Hello! I’m Katie, the 13 and ¼ year old, my dad is in the Air Force, I’m home schooled and my parents love to travel. Luckily, they take me with them. I’ve lived in 12 different homes in 9 states across the USA.I love photography, crafting, drawing, hanging out with my awesome friends and family, a certain piece of artwork called ‘Ornament of a House’ and doing my French schoolwork! I am on a FLL (First LEGO League robotics) team that I love being on, you can check out our blog at http://6002daexbots.blogspot.com. Mrs. Mary mentioned me in a previous blog post telling you all that I would write about my “adventures” to her studio. Well, here I am.
How we met
Mrs. Mary spoke at the Scott OSC (Officer Spouses Club) and I begged my mom to let me attend the luncheon with her because I have loved Mrs. Mary’s work even before I met her. The only way she’d let me go is if I completed that days’ work early. Oh! The things you do to meet the artist whose work you love. She has always been a role model to me because I always thought, “Oh my goodness! She’s an artist that actually succeeded in the world!” I have her art hanging all around my room (which you may see a picture of in the future) it is mainly from calendars that my mom used. I even have the 2013 calendar to put up! So, to sum it up, I met THE Mary Engelbreit (and THE Will), during their visit to my home turf.
Not to contradict Mrs. Mary, but their late arrival and the many people waiting to meet her didn’t leave a lot of time for asking. Mom, I and a few other ladies helped unpack the boxes and set up the wares. (I’ve seen this my entire life, where there’s a need, there are hands to help.) My mom says that I love to help others and have since a very young age. I just know that I like to help and it’s fun to do something different AND I was able to help out someone that I admire. That all resulted in the invitation to tour the studio and lunch.
The trip to
It took us awhile to get to the studio, since we had to cross the Mississippi River (which means we live in Illinois : ). The car ride must have seemed really long to my mom because I was talking, a lot, pretty much the whole way : ) I love you Mom!
My first impression upon pulling up on the curbside was, and I quote, “Mom! There is a giant chess piece next door to the studio!!!!” (if you can’t tell, I really like chess). We had a little time before our tour so we walked over to the giant chess piece and I got my picture taken! Woohoo!
We then headed over to the studio address; it was an older office building – no hint of Mary Englebreit Studios in the entry. So, I went up to the board, and looked for her name, and there it was with a suite number beside it! I repeated the number to myself while climbing up the stairs, thinking we would have to use it. When we turned the corner, it was immediately obvious to me that I didn’t need that number. There stood a welcoming, Mary Englebreit decorated, highly classy (don’t mistake that for classified) doorway!
The door to the studio was shut, but all I had to do was ring the doorbell, and it opened! Powered by the magic of Will! ; ) Inside the studio was completely awesome! As I looked around, I could tell I was in Mary-land! Warm and comforting, filled with happiness, artwork and books and all kinds of creations from Mrs. Mary’s art. It is much brighter than the hallway of the building. It was sooo much fun to see them again! It was really cool seeing the planning of 2014 calendars, cards and to see where all the ideas get put together.
As we walked around we saw a lot of interesting stuff, like a very detailed doll house that she used to sell, that had some of her designs for wallpaper, some excellently designed furniture and, of course, the artist in me loved the selection of colored pencils not to mention an amazing craft table that I would love to have to work on. Her studio was amazing, from the floors to the pictures on the wall.
Outside the studio is an amazing neighborhood too; there was a Starbucks right next door! There was a great restaurant called Sub° ZER0, and they had some really good burgers! There was even the World’s Largest Chess Piece, which I mentioned earlier sits in front of the Chess Hall of Fame! The architecture of the houses and buildings were beautiful. It was interesting to just walk around and enjoy the architecture and neighborhood.
Thanks for reading Mrs. Mary’s blog, and my post! I hope you have a great holiday season, and enjoy the blog!
A quick message from the editor
Katie is awesome. 100% pure awesome. And I just want to jump in here real quick and thank her for lending her undeniable awesome-ness to the Engelblog today. So, thank you, Katie, for the blog and also just for being who you are. It’s been a real honor for us, getting to know you. Thank you so much for everything! And please let us know if/when you’d like to do another blog for us, because we’d love to hear from you again, and I know the readers would too.