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holiday shipping deadlines + 2 fun gift certificates

Since it’s already December 9th (whoa!), I wanted to let you know what the order cut-off dates are for purchases from my shop, in order to get them to you in time for Christmas. Especially if you’re planning to order an iPhone case, get those orders in asap!

Here are the shipping deadlines:

iPhone cases :: order by DECEMBER 15th (cases are shipped separately from other items)

Prints, greeting cards, everything else :: order by DECEMBER 18th 
Shop HERE!
Also! I’ve had a few people ask about gifting my 2015 Goal + Intention Kit. So I made a cute little giftable PDF — just print it out, cut off the bottom portion, pop it in a pretty card, pair it with some pretty pens, and voila! Simple, unique, thoughtful gift.
Click on the image below for a high-res version of the PDF to print:

You can find the kit in my shop RIGHT HERE. Email me if you have any questions.
I also created a giftable PDF for my e-book, which is a perfect gift for the aspiring artists and surface pattern designers in your life — it’s real world stories and practical advice, straight from my own experience as a full-time working creative. 
Just click on the image below for a high-res version of the PDF to print:
You can find the e-book in my shop RIGHT HERE. Again, email me if you have any questions.
I hope this is helpful in your holiday gift-giving this year!


in my world lately

OK people, things are about to get real up in here. (Hope you’re ready to get to know me a little bit better!)
This is a scene from my morning. Today is the 10th anniversary of the day my dad died. I wrote about it a little bit here last year.
I wasn’t close with my dad when he died. He was an alcoholic, and it created a lot of chaos, pain, and shame in my family. We didn’t talk about it; we were taught to pretend that everything was fine. Don’t let anybody find out. (Why does anyone ever think this is a good solution for hard stuff?)
I remember being so shocked, sad, angry, and confused when he died, and I cried and cried and wrote something heartfelt to share at his funeral (I can’t remember what I said), and then: that was that. No more tears. No emotion whatsoever, actually; at least none that I let surface. 
Until recently. As you may know from reading my posts here, I’ve been on a shamanic path this past year, studying at the Four Winds Society and with Pixie Campbell. While at a training in Joshua Tree in October, we were working in the West direction on the Medicine Wheel. The direction of honoring ancestors. Of stepping into their lives and receiving the gifts that they intended to give you. To set them free, and at the same time set yourself free. To forgive and have compassion. To discover the stories you’ve inherited from your lineage that no longer serve you. To start writing your own story. In a nutshell: it’s some hard, work and heavy stuff!
So, naturally, my dad came up in the work of the West. And I’ve been thinking about him ever since. I began to feel some emotion around him again. When I was home visiting my family last month I looked through so many old photos and brought home some precious photos of me and my dad from my childhood. I put them on an altar that I made in a little alcove on a shelf in my living room. I’ve been looking at them a lot. I lit a candle for my dad last night, thinking about how 10 years ago it was the last night that he would be alive. I lit some candles and burned some white sage this morning for him, sending a message to him on the wisp of the smoke that I am thinking about him. That I’m not angry. That I imagined stepping into his shoes and began to understand in the tiniest way how hard his life must have been and how sad he must have felt. It makes my heart hurt to think about that. I wanted to tell him that I’m ok.
The emotion is bubbling up lately. While driving from Denver to Boulder last month, I was all of a sudden overcome with a wave of emotion and started sobbing. It was completely unlike me! I don’t cry much, but when I do, it can’t be stopped. So I cried for about 5 minutes, and then…. I stopped. And I felt better. Ohhhhhhhh, so this is what they mean when they say that a good cry is therapeutic. ;)
Apparently I’m allllll about crying lately, though — I was a crying mess for 4 days, when Ryan found out where he matched for his fellowship.
Here’s the big reveal, friends: he matched in Los Angeles. Like, in Beverly Hills. Yeah.
There are reasons that moving to LA would not be bad — my wonderful (wonderful!) in-laws are there. My wonderful brother and his girlfriend are there. The weather is usually lovely. The ocean is close by.
There are reasons why it feels oh-so-wrong — it’s so dang expensive, having to start over in a new place (again), LA doesn’t resonate in a lot of ways with who Ryan and I both are and the things we’re interested in, I love my life and house and friends in Portland so much….
Now that I’ve gotten over the initial shock a bit and have stopped crying every time I think about it, I’m trying to get creative. How can I live in both places? Any ideas, send them my way. ;) 
So, this holiday season is tinged with all sorts of funky emotions over here so far. But WOW, what a weird gift it all is, because I’m just letting myself feel it all, whatever it is I need to feel, not shoving my emotions down and just powering through, and I’m really feeling the grief. I’m also paying attention, trying to discern the messages I’m supposed to hear, the lessons I’m supposed to learn, and to listen to Spirit instead of trying to control everything. To trust that my way is being prepared for me. This is not really the way I’ve operated in the past. (The not controlling part is not going so well so far, haha.)

