.  Yet, I have felt the urge to do two things lately, to be more transparent and to share my testimony (life story) freely.  Secondly, I wanted to share my artwork and creative process.  I live in a small community so I am always looking for a good critique and feedback. I figure this is my space to share the best moments in my day – the kind you know would be a crime to keep to yourself. I write like I talk, not too fancy but from the heart.

I am a wife, mother, friend, artist, swimmer, traveler, cook, adventurer and follower of Christ.  I studied art in college and have French and art education degrees.  I love both and both areas have deep threads in my life.  Recently I have begun making art again after collecting ideas for many years,  it is amazing how the simplicity of doing what you are made or called to do can be so life giving and rewarding.  My husband went to seminary at Asbury, but at the time my pride kept me from auditing classes.  I figured that Jesus needed lay people in the Church too.  I don’t know if I would pass that resource up again if given the chance, but take confidence in knowing that my current studies and daily walk are undoubtedly spirit lead.  I humbly share both here in this space.

So I hope you enjoy.  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts or part of your journey.

* Also as a note, I take all my own photographs using a Nikon camera.  I am happy to share pictures but please drop me an email if you intend to post them on another site.  Thanks.


Articles featuring my work:

October 2011  Design*Sponge  

September 2011   Food & Pottery blog

August 2011   Studio Potter Archive Blog 

June 2011    The Daily Post

March 2011  WordPress Freshly pressed





10 responses to “About

  • loreen

    just dropped by after seeing your “freshly pressed” journals.
    i dabble with clay and love to write (and collect blank books)
    so found your adventure with “new hard covers” fascinating.
    i see you lived in africa. zululand is my home.
    thanks for the inspiration!
    grace and peace!

  • Misty Bisaya

    same with loreen above, i too just dropped by after seeing your journal at freshly pressed.
    im so happy to see another follower of Christ in wordpress. hope to read and see more of your adventures in your walk with the Son. i believe it will encourage a lot of Christians anywhere in the world. that includes me. :) Press on! God bless your day.

  • wbabdullah

    What a beautiful blog–I think you’re doing just fine with journaling! I love the metaphor of you being “solar powered”. I’m so happy that you were freshly pressed–I love the energy your blog has, and probably wouldn’t have found it otherwise. Nice to see a fellow art educator that is spiritually-inclined :).

  • iliketocookthings

    your blog is amazing! i enjoy it emmensly. i love food with art. that is cool.

    • Kate

      thank you. I think I am going to love yours as well. That cake looks awesome and I think the “amazing rub” is sweet!

  • therisiblerambler

    hello, there! I’m tickled pink to find a fellow Christian who is so determined to share her testimony and honor the Son in what she writes. I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy your blog very, very much!

  • Lisa

    I would love to carry your buttons in my store. Could you email me please.

  • Maryann

    Hi Kate

    My future daughter in law saw your autumn leaf bouquet and fell in love with it! Can’t wait to make it next year for her wedding, but we were wondering how long they last? Hoping not to have to make them last minute. Any advice?

    • Kate

      Hi Maryann,

      I am sure there is some way to preserve the flowers but I think they look their best fresh. I don’t have a ton of experience with different methods. They are pretty quick to make once you get the hang of it! Good luck & Congrats to the bride & groom!

  • Miss Risabella Rambler

    hey, I nominated you for a couple blogging awards. :) stop by my blog to pick them up!

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