Saturday, November 2, 2013

Autumn's Joy

I LOVE Autumn... the vibrant warm colors ablaze on all the trees, the crunchy sound the leaves make when you jump into a big pile of them, the earthy woody scent of a huge bonfire.....yup....LOVE AUTUMN!  Most of the colors that I have used to decorate in my house are Autumn colors.  It just makes my home feel warm and welcoming.  I was inspired by all of these things to create my latest collection of patterns...'Autumn's Joy'.  There is something so comforting about this time of year.  It brings people indoors to gather close together, and makes me want to snuggle up with my family on our big couch with a fluffy blanket and a hot cup of pumpkin spiced anything.  Ahhh...I can almost taste it!  So, with is 'Autumn's Joy'.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

STEAMCREAM Design a Tin Competition

STEAMCREAM is currently running a super fun "Design a Tin Competition".  The winner gets their design produced on STEAMCREAM tins in 2014 and 100 free samples of the tins with their design!  I KNOW....COOL!!  I entered my 'Sputnik' design into the competition and could really use your vote!  Luckily, the VOTING is SUPER EASY and you can VOTE ONCE A DAY!!!  WHOO HOO!!  Here is the design I entered.  Pretty please...would you vote for my design??  Just click on the image to be redirected to the voting page.  Thank you all for supporting my dream!!  xoxo

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Holiday Cheer....It's Almost Here!

With the wonderful holidays drawing near, I decided a Christmas collection was a must!  I have so many fond memories of a a parent.  I just LOVE Christmas.

Growing up, our family always put up the tree together....yes it was artificial. :)  I remember stringing popcorn for hours with my sisters and hanging it on the tree.  There was nothing better than eating stale popcorn right from the branches!  Our tree always had twinkling multi colored lights lots and lots of homemade ornaments.  It was beautiful!

Now a mom, I get such a thrill watching the magic of Christmas through my children.  We always make a big deal decorating for Christmas.  Right after I put the lights on the tree, my kiddos race to put up the ornaments.  I enjoy watching the precision (or lack there of) go into each ornament placement.  :) Once our tree and house have been decorated, we all snuggle on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and pop in an old school Christmas movie...usually 'A Charlie Brown Christmas...our favorite!

With this collection, I decided on a look that was reminiscent of my childhood Christmas'.  All the the colors and elements in my designs take me right back.  I hope you enjoy my collection as much as I do!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Atomic Collection

This week has been nearly impossible for me to focus any time sketching or designing.  So, with the weather being less than desirable today, I decided to direct my attention to a collection of sketches that I did last week.  I wanted a fun and funky collection with a mid-century modern color palette.  I came across this gorgeous palette from the 'Oh so Lovely Vintage' blog and used it as my color inspiration.  I really like how well the color scheme fits the collection....hope you do too!

Mid-Century color inspiration from 'Oh so Lovely Vintage'.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers 2013 - 2nd Edition

I am so excited to announce the launch of FND.  This is the 'Go To" site for fabulous surface and pattern designers, and I am beyond thrilled to have my work there!  I want to thank Gill Eggleston of Pattern Addict's Design Garden for all of her hard work and late nights putting the site together!  She did an amazing job!!  Please stop by the site and check out all of the wonderful designers!  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lounge Lizard

I am in LOVE with Mid-Century Modern design!  I love all of the funky, geometric patterns that came out of the mid 1950's era!  So, when Print & Pattern put out a call for submissions for their new Print & Pattern Geometric book, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to design some fun mid-century modern inspired patterns.  Here are four of the patterns that I completed for my collection 'Lounge Lizard'.  With 470 designers that submitted to Print & Pattern for inclusion in the new book, I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for the chance at a spot!  It would be a dream come true for me!  I have looked through all of the Print & Pattern books about a million times...drool marks to prove it!  So, here is my collection.  Please let me know what you think!  Thanks so much! XO

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Awesome Spoonflower Giveaway!!

Spoonflower has a wonderful giveaway this week!!  You can enter to win a Wacom Bamboo Splash Digital Drawing Tablet....just click here for your chance to enter.  You also have the opportunity to earn up to 5 extra entries by sharing the giveaway with friends!!  I did it...why don't you!?!  Whoo kind of giveaway!  Best of luck!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Front Row Society Competition

Front Row Society is currently running a competition for Art Deco Handbags.  I rummaged through my designs and decided to enter 8 of them.  You can check them out below.  I would really appreciate your vote if you like my designs.  You can vote for as many of the designs as you like, but just once for each design.  Thanks so much for your support!!  I really appreciate your vote!


I am totally excited to share some really BIG BIG BIG NEWS!!  I have signed my first licensing contract with UncommonGoods for my 'Vintage Telephone' design.  I entered my design in their Art Phone Competition earlier this summer.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone that voted for my design!  My design ended up being in the top 5 and the buyer for UncommonGoods contacted me and said they loved my design and wanted me on board!  The cases sell for $29 and are available for iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and Samsung S4.  Again, I could not do this without the support from my wonderful family and friends!!  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Connecting Threads Fabric Competition

I entered the Connecting Threads Fabric competition, and there are 29 pages of entries.....can you believe it?!?! Would you please pop over and vote for my designs? I submitted 6 of them. My designs are featured on page 10...not sure if they get mixed up every time you go to the site. (They are displayed below and my logo is displayed in the bottom right hand corner)  You can vote once for each design. Thanks so much for your support!!

