It is with much anticipation and great delight that I get to announce the release of my newest fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics: Gathered!
Gathered was inspired by finding joy in the simplest things. Gathering food from the garden on a summer day, gathering wild flowers along the roadside and best of all, gathering with the ones we love most. I hope it will inspire you to savor the small things, live a simpler life and cherish all the moments you have with your loved ones.
As I began dreaming up this collection, I pulled straight from my heart and the simple things that bring me the most joy. Growing flowers and food has always been a passion of mine, and now that I get to do it with my littles it's even more so. I find that connecting with the earth in this way, picking flowers that we've grown and eating food directly from the seeds we've sown, is endlessly inspiring.
I hope you'll find that this collection is, as well. Whether you share my same passions or have your own, I wish you more of whatever you love to gather, or more time with whoever you love to gather with.
This is part one of a two part post, stay tuned for my project reveal!
Last fall while exhibiting at International Quilt Market, I zipped by Cricut's booth display and had to take a second look. I whirled around when I saw this magnificent machine, cutting all sorts of materials I didn't think was possible with a cutting machine: leather, thick felt, balsa wood, chipboard, sequined fabric and even that super soft 'furry' fabric that can be difficult to handle. I had the honor of getting a complete demonstration of how the all new Cricut Maker works, and let me tell you: it's sensational!
Here's why I fell in love: the Maker comes with a rotary blade that cuts fabric for just about any sewing project – without backing material. With its gliding, rolling action, the rotary blade cuts through virtually any material (literally hundreds) quickly and accurately. And their all new Knife Blade even cuts through thicker materials like chipboard and balsa wood with ease.
My next favorite feature is that the Cricut Maker automatically detects the thickness of the materiel it's cutting, so there's no more guesswork in figuring out the blade depth. Hello!
I have several projects already planned, the first of which I'll be sharing with you next week, so stay tuned!
Hello June! May was beautiful and filled with projects of all sorts - I've been working hard in the garden, preparing for a summer filled with blooms and veggies. We're also remodeling a 1961 Airstream (see a peek below) and planning a big road trip this summer with the littles.
But possibly most exciting of all, has been the release of my newest fabric collection called Gathered for Art Gallery Fabrics. This month's calendar is inspired by one of the prints, and it begins shipping worldwide today!
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! I'm happy to share a dreamy idea I’ve been working on for the last nine months with two of my favorite people. My in-person workshop: Answer the Call is coming to New Orleans, LA!
Answer the Call was created for women with big dreams: artists, designers, visionaries, shop owners, service providers and goal-getters like YOU. If there’s a vision on your heart that has been whispering (or shouting) at you for too long, learn from three way-showers how to finally answer that call and make it happen.
Come reimagine your life. It’s a one-day intensive for a group of one hundred women. The workshop will take place the gorgeous and serene Botanical Gardens of New Orleans, LA.
Come Away with Us
Come away with us to connect with like-minded women. Come to escape the hustle, reset your focus, and breathe new life into your dreams and plans. Come away to spend the weekend with people who speak your language. Come to bust out of your comfort zone, enjoy new ideas and a fresh perspective.
As your presenters and hosts, Lisa, Kara, and I will be offering an honest and transparent look inside the making of our careers and the courage it took to answer our own callings. We won’t sugarcoat, nor will we water it down. No question will go unanswered, no struggle will go unheard. We’re there with one purpose: to show you what it takes to create the vision of success you never thought possible before.
We’ve each prepared talks, handouts and resources to help you take your ideas to the next level, but we’ve also left plenty of space in between our scheduled sessions to let the idea-generating, action-planning magic unfold.
Save the Date
Meet-ups like this are a huge step away from your comfort zone. We know the decision is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. All you have to do right now is save the date.
Write it down in your calendar: Thursday, October 4!
Next week, we’ll be sending more details your way on how to purchase a ticket via a newsletter - you can sign up to receive it right here. I hope to meet you in New Orleans!
Happy May, everyone! I'm happy to share this month's calendar with you. Spring is here (for many of us) and I've been a busy bee planning our garden and preparing for what summer has in store for us. It's one of my favorite times of the year!
Happy March everyone! I've been browsing seed catalogs, ordering some gardening tools and drooling over the latest David Austin Roses catalog, so I thought I would sprout a seed on your devices, as well. This flower stems (pun intended!) from my fabric collection Lambkin for Art Gallery Fabrics!
By far the biggest hurdle and hardship I hear when it comes to creative endeavors is about getting started and staying motivated. The not-so-fun fact that I learned when I was toying with the idea of becoming a surface pattern designer is this: it's not going to be easy. In fact, it's probably going to be one of the hardest things I do in my entire life. But realizing this actually helped me once I embraced it. This realization pushed me to answer another hard question: do I love it that much? When the answer was undoubtedly YES, I knew there was only one thing to do. Put my head down and get to work.
It will take sacrifice, major brain power, loads of time, weekends spent working, courage, support from family and financial sacrifice and commitment. Realizing all of this just made me dig my heels in deeper. If you feel the same way, then let's go!
The best way to get started is simply that. You must start.