Anyway. I’m not really sure what the point of this post is. Just to honor my dad and to honor myself, I guess. We’re all doing the best that we can in these precious human lives — it’s easy to forget that. But it sure does help me to forgive (myself and others) and to open my heart little by little when I remember it.
Happy December 8th, friends. May you feel what you need to feel today, and not apologize for it.


Pattern Camp: patterns galore

above: by Annie Gonzales
I wanted to share some of the patterns that my Pattern Campers have shared recently in our Facebook group, because they are getting more stunning and complex by the day. I’m so impressed with all they’ve created in such a short time!
above: by Jocasta Norman
above: by Rhonda Mullins
above: by Tiffany Mura
above: by Michelle Allen
above: by Julie Capehart
above: by Amie Kelson
above: by Rachael Schafer
above: by Elaine Styles
above: by Maria Stropheus
So beautiful, right?
Pattern Camp is happening again on February 7-8, 2015. Registration opens January 6th. If you’d like to join us for this next round, jump on the list, and you’ll be able to register early (and at a special price, of course!).
Hope you have a great weekend!


2015 Goal + Intention Kit & new gift wrap are here!

Hi friends! I have a couple fun new things to share with you today. Firstly, my Goal + Intention Kit has been newly updated for 2015! This is a big hit each year as people begin to create their plans of attack for the coming year — why not do it in a fun and pretty way? (That usually helps take some of the resistance out of big, scary tasks like working on planning an entire year.) ;)
Here’s a peek at a few of the pages: 

You can check out some more pages and get more info about what’s in the kit right here. It’ll help you get organized so you can start 2015 running and stay on top of your goals, dreams, and intentions; no more setting goals and forgetting about them in February! (Does anyone else do that every single year?)
Next up, I’m excited to let you know that I’m offering gift wrap in my shop this year! Last year I partnered with a wonderful Portland-based company called HokeyPokey Press (we serendipitously met at Surtex in 2013) to create some really cool and innovative Wrap Packs, and now this year you can pick them up right in my shop.
Wrap Packs are cool pads that you can hang behind a door, to keep your paper organized and crumple-free. (I for one always find rolls of gift wrap shoved in the back of a closet that’s crushed and unusable!)

Each pack has 10 sheets of 24 x 36″ wrap, in 2 each of 5 designs. There are also 14 perforated paper ribbons and 14 perforated gift tags on the back sheet of the pad that mix & match with the graphic designs, so each present you wrap will be unique, yet coordinated! So fun.
You can find the Bear Pack (above) right here, and the Candy Pack (below) right here.

