taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Monday, February 08, 2016

It's Time!! Our Annual Flying Lessons 50% Off Sale!!

(photo credit: Viv McMaster)

For the last couple of years, I've offered a one week only sale on my e-book, Flying Lessons.  Each year you guys go wild scooping it up, and I just smile wide all week long at the thought of all those hearts opening up to what is possible. I love a good, well received sale. So much that I've decided to make it a full-on, possibility-fueled tradition.

So, starting today, friends, the time is NOW, and THIS WEEK is the week!

This one week only sale is HUGE: 50% off!!!  Annnnnnd the e-book has been TOTALLY redesigned and fully updated. 

I am so proud of this book. So proud.

Let's make 2016 the year your creative biz will soar. Let's start with everything you could ever need to make that dream real. Let's simply begin, one small step at a time.

I WILL NOT be offering this sale again this yearNow is the time. Get it while you can. You will not be disappointed and once downloaded, it's yours forever.

PS: This e-book comes with membership to the ultra supportive private Facebook group where a community of your fellow ebook Flyers offer ongoing support, resources, and inspiration. This alone is a game changer for you and your creative biz! 

Ever wonder....

: How to build a devoted following and online presence?
: How ultra-successful artists sell, price & package their work?
: How to create a visually stunning website + blog, without spending a lot of $$?
: How to effectively organize your time & energy, and deal with all the outrageous fears that pop up, when you “go public” with your heart’s work?
: How to get published, licensed, and accepted to art shows?
: How to diversify + expand your income with possibility-drenched revenue streams?
: How to stay engaged with your heart while managing the business side of creating a business?

You aren't alone.

I know exactly where you’re coming from. Just a few years ago, that was me — sending heartfelt emails out to artists & entrepreneurs I admired. I always wished that there was some way I could access their brains, just for a moment. And that kind of direct-line-of-access is exactly what I want to offer, to you.

It took me half a decade of wondering & wandering (and very hard work) to find answers that worked for me. And now, I’ve bundled up my very-best resources & how-tos … for YOU.


Flying Lessons is a beautifully designed, highly interactive + functional e-book.

Did I mention it's 261 pages? Yes, yes it is. It’s packed with information, personal stories of what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t worked – lots of wisdom in those hard earned lessons), links, resources, and informative interviews with some of the most knowledgeable people I know, including licensing and publishing directors that I’ve personally worked with. The resources, information, and direct leads/contacts in this e-book will save you boatloads of time and money in hours spent researching.


It's for anyone who wants to start, grow, or enliven their creative business with smart, soul-based growth strategies.

Whether you’re a beginner, or an accomplished crafter, coach, photographer, artist, writer, or anyone with a big message to share, this e-book will give you concrete information and and empowering inspiration to get you moving toward the direction of your soul-filling mission.


The Details:

Top-notch design: Highly functional and interactive with internal links, external links, and a super loaded appendix dedicated to resources just for you! Once downloaded, this e-book is yours forever.

Private Facebook Group: This e-book comes with membership to the ultra supportive private Facebook group where a community of your fellow ebook Flyers offer ongoing support, resources, and inspiration.

Blogging: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to create an effective, fulfilling, soul centered blog, including how to create, how to improve, and surefire ways to get more blog traffic.

Websites and social networking: The specific ins and outs of how to create, how to improve, and the secret ingredients to using them effectively.

Fear Wrangling: We all have them. In fact, being afraid of a big dream usually means it’s a dream worth pursuing. In Flying Lessons, we dive into effective strategies on facing our fears with the utmost care and intention.

Community: How to build long lasting creative allies inside a nurturing community that will have you counting your lucky stars, daily.

Marketing: Effective soul-based marketing strategies that will build traffic, buzz, + joyful momentum, including detailed information on how to use print media, newsletters, advertising, social networking, and more.

Selling Online: Specific strategies for successful selling on Etsy and other online marketplaces, including tried and true tips on how to get more traffic to your online shop, and effective ways of styling, photographing, and packaging your goods.

