Friday, June 27, 2008


Hello everyone!! Thanks for visiting. Today Sunshine and I are celebrating my 200th blog post! There is lots to share with you, so please read on...

Here I am posting my latest illustration in my Flower Girls series:
I am creating this series to sell as note cards/invitations when I launch my new online shop in July. They will all be printed in color (as the first girl is in the post below), and sold as a set of 6 (or 8..I have not decided yet). I will also be selling full-color prints of many of my other illustrations, including Halloween and Sea Princess.

Now, on to the fun stuff. A couple of months ago, Joan tagged me to list 10 facts about myself. For the sake of saving space (and because I cannot think of that many interesting things), I am adding my own twist to the list! So here are My Five Favorites for June 2008:

1. I love unusual scents, such as wool, silk, rain and lime peel.
2. Robert Reed, the actor who played Mike Brady on the Brady Bunch...well, he was my cousin. He was born John Robert Rietz. I never met him and he died in '92, but he is buried back here in Skokie, IL. I guess that makes me a Brady. Sort of. : )
3. I laugh when I am in pain. No, really. Ask my sister. She thinks it is the funniest thing in the world when I stub a toe or smack my head on a shelf because pain makes me laugh.
4. I love listening to this when I am painting or drawing. You can go to and create a sound track for your drawing session. So cool!
5. I love looking at photos of beautiful food and reading the recipes. In fact, unleash me in Borders and I head straight for the food magazines, grab 2 or 3, and sit for hours reading them from cover to cover. Occasionally, I will even BUY one. But my latest tasty morsel is this website! This photo below makes my mouth water. And chef Russell James even holds classes. So if I am ever in the UK, I will have to look him up.
(photo courtesy of The Raw Chef Blog and chef Russell James) The most amazing part of this Cacao Pistachio Florentine & Mint Ice Cream Sandwich is that is is raw and it is vegan.

I still have news I want to tell you all, but I can't yet. The suspense is killing me! But you never count your chickens before they are hatched, and so I'll wait. I'll wait until it is official and all my ducks are in a row. Hee hee....enough about chickens and ducks, this post is turning fowl. : ) (sorry, couldn't resist)

Thanks to all my peeps (another fowl pun) who have visited my blog on a regular basis and have been kind enough to leave me comments or email me. I am looking forward to the next 200 posts with all of you! Fo' shizzle. : )


  1. Well, the suspense is killing me!!!!

    If I had to pick a favorite flower girl, it would be this one. She's just SO beautiful!

    Congrats on your 200th post! I always enjoy visiting so keep it up, please!

  2. You're a Brady? Your a Brady sort of.

    I am SO jealous. Seriously.

    What a bombshell. Just the right tidbit for your 200th post.

    Oh, and congrats on the upcoming new store. I hope you sell, and sell big. 8 )

  3. Here's a story, of a lovely lady, who just did her 200th post. (Sing that to the Brady Bunch theme song.) Now, try to get it out of your head. lol. Your flower girl is so cute and so is your dog.

  4. Congratulations! I *thought* that looked like Chicago in the background of your photo -- I sure miss that city!

  5. So nice to see you and Sunshine enjoying Lake Michigan....looked like a beautiful Windy City day.

    Your flower girl series is so charming and will be fabulous as cards.

    Thanks for sharing the interesting facts, Miss Brady :) I think I must be an honorary Brady for the sheer amount of time spent watching when I was a kid.

  6. Hi! I mostly lurk but I thought I would come out of hiding to greet you and your blog a happy 200th post! Haha :D (I feel like it's your birthday, of some sort)

    Pandora doesn't work for me as I'm outside the US, sigh. Licensing constraints, they call it.. :)

    You might want to check out -- they have the best food photos ever! Drool :)

    Anyway, hi and congrats, and goodluck on the upcoming online store. I love your work :)


  7. This post is like a little present ... beautiful drawing, lovely pics, fun facts, music, suspense, and yummy treats! What a great gift to us when we should be celebrating YOUR 200th!!! Thanks for the treat Kate! Happy 200th post! :)

  8. Thanks everyone! I feel like I am having a little virtual "block party" here on my blog! Thanks for popping by. As Joan pointed out, there is plenty to do and see here. : )

  9. First, happy 2ooth!

    Second, LOVE Pandora - thanks for the link! Now if only I had internet in the studio (yes, I'm artisticly "old school" so no computer nearby - but we do have indoor plumbing).

    Third - hi Sunshine. She (assuming) looks like there's Corgi involved. We have a Corgi mix - with what? Jury's out on that one - maybe German Shepherd. Best dog in the world, though!

  10. all the best with the new store and congratulations on completing your 200th post!

