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Society Row

Thank you so much to everyone who has made purchases at my online shops. XOXO

Buying something from one of my shops gives you a chance to cyber shop, shop small and to get a unique item.

This week my Society6 shop is going to have a bunch of good deals each day for the next seven days. I’ll let you know about those through my Instagram account as they come.

Today is the first deal. Through Dec. 14, 2014 midnight PST, I have an artist promo for my shop.

Use the link below to get free shipping* plus $5 off everything in my shop.


*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Rugs

Don’t forget about my other shops and thanks again,




A Pattern Developing

Not that long ago I learned how to make a repeat pattern using Photoshop.

I wanted to use pattern for some of my products in my Society6 shop. I love the way some of the other artists at Society6 us pattern on the pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains and tote bags. I’m always up for learning new things so I thought I’d try it out with some images I already had.

Pattern making was so much fun, once I got the hang of it. I just wanted to make everything into a pattern and now I want to learn more techniques other than a basic repeat.

Once I got going I remembered some friends that had made some patterns into fabric at the Spoonflower website. I thought that could be fun and I opened a shop there.

As I was exploring the Spoonflower website I saw that they have a weekly themed contest. As I clicked on the contest page I hoped that this week’s theme would be “Birds”. Ha, ha that would be too easy. It wasn’t “Birds”. It was, “Ballet” and the deadline to enter was that night at midnight.

Thanks to my ballet dancing daughter, I was already planning a ballet design. And It just so happened that earlier that day I had taken pictures of my daughter’s feet in the five basic ballet positions.

My daughter who sometimes acts as my art director needed a new bag for ballet and she had the great idea of a pattern with the five positions.

So, once dinner and homework was done I went up in the studio and drew my daughter’s feet.

ballet sketch

I used the internet to make sure I had the positions correct and in my research I learned the french names for the different positions. So, I added some hand lettered text to the pattern with the french names bellow each foot position. I added a touch of ballet pink and a few transparent butterflies.

As the French say, “Voila”.

ballet pattern

I got the pattern done in time for that midnight deadline with five minutes to spare.

I didn’t win the contest that week, but I did have one very happy client.

ballet girl

hammer thumbnail

If I Had a Hammer

hammerHere’s how a lot of remodeling projects happen:

You find this perfect little item for your house that is so you, so cool, so loveable that you have to buy it and you can’t wait to get it home. Only when you get home it doesn’t quite go with all of the stuff you already have.

So, you move the  furniture a bit, change around the throw pillows and coasters and it still doesn’t go.  OK, how about a new coat of paint on the walls? The new paint color doesn’t go with the curtains. So you buy new curtains and slipcovers and throw rugs and you hang new pictures and you install crown molding and you hand gild the coffee table and build bookshelves and rewire the house to accommodate the new lighting fixtures that will perfectly accent your new found object.

Yeah, it’s like that.

I have some new work that I am excited about that I want to get up on the website but it doesn’t quite go with the old website.

So for now, I apologize for the mess and inconvenience.

In the mean time you can follow what I am up to you can check me out on Instagram, twitter or tumblr.