Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Holiday Snapshots

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I thought I'd share a few photos I snapped over the weekend (if you follow my Instagram, you already know). Some of my favorite holiday highlights were: Dressing up and attending a cocktail party with James and meeting new friends, going swing dancing for the first time in 2 months, starting and finishing a 1000 piece puzzle, eating way too much turkey with family, and crafting some fun ice cream cone ornaments (xmas gift spoiler). What were some of your favorite moments from the holiday weekend?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Products on Society6 + Free Shipping!

Hi there! I've been working on adding more designs to my Society6 shop and wanted to share some cool new products that are now available and let you know that they are offering free shipping through Cyber Monday! First up are new Baby Onesies and Mugs.
 Throw Pillows are now available in multiple sizes with the option of indoor or outdoor fabric!
 I just love the new Tote Bags too! I've already ordered some for myself and for holiday gifts this year ...
 And lastly, colorful cases for iPhone, iPod and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Now through Cyber Monday Society6 is offering Free Shipping worldwide!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My First Skillshare Class

Hi! I wanted to share my latest project. After Lilla Rogers' e-course ended I got to work on my first Skillshare class, The First Steps of Hand-Lettering by Mary Kate McDevitt. Our project was to choose a phrase to draw/letter. I chose, "Live By The Sun, Love By The Moon". I really enjoyed the process of the project and the class. I'm always dying to learn more about other artist's processes and how they develop and create their work. I loved watching Mary Kate draw and feel like I learned a whole lot from her class. Check out my entire project on Skillshare. Here are some snapshots of my project...

This is where I'm at with my phrase. I also signed up for Mary Kate's second class, The Final Steps of Hand Lettering, and hope to develop it further!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 5

The final week of Lilla Rogers' ecourse, Make Art That Sells was a great one. We looked at the Party Paper market and had to design a paper plate and napkin in a Bavarian/ Ukranian folk style. It was so much fun to create!

I learned so much from this incredible class. I think it has forever changed how I feel about my art and my life. Lilla taught me to take my work seriously. To treat is as more than just a hobby and really nurture and develop it.

Friday, November 1, 2013

3 Day Sale! All Holiday Items are 20% Off!

I can't believe it's November! The holiday season has officially begun and to celebrate I'm have a special sale in my Etsy shop! Now through November 3rd all items in the Christmas & Holiday section are 20% off! Don't miss this great opportunity to save on colorful greeting card packs and brand new gift tags!
Merry Christmas - Set of 10 Gift Tags
These gift tags feature illustrations from my new Merry Christmas card. They are printed and hand cut by me and only available in a limited quantity!
Christmas Cat - set of 10 gift tags
All holiday greeting cards are sold as both single cards and packs of 6 (with envelopes).
Merry Christmas - set of 6 cards w/ envelopes
Holiday Peace Bird - set of 6 cards w/ envelopes

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays but this year I just didn't have time to make an awesome new costume, so I thought I share my DREAM costume! This was created by The Fool Design Collective in 1967. Marijke Koger is one of my favorite psychedelic artists and her costume creations are amazing!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 3

This week's assignment for Make Art That Sells was a lot of fun. Our category was Scrapbooking and we were asked to create scrapbooking art incorporating the theme of typewriters and cameras. It was exciting to sit down and draw a completely new subject matter and it felt good to fill my sketchbook with happy little doodles, then scan them in and create this sweet color story. The process overall felt easy and natural for me. I enjoyed choosing what to draw and creating a mood for the page, almost like telling a story....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 2

Week 2 of Make Art That Sells was surprisingly exciting. We looked at the Baby Apparel market and our assignment was to create art with a camping theme! I don't know how I lucked out with 'camping', but I had a ton of fun creating these designs. Plus it was cool to apply them to some clothing templates to see how my art could really be used on clothing!

Monday, October 21, 2013

New Holiday Greeting Cards!

