Introducing the Happy City Mini Collection – Welcome Home!

Zirkus Design | Happy City Pattern Collection - Welcome Home! - Daytime Version n Gender Neutral Colors (Pattern Swatch)

Today, I’m popping in to give you a fun update on one of my favorite patterns.

In my last post, I shared the exciting news that my Starry Night in the City pattern placed in the Spoonflower Challenge top 25. (I’m still so thankful to everyone who voted!)

When I designed that pattern, I went ahead and ordered proofs of two alternate colorways – a palette suitable for boys and a black-and-white version. (You may have seen them on a mockup in my previous post.)

I received the fabric samples a few weeks ago, made some changes, and now I’m thrilled to introduce the Happy City Mini Collection to you!

Introducing: The Happy City Collection – Welcome Home

My Spoonflower entry for the limited color palette challenge featured a neighborhood of quirky homes sleeping quietly beneath a winking moon and a sky full of stars. The color palette was chosen by Spoonflower – navy, orchid, and maroon (that’s the original below).

While I find this combo super fun, it’s impossible as an illustrator to stop at just one color scheme…

Zirkus Design | Happy City Pattern Collection - Welcome Home! - Starry Night in Navy, Orchid, and Maroon

You may have read before that I’ve made it my mission to offer more boy-friendly prints. While envisioning this as a pillowcase in my sons’ room, I changed the colors for a more gender neutral design (because, hey, girls like blue and green, too!).

I originally used blue and orange for this colorway (see it in this post), but I swapped the orange for lime green after seeing the physical fabric. The lime green makes this design positively GLOW.

Zirkus Design | Happy City Pattern Collection - Welcome Home! - Starry Night in Lime, Turquoise, and Charcoal

Of course, I could make color variations on this starry evening scene for days, but I wanted to add a daytime version as well to round out a mini collection.

I exchanged the moons for suns, and broke up the horizon line for a more wandering feeling. You can probably also tell I reduced the scale just a tad.

When I first made this daylight version, I colored all of the doors orange. While I still really like that look, I thought a variety of colors might make the composition even more playful.

What do you think?

Zirkus Design | Happy City Pattern Collection - Welcome Home! - Daytime Version n Gender Neutral Colors

This pattern suits boys and girls and would look adorable on bedding, kitchen towels, on curtains, etc. I also envisioned it for use in classrooms and by realtors or lenders for new home customer appreciation gift bags.

Where to Buy

All of the above pattern designs are available in my Spoonflower shop (fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper) as well as on Society6 and RedBubble for those who would like to purchase physical goods like towels, shower curtains, window curtains, leggings, tote bags, pouches, phone cases, etc.

Budget-friendly tip: If you’re new to Society6 and RedBubble, sign up for a free account to be notified of sales. Both sites often offer discounts on specific items as well as site-wide.

For an avalanche of mockups featuring these designs as well as a super fun Happy City freebie, see my shop opening announcement here.

As always, thank you so much for your support and for allowing me to share my journey with you!

I am thinking of making one more daytime version of my Happy City print, and I’d love to know your ideas. All the same color doors? Something else?

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