03 November 2016

SPOONFLOWER Poinsettia Gift Tag Voting Is Open

Joy to the world! Head on over to Spoonflower to vote for my 'Joy To The World Gift Tags' if you'd like. Voting is now open! (Go the the website - then click 'Discover' - then 'Design Challenge' - then enter the voting section.) Thank you to each person who takes the time to vote for my designs. It really means so much to me.

01 November 2016

SPOONFLOWER Joy To The World Gift Tags

Now that Halloween is over let's bring on Christmas! No? Too soon? Later this week (Thursday) my 'Poinsettia Gift Tag' themed design will up for voting, but I wanted to let you know that it is up for sale NOW! Hurray!

The design is called 'Joy To The World Gift Tags'  because I love color and I love the joy of the holiday season. Ground breaking!
Below is a picture taken straight off of my phone to let you know how the colors look printed on Kona Cotton in real life. I can't wait to cut these up into fabric gift labels! You can also get them printed on gift wrap or peel and stick wallpaper. Such an easy, personal touch this holiday season.
I'll be sure to check in on Thursday to remind you that voting is open on Spoonflower. I hope you have a great day. I am finally on the upswing after the Halloween sugar coma. Remind me to back away from the candy next year, okay? Okay.

26 October 2016

SPOONFLOWER New Designs For Sale

It's been a while, hey? Last spring I was feeling BURNT OUT. Like, would throw random stuff in a lunch box for my kid and call it lunch. It was bad. I decided to take the summer "off". (Considering I am a stay at home mom, "off" is relative.) I stopped sketching, reading, watching movies. Thankfully, most of our commitments slowed down over the summer because my volunteer mojo was running on E.

I spent most of the summer in my garden and at the pool. My brain needed to shut off and my body wanted to move. I even *gasp* started exercising again. It was good.

After settling my two older kids into school, I've been creating and drawing and making every day. I am full of inspiration. I hope to share more, but for now I wanted to share that some of my designs are now for sale in my Spoonflower shop.

Watercolor Geometric Swimming Pools Blue - (Feel free to be blown away by the originality of that name) I think this would look fantastic printed on canvas and made into a pool bag. Can you just imagine?

 Friendly Pinata - This one is on my list to order as gift wrap. It's perfect for any occasion!

Moonlit Garden - This pattern was made for the Spoonflower contest held with Sprout patterns when they premiered the Asaka Kimono by Named Clothing.

Floral Onion - I still adore onions. Sorry, husband.

Tale of the Ocean -  My personal favorite of the bunch. I think it is because my daughters love mermaids so much. It's interesting how much they influence my work.

19 May 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Bucketfeet Shoes Design Challenge

I'm happy to announce that my entry in the Spoonflower + Bucketfeet Shoes design challenge was accepted and is now up for voting! The prompt for this challenge was 'Ocean Conservation'. I often feel overwhelmed when confronted with such a huge issue. It feels insurmountable and I start to believe that my efforts are so negligible in regards to the problem that I may as well give up. Does this happen to anyone else?

When I feel doubt creeping in I imagine the world as I wish it to be. I imagine clean oceans and endless possibilities. Suddenly I am filled with hope and renewed optimism. My entry for this contest reflects that. The ocean in my design is a place where anything is possible, even mermaids.

Head on over to Spoonflower to vote!

25 April 2016

REMINDER Wrappily Earth Day Contest

Just a quick reminder for the Frieday morning: Don't forget to head on over to Wrappily to vote for my two entries in the Earth Day Contest! Voting closes the 29th. Happy Friday!

21 April 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Sprout Patterns Design Challenge


Good Morning! Today voting is open for Spoonflower's Sprout Patterns Design Challenge. I found the 'Japanese Garden' both challenging and fascinating. In our younger years, my husband and I both developed a love for Japan and traveled there (separately). This is the first time I've tried my hand at creating anything so directly influenced by a culture I enjoy so much.

Head on over to Spoonflower if you'd like to vote for my 'Moonlit Garden'.

15 April 2016

Wrappily Earth Day Contest

Hello, Friends!
It's been a while. I've been designing and sewing in spurts while keeping up a steady stream of Downton Abbey bingeing. Priorities.

Today I wanted to share something new with you. Have you ever heard of Wrappily? Wrappily is a company that makes recyclable wrapping paper. It's hard to believe that wrapping paper is not recyclable, but it usually isn't. My little tree huggin' heart hurts to think of it.

In the past couple of years I've become very aware of how much trash my family makes and the impact we make on the earth. Cloth diapers, cloth napkins, fabric "paper" towels, bulk groceries, cloth wipes and the like are found all around my house, often to my husband's dismay. (He has drawn the line at "family cloth". Google that. I dare ya.)

When I found out that Wrappily was hosting an Earth Day Contest for designers I knew I had to give it a go! Well, voting is open, friends. Head on over to the Wrappily Contest page and you can vote for my two entries.