Before I share my assignment for Week 2 of Make Art That Sells, I thought I'd show you some more new holiday cards I designed this year! First up is this fun "Merry Christmas" card. I had fun drawing cute little holiday icons.
Merry Christmas - single blank card

This card I designed for my fellow Portlanders. It features Portland holiday landmarks like Peacock Lane, the 'Made In Oregon' sign and the downtown holiday tree.
Happy Holidays from Portland, Oregon - single blank card

All of my holiday cards are available for sale in my Etsy shop. 6-packs of these new designs will be added soon!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lilla Rogers Studio School - Week 1

This past week was exciting because Part B of Lilla Rogers ecourse, Make Art That Sells started! The first week we focused on Paper and for our first assignment, we all designed a holiday greeting card. You may already know that designing greeting cards is sorta my thing, so I was excited to really dive into this one. We started out drawing Christmas candy and ornaments, then incorporating those elements into our final card design. I decided to experiment with some fun lettering for this "Holly Jolly Christmas" card...
I'm so thankful for this class! Every week is so inspiring and encouraging. Lilla is truly a positive force. She can make you believe that your dreams really are possible. After spending the past month struggling with health issues, this course is exactly what I need to help me get moving again.

This card is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop along with more new holiday goodies I plan to share here later this week :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Family Camp Adventure

Good morning! I wanted to share with you some photos I took at Camp Namanu over the weekend. I was there all day on Saturday teaching tie-dye to 100 kids and adults at the FCC Family Camp. It was my first experience teaching and a whole lot of fun.

Camp Namanu is located in Sandy, Oregon (about 1 hour from Portland). We lucked out and had beautiful weather. Being at camp again brought back so many great memories from when I was a girl scout. Going to summer camp every year was something I loved and looked forward to. I didn't attend Camp Namanu as a kid (I went to Camp Arrowhead in Stevenson, WA and Camp Whispering Winds in Philomath, OR) but would have loved to go here. It is so beautiful.

I was lucky enough to have my mom and stepdad come along and help me for the day. And thank god they were there! Teaching tie-dye to a group of 25 people ages 4-adult was quite the crazy challenge. While getting ready for the event I kept the Girl Scout motto, "Always Be Prepared" in my mind and boy did that pay off. 
Whenever you try something new, the first time is always the most nerve-wracking. Did I make enough dye for everyone? Did I bring all of the necessary supplies? What if I can't wrangle the kids in or get their attention? What if someone swallows a bottle of dye? All these things went through my mind in the days leading up to the event, but everything went smoothly! I made enough dye for everyone and we all had a great time. I hope to host more tie-dye classes next year!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Cards & Prints Are Here!

Halloween is my all time favorite holiday so I couldn't resist coming up with some fun new halloween illustrations this year. Sending surprise mail to friends and family is something I like to do, especially around holidays and these cards are perfect for sending along with your favorite candy or halloween stickers or toys.

1. Sugar Skull Card  2. Trick or Treat Card  3. Fortune Teller Witch Card
All three designs are also available as 8x10 prints. Perfect for displaying at your annual Halloween party.
Fortune Teller Witch Print - 8x10
Trick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern & Cat Print - 8x10
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Print - 8x10

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Inspiration: Suppose You Met A Witch

I've been oggling these illustrations from the book Suppose You Met A Witch illustrated by Ed Emberley published in 1973. The book is out of print now but I found these images on Oange's flickr. She describes the style as "Hippie Nouveau" and I just LOVE it.

Click through to Oange's flickr to see larger scans.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Autumn!

Today is the first day of Fall! While I've been sick as a dog all week I've been poking at this collection of autumn doodles and finally finished with this arrangement while sipping ginger ale and watching The Croods this afternoon. What are you up to this weekend?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Summer Quilt Project

My friend Michelle had her first baby in August and I took up the opportunity to make her a baby quilt. Her husband's favorite hobby is sailing so I thought this quilt design from Cornbread & Beans Quilting Co. would be perfect for their baby boy. I couldn't find a pattern, so all I had to go off of was the photo I found on Pinterest. Luckily, both my Mom and Gramma are experienced sewers so with their help I was able to create my own pattern based on the photograph.
I am notorious for starting new craft projects and never finishing them - especially when they are larger projects that take a while to complete. When I decided to make this quilt I told myself I had to finish it and made time every week to work on it.
My Gramma is not only an amazing quilter, she also is a fabric collector and has more fabric than most fabric stores. All the materials used to make this quilt I found digging through boxes in her sewing room.
This was a really fun project and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I hope that Michelle and her little one will enjoy it for years to come.
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