April from Blacksburg Belle tagged me in a new series she's starting on her blog in order to get our blogging community talking about different topics and getting to know each other a bit better. Fun, right? I thought it'd be fun to play along, as the first topic is '20 Things You Might Not Know About Me', and April came up with some fun questions for the folks she tagged (including me) to answer.

So, here we go! 20 things you might not know about me.


Question 1: How tall are you?

I'm 5'4". (Technically, I think I've actually shrunk a little bit and am now 5' 3.75"….)

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Hmmmm. I used to be a singer-songwriter back in my college days. I sing and play guitar. It's not a hidden talent necessarily, but not something that many people know about me.

Also, I'm good at making really stupid faces in photos.

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Bloggers who like to brag. It turns me off right away.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Really unnecessarily loud motorcycles. Also, people who chew with their mouths open.

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

This is such an impossible question to answer. I have so many! I think one of my all-time favorites, though, is More Than Words by Extreme. Man I love that song!

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Laura George. I love her artwork so much!

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Reading a good book under a cozy blanket.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Juanita's tortilla chips. They're irresistible.

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Yep, I have 2 sweet cats, named Anika and Juneau. I love them beyond words.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Fiction: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

Non-fiction: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I pretty much love everything he writes.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

Almay Mascara. Simple, but true. It's not tested on animals, and that's important to me.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Wellllll, without going into too much detail, I had an embarrassing moment while at a doctor's appointment recently when I bust out laughing while talking about female anatomy, like an immature 12 year old. The doctor did not share my humor, and I felt so lame! Haha.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Kombucha. I love the stuff.

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Dirty Dancing. It's a relic from my childhood that I'll love unconditionally forever and ever. Another fave: Lost in Translation. (I love Bill Murray!)

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Choir girl + artist. I wasn't a cool kid, but I wasn't an uncool kid either. Right in the middle! 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

On a houseboat in Amsterdam.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Mac. Of course.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My husband brought home not one, not two, but THREE bouquets of flowers on our recent 5th wedding anniversary!

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Mark Ruffalo. I love him!

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Havi Brooks. She seems like an amazing, kooky delight of a person. (And she lives in my town!)


And I'm tagging these people to play along if they so choose:

1. Jessica Nichols of Sweet Eventide

5. Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women

6. YOU if you'd like to play, too! Just use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag in your post, on FB, and on twitter, so they can be found. (Here are April's instructions on how to participate, too, in case that's helpful.)

Have a great weekend!

No matter how bad things get, how low you feel, how hopeless things seem, how hard a time you're having, try to remember that good things are about to happen.

It will help you continue on and pull through the muck, the tough stuff, and everything that is hard.

There is always light after the dark. Don't stop now.


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Good morning, friends. Thanks to all of you who participated in my birthday sale over this past weekend and picked up some new prints. I'm working on getting all the orders printed and packed up today, so your packages will be on their way later this afternoon! My birthday was relaxing yesterday -- I went for a run in the morning, Ryan and I went kayaking in the afternoon (and saw a bald eagle!), and then we went to Ava Gene's, Portland's best restaurant of 2013, for dinner, which was absolutely scrumptious. (I love that word.) If you're ever in Portland and want to try an amazing place for dinner, look no further. Ava Gene's is it.

Anyway. Last week I started working on some new patterns, so I thought I'd share one with you today, and how it started. Above is the finished raccoon pattern, and below is the sketch from which it started.

I will never, ever tire of creating repeat patterns.

I find the raccoon pattern a bit reminiscent of my polar bear pattern:  

One of my faves. :)

If you want to learn how to create your very own repeat patterns, join me for Pattern Camp! Registration will open in just a few short weeks.

It's my birthday this Sunday, August 17th!
Each year I celebrate with a buy one print get one free sale, and I'm doing it again this year. Yay for birthdays!

Instead of running the sale for just one day as I have the past several years, though, this year's sale is a full 3 days.

From today, Friday August 15 through Sunday August 17, you can BUY ONE PRINT, GET ONE FREE.

Buy two prints, get two free. Buy three, get three free. Etc.

You can choose from any of the prints in my shop right here. (Yes, the matted ones, too!)

  • Choose the print(s) you'd like to purchase.
  • Put those print(s) in your shopping cart.
  • Do not put the freebie prints in the shopping cart!
  • Instead, go through to checkout and then write the names of the free prints you've chosen in the 'shipping instructions/details' section of the checkout area.
  • Complete your purchase. I will send the purchased prints and the freebie prints all together.

Happy shopping, and happy weekend! Send me an email if you have any questions at all. 

*Sale ends Sunday August 17, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

I finally have white walls!!

You guys, I can't even tell you. I've been waiting for this for 2 years. Our living room is still this mustard-y yellow color that Ryan and I are having a back-and-forth about (he likes it and wants to leave it, while I want want to paint it white), but our dining room, kitchen, and bedroom are now a lovely bright white that I've been admiring every day since we painted. Hooray!

So I took a few snaps to revel in the new (lack of) color.

I seem to have started collecting hand shapes, which are hanging on a little wall between the living room and the dining room. You can see 3 of them above there, and there are a couple more below. I don't collect many specific types of things, so I'm happy that I inadvertently started a hand collection. The top one is from my trip to Oaxaca last year, and the 2 below that are from my trip to Morocco.

Also, that painting on the wall is not finished. But I sort-of like it unfinished….. 

Speaking of Morocco, here's a peek at one wall  of our bedroom:


Hanging on the wall is a Moroccan wedding blanket that Caroline gifted Ryan and I for our wedding 5 years ago. Isn't it gorgeous? We had it lying across the bed when we first got it, but our cat Anika took an extreme liking to pulling the little metal disks off with her claws, so that didn't last very long. So we smartly decided to hang it on the wall instead. I love it so much. And that rug below came home with me from Morocco, too.


