Yesterday Kari Chapin and I went out to Yamhill, OR to visit with artist Katherine Dunn at her lovely Apifera Farm.

There is something magical about Oregon. The big, beautiful trees, the mist, the fog, the moss.... I just love it here. Who would have known when we moved here almost 3 years ago that I would fall in love so completely?

I'm really enamored with the idea of one day living on the outskirts of Portland somewhere, with lots of space and animals and quiet.... but still close enough to the city for easy access. Katherine's place is so wonderful -- she's got a nice studio space on the side of her house, several barns, gardens, hills, goats, donkeys, a llama, dogs, chickens, geese, hairy pigs.... it's so dreamy! I know I'm probably romanticizing what it's actually like to live in a farm and all that comes with that kind of life, but it sure does seem soul-fulfilling. 

These are some photos I snapped yesterday before we left. This is Ernest, and Eleanor is in the background there:

There are 2 barn dogs named Benedetto and Marcella who are the sweetest pups ever. They just wanted love love and more love yesterday.

This is Paco:

I pet his nose through the fence, and he gave a little donkey hee-haw whinny -- I've never heard a donkey hee-haw up close and personal before! I loved it, obviously.


I've gotten quieter around here lately and have been blogging less... I typically put a lot of pressure on myself to do do do, more more more, blog every day, but lately I've been lightening up on myself a bit. It feels nice. Uncomfortable and new, but nice. Lots of changes are happening around here, of which I'll tell you about soon, but for now I'm just feeling sort-of quiet and in my own world. Do you know that feeling? I'm trying to just honor the cycles my life takes me through, rather than just charging ahead and ignoring cues from my body and intuition like I've so often done in the past. So: less blogging is what that's been looking like lately. 

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely weekend! We are headed to the Oregon coast this afternoon for a couple of days, and I am very much looking forward to that. I hope it's stormy and windy so we can make a fire and drink tea and get cozy! With a nice break at some point, though, so we can walk on the beach and take lots of photos. :)

above: by Angel Gerardo

My Pattern Campers have created some stunning patterns lately, and I couldn't resist sharing some more of them with you -- they impress me every day! 

Some of the people who participate in Pattern Camp have never used Illustrator or Photoshop before and have never created a repeat pattern -- it's amazing how quickly they pick it up and start creating such gorgeous work.

above: by Aimee Sicuro

above: by Kelsey Cooke

above: by Teresa Barry

above: by Fi Foott

above: by Melissa Bolger

above: by Brooke Albrecht

above: by Kathy McGraw

above: by Michelle Foote

above: by Rebecca Canale


Make sure you click over to their websites to see more of these talented ladies' work!

The next online Pattern Camp is June 6-7th. (Join the list here if you'd like to be notified when registration opens!)

I'm also doing a LIVE Pattern Camp workshop in Portland, OR on April 25-26th. Would love to have you join in either one -- mark your calendars!

I just finished this pattern collection, based on this bird that I shared last week, and I'm really happy with how it turned out! It's called 'Birdcall', and I'm pretty into that deep plum color right now. 

I can envision these patterns on lots of different things -- pajamas, journal covers, stationery, little girls' dresses... and wouldn't that one on the bottom left make a really pretty and dramatic wallpaper for a small space?

Anyway, I'm in pattern design mode lately, so I thought I'd share some of the newness!

This collection is available for licensing, so if you're a creative director/art director and you'd like to chat about licensing my work for your products, send me an email (and check out my full portfolio here)! I love partnering with new companies.

above: You Are A Blessing candle - Fig Currant scent

I've been really excited to get these candles into my shop, and today is finally the day! I've been burning them in my own house since my samples arrived a couple months ago, and they smell so lovely and look so pretty when they're all lit up. I love a good candle, don't you?

above: Believe, Soar candle - Verbena Cedarwood scent

above: Quiet Heart candle - Vanilla Amber Must scent

The candles are 7.16 oz in heavy-duty glass containers, will burn for approximately 37 hours, and are $22 each. I think they're such great gifts!

Hope you love them. :)

My friend Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women has a fantastic e-course called Smart Creative Style that's starting up again on March 9th. She interviewed me last week for the course, all about my artistic style and how I've developed it. I love talking to Monica! She's so passionate and enthusiastic and easy to talk to, and she asks really smart questions. I'm super pumped to be able to recommend this course to you guys -- if you don't already know Monica, you will love her!!

(if you can't see the video above, click here)

The video above is a little intro to the course, which is all about defining / redefining / refining your style and getting to the emotion behind why you love what you love and why you do what you do.

Monica is so smart, you guys! She says that people don't buy your work, they buy the emotion behind it that you're selling, and I don't know if truer words were ever spoken. 

The course is 6-weeks long, beginning March 9th.

During the course you will:
  • Navigate trends, taste, and your personal style.
  • Understand what “being a brand” really means.
  • What it means to “position yourself” in the marketplace.
  • Understand what it means to have a “point of difference.”
  • Set up the core values for your brand.
  • Grasp of the tone of your brand before you head out to market yourself.
Who the course is for: 
  • Creative business owners and freelancers who need a fresh look, new perspective on their existing businesses.
  • Artists who want to define their aesthetic, synthesize their voice and vision.
  • Bloggers ready to set themselves apart with a look and style that is uniquely their own.
  • Creatives who are ready to launch an idea, take themselves seriously, and understand how to stand out in a crowded market place.
  • Any creative entrepreneur ready to untangle social media, overcome fears and misunderstandings about being themselves in an authentic manner.
Sounds pretty awesome and useful, right?

Monica's got lots more details about the course on the Smart Creative Style website.

