Creative Profiles

my rituals: katie hart of odd daughter paper co.

October 11, 2013

I kept seeing the same charming San Diego-themed greeting and post cards around boutiques here, and finally I had to ask, “Who makes these??” And that’s how I came to know of Katie Hart, a stationer and illustrator whose line Odd Daughter Co. (named for her mother’s middle school nickname, which was a clever play on her last name “Evenson”) is full of witty, whimsical and adorable paper goods. I love this one:

Perhaps even more amazing is her recent venture, Paper for Good, a line of products, like this Improve the World print, which gives $5 of every purchase to UNICEF to aid Syrian refugee camps. I’m a wee bit obsessed with her paper products and even more in awe of her success at a young age. Click on to hear about how she brings fall to San Diego and what she does while watching her favorite TV shows.

Name: Katie Hart
Age: 26
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Current city: San Diego, CA
Title: Stationer/Illustrator

Hopes and dreams
Every Saturday morning, my sister (and roommate!) sit down first thing and discuss our hopes and dreams for the weekend. It’s usually like “let’s go for a walk and then drink iced chai,” but other times we really plan everything out and come up with ideas for the entire weekend. It’s kind of the best, because then we’re on the same page and can work to make sure we both have a fantastic weekend.

Almond milk latte
I’ve been trying to save money lately, so I’ve been making my own lattes in the morning. It took a little while to get the hang of it, but I’m pretty good at it now. I love sprinkling nutmeg on top because it makes my latte the very essence of fall (despite San Diego beach-weather).

Pinterest/blog time
After my alarm goes off in the morning, it’s a true struggle to get out of bed. So I spend about 10-15 minutes reading my favorite blogs and checking out the latest inspiration via Pinterest. It definitely helps me ease into the day!

Post-work runs/walks
After work each day, I try to go for a run or a long walk. I work near Sunset Cliffs, which is one of the most beautiful places in San Diego. If I’m running, I’ll usually listen to a work-out mix, or Macklemore. If I’m walking, I’ll listen to something a bit more chill, and really take in the beautiful views. I absolutely love walking around different neighborhoods and enjoying the unique houses and all of the beautiful plants & flowers in San Diego.

Drawing while watching my fave TV shows
I love winding down in the evening by watching one of my favorite TV shows while drawing. I’ll work on hand-lettering and new stationery designs while FREAKING OUT over episodes of Breaking Bad. Other faves include: Parenthood, The Mindy Project and Newsroom. I won’t lie — I watch a lot of online TV (thanks, Hulu and Netflix), but I’m usually working on something in the meantime, so I don’t feel too bad. ;)

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