Oh, hey! I made another pattern in pale, blushy pink, which I happen to think is perfect for these lovely ladies. I found these drawings while cleaning out my sketchbook and decided they'd be better together as a pattern.
I've been fighting the urge to use pastel pink SO HARD you guys. But, I've finally caved. I had taken a 20-year hiatus from using the color out of efforts divorce myself from all things girly. But, now that I've re-embraced the color I've gone a bit overboard. It's like a whole new world out there! With all the light pink items I've amassed I could pretty much dress head to toe in pale pink. I bought Glossier skincare probably 99% for the pale pink packaging alone. Rose Quartz is the Pantone color of the year, after all so, maybe it's okay? Tell me it's okay. I've lost all restraint!
I've developed a serious pastel color crush in the past few years. I used to be so against pastels. But, the older I get—and the more chaotic my life gets–the more soothing I find a good pastel color palette.
I would guess you see only about 1-5% of all the design that designers actually do. There are so many scanned sketches, unused Photoshop layers, half-illustrated Illustrator documents and a mountain of revisions that sit lonely in a junkyard of forgotten file folders.
I remembered a set of brushstrokes I made that weren't quite right for a recent project. I hate to let them sit lonely and forgotten, so I tinkered with them a bit and now they're seeing the light of day.
And, here's a free (for personal use only) download for you of the blues brushstroke pattern: DOWNLOADABLE WALLPAPER FOR IPHONE/MOBILE
Here we go again. Last year I made this resolution that I was going to make a pattern a week. Quite pregnant, I had blissfully forgotten how all consuming taking care of a newborn would be, especially while also trying to keep up with my client work. I blame hormones for that lapse in judgement. Now that life and work are feeling a little more manageable, I've been feeling the itch to create just for fun again. So here's to second, third and fourth chances. Wish me luck!
Ever since AT&T sent me junk mail with a pretty lavender envelope I've been appreciating purple on a level I haven't since I was around 8 years old. And, some confetti-ish shapes to celebrate the new year. Woot!
I wasn't actually planning on a baby post, but as I was importing a few photos from the hospital onto my computer I just couldn't resist editing and posting a few. Meet Orion August, born on February 12th, 2015. We finally decided on a first name only a few weeks prior to his birth. My husband loves the mythical reference, and I love the way it pairs with his brother's name, Alder. His middle name is a family name and is the same as my grandpa's. This little guy was two weeks early and threw us for a bit of a surprise. Of course, I went into labor in the evening when my husband was on a very short one day business trip. It was pretty much a scene out of a movie where the husband barely makes it in time. I won't be sharing a full birth story here, but I will say that it was quick, intense and joyful. It was also quite a relief considering that our first child's birth was long, stressful and ended in a c-section. For any of you out there who've had a c-section once, don't lose hope. Everything that happened with the first did not happen with the second. Hooray for second chances! Ever since he's entered the world, this guy has been easy-going and pretty much a contented little dream. I think it's part his good nature and part that we actually have a bit of a clue as to what we're doing this time around. Things are crazy with two kids (as evidenced by my lack of posting until now), but also crazy good. If you'd like to see more baby spam, I tend to post more baby-related photos on my Instagram feed.
Wearing white while severely pregnant is a pretty gutsy move for me. I think after I'd been out only about 15 minutes, my husband was already showing me where I'd gotten dirt on myself from unknowingly bumping into something. This belly is made for bumping into things and being a receptacle for food crumbs. I'm not the most coordinated person so pregnancy takes things to an even more comical level. Soon enough though, I'll be holding a little man in my arms. I'm hoping by then I can regain some coordination. Eeeek!
Here's my second pattern attempt, which I'm affectionately titling Mixed Metallic Macaroni. I've really been into mixed metallics lately and curved lines, so I felt compelled to mix the two. It's serious business, this one.
If you'd like to know more about the Pattern Progression series, read my introductory post.
I've been having trouble sleeping lately (thanks pregnancy insomnia) and have been spending a lot of time in front of the computer trying to wrap up client projects before this baby decides to show up. I've been listening to a lot of podcasts to keep me company and have been going through the Elise Gets Crafty series. I love Elise's upbeat, positive and creative outlook. Two of her podcasts really stood out to me recently: Making Time to Make with Emily Jeffords and Maintaining a Creative Habit with Crystal Moody. As I mentioned with my goal for 2015 I'd really like to ensure that I'm continuing to be creative despite the tiny, adorable whirlwind that's about to hit our family. So, how to do that amid chaos? I keep coming back to that question. It (literally) keeps me up at night.
Awhile back, I got really inspired by patterns and started making a few patterns/abstract illustrations of my own. And then, life and client work just got in the way and I quit. I hadn't thought much about it since.
After hearing about Crystal Moody's commitment to making one drawing/painting every single day, I got to thinking, "Surely I could make one pattern a week. She makes something every. single. day." I know in actuality amongst spit up and toddler chasing and client work, it won't be easy. And, I know that I also just resolved not to make any big resolutions and focus on just adjusting and finding a new way. Internet, I can almost see you shaking your finger at me. Don't worry, I'm shaking a finger at myself too.
