Summer Days

August 26, 2014

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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

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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!

Weekend Plans + Sunday Sewing

July 18, 2014

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July feels like a whirl of birthdays. First mine, then both my parents (spaced only a few days apart) and a few good friends sprinkled through out the month. This means a lot of cake… but I am not sad about that at all! My plans for this weekend involve more birthday fun, some cupcake baking (I am think lemon blueberry sounds very summery, no?) and some sewing. Maybe an apron like this?

Last month I decided I needed a little me time in the week, time that didn’t include shop orders, chores or work for design clients. So I started Sunday Sewing! Which I love that I put that in all caps, as if I founded some kind of group, but really its just me, Pandora and my sewing machine locked in my downstairs office for an hour or two each week. So far I have made a doll & swifter pads so not the most glam projects but maybe as my skills grow I will even post some here. Maybe.

Where Oh Where

July 1, 2014

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…have I been right? It has been a little over three months since I have posted! In the spring I hit a wall and decided to take a break and focus on getting our house in order. I don’t know how but being home with a toddler somehow makes every little mess multiply at a much faster rate than normal…and cheerios seem to be everywhere. So once I picked up the cheerios my family started to fall apart a bit.

Saying good bye to loved ones is always hard and I am the kind of person that sort of turns inward for that stuff and then in June I sort of fell apart. I found out I had skin cancer and no matter how many people you know of or read about, when it happens to you cancer is scary. No matter how small or big or what percentage of people are cured or whatever people try to tell you matters, because it is YOU and it is scary.

Luckily I have good doctors and they helped me catch my cancer before it spread so after a bit of surgery and lots of stitches I get to be cancer free for my 30th birthday! I am pretty happy about that. But it is also a bit hard. Stuff like that can really shake up your perspective and priorities. So here I am kind of feeling my way back to writing here, to designing, to my etsy business.

So I guess to sum up this post: Hi, sorry I was gone. Bad stuff happened & now I am back. Changes ahead.

29 Patterns: No. 4 Rocking Dalas

March 12, 2014

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Wow has the last week been busy & crazy! I am finally digging out of my mess/to do piles & designing patterns again! Little one has been cutting her last teeth, which is awesome and awful at the same time. Awesome that we are in the home stretch of teething and awful because giant molars ripping through a little toddlers gums = super grumpy kid. Oh well! The sun is shinning today and I am posting this from a cozy red adirondack chair in my backyard so life is good (during nap time at least)!

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After designing a logo for the little one’s preschool I was left with some extra rocking horses (I drew out lots of cute little horses before I settled on a final) that had no home & no purpose so I am turning them into patterns! If you like these sweet little dala rocking horses I put them on my society six page & you can have them adorn your cell phone cover, pillows, clocks, even shower curtains!

Quick Craft: Donut Crayon DIY

March 5, 2014

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This project is another one so easy it almost doesn’t need instructions. This is the last projects I made for my little one’s breakfast themed birthday party, we used them as the party favors for her friends. I found the idea on Apartment Therapy & followed the instructions from the Corner Blog.

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Donut Crayon DIY

  1. Strip the paper off your old crayons. This is the part that took some time. Tip: score your wrappers with an x-acto knife where the wrapper folds over itself and the wrapper will peel off in one piece (9% of the time).
  2. Sort your crayons into color groups.
  3. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
  4. Break/chop up your crayons into little pieces.
  5. Arrange the crayon bits in your donut pans
  6. Bake for 13 minutes until the tops are smooth
  7. Cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes
  8. Cool in the freezer for 5 minutes & pop your finished crayons out of the pan.

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My favorite parts of this project were chopping up the crayons & finally using up a big pile of crayons that have been sitting in my craft bins since high school…so awhile!

Calligraphy Practice

March 4, 2014

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Remember when I said I wanted to do calligraphy practice for an hour each day ? No? That’s okay I forgot last week too & only practiced for an hour in the whole week. I have to say though, that I am already seeing improvement so maybe this week I will crack down and get back to practicing my calligraphy.