Dedicate a specified amount of time every single day to learning and following your creative dream (this works no matter WHAT the goal!). Maybe it's 15 minutes, perhaps it's 4 hours. Some days will solely be spent researching where to begin or what your next step will be. Google will become your best friend! Don't fret about what you'll be doing the next week, month or even year. If you dig deep TODAY, the answers will come. You will always know your next step. It just unfolds that way.
Now how to stay motivated is an entirely different subject. If you're like me, the times that I feel the least motivated is when I've been looking around too much. Seeing everyone else's beautiful work, their new opportunities, their major successes. It makes me feel defeated and discouraged. The thing is, there will always be people ahead of you, no matter how far along you get in your journey. So my best advice when you're feeling unmotivated is to stop looking around. Turn inwards again, focus on your work at hand. Grow a deep love for yourself and where you are right now.Know that there's a reason for you at your current point, and when you've reaching the next heights new opportunities will meet you there.
If you're just having an off day and feeling the funk, give yourself some grace. Leave your work for the time being and shift things up a bit. Go outside, take a trip, try a new artwork medium. Get back to the bones of what you love. Make something because you want to, not because you have to. Those are the things that usually get my juices flowing again.
Everyone is different so I want to know - when you're working towards a new goal, how do you get started and stay motivated?
Today, I'm so happy to share an beautiful success story with you from one of our dear Roost Tribe members, Diane Rooney. It's uplifting, happy and incredibly inspirational. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!
Dream. Create. Inspire. It’s at the heart of what I do. I love that every day I get to do what I love. It’s not work to me. It’s a source of joy and passion. I love the creative process and I hope what I put out into the world not only brings a bit of joy and happiness to people, but also inspires them to get creative too. I believe that we are all creative and have the right to figure out how to express that creativity.
I love sharing what I know. I love being able to help, motivate and hopefully inspire other women to pursue their dreams.
It has not always been this way. None of what I’m doing now happened overnight. And it often felt like ti would never happen at all. Even when I was finding success as a freelance digital artist and graphics designer, I had many days where I felt unworthy, miserable, incapable, scared and frustrated. Frustrated that I couldn’t seem to move forward.
I'd already overcame a devastating divorce, facing an empty nest and losing my parents. cancer within a year of each other. I knew I was strong and had it in me to take my business and creative desires to the next level. But time and again I let self-doubt creep In and so just bumbled on. Don't get me wrong. I loved what I was doing. I was working from home designing and creating graphics primarily for the craft and hobby industry. It's just that my heart was whispering something new. I kept having these visions of my designs as fabric. They were fabric in a digital world. Super imposed onto 3D objects such as soft furnishings and mock fabric shops. And they made such pretty papers for scrapbooking and other paper crafts.
I'm a great learner. I never stop learning and one of my favourite places online to learn is CreativeLive. One day I stumbled upon Bonnie teaching her Surface Pattern Design course. Even though I considered myself an expert in Illustrator, Photoshop and the fundamentals of surface pattern design, I was mesmerised by Bonnie's class. I signed up straight away and also joined her monthly membership, the Roost Tribe.
It was her gentleness and willingness to share all she knew with a genuine kind heart and authenticity you rarely see. There was no question that Bonnie believed by sharing all she knew as a successful business woman and surface pattern designer, she could inspire other women to follow her path and find their own authentic voices and success.
There and then I decided to go for my dream of having my own fabric line. Again, it wasn't overnight. I took time out most days to sketch and build up a portfolio of collections. I fine tuned and honed them in time and time again over a couple of years. I re-coloured and re-drew over and over. Her words echoing 'There's room for you" on the days I wanted to throw my hands up and give in. I persevered. I watched Bonnie's classes, over and over. So inspiring and incredibly motivating!
And then one day I decided to show my work. I signed up for a "designer's booth" at the Craft, Hobby and Stitch trade show. It's Europe's biggest trade show for the craft and hobby market for the UK and Europe. My goal was to initially show my work and get some feedback. Not only was the show a huge success for me from day one), It gave me the confidence to make appointments with a couple of fabric manufacturers that were there. I walked the show, took names and asked If I could see them on the last day -always a quiet day.
Yes, I was crazy nervous. Yes, I honestly wanted to run away. I was 52yrs old. What was I thinking?! I was surrounded by what seemed much younger, more successful designers. Doing what I wanted to do? Was there really room for me? But it only took "10 seconds of bravery' and before I knew it, I was designing my first fabric collection which Is due in shops March 2018. And I'm already designing my next one. Faith and action. It opens doors. There is something amazing about putting yourself out there. There's a knock on effect. More opportunities come your way.
Be brave. Be bold. Believe In yourself and know the there isn't any one like you. Be true to yourself, develop your own style and the rest will fall into place. Yes, it's a crowded market but there's only one you. It's what will make you stand out. Be authentic.
Psst! Enrollment for the Immersion Course opens February 19th. Are you ready?Surface Pattern Design Immersion is an 8-week Online training program for creatives who want to learn Adobe Illustrator, surface design and the business of how to become a licensing artist. It’s a completely comprehensive course, designed to give you a unique and immersive experience into the world of Surface Pattern Design. Because we all know, the best way to accomplish your BIG goals is to immerse yourself in the learning, the industry and in the community.