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Starry Night in the City: New Spoonflower Pattern, Now Available!

Starry Night in the City: New Spoonflower Pattern, Now Available!

Expect the unexpected. After more than three decades of crazy twists and turns in life, I should know this. I should have it down. The unexpected should be the norm. Really. And yet, I am still surprised when amazing things happen out of the blue. […]

Stick ‘Em Up: Designing Stickers for a Good Cause

Stick ‘Em Up: Designing Stickers for a Good Cause

I dread surprises. Barring a few exceptions (like winning the lottery or making a new friend out of the blue), I much prefer to have a heads up – on nearly everything in my personal life. However, the creative process doesn’t bow to structure or […]

Simplify Your Brand with One Logo to Fit ALL Your Business Ventures

Simplify Your Brand with One Logo to Fit ALL Your Business Ventures

With all my latest pattern design posts and exciting Spoonflower news, you might wonder if I have left logos in the dust. No way, José!  (or Josef, Yosif, Yussef, or Joey – depending on what part of the world you hail from) Logos rock my […]

Spanish Tiles Pattern & Contest – Thank You for Voting!

Spanish Tiles Pattern & Contest – Thank You for Voting!

Happy Saturday, my friend! My two oldest sons are competing in a swim meet today, and I’m stuck poolside. (Indoors, that is… we do have winter in northern Arizona!) Maybe you’re stocking up on groceries… or shoveling snow (sorry)… or dreaming of your next vacation […]

Spoonflower Shop NOW OPEN (!) + NEW Navy Vintage Floral Pattern

Spoonflower Shop NOW OPEN (!) + NEW Navy Vintage Floral Pattern

Happy New Year, my friends! I took a few weeks off of blogging to be present with my family for the holidays. But that doesn’t mean I sat around eating Christmas cookies + twiddling my thumbs. (Okay, maybe the first one, but not the second!) […]

New Mini Ikat Pattern Collection: Tangier Teal

New Mini Ikat Pattern Collection: Tangier Teal

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday break (which, by the way, how was your turkey day?), I booked our tickets for next summer’s big adventure! I know, I know, it hasn’t even hit Christmas yet, and I’m already talking about next summer. Hold onto your Santa […]

Modern Family Crest Inspiration + Design

Modern Family Crest Inspiration + Design

Before, oh, February of this year, I never once thought about a family crest. I don’t have a large, historic, or proud-of-our-roots family. I can’t spin any (true) tales about naughty great-great-great Aunt Edna or boast about the exploits of One-Eyed Grandpa Harry from the […]

Logo Design for Veteran – Owned Businesses + TWO Special Offers!

Logo Design for Veteran – Owned Businesses + TWO Special Offers!

Meet Sonny Sonny served his whole career in the Navy and then retired next door to me. He probably wasn’t expecting three loud, obnoxious boys to interrupt the retiree neighbor norm in our ‘hood. Sorry, Sonny. But, Sonny makes some serious noise of his own. […]

FREE Novel Art Print: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

FREE Novel Art Print: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Books: A Love-Hate Relationship Did you grow up skinning your knees, swimming the seas, and climbing trees? I did – but that’s not what I remember most about childhood. Instead, when I look back I see a girl hunched over Nancy Drew, devouring every page […]

Spooky: Try These 31 Hand Lettering Styles

Spooky: Try These 31 Hand Lettering Styles

Boo! I actually hate being scared, so I’m glad all the gory Halloween decorations are coming down today. I can’t watch scary movies, and I even time my popcorn refills for intense the-bad-guy-is-about-to-get-the-girl scenes.. just.can’t.do.it. So while I can’t get into the blood-guts-gore look, I […]