art + socks = bliss


When I was in grade school I knew who Charley Harper was. I certainly did not learn about him in my Catholic grade school art class. My uncle was a printer and each Winter on a Sunday at grandma's house we would pour over the big books of Christmas cards. Those cards were then ordered and would have our names already printed on them. I loved those books. My favorite cards were any with Charley Harper art on it. I do remember an iconic red cardinal card that I do think we sent one year. I was mesmerized by how he drew.



I rarely shop. I am hard to buy for. I have what I need. I do like nice things though. And I really like toasty, warm socks. I almost always wear hand-knit socks or Smartwool socks. I even darned my favorite pair of Smartwool striped black socks. I know I do obsess over some things.

And this week I came home to this package of bliss on my doorstep. Not sure it gets much better than this. Charley Harper Smartwool socks. They are a wear now weight and a limited collection. So if you want some art for your feet check out the collection.

Disclaimer: These socks were a gift from a friend (thanks Sarah!). I have no arrangement with Smartwool. I just wish I did.


NOLA fabric


Mardi Gras or New Orleans fabric made using icons from my New Orleans Doodles font. Since I am not a fan of the Mardi Gras purple, green and yellow palette I used black and white. This print is offered as fabric or wallpaper. I can see this fabric made into napkins or a tablecloth for a Mardi Gras party or a hip New Orleans wedding. How fun would it be to use this as wallpaper on one wall in a small room. You can see it here.

plz vote for me...

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Cakes, cookies and candy is the theme of my new fabric design. This will also eventually be a birthday card in my etsy store.

The fabric is part of a contest that ends on Wednesday. If you are so inclined you could vote for me here  Mine is Sweet Cakes & Candy by Outside the Line.

The winner will be the design that receives the greatest number of votes by the time contest voting closes on December 19, 2012, at 6pm EST. Voting is restricted to one voting session per person, with multiple voting disqualified.

Thanks much!


christmas cards & tea towels


First batch of Christmas cards are at Hatch Art House!


Some of you have been asking about the calendar which is now for sale here. This is fabric NOT a finished product. I ordered one and will probably frame it. If you are ordering it for a dishtowel buy a heavier fabric (you choose the fabric they print it on.) I think the colors are accurate but not as intense as the picture here. That is the difference between seeing it on a monitor and it being printed on fabric.

And getting closer on the etsy store....

cocktail party art continues...


Here are just some snippets of the cocktail party art. Above is art for napkins for a contest on  Below is a corresponding fabric print. Now it is on to the postcards, setting up the etsy store and then I'll finish up the font.

Thank you to Pam, Rhonda, John and anyone else who voted for my dishtowel art on I really appreciate it. Voting for that contest closes tomorrow.

cocktail party art

working on a collection of cocktail party artwork for an upcoming contest for Holiday Cocktail Party Napkins. Eventually this artwork will be...

~ fabric for cocktail napkins

~ fabric, to be used anyway you want... maybe tablecloths, a table runner?

~ postcards  and invitation party postcards for my future etsy store

~ and in the end a font....

It looks like it will be a nice work week.



calendar tea towel


As I continue to explore fabric design my friend Maggie reminded me of the site It is a place where you can design, print and sell fabric. They have weekly contests too. An upcoming one is for Calendar Tea Towels so I made one to enter. I am not a fan of contests but think this is a way to figure out the printing and proofing. The winner and top 10 in the contest have their designs promoted and sold on spoonflower. So I am hoping to land in the top 10. And there is another contest for Christmas napkins that I may enter too.

Got some postcards back from the printer, some fun colored envelopes and another good fabric book. So as the weather changes and gets cool I'll snuggle in have a nice creative week. I hope you will have the same.




Busy reading about fabric design and starting to make a few. I think I will make a lot more and then pick some to make into collections. Large pattern, small pattern and some coordinating things like stripes or dots or something.

I am enjoying all parts of this... the thinking, the reading, the designing. I did send the top 2 off to be made into postcards. So maybe there will be an etsy store somewhere along the way. The red one could make fun flannel pjs or a Christmas card.

I am really having fun with this and it occurred to me why. I've spent the last 10+ years making alphabet and illustration fonts but had very little reason to actually use them on anything. So I have this wonderful library of work to use.... more to come on Monday. Have a great weekend!