Yeah, you could call it a Girl Crush. When I first discovered Katie Daisy, (okay, I admit it, I saw her book at Anthropologie), I couldn’t look away. I picked up this beautiful book… let my fingers, eyes, soul wander through the pages, and I felt so many feels!
Katie Daisy’s new book, How to be a Wildflower: A Field Guide, is “a fresh perspective, an outdoor exploration, a new adventure about to begin.” It’s filled with beautiful typographic paintings, inspiring quotes, how-to’s, meditations, things to do and make. She encourages you to wander, gather, savor and ponder. She asks you that soul-searching question:
“Where do you feel most alive?”
She’s discovered that certain beauty, that certain feeling you can only get in the natural world. And SO moved by it that she created this book to share with the world. In case you haven’t seen it:
With watercolor and acrylics, she can take an every day feeling, a daydream, a simple message, and transform it into a fresh, beautiful thing that you didn’t know your soul was hungry for. She reminds you of the perspective and wonder that thrilled you when you were a child discovering the outdoors.
“At a very young age, I knew there was no separateness between my soul and the natural world,” she says. “I would spend hours wading through the creek, gazing at the clouds and dreaming among the wild flowers. Nature is absolutely essential to my well-being and to my art.”
“Art is magic. It has the ability to change lives through color, message and imagery.”
This video perfectly captures Katie Daisy and her message:
Her artwork speaks to my soul in a way that evokes my inner child-self, innocent and wide-eyed. The one who would sit for hours in my “fort”- a huge Juniper bush in my backyard where inside, I’d hide random wood boards, cans, trinkets, my secret diary, and maps I’d drawn, daydreaming about the world.
Those Juniper bush days are long gone. And in a world where sometimes you feel like you’re swallowed up and spit back out, your soul can feel tired and drained. The feelings I get from Daisy’s art are a remedy for those ailments. They encourage me to get back outside, draw, write, daydream. It’s the perfect embodiment of this thing I call “Wanderful.”
To me, Daisy’s work emulates a positive aura of compassion. Her message is one of unconditional love: for you, for me, for the world.
Yep, life happens. But no matter how busy, crazy, exhausting, yucky, or hard, every day life can get—and will get—I guarantee you: there is ALWAYS something to make you stop, ponder, and appreciate life.
For me, it’s my beloved fur-daughter, Sydney. It’s a text update from my best friend about her pregnancy progress. It’s my husband coming home at the end of a long work day—No matter how tired he is, he is always happy to see me and greets me with a hug and kiss.
There sure is a lot to be thankful for. And Katie Daisy reminds us to get out there and look for them!
What makes YOU stop and appreciate life? Leave a comment below!