Follow me on Instagram to see all of my #the100dayproject. For the next 100 days I’m going to play! Play with clay, wood, chalk, fabric, embroidery, paper, watercolor, pencils, markers, anything to get my creative juices flowing. And the only criteria, is I have to use my hands for part of it. So follow along, or join in for the fun! What would you like to see me try?

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Old Maid Game Redesign with Happy Happy

As I’ve mentioned before, the ladies of Happy Happy Art Collective are busy redesigning the Old Maid deck. Each of them with their unique characteristics. Here are the latest 2 that I’ve done, Library Lilly and Careless Carrie.

Library Lilly loves to read and doesn’t even notice her surroundings. And Careless Carrie, well, she has the same problem. She’s too busy on her phone to see the pot about to boil over.

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Petite Lemon Christmas Cards for Shutterfly.com

The Holidays are right around the corner! Why not get your Holiday Cards out of the way before things get super hectic? Here is just a sampling of some of the cards I designed this year. And, there are more to come in the coming weeks as well. Just go here to see all of the cards Petite Lemon has designed for Shutterfly.

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Happy Happy Art Collective’s Old Maid Game

As a Happy Happy Art Collective, we’ve decided to re-illustrate an old classic, Old Maid! We are having so much fun and can’t wait to show you over the next few months each of the characters. Here are the first two, the Old Maid and Greenthumb Gert.

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New Portrait


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All of the lovely ladies at Happy Happy have redrawn their portraits! Take a look at all the talent here! We have lots of fun projects up our sleeves, so check back often on our blog and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

This is my portrait. The shirt is made from a vintage fabric that I had on hand and it happened to match the color scheme that we chose as a collective! Happy happy coincidence!

 

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Tropical Sketches

I try to take a sketchbook with me wherever I go. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you never know when it’s going to hit. This latest sketch was produced while sitting in an Auto store waiting for my new windshield to be installed. I love the way it turned out and thought I’d share the process with you.

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I quickly added some watercolor to give it a sense of dimension and an idea of what colors I’d like to use.

 

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Then I drew it in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and added some texture. This is the finished design with all of it’s tropical goodness.

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Here are a few process shots of a simple watercolor design I did of some pineapples. After the watercolor, I added the black ink and then the white ink.pineapple-watercolors

Spoonflower & CWDkids Mermaid Contest

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Well, I had a great time designing these patterns for the Spoonflower and CWDkids Mermaid contest, focusing on a print for little girl’s pajamas. Mermaids are classic designs and adding just a pinch of cuteness and whimsy really makes this pattern stand out. I tried to focus on elements that I knew my seven year old daughter would love. (P.S. She approved, by the way).

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Voting is now open and I would appreciate any votes that I receive. Just click on the link and then the voting button is on the right side. Vote for all your favorites. There’s so many to choose from. I will hopefully win the contest, but if I don’t I am going sell the designs on Spoonflower as a collection. I would love to see all of the amazing things people sew using these prints.

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Look at all the fun coordinates. I think this would make adorable kids bedding as well.

Tutorial: How to hang to your Tea Towel Calendar

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My 2015 Tea Towel Calendars are now for sale in my Spoonflower Shop. But, if you’d like to make it look super polished when you hang it up, simply follow these instructions.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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• 4, 18″ pieces of wood from Home Depot. They look like this. And cost about 46 cents a foot. At my Home Depot, they were located with all the lumber. I also had Home Depot cut them to 18″ for me.

• string, about 12-15″ long. I used black nylon that I purchased from Michaels.

• super glue (I purchased mine here)

 

Directions:

1. Iron Fabric.

2. Trim edges to be 1/4 inch on all sides. I used a clear ruler and a rotary cutter.

3. Fold sides and iron. Only the left and right sides. Leave the top and bottom straight.

4. Sew a straight line from top to bottom, so that the edges are nice and finished. Or you could glue them with fabric glue.

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5. Iron the whole thing again.

6. Measure 2 inches on each side of the back wooden dowel and mark it with a sharpie. This is where your string will go, so that it’s even.

7. Put a few dots of super glue on your back wooden dowel. Put your string first, then the top of your Tea Towel Calendar.

8. Add a few more dots of super glue and add your other wooden dowel, making sure all is aligned. Press down tightly to set the glue. So it’s like a sandwich. (See below)

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9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 for the bottom of the calendar

10. Tada! You are finished! Easy as that!

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I’d love to see your finished product! #2015TeaTowelCal on instagram!