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Apr
21

Surtex is just around the corner!

It is that time of the year again when I am in the home stretch for my licensing tradeshow, Surtex. It’s a month away and there’s lots of tasks to do and art to complete. I basically tell my friends and family that I have to hunker down at this time and can emerge in late May. haha. Here is my promo postcard for the show, remember last year’s? I kept the same format but didn’t include my headshot this time to make it a little different (I am also sporting a new do these days and need new photos). I really want the card to act as an eye-catching preview…it has a collage of some of my new patterns in trendy colors and themes.

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Apr
16

Hallmark and Sarah Jessica Parker

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I just found out about this. I guess it has been available since January and will be thorought the year. It is a must see! Did you know Sarah Jessica Parker has a line of greeting cards, stationery and gift bags and boxes at Hallmark Stores? I am so glad I know now. This line is impecibly designed, fashion-forward (like SJP herself) and offers something for everyone. The use of embellishments like ribbons, fabrics, bling details and raised elements make these items so special. They are like little pieces of art. I stood in the store for a long long time oohing and ahhing over the cards. SJP_Hallmark2SJP_Hallmark1These cards are sooo good. Lots of fashion illustrations, beautiful sentiments and bless their hearts – hand lettering. I absolutely love this line. Here are some of my faves…
SJP_CArds2SJP_CArds1Check out these stationery items – journals, memo pad set and adorable gift boxes too. All are available at your local Hallmark store.

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Apr
10

Art Licensing LA: latest news

Getting ready for Surtex. Lots going on over here. Check out my collaborative group Art Licensing LA‘s latest newsletter and see sneak peaks of our work! Go here.

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Apr
7

April Desktop Wallpaper

Spring is here! In celebration I made a watery, festive, desktop wallpaper design for you. Download all formats here:
1680 x 1050 1440 x 900 / 1280 x 800 / ipad / iphone

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Mar
31

Pattern Play: Tropical

Tropical is a huge trend! It is everywhere – home decor, clothing for women, men and kids, accessories etc. The upcoming Brazilian Olympics and World Cup have made it a hot hot hot. This trend will not be going anywhere for awhile so keep your eye out for it. This spring and summer you will see various ways the tropical look is interpreted – tropical fruit patterns, hawaiian prints, palm frawns, tropical birds, tropical plants and flowers, wild animals and animal prints. I rounded up some tropical-inspired items in the marketplace for you to wear and use in your home.

Tropical_patternPlayTropical_Roundup_PatternPlayTropical_Roundup_PatternPlay_homepillowtote bag / bird pillow / dress / shirt / bikini top / sneakers /palm frawnsbedding / rug / flamingo / plate / wallpaper

 

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Mar
28

Off the Grid – Resting and Recharging

Rest&Recharge_letteringBeen off the grid lately and it’s been sooo nice. Have you ever taken a few days, a week or even longer to not be on social media, not blog – just unplug? I have really recharged and had time to myself without distractions. I even took a day off and didn’t think about deadlines, schedules, finances or responsibilities. I caught up on some things I have neglected, cleaned up my home, fed my soul – went to the park and did some drawing, took photos and just recharged.

I drew “Rest and Recharge” on the chalkboard in my office to remind me to check in and take breaks. Recently, I had a small health scare that made me realize how important it is to take care of myself mentally and physically. I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder that made my arm go completely numb that was extremely scary. I am fine now but realize I can’t push myself too hard and need to take more breaks at the computer. I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to your body and monitor your behavior. Are you working too much, are you working long long hours without breaks, are you not exercising or eating well, not getting enough sleep? Please take care of yourselves and have some “you” time this weekend. xo

 

 

 

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