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

Zirkus Design | Starry Night in the City: Spoonflower Challenge Winner and New Pattern - Kitchenware mockup - plate, textiles, towel, dishware

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. One of those amazing, wonderful things happened this week… I made it into the top …

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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Wild West Pattern Collection: Cody Arizona

Zirkus Design | Cody Arizona Wild West Pattern Collection : TeePee Baby Bib Mockup

Pizza Box Art – did you know that’s a thing? I didn’t! Well, not until I volunteered to make some, that is. A local nonprofit hosted a pizza extravaganza and asked artists to donate pizza box art for the purpose of raising funds through sales. To be honest, it’s still hard to think of myself as an artist instead of …

New Pattern Design: Emma Woodhouse

Zirkus Design | Emma Woodhouse Pattern Collection Hero Print 1 | Surface Pattern Design

Just after the new year, I signed up for Skillshare, a place to learn and hone creative techniques. Though I’ve been making and creating for nearly all my life, I felt my confidence had clouded. I was rusty. I had been wiping bottoms, noses, and the kitchen floor for the better part of 9 years. Some classes bored me, but …