These will ship directly from HokeyPokey, AND shipping is free within the USA. Yes! If you decide to wrap your gifts in my designs this year, I would *love* to see photos. :)
Happy Wednesday!


adorable zippered pouches

Over the weekend I took a sewing class at Modern Domestic (arguably the coolest fabric shop ever) with a couple of my friends to learn how to make zippered pouches.
You guys! It was so fun! Now all I want to do is sew. I’d never sewn a zipper before (my mom always told me it was really hard!), so I was happy to finally face that head on and learn how to do it. And obviously, it was not very hard it all. (Isn’t that always how it goes with the things we’ve avoided forever?)
The pouch above is the one that I made, using my Geometriska fabric. My friend Elisabeth (middle) used some fabric from my Sardinia collection, and Suzanne (right) used an awesome design by my friend Sarah Watts, who is one of the fantastic designers behind the brand new fabric company Cotton & Steel. I think they might have the best collections of fabric on the market right now, no lie.
Anyway, part of the class involved learning how to use a serger, which OMG I totally want one now!! A serger does this kind of thing:
It was SO fun. Making a few more pouches is on my list of things to do today — who knows, if I end up really liking it, they make their way into my shop!
I’d like to try my hand at making some pouches like this, too:
I found this image on pinterest, and I totally love them!! I see pouches as Christmas gifts in my future…
I’m feeling really inspired to get better at sewing and learn how to make all kinds of fun things. My ultimate goal is to learn how to make a dress like this one, which is my favorite dress ever.
In other news: Ryan and I will find out tomorrow morning whether or not we’ll spend the next 3 years in Portland or not. He’s almost done with his Internal Medicine residency and will be moving on to fellowship next, as he ultimately wants to do Critical Care medicine, working in the ICU. I reaaaaaaaally want to stay in Portland, and we’re both hoping he matches here so we get to stay put! It works in such a nerve-wracking way — you rank the programs where you interviewed, and the programs rank the people they interviewed, and then a computer matches everyone up to one program only, based on the highest mutual match; where you match, you go. Tomorrow is the big day when all the prospective fellows find out where they’ve matched. I’m feeling so nervous this morning! T minus 23 hours until we find out…. wish me luck!


Black Friday sale starts NOW

Happy Day After Thanksgiving in the USA, and happy Friday everywhere else!

Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that my annual Black Friday sale starts right NOW.

Buy any print or calendar and get a FREE print!
Buy two, get two free. Etc.

All available prints are right HERE.
All available calendars are right HERE.

This sale runs through the end of the day Sunday, November 30, 2014.


1. Put the items you want to purchase in the shopping cart. (Don’t put your free item(s) in the shopping cart!)
2. Write the free item(s) you’d like in the ‘shipping instructions/details’ section of the Checkout page.
3. That’s it! I will send all the items to you together. Remember: only put in your shopping cart + pay for the original items, NOT the free items.
If you have any questions, shoot me an email.
This is the last BOGO type of sale that I’m offering in 2014, so if you’re thinking about gifting some of my colorful goodies this year (giving them to yourself totally counts, too, you know…), I recommend grab them now while they’re on super sale for just these few days. Because WHOA, it’s officially holiday shopping time, y’all! How good will it feel when to cross some of those gifts-to-buy off your list before it’s even December? (I should take my own advice!)

Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are. :)


ps – *please note: art blocks are not included in this sale

pps – everything in my shop will be 20% off this coming Monday, December 1, 2014 (Cyber Monday!), so if you’ve got your eye on some other goodies besides prints and calendars, that’s your best day to grab them. Use the code CYBERGOODS2014 to get the 20% off, Monday only!


