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

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day #2 of Demdaco Appreciation Week!

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(me + Anne in Hong Kong)

Holy smokes, you guys! Thanks so much for all the lovely comments yesterday about Dave K's video (isn't he incredibly inspiring?) and for all the great feedback about the products. We love that you have embraced them and cannot thank you enough for the ongoing support! If you haven't already entered the ginormous giveaway from yesterday, please do - we're not choosing winners until next week! Big thanks to the folks at Demdaco for coming up with the idea for the giveaway and for offering it. It's a HUGE deal and can't wait to meet one of you!

Demdaco Appreciation Week continues today with another giveaway (see below!) and a rare behind the scenes peek at both the design process as well as how + where products are made, including lots of photos from my recent trip to China with Anne (the the product developer I work very closely with). We traveled to China to do some design work for a brand new artisan jewelry line to debut next year (it's going to be so great!) but while we were there we visited the artisan factories that make much of the KRR products. We traveled to Hong Kong and all over mainland China....a trip of a lifetime. Loved China.

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(wishes hung on a line, Hong Kong)

Before I begin, I want to respectfully say this: From our ipods to house decor to the clothes we wear to our favorite stationery, so much of what we buy, wear, use, and celebrate in our everyday lives comes directly from China. I know there is concern out there about China's export industry. For those of you who may have strong opinions, I want to say that this post is not a discussion/endorsement on either side of the broader issues. This post is simply my personal story/experience of having products made in China after having traveled there and witnessed the process and the people hand making the products. Please refrain from leaving harsh/critical/judgmental comments. This is not a post for that kind of discussion. Thank you!

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I love what Dave K. (Demdaco's co- founder who you met yesterday) says about Demdaco's relationship with their China partners: 

"I love China and her people.  I view that our industry is a truly global one, and our hearts and affections are with all who are part of our global supply chain.  From the artists who conceive of and design the products, to the manufacturers who produce it, to the logistics companies who transport it, to my colleagues at DEMDACO who help distribute it, to the retailers who present it, and to the consumers who purchase and (hopefully) delight in it.  All of these folks play an important part in the chain, and all deserve our respect and thanks.

For Demi and I as owners, we actually started our company as a buying agent, living in Hong Kong.  So we view ourselves as much a “Chinese” company as an “American (USA)” one.  In fact,  without our amazing partners in China, we would not exist as a company, and the (hopefully) lovely products that we bring to market could not lift the spirits they do.  I know the people who work in these factories; they are wonderful mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and they lead good full lives.  And the places they work help them to do that.  And, they are really, really good at what they do.  So I’m beyond grateful to them, and I respect them immensely.

The word that probably sums it up for us is the word mutuality.  We hope, at DEMDACO, to promote mutuality, which is to say that we hope to honor all those involved in the life of a product from concept all the way through to consumer purchase (and hopefully enjoyment!)."


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(Cammy [Demdaco employee] + me with our praying sticks, Hong Kong)

Demdaco has many employees on the ground in China who visit the factories on a regular basis, overseeing all production/quality/etc. I met many of these employees and loved loved loved seeing all that they do to help in the development of product! They are a seriously motivated and talented bunch - very much a family to one another. You will see a couple of them in today's photos.

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(girlie figures in process: hand sculpted, molded, and painted in artisan Chinese factories)

When it comes to the KRR Demdaco products, "made in China" could easily be "hand-made in China." This is something I really want to bring into focus and celebrate. I can say this because I had the amazing opportunity to visit the artisan factories where the products are made. I met the owners of the factories, the employees, and watched for myself how the products are literally hand made by skilled and talented artisans.

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It was mind blowing. Seeing my artwork reproduced to such quality, among such talented people who work so, so hard to do it well and with integrity...it was eye opening, humbling, and made me feel even more like I was just one small part of a village that makes all of this happen.

That is something that China deeply instilled in me: that the Demdaco KRR products are doing more than offering meaningful gift products in the industry, but they're creating an impact among the global village that help make it all happen. From the people here in the US (the designers, the sales force, the retailers, etc) to the people a world away in China (the factory artisans, the Demdaco employees, etc) and all the places in between (transport, shipping, gift giving), these products travel miles and miles from concept to final product and then hopefully into the heart of a buyer/receiver. It takes a global village to make all of that happen. I want to celebrate that.

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(do you recognize what this is?)

I also want to celebrate that for every single person inside that global village that helps create the product, an impact is made. Demdaco and I have received countless emails from people who have been touched by a product they received as a gift or something they bought for themselves in a store. But at the same time, these products are also creating jobs and boosting incomes, intimately creating abundance (big + small) for the people who make it all happen globally, and locally. It really is astounding. And I'm happy happy happy to be a part of it. The stories and the smiles from the men + women hand making the products in China was confirmation for me that these products are making a difference in ways I could have never imagined. Inspiring, humbling, and something I want to be a a part of. And something I want to celebrate.

That's why we're celebrating Demdaco this week. They are the village leader that is making it all happen, changing lives, and doing business the way it ought to be done.

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I'm not sure what I expected when it came to the factories, but I was happily surprised to find that they looked surprisingly like an artists studio....artsy messes were everywhere with lots and lots of glue, paint, scrap materials and more.

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(decorative art girlies, hand-made in China))

Totally surprised to find A LOT of men creating these super girlie products!

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(she's creating one of the girlie display pieces)

There were young men + women (as in twenty something year olds) sitting around large tables literally constructing, gluing, and painting the products inside big rooms that held all the supplies a typical working studio would hold: drying racks, stacks of materials, paint, trinkets, etc. They were chatting with one another just like you or I would when crafting.

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Here I am being shown how to glue a piece of a decorative girlie together by one of the skilled crafters.

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And here I am giving it a try! I loved seeing actual glue sticks and supplies everywhere I looked.

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Here I am helping to create one of the girlie display stands among watchful eyes - I totally messed it up which generated some friendly laughter. I loved jumping into the process - so cool.

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It was such a joy meeting the men + women who work so hard on the products. I loved seeing where they work, and how they work together as a team to make it all happen. This is something I want to celebrate.

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(The wall canvases are completely hand-made in China. Love the precision of how they are stacked)

I was AMAZED to see all the care given to the wall canvases. They are hand-made in China, down to the tiniest of details: precisely gluing the canvas to the hand constructed frame, hand painting the creases of the canvas sides black, and on and on.

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It's important to note that many of the original samples of the products are made by very skilled artisans, talented people who create hand-made molds (like the one above), sculpts and amazing things from raw materials. It's so impressive and they are compensated accordingly. I saw a few talented artists creating these. It's detailed, artistic work...I want to celebrate their work.

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While we were there, we proofed several of the new canvases that will come out next year by approving color and so on. They do such an amazing job matching the color, I can hardly stand it. LOVE!

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(Here we are working on jewelry design. That's Freddy to the right, a Demdaco employee)

The main reason for going to China in the first place was to work on the upcoming KRR artisan jewelry line that Demdaco is releasing early next year. This has been in the works for well over a year and we went to China to work out the final stages of design.

It was like being a kid in a jewelry shop, constructing necklaces, bracelets and more. SO FUN. It was hard work though, with long days, and a ton of consideration and thought (a years worth) prior to the actual trip to China.

