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All Aboard to Explore Our Marvelous World – A Victorian Travel Print

Zirkus Design | All Aboard to Explore Our Marvelous World - Society6 Credenza

Have you ever wanted to hop in a hot air balloon and chase the sunset? Climb aboard a penny farthing and take it for a spin? Sail the high seas on an old-fashioned journey across the pond? Okay, not the last one. You definitely do not want to travel back in time crawl across the Atlantic, dodging icebergs, lice, and …

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New Collection: Indigo Vibes Watercolor – Summer All Year Long!

Zirkus Design | Indigo Vibes Summer Watercolor Surface Pattern Design Collection : Laptop Sticker Mockup

Sunnies, passport stamps, popsicles, thunderstorms, and swimsuits – all my favorite summer vibes. Well, maybe not swimsuits, because any mama with three kids is WAY past letting it all hang out. September peeking around the corner signals that summer fun is nearly over. As August bids adieu, the days grow shorter, the air feels crisp, and Pumpkin Spice madness surfaces …

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Adventures in Watercolor: Elegant Mother’s Day Card Designs

Zirkus Design | Hand Painted Elegant Watercolor Mother's Day Greeting Card (stationery mockup)

Is there a skill you admire and want to explore… but the thought of trying completely overwhelms you? For me, that big, scary, hide-under-the-covers-because-it’s-too-hard thing is painting. I see fellow artists, friends, and colleagues smearing oil on canvas, and I am totally amazed. I would love to try it, but the learning curve feels too steep. Before I can even …

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Sing for Your Supper – A Modern Farmhouse Print

Zirkus Design | Sing for Your Supper: A Modern Farmhouse Pattern Design - Clock Mockup

I recently read the book The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry. I scribbled a bunch of take-aways from the book, but ONE line in particular grabbed my scattered attention: Successful, consistently brilliant people do the little (too obvious, too simple, too commonsensical) things that no one else is doing. Seriously?! So many …

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

Zirkus Design | New Navy Vintage Floral Pattern - Design Process: Women's Long Sleeve T-Shirt Mockup

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!) Instead, I worked on an exciting new project that I can’t wait to share with …

FREE Novel Art Print: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Zirkus Design | 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 and guessing whodunit. After Nancy Drew, I moved on to Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie, and …

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I Made That! Photographing Your Own Flat Lay Product Mockups

Zirkus Design | Photographing Flat Lay Product Mockups | Clean Freak Hand Lettering

I nearly named this blog Jack of all Trades and Master of None, but it was already taken. I dabble in so many different creative pursuits – woodworking, watercolor, whipped buttercream frosting – but I never feel like I’ve mastered anything. I don’t think I have 10,000 hours in anything… except maybe sleeping, and unfortunately, that’s not a marketable job …