Nutcracker Enamel Pin {and the story behind it}

I love working in my sketchbook. There’s no pressure, I’m just playing around and having fun. The more I work at it, the more I love these loose fun illustrations. I’ve been using illustrations from my sketchbooks to create repeating patterns. And now for the first time, I’ve turned one illustration into an enamel pin!Continue reading “Nutcracker Enamel Pin {and the story behind it}”

A busy holiday season and how I set myself up for failure

   After Halloween, I wrote a long list of all the creative things I wanted to accomplish before Christmas. I wanted to make paintings as gifts, do Christmas crafts, and on and on. I thought with Christmas two months off, there was plenty of time. I was so wrong. The list was totally unrealistic. MyContinue reading “A busy holiday season and how I set myself up for failure”

Gingerbread houses

It was a lot of fun decorating mini gingerbread houses with the kids tonight. It’s nice to do something together especially since 2 of my 3 are teenagers. Traditions are really nice. We’ve been doing houses together since the oldest was 2 or 3.  I remember when I was home from college and my sisterContinue reading “Gingerbread houses”

Toy Soldier Pattern

When I was a kid I watched the March of the Wooden Soldiers every year. Maybe that’s what inspired the design of my second holiday pattern. (The first was nutcrackers.) I’ve ordered the Toy Soldier pattern as gift wrap from Spoonflower and I can’t wait for it to arrive! This year I want to be especiallyContinue reading “Toy Soldier Pattern”

Nutcracker Pattern – and it’s available as fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower!

I’m so excited to announce that this Nutcracker pattern is available on Spoonflower and can be ordered as fabric or gift wrap! I just received some Nutcracker fabric and I’m excited to make something with it for the holidays! You all know how passionate I’ve been about surface design this year! I’ve been wanting to takeContinue reading “Nutcracker Pattern – and it’s available as fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower!”