A love letter to snail mail

I'm working on a new collection of patterns and spot graphics inspired by old-fashioned mail.

After all, who doesn't love receiving a beautifully hand-addressed letter that we're sure doesn't contain a bill?

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And stamps...stamps are a source of never-ending inspiration and delight! I've loved digging through photos of old stamps from all over the world - such beautiful, whimsical artwork at such a tiny scale!

I'm having so much fun with this one, and can't wait to share the final product with you!

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Happy Hour Tea Towel Calendar

Every year, I design a tea towel calendar as one of my Christmas gifts. My friends and family have come to expect them, and I look forward to coming up with a new theme each year. I knew that we were going to need lots of cocktails in 2017, so I featured 12 of my favorite grown-up beverages.

I sketched each of the drinks in pencil, and included simple recipes. I knew that the recipes would be too much text for the tea towel, but who knows what else I might do with these illustrations?

I inked my drawings and pulled them into Illustrator for finishing.

After I finalized the layout, I uploaded my design to Spoonflower for printing. The calendar is sized to fit on a single fat quarter of Linen Cotton Canvas, and a simple hem around the edge is all that's needed to make a towel that will liven up any kitchen or bar!

If you'd like your own Happy Hour tea towel calendar, you can purchase this design in my Spoonflower shop!

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. The unseasonably warm weather in Ohio made it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit this year, but I enjoyed time with family and friends and yes...I did enjoy wearing a sleeveless top on Christmas.

I didn't make any New Year's resolutions, so to speak. I'm not big on yearly resolutions - they just don't seem to work for me. I'm a fan of evaluating things throughout the year and trying to make changes when needed, but I've never been fairly successful at saying 'beginning January 1, I will/will not _______.'

Some things are better marked with the milestones of time, however. For example, I've decided that 2016 will be The Year of Big Quilts. Mini quilts are fun to make, an inexpensive way to buy all the fabrics in usable quantities, and can provide a rewarding challenge on a small scale. But how many throw quilts and wall hangings do I really need? Realistically, I don't need that many big quilts, either. But what I do need is a challenge...and to slow down and enjoy the process some instead of racing to the finish line. I've picked several projects for this year that will take some time and commitment. And I can't swear I won't make any minis...I'm just going to try to think big when it comes to quilting.

Another goal I've set for myself that lends itself to a yearly view is to release a coloring page every month in 2016. I love to draw, but coloring is relaxing and is a fun, creative way to play with colors. With the new year laying before me as a blank slate, full of possibility, I'm sharing an adventure-minded coloring page with you this month.

I hope you enjoy this printable PDF of vintage-inspired travel stickers as you consider the adventures that lay in store for you this year!