Every year I design a printable Christmas gift list to help organize all the gifts I'm giving (you can find the last four editions here!). Making a list of all the gifts I make or purchase is a huge help when it comes to keeping all the gift-giving straight. "Did I buy that yet? Wrap that gift for dad?" Using this list will help prevent anything from getting lost or forgotten!
I begin each year by jotting down the ideas I have for everyone (in pencil). Then, as I make items or purchase them, I put a check mark in the box labeled ‘bought’. Next, I check them off one more time as they get wrapped just to make sure everything arrives and gets put under the tree. I also usually jot down the price next to each item, so I can keep track of what I spend each year.
>> TO DOWNLOAD: click HERE to download and print. Have fun, Santa!
Be sure to print 'side 2' to have the 'no peeking' label on visible when you fold up your list! No more spoiled gifts. No more excuses. :)
Today, I'm diving back into the archives of GHTR to share some of my all time favorite Christmas projects with you. Some are for packages and decor (like gift wrapping, printable gift tags and cookie envelopes!) and others are handmade gift ideas (like handmade soy candles, painted wooden spoons and clay baked planters!). These projects are all tried and true, and I hope they'll make your Christmas just a little more special. Explore each of them using the links below!
To be honest with you, I really wish I could keep a handmade shop open all year. It's how I started my journey as a full time creative some 8 years ago and something I hold close to my heart. There's just nothing like pouring love and energy into a product for someone else! And sewing with my very own fabric? There's nothing like it in the world.
Since saying 'yes' to so many amazing opportunities (fabric design, teaching, family!) I knew something had to give, so a few years ago I had to say goodbye to my handmade shop and gear it more towards digital items and art prints.
BUT!! I've made a habit of opening up a handmade shop for Christmas, and I'll be continuing the tradition this year. I'm making one BIG beautiful batch of camera straps for you and yours! Straps will be available for ONE WEEK ONLY in my new shop beginning Monday, Nov. 28th at noon EST. This way, everyone will be sure to receive their straps in time for Christmas.
I'll be sharing with you more about the process and production of what goes in to making each strap next week. But for now - mark your calendars for Monday, November 28th - noon EST!
As tradition goes, I won't be planning to offer these again until December 2017, so be sure to get in while shop is open!
Hello, hello! Today is the day. I just finished hitting 'publish' on a brand new Skillshare class and I'm so excited to share with you! I've been dreaming of this class for so long (a little too long!) and I'm really happy to see it finally come together. You can now join me for Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator on Skillshare today!
PSST. Can you keep a secret? As a little thank you to my newsletter peeps, I'll be sending out a special link in a newsletter later today that will give the first 50 people who click on it FREE access to this course! It's scheduled to go out a 2:00pm EST today. >> Don't miss it by signing up for the newsletter RIGHT HERE.
This course is designed specifically for the Illustrator looking to incorporate painted artwork and watercolors into their designs, using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you're a budding surface pattern designer or licensed STAR, you'll learn tips and tricks along the way that will help build your career (or hobby!) as a pattern designer.
Watercolor artwork is everywhere, but it poses a unique dilemma for Illustrators. Traditionally, watercolors are a Photoshop user's best friend, but this course will teach you how to make them work FOR you in Adobe Illustrator. I'll teach you how to paint with Illustrator in mind, scan and vectorize your artwork, make repeating patterns and color (and recolor!) them beautifully.
Gather the best tools for watercolor painting
Learn to paint with Illustrator in mind
Scan and vectorize your paintings like a pro
Limit the # of colors in your document
Build a repeating pattern with your artwork
Choose a color palette for your pattern that works
Learn to recolor your watercolor pattern with ease
This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautiful painterly patterns, plus my hope is that it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!
From the moment I was introduced to The Baby Cubby, I've been impressed. From the quality of gear and expanse of offerings to their company mission and promise to price match - I've been delighted over and over again! I received my first order just last week, and had my littles squealing with delight as we opened some new (and much needed) warm winter clothes. (Is it just me or does everything stop fitting everyone all at the same time in your house, too?!)
What I've been most delighted with is that The Baby Cubby isn't just another baby store. They offer so much more than that, and truly have parent's best interest at heart. As parents themselves, they work hard to engage with and support their community through this amazing journey of parenthood.
I have had so much fun partnering with The Baby Cubby for this post and together we're happy to offer all of YOU a 10% discount for the next week! Use code "goinghometoroost10" during checkout to receive 10% off today through November 16th, 2016. Thank you, Baby Cubby for your generosity and commitment to parents!
Hello everyone! The Hello, Ollie Blog Tour ended last week and it was full of so many amazing projects + inspiration! I had several talented makers that contributed projects to my Hello, Ollie booth at Quilt Market participate, and the projects included are simply sensational. Many of them come with a pattern, tutorial or are available for purchase, so come on and dive right in!
A part of me can't even believe I'm writing this post. Every year for the past 6 years, I've planned to design a calendar collection, and every year I end up saying, "I'll do it next year". I'm so happy to share though that THIS year has been different! The change is primarily due to finding a local printer that I LOVE. They were able to print these calendars on luxurious papers with beautiful coloring, and I'm so happy with the results. I've thoughtfully paired each of them with different hangers, to give you several beautiful options to choose from.
1. 2017 Modern Botany Desk Calendar Dimensions: 6" x 9" Length: 14 Illustrated pages Price: $18 Features: 2 6" x 9" art prints included with each order! Hang options: 1) simply stacked 2) hang hole + velvet ribbon 3) copper bulldog clip
I've illustrated each page of this Modern Botany Desk Calendar with pretty florals and happy hues to inspire your work station all year. Hang and clip them from a beautiful copper bulldog clip or choose the velvet ribbon for a softer look. Each stack calendar comes with 2 6" x 9" art prints as well (see below)!
2. 2017 Year at a Glance Calendar - Blush Dimensions: 12" x 18" Price: $18 Features: Double sided - once the year is over turn the print around for artwork that will last forever! Hang options: 1) simply flat 2) copper bulldog clip 3) Modern Wooden Hanger
The large Year at a Glance Calendar is the perfect way to make a statement all year round. Once the year is over, simply turn the print around for an art piece that will last forever. Hang it using a pretty copper bulldog clip or choose the modern wooden hanger to turn it into a true statement piece for your home.
3. 2017 Year at a Glance Calendar - Pink Dimensions: 12" x 18" Price: $18 Features: Double sided - once the year is over turn the print around for artwork that will last forever! Hang options: 1) simply flat 2) copper bulldog clip 3) Modern Wooden Hanger
Because I love this large Year at a Glance Calendar so much, I wanted to offer the same calendar in two color options. This one is bright and cheerful and a perfect way to bring some color into your space!
Hello everyone! I have something REALLY exciting to share with you tomorrow, so I'm posting November's Calendar set here today. Get a head start on updating your calendars today and meet me back here tomorrow for something special!
Bye bye October, hello beautiful November! This month's calendar collection uses a new watercolor inspired pattern I made for an upcoming Skillshare class I'm teaching. I can't wait to tell you more about it (soon, I promise)!
A few things I love most about November: pumpkins, family gatherings, hunting for Christmas presents and morning frosts. :) What are some of your favorite things about November?
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