Selling Offline: Detailed information on how to sell your work at boutiques, and craft shows. You want to start wholesale accounts? I cover that, too.

Making Prints: I share all my secrets and how to’s, including scanning, printing, which paper to use, how to ship prints, etc. I share which mattes I use, which mailers I use, and more.

Press: Everything you've ever wanted to know about how to get good, solid press that will build your audience, build your credibility, and create effective, lasting momentum for your business.

Publishing: The ins and outs of how to get published, including in depth interviews with industry stars, Christen Olivarez (Editor-In-Chief of Stampington/Somerset Magazines) and Tonia Davenport (long time Acquisitions Editor for North Light books).

Licensing: In depth discussion on everything you need to know to get started, including finding manufacturers, attending licensing shows, + considering agents. Included is a revealing and informative interview with Ingrid Liss, Creative Director for DEMDACO. Also included are detailed interviews with three highly successful licensing artists who share what’s worked for them. I also share my own licensing story and everything I've learned along the way. This section is a big licensing round table, and there's a seat just for you.

Money (!): The skinny on how to diversify your income with several smart, often easy and soul-filling, income streams. I believe in inviting abundance into our lives. Consider yourself invited into the world of abundance, too.

Time management: Your super big, seemingly unreachable dreams? We'll break them down into doable steps and whip up a doable time management plan complete with breathing room and time to celebrate all the goal reaching that will be reached, often.

The Journey: The creative business journey is a unique one. We'll discuss ways to wholeheartedly and bravely embrace it, including recharging wearied souls, handling competition, burnout, as well as everyday ways to celebrate the journey.

Personal Stories: I share my best mistakes, my worst mistakes, my secret tips, and lots of personal and true stories about what it looks like to start, grow, and nurture a successful creative business. Kind of like we’re sitting together on a cozy couch, having some tea, sharing stories, side by side. Yes, just like that.


What is calling you? (Truly)
Because it's not just about building a web presence, marketing like a pro, and building a successful, sustainable income selling your goods. All of that matters, of course, but it's more about answering the little nudge of the whispers that have been calling you. It's about tapping into what is possible when you face the direction of those whispers and begin to create a more brave, full, inspired life. Flying Lessons will help you answer the call. 

Download it now. It's fast + easy.
: Click the “buy now” button below to pay for the e-book with a credit card.
: Once you’ve paid for it, you will be immediately and automatically prompted to download the e-book/PDF (it’s about 9mb and will take a few quick seconds to download).
: I recommend reading it with Adobe Reader which is free to download.

(Click the image or click right here to purchase)

Once downloaded, you will have it forever to refer to as your creative biz continues to grow and grow. Because of the nature of e-books (once you download it, it’s yours forever), all sales are final.

“This content has been a catalyst in helping me to see exactly where I want to take my creative business. Before I felt like I was floundering around in uncertainty and fear. Now I really believe that I can make my artsy dreams a reality! You have given me the resources, tools, and knowledge to take my creative business to places I thought were only open to a chosen few.”

“This information is SO, SO helpful. I feel like I’m reading a letter from my biggest fan / supporter / friend / mentor – I can’t thank you enough.”

“The content totally exploded my mind and continues to push me into all new places…Kelly is generous beyond belief. I wish I’d “met” Kelly when I was a fledgling business woman and yet there were still volumes to learn from her rich content. What I have learned is helping me to prioritize my creative business and stay true to my creative spirit.”

“You’ve covered topics that I have long wondered about, but didn’t know how to do or where to go for answers. Thank you for your generosity in sharing.”

“This content has helped me with so many things, from mental clarity, to organizational skills, to technical details to reconnection with my spiritual path and growth… This was worth SO much more than what I paid in terms of the growth it inspired in me.”

“Flying Lessons was fantastic. You went above and beyond. I have taken many classes/workshops but not one of them could even come close to the information/content you shared.”

“I am in possibility heaven!”

“Kelly Rae, this is generous…. and I mean GENEROUS amount of info and insight you are showering upon me! Thank you!”

