Monday, March 24, 2014

Half Drop repeat pattern

I am mastering this slowly, but I did want to try June's suggestion of a half drop repeat with this pattern. I removed the apron, which would cause problems on the sides, and did the repeat.  I can't say that I love it without the apron.  It's missing a little something.
Here's what I put together to submit as my main fabric and three coordinates:

Friday, March 21, 2014

nougat Jell-O?

Not too appealing, I thought, but in playing with it, I think I came up with something subtle and pretty.

and the final jell-o print I have landed on:

Nougat Palette

This is a group of colors made by adding compliments and white to the pure colors.  There are a few in there that really don't belong.  Now how am I going to use them in my Jell-O assignment??

Sunday, March 16, 2014


More jello for bolt fabric.  This time, I've gone back to watercolors and used photoshop to do the repeat.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Gah! This is hard.  Trying to turn my jello sketches into bolt fabric.  I could sit here and play with this for hours, but I won't.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

California color

Coming from Vermont in mid-winter, our eyes were used to a limited palette of white, brown, and the green of pine trees.  Though most of the week it looked mostly like this:
There was sometimes a little color to be found between the clouds (look closely for the rainbow):

These guys didn't seem to mind the rain at all:

Things are blooming in California, and when we did see color it was amazing:

I guess I was feeling a little color deprived, because I started to look for it everywhere.  There was lots to be found at Britex in San Francisco:

More color could be found in the murals and street art in The Mission in San Francisco. We hit the jackpot on 24th Street. It was hard to capture it all from a moving car, so next time, I think we'll take the tour by foot.

And when the sun finally did come out, it looked like this:

What a beautiful place to visit, and a sight for sore eyes during this very long winter.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Phone covers

I have used my cuckoo ideas to design some phone covers.  I started with sketches and finished these up in photoshop.  What a fun project this has been.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sunday, December 08, 2013

New York

I just returned from New York.  What a beautiful time of year to be in the city.
Decorations are everywhere.

Though I couldn't figure out the good camera I brought, my phone managed to catch the mood and some cool window displays.
These Yetis were interesting:

and there were some very beautiful dresses:

The New York Public Library Lions dressed up for the occasion:
There is a wonderful exhibit of children's books inside: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter.  If you can check it out, do. You will find lots about the history and significance of children's books.  There is some original art, like these pieces by Ashley Bryan:

This background of the working relationship between Tenniel and Carroll on Alice in Wonderland was interesting.:
I got to see my wonderful editor for Ten on the Sled and If It's Snowy and You Know It Clap Your Paws.  Polar Bear joined her friend Puffin in her new home in the city:

I left Emerson at his new home at Henry Holt with Christy Ottaviano. I know she will take great care of him.
New York is a great town for walking and people watching.  We had some delicious food, and enjoyed a great meal with my writing mentor, editor Elizabeth Law. The next night, we had a delicious Italian meal in Chelsea, and I am sure we saw Blondie (Debbie Harry) leaving the restaurant when we were going in. Unfortunately, I didn't catch that on film.

Now I am back home in my studio, where it a lot quieter and colder, but I love it here for very different reasons.