Studio Update + back to school

Oh, the carousel of time has come around again and here I am at the beginning of a new school year (which will probably always feel more like the “new year” than the actual new year as long as I have kids in school and a teacher husband). I know I say every year that summer went by so fast, but this year it really did go by fast. I’m usually ready for the transition into the academic year but this year I was NOT at all. Unfortunately they don’t let me decide when these things happen, so here we are!

I’m getting back into a regular work routine while still finishing up my studio project . . . yes, that’s right, it’s not done yet. Oh, home construction projects. It’s getting close though! I hope I can give you a tour soon because I’m anxious to get back in there.

I’ve got walls, paint, and some trim. All that’s missing is a closet door, flooring, and some barn doors. Oh, and all my STUFF.

I’ve got walls, paint, and some trim. All that’s missing is a closet door, flooring, and some barn doors. Oh, and all my STUFF.

So besides my studio project, what else have I been doing? Let’s catch up!

I did a short course at the beginning of the summer called Explore Florals with Victoria Johnson. I’ve always liked Victoria’s style and the variety of ways in which she approaches her work. This 3 week course gave us a few different themes to work from with a lot of suggestions on how to explore the subject. The above collection, Wild Botanica, came out of this course and it’s one of my favorites. It was inspired by a walk I took on our family vacation in northern Minnesota. I liked it so much I turned it into my 2019 tea towel calendar design. It’s now available in my Spoonflower shop and on Roostery and finished tea towels will be in my Etsy shop (which is still temporarily closed) later this fall.

There are a few other new collections in my portfolio (see below) that I worked on this summer and I also received some fun new samples over the past few months! My first fabric collection with Robert Kaufman, Flamingo Paradise, is now in stores and the next collection, What do the Animals Say?, will be available soon! Because of the construction zone in my house I haven’t been able to make anything with the fabric yet, but I hope to get to that in the near future.

I love seeing new product samples!

I love seeing new product samples!

And now it’s back to class for me! It’s always a bit hard to get back into a good routine, but I’ll get there! I’ll be back soon (I hope) to share my new studio!

Back in the Groove!

Hello there! It’s been about a month and a half since the kids went back to school so I’m feeling more in my groove now. Can I get an “Amen” for back to school? I’ve been making a lot of new art, working on some projects, and looking toward the holiday season and all the goals I have for the next year. Whew! I thought it’d be a good time to share some of my latest work. I’m also doing a 30 Days of Patterns challenge over on Instagram, so follow me over there to see new patterns everyday! 

Pillow with tassels? Put a bird on it! 

Pillow with tassels? Put a bird on it! 

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New floral pattern envisioned on a chair! 

New floral pattern envisioned on a chair! 

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Dinos! Roar!

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Root vegetable pattern - from my #30daysofpatterns Instagram challenge

The colors of fall in a floral pattern collection. 

The colors of fall in a floral pattern collection. 

There you have it! Just some of what I’ve been up to! Now it’s back to work . . .  

New season, new work!

We're turning the page to spring here in Minnesota and a little on the early side at that! March is typically still very wintery here but we've had some warm sunny days, my tulips and daffodils are starting to peek out, and I've traded in tall boots for flats! (My true measure of the changing seasons is my choice of footwear) I'm finding that the emerging spring is really helping my work too. I'd been in a bit of a funk since the holidays and not feeling particularly motivated. But lately I've become more productive and what's even better, I'm really liking what's been coming out of my studio. I know that might seem odd because I'm the one making it, but often I find I'm completely surprised by what shows up! I thought it would be a good day to share some of the newest work from my portfolio. I hope the new spring season is bringing you a refreshing change of pace and some inspiration!

paris-collection

This collection was created for my daughter Olivia who (rather inexplicably) loves Paris. I'd bring her there in a heartbeat if I could but in the meantime I made her this art print for her bedroom which has, of course, a Paris theme.

tower-bridge-collection

Then I continued with this theme and did one for London as well because that's my favorite international city after spending a semester there in college (WAY back when).

spring-garden

Spring can't arrive without me thinking ahead to my garden! I'm getting really excited to start planting again and this pattern was inspired by a spring garden which is really one of my favorites. It's not all flashy tomatoes and zucchini the size of a Buick, but it's delicate greens, sprouting herbs, pink radishes, and snap pea blooms.

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poppy-orange

This color palette was inspired by my latest Better Homes and Gardens magazine and their color palette of the year. I just can't stop drawing poppies. Such a happy flower.

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And finally, another project for my #52Greetings challenge. I'm going to be practicing some hand lettering in the next few weeks. Happy Spring!