Christmas Countdown Day 6/25 – Nutcrackers

Have you seen my nutcracker pin?Click here to order a Nutcracker Pin. Paint/draw along with me! Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” by clicking here. Learn more here. Have you visited my online shop? Prints of my seascapes are available on watercolor paper or canvas, in many sizes includingContinue reading “Christmas Countdown Day 6/25 – Nutcrackers”

Nutcracker painting

Day 6 in the Christmas countdown. I was excited about this prompt because so far this Christmas season, for me, has been all about the Nutcracker. I had my first enamel pin made, based on an illustration from my Nutcracker pattern design. That little pin has inspired me to learn about the history of the Nutcracker, andContinue reading “Nutcracker painting”

Christmas cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but boy is there a lot to do. I wasn’t able to finish painting my cookies (day 3 of my Christmas countdown) yesterday because the day was filled with Christmas preparations – buying a wreath and tree and other outdoor decorations, decorating inside, shopping for gifts, andContinue reading “Christmas cookies”

15 products you’ll love if you’re nuts about Nutcrackers!

1. Nutcracker Enamel Pin. My first pin design! The perfect way to show your holiday spirit on your hat, scarf, sweater, coat or bag!  Click here to order a Nutcracker Pin. Currently shipping only in the continental U.S. 2. Nutcracker patterns available through Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. I used gift wrap to line theContinue reading “15 products you’ll love if you’re nuts about Nutcrackers!”

The History of the Nutcracker

I’ve been drawing and designing Nutcracker patterns and now a Nutcracker enamel pin, but I realized I knew little about the history of the nutcracker. I set out to change that and am sharing with you what I learned. The following information is from the website of the Nutcracker Museum, located in Leavenworth, Washington. “Standing wooden nutcrackersContinue reading “The History of the Nutcracker”

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}”

Dreaming of Christmas gift wrap designs

Last year I achieved a personal goal of mine by designing holiday gift wrap. Through Spoonflower I was able to have the designs printed and also made available to anyone else who might be interested in purchasing them. It was really cool to wrap gifts for the kids and family in wrapping paper I designed!Continue reading “Dreaming of Christmas gift wrap designs”

My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!

I’m really proud, and happy, that I followed through on my goal to start creating surface designs. I designed the first one in January, and decided to commit to “1 Surface Design a Month.” That goal, and the end of the month deadline, really pushed me to put in the work. 12 Surface Designs January –Continue reading “My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!”