After taking a daily walk during the winter months through my local countryside, I realized that I had began to notice the trees that stood bare and the cold dark days for longer than usual. With the remains of the distant autumn sat in clumps of mud under leafless undergrowth, I began to discover for the first time in my life what it felt like to wait for the spring.
This realization one morning came as quite a surprise to me, especially as the sun and my pale skin do not get on so well. Consequently, I have always been under the impression that I favoured the winter and all that it entails; wrapping myself up in an oversized scarf and mittens and taking long winter walks over the frosty, leafy ground, drinking hot chocolate and copious cups of tea in my studio and spending cosy evenings in by the fire. But it was during this winter, after the enjoyment of the cold began to tire, that I noticed just how long the trees had gone without their leaves, and I started to think about spring and how long we still had to wait for it’s arrival.
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
During my lifetime I have of course experienced many springs, however, whilst residing in a city for almost a decade before I moved to the Ribble Valley countryside last year, the seasons appeared to just be something that happened around us in the surrounding city parks, and not something that I felt were to be taken much notice of whilst living a busy and rushed city life.
I have always noticed and enjoyed the seasons, but perhaps rather fleetingly, and admired their beauty for just short bursts in time. However, this year felt completely different with the arrival of spring, as I have been more aware of the changes in nature during the seasons, and also the feelings that come along with them. Whilst observing the appearance of the tiny green buds on the branches, and the sprouting of the first snowdrops, I was filled with the feelings of hope and joy.
As always, spring eventually did arrive, and as an observer who had been noticing the trees and plants that I walked past daily, I managed to see just how the spring slowly creeps in and unravels it’s beauty on our planet. It really is a truly special time and I felt entirely grateful when it finally graced us with it’s presence.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.”
― Anne Bradstreet
I feel that the seasons represent what we all experience in life, and that we possibly have to experience the bad times to really appreciate the good times in our lives. And, with springs arrival, we all get to have a reprieve and enjoy what has been given to us after months of cold, dark days. I feel that maybe without winter, spring would not be as sweet as it is. And just like we persevered through the winter, we can persevere through the tougher times in our lives.
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono
Inspired by the hopefulness which spring brings to our world, I have created many new designs inspired by it’s beauty. With the beautiful chirping of baby birds, the stunning array of bluebells covering the forest floors, baby lambs daintily jumping through the fields with joy, the cherry blossom (oh, that amazing candy floss on the trees!) endless clusters of daffodils and tiny precious forget-me-nots sprouting in unexpected places – Spring is full of endless magical gifts. This time of year is not to go unnoticed, and I feel that my new designs capture the sweetness of spring, and can make you feel the joy that you feel when noticing all of it’s small and often delicate delights.
“The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf
xx KC xx
Katie Craven is a luxury lifestyle brand, based in the Ribble Valley countryside. With design at the heart of the brand, Katie intricately hand illustrates each of her beautiful, classic creations in her signature pen, ink and watercolour style.
Katie’s illustrative prints turn the beautiful and the magical into luxurious pieces of artwork that can be worn, loved, displayed and treasured forever. Her designs are “created with the aim to bring joy and magic to everyday life” and her inspiration is drawn from all aspects of daily living, including small magical moments, daydreaming and the beauty of our natural world. Her inspiration also lies in classic vintage styles from eras past, including work by Victorian designer William Morris “who believed the world could be made a better place through the creation of beautiful things.”
Inspired by Katie’s love of all things beautiful, we are devoted to making exceptional quality stationary and silk scarves that are proudly made in England, created to inspire and encourage the traditions of sending letters and gift giving.
With British luxury at the core of the brand, attention to detail is taken at every aspect of the products journey and we take pride in selecting the highest quality fabrics and paper stocks to ensure the longevity of our luxury collections. Sustainability is at the forefront of everything that we do, therefore all of our greeting cards and paper products are printed on FSC certified card, sourced locally to us in the beautiful Lake District.
Our luxurious silk scarves have been specially created to add a timeless, elegant finish to any look, invoking a sense of beauty and magic whenever worn. We are proud in the knowledge that our scarves are truly beautiful pieces of wearable art, that have been drawn by hand with an exquisite level of detail and printed onto the finest silk twill material, to be loved & treasured forever.
Each Katie Craven design tells it’s own unique story, featuring an illustrated, imaginary world that has been created to incite a sense of joy for life whenever admired.
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