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We traveled to several "showrooms" and literally designed jewelry pieces from the gems + stones + materials available to us in that particular vendor's showroom. It was utterly fascinating to work like this. It was speedy, super inspiring, and required quick creative thinking.

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notebook

We had our trusted GIANT notebook filled with a years worth of research, ideas, sketches, and more, including artwork to inspire color combinations and such...

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(me + Zoyee)

And we had Zoyee (in photo above), one of Demdaco's valuable employees in China who helped translate, resource materials, keep track of all the design details, and make sure we were where we were supposed to be here and there and everywhere else (we were literally on a plane, boat, or very long car ride just about every day we were there). Loved working with her - she and her co-workers are critical to the success of the products.

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A love story, these two sweethearts met because of the KRR line! She (Lena) worked at one of the factories in mainland China that creates the KRR products and he (Freddy) is a Demdaco employee who works closely with the factory. They met at the factory, fell in love, and got married while I was visiting! How's that for awesome? LOVE!!!!!

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One more thing before I go. One of the things I really loved about China in general was the way in which they choose beauty. It's everywhere inside the tiniest of tiny details (including their packaging of medicine boxes!). One day we were leaving one of the factories and I noticed something out of the corner of my eye along the long row of bikes (bikes are a major mode of transport). There it was, bright and pink: a scrap piece of my art converted into a pretty bike seat cover. I couldn't believe it! Not only are they helping me produce my work, they actually like it, too. I loved this more than I can say.

Fort those of you interested in seeing more photos of our trip to China, head on over here.

everyday giveaway

We're giving away a little something special everyday this week in honor of Demdaco Appreciation Week here on the blog. Feel free to enter each day's giveaways! We'll be picking winners next week, including the winner to the all expense paid trip with me (see Monday's post to enter that giveaway)!

For today's giveaway:
*One lucky commenter will win $75 to spend on whatever they wish in the online shop.

*Another lucky commenter will win an original painting by me!
*TWO WINNERS!!!

Giveaway rules:

* To enter the giveaway, leave a comment in this post. Tell us what you are most enjoying about your summer (for me, it's porch time in the afternoons with my family). Tell us if anything jumped out at you in this post - was it interesting. Did you learn something? We'd love to know!
* Just one comment per person, please.
* We'll announce the winner soon.
* Go!

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Alexa said...

What I love about summer is that I get to take my two boys back to Canada from England where we live. To spend time with their Canadian family and to get to live a life filled with lakes and the great outdoors even if only for a few weeks each year. To tap into that little bit of them that is Canadian too.

Katie said...

As a teacher, I get a lovely little break! I am loving more time to create art and read and learn things that I don't have time for during the school year.

Melanie said...

Wow! So much goes into making your lovely Art! The pics of the production you took really shows the detail and hardwork they are doing.
As for summer, here in the Northwest, as you know, any day with sunshine is a blessing! So, seeing the sun, and feelings it's warmth, is the best thing about summer. Also, being able to spend fun outdoor activities with my husband and daughter. We just did a hike (that seemed to last FOR-ever!) on Father's day, on Cooper Mt., and it was amazing to see all the families out enjoying the "dry" day here. We take what we can get! LOL! Hugs, Melanie

Maggie Weakley said...

What I love most about summer is our Pool. Swimming is one of the most wonderful activities you can dream of in the summer. Then you add my 2 sons, my amazing hubby & 3 swimming dogs & we got ourselves a pool party. To top that off, I know its hard to, but we nibble on icees while we are floating on our rafts & the goose pimples we get from it makes me giggle just thinking about it. Here is a peek of the fun we have http://twitpic.com/1uklvw
Thanks for asking :) Maggie

corinnedelis said...

As my DH and I both have out own business the Summer is the only time we have a few weeks off were we just can relax for a change. No rushing. the simple life, love that.

I have to tell that I am so impressed that your products are made by hand, they are amazing!!

corinnexxx

Sue said...

well it's winter here, but thinking back to summer (feels like so long ago) it would have to be long days at the beach with family and friends, sitting, talking, laughing, surfing and playing heaps of beach cricket.

Jenny said...

I love the family barb-b-q's... simple, sweet and so much fun...

Jenny x

indivisuell said...

Your trip to China deeply impresses me. I totally love how the chinese artistic people produce the artwork. It gives me a total new angle on "made in China" [which usually doesn´t mean something precious over here in Germany...]
I love seeing those people, ardent and glowing for something which gives them a living.
Thank you for sharing!

diane said...

What I'm loving about this summer is spending time with my 83 year old mom. She's fallen 4 times since Feb., and after the last time, my siblings & I decided she would stay with us. This probably sounds corny, but it's probably the biggest honor in my life to take care of my mom; she's dedicated her life to us... now I get to give back. So, we spend the days talking, watching tv, and laughing-a LOT.

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debsea said...

the best part of summer on kodiak island...the long long days! it never gets dark! i can be working away in my studio until 2 or 3 a.m and it's just as bright as noon! what a bonus!
thank you so much for the insightful look at the talented hands creating in china. i wouldn't mind working there myself!

Georgee said...

what I am enjoying most about this summer is I am finally in remission from my lupus flares and am getting to enjoy more things than I have in years!!! Yes, it is wonderful.

Donna Heart said...

Hi Kelly :)Giveaway or no, I enjoyed reading this post so very much... Just to see the way that every person in the Demdaco production chain is so honoured and respected really restored my love and belief in humanity. Summer for me is beachcombing for sea glass, sitting under outdoor fans and sipping icy cold drinks, BBQ's with friends and playing on the slip n slide! X Donna

tlccreates said...

summer is just beginning in the northeast but I enjoy going kayaking. It is such a graceful feeling when gliding thru the water. There are numerous small lakes and creeks around. When short on time I even go to the pond around the corner.

alison said...

it's always summer here in malaysia! :) i am happy + busy creating goodies for an art and craft event coming in july.

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

What a fascinating look at how your pieces are made.

It is the middle of winter here, but what I love most about summer are lazy dinners on the verandah with friends. Ohh and a swim in the surf.

claire(at)matchingpegs(dot)com

Giggles said...

First off I want to thank you for sharing this wonderful process, and enlightening us about what goes on in China. So often we are fed bias reports from media...thank you for sharing your truth!!!

As for Summer I love visiting all the amazing farmers market/art festivals in the lower mainland with my kids!

Hugs Giggles

NatashaMay said...

So inspiring to see how it all comes together. I believe most of us have no idea. :)

Favorite summer thing to do is going on vacation. Honestly, that's why you work all year so you can go on vacation in summer. :)

maura king said...

I love the slower schedule. Not as much rushing around.

mlgcreative said...

Wow what a post... I will definitely b tuning in for more this week (even without giveaways :) What a blessing it must be to see your art so beautifully created to share with so many...
Its winter here down under at the moment - but I probably love the same elements - the sunshine, the beach, and spending time with my family... Oh and I love the birds & trees (both in summer and winter) they just vary slightly... xx

Concetta said...

That is such an insight - so good to see the humanity of the manufacturing process and wishing that the values portrayed go viral! As for the summer, we have just taken over (to rent) a disused plot of land just outside London and with friends, we are slowly bringing it back to life and cultivating it. Mud as well as grout and glue are now under my nails!