Oh man, I can't get enough of that rug. I bought it from a rug den on the way from Marrakech to Essaouira…. it was this dark, amazing place filled with thousands of rugs. We went in, none of us intending to purchase a thing, and then 5 out of the 8 of us walked out with new rugs. Ha! They sure know how to sell their stuff in Morocco.

The bedspread, while it looks sort-of Moroccan, is just from West Elm. ;)


This sweet little patterned J & R hangs above the doorway in our bedroom. Awww. As cheesy as it is, I love it -- these are from our wedding dinner that Ryan's parents threw for us in their gorgeous backyard a couple days before we got married.


Ryan gifted me this print a while back -- it's by Laura George, and it says "you're doing everything right". What a sweet guy that Ryan is.

Speaking of gifts, Michelle gave me this gorgeous dream catcher made by my pal Rachael Rice for my birthday last year -- isn't it just stunning?

Also, one of these days that fan will be changed out. It is not very cute at all.


This is in a darkish little corner of our dining room:


I created these 2 monoprints in college, and they're some of my favorite pieces of art that are in my house. I even made the frames!

And that's a bundle of dried fennel hanging on the wall. I planned to dry it and then use it, but I loved how it looked hanging upside down like that, so I decided to just leave it on the wall. Unexpected decorating!


In another dark little corner of the dining room, these 2 little pieces hang. The top is by Pretty Little Thieves (man I love her work) and the bottom is a collaborative painting that I did on a weekend getaway to Manzanita with some artist pals last winter.

Above: Ganesh of Healing original painting -- 8x8" on canvas

How's your day going so far?

I'm feeling sleepy and hungry at the moment. I ran at Mt. Tabor, our local volcano, this morning, and my coach Mary had us practicing enduring longer sprints (uphill) than we normally do -- I'm going to be sore tomorrow! Good sore, obviously. I love the feeling of knowing I got a good workout. And the weather is nice and cool today, so that's a welcome change. It's been so hot in Portland this summer, omg!

Anyway. I just put some new original paintings in my shop this morning. These are them!

At the top there is the Ganesh of Healing original painting. There's a print version, too. (The Ganeshes are some of my most popular images!) 

Above: Seer original painting, 8x8" on canvas

Above: Channeler original painting, 8x8" on canvas

Above: Visionary original painting, 8x8" on canvas

Above: Chosen One original painting, 14x14" on canvas

Above: Uncontained original painting, 16x16" on canvas

There's also a print version of this one.

Above: She Said Yes original painting, 14x14" on canvas

There's also a print version of this one.

Let me know if you have any questions. All paintings are wired on the back and ready to hang -- no frame required.

Hope you love them!

I created this pattern recently as part of my upcoming Pattern Camp virtual e-course, as part of an example of how to create + use a mood board to inspire a pattern. And I'm totally digging it! Hot pink + mint green might be my new favorite color combination.

I love cacti. I'm slowly accumulating a good little collection of potted succulents in our back yard -- I just got 5 new ones over the weekend.

Pattern Camp is coming along nicely… this morning I'm getting ready to record the 'How To Create a Straight Repeating Pattern' video. The good stuff! If you want more info on the course, check out the Pattern Camp website -- registration will open up in just a few short weeks, in early September!

It will be a 2-day virtual pattern design extravaganza, all weekend long. Pattern Camp is going to be fun, intensive, and chock-full of learning + breakthroughs + gorgeous color. I can't wait.

Hi friends!

Did you have a good weekend? Ryan and I spent most of the weekend painting the interior of our house -- I'm happy to report that our dining room, kitchen, and bedroom are all now bright white. Hallelujah! I've been waiting for 2 years to get rid of the colors I couldn't stand in each room. It was a good good weekend.

Now I'm on the hunt for new lamps to go beside our bed. Hmmm…

Anyway. I wanted to let you know that my annual birthday sale is going to be this Friday! My birthday is on Sunday, August 17th, and since that's not a very convenient day to have a one-day sale (as I usually do), I figured this year I'd just run the sale all weekend long beginning on Friday to change things up.

So! From Friday August 15 - Sunday August 17, you'll be able to BUY ONE GET PRINT GET ONE FREE. Buy two, get two free, etc. I'll post more details on Friday morning.

For now, you can start eyeballing all the available prints in my shop to see which ones might need to go home with you. There are so many to choose from!

I discovered Ophelia Pang's artwork on pinterest this morning, and I'm quite taken with it.

I love the graphic quality of it all, and the interesting cropped angles. Makes me want to go play in my sketchbook!

I particularly love this sweet little bird print:

It's so sophisticated and child-like at the same time! Amazing.

And the colors here:

Yes yes yes.

Check out more of Ophelia's work on her blog. You'll be happy you did!

Recently I learned how to create a cyanotype print. I'm finishing up the content for my pattern design book that comes out in Spring 2015, and this was one of the last steps.

What a cool process! I had no idea.

Basically you print out a design or a photo negative on a sheet of transparency film, coat some paper with a special cyanotype solution, place the transparency on top, put it in the sun to expose, and then wash it in water. Voila! You get these gorgeous indigo-colored prints.

Supposedly you can do the same thing with fabric, but I haven't tried that yet.

What a cool and unique way to warp a gift, no?

Here are a couple of things in progress:

I love the beginning stage of painting a canvas, when my only goal is to cover it with color. That's what you see above. I might have a hankering to create some abstract work… we'll see.

And it's been a while since I've created any new Ganesh paintings, so here's one I started the other night:

He will make his way into the shop when finished, along with some others!

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