The price is $329 USD, and registration closes March 8th.

If this seems like something that might be a good fit for you, head over to the website to check out more details and sign up before Thursday, so you can save 80 bucks!

I drew this funny little bird the other day in my sketchbook. I love the way a page of black and white drawings look on a page, but I'd been itching to play with my watercolor pencils + water brush, too, so I have some fun and fill in the bird and some of the shapes I'd drawn around it with some watery color.

It was fun! But I discovered that I have a hard time when I can't choose or mix whatever color I want. I was limited to the colors I had on hand, which was only something like 18. I've never tried mixing water color pencil colors before, so I just stuck with the colors as-is. Not what I would have chosen were I using paint or digital colors, but it was a fun little experiment.

Thankfully I'd scanned in the bird drawing before I colored it in, so I could turn it into a digital pattern as well:

This is step 1 of the pattern! These colors are much more ME, wouldn't you say?

Here's the finished pattern:

I love seeing what one little black and white drawing can turn into! It never ceases to amaze me.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hello, friends!

I am nervous + excited to tell you about this brand new workshop that I've decided to offer.... Pattern Camp LIVE right here in Portland, OR!

The online version of Pattern Camp has been such a wonderful + fun success so far, with people asking when I'm going to teach an in-person version of the class, I decided to get brave, jump in, and just do it already. (Eek! Excited + nervous is my barometer for whether or not something is worth doing... nervous is good, because it means I'm stretching outside of my comfort zone. And excited is.... well, it's pretty obvious why that's good, I think.) ;)

WHAT IT IS: Pattern Camp LIVE is a 2-day, intensive, weekend-long pattern design workshop in Portland, Oregon, created + taught by moi.

If you dream of learning how to make repeat patterns but are unsure of where and how to begin, this course is for you. Throughout the 2-day workshop you will learn to design repeat patterns in both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop,and we will start from the beginning. Some prior knowledge in Illustrator and/or Photoshop will be helpful for this course, as it's a jam-packed 2 days and will be focused on designing patterns, not learning the programs.

We will gather together each day to learn and practice different pattern design techniques. Bringing your own computer is required!

I will demonstrate each technique that we'll use on a large, projected screen, and then you'll get busy doing it yourself as I walk around the room to help and answer questions. I will be there every step of the way to help you troubleshoot, work through confusion, and to make sure you leave the workshop knowing exactly how to create your own repeat patterns.

Anyone interested in learning how to create their own unique repeat patterns. Pattern designers who would like to take their skills to the next level. People who would like to connect in person with a community of like-minded creative, pattern-loving souls. Both beginners and people who already have pattern design experience are welcome!

WHEN: April 25-26, 2015. (The workshop will run 9am - 5pm PST both days)

WHERE: Tillamook Station, a large, beautiful studio space here in Portland

COST: $395 USD
The workshop will be limited to 40 people.


Here is the gorgeous space, Tillamook Station, where we’ll gather for 2 full days of pattern design adventure:


You'll need to bring to the workshop your own laptop computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop installed and functioning, a sketchbook or looseleaf paper, and pens/pencils. That's it! We'll provide the rest (including catered lunch, fun goodie bags, and more!)

Portland is an easy-to-navigate and very walkable/bikeable city. We have a lot of charming and creative boutique hotels, and AirBnB pads abound. We also have hundreds (maybe thousands) of amazing restaurants, shops, and creative spots to visit. Plus, Portland is absolutely stunning in the spring-time — flowers blooming, bright green moss growing everywhere, sun-filled skies and lovely rain showers…. it truly can’t be beat!


If this sounds like something you might be interested in, full workshop details can be found right here:

If you have any questions, please just send me an email and I'll be happy to help you decide if the workshop is for you!

Happy Thursday!

Pattern Camp, my online pattern design course, happened this past weekend, February 7-8, 2015, and WOW, it was one group of talented Campers that gathered for a weekend of creative fun, let me tell you! Here's just a handful of the wonderful patterns that showed up in our private Facebook group -- the Pattern Campers are obsessed now, so I'll have many more to share with you soon!

above: by Andie Hanna

above: by Barbara Chotiner

above: by Holly DeGroot

above: by Amy Russell

above: by Roberta Warshaw

above: by Stephanie Ryan

above: by Debra Valencia

above: by Tzaddi Gordon

above: by Victoria Eden

above: by Chantel McCabe


The next session of Pattern Camp is June 6-7, 2015. Jump on the email list below if you'd like advance notice of when registration opens and to get an opportunity to register at a special price.

Just a quick heads up -- it's the last day to sign up for Pattern Camp!

Class starts tomorrow morning, February 7th, at 8am PST // 11am EST // 4pm London // 3am Sydney. (Sorry, Australians!)

If you'd like to join us, now's the time. Nearly 300 people from all over the world are excitedly waiting to get started -- I'd love it if you decided to be one of them! Our community is top-notch. Friendly, welcoming, encouraging, supportive, helpful, creative... everything you could ask for.

All the details about the online course are over on the Pattern Camp website -- check it out to see if it's for you, send me an email if you have any questions, and I hope to see you in class!


Since I've been getting ready for Pattern Camp this coming weekend, I've been inspired to start creating some new patterns of my own lately. Here are a couple of brand new ones! Above is called 'Ophirr'. Below is 'Malikka'.

All these little shapes started as black and white drawings in my sketchbook. I always wish I spent more time just drawing in my sketchbook, yet I've never been a regular sketchbook-keeper. Isn't that funny?

Anyway, happy Wednesday! Maybe it be colorful and fun. :)

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