All you have to do is listen.... and then trust.... and then act.... and then so it will be.

Be..... do...... have.

How cool is that?

Happy weekend!
xo





These drawings are of my niece and nephew!

I spent a few days in Colorado visiting my family recently, and I surprised my sister with framed versions of these drawings, part of my month of drawing a person a day project. Aren't they fun? They all loved them. :)

These Photoshop brushes, you guys. I'm telling you. They are unreal. They make coloring these drawings digitally so dang fun!

I posted this one of my niece before, but I think it's fun to see them together, so here she is again.
I also have 3 other nieces and nephews (and another one on the way!), so I see more drawings + gifts in my future... (my sisters-in-law are probably reading this and getting excited right now!)

As far as the person a day drawing project goes, I've fallen off the wagon. Ack! I had a feeling it would happen, especially being out of town for 4 days. I'm many days behind at this point, so today I will pick back up where I left off. It won't be a continuous month, but that's ok! I'm going easy on myself. This project is just for fun, and I'm enjoying it, so I'll just keep plugging away even if I miss some days.

That's all for today. I'm off to run around Portland and film a video for a secret project I'm working on with Kari Chapin....

Happy Thursday!




Hello, friends! I'm back from a lovely visit with my family in Colorado, and I'm excited to share some brand new greeting cards with you this morning. I've finally gotten my act together to create some cards to put in my shop, and now that they're ready I keep thinking "why did I wait so long to make these? I love them!"


For now there are 14 cards to choose from, all blank on the inside. They're perfect for  variety of occasions (especially to give to the special ones in your life to tell them how much you love them). :)





There are several Christmas cards, too:





The Christmas cards are 5x7". All the other cards are an adorable 4.25 x 5.5".

I hope these will make your holidays a bit more colorful, and I also hope they'll inspire you to send someone you love a special note just because. The time is always right now for doing good and sharing our love, right? (I think I'm inspiring myself to send some notes right now, ha!)

Find all the new cards right here:



Enjoy! 
xo




above: by Natalie Woodham

My Pattern Campers are on a serious roll. They are cranking out new patterns like nobody's business. They've inspired me to get to work on some new patterns of my own, too! (I'll share some of those another day... maybe next week.)

Here are some recent beauties that have shown up in the group!


above: by Dottie Lipski


above: by Pilar Hernandez (she made patterns out of her kids' artwork! How cute is that?)




above: by Emilie Boucher


above: by Anne Bomio




above: by Stephanie Nash


above: by Karen Fields


above: by Jessica Peach



The next session of Pattern Camp is February 7-8, 2015. Get on the list if you'd like to be notified when registration opens (and get a special earlybird price, too)!



Thank you to everyone who entered this week's Uncommon Goods giveaway! I knew you'd all like these 2 things. :)

The lucky winner is: Kristen R! 

Congratulations, Kristen -- send me your mailing address and I'll past along to Uncommon Goods, who'll ship your goodie out to you asap. :)

Happy Friday!




 
Well, I inadvertently skipped 2 days of my recent 'month of drawing a person a day' endeavors, but I'm forging ahead and am not being too hard on myself. All in all, I think I'm doing pretty well, since I usually don't last for more than a few days on these every day type challenges!
 

Here are days 7, 8, and 9. I missed days 10 and 11, but I picked back up yesterday for day 12. Here he is, still fresh in my sketchbook:



I'll scan him in, clean him up, and color him in Photoshop next!

This project is really fun. Each time I sit down to draw, I'm relieved and happy to be making time for it. I hope this month will make me go more regularly to my sketchbook for play time!

Oh, and if you want to see all the drawings in one place, I'm putting them in a Flickr album right here. I love seeing them all together!




You guys, I've been so excited to share these new goodies with you, and today is finally the day! I got everything all loaded up in my shop and ready to go, so I'm very happy to tell you that I've got some brand new gorgeous holiday items ready for you to scoop up starting right now!

Starting with: Christmas ornaments!


These little beauties are from my Love Brightly Christmas collection with Midwest-CBK. They are all glittery and scrumptious -- seriously, the second I can get my hands on a Christmas tree (day after Thanksgiving, anyone?), these babies are going on it, front and center. I am so in love with them, and I know you will be, too! You can find all the new ornaments here -- they're in limited quantities, so get yours now if you see some that are calling to you.



There are also some lovely and festive resin-covered art blocks, which are both holiday and every day appropriate. They're so pretty and shiny! (And they've got some glitter on them, too, don't even worry about that, friends! I'm all about the glitter.)


There are 4 different bird images, each 8x8" and ready to hang. These will make such lovely gifts and holiday decorations! I'll probably line these up on my mantle come Christmas time. The art blocks are on wood with painted edges, covered in a shiny resin finish. You can find the art blocks here.


Speaking of art blocks, I'm digging these brand new inspirational art blocks, too:


These ones are smaller -- 4 x 6" -- and are the perfect little inspirational desk accessory. Next to a sweet little mini cacti? I mean, come on! So cute. There are 4 inspirational art blocks to choose from, pictured above. I think these will make the sweetest holiday gifts!

And this, I love so much:



Because why wouldn't you want to be reminded of how beautiful you are each time you pull out your make-up bag? I think this would make such a wonderful gift for your mom, your best friend, your sister.... basically anyone who could use this reminder on the regular. (Hello, every woman in the world!)



There are also some really lovely inspirational mugs and paperweights available -- basically, I just want everything I make to be a sweet reminder that this is your one precious, miraculous life. Live it!

(Also, there's a secret message on the inside lip of each mug....)





(The paperweights might be my favorite.)

I hope you love all the new stuff! I'm excited to give some of it as gifts myself this year. Inspiration is the best gift, am I right?

Find all the new goodies in the shop!


Enjoy!

xo






I'm loading up my shop today with some new holiday goodies and some other things that will make great holiday gifts, and I wanted to give you a sneak peek! 

I just can't get enough of these glittery ornaments.....
Is it too early to put up a Christmas tree?

More tomorrow!




The kind folks at Uncommon Goods emailed me recently to see if I might like to host a giveaway of one of their fun products, and of course I said YES! The tough part was deciding which product(s) I thought you guys would like the most.

I decided to choose 2 items that I, personally, would love to have in my own home. I figure if I like it, you'll like it, right? ;)

Uncommon Goods licensed a few of my print images a couple years ago, and I think they're just a wonderful company. So I'm happy to share their fun gifts with you today! I'm sure many of you have heard of them, but if you haven't, make sure you pop over to their website. It's full of fun gifts and unique things that you won't find anywhere else. The holidays are right around the corner (whaaaaaaatttt), and this is a great place to start searching for awesome gifts for your favorite people.
So if you're the giveaway winner you get to choose between these 2 fun items that I chose -- the fluorescent pink crocodile planter above, or the Hand of Buddha jewelry stand at the top. I love them both!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment here telling me which one you'd choose if you're the winner (click the little 'comment' flag at the top left of the post).

I'll choose a random winner this Friday, November 14, 2015. Comments close Thursday night at 11:59pm PST.

Good luck!






Happy Monday, friends!

A big thank you to all who entered the Life Book 2015 giveaway. There were so many of you! It was fun to see your comments roll through all week. :)

The lucky (randomly chosen) winner who will receive a free spot in the 2015 Life Book course is:

EMMA ELLIOTT

Congratulations, Emma!
Send me an email, and we'll get you all sorted for your free year of creativity. Hope you're excited!

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For everyone else, I encourage you to consider signing up for Life Book 2015 anyway! It looks like it's going to be a magically creative year. Details and registration can be found here.

Also: a new giveaway is coming up shortly...... stay tuned!





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