Free Summer Printable and Butterflies in Bloom

There are only three (three!) weeks until school starts here so our summer is rapidly coming to a close. I teeter between "School can't come fast enough!" and "I want more summer!" on a daily basis. Everyone is a little frayed around the edges, a little bored, a little excited about a new school year, and a little sad to say goodbye to endless days of doing whatever they want. I will miss the late mornings and late dinners. I will NOT miss the whining. Last month, in celebration of this bright yellow season, I created this free printable of an Emerson quote for my newsletter subscribers. You can pick up this freebie below and I hope you enjoy whatever remains of your summer. If you don't already, you can subscribe to my newsletter (see the signup form down at the bottom of the page on the left) and each month you'll get a new free printable: cards, stickers, quotes, gift tags, scrapbook paper, and more. The August newsletter (coming soon!) will feature some back to school sticker labels, so sign up today!


Download Emerson Summer printable

* This print is 8x10" and will print on standard letter size paper.

Finally, while we're talking about summer, I have a new collection called Butterflies in Bloom that I created for the Spoonflower contest this week. This is a fun theme because we designed four coordinating patterns that will fit together on one yard of fabric, essentially giving you four coordinating fat quarters all on one yard. My fabrics will be available in my shop soon. Voting starts on Thursday, August 13 - check out all the beautiful butterflies and I appreciate your vote!


Textile Design Competition 1st Runner-Up!

patternobservrunnerup I've posted about this on Instagram and my Facebook page but I wanted to make sure I put a follow-up post here on the blog. The results of the 2015 P&B Textiles and Pattern Observer Textile Design Competition are in and I was first runner-up! You'll remember that a short time back I was one of the top ten semi-finalists which meant I was invited to create one additional coordinate pattern for my collection. Although I won't be getting the licensing contract with P&B, it was a really exciting experience and nice validation that I'm moving in the right direction. Plus I have a great new collection for my portfolio! Many thanks to Pattern Observer for hosting the competition, to P&B Textiles for this wonderful opportunity for new designers (and for such positive feedback on my own designs), and to the sponsors for such fun prizes. Congratulations to Amy Reber for her winning collection and to Julie Marriott, the 2nd runner-up!

Weekly Wrap Up: busy, busy!

Here we are at the end of another week! I wanted to check in quick with some of the things I've been up to lately. kidrockets

First off, I have an entry in the Spoonflower contest this week. The theme is "Rockets" and I was inspired by the rockets (and all sorts of other crazy creations) my kids make from our recycling bin. I actually collect a lot of interesting boxes and containers and put them in a big box so my kids can make whatever their creative little brains come up with. Every time we get a big package with some of those hard formed cardboard inserts my son Ben yells, "Castle!" It's the cause of a lot of eye rolling from my husband when he notices me eyeing the recycling bin with interest. You can vote for my design, Imagination Rockets, over here until next Wednesday!


I signed myself up to participate in the Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Bootcamp this year. Lilla is a well-known and respected art agent and she teaches an online course called Make Art That Sells (which I'd like to take later this year if the stars align) and Bootcamp is a spin-off from that. Each month there's an assignment with a different theme, focused on a different art market. For January the theme was Edwardian brooches (?!) and we were to create a journal cover. I'll admit I didn't really know where to take this one and like what sometimes happens to me, I just couldn't get a good idea to run with. So while I'm not terribly inspired by my final creation, I'm still loving Bootcamp and I can't wait for next week when we get a new mini assignment. Online you can see the entire January Bootcamp gallery - there are hundreds of artists from all over the world participating, which is incredible.


While we're talking online art classes and communities, I'm currently working on the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 3 course. We're focusing on all kinds of great things like licensing, freelancing, and manufacturing. I created the collection above, Party Paper, as a gift ware concept. Now wouldn't you like to see that on gift wrap? Yeah, me too. I still have a couple weeks left of the course but I'll try to do a re-cap when we've finished and do some show & tell.


I also got some fun news this week! One of my designs was voted into the website! A couple months back they had a contest for digital invitation designs and my "Let's Get Crafty" design was selected. This was the first time I entered a Minted contest, but it won't be the last! I'll soon have a Minted "store" and hopefully I can add designs to it through future contests. If you've never checked out the Minted website, be sure you do. Sooo many beautiful invitations plus wonderful artwork, fabric, and party ware.

Okay! That about does it for this Friday afternoon! Have a wonderful weekend!

Lucky #3 + Fat Quarter Tea Towel Sale!

2015teatowelI have a couple fun pieces of information to share this morning! First off, my tea towel calendar design, A Vintage Year, came in third place in the Spoonflower contest! Thanks to all of you who voted - I appreciate it! I've always loved the number 3 (the day of my birth, my 3 kids). This is the third time I've gotten in the top ten in a Spoonflower contest and I've come in third place every time! I'm so happy to be in the company of the fabulous designs in the top ten and beyond. So much talent in this community! This means that my 2015 tea towel calendar is now available for purchase in my Spoonflower Shop! You can do a couple things: 1.) Purchase a fat quarter bundle of the top ten tea towel designs for a reduced price. If you like all the top ten designs and want to get them as a collection for yourself or for gifts, this is a great way to go! Or, 2.) Spoonflower kicked off it's Fat Quarter 2-for-1 Sale today! From today through next Wednesday, November 12 when you buy two fat quarters (any fabric, any design) you get them for the price of one! This means you can get a tea towel design on linen-cotton canvas fabric for only $7. This really is a great deal (Spoonflower does not run sales very often) and it's a great way to stock up on things like tea towels and other projects if you'd like to make them for Christmas gifts. There's an incredible selection of really unique designs on the Spoonflower site. Some designers I would recommend you check out (not an exhaustive list!): Addilou Stacy Iest Hsu Heather Dutton Hang Tight Studio Robin Pickens CJL Designs Ottomanbrim

You could of course order any design as a fat quarter for a sewing or quilting project you have in mind. Sew Mama Sew did a great series a few years back on projects you can make with a fat quarter of fabric. See all the details and FAQ for the 2-for-1 sale on the Spoonflower blog.

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In honor of this special sale I've added a number of new tea towels to my shop. You can find all my fat-quarter tea towel designs under my Fabric Collections: Tea Towels. Some of these designs will be taken away after the sale ends next week because I'll be offering them as a finished product in my Etsy shop, but for the time being if you'd like to sew up your own this would be a great opportunity to do so.

Get in the Garden Tea Towel

Finally, since we're talking all things Spoonflower, I thought I'd let you know that I recently added some new designs to my Spoonflower shop. The entire Virginia Mae collection is now available as well as some more of my newer favorites. I might get myself a fat quarter or two and sew up a zipper pouch - I love zipper pouches!

Thanks again for voting & I hope you take advantage of the fat quarter sale and make some wonderful things!