Happy Holidays!

The Christmas holiday season has come 'round again and, all clichés aside, I really do enjoy this time of year. Especially now, when it's early enough that I'm still enamored with all the sparkly lights and not too stressed out (yet). So today's post is all FA LA LA. I have some new products in my Etsy shop for the holiday season (perfect for gift giving, hint, hint.) and they're going fast because I don't make a lot of them! I've also been working on some new holiday art because while I'm usually making Christmas art all year long this is really the easiest and most enjoyable time to make it. New this year, I have some holiday photo cards available with Mpix.com and I'd love for you to check them out if you're sending out family Christmas cards. Finally, the most recent Yellow House Post included some free printable gift tags because I'm a total gift wrap nerd. If you'd like some of your own, subscribe! Or send me a note and I'll make sure you get some. Now I'm off to deck the halls or wassail . . . or something like that.

New Holiday Art!

Holiday Photo cards available at Mpix.com!

Christmas Gift Tags available to  Yellow House Post  subscribers.  Contact me  to get yours!

Christmas Gift Tags available to Yellow House Post subscribers. Contact me to get yours!

Happy New Year! 2015 Calendars available

2015teatowelwallhangingHappy New Year everyone! I'm finally getting back to a "normal" routine now that the kids have gone back to school, then stayed home from school because of frighteningly low windchills, and then went back to school again. Sigh. Now I'm back in my freezing cold basement working on new projects and new work. Today I'm sharing CALENDARS with you! Perhaps the reason I'm having such a hard time getting back to productivity is that I don't even have a calendar for 2015 yet! Sure, I have an online calendar, but I usually have real calendars all over the place and I don't have a single one yet. Ironically, I have a few calendars to share with you! At least someone can get a start on the new year! Tea Towel Calendar

I put some of my 2015 tea towel calendars in my shop last month and they sold out much faster than I expected! So I ordered some more and they are now back in my Etsy shop. I have a small number of both designs, A Vintage Year and Knockin' on 2015, available and when they're gone, they're gone. You'll still be able to order them in my Spoonflower shop, but they won't be in my Etsy shop again. This year I have to make sure I keep one for myself!

*Side note: if you're looking for a way to hang your tea towel because you've decided you don't want to use it to mop up spilled Cheerios (but hey, there's nothing wrong with that!), I decided to hang mine using the method Muffin Grayson describes on her blog. Muffin's calendar design was also in the Spoonflower contest top ten and I love her display idea. Check out her tutorial if you'd like to do the same.

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You can also find my 2015 desk calendar, A Year of Flowers, in my Etsy shop. These have become the most popular item in my shop, both as a "favorited" item and purchased item. I'm so glad that people seem to like it! I have around 10 left at this point and again, once they're gone they're gone.

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Finally I've put together a printable A Vintage Year Mini Calendar that is also available as a digital download in my Etsy shop. You'll recognize the designs from my "A Vintage Year" tea towel calendar. This time you can print your own 3.5" x 4.5" calendar at home. It's a perfect little calendar for your refrigerator, desk, or bulletin board. I hope you enjoy it!2015MiniCalendarC

Like most people, the new year always brings that "fresh start" vibe to my life, a blank page, and I have lots of plans for 2015. Thanks for joining me on my journey and I hope you have a wonderful new year!

It's That Time of Year: 2015 Calendars!

2015calendar I love calendars. I have my digital workhorse calendars through google and my iPhone, my photo wall calendar that I use as a kind of scrapbook for the year, a dry-erase wall calendar so the kids know what's going on, a paper desktop version so I can scribble notes and grocery lists, and decorative calendars of all sizes sprinkled everywhere from my desk to the refrigerator. Today is all about calendars.

This week Spoonflower has been running their annual tea towel calendar contest. It should come as no surprise that I love a tea towel calendar just as much as my other calendars. With the perfect blend of practicality and beauty, it's right up my alley. I'm so glad that the Spoonflower contest generates enthusiasm for the tea towel calendar, a little something from the past with a modern edge. Here is my entry, "A Vintage Year," for this year's contest:

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First I did a series of drawings of vintage objects you might discover at a thrift store, flea market, or antiques store then I filled each object with a fun little pattern. It was a really fun piece to create because I love these kind of treasures from the past. My tea towel calendar fits perfectly on a fat quarter of Spoonflower's linen-cotton canvas and it will be available for purchase in my Spoonflower shop in the next couple weeks. I'll also be selling a finished version of this tea towel in my Etsy shop by the end of the month. I'm considering printing up some paper prints of this calendar as well - let me know if that's something that would interest you. You can also check out my front door tea towel design from last year (third place winner in the Spoonflower contest), which I've updated for 2015. That one is available to purchase now.

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When all those objects in my tea towel needed patterns I liberally stole from the other calendar I've been working on: my 2015 desk calendar, "Year of Flowers." This one measures 5x7 inches and is printed on sturdy paper stock. Each month has a different colorful and seasonal floral design. My desk calendar is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop, but there are a limited number available. You can choose to get a silver binder clip to hang your calendar or a clipboard for display/hanging. Coming up with twelve different designs was a challenge, but so much fun, and I'm thrilled with the finished product. 2015calendar

It's hard to believe we're almost about to turn the corner on another year! I hope you enjoy my designs for 2015.

Weekly Roundup & Spoonflower news

It's been a busy week over here so I thought I'd do a Friday roundup of my little corner of the world. First off, WOWZA'! After my little confessional of how I gave myself a break from Spoonflower contests, my Furniture Forest design went and got third place this week! How about that. Of course I'm pretty happy that it did well and I still really like the design, so that was a highlight of the week. You can go check out my design on Spoonflower and purchase yardage over there. FQbundletableschairs

Secondly, I actually have another entry in the current Spoonflower contest. I wasn't going to do another one so quickly but the theme was ballet and I thought it would be a good chance to work on a children's print. I absolutely love children's prints, patterns, and illustration. In fact when I first started doing this I thought I would naturally gravitate toward that market but I discovered something: it's really hard! I was a theater major in college and it's said in those circles that drama is easy, comedy is hard. And I feel the same way about art for children. You think it'd be easy, simple, fun - everything is color and character. But when you get down to putting something together it can be really challenging, so that's an area I'm trying to work on. Plus, I feel like there's more cross-over these days between the children's market and mainstream markets - all those discerning and style savvy parents! Here's my entry, "Pas de Souris," which I'm pretty sure means "step of the mouse" (instead of other pas de ___ ballet terms). I know it's not as strong a design and I don't expect top ten status this time, but as a practice exercise I'm happy with it and think it turned out cute. You can VOTE over at Spoonflower until next Wednesday Oct. 8.

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I've been messing around with a few other things too. I'm working on creating a studio space here in my home. I had my own room for sewing, crafts, and art a number of years ago before my son was born but now I'm out of rooms except for a large unfinished basement. Not exactly an inspiring environment. After trying to make that space work for me as is I decided it was going to need a lot more love and attention to make it habitable as a work space. I've been busy painting, reorganizing, rearranging, and PURGING a lot of old fabric and materials. I'm really excited about how it's looking so far. Here are a few sneak peek images but I'll be back with a full "reveal" (that word feels too grand for this occasion) of my new space.

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Finally, I'm really working hard right now to get some new products into my shop before the holidays. I have grand plans that I'm sure will be curtailed at some point. I'm currently working on a calendar - I love old fashioned paper calendars. I'm having a lot of fun coming up with little patterns for each month. But why are there so many months in a year? I finish one and there are still eleven to go! Wish me luck. And if you have ideas for products you'd like to see, please let me know! Have a great weekend!

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