However, I started the 52 series last year for photography and never finished. Gasp. I don't regret it. I learned a lot about photography in the process. The learning along the way was worth the failing. So, even if I fail again at finishing this year, I know I'll learn something more about patterns and design and illustration and all those loves as I go. So, here's my first attempt, pattern progression number 1 of 52. It's been forever since I've made a good old fashioned potato stamp. It felt great to just play around with paper, paint and potatoes for a bit. I think I'm going to keep things loose and call designs that don't necessarily repeat patterns. I'm already behind, so I'm going to allow myself grace to post late. Look at me, cheating already!
Update: I've been given a suggestion to make this into a series that others can participate in. If you're interested in exploring print/patterns, you should definitely join in on the weekly creative challenge. It'd be great to see others participate. If you do, please send me links to what you're doing.
This is a look back at when my belly was a more manageable size. Look how cute and round that stomach was! Oh, memories. In other news, seven months was the month I gave up pants. I mean, I'm still (somewhat) appropriately dressed, but I've transitioned to a wardrobe consisting of mostly leggings and tunics. Or, I should say what used to be called a dress that now barely qualifies as a tunic, like in the image above. I'm pretty sure this dress was about to burst at the seams. My husband caught this close-up image. I'm quickly realizing I should probably try a different pose besides looking down and to the side. I like it, but I look sad. Does anyone want to help me correct my lazy eye? If so, I might start actually looking at the camera one of these days. See, there I go again.
Confession: Monday is one of my favorite days of the week. I know that's probably not a popular view, so I'm sorry if you hate the day (don't hurt me, I mourned them for many years in the past). I know that I'm incredibly lucky that I have a job where I look forward to doing the work that I do. For me, Monday is one of the days of the week that I'm able to focus almost solely on my design/creative business. It's a day that feels like anything is possible, and I enjoy the fresh start Monday brings each week.
As I was about to write this post, I saw Katie Day say on her Instagram, "And to all my moms: maybe the thing that's best for your kids, is finding what feeds you so that you can pour into them." This could obviously be many things from a job to a hobby that you love, but it resonates with me and my thoughts on the year ahead.
I've been doing some thinking about what I'd like to accomplish in the next year for my business. I've thought about some specific things as far as financials and getting more organized, but it all seems difficult to plan for considering we're about to have our current world turned completely upside down by a new tiny human. Now that I know how a having a kid can really shake up your world, I'm hesitant to get too lofty or be too tough on myself about what I need to work on with my business.
I've got one main goal for this year: to find a new normal that works for both my family and business. My main hope is that this new baby addition goes a little smoother the second time around and that we can ease into a schedule and rhythm that works for our family. I don't have any idea of what exactly that looks like at this point. However, I do know that I want to make sure that I don't lose track of myself. In the new year, I hope to simply focus on growing and investing in my design business, despite all the chaos that is surely headed our way. Hopefully, not losing focus of what I'm passionate about will, in turn, help me be a better mother and human. Here's to many more Mondays in 2015.
In case you're curious, the beautiful planner is designed by Julia Kostreva and is available in her shop.
Doesn't this photo look festive and nice and holiday-ish? Well, in truth I think this was actually back in November. It's fitting for this time of year though, am I right? I think six months in my very favorite month of pregnancy. The belly is usually round enough at this point that it closer resembles an actual baby instead of a beer gut. However, it's not so round that it's up to your chest causing you to be out of breath by just walking down the hallway. Six months is just right. I have a bit of a strange look on my face in the above photo, but I couldn't resist posting it. This kid was too cute. We were trying to take photos of the baby bean, and Alder just kept sneaking in the photos with a mischievous smile on his face. I just love that kid.
If I've learned anything about motherhood, it's that just about every cliché you hear is annoyingly true. I'm currently embracing that common mom knowledge that the pregnancy goes so much faster the second time around. As a case in point, reference the above photo. I'm actually six months pregnant at the moment, but I'm just now getting around to posting this five month photo. Keeping up with a crazy energetic toddler while I have crazy-low energy levels due to pregnancy makes the days/weeks/months pass by incredibly fast.
The other mom saying I've been embracing is the saying about the second children getting less than the first. With my first, I dutifully took photos every two weeks of my growing belly in the same outfit, complete with props to reference the season of the year we were currently in. Now, I can hardly get it together to come up with a decent photo once a month. However, I promised myself and this baby bean that I'd at least document the growth every so often, so here is my best effort to keep up. Also, here is a look back at the four month bump.
As I glanced at my flannel sheets while climbing in bed the other night, a post about the time change popped in my head. I'm pretty sure my husband is sick and tired of me professing my undying love to our flannel sheets. But, seriously, sometimes the enjoyment of simple pleasures is just what you need to smooth over a less-than-ideal (time change) situation.
The reduced daylight typically messes quite a bit with my mood each year. I thought I'd share some of the comforting things I've been turning to lately to help cope with the colder and darker days.
