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

Friday, February 27, 2015

My Weekly Instagram Update – Wearing my Joy, Angels, and True Inspiration


I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last two weeks, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me!

Friday February 20

Today it's skinny jeans (pilcro brand, perfect and so comfortable for muffin top), boots, and a long shirt under a lace vest under a jacket that I've had for approximately 10 years. #dressedupinjoy #thewearyourjoyproject

Note to self. #silencethenoise #getquiet #goinward One of my favorite paintings I've ever made ;). PS – it is available in my shop right here!

Saturday February 21 

We put up a little reminder in our dining room inspired by True's "have fun on planet earth" mantra. Here's to a joyful weekend. On the agenda: a few small house projects and play. Also, Bella's daisies are still going strong. #thanksbella #wemissyou

And then there were two. #ilikecolor #andruffles #kellyraeshome

I have been wanting to sand this piece down and make it all chippy for about 10 months. Today it finally happened. I love its imperfectness. #weekendproject #kellyraeshome #chippypaint 

 Sunday February 22

I haven't seen it yet but apparently this is a huge wishing tree in north portland. Holy smokes, I love this so much. Thank you Melanie @whimsykitten for sending this to me. Totally going to take True. #wishingtree #nopo #pdx

The boys are out and about today and I have the entire house and sunshine to myself for a few hours. Ahhhhhh. Spruced up True's room today and although it never really looks like this (#imperfectlivingisbest) I do appreciate this tidy glimpse every now and again. emoji#kidroom #littleboyroom ps: True picked out the paint color: #marlboroblue by benji moore. Curtains handmade (thanks mom!) #kellyraeshome

This is my "now, where have you been, so nice to see you" face for what I'm certain is my long lost BFF shirt. If there are spirit animals, can there be spirit shirts? If so, this is mine. And I took it home today. Thanks, #anthro. #green #bffshirt #allofthissunshineismakingmesilly

More #angels the last few days. #thankyou #grateful
Monday February 23

Not what, but who. #notetoself This is an older piece, but still a fave. Happy Monday , friends. #kellyraeroberts signed print available in my shop! #pdxartist PS – this print is available in my shop right here.

Hey friends. So excited to announce the launch of The Possibilitarian Podcast coming in March. My co-host Nichole and I will delve into all things Possibilitarian - exercising our creativity, taking risks, finding inspiration, spiritual quests - PLUS we'll be answering your questions and talking to special guests. I'm recording my first episode this week (OMG!), and we need your help! Are there topics, specific questions, stories, or thoughts that you'd like to hear more about from me? If so, please tell me! Comment here or send me an email at hello@kellyraeroberts.com (include Possibilitarian Podcast in the subject line). This has been on the dream list for quite some time, and I'm thrilled it's finally happening. Beginning with our first episode in March, podcasts will be available on my website as well as on iTunes (free). #makingdreamsreal #hellopodcastworld #podcast #bravery #tenderness #achievement #kellyraeroberts #lovemyjob

I'm done. Cooked. Drenched in four year old sweetness over here. We surprised True with a note in his lunchbox and his unexpected reply was almost too much for my heart to stand. #gah #love #trueelioorlando

Having a bit of a slow morning. Super thankful John is back home, that our little family is falling back into our "normal" routine. Life feels incredibly GOOD lately and I'm taking notice. My old default in times like these was to wonder when the shoe was going to drop, or at least anticipate when it would end. Something about getting older, learning to lean into joy, experiencing gratitude vs dress rehearsing doom - it's clicking in big ways for me these days and makes these good days feel that much more saturated in enjoyment. #grateful I love that there is so much to learn and cultivate both in times of struggle and in times of joy. #alwayslearnin #seeking #discoveringjoy #flow

 Tuesday February 24

Today it's skinny jeans (not your daughters jeans - love them), a long polka dot tank under flowy green shirt under a belt under a gifted vest. Hello layers. #thewearyourjoyproject #dressedupinjoy 

