Monday, July 17, 2017

Minnesota State Bird

The loon's song is one of the most beautiful, enchanting, and sometimes haunting bird's songs. It is a song that takes me back to my childhood.  Growing up on Minnesota lakes, it was a song that we heard daily.  Actually, there are several very distinct calls of the loon.  My favorite call is the wail that most people would recognize. It is the call they use to figure out each other's location.  It is an almost eerie call that will just linger in your ears...but it is so beautiful.  Loons hold a very special place in my heart. This illustration is one that was inspired by so many childhood memories.

Check out this link to hear my favorite loon call.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lanai Collection

My husband said this collection reminds him of a Hawaiian getaway...and the Beach Boys album 
"Endless Summer" (see below).  
Hawaii's smallest inhabited island, Lanai is known for it's quiet beauty.  It is a romantic destination of untouched tranquility and said to easily be Hawaii's "Most Enticing Island".  So, what do you think?  I think "Lanai" it very fitting. xx

Beach Boys "Endless Summer" album

Hexi Quilt Cards

EEEP!!!  Just ADORE these sweet Hexi Cards!!  I mocked them up with my latest collection...that still needs a name.  I would LOVE to license these and see them printed!  Can you help me think of a name for this vibrant and fun collection?  Thanks so much!!  xx

The name escapes me...

This modern collection was born from several drawings that I pulled together from my sketchbook. I felt like it needed a fun and funky palette to bring it all together.  Vibrant and bold, I am loving how it turned out.  But, I seem to be stumped on a name.  It might be because it is way past my bedtime and my brain has already gone to sleep. Regardless, I need help!  Please feel free to comment with any names that you think might fit this playful group of patterns.  Thanks so much for your help!  Can't wait to hear what you all come up with!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Memories from my childhood

Marigolds and Alyssum are the flowers from my childhood.  The path along the back of our house was always bordered with these lovelies.  Because of their dense clusters, they just happened to be the perfect place for toads and frogs to hideout.  I remember many summer days spent searching with my sister for toads in the Marigolds and Alyssum.  Their scent always transports me back to those summer days of long ago.  Introducing "Miss Mari".

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Luna Moths and Bleeding Hearts

Introducing my newest collection, Luna.  I am in awe of the exquisite beauty of the Luna Moth.  Tragically, their life cycle is very short. Their sole purpose is to mate and only live for about a week. Bleeding hearts just seem like the perfect flower to share the spotlight with these beautiful creatures. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dinnertime with Style

Doesn't Juniper look lovely mocked up on dinnerware?!  I would LOVE to license this collection for houseware products!!  What a fresh and bold statement it makes!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017


A kind word, a hug, a letter, a card, a drawing, a call, a text, an email....spread love and kindness each day...always.  xo.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Very Best Mother's Day Bouquet

I hold a very special place in my heart for dandelions.  They are the first real POP of color in our yard every year.  Truth be told, I love seeing them spring up with their vibrant yellow blooms.  It always warms my heart when my kids pick me a pretty little bouquet of dandelions.  The flowers may not last long, but they are abundant.  Dandelion bouquets have always been one of my favorite Mother's Day...or any day gifts.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sunny Day Play

Having some fun tonight with mock-ups!  Miss Ruby would LOVE to see her artwork on her very own backpack!  Isn't this adorable?!  I really love the colors too!

This collection will be available soon in my Spoonflower shop,  Please stay tuned!  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Positively Poppies

Ruby red is my absolute favorite color!!!  Plus, I really adore poppies!!!  Here is another older sketch that I put into repeat and created a pattern.  I tried to show some depth with this pattern using the watercolor brushes.  The brushes are really forgiving and pretty cool to use for highlights.  I am loving these poppies!!!  Happy Good Friday!! xo

Blooms, Butterflies, Bees and Bugs

I had some fun tonight playing around with watercolor brushes in Photoshop.  These are some of my older sketches that really needed to come to life.  With flowers starting to bloom, trees beginning to bud, and bugs zipping around outside, I finally decided to color these sweet sketches.  I really love how they turned out and had a blast learning the brushes!  Bring on more blooms and balmy temps!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Just Another Pattern Sunday....

The weather today was a bit wet, cold and gloomy, but I enjoyed paging through my sketchbook for some design inspiration.  I love it when I can pull images from different pages and combine them into a fun collection.  My sweet girly Ruby was right beside me working away on her drawings too.  We had a fun, creative day and made some pretty patterns.  Introducing....Juniper.  I really love the playful patterns and color palette of this collection.  Oh Happy Day!  Wishing everyone a great week!  xo

Little Designer Girl

Miss Ruby was on a roll today!  She created and colored 2 patterns from her sketchbook.  Loving her creativity!  This girl loves bold and bright colors just like her momma!!  xo

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Finding time for a little challenge

It has been a long time since I've had the opportunity to enter a pattern challenge.  However, a few of the current challenges held by Printed Village really caught my I decided to find some time to submit my work.  The three challenges that I entered are the Black challenge, the Butterfly challenge, and the Gloomy Gardens challenge.  Below are the patterns that I submitted.  It you like my designs I would really appreciate your vote.  Click on the following like to be redirected to my page where you can cast your vote.
  Thanks so much for your support!  

Printed Village Black Challenge
Printed Village Butterfly Challenge

Printed Village Gloomy Gardens Challenge

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New in my Spoonflower shop...Maisy

Maisy is now available in my spoonflower shop.  There are 8 different patterns in this collection.  This collection would be wonderful for a teen girl's room.  It is fresh and modern and has a playful feel.  Happy sewing!  xo

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"The Giving Tree" now available in my Spoonflower shop!

Yippy!  My "The Giving Tree" collection is now available in my Spoonflower shop!  I am looking forward to creating something super cute!!!  If you purchase any of my fabric, please send me a picture of your creation.  Thanks so much! xo