tall boys, babes and boards

Had fun on Saturday with these two lovely ladies, Heather, Anna and a couple tall boys. Heather sure is handy and crafty! She has made some lovely wood items like outdoor seating areas, tables with succulents, shelves, wall hangings and other AWEsome household items.



Today with Heather’s help I created some canvases and Anna created some shelves and a box for her cats. Here is Anna using the chop saw. She jumped right in and was quickly at home.


I was a bit more timid. Heather patiently taught me how to use the table saw to cut down some long fence board that she had recently scored. Here I am using the table saw.


I had wanted to create some wood canvases. So, I took the pieces and fit them together to create the canvases below.


I flipped the pieces over held them together with some brackets. I got to use an electric screwdriver.


Sanded them down with a  hand sander and voila, some nice canvases for painting, mod podging, etc.


Pretty happy to have such lovely canvases to play on in the next couple weeks.


What have you been up to this weekend?


jeweled dissonance and kaleidoscopes

This is a post on my last summer school brief from a class I’m taking from Make it in Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This week we were given the theme of jeweled dissonance.

I start most of my projects with an inspiration board on Pinterest.  Check out my board.

What got me focused was remembering that when I was little I had a kaleidoscope and how they looked like melted jewels. This was the picture that started me thinking I wanted to create some type of jewel motif.


Here was the color palette we were given.

Jewled Dissonance

I began to sketch and came up with these sketches



I loved the second drawing as I was trying to go for the kaleidoscope feeling. I took that drawing, scanned it into PhotoShop and began coloring it in.


Here is the final motif, not yet in a pattern.


And here it is in several patterns.

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Here is the print sheet I created for the theme.


Have a fabulous week!


print sheets from summer school

Happy weekend!

As I mentioned in my blog last week, I’m taking summer school, Make it in Design, with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This week we were given the theme of jeweled dissonance. I’ll post my work next week.

What I wanted to share today were the print sheets I made from the tribal and tropical patterns. Let me know what you think.



Have a great week!


summer school

I’ve been in summer school and it’s been really fun. The class I’m taking is with Make it in Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. Every two weeks we are given a brief and asked to prepare a pattern.

The first brief we got was tropical. Here is my pattern. I did a hand drawing of the trees, scanned it and then worked on it digitally.

Tropic of Cancer


The second brief was tribal. Here is the color chart and my final pattern.

Tribal Colorway

Taboo Tribal


Here is the gallery for the beginning students. Check them all out and I’ll post my last brief in the weeks to come.

What have you been up to this week?




edisto, ocracoke and hatteras

I’ve been on the east coast for the last week and a half and it’s been fun. I started in Charleston and then went to Edisto Island. Here are two pictures from Edisto area. The first is the Piggly Wiggly, which is their local grocery store. What do you think “Nature Food” is?


Here is the lovely bike trail that we got to ride to the beach on each day and the house we rented. It was on a golf course. The house was nice, but I would have preferred to be on the beach.


After Edisto, I took a two and a half hour ferry from Cedar Island to the Outer Banks or OBX as the locals call it. I LOVED Ocracoke. The island is built up on one side and there are 13 miles of pristine beaches. The B&B I stayed in was a super cute, old cottage. It was pure heaven. I got to relax, draw and go to the beach every day.


Hatteras wasn’t as nice as Ocracoke. The entire island was built up. Here is a shot from Virgina Beach, where I stayed on my way to see my family in Pennsylvania.


LOVE the colors.

What have you been up to this week?




charleston, south carolina

We’re visiting Charleston for a couple days. Love this beautiful city. It’s been storming and it is super green and lush. Below is a picture of a local cemetery. Really neat with all the over growth of flowers and weeds.


This bird was at the entrance of the cemetery.


It’s a West African symbol called Sankofa, depicting a bird looking over its back. Which means “learning from the past in order to move forward.”

Here was a cool bookstore called Blue Bicycle Books. This was parked out front.


Also came across some of Shepard Fairey’s work. Loved this one at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. It was huge, this is the side of building four stories high.


Lastly a shot from the Pavilion rooftop.


Have a great week!


bend, oregon

I went to Bend last week to visit a dear friend of mine. It was over the July 4th weekend. For those of you who haven’t been to Bend on the 4th of July, you are missing out on life. They have this wonderful pet parade in the morning, a Freedom ride with hundreds of dressed up cyclists in the afternoon and then in the evening, they have wonderful fireworks over the Butte.

Check out some the pets from the parade. People have goats, dogs, birds, iguanas, roosters, and even flying dogs. It’s fun!

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As far as art goes, I’ve been obsessed with sun flowers. Check out the fields we passed on the way to Bend off of highway 505.


I’ve been growing some in my back yard too. Here’s a new blossom.


I’ve been working on some sun flower art. I’ve got to turn this into a pattern.

Sun flower

What have you been up to this week?


creating patterns

Several folks have asked how I go about making my patterns. I’ll show you below. It’s quite fun.

First I take a sketch from my sketchbook like this line drawing of a feather.


Then I make an electronic file by scanning it and uploading to PhotoShop. I create what is called a motif like the image below on the left. Then I begin to embellish the motif. Like the image below in the middle. Lastly I create a pattern that will repeat so that it can be printed on fabric in a seamless manner. The image on the right is what is called a brick repeat.

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Lastly, I duplicate the brick repeat and begin to create a pattern.

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Fun, what are you up to this week?