30 October 2015

REMINDER Vote On Ohh Deer Pillow Fight

Don't forget to head over to Ohh Deer to vote for my cushion designs in their 'Pillow Fight' contest! Check out my three entries below.

Visit Ohh Deer to vote for or purchase my 'Be Kind Please Rewind' cushion

 Have a goat lover in your life? This 'Hilly Billy Goat' cushion can't be beat!

This fun 'I Am Contagious' cushion can be found here.

Thanks to everyone who has already voted. Happy Friday, Friends!

27 October 2015

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Garlands of Joy Tea Towel

I am one of those people that love a new calendar, an empty journal, and a good New Year's Resolution. The idea of a fresh start is so alluring and full of possibility. With these things in mind I created a sweet 2016 Calendar Tea Towel for the Spoonflower weekly contest. I hope this 'Garland of Joy' design will help me (and you!) remember to choose joy every day. Voting will open on Thursday, so I will post a link when it begins.

23 October 2015

COLOR LOVE Vintage Quilt Pattern

I found this old quilt book and I have fallen hard for the limited color palettes and cheerful designs. I love finding bits of inspiration in unexpected places.







22 October 2015

SPOONFLOWER Top Ten Winner! [I Am Contagious]

'I Am Contagious' fabric by Tiffany Heiger printed by Spoonflower via Spoonflower
Hurray! My 'I Am Contagious' design (that I wrote a little bit about last week) made it into the Top Ten of the Spoonflower Microorganism contest. The fat quarter pack made up of one fat quarter of each of the Top Ten designs is available on Spoonflower at a discounted price for one week only! My design is available in my shop as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap.
'I Am Contagious' fabric by Tiffany Heiger printed by Spoonflower via Spoonflower

20 October 2015

READ MORE BOOKS Kid's Chapter Books [Part Four]

Today I am sharing a few of my favorite children's chapter books. My three kids are just starting to enjoy chapter books. Right now they range in age from 1-6 and while the toddler is not engaged in the story, she is learning to sit quietly while we read together. Here are a few chapter books we enjoy.

1 -- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers - I hate to admit it, but I never read this book as a child. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the stories left out of the popular film. This magical tale is one of our very favorites to read or listen to on audio book in the car.

2 -- The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner - I have fond memories of this book as a child. Reading it again as an adult was a bit different, but I think it is a great story for children. The role of make believe and resourcefulness cannot be overstated in a child's life.

3 -- The Sacred Mountain by Dalen Keys - My dad recorded my favorite childhood bedtime story in book form a few years ago. This story will always be close to my heart. It not only taught me important lessons, but gave me the courage to follow my passions.

4 -- Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater - Another story I did not read until adulthood, but thoroughly enjoyed. This fun story about an unlikely bunch of penguins is quick, sweet, and a lot of fun.

5 -- The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum - My kids and I are currently making our way through this book and I can already tell we will read it over and over again. The subtle lessons and vivid imagery are great for young children. Even my husband looks forward to hearing this book in the evenings!

6 -- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - This is the other book we are reading currently. I'll admit that it is a little more difficult for my kids to sit through, but I like to push their patience and imaginations, plus it makes them drowsy for bedtime! This story has brought up a lot of discussion about race, social class, manners, and expectations.

7 -- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - My eldest daughter has always had a thing for Willy Wonka, so this book was a shoo in for us. The silly story and memorable characters make this a great choice for kids.

8 -- Stuart Little by E.B. White - My entire family heard this story for the first time on audio book on a road trip and the adults were quite surprised by the abrupt ending. After I got over the shock, I realized that it was a perfect ending for little ones. Their imaginations get to fill in what happens next and it teaches them that we don't always have all of the complete picture in life.

9 -- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - This book is part of a series that cannot be missed. Adults and children alike will love the characters and allegory that abound in this powerful tale.

10 -- The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - I hesitated to add this book to the list. My children have not enjoyed it and we have not yet made it all the way through. However, I loved it as a kid and I think they will too in just a few more years. A survival story with a female protagonist is not to be missed!

Psst - If you are looking for some recommendations for children's books, here is a list of picture books we love. For adults, here and here are some novels I recommend. 

19 October 2015

OHH DEER Pillow Fight

Who doesn't love a good pillow fight?

Ohh Deer is hosting their 'Pillow Fight' competition in a search for new designs to add to their cushion collection. Going to the page and liking, sharing, pinning, and purchasing my three designs will help with my social ranking. At the end of the competition Ohh Deer will add to their existing collection of cushions. Cool, right?

Here are my entries. Go to each page to vote and you can even get a head start on your holiday shopping!




As always thanks for all of your support. It means so much to me!

