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Persnickety Clothing Company

July 16, 2014

This summer has been, believe it or not, beautiful here in Chicago! :) But, I am already seeing signs of “Back to School” everywhere. One very special back to school thing that I’ve seen is gorgeous new apparel from Persnickety Clothing Company. The collection that caught my eye is “October Sky“. Just look at it! This group happens to feature several prints from my fabric collection Pippa. Persnickety, you have done it again! Beautiful! :)







Surtex 2014, A Brief Recap

June 17, 2014

It already seems like ages since Surtex, and yet, where is my recap??? Well, in addition to the busyness of the season, we have a small baby, soooooo….. I get a pass, right? ;)

Well, I am happy to report that even though I am behind in getting a Surtex recap posted, Cathy Heck is ON THE BALL. She posted three great recaps of Surtex (recap 1, recap 2, recap 3). Her last post, Trends and Friends, features our own little love. You can see our baby at the end of her third post, here. Below are a couple of her heartwarming illustrations.


Artwork © Cathy Heck Studio


Artwork © Cathy Heck Studio

In Cathy’s photo, Baby is in the arms of my dear friend, Anne. Anne is notoriously baby crazy, and quite likely to de-sock a small infant at any moment. Who can blame her? Baby toes are so cute!!!

Anne w Baby

Below is a cute photo of my husband (without whom I would not have my fabulous booth) and our infant son. They were a great team. My husband took such good care of Baby that he didn’t cry at all during the show. Baby wooed passersby with his big smile. I can’t say that I would recommend bringing a tiny baby to a trade show, but if you HAVE TO, then I sure hope you have a baby as easy as ours is!


Chad with our baby at Surtex

ADL Surtex2014 booth

My trade show booth

We were lucky that our booth was near many other wonderful artists: Josephine Kimberling, Ana Victoria Calderon, Kelly Ventura, and Sarah Ehlinger of Very Sarie.

We also got to talk a bit with the amazing Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame, and her husband. They are so nice, and generous, and helpful!

Work by all of these artists is shown below. Behold the beauty!!!


© Josephine Kimberling


© Kelly Ventura


© Ana Victoria Calderon


© Very Sarie


© Ana Victoria Calderon


© Kelly Ventura


Sis Boom Fabric © Jennifer Paganelli


Sis Boom Fabric © Jennifer Paganelli



Surtex 2014

May 10, 2014

Here are some Surtex flyers I made for this year. I’ve added more geometrics as well as painted work-I can’t wait for the show!

















Drinkblots – Paper Coasters

February 25, 2014

More new products arrive in my studio almost daily. Among them are a set of Drinkblots, the new paper coaster sets by Studio M, a division of Magnet Works.


Studio M and the talented, funny, and nice people behind their products, have put together a portfolio of wonderfully diverse and beautiful work for their lines. I am honored to have had my collection, Shade Garden, selected for this product along with fellow artists such as Stephanie Ryan, Carolyn Gavin (of Designer Jots, and represented by the amazing Lilla Rogers), Jennifer Brinley, Terri Conrad, Tim Coffey and many others.

The paper coaster sets are arriving in stores soon. . . just in time for spring, and for what I hope are long, lazy days sipping on Lemonade (or something stronger :) ) in the sunshine.

Rain? No Problem!

February 21, 2014

If you have been trudging through endless rain or snow (or both, as we have been here in Chicago), then I have the perfect thing for you: New umbrellas!


Photography by Jeanne Isaacs

Coyne’s Company has produced these beautiful umbrellas along with coordinating scarves, totes, cross body bags, and coin purses. The bags are durable and practical with lots of interior and exterior pockets. The umbrellas and scarves are colorful and fun.

CC Accessories tapestryCC Accessories Dream Lotus

The totes and umbrellas are already available for purchase through and The Gifty website. All of the items will arrive in stores this spring.

These items make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts, so keep them in mind when you are shopping. They will bring color, fun, and practicality to any mom’s rainy day.

Gina B Greeting Cards and Gift Enclosures

January 2, 2014

I hope everyone had a happy holiday and a chance to refresh and recharge after what is always a busy time of year.

I know that for me, it was a welcome rest. Usually, I find it difficult to get back into the swing of things after a long break. This year, however, I am energized as I look at 2014 product releases. The first of these, greeting cards and gift enclosures, through the awesome Gina B Designs, is already online for wholesale purchase. Here is a sneak peek at the cover and interiors of the cards:

213-5328 girl jungle animals-1

Artwork © Ana Davis, Ltd.

213-5328 girl jungle animals-1INT

Artwork © Ana Davis, Ltd.

213-5327 boy jungle animals-1

Artwork © Ana Davis, Ltd.

213-5327 boy jungle animals-1INT

Artwork © Ana Davis, Ltd.

213-5323 citrus floral vines

Artwork © Ana Davis, Ltd.

213-5323 citrus floral vines INT

Artwork © Ana Davis, Ltd.


There is MUCH more to come from my studio in the next few months (including umbrellas, tote bags, change purses and more!!!), I promise to give you all a sneak peek as items become available. Happy New Year!

Coming Soon: New Etsy Sewing Pattern shop!

November 26, 2013

I have been very quiet with blogging recently, but it is only because I am so busy preparing to publish my new sewing patterns! Some details are still being ironed out, but here is a sneak peek at what will be available.

Pippa Patterns Sample Cover

Pippa Patterns Apron Cover


A special “thank you” to Jeanne Isaacs for her wonderful photography and excellent advice. A big “thank you”, also, to my friends Rachel (of 15 pies and the blog Derivative Dishes), and Lea with her adorable baby Dorothy. They are all beautiful (as you can see in the photos) and great friends–I couldn’t have gotten though this project without you all!!!


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