Inspired by the kitchen I might have had if I hadn’t married such a minimalist. Stashed away in the back of a cupboard is a small collection of colorful Pyrex dishes that I inherited from my grandmother. Someday maybe they’ll have their day again. This design was created for a Spoonflower Design Challenge with aContinue reading “Kitschy Kitschen”
Working pink into a holiday color palette starting with a traditional red and green base layer. The star and matchstick patterns really could be used year round. And that was the goal. All four patterns in the Christmas Electric collection are available for purchase as fabric and more at Spoonflower. From left to right theyContinue reading “Christmas Electric Collection”
Taking a stab at another collection – this one for the holidays. But (purposefully) the trees, stars, matchstick pattern, and palette could be used at any old time. I always like a different sort of take on the traditional colors – without straying too far. Plus pink is always fun to throw in for goodContinue reading “Scribble Winter Collection”
My first full collection of fabrics (or whatever!) in the form of frosting, waxy cookies, dinos, and sprinkles. It’s a mix of the iconic and the extinct! Available for purchase as fabrics by the yard (or basically in any form you can think of) at Spoonflower.
A companion piece to Eggy Weggs Blue. I’m hoping to have a complete collection (soon!) of favorite foods that pair well with circles. Got any ideas out there? It’s OK. I’ll come up with some on my own. This fun print is available by the yard in your choice of fabrics. Do you need avocadoContinue reading “More Avocados Plz”
I came up with this rendering of some very happy herbivores for a Spoonflower Design challenge with a dinosaur theme. I personally love the colors and little smiling faces, but the public did not agree. I came in at approximately 1 millionth. No matter…I carry on. If you like this one as much as IContinue reading “Letterpress Dinos Bright”
You might call this a copycat version of Any Warhol’s “Mao”. I do too, but I also call it Pop Meow! Bright colors and bow ties look great on my friend’s (late, great) kitty cat, Huxley. Now available for sale in fabric by the yard or wallpaper, right here.
I’m currently working on a collection inspired by a few favorites: cookies and dinosaurs. I took the classic sprinkled and frosted circus cookies and swapped out animals for dinos. Herbivores, only! I think they have a more innocent and child-like, which is how dino cookies should be. For now, white frosted cookies on pink andContinue reading “White Frosted Dino Circus”
Well, I participated (again) in a design challenge and this time did my best ever, making it to the top 75. Just barely. I came in at 73. While I’m excited about that (my goal now is to break the top 50), I’m also, like, what? This particular design was simple, unexciting, not very inspired,Continue reading “Shhh…I finally got her down”
The first in a collection of food prints that feature my son’s favorite food paired with circles. WOWEE! Circles. Can you even…just? Here are eggs. I don’t much care to be around eggs, but I also don’t like having snot wiped on my work shirts, and that’s something that happens on the regular too. AContinue reading “Eggy Weggs – Blue”
You can’t go wrong with a good dinosaur. These three classic dino silhouettes in primary colors are simply the sweetest and reminiscent of a popular collection from the 80s that decorated my brothers’ shared room. I wanted it simple and a to have a bit of a juvenile feel, so the coloring is done inContinue reading “Primary Dino Dots”
I’ve taken another pass at the pink version of the That’s Bananas print. Who were we kidding? Gimme that color! Fabric (and more!) available for purchase.
Cute puppies made of simple shapes in four color ways. Hooray! Printed as fabric they would be great for children’s items. I’m going to do a little testing of that myself. Fingers crossed the end product will be as adorable as I’m thinking. Stay tuned for the verdict. Available now as fabric and wallpaper inContinue reading “Origami Puppers”
I would never buy something so luxurious as sheepskin slippers for myself, but boy did I appreciate the heck out of them as a Christmas gift. I appreciated them until they were disgusting and dirty and worn out. And then I replaced them…making me someone who would buy something so luxurious as sheepskin slippers forContinue reading “Collage of Arts + Letters: Slippers”
I think the Mother-of-Pearl brooch is from a Lord of the Rings collection, so not exactly my style, but it has remained safely locked away in my jewelry box along with memories of a different time. Rhona and I have been friends since our Freshman years of high school. We keep in touch sporadically (atContinue reading “Collage of Arts + Letters: Brooch”
More variations on a theme – much like my own mix tapes. This one features as a mess of tapes and paint splatter in a 4-color palette. The colors feel now, the subject is so 80s. Love that! Available for order as fabric, wallpaper (!), and gift wrap.