“I am blown away by all the work you have put into this Kelly. WAY BEYOND what I expected.”

“I am absolutely floored at the empowerment you are giving me Kelly. I dont think I have ever felt as confident as I do now.”

“This content has been beyond helpful. You’ve answered every single question that had been circling my brain for months, and now I feel so much better prepared to get my creative biz up and running. Thank you!”

“I have struggled so long on my own as an artist, succumbing to the fear over and over. Marketing, follow through, and consistency have been the biggest challenges. Now I feel as though I have a mentor, cheering me on and laying out the steps one by one. There’s only one direction to go from here!! Thank you Kelly Rae for your generosity of spirit!”

“Holy Moly, Kelly! Thank you for being so generous and thorough in everything you are covering! I’ve taken several e-courses and read many e-books, but this is by far the most practical and actually makes me feel like I can do it. Awesome.”

“I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful content and the fact that it was not just informative, but that you, yourself, Kelly Rae, came shining through, making it all so personal. This is the most amazing, WORTH IT content I have ever read.”

“Holy Camoly. Where in the world could we find all this info in such a short time, from someone who KNOWS? It would have taken me a LIFETIME…thank you so much Kelly Rae!”

Friday, February 05, 2016

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Wellness Journey

I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, January 29

Katie Daisy and I were internet friends and then she bought our 1974 VW Orange bus in 2012 I think it was. We continue to stay in touch and we even share an awesome business manager, Betsy! Katie is an incredible artist. I adore her, her family, her artwork and I'm super excited about her new book (preview here) How To Be A Wildflower which is coming out via Chronicle books super soon. Hello inspiration. Hello sweetness and wild and freedom vibes. Can't wait to get my hands on this book! (�� by @katieisadaisy from her awesome feed)


Embrace the imperfections
The chaos
The holy mess of your beautiful life...

Saturday, January 30

Today it's a facial (self care), picking up meds for Lulu's UTI (doggie care), picking up my computer that died and got repaired (work care), cleaning out my car (car care), picking up all the dog �� in the backyard (poo care), and a quick pick up of the house (home care). Whew! My goal? To do it all with my word of the year (devotion) in mind. These cares are sacred and deserve to be seen and held as such. Even picking up �� is an act of love. That's what I'm telling myself, folks!

Monday, February 1

Surrender your fear and trust your journey and love love love.
Wishing you the best for this Monday, my friends. 

Tired, but here. Also, you guys. I am still playing with letting my hair do its natural wave thing, but it's so inconsistent. So yesterday I bought one of those Conair super curler things - like the ones they show on TV where it sucks in your hair and then spits it out curly? Well, y'all, it works! And with zero product in my hair! I'm loving it! Having some friends over later this week so we can have girlie geek out fun with it. Have you tried it? I can't get over this thing. 

Wednesday, February 3


She decided it was time to trust her joy, her voice, her wings. 

Truth: I have been in a cycle of on and off sick for months. Some of you have noticed and have wondered what the heck? Me too! Mainly it's been flu like stuff, sinus stuff, congestion and inflammation stuff. Nothing major, but enough to knock me down, and often. I've tried various things, but this week I'm tackling it with major devotion. I started IV immune boosters, accupuncture, and had an allergy test with my naturopath. I'm also working with my western med doc for blood tests, including hormones. And I'm also starting the Whole 30 again (no dairy/sugar/gluten). I'm feeling optimistic. I'm also feeling compassion for anyone suffering from chronic illness. These last few months have been quite hard on my mental health, trying to keep routines while battling being constantly under the weather. My heart goes out to anyone dealing with chronic conditions. I'll keep you guys posted, but meanwhile send up some good vibes and energy my way. ��❤️

Thursday, February 4

Woke today feeling energized and ready to tackle the day. It's POURING outside which makes it more adventurous. Thanks for all the love and support yesterday. I'm hopeful it's a simple solution and that it will be revealed soon. In the meantime, much gratitude to all who are holding space for me. It means the world. Also, I'm still mesmerized and addicted to the Conair secret super curl thing that sucks in my hair and spits it out curly. It's the little things and it's lifting my spirits for sure. ❤️

That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

Kelly Rae

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Art In Motion: One painting from start to finish

I wanted to share a super sped up painting with you guys. I love watching these time-lapses - so intriguing! 