Reigrüche Studio said...

I really enjoyed this post-- It was truly about CELEBRATING the awesomeness of great people working together, thank you (i'm passing it on)!

This summer I am really enjoying the short, spontaneous conversations my mother-in-law and I have as I watch her cook. It's those little things!

{curly girl art} said...

What I love about summer is the time one can spend at the beach relaxing all day! I also find that everyone around me is constantly happy and relaxed :)

kirstin mcculloch said...

Being in the depths of winter here its a little difficult to think of what I love most in the summer...but here goes - I love the sound of willy wagtails at 3 in the morning, getting up at 6 when the rest of the family is sleeping to swim laps in the local outdoor pool, the colours of the sunrise as I am driving to the pool, the sound of cicadas, which to me signify a very hot day, and the gin and tonic over ice on the balcony at dusk when it is still hot and steamy.

Oh and of course, celebrating christmas with my wonderful family!

Loved seeing the back ground work that goes into your amazing products - such a lot of hard work and effort in every piece.
x

Tanya said...

I wonder if internationals are allowed to enter? It's winter where I am and today I liked seeing a family of 4 kangaroos hopping through the frosty paddock on the short walk to the bus stop with the children.

HJ said...

Although my summer has well and truly gone (I'm in Australia), my favourite part were my wedding preparations - I was able to let my creative self run riot with the invites, guest gifts, making gorgeous materials flowers for lapels and wrists. I don't get to do that very often, and loved every minute of it!

Thanks for a beautiful article Kelly Rae, and how lucky for you to be able to go meet these wonderful people.

Charlotte Netz said...

I love the fragrances of summertime, inhaling the essence of the sun, wind, earth and water...

Donna said...

Love your blog and your fascinating pictures and information about your recent amazing trip to China. It does give me a new perspective on China's factories. I know Demdaco is a great company because a friend of mine is a licensed artist with them and has told me the same thing that you are saying about them being a great company to work for. Lucky you and lucky them!

This summer is off to a wonderful start! My DH and Father-in-Law and I just returned from 3 weeks in Italy. We could keep going back there for the rest of our lives.

Traveling with you to Kansas City sounds like a lot of fun too. I am an amateur artist on the side (calligrapher, fabric artist,photographer, and painter) and would love this opportunity to get inside the doors of Demdaco with you, meet the people and learn more about the product line process. Please pick me! :-D

Lara said...

Oh summer how I do love you, your balmy air, your days that stretch out at a slower pace, the spirit of adventure and freedom you conjure. Sweaty salty skin from adventures at the beach. Laughter from water soaked children. Salads, smoothies, outdoor dining.
Oh summer how I do miss you in the middle of this Aussie winter ... OK I'm being a bit dramatic as I do live in subtropical Queensland with a winter that is mild and short on real cold - but nothing beats summer!

P.S. Thanks for the insight into the creation of the product line. I have always wondered how it works. It is really quite amazing.

Nadine said...

Wow. I really like reading your stories, getting some background information and, most of all, getting inspired <3
What I enjoy most about my summer is definitely jumping on the trampoline with my nephews and nieces. Turning from 29 to 10 again, jumping for hours and hours, almost peeing my pants from laughter. I cherish those moments!

Anonymous said...

I am enjoying my first-ever real garden. I have a raised bed with sunflowers, veggies, and squash and then I have a wildflower cutting garden. So much fun!

Jen
jennifer.lennox(@)hotmail.com

mairi said...

I love praying for a baby to come into my and my habby's life :-))))

Grainne said...

What I am loving this summer is that in three weeks time, I am getting married! So enjoying this time of making crafty things for the wedding party, thinking about speeches, the friends who are traveling to be with us... Don't care if it rains or shines - it will be love all round!

Tehmina said...

OMG Kelly!! I hope i win i so want your art in my new home! Ok what i love the most about summer is Watermelon!! yum!...flipflops! going to the beach ofcourse!, finally can take my son out to the park more often and have playdates with him in our backyard! so much fun!!!

Laurence said...

From France Montpellier, I like to be with my family, cook for them, for friends, barbecue, cook the vegetables of my kitchen garden, read
some books and swimming in the sea or my swimming pool and visit small authentic villages in lands.

Barbara said...

Getting out to our caravan in the weekend and having to do absolutely nothing except enjoy the quality free time. Do a bit of crafting as well. The long nights, with the quietness of the country, watching the bats and listening to the birds settling down for the night. A glass of wine before we turn in for the night. You don't need much.

Linda said...

The summer brings my son home from college which fills my heart. The sound of morning doves cooing their song. The anticipation of a day lounging in the sun on a lake. The smell of bbq's on every corner. Biting into a fresh grown tomatoe that bursts with flavor! Being inspired by nature to be creative. Sharing all of these wonderful things with family and friends!

rachel awes said...

good morning kelly rae,
what i'm struck most about this summer is watching our oldest son (age 15) burst more open into his life/has his first (caddy)job, girlfriend, training to be a counselor's asst, taller, & overall more himself. & also to take in our younger son (age 12) & the fullness of his kindness grow in ways that melt my heart powerfully. & then feeling the sunshine. summer of 2011. so grateful!
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& sending LOVE to every heart & hand making your girls in china. may the words on all these girls bodies bountifully bless them. xo

Janet O'Connor said...

Summer starts today! There's soo much to love about the longer days and beautiful mights. Plants are growing and flowering. Baby birds are learning to fly, singing and chirping the morning away. Even if it rains, it's still pretty. It's the best season of all.

Billie said...

Hi Kelly

Happy Birthday for yesterday, its my 40th Birthday today :) After reading your book, this is going to be my year to embrace paint and have fun with it to see where it will take me.

What I love about summer is the light. More hours of daylight to paint and create in. There is nouthing like a bright sunny day to make me what to get the paints and inks out and play.

Have a great summer,

Best wishes

Billie

rach said...

Wow thanks for sharing this. it's really interesting to see behind the scenes at how things are made. Summer not starting here in Wales for another 5 weeks! But when the kids are away from school I'm looking forward to lazy mornings, taking them swimming and a holiday in Tenby.

Renee Stanley said...

WHat I love about my summers are spending time with my daughters. They are still young enough (8&11)that they still want to hang with their mom:) I am a teacher so I am gtrateful that I am able to do this and I take full advantage of our time together. We really try to go day to day enjoying life's simplicity because much of the rest of the year is hectic

Tracee said...

I am enjoying the time I have with my girl. She's nine and I know that summers she will want to spend time withe are numbered...so I'm embracing this time and making special memories for the two of us!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

What a great post and story, Kelly-Rae! What I am most enjoying about summer is having both my little boys home from school. I'm enjoying their laughter throughout these long hot Florida days.

soraya nulliah said...

Kelly Rae-thanks for giving us this peek into the (hand) making of your products...and to actually see the people and process that all goes into it! Amazing!
Okay...what I love about summer...spending time with my family enjoying...long lazy days, blowing bubbles with my baby girl,the beach, strawberries, BBQ's and sundresses...and the pics I can take with bright colors + sunlight.-Soraya

LiLLYiCiTY said...