Found this mid century piece in a junk store over the weekend. I immediately thought of John, that he would love it too. He DID love it and it now sits on the mantel and I just keep going back to it. #treasure #surroundyourselfonlywithwhatyoulove

LOVE this photo from Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras student @lilyuchin!! Come join in on the fun, registration is open for this self-paced course! Check out my website for all the info! #hellosoulhellomantras #kellyraeroberts #somuchfun

Current view on my painting table. #wip #flowers #collage #kellyraeroberts

Current view on my painting table. #wip #flowers #collage #kellyraeroberts
Wednesday February 25

It reads, "your heart will never be alone." A piece for our sisters, our besties, and anyone else whose heart we adore. Send some virtual love and tag anyone you want to share some love with today. #love #besties #sisters #bffs #heart #collage #painting #pdxartist #kellyraeroberts

It reads, "your heart will never be alone." A piece for our sisters, our besties, and anyone else whose heart we adore. Send some virtual love and tag anyone you want to share some love with today. #love #besties #sisters #bffs #heart #collage #painting #pdxartist #kellyraeroberts

#hi Crazy grateful for this space. It inspires to keep pushing forward in my mission, even on those days when overwhelm is close by, which is inevitable when passion is in the equation. #lovemyjob #kellyraesstudio 

I love his flower drawings. #treasure #trueelioorlando 
Thursday February 26

Throwing it back to a five month (ish) old #trueelioorlando. He had the rounded head. Once, we had a babysitter that wondered if he ever made a peep. He was so quiet and calm that I remembered getting concerned. Turns out he was just a quiet little observer of a fella. This photo captures his laid back style. #love

Yes. Yes it does. #kindness #radiatekindness

Dear #pdx #portland, I adore you. #quirkycity Also, I want one of these in my backyard!

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We're Hiring A Videographer!

Videographer Needed –Portland, OR
immediate need for one short video (shot and edited to final cut)

Kelly Rae Roberts is an artist, author, and possibilitarian. Her artwork can be found worldwide on all kinds of uplifting home decor, gift, and stationery products. Through her art, writing, workshops and e-courses, she inspires others to dream and take flight, celebrating the collective journey of our messy, complicated, yet deeply beautiful lives.

Kelly Rae’s business and brand are expanding in wonderful new directions. She’s building a roster of like-minded professionals in Portland, Oregon—folks she can call upon as needed to support this exciting growth—and has an immediate need for a videographer with a fun, spontaneous documentary style. (You might like to watch the video piece below on Kelly Rae’s site to get a general sense of the style we’re after, though we’d like the new piece to be primarily video rather than primarily stills.)

Do the themes of beauty, possibility, joy, and community light you up? Does the idea of following our whispers and creative expression resonate with you? Are you gifted behind a video camera and with video editing software. Do you enjoy developing playful, lively, colorful video shorts in collaboration with other creative professionals? If so, we’d love to hear from you a.s.a.p.!

Working directly with Kelly Rae Roberts, our videographer will:
·      Shoot footage of Kelly Rae (and 1-2 friends) in her beautiful Portland studio and its surrounding environment (estimated shooting time 2-3 hours).
·      Source and recommend royalty-free music to accompany finished video (one track should be sufficient).
·      Communicate with our team’s graphic designer to specify size and format for any needed graphic assets.
·      Edit the resulting footage, music and graphics to a one-to-two minute long video which will be used to promote an upcoming Kelly Rae Roberts e-course.
·      Respond to Kelly Rae’s feedback to take the edited video to final approved cut, which is needed no later than Wednesday March 18, 2015.

Our budget for this video project is $300-500. Kelly Rae Roberts LLC will require exclusive rights in the resulting video (though our videographer will, of course, be able to include the video in his/her reel and portfolio to demonstrate style and clientele).

To apply
Please send a short letter of interest, your bio and links to relevant video to hello@kellyraeroberts.com.
We will review submissions as they arrive and we’re looking to engage a videographer to get started on this project a.s.a.p.