Oh yeah! Forget that other namby-pamby whatever color I had originally picked out to back these bananas. Pink is where it’s at. It actually makes me want to reimagine the entire color scheme and go for a not-so-realistic palette. Which reminds me – a friend and I were walking by Nordstrom and the windows allContinue reading “That’s Bananas – Pink”
I used to have more free time to dedicate to my first love: dressmaking. And so, years ago, I was asked to make a sweet seersucker dress for Brianna to wear to her wedding rehearsal dinner. The special touch she wanted was that the back would have a cutout of a heart. No problem, saidContinue reading “Collage of Arts + Letters: Black Heart Pendant”
Oh, what a little ribbon can do. This classic dress will easily get you from bright and colorful at an afternoon garden party to a sleek and sophisticated night at the ballet. Flattering neckline, cap sleeves, fitted bodice and skirt to flatter your curves. Red, red, red! We’ll surprise you with two ribbon belts- it’sContinue reading “Dress of the Month Club – Annie Dress”
Back when she had more time and fewer children, my friend Naomi would work on projects all year and then have a fun jewelry sale/show around the holidays. It was just a hobby, but she is very skilled. I was lucky enough to benefit when my birthday rolled around. Sidenote: I like color. The postcardContinue reading “Collage of Arts + Letters: Coral Necklace”
Carissa gave up on the rain and moved to Mexico. She stayed there quite happily for some time. When she would come to visit, she always brought gifts. Carissa is the only person I know who would purposefully travel with a breakable painted squirrel. And I’m glad she did. She recently moved to SanContinue reading “Collage of Arts + Letters: Ceramic Squirrel”
Hark! Could it be? It is! The first dress of spring! Turquoise cotton textured with streaks of silver and Swiss dots. Slightly fitted at the waist and chest, zips in the back. V-neck can be as deep (or not) as you like. Would look great with a colorful slip, too. March 2009
A peacock-inspired print in silky charmeuse paired with sleek navy blue refined wool. Lots of color with swirling purples, greens and blues to lure in springtime. Ties are attached and add just the right accent. Zips up the back. Could this be one of those transition day-to-night outfits that Barbie was always bragging about? WeContinue reading “Dress of the Month Club: Carissa Dress”
Cocktails, sleigh ride, you name it—this dress makes any day a holiday. Wrapped in shantung silk and tied with a velvet bow, this is the ultimate winter party dress. A deep olive skirt with creamy top and dark forest green sash are festive yet neutral. Zips up the side. December 2009
Ready or not, Fall is here and holidays are coming. Our survival strategy? Seize every opportunity to get dressed up! This dress is your perfect weapon against gray skies and humbug attitudes. And we suspect the deep purple will offset your favorite jewelry quite nicely. Wool shell is fully lined and fitted with darts. MatchingContinue reading “Dress of the Month Club – Sara Dress”
This dress is just begging to take you out for an evening on the town. Dinner, dancing, theater? Yes. Yes. Yes. Finish the night off by twirling down a quiet city street and singing show tunes into the night. Transitioning your wardrobe to Fall? It would look great peeking out beneath overcoat and paired tightsContinue reading “Dress of the Month Club – Carla Dress”
Who says cotton can’t be classy? In the office, out on the town, relaxing on the rooftop, this dress is darling in any situation. One piece, teal top with navy skirt. Single pleat in the front. Zips up the back. Fully lined with a mystery print of our choosing! Peanut the dog not included. SeptemberContinue reading “Dress of the Month Club – Elle Dress”
Cute and versatile—throw it on over your swim suit in summer or pair up boots and tights for a bright fall outfit. Drop-waist with a ribbon drawstring. Flirty ruffled sleeves and a peek-a-boo underskirt. Green (like Portland’s prettiest bridge) and 100% cotton. August 2009
Nothing says summer picnic like gingham. But we’re getting away from the classic red + white for an unexpected and very neutral brown. Medium pattern layered over tiny brown gingham – slit in the back gives a faux apron effect (you know, running with that picnic/potluck theme). Topped off with sweet bow at the waist. 100%Continue reading “Dress of the Month Club – Laura Dress”
Our summertime resolution: Set pinstripes free! Out of the cube, into the park! Simple stripes on cotton aren’t just for business casual. The Jenny dress is perfect for a picnics and parks. Fabric is cotton shirting in cream with subtle yellow and brown stripes. Top is lined in white cotton. Back is a shallower v-neck withContinue reading “Dress of the Month Club – Jenny Dress”
April showers bring sweet dresses! Embrace your inner tulip with this lovely shift. Lavender denim is accented with maroon piping for simple, playful sophistication. Fully lined (and it matches the piping!). Zips up the back. 100% cotton. April 2009
Ring in the new year with sleek gray velvet and darling white lace. Just-enough-puff sleeves, and a built-in camisole. Skirt curves just like you. One piece, zipper in the back. Irresistible? Pretty much. January 2009.