I am most enjoying having a new daughter in my family - an adult one though! She's my partner's daughter and at 18 is a wonderful influence on my two younger girls. And all of us sit down and create together. What could be better!

fairy godmother said...

I am enjoying sitting on the deck and knitting, and grilling asparagus!

Jules Dolly said...

This is such fun, thank you for doing this!
What do I love about summer, sitting on my hammock with my little furry jack russell and my lovely otherhalf by side, picking raspberries and strawberries off the bushes and listening to the birds. There's nothing like it. x

danasparkle said...

stealing naps
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Sophie said...

Wow China looks awesome- love that your products are basically hand made with love, that must have made you so happy! Well it's been very wet and rainy here in England, but I'm really enjoying exploring the great outdoors with my family and the lovely fresh smells that the rain has brought!

Anonymous said...

winter has always been my favorite season (with beautiful snow making dark short-sun days bright and muffling the sounds of the busy street on which i live; getting to dress in layers; going for walks, sledding and ice-skating ...) - but i love summer, too - mainly for the ease of getting around to see my family and friends and to go swimming wherever, whenever i can, and the sunshine!

thanks for sharing an interesting and personal look behind the scenes on demdaco and your products being made in china. i think that trip would be emotionally overwhelming in a very good way - so glad you could do that. and what a nice thing for the employees there - to connect with an artist with whom they work over many miles and to show their own skills. thanks for two more give-away opportunities, too.

kathy

bonnesinger said...

My favorite part of summer....on the few cool days and the breeze is there...I love to sit on the veranda and watch my little "hummers" [humming birds] sip their nectar from the feeder. They are truly amazing birds and to me, they don't make them any cuter. Would love to win this!

Clare said...

I am loving the anticipation of our family holiday to the sunny shores of Catalonia, Spain. The school holidays start this week and we (partner, 3 kids and I) are all very excited to leave the grey, rainy skies of the West of Scotland to enjoy the laid back lifestyle of the Mediterranean. Ole!

Laura said...

Warm weather! Finally! When I leave work at night I love walking out of my too cold air conditioned office into the warm air. I feel like the warm air wraps around my body like a blanket. It feels so good!

Lisa G. - Happy Mama said...

Hi Kelly Rae! What I'm really enjoying about my summer is the longer days turning into more time outside with my family. BBQing on the patio, watching our little ones play in the yard, later bedtimes. These are precious times!

LiSa said...

What I love most about summer is taking my little nes out for picnics in the park and to just relax in the sun for a bit!!
Love your work!!
xXx

CherylConnell said...

That was really interesting - thanks for sharing.
I am enjoying long days of sun! Sun still at almost 10 pm here in Canada.

wonderful.

Michele said...

My favorite part about the summer is the freedom from not having anything scheduled. With having three kids and running everywhere all year as they take part in various activities- it's a pleasure just to be together at the same time. I also love the revolving door of kids in and out as they themselves have time to go on daily adventures!

Jeannette said...

I really enjoyed reading about your trip to China & how your products are made. Thank you for sharing that. I am enjoying spending time with my daughter Zoe this summer. She is 6. I am a public school art teacher, so the school year can be pretty hectic around here, so it's nice to slow down, spend time with her {and hopefully} make some of my own art as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

indie grrrl said...

What I love about summer is the warmer weather, having my son(12) home during the day, laundry hung out on the line, windows open, the breeze so appreciated, fresh cut grass.

Kyrrha said...

This summer I'm back east with my family in Pennsylvania and loving the heat and humidity. The warm air here feels warm and moist almost like a second skin. It is super relaxing not only to my body, but soul. In Santa Cruz, California, where I currently live, it has been chilly and the air is dry. Thanks Kelly for Demdaco Appreciation Week, this is so much fun!

Lisa said...

summer sanctuary time...morning devotions and journal time on my porch while my four daughters sleep inside. dreaming of what i want to be when i grow up.

ivy said...

Hi Kelly Rae,

Thank you so much for sharing the people and the process behind the scenes. It is wonderful to know that the love and care that go into your creations is carried on down the line!
SUMMER: It is one of my busier times but I love puttering in my garden and seeing all the new flowers growing. I love driving by wooded areas and seeing so many different shades of green. I always think of the song, "Its not easy being green"! Sitting on my patio for a much needed break and feeling the sunshine on my face always makes me smile and is just feel good medicine. Summers are not long where I come from so it is nice to savour the season every day.

aida said...

What i love is being able to spend quality time with my daughters and husband, without school work, lists ot anything to plan ahead.

NANCY LEFKO said...

Thanks for sharing all about your China trip...what an experience!

Summer hasn't really started here...kids finish school tomorrow...but my favorite summertime fun is our week at the beach of Coastal Maine. We have vacationed in the same town/beach for the past 15 years, since we were a family of four and then five. Watching my boys grow up on that beach is one of my most cherished memories.

When I'm not on the beach, I lounge (when time allows) on our screen porch and pretend that it's the beach cottage of my dreams!

robin prophet said...

I've spent several weeks this summer watching my darling 11-year old grandson Ben play All Star Baseball. It's been hot and dusty, but fun sharing the excitement with all the other parents.

Robin Prophet

It's Raining Jelly Beans said...

my favorite thing: not having to get up early for school and not having to drive kids all over and back.

Musicmaker said...

what I'm most enjoying about my summer is the freedom to just walk out the door, without layers of coats and hats etc, and spend time weeding my garden, or walking my dog.

Art Expression said...

Wow...I am amazed after seeing all the pictures on your blogs. You must be so happy to see all your beautiful art work being reproduced like that for sale all over the world. I live in Florida so for me it is always summer = ) but I am leaving to go see my family in Canada on wednesday and I plan on enjoying them and the weather as well. It is going to be a little cooler for me which is fine = )

Jane B. said...

I am loving sitting on the overgrown front porch of my rental house having dinner or drinks with my husband while we plan and dream about moving into the new house we just bought. There is SO much *possibility* when you make a big change in your life. We are thrilled with our new house and cannot wait to move in and make it our own in July!

sarah said...

i'm loving the fireflies! my yard is full of them and nothing says southern summer more then that.

kimberlyrenee said...

I'm enjoying the anticipation of all the friends and family who are coming to visit/whom we are going to visit! It's a packed summer, just hasn't started yet :)

JJoy said...

What's not to love....the comfort of knowing those who are close to me are well and warmed by the sun...and I'm finally able to do what I love...create art and jewelry full-time. I'm so grateful for these things.

Jenni Horne said...

Summer is all about the kids and I...sleeping in 'til the sun warms our faces so much we have to wake. Then packing the pool bag and heading to the community pool where all their school friends are anxious to have another friend play sharks and minnows in the water or pickle in the grass during adult swim. And lots of slushees....lots

hjs said...

thanks for sharing your experiences in China, very interesting. what I'm enjoying about summer is my garden and all the little birdies that have come to visit on our back porch.

Sheryl said...

I love summer because of all the colorful flowers and the beautiful songs the birds sing to wake me up in the mornings!

Lisa B. said...

