Happy Monday, friends! This week for me is all about getting ready for Pattern Camp Live. It's this coming Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26!

There's still time to join me if you'd like to come spend a weekend learning to make your own beautiful digital repeat patterns using Illustrator and Photoshop, live and in person with me -- we'll be gathering from 9am - 5pm both days, chatting about patterns, licensing, business, you name it! It's going to be a jam-packed weekend full of pattern design -- all you have to do is bring your laptop with the Illustrator and Photoshop installed and ready to go, and I'll take care of the rest! Lunch, snacks, tea, a gorgeous space with room to learn, lounge, and make new friends, paper for drawing, goodie bags, and more.

Click here for more details and to register. I'd love to spend the weekend creating with you!

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Here are some patterns that some of my talented Pattern Campers have made during the online version of Pattern Camp (which is coming up again June 6-7th! Registration will open on May 5th, and you can get on the email list here to get a special earlybird price if you'd like).

When you join Pattern Camp, you get access to our incredible private Facebook group, which is the most active and wonderful group of people ever Truly, I'm not just saying that. They're currently planning a big Pattern Camper meet-up at Surtex next month for everyone who will be there exhibiting and/or walking the show -- how cool is that?

Anyway, all these patterns were shared in the Facebook group, because the Pattern Campers love showing their work to one another. They are so talented! Many of them started out with little or no Illustrator or Photoshop skills whatsoever, so if these seem intimidating and beyond your skill level, you might surprise yourself with what you can learn during the course! I've seen it happen dozens of times. :)


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Hope to see you this weekend at Pattern Camp Live or in the upcoming online Pattern Camp course in early June!

Here's a brand new illustration that I finished recently. I'm going to be working on hand-lettering more in the coming weeks, and I'm excited about that. I haven't been making much art recently, as life and work have been taken up with other activities, but soon I'm going to have some free time to create some new stuff, and I can't wait. Lettering, here I come! This one is available for licensing, by the way. 

I also have 2 exciting announcements coming next month, and this illustration is related to one of them. (I'm such a tease, aren't I?) It's killing me keeping these 2 major secrets, but it'll be fun to share once the time comes in May. Stay tuned!

Hope you're having a good week. :)



A huge thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for my brand new book, The Crafter's Guide to Patterns, last week -- the response was huge, here on the blog and on Instagram! I've also heard from a lot of you this past week that your copies of the book have already arrived and that you're loving it -- that makes me so happy!

I'm sure you're waiting to find out if you're one of the giveaway winners, though, so without further chit-chat, here are the 4 lucky winners:

Kelly Mackura

Lynsey Erin

Uptown Craftworks


ksukeena

Congratulations to you 4!!

Please send me your mailing addresses, and I'll send your copies of the book out this week. I'm so excited to share it with you!

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If you'd like to purchase the book, here are a bunch of places where you can do so:


And if you've gotten the book already and are loving it, I'd be so thrilled if you wanted to leave a review on Amazon. That will help others find it, purchase it, and love it!

THANK YOU all again! I am so proud of this book and can't wait to hear what you think of it. :)




I find this to be a really good reminder! It's all in the attitude and frame of mind, right? You can do what needs to be done grudgingly or willingly. Both choices result in drastically different experiences. I, for one, would like to get better at choosing the willing, delightful path more often!




It's here, it's here! My brand new book, The Crafter's Guide to Patterns, is officially launched into the world today! I couldn't be more thrilled. I LOVE how it turned out and am so excited to start seeing it in bookstores and to hear what you think of it. My friend Jessica Nichols photographed it (we had so much fun on our photoshoot days!) and she made my projects and patterns look so gorgeous -- HUGE thank you to Jess for being such a dream to work with. I couldn't have done it without her!

And the team at Rotovision (the publisher) made the whole book look completely beautiful. I couldn't be happier.

To celebrate the book's launch today, I'm giving away 4 copies of the book. Yes! Details on how to enter are at the very bottom of this post.
 

The book is all about creating patterns by hand using a variety of techniques like screen-printing, block-printing, cyanotype, and more, so it's a nice complement to my Pattern Camp e-course -- the book and the e-course together encompass a whole slew of different ways to create patterns!

I included a lot of different projects, like creating hand-printed gift wrap, stationery, and fabric, as well as sections about how to create repeat patterns by hand and using Illustrator and Photoshop.

There are also galleries of beautiful patterned products that I love, and 5 interviews with talented pattern designers from around the world -- Leah Duncan, Hitomi Kimura, Hamburger Liebe, Skinny LaMinx, and Zoe Ingram


I also explain a lot of different types of patterns in the book, so it's a nice primer for getting started in pattern design, too, with lots of visual examples!


TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
  • Simply leave me a comment here on this post (click the 'comment' flag at the top of the post), which includes the name of a great book you've read recently. 
  • The contest will close this Sunday April 12th at 11:59pm PST
  • I'll choose 4 random winners and will announce the winners' names here on the blog on Monday April 13th.
  • NOTE: Only USA entries are valid for this giveaway -- sorry, friends in other countries! Also, entries without a book recommendation, as detailed above, will not qualify.
Good luck, and enjoy!

xo
jess

ps - you can also purchase the book right here on Amazon. And Portlanders, they have the book at Powell's! If you're in the UK, you can purchase it here on Amazon.

pps - I am looking for new books to read, thus the (selfish) contest entry rule. ;)



Friends! I feel like I've been gone for so long. I spent the last 10 days on back-to-back trips, to Redmond, Oregon and then to Los Angeles, and now I'm back home, settling back into the swing of things. I feel like I was gone for a year!


