Designing for Home

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a true homebody. I love to be at home, to decorate a home, and to take care of a home (although my housekeeping lacks a certain level of enthusiasm). And I find that surrounding my home with things that have meaning to me or that I really enjoy makes my home “fit” me. Which is why I’ve been looking to expand my work into markets like home decor and tabletop. It requires me to think about design and art in a slightly different way but I’m looking forward to creating more art for the home and coming up with product concepts. Here’s a peek at a recent collection I call Citrus Bloom. While warm summer days have just left the building around these parts, these designs make me look forward to next summer.


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.


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.


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!

New Tea Towels in the Shop!

stack2When will I learn? When will I learn that most things will take me at least twice, sometimes more like five times as long to do as I think they will? This is the story of my life. Apparently I run my business no differently. I've wanted to get tea towels into my shop for awhile and I've finally managed to do it! Tea towels are available in my Etsy shop today! I love tea towels, kitchen towels, hand towels, flour sack towels, whatever you want to call them. I like them colorful and bold or uniquely illustrated. I tend toward vegetables, fruits, florals, and gadgets. I pick them up at Crate & Barrel and I find them at fun gift shops. A great tea towel can make drying the dishes FUN. Kinda. And NOW I'm making my own! stack1

There are seven tea towels available in the shop now. Another two will be debuting shortly (my 2015 calendar tea towels). For now I have the following designs: Autumn Path, Kitchen Cupboard, Gizmos Galore (in 2 fun colors), Furniture Forest, Coral Floral, Get in the Garden, and Maple Vinaigrette. That last one is a fun illustrated recipe of my favorite maple vinaigrette from Gale Woods Farm.

maple1All of the tea towels have been digitally printed on a linen-cotton canvas fabric by and then sewn up by me, with mitered corners and a twill tape hanger in one of the corners. They work equally well as wall decoration as they do to dry your hands. I hope you'll check them out. They'd make wonderful gifts, if I do say so myself. And I can say that because I gave out loads of them for Christmas last year.



I hope you enjoy them!



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!

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:


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.


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.