Monday, March 31, 2008

apples and pears

This pattern I did just for fun. I think it would make such cute fabric for kids. Who doesn't like apples and pears?

the awesome Takashi Iwasaki

I came across this unique art by Takashi Iwasaki while looking for some interesting samples of embroidery. He really takes it to a whole new level for me! I can't wait to try some freeform embroidery!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

easy pizzie!

Here's my little do it yourself project. I got this very inexpensive IKEA paper lampshade and I painted fun flowers all over it with gouache paint! Fun, fast, cheap and nobody has one. I might get kids to do one next time. Even if it doesn't work out - I'm out a cleaning job and a few dollars. No big deal for this much fun!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

new pattern:)

Yes, I'm still thinking about wallpaper designs. Trying to work within two colors (it really makes a difference to the cost of printing). There are still so many possibilities out there. This pattern is all about the 'home', the 'nest' , the place to be comfortable at. I think this wallpaper could make a cave feel cozy. I like the porcupine a lot:)

Friday, March 28, 2008

mama likes:)

Check out these delicious patterned infant and toddler dresses from April Scott (on Etsy)! These would make such great shower presents. I wish they came in my size.

paintings by Jeffrey Harrison

Thanks to artist Carolyn Gavin ( and her fantabulous studio featured on Poppy Talk yesterday I discovered wonderful work of Jeffrey Harrison. I'm in love with these happy paintings! 

Thursday, March 27, 2008

make yourself comfortable...

It's been an incredibly busy day! Thanks to Print & Pattern that has featured my work yesterday I had a lot of great e-mails to answer and the embroidery kit is keeping me stitching. Time to wind down. Relax. Lean back. I'd like to share with you some fun pillow designs I came accross recently:
(I am very disappointed that Alexander Girard pillows are no longer available on modern seed. If you know where I could find them please let me know:)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

new patterns:)

Knock Knock. Who's there. New patterns. New patterns who. New patterns that must be shared! So much surface to cover, so little time. 


Once the birds start singing outside my window, I know spring is officially here! The snow is finally starting to melt away and soon I will store away the winter wardrobe! To celebrate this positive turn of events I've gathered a few neat bird prints from Etsy. Art prints are so affordable on Etsy, there's no excuse for white empty walls:)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

new pattern:)

This time I wanted to do something without recognizable objects. Something abstract. Here is what came out. I think that it could make beautiful heavy cotton curtains or upholstery fabric. I'd like to keep the circles large. What do you envision for this pattern?

green ducks from pink chicken...

Being very much into fabric patterns at the moment and having a small army of girls - I couldn't resist sharing these pretty dresses with you (from pink chicken). I don't know what I like most - the gorgeous fabrics used or the beautiful girlie shapes. I like everything about these cuties! The green ducks dress is something else:)

fun etsy finds:)

It's been a busy long weekend. I had my hands full with the kids and work and time just flew by me. One thing about the kids -  they never stop wanting new toys. This year I've decide to try and not buy any plastic toys and stick to wood and plush of mostly homemade variety.  Not only that hand made toys are less toxic, but they also reflect love and unique character of the people that make them. Thankfully, I don't have to do much convincing since the girls love plushies as much as I do. Here are some of our favorite Etsy finds:

Sunday, March 23, 2008

party in the garden:)

I am still very much into the wallpaper patterns! I don't know if I'll ever get tired of this. I'm trying to limit my palette to two colours and see where that takes me. In this case - it's a party in the garden. It looks like fun, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

scrapbook this!

Good news! Four of the scrapbook collections that I've designed for Creative Imaginations are now available! So, if scrapbooking is your cup of tea, please, take a sip! I've got something for baby girls, baby boys & summer fun.
Happy Easter!

new pattern:)

New fun pattern to show you today. The wolf and the fox are looking for the rabbit in the woods. It looks like the rabbit is safe for now. 
I think it could make a good wallpaper , or curtains or bed spread.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

art with heart

Just finished this coloring book page for the art with heart. They are a nonprofit organization that empowers youth who are facing trauma, illness or other crises through therapeutic books and artistic healing programs. I know first hand that art has healing powers!

easter fun:)

I don't know what it is this year (maybe it's 5 feet of snow on the ground) it just seems like Easter is coming too early. Last year I didn't organize an egg hunt for the girls and I got into big trouble with them (tears and threats were involved). This year I'm on it! Chocolate - check, eggs - check, prizes - check, fun - check...
This is my easter card for this year. This is what happens to bunnies when they eat too much chocolate!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

fun plush find:)

I had to share these adorable plush creations (just in case someone hasn't seen these on decor8 today). They could be found on Etsy in Simpli Jessi store.

needle work:)

I'm working right now on an embroidery kit for girls (for Walter Fosters). Here are some of the samples that won't make it into the kit - so I can share them with you. It's fun, but it makes me 'far too extremely busy' to do patterns. So, I'm going to take a little break from making patterns and do some needle work for the rest of this week.

working in colour...

I've been working on a black and white project all day yesterday and was in desperate need to make something colourful. This is just a bunch of organic shapes in fun colours. I think that it would make perfect lampshade paper.

Monday, March 17, 2008

daydream pattern:)

And the search for the "perfect wallpaper" pattern continues! This one I call 'daydream' because I've used free floating thought to create it. I thought of something and I drew it. It's really a doodle. Make your own story - type of - wallpaper. I'm happy with it! (Making the walls fun to stare at one wallpaper at a time!)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

etsy sundays:)

One of my favorite designers is Jenn Ski. I will start my etsy sundays with her. She's got prints, stationery, cards  and paintings that would satisfy your mid-century modern itch! I love her colour combinations and simple lines! (I hope some of these designs would become carpets and wallpapers.)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Walk on art:)

Found these fabulously fun carpets at Rug Company site. These could really change a room from blah to wow! I probably can't afford these, but that doesn't stop me from drooling. I always wanted to design some carpets. I'll have to now!

Friday, March 14, 2008

new pattern:)

Fresh, hot off the press (amoeba) cell division pattern. What do you think this could be good for? Wallpaper? Fabric? Table-cloth? 

fun shoes:)

I'm going to try and will the spring my way with this fun spring shoes collection! I want them all! I'm willing to give up chocolate. No...I take that back. Maybe,  just two pairs:)
1. Kinzie printed calf-hair peep toes - J.Crew ($258.00)
2. Absinthe Heels - Anthropologie ($304.94)
3. Candied Fuchsia Heels - Anthropologie ($151.45)
4. Camper Twins Cameo - Piperlime ($160)
5. Honey Bee Shoe - dELiAs ($39.00)
6. Pow Wow shoe - DrSholl's ($34.99)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

domino bear:)

This little pattern would be good for a nursery. I could see it as bedding or receiving blankets. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

flickr find:)

Here's a delightful flickr find that just had to be shared. How adorable are these shampoo bottles? If I would have ever seen this shampoo I would have purchased one of each... for everyone I know... and then some. Sadly, these are vintage (1970-72), made by Avon (to represent different countries). Also, I find that watch crazy adorable.

monogram pattern:)

It all started with my washing machine breaking down yesterday. I suddenly remembered how my grandma used to embroider her monogram on everything so it wouldn't get lost in the laundry house. I thought - I should do a monogram I could iron on! Yes, I am a little crazy , and so is this pattern, but... it was fun!