wear gratitude like a cloak


This quote!! I love. Was there ever a sentence written by Rumi that was not the most gorgeous and heart-expanding string of words possible? I really don’t think so. He just went straight to the heart of the truth with his words. He must have been an incredible person to be in the presence of. I wonder if his soul is wandering around on Earth in some other body right now? (Do you believe in reincarnation? I’m reading this amazing book right now called Journey of Souls. Highly recommended if you’re into that sort of thing.)
This quote is appropriate today as it’s Thanksgiving here in the USA tomorrow. I love that we have a holiday focused on gratitude. Though, I’m practicing being grateful every day and every moment I remember to be, and I’m trying to complain less in my life. Dropping the complaining really helps make room for gratitude instead!
This morning while out running in the dark, wee hours, my running coach Mary reminded us to be mindful of the words we use all day today as we prepare for this holiday — she said every time we tell ourselves we “have to” do something, change those words to “get to”. I get to go grocery shopping, I get to write this blog post, I get to call my family, I get to drive my car around town running errands, I get to spend time cooking…. when you look at it that way, everything is a gift, really. Wow, such a simple word change can make such a difference!
Anyway, if you’re here in the USA, I wish you the happiest Thanksgiving. I hope your day is relaxing and filled with love, warmth, laughter, gratitude, and delicious food. Actually, I wish that for everyone whether it’s Thanksgiving in your world tomorrow or not!
Many blessings to you today. I am grateful for YOU!


a mural with a message

There is an artist/designer here in Portland named Blaine Fontana. He’s sort-of Portland-famous, I think. (Maybe he’s beyond Portland famous? I don’t know. I’m not really in the loop on things like this most of the time…)
He painted this mural on the side of a building here over the summer; it’s pretty amazing, as you can see. And the message, I’m obviously down with. 
I had a funny moment with Blaine, whom I’d never met before, about 2 months ago. I was dropping something off for a show, and he sauntered up to chat with Yvonne, my friend that I was in the midst of chatting with. She said “Jessica, do you know Blaine?” And I said no, I didn’t know him, and nice to meet you, and blah blah blah, and then I had this moment of recognition about who he was and I had a total fangirl reaction and it was really kind-of embarrassing. Like, I have no idea why I reacted the way I did — I was very enthusiastic, and it was very unlike me! It was really weird, because I do love what I’ve seen of Blaine’s work out in the world, but I made it seem like I was a mega super fan weirdo, I think. Haha. So now whenever I see his work, I remember that moment. Ahhh, life. It gives us good memories and stories, doesn’t it?
Blaine, if you ever find yourself reading this: Hi! I’m the weirdo who was with Yvonne at the birdhouse drop-off. I like this mural a lot. Nice work. :)


a sale this week + some new patterns

Well, the holidays officially start for us here in the USA this week with Thanksgiving on Thursday. Is time flying for anyone else? Whoa, I can’t believe it’s this time of year again already!
Ryan is working overnight on Thanksgiving this year (BOO), so I’m having dinner with a couple of my fellow vegetarian, gluten-free friends. They came over last night so we could plan our menu, and it’s going to be SO good! Brussels sprouts with mustard seeds, sweet potato-black bean-avocado-pumpkin seed salad, chermoula cauliflower, cranberry sauce with pinot noir, spaghetti squash with tomato lentil sauce, raw chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie…… and that’s not even everything that we’re making! I see leftovers for days in my future. Yessss. I love leftovers.
Anyway, with Thanksgiving each year comes my annual Black Friday sale. Buy any print or 2015 calendar, get a FREE print! Buy two, get two. Etc. This is a great time to start shopping for holiday gifts! The sale will run from Friday November 28th through Sunday November 30th.
Prints are here and calendars are here, in case you’d like to get a head start on choosing what you might like to stock up on.
Also, on Cyber Monday (December 1st), everything in my shop will be 20% off, so if there’s something besides prints and calendars that you have your eye on, next Monday will be your day to scoop it up while it’s all on sale for that one day only!
Before doing some Black Friday shopping of my own on Friday, I’ll be walking a llama in the Macy’s Day parade here in downtown Portland, like I did last year. It was so fun!! The llamas are pros at walking in parades — they love to show off their cute outfits. Isn’t that adorable?
And speaking of llamas, I made a cute little Peruvian-inspired llama pattern recently:

And a pretty + bright floral pattern to go with it:

Oh patterns, the love of my life. :)
Happy Monday!