My First Freebie!

Posted on June 16, 2014 and tagged Freebies

On my old blog I used to make these little freebies. Most of the time they were desktop backgrounds, but sometimes they were little printables. I really enjoyed it so I thought I'd bring it back here! Another thing I plan on bringing back is a photo series I used to call "The View from my Phone". I would take 6 pictures every week with my iPhone and post them on the blog. Looking back at them now, it's almost like reading a journal. It's fun remember the little mundane stuff like what I was wearing and what my cats were up to. Since it's a Monday today, it seems like a good place to start!

So here is this blog's first little freebie. I hope you enjoy it. There's a few desktop sizes and one for your iPhone too. I called it "Addition" and I'm really digging the warm, neutral colour palette.

Download the Backgrounds
1440 x 900 // 1920 x 1080 // 2800 x 1880 // iPhone

Patterned Pineapples

Posted on April 13, 2014

Here's a new pattern I've been working on lately. I don't think I'm quite 100% happy with it, but it's pretty cute! I've been taking Rachel Taylor's course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and it's been really fun playing around with colour this week. Last week was all about loosening up and finding your own style. That's when I drew this little pineapple cutie. Since then it's been through about 15 major reworks and countless colour scheme changes as I'm trying to define what my design style is. Still haven't quite figured it out but now I've got a craving for pineapple!

New Colour Territory

Posted on March 20, 2014

I've been working on this new floral pattern on and off for about a week now, and I'm really happy with how it's turned out! My colour inspiration was a really bright floral pattern on a dark blue background with some bright pink pops. As you can see, it turned out completely different from what I planned!

I just kept fiddling with the colours and nothing seemed right. I ended up with this palette by using the 'Recolour Artwork' tool in Illustrator. Normally I go in and tweak each individual colour myself until I like what I see, but after what seemed like a hundred tweaks I started playing with the harmony rules at the top. From what I can see it takes the colour you have selected and shows you some of the of the harmony rules to got with it. I'm so glad I found this feature! I probably never would have picked these individual colours myself, but I love how they look together. Just shows that I need to brush up on my colour theory a bit.

New Pattern: Summer Floral

Posted on March 11, 2014

My new pattern is now available in my Society 6 shop. Makes a really cute iPhone case! There's also a darker version too, but since spring is on the way I'm into this bright one more.

Starting Fresh

Posted on March 9, 2014

So I guess I should welcome to my new blog and thank you for checking it out. I'm really excited to have a space to dedicate completely to my love of art, pattern and colour. I wanted to start this blog off by telling you a bit about my blogging history and how I ended up here.

I had been blogging for about 3 years over on Mr. Handsomeface. That blog started out as a way to promote my Etsy shop and feature other Etsy sellers. The posts were all pretty boring and amatuer looking, but I learned a ton about blogging during that period. Then Pinterest came along and DIY posts were totally blowing up the internet. I never really thought people would like to learn how I glue stuff to other stuff, but a few of my DIY posts became pretty popular. I had a lot of success of Pinterest and Craft Gawker and totally loved coming up with new ideas and photographing them.

In December of 2012 I took a little break from blogging when my step-dad died. I just wasn't in the mood for playing with glitter and ribbons anymore. Unbelievably, around that same time my dad was diagnosed with cancer and ended up passing away in November 2013 (not even a year after I lost my step-dad). Let's just say 2013 was not a great year for me. A little while ago I started thinking that I really wanted to get back into blogging full force again. It used to get me so excited and I've met some really awesome people through blogging who are now my IRL friends! But every time I tried to come up with a new crafty DIY post, it just felt like... I had done it all before. Every idea that I thought was totally original idea would go in the garbage after a quick google search revealed that a thousand other bloggers had the same idea. I thought about staying with Mr. Handsomeface and just changing focus but I felt like I wanted a fresh space to work with. I had also been playing with the idea of going by my real name instead of a blog name.

And here we are! I had a lot fun designing this new blog and I'm sure I'll change it up again soon because I just can't sit still, but for now I'm super excited to fill this blog up with colourful, beautiful posts!