I am loving having creative collaboration meetings in the warm lovely sun! It's my first summer having my own biz and now I can choose to have meetings sitting on the grass under the clear blue sky. I love love love it!

melissa said...

thank you for sharing this incredible journey into your life as an artist...grateful and inspired. appreciating the slower rhythm, the sound of ocean tides, and watermelon.

Debbie said...

I'm American as apple pie!! I love parades,picnics, going to the lake and feeling sweaty at the back of my neck! Ah summertime! Gotta love it!!

Debbie said...

I'm as American as apple pie!! I love picnics, parades, going to the lake, feeling sweaty at the back of my neck! Ah 4th of July!! Fireworks, summertime, gotta love it!!

Sheryl said...

I love summer because of the beautiful flower colors and the songs the birds use to wake me each morning! The smell of rain and the occasional rainbow are among my favorite things.

Diana said...

This summer is a special one for me. I am awaiting the birth of my first child, a daughter, any day now. As it gets warmer here in North Carolina, I have been relishing all the summer treats to keep cool - popsicles, slushies, pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream - all the while secretly hoping that they'll coax her out and into my arms. A sweet, sweet summer indeed.

~Christie said...

Loving trips to the farm, lazy picnics and lots of popsicles with my little guy!

~Christie said...

Loving trips to the farm, lazy picnics and lots of popsicles with my little guy!

Tracy said...

We have a camper in a forest, by a lake....lucky us :)

So most weekends we spend outdoors now. What I LOVE most about summer so far, is the LUSH growth - I feel softened and healed by it, as it's everywhere I look. I can see little else but trees and green ...and the way the leaves dance in the breezes - makes me stop and really see things as they are. Nature - that's what I am enjoying most!

Susan Ball said...

My summer consists of following my 3 boys and their baseball games. Two of the boys are on two different travel teams, so we're on the road a lot. It's busy, but I am learning to savor these days. I relish in just watching them. Seeing them grow, experience new things, making lasting relationships. Their joy is my joy and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Kellyjp said...

Summer is a time for sitting and relaxing on the porch swing and drinking a tall glass of lemonade. Everyone always seems to congregate there. Many secrets and stories have been shared on my front porch. It's also a place of happy memories spending time with my dad who passed two years ago.

artfuljourneys said...

Love today's post. Amazing how they recreate your art work with such detail and love. Summer use to be going to the beach in Florida. But now in Western Georgia, I am enjoying watching the fireflys come out at night, little twinkle lights in the woods. Also love watching the deer in my backyard, last year got to see 4 fawns, just precious.

brittany said...

the light:) Hellooooo, bright sun in my face!

Carla said...

What I’m most enjoying about my summer is the fact that my fiancée and I are starting the process of building our home (house). The sunny and hot days in Puerto Rico help so the process can go faster! (and the construction workers can get to the land and start working, he he) We can’t wait to have hour home and to get married!! And I can’t wait to have my special room to create and do fun things! This summer is a blessing because we are making the “headquarters” of our life, our family, and our dreams.

Claire said...

how wonderful to see behind the scenes, and how cute to see a wedding of lovely two workers :)

re. summer - schools in the UK don't break up for another month :( my kids are busy with exams :( but wimbledon started yesterday :) so it's not all blah!!

Janet J said...

Me? I just like that it's summer. Warm air, sunshine, flowers, beautiful blue sky, birds singing. I just love that it is summer!

Patti G. said...

Kelly Rae,
The pictures you shared here are amazing and it is flabbergasting to see the heart and detail that go into creating your pieces there in China! The little bride and groom were precious!!!!! Please count me in for today's give away and know that I have many of your pieces, girlies and most recent, heart ornies, and I love them all!
Hugs,Patti
China looks beautifu!!!!!!!

sperlygirl said...

what an incredible journey! what i am loving about my summer ~ spending as much time as possible with my babes, toes in sand, bodies in sea, giggles ever present. xx

Anonymous said...

I love my gardens and pond! What a rewarding hobby. There is a constant change of colors, growth and foliage. It is so relaxing at times and sweat producing labor at other times. My husband and I share in our love of our yard.

Kaz said...

Its actually winter her in Perth Western Australia. I love Winter, Winter is my season, and was married on the 1st of June 2004. I am dark haired, fair skined, dreadlocked hippee who loves winter. However, you asked about Summer. Summer for me is about the fresh smell of the Fremantle Markets, the smell of ripe mangos, berries, local buskers, local artist, you can't get better than Fremantle in Summer with sea breaze coming in to cool you.....Kaz

Vicki said...

this summer, I am enjoying painting again after a 15 year "detour". Your work has been one of my inspirations - thank you, kelly. may 36 be a magical year for you. xo

Justin said...

I loved this story...especially that bike seat cover! What I love most about summer...spending lots of time with my girls & getting fresh produce from our local CSA!

Marti McClure said...

I love the days spent at the beach with my family, watching my children and my husband surf, roasting marshmallows and watching the beautiful sunsets!

jumbledhutch said...

What I am enjoying most about this summer is staying up late and playing uno every night with my boys!

Melissa said...

I am struggling with what I allow myself to enjoy during this summer time. I do enjoy the beach, sun, sand, and my trusty umbrella. I enjoy a nice glass of chardonnay outside by the pool while my kids are swimming. So I would have to say outside time in the shade..

Lori McMurphy said...

I am enjoying time outside with my son & husband at the lake! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tony and Lisa Blackwell said...

I love our early morning walks with our dogs! Its so hot here in the south you need to be up and out by 6am.

rita maria said...

this summer is extremely special for me because i have been given the opportunity every artist wishes they could have. i have left my job and i am now a full-time artist at home. definitely a starving artist, but none the less, i'm doing what i love with the support of my fabulous husband. AND AND AND i am closer than ever to my mom and sisters which is the biggest blessing of them all. how did i get so blessed?

She's Au Naturel said...

Such a great post, it's great to see all of the work and dedication that goes into making such fantastic pieces of art!

My hubby and I just purchased a pop-up camper, and have been camping over the weekends this summer so far! It's definitely been a bit of a learning experience, but the fact that we can do it together and cart our favorite pup along with us has been a blast. I'm looking forward to many more summers with them and the camper!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

What I love is having time with my son! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Soul of the Rose said...

My favorite thing so far about this summer is taking long bike rides or walks with my husband. I'm five and a half months pregnant and it's been a rough journey. Often, I was unable to walk very far from the couch. However, for now, I'm feeling good and very thankful for each ounce of energy, every moment I get to spend with my husband.

Monica Kaye said...

I LOVE this post and the pictures. My dad is leaving for China Thursday morning. I can't wait to show him this. One of my favorite things about summer is letting my kids get loosey goosey with our bedtime routine so we can linger on the porch watching fireflies and listening to our "summer nights" playlist or reading extra chapters in books and giggling and snuggling a little longer. I don't really want to be entered for today's giveaway because I already believe in the impossible thing of being chosen for yesterday's. :)

The Great Askini said...

What I love most about the summer is having several hours of daylight after I get home from work! I love being able to come in the house after picking up my daughter, open the windows, and let her go outside and play while I make dinner.

Jenny said...