This is a painting where I tried something a little different with her face and played around with non-traditional face colors. I enjoyed mixing it up a bit, which is always good for creative play and experimentation. 

The final painting lives here

Thanks, friends!
Kelly Rae

ps: My angel painting class, Spirit Wings, is in session. If you're feeling the nudge to come paint some angels with me with all sorts of step by step instructions and encouragement, come on over and join us. It's an amazing group of kindred students!

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Inspiration All Around

I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, January 22


Dear World,
Thank you for your smallest of moments that bring the greatest beauty.
Thank you for the stars, the light, and your soulful hearts that make living worth all the love you hold.
Let's let the small moments be big ones this weekend, friends.

I received some amazing books for Christmas and I'm loving them on our mantel. Worn Stories is super interesting (a great book for anyone doing #thewearyourjoyproject, btw) and the Domino book is so useful and informative. And The New Bohemians book by @justinablakeney is a huge book of eye candy, a fave. And of course the @humansofny book has captured my heart.

Saturday, January 23

He snuck into our bed last night around 1am. We snuggled on and off until dawn. As much as it interrupted my sleep (and his), I savored every last leg getting plopped on mine, head nuzzles into my neck, nose kisses, arms gently placed over my chest, sweet kisses, random breathing sounds, and just being that close for that long. ��: Tara Whitney

Sunday, January 24

Sunday morning. Grateful for these flowers John brought home. Grateful for the sinus thing not turning into a full on infection. Grateful that I slept in until 10am (!!) and woke up to the elusive sunshine. Grateful for this home, our life, our health. All of it. �� 

Monday, January 25

You guys. I'm having a party. A real life, in person, party. I'm going to celebrate my accidental, unlikely journey these last ten years of not only becoming an artist and Possibilitarian, but also starting and growing a wildly successful creative business without an MBA, without art school, without knowing what the next steps would be. Possibility lead the way and quite honestly I have often felt that I'm just along for the ride with something bigger, something drenched in Inspiration leading the way. Also. The last ten years could not have happened without the World Wide Web, and without the explosion of Etsy, blogging, social networking, and a whole lotta creative women GOING FOR IT. There was so much inspiration and momentum in those early days and I feel crazy fortunate to have collided with the Internet at just the right time to use it for good, for making stuff, for connecting with others, for building a living that supports a family. I find it so remarkable and I'm just glad and amazed. These last ten years have ushered in a ton of mistakes and learning curves but also book deals, licensing deals (fashion! Decor! Gifts! Garden! Holiday!), countless magazines, world travels, amazing collabs, workshops, online offerings with the best students ever, and so sooooo much more. Most importantly I discovered myself, my heart, my capabilities, my strength, my purpose, and my passion of combining my social worker background with art. I will be celebrating it all and making a marker, an honoring of this milestone. I can't wait. The only bummer is that I can't invite all of my internet besties. Ohhhh, but maybe we can live stream it somehow? Hmmmm. I dunno, but I will figure it out as you guys are such a huge part of my honoring and celebrating. Thank you a million times ���� ps: photo by Zipporah Lomax

Tuesday, January 26

Loving this gram from @anahatakatkin's feed. I'm a huge fan of Anahata. I took a class from her years ago where we created large people paintings from giant strips of wallpaper. It was such a cool class. She was/is an amazing teacher and I remember her tearing up at the end of the class as she was so inspired and in awe of the work that was created that day. She was so IN IT with us and I've loved her ever since.

You guys. I can't even. Every single day. The joy energy has so been elevated with this weirdo hilarious dog. She is five months and huge for her age. ��: Zipporah Lomax


Dear Soul,
You are on a remarkable journey
(you're doing a great job)

One of my few girls featured in profile. I think that's why she's close to my heart...