My first trip was 5 days spent at Pixie Lighthorse's SouLodge Ranch in central Oregon. I am part of a really wonderful circle of women (with Pixie at the helm), and we spent 5 restorative, transformative, laughter-filled days together. It was wonderful! We spent time sitting on the land, resting, writing, learning about energy and animal medicine, having deep, rich conversation, laughing (so much laughing!!), snuggling by the fire.... 


We visited Smith Rock:


Though we didn't spend much time there, because it was a complete zoo on a Saturday afternoon!

Jennette, one of my sweet sisters in the circle, recently broke her leg and her wrist, and we created a beautiful healing mandala around her, complete with plants, crystals, antlers, and flowers:


Isn't it gorgeous?

Here are some of the sweet ladies in the group:


I adore them all so much. To me they are friends, teachers, and models of who and how to be in the world. I am so grateful.

Here's Pixie and moi:


And Heather and Carrie and moi:


There is such goodness in sister-friends. <3

Next up was a trip to LA! This is in Ryan's parents' backyard:


Stunning, right? Bougainvillea is so beautiful.

We spent some time in the sun, which was much needed -- we've got the "Portland tan" going on (aka: extremely pale skin) -- here's Ryan and me on the Palos Verdes coast:


We took the requisite pic of the Hollywood sign (we were among throngs of tourists, naturally):


We ran on the beach in Redondo Beach:


We admired the ocean and the dramatic coastline:


We saw sea lions! And baby sea lions!



And now it's home sweet home, with my sweet little cats. Here's Juneau in her favorite perch:


It's good to be home!

ALSO: tomorrow is the official release date for my brand new book, The Crafter's Guide to Patterns. Yippee! I will be having a giveaway here on the blog, smoke sure you don't miss that -- details tomorrow!


Good morning, friends, and happy Monday!

It's officially SPRING (hooray!), and I decided to celebrate with a giant rain boot sale.

Right now you can get my Shalimar and Ennika rain boots for a whopping 50% off.
(The Shalimar are the turquoise boots, and the Ennika boots are the red/orange ones.)

That means that instead of the regular price of $79 USD, they are now $39.50 USD. Wheee!


I've been wearing mine around Portland lately, and they sure brighten my mood every time I put them on my feet. They're perfect for these first weeks of spring that may still feel like winter in some places (hello, East Coast!).




Enjoy! I'm not sure how long I'm going to run this sale.... so snag them if you want them. ;)






Hi friends!

I've been working on hand-lettering in my sketchbook lately, and this little possibility flag came to be. So I colored it quick-like in Photoshop, and I think it's so cute!

I haven't been in the mood to make much new art recently, but I've felt my creative fire coming back this last week or so. Thank goodness! I always feel more productive and happier when I'm creating. Even if I'm busy with work stuff all day long, if part of my day isn't spent on art-making (and believe me, there are many days that are filled with tons of other tasks besides making art!), it just doesn't feel like I was productive as I could or should have been. Interesting.

I'm toying around with different possibilities around what my work day could look like lately, too... I've spent years and years expecting myself to sit at my desk or in front of a canvas from morning until night, cranking out new stuff and making the most of each moment. I often feel depleted, but I don't listen to my body or my mind when it's telling me to Stop. Rest. Take a break. If I stop, I'll fail, is how the old story in my head goes. If I take my eye off the ball, it's irresponsible and the rug will be swept out from under me. Work hard, be responsible, and then work harder. That's been the story for a long, long time.

Recently I've been challenging those old notions that I've carried around for so long. I've been working waaaaay less. I've been taking naps. I've been laying in bed reading a book until 3pm on a Saturday (oh, the luxury!). I've been doing what needs to be done, and not much more. And guess what? It's pretty awesome! AND I'm not failing and my world isn't falling apart! Who knew? ;)

Anyway, just thinking about possibilities for new thoughts, habits, patterns, and beliefs these days.... what are some new possibilities that could exist for you if you wanted to risk allowing them to be?

Hope your week is wonderful so far!

xo





I love this poem. I remember first reading it in college. I took a couple of poetry writing classes (which I loved), and I think that's where I first came across this poem.

Now, I am not a religious person, and I never have been. So, I'm inclined to remind you that if the word 'God' doesn't work for you, just substitute whatever does -- Spirit, Universe, Great Mystery, Gaia, Mother Nature, whatevs.

Basically I just love this poem because it gives you permission to be exactly who and how you are in the world, no questions asked. It's all ok. In fact, it's better than ok. It's perfect.

I hope your weekend is filled with YESes!
xo


Hi guys! Just wanted to let you know that if you're thinking about signing up for my live Pattern Camp workshop here in Portland next month, you can get $50 off your registration when you use the code 50OFFPCLIVE .

All the course details + registration are on the Pattern Camp website right here!

Let me know if you have any q's. :)

Here's a view of what Portland is looking like lately:



Bright and sun-filled! The rain came back yesterday, and now it's back to sunshine again today. This is the Willamette River, that cuts right through the center of Portland. What a beautiful city it is!





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