Saturday, December 31, 2016

Always Tomorrow

In the well-sung words of Clarice the doe, "There's always tomorrow/ For dreams to come true/ Believe in your dreams/ Come what may...Tomorrow is not far away!" Here's to an uplifting, creative 2017! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Greenery Machinery

My Greenery Machinery design is up for voting in Spoonflower's Limited Colour Palette Sewing challenge, celebrating Pantone's colour of the year! I was inspired by my 1953 Home Ecomonics textbook.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Hallelujah Chorus

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." 
--Isaiah 9: 6
Merry Christmas! Hallelujah!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tiddleybokken Bakery

Tiddleybokken is sneakily hoping that his friend Gingie (and the intricacy of Lace in Gingerbread) will distract from the fact that he ate all the Hershey's Kisses. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tiddleybokken Toy Shop

Tiddleybokken, the mischievous Christmas elf, being oh so industrious in Santa's workshop. (I suppose he may have been inspired by the Leggy wallcovering to put his toes up for a bit!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas '48

My great-grandmother wrote this on the back of her desk. Note her teacherly penmanship! I absolutely adore finding little scribbles like this--it's insight into past lives, and past Christmases!

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Sugar Plum Fairy's Adventure

This is my children's book cover illustration in response to a contest prompt from Lilla Rogers Studio. You may have noticed the little Make Art That Sells image on the side of my blog. I'm thrilled to say that I am taking MATS A & B, Assignment Bootcamp, and Creating Collections for Home D├ęcor, which will bring me into fall 2017 with creative goodness! I'll probably be sharing some of my projects here and there along the way, so stay tuned! Here goes a long-awaited artistic adventure!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Quilter's Connection Magazine Feature

If you're interested in learning more about my surface pattern design process and background as well as my With Glowing Hearts collection, I recommend you check out Quilter's Connection Magazine #30!
 See pages 8--12 for details on how I became involved in the exciting world of bolt fabric!
While you're leafing through, take note of the excellent quality of this magazine--Heather, the editor, does a great job ensuring that the layouts, fonts, photos, writing, and stories are captivating!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Frosted Frolic

My Frosted Frolic design is up for voting in Spoonflower's Snow Day challenge! The way hedges and topiaries look in the snow fills my heart with joy, so it was satisfying to capture that in this design.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Linda Underlovelies

P.S. This is the tag on the '50s crinoline below. I do believe all lingerie should be referred to as underlovelies!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016


My Yardage design is up for voting in Spoonflower's T-Shirt Design challenge. It illustrates Spoonflower fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap getting snipped into swatches--complete with spoons and flowers--in honour of the wonderful company and the creative community it represents!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tea Town

The intricate details, colour combinations, and metallic accents on tins thrill my soul, so I decorated my growing collection of tins for Christmas! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Eternal Mind

"A book is a portion of the eternal mind caught in its progress through the world stamped in an instant, and preserved for eternity." --Lord Houghton (1809--1885)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, November 04, 2016

Poinsettia Post

My Poinsettia Post design is up for voting in Spoonflower's Poinsettia Gift Tags challenge! This design is meant to be ordered on woven wallpaper, since it is peel-and-stick, so that you can simply cut a tag out, write the sender and receiver names on it, and slap it onto a pretty little gift. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Buried Questions

Old graveyards intrigue me and cause me to ponder innumerable questions about past lives and secrets.
I could wander through the headstones for hours in retrospection.
My favourites are the tall, beautifully carved, white marble stones from the mid-1800s.
I'm especially fond of the ones that point to a life in Christ.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Carbide Willson Ruins

 This 1911 mill is an enthralling structure of abandoned ingenuity!
Its massive, warped window frames have an elegant industrial feel.
Salt patterns on the stone
Contemporary cave drawings
So much rough texture
A grand spot for photoshoots
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