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My Sewing Friends

These are my sewing friends. They are quite awesome!Grubers Retreat 2014

Front row: Cindy, Amanda
Back row left to right: Rene’, Doris, Toni, Mary, me, Stephanie

I can’t remember the last time I sat at my sewing machine, especially since going to art school and starting my own business. Life gets busy, especially when you have so many interests and hobbies. So it was a treat to spend an extended weekend with my sewing buddies at a retreat center. This was our fifth year together, although I couldn’t make it last year because I was working at two design internships and a freelance job.

I managed to make this cool new bag using the new Pretty Potent fabrics which I love because they are bold, bright and beautiful. I also adore the illustrations that make up the repeating patterns on these prints.

Pretty Potent sew together bag

my sew together bag using Pretty Potent fabrics

The pattern seemed complicated, especially since I haven’t sewn anything in a long time, so I enlisted help from a few of my friends who already made this pattern and ended up making another bag with me. It’s the Sew Together Bag designed by Michelle of the Sew Demented blog, and it was actually very easy to follow. I called it the magic bag because it’s magical how everything comes together to make three zippered pouches on the inside that also form four additional inside pockets with one long zipper closure that doubles as a handle. I envision using this bag to hold sewing notions, but I need another one to hold drawing tools and another one to hold makeup, so I definitely need to make more of these. I really love her design and the pattern.

Sew Together Bagsfrom left to right: Stephanie’s bag using Kaffe Fassett fabrics, my bag using Anna Maria Horner’s Pretty Potent fabrics, Cindy’s bag using Kaffe fabrics

I worked on some more patchwork using leftover squares, but no finishes to show yet. It was just fun to cut fabric and sew with friends.

patchwork

Everyone brought wonderful gifts to exchange, which was like Christmas: a giant pincushion, a patchwork notebook cover including a composition notebook, a tea towel and hotpad set, a mini boxy pouch with a bar of soap, a patchwork zipper pouch filled with homemade caramels, and a spool of  Aurifil thread and “happy” sign.

happy gifts

When you connect with a group of like-minded people who share similar interests, cherish them!

Terri

 

 

Happy Friday! I’m sharing my latest quote print with you today to send you into the weekend with a bit of inspiration.

be a friend quote

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m spending the weekend with good friends whom I only get to see once a year, so this quote is timely and a good reminder that you need to be interested in others if you want others to be interested in you.

Hope you are inspired by something or someone this week. Enjoy your weekend!

 Terri

Photo taken by me in Garrett Bay, Door County, WI.
Font used: Sallie Scribbles.

My home office / new graphic design studio has been officially open for business for almost two months now, so it’s fun to continue to share the rules, benefits, perks and incentives that contribute to a better work environment and creative space. The culture of a workplace is so important, so it’s nice to have some say in creating that culture.

Home Office Rule No. 12: Interns Will Be Paid

During the summer before my final semester in graphic design and illustration school and portfolio, I worked at two internships – one at the Madison Children’s Museum and the other at Sapling Events, an event-planner for UX conferences. Both gave me great experience but only one of them paid at the end of the term. It’s common in the area of the country where I live that internships are unpaid. And it’s hard to get a job without any experience, so internships are important.

season doodles

When my graphic design studio gets too busy for me to handle to the point that I need to hire an intern or assistant, I want to pay them a salary. They will bring skills to the job so I feel strongly that it’s important to pay someone for the work they are doing.

Some offices have rules like hours, dress code, music, pets, contests and more, so I’ve made a fun list of rules and benefits for my very own office, but more like concepts or an atmosphere that encourages creativity and individuality. I want the home office to be creative, challenging, fun and open. Stay tuned for more fun rules and benefits!

Terri

Click here to see Rule No. 11

Click here to see Rule No. 10: Regarding Meetings.

Click here to see Rule No. 9: Pets Are Allowed.

Click here to see Rule No. 8: Take a break.

Click here to see Rule No. 7: Show your work.

Click here to see Rule No. 6: Learn something new each week.

Click here to see Rule No. 5: Music.

Click here to see Rule No. 4: Dress Code.

Click here to see Rule No. 3: Sketching Kits on the house, which is more of a benefit.

Click here to see Rule No. 2: Coffee on the house.

Click here to see Rule No. 1: Fresh cut flowers every week.

I’ve been trying hard lately to manage my time better so I can keep sketching and doodling random ideas in my sketchbook while keeping up with my licensed art projects and graphic design clients. Here are a few of my sketchbook pages from the past week. Next up, I need to ink them so they are ready to be scanned for digital fun.

sketchbook moth

sketchbook moths

sketchbook moth dance

sketchbook owl

sketchbook forest floor

sketchbook fungus ferns

sketchbook bark

I recently read words of wisdom from established designers and illustrators to make more work. Make so much work that you can’t be ignored. So my goal is to draw more, to draw all the time, to continue to develop my illustration style.

