Christmas in the Summer

id you know that Christmas designs have to be worked on months in advance of the holiday season? It can be tricky to get into the holiday mood when it is hot and sunny out. I am so glad that I can turn on a Christmas movie on Netflix and turn up my holiday station on Pandora and get into the spirit of the season. We would appreciate your vote.

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Playing with Geometry

This felt like I was back in freshman year and dealing with simple shapes to make a pattern, but the fun is that I was able to have fun with color while making bold patterns with easy shapes for the Abstract Minimalist challenge on Spoonflower. This is not usually my forte. I love busy patterns with lots of elements and textures, but it helped me to try something new (or at least something I haven’t tried in awhile).

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Getting Into a Summer State of Mind

This week’s design challenge from Spoonflower had me thinking of what brings on those warm summer vibes—fruit, lush vegetation, and vibrant colors always put me in the mood for a warm summer day (sitting in the shade of course) and enjoy color fruit (or fruity beverage) and watching my kids play in the water. I illustrated some very basic pineapples, dragon fruit, kiwi, and orange, lemon and lime slices hidden among lots of bold tropical leaves.

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New Ocean Inspired Patterns

Kansas is completely land locked and far from the ocean to get inspired for this week’s Spoonflower Design Challenge I had fun flipping through my natural history books and became inspired by the beauty of sea urchins. I created these designs as somewhat abstracted sea urchins and this would make a great pattern for curtains or pillow cases.

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When Pigs Fly

My “When Pigs Fly” pattern was going to be my submission last week to the Spoonflower design challenge, but when the peacock inspiration struck me I just made this available in my print on demand shops instead. I love how this could look in a nursery, but I love whimsical quirky things so I could also see me using a phone case or sticker with this art.

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