2.24.2012

Blogger's Favorites -- Katie of Salt and Pine


In keeping with yesterday's topic of "happy makers", Katie's blog is a bit of a happy place for me…

It's peaceful and inspiring and lovely. Even the name, Salt + Pine, immediately conjures a world I want to be a part of . The whole effect is pretty much, well… Katie, but on the Internet.

I've been reading Salt + Pine for a while, so when I finally met Katie in person at Alt, I felt an immediate and strong connection. This merging of online and real-life has really been one of the greatest, most rewarding delights of this whole blogging endeavor. I'm so, so happy to have the lovely Katie here this week sharing some of her favorite things.

Without future ado, herewith Katie's list. Enjoy and have a splendid weekend friends!


My Town -- What can I say about Port Townsend? It is gorgeous. It is laid back. It is creative. It is opinionated. It is relaxing. It takes care of you without you even realizing it. (Photo by Al McCleese.)




Dan Amell's Art and Studio -- Dan Amell is a true artist. To the core. My friend Anna, who owns a fabulous gallery here called Artisans on Taylor, shows his work and introduced me to his art. She and I took a little trip to his amazing studio (a former church) where he lives surrounded by his art and found treasures. Dan can create vignettes like no other. He is a also a kind and funny guy who serves a great cup of tea and can go head to head with the best thrifters. I'm absolutely nuts about his large scale works and loved looking at his smaller illustrations, too. To tell you the truth, I'm totally fascinated with it all. (Images via Artisans on Taylor.)


My Secret Place in the Backyard -- There is a certain secret spot in my backyard that I sneak off to every so often. Life can get pretty loud in my house and in this spot the only thing you can hear is the wind blowing through the immense trees. It's my grounding place.


My Husband's Culinary Talent -- The boy has skills. Lucky for me, I married someone whose stress relief is cooking and baking. Joe can whip up recipes that would take me hours to make. (I'm really quite jealous of the guy.) Last month he attended a pie ninja class at Pantry at Delancey. We ate banana cream and coconut cream pies for weeks. I think I've gained about 10 lbs because of this newfound love for baking cream pies. Ooof. But let me tell you, it's worth every pound gained.


My Kids' Ability to Make Me Laugh -- I have some seriously funny kids. When my son's kindergarten teacher told me that she thought he'd be the next Conan O'Brien, I have to admit that I was proud. (I'm not sure what it meant to her, but in my book being compared to Conan is always a good thing.) I don't know how the kids keep shooting out the one liners, but they keep coming and I keep writing them down. I have a jar full of their quotes that is overflowing and whenever I have a rough mama day, I pull them out and I am in a good mood within minutes.


A Good Notebook -- I will always be someone who will reach to grab paper to hold an idea instead of reaching for my computer. A good notebook is a must. I got this one from Emily at sparrownestscript and I absolutely love it. The cover motivates me to put some good stuff in there...


Rugged Beaches -- Yes, I love the beautifully pristine ones, too. But the ones littered with driftwood, rocks and other remnants from the cold waves will forever have my heart. I can wander the beach for hours scouring the sand for sea glass and wishing rocks.


MCMC Hunter -- This has quickly become my favorite fragrance. It smells like life here, upscaled.


Music -- I always have music playing in the background. I'm not sure what my life would be like without it. (And I don't really want to find out!) Currently I have First Aid Kit's song, To a Poet, on replay. The whole album is wonderful, but this is the song for me.

19 comments:

SuchSmallSteps said...

Katie, love seeing you over here! And your list is awesome (especially First Aid Kit, which has been on repeat over here as well) :)Port Townsend looks like such a dreamy place.

Jennifer Ann said...

Those are such beautiful images of Port Townsend. I can't wait to go back!

jen and emily / dD said...

splendid, katie! and mannnnn we can't get enough of Hunter either. want a big vat of it to dive into, head first.

Unknown said...

lovely job Katie! You are such a darling in person and in writing. Thank-you for including me and letting me show you Dan Amell's work!

Emily said...

Great post, Katie! I just found out about First Aid Kit recently and was immediately in love. Thanks for the shout-out about the notebook, too. Glad you like it! xo

Melissa said...

Fantastic to see a local blogger on one of my favorite blogs. I love seeing photos of the NW from another person's perspective. Thank you!

Jennette said...

i think Katie and i are soul mates! plus she lives nearby! Thanks Joslyn for the hook up! xox

Estelle Hayes said...

Oh, Katie is absolutely TOP NOTCHl I love that she has a special place in her backyard. Every mother deserves a peaceful place like that to escape to when needed. It's so nice to learn a bit more about Katie's world.

nikkijoy said...

That little piece by Dan Amell is absolutely gorgeous!! Love that notebook too, very cool. I'm 100% lost without a notebook in my bag =)

Jen C said...

I know where Katie's kids get their fantastic senses of humor from. Their mom (and dad I'm sure too)!

Such a great list. I especially loved the secret place in the yard. I think we all need a spot where we can just be.

Thank you Katie and Joslyn.

Pretty Mommy said...

One of my all time favorite girls on the interweb ;) Love seeing more of her faves...

Tan said...

I just found Salt+Pine not long ago (actually I believe through someone else's alt feature!) and love her blog! It's also neat to read a blog from someone so nearby (that beach picture looks just like here!). We're in different countries but just across the water :)

About Last Weekend said...

Love her blog too, its always so peaceful and sorted. Even that driftwood looks happy resting there

Niki MyScandinavianHome said...

What a great post, really inspiring and interesting! Love your blog by the way, just stumbles upon it and will definitely be back! Smiles from Sweden!

Mary said...

Lovely list. First Aid Kit has been in heavy rotation in my house as well. And rugged beaches? Yes please. Good stuff.

Cristeen said...

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melissa loves said...

Loved meeting Katie at Alt. She was an absolute beautiful sweetheart. A breath of fresh air & I love her sweet pics here. Inspiring....and lovely.
xo
Melis

Torrie said...

absolutely love that girl... on the top of my "must-meet-irl" list :).

la la Lovely said...

Loved seeing Katie's fave's and loved meeting her at ALT too. Super sweet!