  11. Congrats on 200 posts, I've always thought you were very talented Kathleen and I've enjoyed seeing your work over the past couple of years! Good luck with the online store. I keep thinking about doing some stuff for Etsy but still haven't gotten around to it:)

  12. awww you look so beautiful and so does Sunshine! Your flower girl is darling and i enjoyed your 5 things :)

  13. OMG you are awesome, I want to be you when I grow up! Yes I'm still ironing out my schedule! But Jim Flora, here we come! I have an asst now just for the summer, to play with the boys while I work, so that means I'll get more done during the week, and THAT means more free time on weekends...Seems we need to make our appearance at Panera at some point?...

    a : )

  14. oh man, now i'm hungry! yum!

    and i love the sweet little flowergirl too.

  15. Congratulations! You are lovely and sunshine is beautiful. great beautiful flower girl collection. the 5 things are so cool-thanks for sharing

  16. Kate!! This post is great!!
    First of all you look so pretty and lovely in all the pictures along with sunshine who also looks very cute :o)

    Second, congrats on the card! Wonderful idea by the way! can totally see them fling off the racks!

    Third, congrats on 200 post!! Wow oh woo.

    Fourth, Mike Brady is your cousin???!!! Ha, ha.. you gotta be kidding me... I grew up with the Brady Bunch. I saw all the episodes.. all of them. I just can't believe "Everyone's favorite and most perfect dad" is family.. Very cool.

    And last but not least, the most important super duper secret of all.. I know you have to keep secret.. I know.. but I wish you the best of luck my friend!!!!!!

    Ali :o)

  17. Wow 200th post!! Congrats! Just found you and love your drawings. I grew up a Brady wannabe! :o) Love your illustrations and I will come and visit often. Going to throw you in my favs blog roll now! :o) Amy

  18. Happy 200th Post Kate! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to hear your news. Sunshine is so adorable... give a big cuddle from me. x

  19. Congratulations Kate! Wahoo for you! Can't wait to hear the news you are holding back.

    Hey you look tall like me!

  20. Congratulation on your 200th! You looks so graceful and Sunshine is beautiful.

  21. Can't wait to hear your big news Kate!

    You look so happy and healthy and Sunshine is ADORABLE!!

    That pistachio thing looks awesome. Delish!!

    I loved Robert Reed, and the Brady Bunch. It's etched in my childhood (and, er, adulthood)!

  22. Happy 200th post, Kathleen! It's always a pleasure to see what you're up to on your blog. I love your flower girls. This one is my fave though. She's adorable!

    Sunshine is certainly adorable too. I'll have to show her picture to my dog, Buddy. He'll think she's a real cutie!

    I'll check back to read the reveal of the super-secret good news. Can't wait to hear about it!! I'm sure it's something awesome, because you deserve greatness. Enjoy every minute of it.

  23. Hi Kate,

    Happy 200th post!! Woohoo!! Congratulations on that!

    I loved reading all of those interesting facts about you. Well the next time I hear you laugh I will certainly wonder if you are enjoying a joke or if you are in pain. I guess it's better to laugh when your in pain. It probably makes it go away faster.

    So,did you know that you were related to Mr. Brady when you were a kid watching the show? If I were you I'm sure that I would have told all the kids on my block about it. Wow, Mr. Brady is your cousin. Cool!

    You know what else is cool and so tasty looking? That Minty Florentin Ice Cream Sandwich!! Yum, Yum!!

  24. Hi Kate!!! congrats on your 200th post...what fun!!!

    Your photos are and Sunshine are so sweet together....

    Your flower girl series is the cutest ever...I love each and every one of these cute little gals...

    You will do amazing with your on-line shop...your work is so pleasing and warm...everyone will love it.....

    Love your list...I love the smell of rain and lime peel too...

    Pain makes you laugh...well I hope some of the things I say aren't that

    Thanks for the tip on will have to check it out....

    oh my goodness...I am such a foodie too...I can look through all kinds of food magazines over a latte and enjoy each and every mouthwatering have to go to my blog and check out one of the guys I visit ....his blog is called "Closet Cooking" and he makes the most amazing food and takes the most amazing photos of the food...then shares his recipes...yummmmmmmmm

    and I love your sense of funny ,you really "crack me up"! LOL....

    Have a wonderful day and I will be back that we are back home...


  25. What a great post! Lots of fun and interesting things to find out about you.

    First of all, congrats on your 200th post. It's been a joy to follow you all this time. Oh and your and Sunshine look gorgeous in your photos... and really enjoyed learning these little tidbits about you.

    Finally, I am, like everyone else, in total suspense. Can't wait to hear your news!!

  26. 200? You don't look a post over 199, really. I don't say that to all the blogs.

    I zeroed in on the word "vegan" in that dessert. Can't wait to try it!

  27. Happy 200th post day!
    you look different from the profile pictures! you are a very pretty lady,
    all the flowers girls illustration very sweet and beautiful illustrated!


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