A few months ago I got iced in at my house. It took till about day 3 of ultimate laziness to finally get me sketching.  I had some ideas to venture into more of a kid’s world with some prints.  I sat down and started thinking of all my 3 1/2 year old son’s favorite things.  Then he sat with me and gave me some “art direction”…..or got bossy and told me what to draw. Those first sketches of dinosaurs, sharks, cranes, trains, and planes turned into my take on a Toile.

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The design, called Adventure Toile, is up on Society 6Spoonflower, and a full range of products at DENY.

I ordered the duvet from DENY Designs for my son’s room. I would love to say that we both jumped up and down and screamed when the cover came in the mail…but that was just me all alone looking like a crazy excited person.  My son on the other hand was crying…seriously sad.  And why?  Get this…it wasn’t Spiderman. I guess you can’t win them all.  We did compromise on Spiderman sheets. I for one love how this print came together and think it looks pretty great in his room….covering up Spiderman.

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Pillow case is from DENY Designs in my Triangle Marine print.

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I’m in the middle of another Art Camp weekend.  I’ve escaped off for to create and enjoy a great space with 4 writers who are all working on their projects.  Check out my view.

photo (29)I’m so into this new collection and getting a lot of creative fuel from seeing this home tour on the DENY Designs blog.  I’m loving her Pattern State pillows mixed with Bianca Green and VyLa…very cool!  See the full post here.

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My sister requested some new pillows for her birthday…which was almost 2 months ago now. Oops. This weekend I finally got around to sewing them up for her. I created a new color story to go with these great new couches she just got. Im loving all things Indigo at the moment. Add in the colors of the ocean that are lingering in my mind and you’ve got the new color range. Oh, and did I also mention I made my sister cut all the fabric while I ironed and sewed? Ya, I’m not a very good sister. But what is good are these pillows. The new colorways are available on Spoonflower.

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I’ve just returned from 5 nights at the beach.  Oh my wonderful beautiful relaxing amazing best time ever!!! I forget that water can be that shade of turquoise, the perfect ombre from aqua to marine blue.  I have this love affair with the Ocean…I get to step my feet in it so rarely, that when I do it becomes intimately significant.  ImageI feel so ready to create some new designs. I’m itching to work…and thats not just cause of the intense sunburn I’m rockn right now.

I’m also really excited to be part of some great sales through DENY Designs.  The sales have been going on most of the week and are wrapping up tomorrow.  Check them out! Fab, GILT: cool clocks, and Joss&Main: Tribal Trend

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Guys, guys, guys! It’s here! I just can’t express how super beyond crazy excited I am to be part of DENY designs.  They’ve curated an amazing group of talented artists for their products, and I’m honored to be among them.  Pattern Sate shower curtain, duvet cover, throw blanket, pillows….I think YES!  Check out the full range of products and patterns here.  And Happy Valentines Day!

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I’m super excited to be a part of this new project called, The Mother Load that addresses what it is to be an artist and mother.  The project was started by two friends of mine, Lesli Robertson and Natalie Macellaio.  Each artist that is part of the project is sent a copper plate.  On one side they place their own finger print and their children’s fingerprints.  On the reverse will be a QR code to the artist’s website.  These copper plates are going to be part of an installation addressing identity and making.  Cool, right?  This is my son and I fingerprinting our plate:motherloadThe other part of this project is a “conversation.”  They’ve asked a simple question, “Why are you part of the Mother Load?”  I’ll be honest I’m having a difficult time answering.  My thoughts on art, career, and motherhood are still something I’m trying to understand….and my son is almost 3.  I will say this, the few seconds it took to sit down with my son and in a small way include him in my role as artist to fingerprint this plate was pretty amazing for me.  Much of my time spent in “making” is after he’s asleep, and my time in “career” is while he is at school.  Yet so much of what I do in my work/job and with my art has shifted and evolved and changed in every way because of him, because of being a mother.  In fact, I don’t think I would have been led to create Pattern State if it wasn’t for becoming a mother and needing to find a new way to create.  I think constantly (almost obsessively) about how to juggle each role while also being excellent in each role.  Instead of balance I often feel pulled or lacking.  Yet these roles maybe aren’t separate at all and that’s something I’m trying to understand.  See what I’m saying, confusing!  Maybe when I actually do find a better way to form my thoughts into words, I’ll share them here.

Until then, check out The Mother Load.  And also, treat yourself and check out the amazing jewelry pieces that Lesli and Natalie create together under their Line, Trestle Design.il_570xN.379805830_29fo**the josephine baker, concrete and textile necklace by Trestle**

Has it seriously been over 2 months since my last post?  How about I blame the holidays and working on lots of new projects!  I’ve got to say thanks to the many friends and family who have been really supportive of me and my designs for Pattern State.  Below are a few pics of some pattern state iphone cases from Society6 in action.  Coincidentally, these are also 3 of my best sellers.

ps_phonesSpeaking of excellent friends, a couple weeks ago I needed to have some head shots taken.  Which just sounds so weird and like a bad senior graduation photo shoot.  So instead of cropping myself out of the least bad photo I could find I decided to turn to a professional.  My friend Stacie came to the rescue.  Seriously, not only does she wield camera magic, she really put me at ease and actually made it fun.  If you are anywhere near the Dallas area, Stacie Tatum is your girl for the best photography shoots…weddings, babies, families, and even awkward friends!  Lesson learned yet again: leave it to the professionals!!

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Do you know what’s hard…designing a  calendar, who knew! I actually thought this would be easy and was sorely mistaken.  I really love tea towel calendars I’ve seen in the past.  I have a seriously bigger admiration for these designers now.

So here it is…my design for a 2013 Calendar.  It can be printed through Spoonflower and sewn into a tea towel.  This one is sized to fit a fat quarter of basic cotton.  I have a version that’s a few inches taller to fit a fat quarter of linen/cotton blend so it’s better for use as an actual tea towel.  I plan to have the linen version available for sale in the next couple of weeks.

I entered this design in Spoonflower’s Tea Towel Calendar Contest that should go live in a couple of days.

Time to design more prints…feeling very geo this fall/holiday….