Archive for “September, 2012”

is the swan the new owl?

Are Swans the new Owl? I’ve been seeing quite a few of them lately….

Personally, I think swans are beautiful. In fact, I saw the very first one I can remember just a few months ago on my birthday outing with my husband. Beautiful!


This is a new collection I developed for my class, The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, Module 3, by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls and it’s simply amazing! I’m only in week 3 and I’ve already learned so much! Can’t wait to see what else they have in store for me.


This exercise was for flat wrap and would be for the 30 something affluent woman. What do you think? I’d love to see these printed and sold at some of my favorite paper stores and boutiques here in Utah.


Here is my inspiration behind the collection.


And here are the closeups and names of each of the patterns. I just love the details. I originally drew the pieces with a black pen by hand, and then scanned them in and retraced them all in Illustrator to make the lines smoother.


Which pattern is your favorite?

Before & After Pics of my Office



Do you ever feel that no matter how hard you try you can never keep your workspace organized? For me, this is a consistent problem. My office just happens to be the third bedroom in the house, and also the place where all of the papers go. I got sick a few weeks ago and went on a rampage to clean and organize all of the closets in my house. My home is very small, at only 925 square feet. So this wasn’t too difficult of a task, only 5 closets. It required a trip to IKEA and the hardware store to accomplish this task. That, and about a week of my time.

But it was so worth it! Now the only thing I need to do to stay organized. I learned a trick from professional organizer, Marie Ricks, a few weeks ago though, in order to stay organized, you have to create a system and then stick with it and always do it. You can’t let it slip. That’s the hard part for me.

Here are some before and after pictures of my office. I really do enjoy this space I have all to myself. In this space I design, sew, create and teach my daughter to be creative. She loves to work at her desk while I work at mine. Working from home has backfired a few times, like when my daughter doesn’t want me to see what she’s doing, she’ll say, “Mom, just go in your office and work!” Is that funny or what? But for the most part, being a Stay-at-home-MOM and working from home is the best. I love it!



After watching this tutorial on how to properly fold fabric I just knew I wanted my fabric to be pretty enough to shoot and put in a magazine. It only took me ALL day, but it was well worth it!

And, little did I know that sewing on the same table as my computer and external harddrive is VERY VERY BAD!!! Never do it! I guess the vibrations from my surger took my external hardrive for a ride that it wasn’t supposed to be on and it QUIT on me. Lucky for me with a lot of time, a new harddrive and some software, I was able to get my stuff off of it. I also invested in some online backup as well. Never again will I let that happen to me. I would have died! So, lesson learned, ALWAYS, ALWAYS backup all of your work in several different places, not just one.


I also start my new online class this week and was asked to post pictures of my workspace. What are your secrets for keeping an organized office? Any suggestions?