Katelyn Morse, artist behind the Etsy shop Birch & Bliss, lives in Baddeck with her husband. Here, she shares her warm and cheery wisdom on finding your community, a creative routine that works for you, and beauty in your natural surroundings...   

How are you enjoying living in Cape Breton? Do you have a favourite place or hidden gem? 

I was born and raised on a strawberry and hobby horse farm in Annapolis Valley, NS. It's no wonder I have a thing for plants and animals - I think it's in my blood! I married my husband two years ago and moved to Baddeck where he is from.

I love living in Cape Breton! There's such a sense of community and so, so much natural beauty. There are so many little side trails and brooks and streams that are just gorgeous.

When did you start illustrating and painting? 

I've been illustrating all my life. I'm thankful for my mom - I wouldn't go to bed until she drew a picture with me every night.

I actually only got into using a paintbrush about two years ago and found I quite enjoyed it!

What does your creative process look like? Do you have a certain routine or rule of thumb? 

I get a good dose of inspiration first, then cuddle with my cat to make her go to sleep. She gets in the way if I start while she is awake! I always need something yummy to sip on, and occasionally I'll put on an 8tracks playlist and then I get to work!

Where do you find inspiration?

Always nature. There's so much beauty and strength in creation it is never ending. In my work I try to inspire people to appreciate the things we are freely given on this earth!

Outside of painting your pretty things, what else do you love to do?

I love the beach, I love hiking, and I love exploring new places. Petting zoos and plant greenhouses are among my other favorite places to enjoy.

If you were magically given three more hours each day, what would you do with them?

If they were magical, I'd have them teleport me to a different country and back. ;)

What advice would you give to others who want to give their craft a "go"?

Exactly that, give it a go! Don't be afraid, just do what you love. Others will gravitate towards your passion. Get your work out there in as many places as you can! Be bold and be kind. Enjoy the process and find a community of other makers to help encourage you and each other.

Thanks so much, Katelyn! We love, love, love your work. Shop Katelyn's collection at LQ in-store or online.

Written by Meghan Finney

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