Kismet Trinket Boxes

This weekend, I sewed up some Kismet Trinket Boxes by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. I'd been wanting to give these a try for some time - I had so much fun making her Crimson & Clover train case pattern, and this set of itty bitty cases was just too cute to pass up.

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I made the large and small versions of the square case using some of my upcoming fabric, Let's Play House.

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This fat quarter-friendly project was easier than I expected. I had to take my time on the small curves, but the boxes came together pretty quickly, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out.  

 

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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!

Honesty is the best policy

It's been a long time since I posted - too long. Life has been busy on all fronts - something I'm sure everyone can relate to. The day job is chaotic, design projects are plenty, and back-to-school is always an overwhelming time of year. Mix in a few emotional life events and you've got a recipe for not doing a great job at all of the things. I decided to give myself some grace when it came to blogging and focus on getting some other s*#$ done. I've been working on some exciting stuff that I look forward to sharing with you soon. In the meantime, here's proof that I haven't been idle this summer - just busy.

Summer is for Sno-Cones!

...and bomb pops, and twin Popsicles, and push pops, and now I'm just making myself hungry!

Last month, a friend and I were talking about tasty treats for summer time and decided we needed some fabric featuring our favorite cool desserts for summer. I came home and set about sketching, and before you know it we had our wish!

Ice Ice Baby is now available on Spoonflower, and was also the inspiration for July's coloring page!

Nature's Sketchbook

I recently shared my Seeds Gone Wild pattern. I used that pattern as a springboard for a collection of 6 patterns.

I sketched in pencil, and then traced some of my drawings in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and inked some of them using a lightbox and pen.

Here are close ups of the individual patterns.

I'm now awaiting the arrival of strike-offs, and the collection will soon be available in 4 colorways in my Spoonflower shop!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a restful holiday with their loved ones. I had a wonderful break from work with my family - I think this was one of my most enjoyable holidays yet!

In the run up to Christmas, I was hard at work on gifts, including quilts, aprons, handbags, and pillowcases. I was most excited about two quilts in particular, for my daughters. These poor kids have a mother who sews incessantly but had never made them quilts of their own. I remedied this situation for Christmas.

The other project of which I am pretty proud is a dollhouse pillowcase I designed. I sewed a few of these up as gifts for little friends, and they were a huge success (if I do say so myself).

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This design is available as a one-yard, easy-to-sew project (complete with dolls and a kitten!) in my Spoonflower shop.

With Christmas projects behind me, I'm ready for an exciting new year! I hope you are too!

Under the weather

It's a gray day here, and I'm a little under the weather. All things considered, it's a good day to share my new umbrella-themed pattern with you.

This pattern is called Bumbershoots, and was submitted in the weekly design challenge on Spoonflower. You can vote for your favorite umbrella-themed fabric here, or purchase my design on fabric or wall covering in my Spoonflower shop.

Hope you have a sunny day!

 

Market Fresh!

I recently signed up for a SkillShare membership. For those of you who don't know, SkillShare is a website where designers, artists, programmers, and the like offer self-paced classes in an online community where you can get advice and feedback on your projects. It's an inexpensive ($9.95/month as of the time I signed up) way to get inspirational, expert advice and direction on your own schedule.

The first class I signed up for is Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats, taught by the AMAZING Elizabeth Olwen, a surface pattern designer from Toronto. While I have been creating patterns on my own for a while, I wanted to get some guidance on how to improve my skills. I found Elizabeth's class to be engaging, inspiring, informative, and entertaining. I can't recommend it highly enough to those wanting to work on their repeat pattern-making chops.

As my class project, I designed a farmer's market-inspired pattern called Market Fresh.

This is a seamless, repeating pattern and I don't mind saying that I'm really pleased with how it turned out. If you'd like to see more about the class and my process designing this, check out my project page on SkillShare.

I've also posted this artwork to my Society6 shop on tote bags, wall clocks, and mugs.


Hankie Panie

I've just published a look book of my latest collection of patterns - Hankie Pankie. This collection of modern patterns was inspired by my love of vintage handkerchiefs.

I hope you'll check them out and let me know what you think!

Select patterns from this collection are available on fabric, wall paper, and gift wrap in my Spoonflower shop and on a variety of products in my Society6 store as well.

A new home!

I'm so excited to be blogging here on my new website! I've been working on this for a while and, while I love my Wordpress site, I need something with a little more oomph for my design work. It may not seem like a big deal, but this is a big step for me! On this new site you can check out my portfolio and various products that feature my designs. Don't worry - I'll still be blogging about sewing, creating, traveling, and whatever else comes to mind.

Thank you for visiting me in my new home - please come back soon!

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