This summer....it's the sitting in my backyard, listening to the birds and enjoying fresh air...turning the tv off and grabbing a book to read while out there.
Peaceful and wonderful.

jeanied's said...

well summer time is a little hard right now to come by (changing jobs and having to work both for the next 3 weeks) BUT we did get to go on a motorcycle ride the other evening...just the wind and no worries for an hour....yes! =0)

Anonymous said...

Fun in the summertime for me is about daily power walking in the beautiful park nearby! Love the sights but also love being fit and healthy.
Jan H.

The Mudmom said...

We had our summer kick off yesterday with MUD DAY. We are enjoying our mud zone and bbq pit. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallow S'mores. It was a great Summer day and we can't wait to go Hiking and camping. HooRay for Summer.

Go to www.themudmom.com to check out a super fun muddy pic of my daughter...it will make you smile!

BTW: love, LOVED all about China, thanks for sharing their story :)

Cathy said...

I love warm weather so this is my time of year. I love summer clothes, the way the air smells, all the seasonal food especially corn on the cob, and an afternoon thunder storm.

Melissa Hoopes said...

Your visit to China was fascinating. Thank you for sharing and so interesting to see where my Art Girlie came from!

janice said...

What is wonderful living in the the North East is that we have four seasons. Being a nature lover, I enjoy all the beautiful things this season holds - like flowers, birds of all colors, butterflies, fireflies and ladybugs, the beauty of the ocean waves, seashells on the beach, sea glass. The air smells sweeter, the sounds are of children playing outside and the tastes of fresh peaches, strawberries and corn on the cob! It is a vibrant and colorful beauty!

treasures and a turquoise paintbrush said...

sharing a strong cup of coffee with my hubby while watching the early morning sunrise. love!

mary wangerin

cathi said...

Summer in Florida is not my favorite time of the year---but the sun always shines, which i love--and traffic isn't as bad as it is in the winter when the snowbirds are here---and all my northern friends are out from under snow which i am grateful for-
cathi

janice said...

What is wonderful living in the the North East is that we have four seasons. Being a nature lover, I enjoy all the beautiful things this season holds - like flowers, birds of all colors, butterflies, fireflies and ladybugs, the beauty of the ocean waves, seashells on the beach, sea glass. The air smells sweeter, the sounds are of children playing outside and the tastes of fresh peaches, strawberries and corn on the cob! It is a vibrant and colorful beauty!

Erika Davison said...

We recently bought our house and my husband and I are just enjoying our time together in our home. Shortly after moving in and I mean like three weeks I found out as I was pregnant. We lived in a lovely neighborhood and have a big front porch to enjoy in the evenings. We both have art studios we are working on set up which is super fun. He's a potter and I do whatever makes me happy.

druga szesnascie said...

it's so hard to decide...
well...my 2-year old son running around in my mum's garden discovering ladybugs and snails...summer dresses...starry nights...storms...fresh blackberries...

Lori said...

This summer I'm loving working on some art and sitting on the porch...not really enough of either...and watching my kids play summer basketball.

JosieK said...

What I'm enjoying about my Summer is definitely having the privilege of spending time with my two little hooligans. Time is racing by and one day soon, they won't have the same time and interest in us (their parents) so grab on and hold tight now@ xoxo

sue b said...

What i love about summer is i can enjoy my morning coffee outside on the porch while being insired by the world around me.

Kate and Allie's Mom said...

What a wonderful trip!
What I enjoy most about summer is spending time with my girls and husband but also our extended family at the lake. We get to see Grandmas and Grandpas every weekend. It a wonderful way for our girls to get to know and spend quality time learning the stories of our families.

Pat said...

Summer brings longer days, beautiful sunsets, outside flea markets, & sitting outside with my stacks of decorating & craft magazines!

Roberta said...

Ahh Kelly you are so blessed...when we were in 4/5/6th grade we lived in Taiwan and even though it was over 40 something years ago...I still remember it like itw as yesterday. My favorite part was how friendly the people were. We were lucky enough to live on the economy (not military housing ;) and my sister and I spent all those years exploring the neighborhood communities. There were lots of "factories" where they created everything from furniture to artwork and YES everything was "handmade-carved-sewn". The workers were always happy and invited us in to watch. Ahh...thanks for the memories! What I'm loving about this summer is traveling with my DH to all our favorite summer spots, Savannah, Daytona and Charleston.

jenniferfarrell08 said...

Hi! I love your blog and check in daily for inspiration. I am a full time student, I work in restaurant management and have two children and am expecting #3 in August. While being on a break from school for the summer, I am enjoying the extra time that I have with my family and the time to really dive into creative endeavors! I am completely revamping the kids' bedrooms, complete with painted murals on the walls. It is the first time I have taken on such a big project, which is very exciting!

Jenny
jenniferfarrell08@yahoo.com

island jen said...

honestly...with over 100 degree heat we're experiencing in Florida - the one thing i've been enjoying most this summer is Frozen Yogurt dates with friends and family!

Joy said...

WooHoo first day of summer! I love summer so much because it means spending more time with my family, enjoying cook outs and watching the kids play in the sprinkler!! I loved seeing behind the scenes of Demdaco in China--totally surprised at how the products are so hand crafted. Thanks so much for the insight.

Dana Barbieri said...

What I love about summer is to have my 5yr. old home from school with me and my daughter.

Just to be together more, playing outside, swimming, riding bikes, taking walks.

The pics of China are really beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

Karen said...

thank you for sharing all of that Kelly Rae, it was so wonderful to get a glimpse of all he process and all the wonderful faces of people who make so many of the things we buy and cherish.

My favorite thing about summer is having both kids home. I love them so much and especially love watching them play, hug, and laugh together.

Sharon Tessandori said...

I'm most enjoying the early morning...sunrise, hot tea, journaling, doing yoga, and getting out for an early walk. :)

Martha said...

I'm really enjoying my family's relaxed and flexible schedule this summer. It is a toss up from one day to next what we will do. For a scheduler and planner like me, I thought this would be tough and stressful, but I'm actually finding it very liberating. I'm also enjoying all of the extra time I'm getting to spend in my studio this summer.

Miriam said...

I'm LOOOOVING spending time with my 2 year old--reading, playing, creating. There will never be another summer like this one, and I want to soak it ALL up with him and his daddy. While time together is physically exhausting, it's emotionally and spiritually inspiring!

Nikki said...

I bought a home last summer so right now I'm loving turning my back yard into a sweet beautiful retreat.

I really enjoyed your post today and learned a ton!

Gina Lee Kim said...

Talking, reading, & anticipating the birth of our first child (it's a boy!!!!) who's due this August 6. The best part about this summer: it's walking over to, correction-- waddling towards--the air conditioner vent & just stand there to cool off! :)

Thank you so much for your inspiration. What an incredible post (yesterday's and today's). This is what merging integrity, partnership, heart & business is all about!

Anonymous said...

what i LOVE about summer is the sunday afternoon "swims" in our pool after church... my husband & i float around on our rafts, listen to oldies music and nap. after that, we get cleaned up, take a late afternoon/early evening drive, listen to more oldies or concerts on sirius xm and take a drive with a stop for our favorite drink, frapps or iced mochas!!! it is a way to gear up for a new week of work & busyness!!

p.s. LOVED the photos of the process of your products being "handmade" in china, the shot of canvases and prints made me drool!!! :) thanks kelly rae!!

