Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mexicali Cats

This week's design brief is Calaveras (Sugar skulls). I'm trying to do every week's Spoonflower contest to expand my work with a broader spectrum of subjects. Sometimes that is challenging. Although I like some sugar skull designs, it's really not something that comes easily for me to work with.

For this pattern I have played with cat "sugar skulls." Even though I realize this isn't a true representation of the theme, I do achieve a Mexican feel. It's a fun, colorful design and I wouldn't have come about this idea without following the weekly contests (and this is precisely the kind of content broadening I'm wanting to explore).


Pattern Repeat

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cuckoo Clocks | Innovative, Modern Designs

My nostalgia for cuckoo clocks goes back to visiting my great grandfather's house. He had a wall of cuckoos and as a child I couldn't wait for the hour to come. Imagine a wall of birds coming out to chirp the hour!

These are just a few designs I found online. So many choices. I would love to have a wall of them someday.

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My latest design features chirping birds and swinging doors in bright, fun color combinations. 


Repeat pattern

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

iPhone 6 Cases are now available!

The most popular design is of my painting, "Moon in Bloom"

Moon in Bloom (painting) iPhone 6 Case
Moon in Bloom (painting) iPhone 6 Case by rubydoor
View Ruby Casemate Cases online at zazzle

Followed closely by "Sunlight Splendor" and "Revolving Door"


Revolving Door - iPhone 4 Case-Mate Tough
Revolving Door - iPhone 4 Case-Mate Tough by rubydoor
Check out more Movement Casemate Cases at Zazzle

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Citrus Rain Drops

I have become a lemon fanatic. It's new to me to have access to fresh lemons. I order a bag each week and make iced tea, lemonade, lemon meringue pie, lemon shortbread cookies, squeeze it over steamed veggies, and well, you get the idea.

This week's design challenge theme is Umbrellas. Here is my design of bright citrus colored umbrellas and rain drops. Just imagine if it actually rained lemon drops. Yum!


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Peacock Fall Garden Party

Peacocks like to have garden parties. Who knew? ;)

I created this design for Spoonflower's "Tables and Chairs" competition. I drew inspiration from wrought iron garden furniture. I felt it needed a splash of peacock. I spread peacock feathers on the floor of the lawn and adorned the peacocks in lovely fall colors.




How to make your own Famous Artist Costume for Halloween

Getting into the spirit of dressing up for Halloween is easy when you see so many clever ideas online. You can make them entirely yourself, rent a costume, or go somewhere in the middle by ordering a few embellishments online. A far cry from when I was little! I had the yearly option of being a clown (NO), a gypsy, or a witch. I chose the gypsy each year. It was a good match for my wandering spirit, but oh -- to be Frida, Bjork, or a painting!!!

Below are some exceptional costume themes for making a grand entrance at your Halloween parties. Below the images are some helpful links to get you on your way. Enjoy!

Helpful Links:

Great instructions for glue recipes and tutorials on making just about anything!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cat (fish) Damask

What can be more fun than sitting with a sketchbook doodling cats on a Saturday? Adding lots of colorful fish & fish scales!



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