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Children’s Book Give-away

October 27, 2015

Cottage Door Press will be giving away a set of my Children’s books! Enter to win 3 tabbed board books. :) #giveaway


Stationery for 2016

October 20, 2015

I am very excited to show you an item from my new stationery line that is planned for later in 2015 and 2016. These adorable pocket notepads, along with many, many other stationery items, will be at a store near you soon!

Pocket Notepad Citrus BlossomPocket Notepad Renegade

Pocket Notepad ClementinePocket Notepad Indigo Eye

This particular item has a flap that folds over the top and stays closed with a little hidden magnet. There is beautiful gold detailing on the shaped flap. They are SO CUTE. I can’t wait to share more soon! Stay tuned… :)

New Gift Wrap Collections for 2016

October 10, 2015

The Gift Wrap Company’s 2016 catalogs go live on their website next week. Here is a sneak peek at my collections with them, which feature Suzani Soul and True Blue:







I LOVE the Gift Wrap Company design crew–they are talented, organized, and their presentation is always beautiful. I want to give a shout out to them all. You guys are amazing! :)

Fall Equinox

September 24, 2015

In celebration of yesterday’s fall Equinox, I am posting some new news and images that feature my collection of fabrics, called Equinox, Which was released almost one year ago.

This re-release of inspiration was prompted by a chance meeting. I met Merav of Baby Hobbes Design in a random crossing of paths–I overheard her say “fabric” and “sewing,” and heaven help me if I couldn’t get in on that conversion. She was about to test a new skirt pattern, Daphne, for the Simple Life Company, when we had our random encounter. Well, a mere week has come and gone, and check out what I found in my inbox!


Sewn and photographed by Baby Hobbes design. Daphne skirt sewing pattern by Simple Life Company.

It may have taken Merav only one week to make this super-adorable skirt, but it took me a little longer than that to finally get these fantastic Equinox dresses photographed. But, I got it done, and wasn’t it worth it??? These dresses were sewn by the extremely capable hands of Sarah Katherine GreenAcacia Photography took these amazing photos. The models are a lively and lovable family I know from my son’s elementary school. We will call these ladies Miss A, Big P and Little P. A heartfelt “thank you” to them for spending a very warm, late summer afternoon with Acacia and I in the park!

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From Left: Big P wears a dress made from Fiona (in green), with details of Equinox (in white), and a ruffle made from Lattice (in mint); Miss A wears a dress made from Paige (in tan). The Chevron detail is Lattice (in pink) with a border made from Isla (in Brown); Little P’s dress is made with Paige (in Black). Pockets and yoke are Lattice (in pink).

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From Left: Big P wears a dress made from Fiona (in green), with details of Equinox (in white), and a ruffle made from Lattice (in mint);

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Miss A wears a dress made from Paige (in tan). The Chevron detail is Lattice (in pink) with a border made from Isla (in Brown).

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Little P’s dress is made with Paige (in Black). Pockets and yoke are made from Lattice (in pink).

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What a beautiful family! Can you tell Miss A is a yoga instructor!!!??? :)

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Thank you, family. Thank you, Acacia. I hope you all had fun. I know I did!

Where to Buy My Children’s Books

September 3, 2015

I have an update to share this morning! My children’s books–the actual, tabbed board books, published by Cottage Door Press– are available for purchase online at Kohl’s! These books are great. I have a six year old and an 18 month old, and they both love them… in fact, my older child reads them to my younger child (talk about melt your heart!!!). I’ll post again with more information as the books make it to retail locations.

Happy reading, everyone! :)


My three board books for little ones, clockwise, from left: ABC Animal Party, Big Day for Baby, and 123 Count with Me

Color + Pattern, continued…

August 27, 2015

After a bit of a break (I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to!), I want to get back to sharing details about Khristian A. Howell’s book, Color + Pattern. Khristian, if you are reading this, you knocked it out of the park–what a great book! If any of my readers are interested in getting really solid instruction and ideas for how to create patterns and collections of patterns, this book is truly helpful. It offers a glossary of industry terminology, ideas for how to get started, “assignments” similar to those one would get in design school, and all of it is FUN!

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I want to make a special note that the artists and designers who contributed to this book are really amazing. These folks are known within the industry for their style and talent. I have to give a call out to them: Jessica Swift, Mary Beth Freet, Rachel Taylor, Abi Hall, Arrolynn Weiderhold, Jenean Morrison, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Elizabeth Olwen, Leah Duncan, Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer, Stephanie Corfee, Sisters Gulassa, Ana Davis (that’s me!! :), and Ampersand Design Studio. If you are not familiar with these talented designers, click these links! I honestly can’t believe I am included in this group–it is really a great compliment.

Khristian has broken this book into sections which include everything from gathering inspiration, exploring various motifs, creating repeats, and pulling a group of patterns together cohesively. That is where my contribution comes in. I wrote about how to pull a collection together. I used pieces from my collection Dream Lotus as examples of how color, scale, and amount of detail give various pieces of art a “role” to play within a collection.

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These are designs from Dream Lotus. This collection was used by the Gift Wrap Company on gift bags and gift wrap. Coyne’s Company also used a variation of this artwork on women’s accessories and umbrellas.

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If you or someone you know aspires to create surface designs, collections, make patterns, or just wants to play around with these ideas when making artwork, buy this book. It has a flexible, board cover, so it isn’t as heavy as a hardcover, but it is still sturdy. You can throw it into your bag and take it with you as you explore for inspiration and begin to enjoy the world of surface and pattern design.

Color & Pattern

July 9, 2015

I am sitting in the airport, on my way to the Atlanta Gift Show. So, naturally, I am catching up on my Facebook and Instagram friends. And I am glad, because at long last I see that Khristian A. Howell’s new book will be hitting shelves soon. You can enter to win a copy for yourself!

Whether you win one or buy one, be sure to check out my contribution to Color & Pattern on how to “Pull a Collection Together!”

Congrats to you @Khristianahowell! What an amazing accomplishment!


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