Lesley said...

My fav thing about summer every year is the same ~ picnics outside under a big tree. Now that I have a son to enjoy them with it is even more fun!

Marion said...

Best part of summer is living without schedule, no deadlines, no rush... just go with flow!!! Jaaah! Already looking forward to that (summerholiday starts in a few weeks for our kids). Six weeks of time-freedom. :)

Lisa said...

I have two little girls 9 and 5 and we get to be gypsies all summer! Every day when we wake up we decide on todays adventure!

kate said...

I love so many things about summer... I think my favorite is the opportunities to spend time with my family on the boat. Wind in my hair, sun kissed shoulders, yes please.

amy said...

my favorite thing about summer so far...hmmm...spending more time with my kiddos!

Ms. Knitsalot said...

$75 to spend - how awesome! I am truly enjoying time in the backyard with my family. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like it was an amazing trip.

jfa said...

What I love about summer is the lake! I love going to the cabin and just being outside in the sun and also catching a few fish in the process! It's not always warm in Minnesota, so we have to enjoy every bit of the summer while it's here!

Kalisha said...

What I love about summer is being able to take nice evening walks in beautiful weather.

Lynn said...

I would say fun in the sun, but we are lacking in the sun department in WI this year. Probably the picnics in the park when it's not raining!

Roberta Laliberte said...

OMG! Kelly, what an amazing trip. You are so humble, I love it. Don't ever underestimate how much you inspire others too. I am shocked at just how much of the process is hand done. Thanks for sharing this and I forgot to mention yesterday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Hummmm summer. What I love most about summer is no school! I love having the kids home, no big rush to get out the door in the morning (hubby is a teacher and I am self employed) so we can laze around in the morning and enjoy the fresh sweetly scented air and dewy grass.

XO!

Becky Handforth said...

What an amazing and inspiring trip to China. My favorite part of summer is sleeping in and going to the pool.

Susan said...

I love that it stays light later and I get to enjoy part of the day even if it is at night.

Sherrie said...

I am looking forward to an art class I am going to be taking this week. I want to get back into being an artist again.

~Barb~ said...

First, I absolutely adore this post, Kelly Rae. To have faces put on the wonderful artisans that create your line for DEMDACO is a treat and the sweet love story all brought about by the KRR line? Fantastic!

Now, what I love most about summer is going to the beach (now that we live near it.) I love the peace and calm that being at the beach brings me...it is my place of comfort. Sand under my feet, searching for shells, the smell of the salt air, the sound of the waves...it all comes together to just wash away every bit of tension in my mind, body and soul.

Peace & Love,
~Barb~

Deb said...

Great post today Kelly Rae. My kids don't finish school until next week and I can't wait to have them home with me every day. My favourite part is being lazy and hanging out in the front yard, watching them ride their bikes and enjoying their childhood.

1wingheART said...

You must constantly pinch yourself to see if this dream is real! Thanks for sharing the story and photos of the production of your products in China. I am the mother of four children ranging in age from pre-teen to pre-adult and for me, the best thing about summer is the crazy chaos that comes from having them all under foot and at the same time going in different directions. I tend to thrive in settings of controlled chaos and summer at my house is just that. Enjoy your summer, too!
www.1wingheART.com

tawnya said...

Lazy afternoons reading. Love!

laura gaffke said...

I love watching the changes in my garden on a daily basis. It feeds my soul putting flowers in little vintage vases and scattering them throughout the house. My husband and I have also put in a new patio with a built in fire pit and have been sharing evening fires with friends~so much fun!

SLY said...

What I most enjoy about the summer are popsicles. A blue rapsberry or lemonade popsicle makes my day incredibly delightful!

Sue Young said...

What incredibly amazing photos,Kelly! My favorite is of the one of you,wearing your white sweater,bending over gluing your girlie,smiling at the camera.It is just a gorgeous photo! Itmust have been incredible to see your work being produced first hand.
My favorite thing this summer is being on my porch swing reading good books(inside my tent gazebo of course,to ward off the mosquitoes!).

Katie said...

What an amazing peek inside the process! I'm loving my porch time this summer...the late evening light is gorgeous, and my patio garden is flourishing.

Cecelia said...

This is my first Summer in Texas but I'am closer to my son and grandkids. My granddaughter loves anything to do with crafts paints,glitter,paper, gem stones etc. I'am known as the craft grandma, love teaching her new techniques and see the smile on her face (Alia is 9)this looks realy good grandma

abby said...

I'm enjoying taking the time to sit and actually see the flowers in bloom, children playing in the neighborhood, and watching life in the making. It feels good to slow down.

Great giveaway! Thanks for all you do.

Crystal said...

I am loving every 1/2 second with my 22 month old daughter. From the moment we say our morning prayer and yell "it's a beautiful day" and giggle...to taking a walk to go get "mama's breakfast= vanilla iced coffee" at our local coffee shop "Something's Brewing"...then having nap time and playing outside. On the days that it has rained..which alot lately in Illinois...I have been simplifying and donating extra clothes, housewares and toys. And the fun part about summer is that it might rain in the morning and it gives us time to do mama and baby chores and then become a warm sunny day in the afternoon. OH!!! One more thing that I am enjoying this summer is PINTEREST....which I became instantly HOOKED from the second I clicked on the link from one of your blogs a couple weeks ago!!! Happy Summer to All!!!

happyartist said...

Favorite thing about summer... sitting on my deck and enjoying friends and family!!!

Colleen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this process - I loved seeing the colorful bike seat!! Happy belated birthday. I, too, just celebrated a birthday-my 50th. When we arrived home after a short trip, I was surprised to find that my sister had planted all of my window boxes; patio planters & added to my flower garden. She had also gotten together with my brothers to buy me a large, beautiful fountain which was on my deck. I'm so enjoying summer with the sounds of the fountain & all the colors and scents of a very love-filled gift! Thanks for the opportunity.

Amanda St.Clair said...

What a treat to have a look into the special care put into making KRR products!
What I'm most enjoying about my summer is spending quality time with my son (11 years) from going to the beach, playing board games, to watching movies together. I know that not too longer he won't want to spend as much one-on-one time with his Mom so I'm soaking in it right now!

susan m said...

Reading my current summer novel into the wee hours of the morning while my sweet family sleeps.

Jodi Ulschmid said...

What an awesome glimse into the process. I love that it shows the Chinese workers having fun with it plus the creative environment they have. They do AMAZING work!!!
What I ejoy most about summer, well being from SD we don't have all that many warm days so being able to enjoy the outdoors in the warm sunshine with my daughter is a highlight.

Anonymous said...

Summer!!! Plenty of sunshine here in Cyprus! Enjoying time with my boys at the beach and trying to be more relaxed and laid back! Simply loved your post, how privileged you are to have seen the process! To many more successes! Sophie A

Christa said...

Great post- love the background behind your products.
I am enjoying my vegetable, herb, and flower garden this summer. Healthy cooking!

julie king said...

another giveaway?!! wow!! i am veggie gardening for the first timne in years and loving every dirty minute of it!!!

Gigi said...

What a big juicy post! Really amazing what all goes into your line. I'm loving spending time with my husband and our new rescue lab at our local dog park--lots of swimming in the creek and pond for Buster.