Hope you’re on the look–out for things that inspire you.

Terri

My first licensed art collection of illustrations with Nancy’s Notions and Amazing Designs was released recently. It’s called For the Love of Chocolate, and includes 29 designs centered around a chocolate theme.

Chocolate embroidery packaging

Chocolate embroidery packaging back

The illustrations are digitized into embroidery designs that are put onto a CD for you to load into your computer. You can adjust the size and colors of the design before saving and uploading to your embroidery machine. These designs are intended to be stitched onto kitchen accessories, sweatshirts, totes and more. How fun to have kitchen towels or table linens with cheeky chocolate sayings and designs!
Chocolate embroidery designs cover

Chocolate embroidery designs back

I first met my rep at my portfolio show last December, and then connected with her earlier this year to work on this collection. She provided the concepts and I sketched out ideas in my sketchbook before going digital. Here are a couple scans from my sketchbook. During the digital process, I ended up adding a lot more details, highlights and shading.

cake and hot chocolate sketches

brownie and strawberries sketches

The collection is full of chocolate truffles, cake, hot chocolate drinks, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and ice cream treats. It’s amazing that I didn’t gain 10 pounds while illustrating all those decadent goodies! Here are a few examples of some of my favorites from the collection:

chocolate is cheaper designChocolate design life is short
20-truffles.fancy.plate

I finished two more collections in the past couple months that are currently being digitized to embroidery designs for the Christmas season. They should be ready for release in September and October, so stay tuned for an update.

Now I’m working on illustrating my fourth collection which has a winter theme. It can be tough to focus on doing Christmas and winter themes in July, but I really love the illustration work no matter what the subject matter is, so I can’t complain.

Terri

Happy Friday! I’m sharing my latest quote print with you today to send you into the weekend with a bit of inspiration.

Try something beyond quote poster

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote is a great reminder that you’ll never grow if you don’t try new things. It’s not easy learning new things, believe me. It takes dedication, determination, commitment, and time, but it’s worth the blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t settle for good enough. Push yourself to be better.

Hope you are inspired by something or someone this week. Enjoy your weekend!

 Terri

Photo taken by me in a rain storm in Door County, WI.
Font used: Ostrich Sans Bold and Sister Corita.

My home office / new graphic design studio has been officially open for business for over six weeks now, so it’s fun to continue to share my home office rules, benefits, perks and incentives that contribute to a better work environment and creative space. The culture of a workplace is so important, so it’s nice to have some say in creating that culture.

Home Office Rule No. 11: Company Events and Field Trips

My graphic design studio will be going on regular and frequent company-sponsored events and field trips for inspiration.

Inspiration for artists, illustrators and designers can be found in all sorts of random places, botanical gardens, art museums, art supply shops, grocery stores and coffee shops to look at packaging, stationery shops and paper boutiques, summer picnics and happy hours.

Here’s a random series of photos I’ve taken over the years to remember color schemes, patterns, flowers or arrangement, fonts, label designs, hand-lettering, sign design, shapes, textures, objects and animals for illustration reference.

bellagio mural

paris statue1

bellagio horse

concept art at Magnolia Baker

Magnolia Bakery red velvet cupcake

museum in NYC

olbrich checkerboard

Olbrich-Julia

peacock at the zoo

letterpress letters

tools

It’s a great feeling to expose your senses to new colors, shapes, textures, smells, and sounds. It’s fun to be open to new experiences in unexpected places, especially those that can enhance your ideas and creative skills.

beautiful vendor

sunflower bouquet at market

IMG_5531

IMG_5908

IMG_5918

Colores-del-Sol-Label

chalkboard sign

 

happy hour

cheese wheels at HyVee

cheese shop

coffee burlap sack

Some offices have rules like hours, dress code, music, pets, contests and more, so I’ve made a fun list of rules and benefits for my very own office, but more like concepts or an atmosphere that encourages creativity and individuality. I want the home office to be creative, challenging, fun and open. Stay tuned for more fun rules and benefits!

Terri

Click here to see Rule No. 10: Regarding Meetings.

Click here to see Rule No. 9: Pets Are Allowed.

Click here to see Rule No. 8: Take a break.

Click here to see Rule No. 7: Show your work.

Click here to see Rule No. 6: Learn something new each week.

Click here to see Rule No. 5: Music.

Click here to see Rule No. 4: Dress Code.

Click here to see Rule No. 3: Sketching Kits on the house, which is more of a benefit.

Click here to see Rule No. 2: Coffee on the house.

Click here to see Rule No. 1: Fresh cut flowers every week.

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