The first entry is called Summer Garden. We are trying our hand at our first organic garden this year, so I've been dreaming of vegetables and compost and rain barrels. Add in a dash of bright color and this design is perfect for any occasion.
My second entry is called Vibrant Vidalia. Onions are a divisive food in our house. I looove them. My husband does not. I decided I could have as many onions as I wanted if I made them into a pattern, so this is my take on the beauty of this awesome veggie.
Thanks for checking in! Have a great weekend!

17 March 2016

Watercolor Contest Entry


This is my entry for the Spoonflower Design a Day Contest. I am a beginner watercolorist to say it politely. As a matter of fact, I used my toddlers watercolors to make this! Use what you have, right? I've been dreaming of swimming at our neighborhood pool this summer, so this is my take on those cool, crisp pools as they look from above. I love blue, but don't often use it in my designs for some reason. These blues soothe my soul and feel like a big, deep, creative breath. Hurry up, summer!

As always, this one is called 'Watercolor Geometric Swimming Pools Blue' (catchy, right?) and you can vote for it on Spoonflower.

16 March 2016

Spoonflower Design A Day Contest

Day 3: Abstract
 Hi, Friends. Looonnnggg time, no see. Ever have one of those times when you have so much to say that you can't say anything? I've felt like that lately, bursting with ideas and I just can't get them out fast enough. It's a wonderful problem.
Day 8: Photography
 For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to keep up with the Spoonflower Design A Day Contest. (Search #sfdesignaday to see everyone's amazing work!) I've at least tried my hand at most of the themes in my sketchbook, but getting 15 patterns to the final stage has proved a bit tough.
Day 2: Watercolor
Yesterday Spoonflower announced this week's contest theme of 'Watercolor' and submissions are due tomorrow! I work best under pressure, so we'll see if I can whip up anything passable today between school pickups.

Spoonflower recently changed their contest setup so check out their upcoming contest page to read more about it. Here's to exciting new possibilities, right? If you'd like to see my progress shots follow me on Instagram as @tiffanyheiger.

18 February 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Love Is In The Air

Love Rains is my entry for Spoonflower's 'Love is in the Air' contest. We had to use weather and love related themes to create a pattern and I am so pleased with this cheerful design. It makes me smile because rainy days are my absolute favorite. As always, if you'd like to vote in this week's competition head on over to Spoonflower. Happy Thursday, friends!

11 February 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Til Death Do Us Art Deco

I mentioned last week that I was working with a limited palette for Spoonflower's weekly contest. Here is my art deco inspired design called 'Til Death Do Us Art Deco'. I've think I am the proud owner of a few new crow's feet wrinkles from squinting at my computer screen while working with these colors, but it was a fun challenge. These colors really do lend themselves to a soft, romantic wedding look. Hop on over to Spoonflower to vote!

04 February 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Interspecies Animal Friendships

Have you ever gotten an image in your mind that you just can't shake? Well, last week I came across a picture of cowbirds sitting on the back of a bison. Something struck me about the way the birds just rode along all casually on top of that magnificent beast. This week's Spoonflower contest theme is 'Interspecies Animal Friendships' so I thought I'd use that captivating image as my inspiration and see where it took me.
This is the design I ended up with. It's called 'Bird and Bison' because the more I learned about birds and bison the more their symbiotic relationship reminded me of the relationship between siblings. They both tolerate each other for the good things they do for one another. The birds eat the bugs which would otherwise bother the bison. And I challenge you, show me a good sibling who hasn't bitten off the head of someone bothering their brother or sister? The bison, on the other hand, scare off the prey which would attack the birds. Sounds like a big brother or sister to me. So, I like to think these two are friends.

If you're so inclined, head on over to Spoonflower to vote for Bird and Bison or take a look at it in my shop.

03 February 2016

LIMITED COLOR PALETTE Grey, Cream, Cucumber, Peach

Today I am working with the limited color palette for an upcoming Spoonflower contest. It's a tricky palette and my eyes are crossing because it is so pale. What would you do with this palette of grey, cream, cucumber, and peach? Is it just me or do those colors make you crave some sorbet or gelato?

29 January 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Friendly Pinata

A couple of weeks ago I entered Spoonflower's Pinata contest. Here is my entry called 'Friendly Pinata'. I had a lot of fun making it and would love to see it on wrapping paper. I'll let you know when my swatches arrive and it is for sale!

12 January 2016

MUSIC LOVE Tal And Acacia

Lately I've been thinking about the messages, stories, and words I let into my mind every day. There is so much noise out there and so much of it is negative. To tackle this a little bit at a time, I am trying to only listen to music with a positive message. For me this is music that focuses on God. That sounds as boring to me as it might to you. Finding Christian music that really grabs me is tough. Luckily I came across this group called Tal and Acacia.