The five designs that get the most votes will be finalists, and each designer who makes it to the finals will get the opportunity to design coordinating prints to support their focal and a $50 gift card to Connecting Threads. A panel of judges at Connecting Threads will select the winner. You can vote for as many designs as you like!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Another Keeper!!!

And here is the blue colorway!  I love it!!  Although, now I am envisioning a few other colorways that I would like to try out.  It is possible that there may be 'Something Fishy' happening late at night in my studio!  :)  Happy Fishing!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

It's a Keeper!!!

I had so much fun recoloring my 'Something Fishy' design yesterday, and I completely fell in love with the new colors!!  So much so that I decided to develop an entire collection around the design.  And....IT'S A KEEPER....I LOVE IT!!  My son Gabe just adores fishing, and he had fun suggesting design combinations that he thought would be cool.  It warmed my heart that the two of us could work on this together!  He really made my day!  Here is the pink colorway.  I will post the blue as soon as it is complete.  After that....we are going fishin'!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Something Fishy...

Tonight I decided to breathe some new life back in to an older design with color!  I had fun playing around with color combos, and asked my kids for their input.  I am loving this design again!  I also added 2 coordinating designs.  Fun colors...and my kids LOVE THEM!!  Mission accomplished!!  :)

Something Fishy - Blue
Fish Head Scales - Blue
Fishy Bubbles - Blue
Something Fishy - Pink
Fish Head Scales - Pink
Fishy Bubbles - Pink

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Flora Glen Collection

Today I finally finished compiling the last of my designs into my new collection.  After much thought, I have decided to call my collection Flora Glen.  I feel like I put a lot of myself into this collection, and I am very pleased with how it turned out.  Please let me know what you think of my collection.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Reykjavik Houses

This design was inspired by a friend of mine who has traveled to Iceland many times.  I was intrigued by the beautiful photographs of Iceland that she posted on her Facebook page, so I started doing some research of my own about this breathtaking place.   I was completely captivated by the stunning beauty of the land, as well as the colorful homes all nestled together.  This fun design called Reykjavik Houses was born.

Photo by Travel Punk
Most houses in Reykjavik are clad in brightly colored corrugated steel.  

Reykjavik Houses

Summer inspired designs...

Summer...I LOVE SUMMER!!!   These are a couple of designs that were inspired by SUMMER, my local farmer's market, and my own garden.  My garden is full of flowers and caterpillars...monarch caterpillars!  My kids just love collecting the caterpillars, growing them in to beautiful butterflies, and then releasing them back in to my garden.  It is great fun to watch the caterpillars grow and turn in to graceful butterflies!

Farmer's Market


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More Pattern Play Today

I am really loving black these days!  Playing and reworking a sketch I did a while ago.  Whatcha think? 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Free Shipping from My Shop at Society6

Are you in need of a stylish new Iphone or Ipod case?  How about a trendy new laptop skin? Or maybe you just want to treat yourself to a new t-shirt, tote bag, or throw pillow.  Well, for a short time you can order any number of these items from my Society6 shop and have them delivered to your home for FREE.  Right now Society6 is running a promotion that offers my customers FREE SHIPPING on anything in my shop.  So, now is the time to treat yourself or a friend to a fun, stylish, trendy new item!  Please click on the link above to stop by my shop and take a look around.  Thanks so much for shopping!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pattern Design Pin-hop 2013

Welcome to the Pin-Hop June 2013!  I am so excited you joined in the fun!!  We are a group of over 50 designers participating in the first ever pattern pin-hop on Pinterest.  The concept and preparation for this pin hop was orchestrated by the talented Tina Olsson of FYllayta.  

My designs were inspired by the "Midnight Garden" concept board from Patternbanks A/W 2013/2014 trend .  I hope you enjoy browsing through my interpretation.  Please be sure to stop back and check out all the other designers on the Pin-Hop June 2013 Pinterest board.  You can also find many of the designers and their fantastic work on the Find New Designers Pinterest board.  

Midnight Garden Sketchbook Collection - Holly Helgeson Designs 2013

I sincerely hope you enjoy this event and leave inspired to create fabulous designs of your own!

Also, please make sure to check out the beautiful designs from the very talented Femi Ford! Enjoy the Hop and Happy Pinning! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

iPhone Case Design Challenge by Uncommongoods

Last week I entered an iPhone Case Design Challenge for Uncommongoods.  They put a call out for designers to submit their artwork for a chance to win $500 plus 5% royalties.  Each designer could submit up to 5 designs to be considered in the contest.

Today I got word that my design "Vintage Telephones" has made it to the semi-finalist round!  WHOO HOO!!!  Now, I NEED YOUR HELP IN THE FORM OF VOTES.....PRETTY PLEASE!!!  The winner will be determined by the most number of votes.  Please click on this link to vote for my design.  I would be so grateful for your support!!  I am doing everything I can to follow my dream, and every step I take gets me a little closer.  Thank you so much for supporting my dream!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Love to pin? Love pattern? Why not save the date and join the Pinhop event starting on the 15th June

If you say yes to either of those two questions then there is no excuse not to join in the Pinterest Pinhop starting on the 15th. A group of 40 or so talented SP designers will be presenting brand new designs via a special Pinhop board located on the Find New Designers Pinterest site-there will full collections presented by those designers own web sites or blogs but the main design you can pin to your own board.

The concept and preparation is by Tina Olsson of Fyllayta who has done a great job putting this together.

See you there I hope?