This is a tape that I sent out as part of an organized tape exchange (March 2009). Look, I’m not saying I am the most clever person in the whole wide world, but I picked a theme (1984*) and a theme song to kick the tape off with (1984) and included two karaoke style tracksContinue reading “Mix Tape Measure: Post Tape Exchange”
Current inspiration includes my child’s favorite foods. He has a deep love of bananas that, quite frankly, I’ll never understand. But because I love him…I’ll try. I might revisit that tan-ish looking one – I think I want it to be a bit more pink. Also, still perfecting that repeating pattern. Update: Tan has, inContinue reading “That’s Bananas! The Collected Works”
The challenge here was to come up with a design (any design) but sticking to four assigned colors. Since I’ve been re-visiting some of my old tapes lately, cassettes have been on my mind. I don’t think anything (no CDs, not Spotify playlists, nothing!) will ever come close to how much fun it was toContinue reading “Mix Tapes – 2 sides in 4 colors”
I have a thing about poppies. Mostly California poppies. Perhaps it’s nostalgic since I grew up in California and they were everywhere by the road side most summers. Or perhaps it’s just the amazing color. That orange is just something else. I really took the color and ran with it here. This one is nowContinue reading “Acid Poppy Grid”
An early challenge to come up with a design that adhered the theme Australian flowers. I went with one my my favorites – Billy Buttons (AKA Craspedia). I have always like these little guys dried and in a bouquet. Plus you can’t go wrong with a nice POP! of yellow. I may revisit this imageContinue reading “Billy Buttons”
I am guessing that the year was probably 1998. Maybe 1999. If so, I was living in Rohnert Park, CA and splitting my time between classes at Santa Rosa Community College and Sonoma State University and Cost Plus World Market and my tutoring gig with AmeriCorps. I had a boyfriend who lived in the apartmentContinue reading “Mixtape Measure: Tape W / No Name”
An early attempt at “designing”. My aim was to mimic stripes with inner tubes on water. It’s not perfect, but I’m gonna leave it anyway. I’m not sure if I prefer the bright turquoise or the light blue. I printed it up the darker blue and used it for a project and it looks reallyContinue reading “Tubing Dark vs Light”
Summertime! It’s hot. You want something cold on a stick. Well, here! Take it before my fingers get sticky. Available as fabric or wrapping paper or maybe even wallpaper right here! And if you’re looking for that same vibe, but a bit more phallic, try this on for size (but not literally. That is aContinue reading “Popsicles”
When asked for advice about babies, I only have one tip that I like to share: Buy Hannah Andersson socks! You will never lose a single one and your kid will wear them until they out grow them. This print is an homage to my little guy’s little feet. Available for purchase as a fabricContinue reading “Wesley’s Little Socks”
I was going for a minimalist birds eye view thing here. Floaty toys on water. You can almost smell the plastic and chlorine, right? Available for purchase in a variety of fabrics right here.