BEANIES-Give me all the warm hats, especially the pink ones. This one from & Other Stories might be making an appearance on my holiday wish list.
MAZAMA MUGS-My husband and I both got one of their large mugs as birthday gifts, and now we hardly drink out of anything else. They're incredibly well-crafted and feel beautiful in your hand. Is that a weird thing to say about a mug? I collect mugs. I can say those things. I love to fill it with passion tea. I wish I could say I'm fancy and had a beautifully fragrant artisan loose leaf tea to recommend, but nope. I'm a sucker for simple, sweet and fruity.
MOON NIGHT LIGHT-We actually bought this for my son. However, I think the soft glow of light it emits is more comforting for me than for him.
FLANNEL SHEETS-I'm not normally a big L.L. Bean shopper, but these sheets have made me a complete fangirl.
WICKED GOOD MOCCASINS-Yes, they are sort of expensive for slippers, but they've lasted longer than any other pair I've ever owned. They are warm and cozy, yet crazy durable.
COMFY PANTS One of the main perks of it getting dark earlier is that I feel fully justified to get into comfy pants/pjs at an earlier hour. I eagerly await 6pm.
A FUNNY BOOK-Like the rest of the female internet, my flannel sheets and I have been getting cozy with Lena's book lately. It's a great distraction.
BADGER LIP AND BODY BALM-I feel like it's utterly ridiculous that my lips are already chapped this early in cold weather season. The only thing I've found that's been helping is this lip balm tin by Badger. Side note: if someone could please explain to me what the crazy badger on the tin is doing, I'd really appreciate it.
I'd like to interrupt your productive work week with a bit of silly nonsense. Michelle kindly alerted me of the new Marcel the Shell video this week. I couldn't stop laughing, especially when Marcel says his favorite phrase is, "Life's a party, rock your body." I haven't had much time to design any wallpapers in a long while (too long), but the instant I heard this phrase I just knew it needed to be a wallpaper. This week, I've been working hard to finish up a lot of client projects, and I've been a little too wrapped up in the work. It's always nice to take a break and laugh.
We've been playing this game lately where we ask Alder, "Where's the baby?" Sometimes, he points to his own belly if it's full after a meal (which is quite hilarious), but mostly, he enthusiastically points at my belly. Luckily, there actually is a baby in there: Dockery no. 2 will be here in February, and we're all very excited!
Hopefully, this explains why things have been a bit quieter in this space. I'd forgotten just how exhausting the first trimester can be. We've waited a little longer to share the news this time around. We went through a miscarriage previously, so we were a little hesitant to get too excited. Thankfully, all is going well so far, and we'll find out what we're having very soon.
I think it's no secret by now that I've been a little obsessed with making pattern upon pattern lately. I can't get enough and have had a lot of fun with it lately. It's a pretty new experience for me that I plan to make a more regular appearance on this blog. Anyone interested in seeing more? Have any pattern ideas for me to try out? Comment and let me know.
I was deciding what to try out next and saw our Mexican/yoga blanket I picked up at an estate sale for next to nothing. It reminds me of picnics and beaches and all things summer so this pattern is inspired by it, but with more pastel color. Because that's my thing lately, apparently!
One of my favorite life stages to experience alongside friends has been when they become mothers. Please excuse me while I get sappy for a moment. It's messy and chaotic and draining experience, but it's also very beautiful and joyful to see a friend go through such a life-altering event. I've seen Kesha full of love, concern, sacrifice, grace and so much strength. Here are a few more photos of Kesha, Charlie and Ember. To see even more photos of beautiful little Ember, view Part 1.
If you look closely, you'll spot a black and white furry dog in this photo. I caught these two in the backyard very interested in something. Anything that our dog Leia is interested in, so is our son. I think she may be his favorite.
A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014. This post is part of The 52 Project.
Currently, my closet it a hot mess. There is a huge pile of clothes on the floor that I believe my son thinks is his personal mountain/play fort. Instead of scaring you with the current state of my closet, I'm showing a few favorite things from my closet I'm wearing over and over. For a few months now, I've been thinking about simplifying what I wear. Madelynn's A Perfect Wardrobe series and Cuyana's Lean Closet series have both been good reads that left me feeling inspired. I want to make dressing a more enjoyable rather than stressful experience. I think a new book we're reading on excess in our girls' group is now putting me over the edge (we can only wear 7 pieces of clothing for 2 weeks-yikes!). I've also been thinking about challenging myself to downsize my consumption of fast fashion and increase my support of independent designers and makers. Since I've become a freelance designer, I've felt a strange (but good) new personal responsibility to support other people designing out there in various forms, including fashion. I know I'm not going to be perfect at this and it's not for everyone, but I'm going to give it a try!
A few of my closet goals:
-Cull my closet down to what I really wear, being honest about what fits and what doesn't -Donate clothing that doesn't work -Better organize my closet -Further define my style and color palette -Slowly incorporate more pieces by individuals and designers