This week's design challenge theme is "Beetles." My little guys turned out bright and a little on the monster side. But I think the fun colors make them less threatening. I call this design Beetle Brights.
When I first arrived in Australia four years ago and got through customs, found my bags, and found my then-boyfriend-now-husband (1.5 hours later), the first thing I noticed outside the airport were these magnificent lavender blossomed trees. I was in the parking lot of the airport standing next to Michael's father making small talk (yes, I met my father-in-law the SAME day I met my husband). He gave me my very first Q&A on Australia. I had so many questions about how far away the nearest beach was, the trees and flower, where I could find kangaroos and koala bears.
Anyway, the Jacaranda trees were in full bloom. They dotted the landscape everywhere. I've been in love with these trees ever since. It was just a matter of time before I translated them into fabric.
I think this might be my first "sporty" themed repeat pattern. These rackets have a wood grain pattern. The balls are watercolor. I'll definitely be playing with this medium more often. Find the fabric here.
I became inspired and also created this invitation, stickers, and keychains that you can customize with your own name or team.
It's cold. (and I don't do "cold" very well.) It's hard for me to navigate the months weather-wise even thought this is my full second year in Australia. For me, this is supposed to be a summer month. Not just hot, but sultry-hot. Sandals and pedicures, sunroof open, poolside, barbeque-time hot.
Tonight, here in Toowoomba, high in the mountains, it is time for my trusty space heater to go full blast in my studio while my cat Aker sits nearby, or even curls right next to it. I've made chai tea and have turned on the Air Conditioner (Here, they do not say "turn on the heat", it's "turn on the air-con") to heat up the house so I can cook tonight's comfort food from home: Hamburger Casserole coupled with an Upside-Down Pear Cake which I've never made before and am quite looking forward to. After dinner it's going to be a cozy night in front of the computer meeting a deadline for a new project I'm really excited about.
Meanwhile, I'll show off a faux fur snowflake design I've completed. Not sure where this will be used just yet, but I will let you know once I've decided. My inspiration for this one is obvious: cold weather, but, also, one of my favorite things: warm, faux fur throws. I have two on my bed. It's a perfect way to cheer me through these frigid temps. Hope you enjoy my new designs.
I'm escaping winter blahs with these vibrant summer hues. This pattern features an ocean wave background against stripes. In front are colorful surfboards embellished with a wood grain pattern. I really like to play with layers of pattern and see how much I can add without anything getting lost.