Chit Chat with Show & Tell

My youngest child (my baby!) started first grade this year and every Friday his class has Show & Tell day. Didn't you LOVE show & tell day? Maybe that's just me. I still love show and tell. I suffer from some kind of delusion that other people are going to be interested in stuff I find interesting. I send ridiculous emails to friends and family: "You should listen to this podcast!" "Look at this cute dress I got!" "You've got to try a plumcot! It's a plum and an apricot!" They've probably blocked my email address. But lucky for me I have this blog audience and I can share whatever I want. And if I actually don't have an audience (!) I won't know it anyway because I pay little to no attention to my website statistics. Win! Today's post will be a mix of personal/professional chit chat by way of bulleted lists with a little show & tell of new portfolio pieces.

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  • The kids are back in school! Yay! I love the time I get with my kids over the summer but we all function a little better with some routines in place. And we'd been spending a lot of time together. Now the kids are happy and not squabbling as much, I'm back at work and re-adjusting to that schedule, and it's all pretty great.
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  • I was in issue 8 of MOYO. MOYO is a free online magazine about surface pattern design from the people at Make It In Design. I'm in the student showcase and you can find me on page 104. I've taken all 3 modules of The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and really found them valuable.
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  • Every year Spoonflower teams up with a fabric company (this year it's Moda Fabrics) and holds a contest called Fabric 8 where the winner gets a licensing contract for a fabric collection with that company. This year the theme was "Botanical Sketchbook" and I worked really hard on a design but when I went to submit it I had some technical difficulties and by the time I got it uploaded I had MISSED THE DEADLINE by a matter of hours. Insert hysterical sobs here. Seriously. That took awhile to get over but I'll share it here and it's now in my portfolio, called Milkweed Meadow. It features the lovely monarch butterfly, one of my favorites, and the state butterfly of Minnesota - I bet you didn't know that! (Unless of course you live in MN)
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  • I also participated in the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search this year. This contest is how Lilla (an art agent and Make Art That Sells creator and instructor) finds new artists to represent and unfortunately I didn't make it into the semi-final round but it was still a great experience and above is my entry which was based on a creative brief from Lilla.
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  • My Butterflies in Bloom collection is available in my Spoonflower shop! You can get one yard that has all four designs or you can get each one separately.
  • New prints from my first gallery show are now available in my Etsy shop, including this print, "Bloom." My Etsy shop celebrated it's one year anniversary on August 25! Confetti! Thanks for supporting my shop!
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  • I've been working on art that could be used for greeting cards which I think is funny because I spent my high school years working in a Hallmark store (a haunted Hallmark store but that's a different story) and I spent a LOT of time sorting and re-stocking cards. A number of years ago I decided to have a booth at a craft fair and I printed some cards (all hand-drawn) to sell. It was a raging failure but I'm apparently still on the greeting card path and these are a couple of my designs.
  • I've been trying to incorporate more watercolor/painting into my work so I got myself some new watercolor colors: Indigo! Opera Rose! Naples Yellow! I use Winsor & Newton watercolors. Since the kids started school I've also been trying to make sure I make time every (or nearly every) day to paint and/or draw. Usually in the morning, in the quiet, and it's FANtastic. Here's another new pattern that uses some painted elements.
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  • I just listened to a fascinating episode of the Radio Lab podcast called The Rhino Hunter. SO interesting. By the way, World Rhino Day is next Tuesday, Sept. 22! I bet you didn't know that! Kiss your favorite rhino. 
  • Who's doing Christmas Shopping?! I should be, but I'm not. I have a ton of things on my own Christmas list though. But I AM trying to add more Christmas/Holiday designs to my portfolio like the ones shown above!
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  • So, what do you think about starting sentences with the word "so"? I've noticed it's a writing quirk of mine that I'm trying to eliminate but here's what NPR says about it.
  • And finally, to put an end to my random ramblings, here's a new Nordic "folksy" design inspired by my Danish/Swedish roots that was pretty fun to create.

I hope you've enjoyed my show & tell. That's what I've been up to the past few weeks! See you soon!