Hello! My name is Kat and I am a graphic designer, DIYer, bookworm, writer, New Englander, Mama, Christian, Writer, and Blogger here at Design Lively. Thank you for following along I share my journey as an artist, things that make me smile, and a crazy home renovation adventure (going on 6 years now!).

“It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most. It’s making a great deal out of the little ones.”
– Jean Webster

 

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56 comments

  1. Nicole says:

    Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed.” I’m glad I found your blog…good luck with the three ladies in a sugar jar – perhaps I should suggest this to my husband who says “not yet” to a baby and “you’re out of your mind” to a dog.

    Happy blogging (and reading!!!)
    Nicole

  2. Kate says:

    I love your blog. What an inspiration. I can’t wait to read more and to check out your inspiration/living blog list. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kat – what great reasons to create a blog . . . your long love of reading and appreciation of the simple, carefree things in life. FP is well deserved! If I may – to Nichole, I can’t help much on the baby thing. However, I had the very same mindset as your husband on the dog. No way!!! She gently kept suggesting the addition though, and we have been owned for the last 4 years by a (very pertinant to tomorrow’s celebration btw) loyal and loving Irish farm dog – a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. I cannot imagine life with out Cassidy. So keep his feet to the fire on both counts!

  4. Found you on FP and so glad I did. Love your blog and outlook and your idea of finding the simple, beautiful things in life…there are so many things to be grateful for and sometimes they need to be pointed out. Thanks for doing that!
    Love from North Dakota!

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  6. ddLynn says:

    I don’t recall how I exactly stumbled onto your beautiful part of the blog world, but I’m so glad I did. It has such a fresh appeal and great content. In fact, I love it so much I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you’ll accept. See you around…

  7. Miss. Zoe says:

    Superb! I’ve just spent over an hour perusing your blog and am a little resentful towards my boyfriend for pulling me to bed! It’s wonderful, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  8. What a lovely blog! I’m glad to have found it ๐Ÿ™‚ I have especially fond memories of reading Tolkien’s books as a child as well and love how you named your blog after it and its inspiring philosophy. Withywindle…it really falls off the tongue nicely!

  9. Kat-

    I love the idea behind your blog. The paper goods made for a wedding is was originally caught my eye.

    I am currently in the design industry as a landscape architect but have a passion for graphic design.

    Are you a self taught graphic designer or do you have a professional education?

    I have been pondering going back to get my Masters but cannot figure out if it will be a worth while investment as a lot can be self taught.

    Would love to hear your opinion.

    • I guess I would say that I am both! I knew PhotoShop pretty well learning on my own, as well an InDesign. I never really used Illustrator though until my classes. I was a graphic design major and I loved it! I would see how much you can learn on your own as a beginning. Lynda.com and Adobe offer a lot of great teaching tutorials for beginners.

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  11. Hellloooo Kat…
    I really love your blog…and get so inspired.
    Thank you so much for the nice posting,, hopefully could follow you to build nice blog as yours ๐Ÿ˜€
    give more posting on craft and interior design pleaseee…so beautiful…

  12. Your blog is so lovely! Hoorah for being Freshly Pressed! glad you are enjoying your time over here in Blighty. You’ve gotten to see some of my favourite places {Bourton, Chipping Campden, St Andrews} I’ve had the pleasure of living near all of them ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  13. I just want to tell you that I am just very new to blogs and truly loved you’re website. Very likely Iโ€™m likely to bookmark your site . You actually come with incredible posts. Cheers for sharing with us your website page.

  14. Absolutely love reading your blog! I am a fellow designer and I totally agree with you on how it plays into all aspects of life. I find myself trying to take simple things and make them my own. From a fellow MA resident keep up the great blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Jade says:

    Iโ€™ve just been tagged with the Liebster award! And As part of the game, it is now in my hands to pass it on, and nominate other bloggers as well. You have been awarded!
    The Liebster Award is given to up and coming blogs, or blogs that have been inspiring in some way to the nominator. She tagged meโ€ฆ I tag youโ€ฆ you tag themโ€ฆ kind of thing.
    You list 10 random facts about yourself. Answer the ten questions I posted. Come up with ten questions for your own nominees. Then nominate 5-10 blogs that make you happy.
    Participation is not mandatory!!
    Full details and questions can be found in my post here: http://fruitofthehands.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/fruit-of-the-hands-has-been-given-the-liebster-award/
    Thanks for writing such a great blog!

    Rozee
    Fruitofthehands.wordpress.com

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