Here are a couple songs we're loving:
Garbage In - My preschool aged son is fascinated by this song. We've been talking about how what we allow into our minds affects us and molds who we are.

Wake Me (Noah Song) - Beautiful. I can't even tell you how much I love this song.

Yahweh - A sweet song that echos my own heart call.

Give them a listen and let me know what you think. Any other groups you recommend to nourish your heart and soul?

08 January 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST For The Record

One of my favorite childhood memories is listening to music with my dad. The time we spent riding around in his truck singing along with Paul Simon's Graceland meant so much to me we actually danced to 'The Boy in the Bubble' at my wedding. Seeing as I was a dance major in college I choreographed a fun dance for us and I think we, along with many of the wedding guests, laughed our way through the entire thing. To give you an idea of how serious this "dance" was, the "Sprinkler" was one of the moves we used... liberally.

When I first saw the Spoonflower Weekly Contest Theme of "Rock and Roll" I was pretty stumped. I'm just not a Rock and Roll girl. The closest I come to it is my affinity to wear all black. Uh oh. Then remembered my dad's generation of rock and roll and the afternoons I found him listening to a few vinyl records when I was a girl.

 This pattern, For the Record, is a tribute to the good old days and my good old Dad.

Head on over to Spoonflower to vote in the Weekly Contest.

07 January 2016

Beautiful Obliteration

Remember the time I ripped out all of the carpeting in my house? When my husband and I were moving our entertainment center, we found a couple years worth of Duplos, marbles, and random toy pieces underneath it. We cleaned it out as best we could, but after we slid the unit out of the way we found a pile of the strangest looking crumbs. It looked like a jelly fish had died in the middle of our family room. What the...?!?! 
Now, I've seen a lot of strange messes during my years as a mother (and I have to ask, "Is this chocolate or poop?" more times than should really be allowed), but I'd never seen anything like this. I put on my mama armor, (In case you are not familiar, this is the armor that let's a vomit-phobic mother catch barf like a champ and keeps me from gagging when I have to wipe snot bubbles.) and poked the crumbs with my finger.
To my relief, it was just a bouncy ball. An obliterated bouncy ball, that is. The weight of the entertainment center had decimated the ball into a pile of the most beautiful crumbs I'd ever seen. I scooped the mess up and set it in our windowsill because even though it was destroyed, it was just so lovely.
Have you ever been through something really tough? Like, something that makes you cry most days. Makes you develop an eye twitch. Makes you fall to your knees in prayer because you can't see where it's all leading?
I've been reading the book of Job in the Bible and it's got me thinking. Maybe we are a lot like the bouncy ball in those times of trial. We may be completely obliterated, shattered into pieces, but if we let God work in us he can use it to make something beautiful. The whole bouncy ball was ordinary and boring, but put under pressure it became something captivating and extraordinary.
Let this little ball encourage you, Friend. Let the pieces of your life show your beauty. Let the trials of your life expose the extraordinary within. The best part is, we do not have to stay in pieces like this bouncy ball. There is a God who can turn our mess into something better, something new, unexpected, and whole. Amen.

05 January 2016

SPOONFLOWER CONTEST Window Whimsy

If you'd like to vote for my next pattern, 'Window Whimsy', in the Window Spoonflower Weekly Contest head on over to Spoonflower. I fought and fought myself while making window patterns and this hand drawn geometric is where I ended up. Take a look at all of the other gorgeous patterns while you are there. This has got to be one of my favorite batch of contest entries I've seen so far!

04 January 2016

Spoonflower 2015 Year in Review

For the past 6.5 years I have been deep in the waters of motherhood. Mothering small children is exhausting. And rewarding. And exhausting. I feel like I have been swimming and swimming, keeping my head down and doing the hard work, just to survive.

Seven years ago I gave up dancing, because a beautiful, little baby girl stole my heart.
Seven years ago I gave up thinking of myself first.
Seven years ago I gave up nights out and sleeping in.
It has been the best almost 7 years.

I gave up many things because I didn't want to give up.
Motherhood is intense and in order to keep swimming I had to let some things slip out of my hands. I couldn't keep afloat while clutching all of those things that really didn't matter. It was a hard decision, one I regretted and beat myself up over many times.

However, 2015 marked the start of a new part of my life.  I swam hard and clutched at every life preserver thrown my way and I have reached the shore. My youngest is almost 2 and my years of trying to merely keep my head above water while mothering babies have come to an end. I made it.

Because of this I am so excited about this year. There is so much possibility. With gratitude for where I've been, I am celebrating the start of a new season.

Today I want to celebrate a small victory of this year and toast to the new year to come. Head on over the the Spoonflower Blog to check out their 2015 Year in Review. You'll see me there under the First Time Weekly Contest Winners!

Happy New Year, Friends! I am celebrating the victories, battles, journeys, and moments of last year with you today and look forward to all of new ones we'll face this year.

By the way, you can now find me over on Instagram!