Marcia said...

The best part of the summer is not having to work! I have plenty of time for fun, painting, playing with my baby!

Debbie from Wisconsin said...

S U M M E R means every day is a new adventure with less structure and more fun. Yesterday that meant paddle boarding in a cove of Maine.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the incredible peek into this process. You must have pinched yourself quite often - how amazing and congratulations!!!

I love all of the art supplies and projects I'm lining up for "Art Fridays" with my kids :)

Catherine Just said...

We just moved into a new house and the light when the sun is going down jst makes my heart sing. it floods the living room with this warmth and has a feeling of times past for me. What makes that time even better is that my son Max is with me and we talk ( in sign language ) about the sun, the light, and how beautiful it is. This is just ONE of m favorite things right now! And I must say I got teary looking at the photos of your products being made - it is INCREDIBLE that your work has taking flight! Congratulations again and I loved hearing about the team who makes your work.

Francesca Di Leo said...

i'm loving summer nights.... sleeping with the windows wide open and feeling the breeze and listening to the sounds of outside. love love love.

and love your post today...

Blue Green Arts said...

This summer is extra special for me and my family. We welcomed our beautiful baby girl Maya this past March, and we are enjoying every moment of watching her grow and show her personality. We're having so much fun taking her to the pool and just enjoying time as a family. I LOVED seeing all the pictures about how all your art is created! I am a huge fan of your Demadco products.

I'm keping my fingers crossed that I'll be the lucky winner!

Holly {Soupatraveler} said...

Awesome story! My favorite thing about summer is working in my garden and babying all my herbs, veggies and plants. I can loose hours back there! I enjoy a glass of wine in the evenings while picking out the tomato suckers, cleaning up leaves & watering everything.

Heather Shirin said...

Loved all the photos from China, how cool all that must have been to see!

My favorite thing about Summer? Fireflys. Me and my husband really love watching them all over the fields around our home in the country...*magical* - and the smell of freshly cut fields. That, and star gazing... Can I also add relaxing and eating outside? I love the beach too. Hope you all enjoy the longest day of the year today :)

Debi Ellis said...

I am enjoying my summer by sharing an ice cream cone with my 3 year old grandson and then smearing melted ice cream all over our mouths for a picture of us both. He loved that Nana was messy, too and kept saying "more ice cream on your mouth, Nana"! Summer is all about making memories.....that last forever in a child's eyes..

Vickie said...

Sitting in my garden early in the mornings watching the birds and squirrels gets my day started right. Using that time to relax, paint, sketch, read and pray. This simple time spent with nature gives me rest and inspiration to continue to create.
Thanks for sharing your trip to China.

Beth Davis said...

What I love about summer is that I get to see my grandkids more often because they are out of school. Everything is so hectic when school is in session that I don't get to see them that much, but they are constantly dropping by to see me in the summer. Plus, I don't get cold like I do in the winter! Yay for summer!

Lori Anderson said...

I love dinners outside, under our sparkle lights. Love your work too.

rjfaye said...

What I love about this summer is that I believe it will be a life-changing summer for me. A year in the making, and I finally quit my full-time job in June. I am doing freelance graphic design from home and making a DEDICATED effort to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time painter and creator! I don't know what the future holds, but I feel alive!!! Plus, we're expecting our 2nd baby in October so we're happily gearing up for that. This summer feels like a big breath of new and exciting beginnings!

Sherry Williams said...

i have been really looking forward to summer (as most have i'm sure). what i love about summer now that it is finally here is the gift of joy it brings us. the kids and i are really trying to enjoy each day as it comes. sleeping in a little, swimming, doing nothing, reading, hanging out with friends. mini trips around town are planned, tickets to grandmas house are bought...and the best gift of all...the one we hold in our hearts each day is that my husband returns from afghanistan in the fall. so we are trying to enjoy each summer day and at the end of it daddy will be home. :)

CourtneyT said...

My partner and I have just moved across the country. We moved so we could be closer to our families. The timing was right, we're both young and have no kids or property to worry about, our careers are just beginning. We followed our hearts and they led us home! We are now both unemployed and as hard as that is (and it is so hard!), it has also been a real blessing. We get to spend every day together and have never been closer:) We support each other and appreciate each other and laugh and play and love. I know jobs will come, we will be okay - we have amazing support from our families and I am truly grateful for them. The best thing about this summer, our summer, is being with my best friend on a new adventure, making it up as we go along and enjoying the inbetween times. btw, Loving the inside look at the making of the Demdaco KRR line! Thanks for the sneak peek:)

Anonymous said...

For summer I like time off and relaxing...hope I can win!!

Zulma

Teresa said...

Summer creates a feeling I enjoy. Not quite sure how to put it into words, carefree maybe? Life and work go on, but everything is just a little more fun in the summer.

Jenny said...

lemonade, flip flops, sun-kissed cheeks, bbq & family time!

GenM said...

This summer...evenings in the garden, fresh lettuce and my little boy's muddy feet!

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Alenka said...

i love the waiting for the sun go down (sunset). i sit on an old wooden bench with my boyfriend (or friends)and my so very sleepy persian cat by my side, surrounded by green meadow and trees. and the flickering moment when day suddenly turns into night, and the cool breeze cools our body and the smell of freedom and life fills the nostrils and our bodies...

just waiting for that moment is breath - taking beautiful :-)
alenka

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

What a wonderful trip to China! Love it! Demdaco is such a great company! My favorite thing about summer is having my kiddos home every day. They are 4 and 6 and growing up way too fast!! Listen to all those "older" moms when they tell you to treasure every moment with True because the time goes by so fast! It really does! :-)

Ki said...

The best thing about summer is definitely spending time in the sunshine on my deck! I'm actually taking a holiday this summer to Mexico so I'm pretty excited about that too!

Megan said...

What I have enjoyed most this summer is all of the weddings that have brought my group of college friends from all over the U.S., together. Such wonderful conversations and TONS of laughter!

Rosebud said...

It's great not to have a set schedule, and to be getting some projects done around the house! I'm enjoying my teens who are on break from college,and one who just graduated from high school the end of May!

Paintdiva said...

This the summer of my own backyard. Like the famous midwesterner, Dorothy and her little dog, me and my medium sized dog are planting new flower beds, pots of mint and tomatoes and watching the fireflies' light show every evening. You make china look wonderful. I really hope to visit there someday.

maggieL said...

My 82 year old mother moved in with us this summer. It was heartwrenching for her to leave her home of 40 years. She had a garden for as long as I can remember. She is italian and gardening was very important to her. It was sad to see her ability to take care of the garden diminish. We built a sunroom and added gardening beds outside before her arrival. My son, Max(13) and daughter, Chloe (10) set to work planting with her direction. They planted Tomatoes, cilantro, basil, rosemary,marigolds, sunflowers, and zucchini. Everyday they check the progress and have been greatly rewarded, especially the fast growing zucchini. Three generations of gardening. It's delightful to watch the love of gardening (even on a small scale) passed on.

Dianne said...

That must have been incredible to see your work reproduced like that. It really did look like a large artist studio, someplace to easily feel right at home. Looking forward to what you have for the rest of the week!

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