Friday, February 20, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round-Up – A Double Dose of Insta-Goodness!

I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last two weeks, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me!

Friday February 6

See that little white boxy thing on the left? That's our happy light. As much as we love the PNW it can totally be disorienting in the winter when you don't see the sun, sometimes for weeks. And so. We keep our happy light in the kitchen and turn it on each morning while doing our morning stuff. And it works! Its daily dose of bright light does indeed help to keep the seasonal blues away. @lisacongdon and @clay_walsh this will be my "welcome to PDX" gift to you. I can't wait for you guys to get here and brighten up the PNW!

Saturday February 7 

Today I am getting to some house projects and I'm so glad how our stairwell came together!

I am currently working on bringing this family fort room together. John had the idea to hang a ladder with light bulbs over the couch. Today I am trying to pull together the space above the ladder with baskets and our globe collection. Just started and I'm super excited to see how this turns out. Stay tuned!

Finally! Our family fort room is near complete and I'm a digging the vibe. Gonna fill out the globes a bit but omg, I'm in love. In love!!! #familyroom #design #decor #kellyraeshome

 Sunday February8

Totally love it when the weekend feels weekendy. And this has been a good one filled with family, house nesting, and friends. Ahhhh, I can sense that life is settling in. Feels awesome. 

Totally scored this adorable chair at Home Goods. I COULD NOT resist. Gonna put it in our dining room. #happychair

My old studio mates and dear friends @lynzeelynx and @florabowley came to see my new space today. We did a little recorded conversation about how we each seek and collect inspiration as artists. I was reminded that it wasn't that long ago that I was not living a creative artful life and it would not have occurred to me in those days to practice the art of SEEING, finding, and somehow recording (photos, journals) that which I find inspiring. It's a process of unearthing who we are, discovering in those nudges of inspiration what delights us. And what delights us is a big clue along the path of finding the life that most fits who we are. Anyway, I love that I have soul sisters that geek out in conversations such as these. #soul #creativity #inspiration #kellyraesstudio
Monday February 9

My biz manager @february13creative is in town for a couple of days of strategy, brainstorming, and creative work. Here she is with Nichole (my lovely communications mgr @freewitchnoguilt) sitting on my old KRR couch (sadly, no longer in production). I cannot tell you how much these two ladies have impacted my biz life in such positive ways. How adorbs are they? #lovethem

 Tuesday February 10

Ok you guys. Can you guess which one is the original and which one is the reproduction? I'll share the answer later today!

For those of you who guessed the original was on the left, you were right! What I loooovvveee about our reproduction canvases is that the color is so well done, and the actual canvas is well made AND super affordable. This is my 7th year partnering with @demdaco for wall art and I'm still loving how these canvases anchor all that we do and how well they represent my originals. For those of you who asked, you can purchase this reproduction and many many more online. One of my favorite online retailers that carry my stuff is Garden Gallery (you can google them) as they carry just about every single canvas reproduction I've ever done. #lovewhatido! #kellyraeroberts #kellyraesproducts

Wednesday February 11

Just had the most amazing session with Mandy, an energy healer here in Portland. I saw her once a few years ago when I was struggling with new mom and birth trauma stuff and it made a HUGE difference. This time I saw her just because (no big clear thing to adjust) and it was just as powerful. I'm so thankful for ALL the ways in which we can learn to harness our spiritual, mental, and physical expansion. I learned so much today and am inspired to step further into my highest self/purpose. #inspired #thesebootswillhelp #itallmatters #energyhealing

Feeling mighty mighty grateful this week. #thankyoulife #feelingit #flow #love

Thursday February 12

Big thanks to @stylish_living_apex for tagging my newest angel. It's a "survivor" angel and possibly my favorite one we've created. It reads, "May you surrender your fear to immense faith and trust. And may you stay brave knowing that you are not alone, that you are supported and loved, and that your journey deeply matters." Xxo #kellyraesproducts #survivor ps: I believe online retailer Garden Galley Iron Works has this angel in their online shop.