Wednesday, January 27

Friends, it is with SO MUCH delight that I can say I'll be at the Brave Girls Symposium this summer as a speaker, as a fellow brave girl, as an ever evolving creative woman. I'm thrilled, happy, and can't wait for this event. Come join me and get nourished and inspired by your kindreds! All the details are here: http://symposium.bravegirlsclub.com xxoo!!!!

Thursday, January 28

And then she followed her heart
And let joy in

My favorite kind of story...

That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

Kelly Rae

Friday, January 22, 2016

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – More Disney and DIYs!

I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, January 15

And we're off! Last day here we're super digging California Adventure's vibe. Xxo!

Okay friends! Super excited to share these new tote bags with you! The one with the yoga mat is quite large which I love! We have three more styles in addition to what you see here and I just adore them all! They are all via my partnership with Demdaco!
This week is the AmericasMart in Atlanta. It's the winter show where all my new products debut, including these totes! I'm super excited to have lots and lots of goodies in the Demdaco showroom, including these, new mugs, socks, Angels, and more.  �� Although I'm currently in CA with my family (Disney!), a bit of my heart, enthusiasm, and spirit is in Atlanta this week. I really love this part of what I offer to the world. Xxo

Saturday, January 16

Annnnnnnd that's a wrap. Heading home today with thankful hearts and suitcases full of memories. ���� Best part? Watching his expression of magic and wonder at many many things. Makes my heart so happy. Worst part? That time I almost lost my lunch on the flying swings, the rocking ferris wheel, and some other ride I can't remember right now. 

Home and reunited at last. Seriously missed this one. And I think she missed us because within two minutes of True getting in the bath, Lulu helped herself and hopped in with him. I think she thinks it's a thing. Best dog ever.

Sunday, January 17

I found them like this. I love them. I know this sounds woo woo (I prefer "awakening to woo woo, but whatevs), but since my miscarriage (2013) I've had several intuitives tell me that a girl spirit was in the wings. In fact a psychic told me the DAY before I fell in love with Lulu that a girl spirit was close. Of course who knows what our future holds (likely no other human babies) but I like to think this sweet dog is the energy that perhaps the intuitives were picking up on. She's been such a perfect temperament, companion, and play mate for our family.

You guys. We came home from Disney to boxes and boxes of all the photobooks I worked on and ordered over the winter break. They finally arrived. ALL of them. What you're looking at are Artifact Uprising books that hold all of our best photos from 2006-2015 (ten years) and on the bottom are 68 Chat Books that contain all of my instagrams and their captions. DONE and DONE. ����

Tuesday, January 19

#letartoutletlovein ��

Last summer I found some gorgeous floral vintage wallpaper from the 40's (on a site call Hannah's Treasures for those of you interested). And today it's FINALLY going up after a looooong search to find someone willing to work with vintage paper. I'm thinking it's been worth the wait because I'm loving it!!!! 

Annnnnd I love it. Now I wanna do more accent walls. 


Surrender your seriousness
Come alive
Take a risk
Be radically kind
Share your heart Shine
Celebrate everything

From my heart to yours....

Wednesday, January 20


“Friendship isn't about whom you have known the longest... It's about who came, and never left your side. ♥”
― Mikaela Tiu

Current view. Zipporah Lomax is in the studio today taking shots for upcoming new website!


Friends, episode 7 of the Possibilitarian Podcast is now available!! Join us as we say goodbye to 2015, and welcome 2016 with open, grateful arms!! Don’t forget to send your questions to hello@kellyraeroberts.com, and check out the episode here!

Thursday, January 21

Current view from my bed. It seems right on cue, I get a sinus/chest cold thing within a week of coming home from a trip despite being downright obsessive with immune boosters and germ fighting. I'm all WTF but also grateful I've got support so I can (hopefully) sleep this thing off. ����

That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

Kelly Rae