Jacqui's Graduation

Jacqui is graduating from college and her family wanted to throw a party. Jacqui wanted a soft color scheme and decided on light blue and greens. Inspired by that color palette, I went with a light floral and leaf pattern.

Jacqui's Graduation Celebration

While studying art, Jacqui came upon a piece written by Lord Byron that meant something special to her. We included this quote as well as her college majors on the insert.

Jacqui's Graduation Celebration
We gaze and turn away, and know not where, dazzled and drunk with beauty, till the heart reels with its fulness; there-for ever there-chained to the chariot of triumphal art, we stand as captives, and would not depart.
— Lord Byron

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Every once and awhile a client and I will meet and talk about a ton of different ideas, so many ideas that we try a few of them out before finding exactly what they're looking for. This is a concept that came out of a meeting with a client who chose another idea instead.

Sweet & Savory Recipe Shower Invite

The concept of this invitation was "Sweet & Savory." The bride is having a recipe shower because she already has a lot of cooking and baking equipment, so she didn't want her guests to spend money on unnecessary gifts. This would have one recipe card featuring sweet items and another recipe card featuring savory items.

Sweet & Savory Recipe Cards

On the invitation, we combined both the sweet and savory foods into a frame around the invitation information. This concept didn't end up working for the bride, but we came up with another idea that was more for her. I'll be posting that design at another time, so keep an eye out!

Sweet & Savory Shower Invitation

This goes to show that not everything that gets created works out, but just because it didn't work for one person, doesn't mean it won't work for someone else! I think this turned out really well and I will be including it in my Etsy shop once that opens, hopefully this Fall!

Owl Nursery Pillow

As you may have seen in my previous post, I got to work with a really cute owl fabric! It was for another pillow! You may recall my first attempt at making a pillow went surprisingly well. They say that practice makes perfect and it's true because this one came out even better.

Lauren became a new mom this month! She had fantastic curtains made from the owl fabric for the nursery. She had JUST enough left over to make something with. She asked if there was enough for a pillow and I jumped at the chance to make it. I had so much fun the last time and this is just such cute fabric I had to make this pillow.

Elliott's pillow

I made the cording from brown corduroy and set it at an angle. I was very happy with how it looked. I sewed the panels together and added a zipper so you can remove the insert to clean the case. When something is made for a baby or child, it's very important to make it washable.

I hope to have additional photos of the pillow in the nursery very soon and will add those when I get them.

I believe this will be it on the sewing for a little while. I have a lot of design work coming in that I'm really excited about and will be sharing a couple of projects with you in the next two weeks. Check back soon!

May Update!

This month has by far been my busiest! I have four projects all happening at once and that doesn't include any of the personal projects I've been working on.

I will be able to share two of these projects with you very soon, so stay tuned!

For now, here's a sneak peak at some cute fabric I got to work with...

Isaac's Construction Birthday Party Invitation

Isaac turned 2 last week and to celebrate, he had a construction themed birthday party! Isaac may only be 2, but he knows every type of construction vehicle in creation. He even knows what an excavator is! Well, it was only appropriate to make brightly colored construction vehicles to put onto the invitation as a pattern. Four of his favorite trucks appear in the pattern, a mixer, crane, bulldozer and dump truck. I illustrated them in a very simplified way using basic shapes because I wanted each element to be recognizable as a construction vehicle, but together work as a pattern. If a pattern works out well, it can be used for almost anything!

I was so pleased with how the truck pattern turned out that I had it printed on fabric! Childrens' patterns are perfect to print onto fabric and I decided that I wanted to try making a pillow. I had just learned how to use a sewing machine in October and I was nervous about getting ahead of my sewing skills with this project.

I didn't want to make a pillow with stuffing because that wouldn't be easy to clean. When making things for children, the most important thing to remember is that it will need to be washed. For this project, that meant getting a pillow insert and making a slipcover with a zipper. I wanted to add cording because I thought it would look nice. A few youtube vides later, some sewing, ripping and resewing later, and I had a pillow I was proud of.


The pillow matches the invitation perfectly! I made this pillow as a gift for Isaac, but fabric can be used for plenty of other things party related! It can be used to make a table cloth, flag banners or even use it as ribbon for gifts. I'm excited that this fabric test worked out so well. I will be experimenting with fabric in the future and hope to have more projects to show!

If you would like to purchase the construction vehicle fabric, it's available for sale on Spoonflower!

World Collection: Fleur-de-lis

Fleur-de-lis is French for "lily flower." When many people see this symbol, they assume it is the symbol of France. Ironically, it is not associated with any French republics. It has appeared on postage stamps in France and it is associated with people of French origins though. It is currently seen on the Arms of the King of Spain and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. It is associated with French settlements, such as Quebec, St. Louis and Louisiana. So, while it's inherent nature is certainly French, the fleur-de-lis can be seen in many other countries which makes this truly a world symbol.

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The fleur-de-lis is instantly recognizable and therefore has been reproduced countless times in as many different styles as there are artists. For my interpretation, I wanted the shape to be rounded and soft. I want this symbol to appear inviting and supportive of the main content, not to be the main focal point. I used the ornate, brightly colored frame to draw the eye to the copy, which is always the most important part of any invitation.

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The shape of the frame is very interesting and I wanted to use it in a new way for the save-the-date. I used only a portion of it and framed the pattern, while using the shape of the frame again to draw the eye to the content. I wanted to keep the script font classic, but the copy font has a Parisian feel to it which goes very well with the fleur-de-lis theme. Like all the previous World Collection sets, this works well not only as an invitation, but also personalized stationery.

All of the World Collection sets will be available for purchase soon. Stay tuned!

World Collection: Sari

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Indian Sari (or Saree) patterns are highly detailed and incredibly unique. No two are alike, they are stunning and when draped around the body, become wearable pieces of art.

I was inspired to make a pattern similar to what can be found on a sari. A bold lower edge design, with a repeating pattern in the center finishing up with an intricate border. The beauty of this style of pattern is that it can be represented by almost any combination of colors. In the photos, it is shown in a solid, bright purple color. This pattern will also work with a beautiful burgundy and gold combination; adding a second color into the smaller elements of the pattern to enhance the design even further. The pattern itself can be one color and the background of the pattern another. The possibilities are endless with this style.

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This is a beautiful pattern that can easily be adapted to use for Weddings or personal stationery. I am excited with the versatility of this design and looking forward to using it in other ways.

World Collection: Talavera

Talavera is a beautiful ceramic style from the Puebla region in Mexico. Each of these tiles are individual works of art, usually hand painted. Ceramic tiles are fantastic to base designs off of since they "tile" naturally, which is key to any repeating pattern.

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For this pattern, I started with a square base and incorporated a geometric, floral design that Talavera are known for. Bold colors are an integral part of all Talavera design. When placed on a wall or a table top, these bright colors draw you in and that's when you notice how detailed they truly are.

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I chose to create a pattern based on Talavera because it is such a bold and beautiful style of design. When sending an invitation or a piece of stationery, the goal is to grab the recipient's attention. You should want your guests to be excited about your event from the moment they set eyes on your stationery. This design will do just that.

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