Today. So thankful for the unusual warmth and sunshine today. The sun put me in a mega good mood despite being so tired (my energy lately had been way down. I'm thinking I'm just getting older). Also, we bought these flowers right after Bella died. Actually True saw them and said, "These are Papa's favorite flowers and we should buy them for him because he is soooooo sad." And so we did because daisies are indeed his favorite flowers (loved that True remembered that about John). Anyway, that was two weeks ago. I can't help but connect Bella's uncanny longevity of life to the uncanny longevity of these daisies. Call me crazy but I heard recently that crazy is actually perfection. And she and these flowers are perfect together. #signs #sheisstillhere

Whoa. #sogood #rise

Friday February 13

Hard to believe we moved into our home almost a year ago. Since moving my work space out of my home (and not being there most of the day), I have renewed energy and inspiration to finally finish decorating and tackling some DIY projects. This week I've been working on pulling our kitchen together with some colorful fabrics. These are soon to be ruffle skirts for our island stools. Cannot wait! #kellyraeshome #gettingthere


After. Love how the curtains bring focus to the farm sink and add a pop of color to this room. Getting there! #kellyraeshome

Eeeeek. The wallpaper I ordered for a little kitchen office nook just arrived. Omg, I love it even more in person. Annnnd, I just talked my mom into coming over to help me hang it as I'm not certain I know how! It's by #hyggeandwest and designed by @riflepaperco.

He's getting impossibly big. Last night I rocked him like a baby (bad dream) and as he fell asleep in my arms it occurred to me how much I missed the baby rocking days. And then today we snuggled a bit more in the afternoon and it was just bliss. Today John was telling True how he once broke his nose while playing soccer. True immediately asked, "Did your mommy take care of you?" I realized in that little moment that that is how he sees my role as his mama. As the one who nurtures boo boos and hard times. Such a gift, this parenting thing. The other day he said, "I love you for ever and ever and ALL DAY LONG." You too, buddy. #forever #alldaylong #trueelioorlando

Saturday February 14


After. LOVE!!!! Huge thanks to my mom for hanging the wallpaper for us! I have a couple more touches to do but loving how our kitchen office nook is coming together. Paper is #hyggeandwest designed by @riflepaperco #kellyraeshome

I've never been a huge Valentine's Day person. But I'm definitely a fan of #love, a believer of soul mates, and a seeker of connections during our traveling journeys in life. #loveeveryday PS – this print available in my shop right here!

Sunday February 15

Got my hair did. emoji #dressedupinjoy #thewearyourjoyproject 

Totally geeking out at the flowers and light in our home today. The move last year, the patience it's taken....totally worth it. The slow food movement makes me want to start a slow decor movement. It takes time to make a house a home, no? This has been a great teacher for me, this process. #grateful #kellyraeshome #slowdecor #decor #design #vintage #houselove

Friends, it's no secret that I am not a cook. Food, in general, is hard for me. To stop and eat it. To make it. To eat what's considered nutritious. Other than my almost daily green smoothie, I struggle. But, I am trying and today I actually made three delicious and easy things in prep for the week inspired by @blissholistichealth. 1) a pizza frittata (eggs, spinach, tomato, pepperoni) 2) advocado, spinach and basil dip 3) all natural cocoa balls with almonds and dates. Can I get an amen? Here's to slowly making better choices all around. Last year I tackled sleep (I now get a lot of it) and a spiritual practice. This year I'd like to focus my intention on FOOD.  #wellness #foodwellness

Just looked up from cooking and THE LIGHT is slaying me today. Gah, thank you #pdx weather gods. We all needed the sun for our mental health. Also, I am loving how the living room is coming together. #almostdone #kellyraeshome

Monday February 16

May your Monday be rockin. Love, True #trueelioorlando

Weekend DIY project success. I have a think for ruffle skirts on stools. And I'm just super thankful that my mom helped with this and that John appreciates and supports my house ideas. #beforeandafter #kellyraeshome #decornerd #diy