15 October 2015

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST I Am Contagious

Here's my entry for this week's Spoonflower contest. It's called 'I Am Contagious' and I had a lot of fun with the microorganism theme. My husband gifted me a Wacom tablet and I am having so much fun learning how to use it. This was a great pattern to make to get lots of practice.

If you would like to vote in the contest, go to the Spoonflower weekly contest page.

14 October 2015

Real Life Gets In The Way

A peek at real life in my house while I am designing
Do you want to know how I know that I was really sick last week? I didn't think about surface patterns for days. Almost every night when I am falling asleep I dream of surface patterns and motifs and designs, but I didn't do that for almost 10 days. TEN DAYS!

Well, I am back on the bandwagon now and am working on a little pattern today for Spoonflower's Microorganism challenge. (I am really inspired by this and this.) What do you think?

My house may be a mess, but I am back on my own two feet and ready to draw. I hope your week is starting with a bit of energy as well!

13 October 2015

PERSPECTIVE Breastfeeding A Toddler

Photo by Ashley Black of Fantail Photography
Last summer Ashley from Fantail Photography took this picture of me nursing my last baby. She is now almost 22 months old and still breastfeeds. My other two children weaned at 14 months and 18 months, so this is uncharted territory for me. This little girl has been a champion breastfeeder since the night she was born. She latched on for the first time through my sports bra by herself while I was holding her. I joke that everything is all or nothing with her. This girl gives everything 100%.

Though I have breastfed three children for a total of almost 4.5 years, I had a realization last night. 
When she is nursing, I look down at her and see dark eyes and little hands rubbing the ends of my hair for comfort. I see a content toddler. I always see the same thing: her.

But, she looks up. When we are outside, she sees blue sky and clouds. When we are at the mall, she sees busy people walking to and fro. When we are at home, she sees a familiar place filled with the people who love her. She sees the world around me. She sees the world around me.

At the center of her perspective is me. At the center of her world is the love and nourishment flowing between us. No matter what happens around us, I am there with loving arms and a whisper to calm. So today I remember that her perspective of the world is framed by me, literally and metaphorically. I hope I am up to the challenge.

A Gentle Reminder: Not all mamas can or should breastfeed, but they are still the center of their child's world. To all the mamas who did not breastfeed, you too have hands to feed and soothe. You have lips to kiss and whisper. You love your baby just as much as I love mine. We are in this journey of motherhood together and you are doing a great job.

12 October 2015

MY ARTISTIC VISION Final Thoughts [Part Nine]


I finally made it. Weeks ago I started a journey to evaluate what is most important to me in my artistic journey, perhaps even a career using Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book Gift From The Sea. (If you missed the rest of this series, check out parts onetwothreefourfivesixseven, and eight.)

When I started I knew it was a good thing to do, but I had no idea how transformational it would be for my creative heart. I am more intentional when I create and I take the time to measure whether an assignment, project, or deadline brings me joy and rings true with my core values. Those simple steps give me peace of mind when saying "no" or when I just can't seem to get it all done.

I am still working on my artistic vision statement and hope to share more soon. What about you? What guides your artistic pursuits and projects? How do you decide what assignments to take on? What do you weigh them against?

Thanks for taking this little journey with me.

MY ARTISTIC VISION + CORE VALUES
1 --- Simplicity
2 --- Solitude
3 --- Balance
4 --- Storytelling
5 --- Freedom
6 --- Selectivity
7 --- Charity

05 October 2015

INKTOBER #1

I've started Inktober and will be sharing my other sketches soon, but last week when I mentioned that I wasn't feeling well apparently I really wasn't feeling well. I ended up in the hospital emergency room this weekend. I am on the mend now, but things may be a bit slow here this week while I take some time to rest.

I really encourage all of you to draw along. This sketch is no masterpiece, but it was fun to sit down and draw what I saw. (Plus, knowing how sick I was when I made this it is a wonder it even got done at all!) Taking the time to draw the things around us helps us remember the beauty we take for granted each day, so grab a pen and get drawing!

#inktober

01 October 2015

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Simple Cephalopod

Have I ever told you that I cannot stand octopus tentacles? Even typing that sentence makes my scalp itch. When I take my kids to the aquarium I have to stand with my back to the octopus tank while they tell me how awesome it is.

This week's Spoonflower contest theme is Cephalopod. I tried to put aside my qualms and focus on how fascinating, graceful, and captivating these creatures can be. I decided to keep things simple and a bit cheeky using ink as my focus. Here's my entry: Simple Cephalopod with pen ink and ink spots galore.

As always, if you'd like to vote visit the Spoonflower weekly contest page and check out all of the entries.

If you haven't checked it out yet, head on over to Inktober for a little inspiration. I just heard about it and I think it is just what I need to kick me out of this funk. I've been a bit under the weather this week so I will be resting up tomorrow and see you back here on Monday.