2015 calendars are here and ready for pre-order!

Which means, fun stuff for you:

For every 2015 calendar pre-ordered between now and the end of September, you will get a FREE PRINT of your choice.

Yes! 

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My calendars are a bit different this year from previous years' calendars. Gotta keep things fresh, right?!

This year these are 2 different calendars, and 2 versions of each of those calendars -- LARGE (11x14"), and DESKTOP(4.75 x 5.5", in a sturdy plastic display case).

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There's the INSPIRATIONAL CALENDAR:


 

Above: Large Inspiration Calendar, 11 x 14", $32 

Below: Desktop Inspiration Calendar, 4.75 x 5.5", comes in a sturdy plastic display case, $20


  

And there's the PATTERN CALENDAR:


 

Above: Large Pattern Calendar, 11 x 14", $32 

Below: Desktop Pattern Calendar, 4.75 x 5.5", comes in a sturdy plastic display case, $20


 

I hope you like them! I'm particularly excited about the inspirational calendars. I think it'll just be awesome to have inspiring phrases hanging on your wall or sitting on your desk, reminding you to look on the bright side and keep your chin up all year long. Who doesn't need that?!

When you pre-order your calendar(s), just let me know which FREE print(s) you'd like in the 'shipping details/instructions' section when you're checking out. Simple!

All pre-ordered calendars will ship in early October.




Also! There are some brand new sea elves today. This group is one of my absolute faves: the Metals Group! Each sea elf is one-of-a-kind and holds a special energy just for you. (You can read more about the sea elves and what makes then so awesome right here.)





They're all shimmery and metallic and tribal-icious. I can't decide which is my favorite (I think it's the black one).






Friends, registration for Pattern Camp, my upcoming pattern design e-course, is starting soon!

Pattern Camp is a 2-day, intensive, weekend-long virtual, online pattern design workshop -- at the end of the weekend, you'll have all the skills you need to start creating or expanding your own pattern design portfolio.

It will be held at PatternCamp.com on OCTOBER 11-12, 2014, from 8am - 4pm PST both days.

People have been asking, though:
  • What if I don't live in the USA, and the course times are in the middle of the night in my time zone?
  • What if those dates just don't work with my schedule?
  • What if my life is crazy, my kids are crazy, my house is crazy, and I just know I won't be able to sit down for a full 2 days to concentrate on the course?
And my answer is this:

You can absolutely work through the lessons and material at your own pace.

You are not limited to just the 2 days when the course is running! All of the lessons are video and written, not live, so you can watch and read at your convenience. You will not miss a thing if you choose to work at your own pace. You will have access to all the lessons and the classroom for one full month after the 2-day course ends, giving you ample time to learn + practice. 

Pattern Camp will include several live video check-ins throughout the weekend on Spreecast, so you can get any questions answered that you may have -- each check-in will be recorded, so you can also watch those helpful videos at your convenience.

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I decided to make the course a 2-day intensive workshop instead of a long, more drawn-out e-course because in my own personal experience, I always slowly peter out of e-courses I've signed up for that go on for weeks. I prefer the quick, intensive, get-in-get-the-skills-get-out approach, because I think it's fun, exciting, and really gratifying to learn new skills in a quick, focused burst!

That said, you will not miss a thing if you'd prefer to take extend the amount of time to use to work through the lessons. You'll come out with the exact same skills a those who've gone through the material in 2 days!

You'll also be able to join the private Facebook group and Flickr pool, so you can join in the conversation whenever and as much as you'd like, both during and after the course.

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So if you're interested in taking the course but the dates don't work for you, you live in England or Australia or Tajikistan, your family is crazy and won't leave you alone, or any other reason that will prevent you from being at your computer for 2 full days:

SIGN UP ANYWAY.

The course is for you, too!

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Registration for Pattern Camp opens on September 11, 2014.

UNLESS you're on the wait list. Registration will open 2 days early for those special folks -- on September 9, 2014 -- and at a very special discounted price as well.

Interested in that option? Jump on the list below!

Then keep an eye on your inbox on September 9th for an email containing detailed course info + registration links.


Can't wait to share some pattern design fun with everyone who decides to join me!




I saw the image below on pinterest earlier this morning and couldn't get over how much I loved it. So I clicked over to visit Ekaterina Korlova's website to look at more of her work and decided I had to share it with you here.


Turns out, the same thing happened to me almost 3 years ago -- I've already written a post about Ekaterina's work, which I guess I forgot about! I don't know how that's possible, given how gorgeous her it is, but my brain seems to be getting a bit looser in what it chooses to remember and not remember as I get older and as it gets filled up with new information and imagery.


Anyway, since her work has struck me so powerfully twice now, I share it here with you again. I find it just simply stunning. I've been somewhat unmotivated in my own work lately, due to some not-so-fun personal stuff that's been going on (don't worry, I'm ok and everything is ok!), and I feel like I could just stare at her beautiful art all day long and just get all lost and dreamy in it.


I'm intimidated by watercolor. It seems like there's no room for making mistakes. You can't paint over anything like you can with acrylic or oil…

But you sure can get some amazingly gorgeous effects, can't you? Maybe my sketchbook would enjoy some secret watercolor experimentation. (Sketchbooks are so great for messing around and making ugly experimental work!)


Ekaterina seems like one busy lady -- her website is full of lovely drawings and paintings and photos. If you need some eye candy today, I highly recommend a visit.



Also, I'm headed out of town for a week tomorrow (Ryan's brother is getting married!), so posts will be lighter this week. I painted a wedding painting for them, but I've been given strict instructions not to share it here yet, because my sister-in-law-to-be wants it to be a surprise, and she said "don't post it on your blog, because I stalk it". Ha! So, I'll post a pic of it next week, once she's seen it. It's a fun one!

Hope you have the best Monday. 
xo




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.

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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!)

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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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{Print available here}




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!)

HOW IT WORKS:
  • 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. 
Enjoy!





*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:

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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.

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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. ;)

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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

Hola!
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.





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