Summer Self Portrait Wrap Up

July 1, 2015

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So much for weekly updates on this, right!? Somehow I managed to space out on posting here as I took my photos, probably because I always under estimate how much time I really have each week. Anyhoo! I really enjoyed dusting off my big camera (and occasionally using my iPhone) to document myself as summer kicked off in June. At the beginning I had grand thoughts of doing this project for June – August but as the heat started hitting this past week (and my belly has been growing more rapidly) I decided June was good enough for me! So yesterday was my official end and I am ready to embrace July and some new creative pursuits (more watercolors and hand lettering!).

Summer Self Portraits

June 1, 2015


Today is the first day of June and I am SO very excited! I have been dreaming of summer and I have decided June 1 is my own official summer start! I don’t take a lot of selfies and have never been good at jumping in front of my own lens so this summer I decided to put my tripod and remote to good use and take a daily self portrait! It is a little scary to think about that many photos…but one day at a time right? Right!

Today I decided to keep it simple and just plop down in front of my camera. I honestly think the last time I had my DSLR out was Christmas! How insane is that? Life has been busy but I am excited to take some photos again. Cheers to summer, sunshine & self portraits! I will probably post weekly recaps here and of course each shot daily on flickr so feel free to follow along. Or if you want to start your own summer self portrait project send me the link I would love to see your photos too!

Friday At Last

March 27, 2015

uw cherry blossoms on clever thursday

Today (and this week really) has been a bit long. I am excited for the weekend. Excited to be away from the things that weekdays seem to bring. A few weekends ago my little family and I took a jaunt over to the University of Washington to see all of the lovely cherry blossoms. I miss walking to class through the quad in the Spring and sketching outside in a carefree way (i.e. no small children stealing your pencils and erasers). But I wouldn’t trade now for then even if I could. Isn’t that how it always is? You love the places you have been but you always know you can’t REALLY go back?

A few things from the week that caught my eye to enjoy this weekend…

Purple Umbrella Fabric = Plumbrellas!

October 10, 2014

plumbrella - a purple umbrella fabric by karisa marley on spoonflower

Purple umbrella fabric, who knew it could make me so happy!? I am finally getting into my productive Autumn groove. Preschool is under way, summer plans have given way to crisp fall days with leisurely activities & I am happily sketching and drawing away!

I created my plumbrella design for this week’s spoonflower contest. I actually reworked an old drawing of an umbrella that I had created for a baby shower (way back in the day) and gave it new life with patterns and rain boots to match. Making it purple seemed like a good choice since I see enough grey/blue days here in Seattle.

If you are a fan of my perky purple umbrella fabric then click here and add your vote on spoonflower!

Shop Updates – Clever Thursday Fall 2014

September 11, 2014

return address rubber stamp  by clever thursday on etsy

Life has been hectic as Fall approaches, but while the weather was still sunny last month I made the time to update Clever Thursday on Etsy with some fresh product photos, yay! This may seem like a quick/easy change BUT I of course had to get all crazy and try a ton of new layouts (most of which I nixed in the editing stage) & I built a light box for better product detail shots (more on that later).

return address rubber stamp  by clever thursday on etsy

I feel like all the work was worth it though. I mean look at that wonderful photo of my wood handle stamps, I don’t think they have ever looked so fabulous!

custom state rubber stamp by clever thursday on Etsy

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the new photos (and new products…like that custom state love stamp) be sure to click over to my shop and enjoy the pretty floral notebooks, colorful envelopes & shiny wooden stamps!

return address rubber stamp by clever thursday on etsy

Summer Days

August 26, 2014

summer mermaid \ clever thursday

Today I was splashing at the beach with the little one and I realized that Summer will soon be over and to be honest I almost felt like it hadn’t really begun yet. One thing is for certain my usually summer blogging lull definitely happened! I drew this little mermaid months ago but she never made it to the book she was intended for. But I thought she needed a home, so now she can sit on the blog as my representation of the almost/not quite summer that I am having.

Vintage Fishing Lure Fabric

August 8, 2014

intage fishing lure fabric by karisa marley for clever thursday sold on spoonflower

Who knew that vintage fishing lure fabric could be so fun? At first I wasn’t into the spoonflower weekly contests theme of fishing lures but then I chatted with my hubs (the only person I know that really truly fishes) and I designed this cheery little vintage fishing lure fabric! You can purchase the fabric in my spoonflower shop (which I am slowly filling and updating to be fabulous).

The upcoming contests themes look pretty fun (hiking, neighborhoods, etc.) so hopefully I will make some time to crank out more designs… I am all about practice practice practice! Maybe I will even post them here a little sooner than a month after the contest… better late than never though, right?

A New Challenge: Spoonflower 30 Days of Drawing

August 4, 2014

cacti on clever thursday

Oh i am a sucker for a good group challenge…take a 100 photos? Sure! Make a summer bucket list? Oh Yeah! So of course when I saw on the Spoonflower blog that they were launching a 30 day drawing challenge I was pumped! I have been trying to make more time for surface design lately, I even have a fun tennis themed fabric in this weeks fabric contest so I am really excited to do some more drawing / sketching / doodling to get more inspired and make some more fun patterns! I will be sure to post my doodles here as well this month, but if you like drawing you should go here and sign up for the challenge too!

PS Today’s prompt was cactus… and somehow I managed to make some drawings in my travel sketchbook while my little one played outside in her little pool, it was a toddler mom miracle!