Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Greetings from Toowoomba, Australia - Flowers and Magpies

We are busy packing up for a huge move here and the household is filled with boxes and bubble wrap and stacks of mis-matched dishes and other old cafe-days findings. (hard to believe it's been 2 years since we closed the cafe!)

I was going to skip this contest. I didn't know the theme, but that was my plan... until I saw it was Australian Cities. I had to represent beautiful Toowoomba, so here is my depiction of the lush flower gardens we're so known for. Each September there is a city-wide Carnival of Flowers. People flock in from outer cities (think leaf-watching in the States) and visit the festival-themed flowerscapes as well as individual home entries to win prizes. There are big tents in Queen's park with wine and food. It's pretty spectacular.

Of course I had to add in the Magpies. They can be heard all day long. Early wakers and avid talkers, their chit-chat and trills are lovely.

Here is my depiction of Toowoomba.

pattern detail

pattern repeat

---- find it here ----

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Creating this week's Spoonflower entry for the theme "Penguins" brought my love of stylizing and abstracting into full action. This is probably the design that most mimics my approach to painting. That's pretty exciting for me.

Pattern detail

Pattern repeat

---- find it here ----

Friday, December 26, 2014

Paint by Number

Math is the theme of this week's Spoonflower challenge. It's my first entry after the holidays and I'm determined to keep up with the weekly challenges. I decided to go with a painterly approach. Watercolor numbers in fun bold colors. I think this would make awesome birthday wrapping paper!

pattern detail

repeat pattern

----- find it here ----

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hipster Kittens in Mittens

I do love cats... and yes, I could have some "cat lady" aspects to me. ;) But Spoonflower's latest theme is "Kittens in Mittens" so here is another cat pattern.

I'm trying to reach beyond my usual design approach and although at times I'm uncomfortable in doing so, I am really happy to be growing my skill set.


pattern repeat

---- find it here ----

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thermoses of Hot Chocolate for Everyone!

This week's theme over at Spoonflower is Thermoses. I drew these in Photoshop instead of freehanding them. I wanted to switch things up and explore a different way of illustrating. It is actually more time-consuming for me to work this way which I found odd. It was a fun process and I really like the way these turned out.


Repeat Pattern

---- Find it here ----

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Patchwork Tile Inspiration

I've been looking at tile ideas online. Mixing tile patterns really adds a big impact! Patchwork tiling looks so interesting on floors and walls... and stairs.

I'd love to do a design with my art tiles one day. I think mixing them with some solid and minimal decorated tiles would be amazing.

They are available as trivets, too. (Christmas gifts!) You can find them here.

Here are a few inspirational ideas I found. Pretty, colorful, and inviting ideas to add flair to a home.

---- view more pinterest pins on tile inspiration here ----