Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2013 Modern Patterns Series II - Mini Calendar

It's finally here! The next pattern series. Oh boy, designing these are fun. I might just make a new each year. They were a big hit last year. Excited to see how these do this holiday season. If only I had more hours in a day...I'd make tons more. So many ideas, so little time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ride On!

Bicycle Art Print 8x10

As my sister would say, "having fun with fonts and colors" well maybe one font and a few colors. I'm really digging this new print. Love when I sit down to create something and I end up in a different direction. A fun surprise to discover you had a little something else in the tank. Hope you like it! And...ride on!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Colorful Colorado!

Just a quick post to share my new "I Heart Colorado" print. Seriously, I love living in Colorado. First of all, love Denver and within just one to three hours, you can be nestled away in the most majestic mountains. So to all my Colorado peeps... Go play! Your mountain is waiting.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I Did It! Added Screen Printing to my shop, sweet!

NEW Screen Prints - Tea Towels and Totes!


So excited to share my first round of screen printed products!

Many years back (college days), I had an awesome screen printing class and it was love at first pull. I was hooked! I spent many late nights printing and experimenting. So fun! Two colors, three colors, gloss, I was ready try it all. Funny, I still have some of those first prints. Love looking back at work from school. Tried to keep it up with a small printing kit at home but life moved too fast in the Ad Agency world. So my little kit was put away. Knowing I would use it again, I kept my little screen printing kit for about 15 years. Needless to say, when I pulled it out from under the bed and dusted it off, it did not survive the years. With a warped screen frame and dried up emulsion, it was time to come up with a plan.

1) Take a class to refresh and get back up to speed.
2) Set up home studio.
3) Screen print!

To my surprise, two screen printing classes were being offered right in my time frame. So, I was in! With a long list of questions...I was like a sponge, ready to take it all in. They did not disappoint. Fabulous classes with great instruction. Ok, check that off the list. Now, make it happen! Went to RockStar Screen Supplies and they hooked me up with everything I needed. Great shop with above and beyond customer service. Sweet, my corner in the basement was ready to go! Just need something to print on.

I thought why not handmade all around. My mom is a master behind a sewing machine so naturally the light bulb went on. Have her make my towels and totes. What a trooper, she cranked out tons of towels and eight totes in four days. Now it was all up to me. The pressure was all mine, not to mess up any of her perfectly hand-sewn pieces. Guess I work well under pressure or maybe it was beginner's luck. There I was, printing. Totally flying solo without instruction. Just me and my tunes. Such a happy girl! I did it! 

My take away... if you want something bad enough, make it happen!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Owl Mania Has Arrived!

Or maybe it never left...

And Etsy is full of them. Brooches, plushies, prints, pocket mirrors, you name it, they've got it. Even, macrame! It makes me think I should have more owl decor. However, my daughter already beat me to the punch with her owl themed bathroom. She'd say, I just stole her idea. But I love those little woodland creatures. They are just too cute. I need to get on it and try my hand at some more owl illustrations. Maybe even an owl calendar for 2013...fun! The possibilities are endless.

These are some of my Etsy favorites.
1. Owl Locket Necklace by Polarity
2. Creamy Owl on Moss Green Linen - Pillow Cover by Sweetnature Designs
3. Giant Plush Owl, Herman by Sleepy King
4. Retro Bike Poster Owl by Orange Optimist
5. Pygmy Cactus Print by Bee Things

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Horseshoe Market


Come one, come all and support your local creatives!

I'm excited to announce I'm participating in my 4th art fair. I'm still very new to these events and excited to share a booth with my friend Melissa from My July. I am crossing my fingers we don't get some of that crazy Colorado spring weather, like 6 inches of snow. Really hoping for beautiful blue skies and nice warm spring temps. I'm getting tons of cool stuff ready for my booth. Don't miss out! 

Spring Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market
  • Saturday, May 5th, from 9 am - 4 pm
  • 46th and Tennyson (in the parking lot behind Olinger Moore Howard Chapel)
  • Over 100 of Denver's best local artists, crafters, and vintage collectors, plus local food trucks
  • Parking at Berkeley Park. For more information go to www.horseshoemarket.com 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mother's Day Card

Don't get caught without a card for that special lady! This card is a little tribute to those who have an old-fashioned mom. Luckily, my sweet mother has taken the plunge into Texting and using Facebook. If anything, I think I am going to be the mom who's out of touch when I get older. My inspiration...my eight year old daughter who always tells me she's "The Bomb Diggity!" So, I thought switch it up a bit and give it to mom. Still makes me laugh!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Featuring MY JULY!

IOU Breakfast (in Bed) Card / Plush

Giving a little shout out to my friend and fellow graphic designer, Melissa Hession. She is the creative mastermind behind MY JULY. Take a minute to browse her Etsy shop. There are tons of fun cards and cool gift goodies. She's also pretty talented when it comes to a needle and thread, sewing machine, and block printing. Love this plush card, so unique! I am lucky to have a close friend in the business. We help push each other and pick each other up when those creative blues hit. I wish her the best and I'm so excited to share a booth with her May 5th, in the Horseshoe Market in Denver, Colorado.

Friday, March 23, 2012

It's Time For A Fiesta!

Etsy treasury by Monkey Mind Design

That's right people! This girl needs a spring fiesta.

I love all these warm bright colors. They make me so happy. I'm totally ready to enjoy some time outside or even be beach side. Flip flop season is just ahead. Yes! Although, "reality check" this is Colorado and with a blink of an eye we could be surrounded by a foot of snow. But for now, I'm soaking up the sweet spring sun and daydreaming of a walk on the beach with a margarita in hand. Hope you enjoy these festive goodies by some fabulous Etsy artists.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Freelancin' The Month Away

It's been some time since my last post. This girl's been busy, busy, busy. Not enough hours in the day. March is usually my slow month but this year I got lucky. Some sweet freelance projects came my way. Had a super fun time on this poster for Granby Ranch. Love it when clients choose illustration over stock photography. Just thought I'd share the final piece.

And oh how I love spring skiing in Colorado. Missed out on the Beach Bash. No worries, I plan on hitting the high country in the weeks to come. Blue skies, hopefully some fresh snow, and a lot of apres ski!


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