 Totally INSPIRED. Check out @skidrobot. And thank you @justinablakeney for the introduction. #helpthepoor #artsaves

Tuesday, February 17

First layer. #collage #lovewhatido #kellyraeroberts

Layer two. #paintingday #kellyraeroberts #collage #paint #pdxartist

That's twice this week that I've got 1:11. #angels

Today I just piled on the layers: a long sleeve shirt under a slip dress under a lace tank under a ruffly hand me down vest. Threw on a belt and boots and called it artsy. #thewearyourjoyproject #dressedupinjoy #ilikelayersinmypaintingsandinmyclothes


We weren't together on Valentines Day but at the exact moment he called to say, "will you be mine?", he looked up and saw this heart on the wall. Whoa! He snapped a photo and texted it to me. #signs #angels #universe #hearts We've been together 15 years. Some amazing, some hard, but our paths always lead us toward one another, even when it has taken some time. I'm just grateful to have had a significant amount of years and experiences (high and low) together that I know we can get through and celebrate and appreciate and learn and experience all that life gives us together. When I was younger I swore I'd never get married or have kids. I'm enormously grateful I met him and instantly changed my mind. We have been guiding each other's souls toward healing and joy ever since. #reallove #notalwayseasy #butworththeeffort #soullove 

Wednesday February 18

Home with my little guy today. On the to do list: lounge and play. Repeat. 

We call this the February tease in #pdx. It will be back to rain and grey in a minute and some of us will remember the tease with fondness for the reprieve while some of us will wish it never arrived because it feels like torture to have it only to loose it. #lifeinportland I love these glimpses of spring. Heart=full 

Loving how @motleyturtlearts styled my wall canvases with the JOY sign! WOW, love love love seeing how you guys style my products!

Today it's slip dress under a long sweater over jeans, paired with a mustard scarf and my favorite red boots. #dressedupinjoy #thewearyourjoyproject #ilikecolor

You guys. True and I made a #fairygarden today in our front yard. I am totally in love and I may have enjoyed this WAY to much for a soon to be 40 year old. #swoon

Love that our gnome has a painting set. #fairygarden

True gave Buddha a box of donuts. emoji #fairygarden

Friends, I'm on my 8th day of solo parenting. Three more days to go. Here are my current thoughts: how do single parents do it? emoji How do stay at home parents do it? emoji I am loving all this time with him and also loving going to bed at approx 830pm and waking at 6am. I'm doing a great job keeping the house moving, food, cleaning, kid activities, schedules and energy up and I've had to very tightly squeeze work hours in while also squeezing in the quiet soul care time. Thankful for my parents help and grateful True is a pretty easy going naturally happy kid. But still. I am tired by 4pm and have a renewed appreciation for John's stay at home papa role. But still. I have really loved and cherished these last many days. All this 24/7 play and silliness and sweetness has been good for the soul. #onlyfouronce

Thursday February 19

Hello Thursday. Let's do this. #shine #celebrate #surrender PS – this piece available in my print shop right here

Back at it in the studio today. Working on a couple of fun deadlines (alivelines) while dreaming about building a staircase up the tree for our new fairy garden (told you I was obsessed). #paintingday #lovewhatido #daydreaming

Current view. #paintingday #blessed

"Have fun on planet Earth!" We've been talking a lot about heaven (spirit world), stars, rockets, Earth, why we are here. Millions of questions and I try to answer each one honestly and respectfully. I'm learning four year olds are way smarter than I ever imagined. Mixed in with these conversations, he's been asking what "fortunate" and "unfortunate" means and coming to his own conclusions that the world is a magical place, that we are fortunate to be here, and we should all enjoy ourselves. So. The other morning, after several days of these conversations, he came to me and asked if I would tell him how to spell, letter by letter, the phrase he wanted to write that was in his head. And this is what came out. #love It's his conclusion, his mantra I suppose, and it's a good one. Gah, I adore this kid. He is an awesome teacher. #trueelioorlando #enjoylife #earth #havefun #mantra

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