Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!
I hope your transition into 2017 has been a great one.

I love New Years, as most of us do, because it is a time to press the refresh button of our lives, take stock, and plug into new goals, purposeful endeavors, and just plain start anew.  I don’t like to make resolutions but I do love our family ritual of adopting a “Word for the Year”.  It is one of my favorite things to do because hearing each person’s Word opens a window to their soul and their passions, dreams, and hopes for themselves. Beautiful Unbridled Growth!This year my word is “Discerning”: discriminating, judicious, selective, intelligent, sensitive, perceptive, wise, aware, knowing.  All things I hope to activate in 2017.

Like all careers, but most certainly as an Artist, being discerning can seem like a luxury.  There are many talented and amazing artists all striving to win the same contract, be hired for the same job, and achieve the same life-supporting financial salary that so often eludes artists.  This year I intend to work hard at pushing my worry comfort zone and be more discerning with my time and energy to more successfully create the work and life my heart desires. My greatest challenge? Learning when to say No and when to say Yes. Of course No is the more difficult word to discern and use, but I’ve been working on building my No Muscle and it really feels good.  I’m finding that I’m seeing more open spaces in my life as I discern my choices, leaving room to insert those activities that more fully enrich my life and soul.  It’s all baby steps, of course, but so far it feels great! I highly recommend the practice.

With “discernment” in mind you might have noticed I’ve been absent from the Blog.  That is because I’m in the middle of giving my Website a full-on facelift! Thanks to my friend and web-guru Kim Beasley, soon you will see an entirely new and improved Kate Pitner Designs website. Kim is letting me do the designing process myself, which I’ll admit is a bit scary (she is excellent at pushing my comfort zones all while being a super cheerleader), so it is taking longer then I would like.  However, this action that I am choosing to do is helping me grow and it feels GREAT!  So please stay tuned – I can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

For now, wishing you Light & Love!

See you Soon!

xoxo

Merry Christmas Color Palettes!

 

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It’s Christmas time and I am SO looking forward to some relaxing fun with friends and family! It’s been quite a year on many levels but right now I just want to focus on joy, peace, and love and the spirit of giving this Holiday Season.  One fun new thing I got to experience this year was the opportunity to be a Christmas Tree designer for the local Boys and Girls Club charity event – “The Festival of Trees”.  For two weekends in the month of November I tinseled, bedazzled, and adorned four fabulous trees that were eventually auctioned off to the highest bidders to benefit our local Boys and Girls Club. The other designers and I had glitter coated in our hair and skin for a good three weeks afterwards (glitter is sticky stuff!), but it was worth the sparkling residue, especially seeing the finished trees on display. The colors were amazing so I decided there was no better way to finish 2016’s color palette series then with color inspiration from the four trees I designed! Enjoy!

 

“All You Need Is Love”  – (my Peace inspired tree)

“Woodland Rapsody”  – (this one is 100% inspired for my sister)

“Black Tie Affair”  – (my black & white tree – and side note, it won a 1st prize ribbon!)

“Mele Kalikimaka” Palm  – (inspired for my Hawaii Ohana)

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OH, and one more thing…

some Christmas caroling fun carpool karaoke style as only James Corden can do!  Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, lots of Peace, Joy, Love, Wellness, & Fabulous Fun in 2017!

Final Ornaments of 2016 & two New Nutcracker Sweet Dancers

Happy Holidays my friends! I’ve just posted on my Happy Shoppe on Etsy two new little “Nutcracker Sweet” Ballerinas just in time to gift to your special little dancer.  Don’t wait to grab one though because there are only two and all my other Nutcracker Sweet ladies have soldout.

There’s still plenty of time to place your order and receive your ornament(s) in time for Christmas gift giving and/or decorating, but don’t wait.  As always each of my ornaments are handmade and one of a kind so if you see one you like grab it quick!  

Here’s a quick preview of some of the Ornaments available in the Shoppe:

 

For my Barre Sisters at the Happy Shoppe on Etsy

I have a few more ornaments to add to the shoppe this Season so get them while they’re hot!  Here are a four additional “Barre Ladies”.  These ornaments are fast sellers so if you see one you like grab them quick.  Also – remember that I have now added a Personalize Your Ornament addon at the Happy Shoppe on Etsy for those ornaments applicable so you can add a name/date to an in shoppe ornament and make your gift to yourself or someone special even more perfect.  Also, if you love an ornament but it isn’t able to be customizable on the actual ornament body I have added a Personalize your Packaging option as well.  I’m trying to cover all my bases from requests from the past.  

Just a reminder for anyone worried about shipping deadlines, all ornaments can get to you by Christmas if ordered by 12/18, and for those of you wanting fully custom sculpted ornaments my cut off date for those is 12/5 (which is this monday – so get your orders in).

Phewww!  It’s busy here, I hope you all are having a great kick off to your Holiday Season! 

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Time to Deck the Halls!

It’s here!  Time to decorate and dive into the Holiday Season without pause and I’ve got more ornaments for you to decorate your tree with and/or give to that special someone.  Have an ornament exchange you need that perfect ornament for? Take a look at my offerings at Joann or my Happy Shoppe on Etsy!

Brand new chalkboard ornaments at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores!

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“I Love Barre”   &   “Wicked – Elphaba”

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Feeling Stressed?

colleen-saidman-yee-stress-sequence-yogajournalI absolutely love this week before Thanksgiving. Anytime we can eat good food and be with family and friends is the best, however the raw reality is that it can also be a very stress inducing time. There is so much going on … whether you are meeting deadlines before the holiday break, participating in school and work functions, preparing for visiting family and friends, adjusting to the weather change, or just plain feeling a knot of stress that you should have started your Holiday shopping weeks ago and now all the ads are out and the frenzy has begun.  Whatever it is for you I know that when I’m feeling this way I turn to yoga. 

My favorite online yoga teacher, Colleen Saidman Yee, has a wonderful series of blog posts on stress management, finding inner peace, and all over well-being advice through yoga. Check out her website HERE to see more.  One in particular is a stress reducing series she did for yogajournal.com (when you open the link just scroll down to see the photo slides with instructions – you will need 2 blocks). I am in love with this series and like all of her teachings this one hits right at home with easy inversions, back bends, side stretches, and chakra focused savasana. I highly recommend it.  

Wishing you peace, love, and light this Thanksgiving

Namaste

Peace-KPD

 

 

Saying Goodbye to my Best Buddy

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Shamus O’Malley – 5/19/2001 – 10/27/16

This last week has been a rough one for me. After 15 1/2 years with the best dog in the world, my family and I had to say goodbye to Shamus.  I loved this dog with all my heart and I wanted to honor him with a short post.

Thanks my friend for sharing your life with us.

xo

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Autumn Color Palettes

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Happy Fall everyone! The two color palettes above are from photos taken at my sister’s house where she has the most amazing contrast of autumn leaves dripping above these vibrant purple garden flowers. Oh the beauty of nature!  

I’m so happy it’s finally autumn! SoCal isn’t getting the cool Fall weather that we’d all love to have, but it is starting to turn a little and the edge of summer seems to be subsiding – a little. Let’s just hope we get rain soon. Needless to say my house is decorated for Trick or Treaters, pumpkins bought, and my favorite Halloween coffee mugs are out and ready to be used in the morning. I’m also excited to be headed to another yoga retreat, my last for 2016, and I just had to share with you the newest addition to my Halloween decor that my sister just gave me! I’m thinking this little yogi will be going straight to my desk after the holiday is over.   He’s WAY too awesome to pack away! yoga-skeleton

Namaste
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