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On Repeat

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Filed under Handmade, Illustrations, Process

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One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was design patterns.  Which is pretty odd because wearing patterns scares me.  I know big prints overwhelm and other cardinal rules like that but I usually steer clear and just stick with basics.  I took yet another Skillshare class (love!) and it was excellent.  I just worked out my first digital pattern because of my love of juicing my green juice and I’m pleased with how it turned out!  There is a LOT of adjusting involved with this so where the repeat isn’t obvious and you get a good flow.  It is incessant but necessary, just a little warning.

I am going to submit it to Spoonflower so I can have it available there and maybe there will be a pair of sister pants made for Addy and her little sister?  I hope so, so excited.

I wonder what I should make into a pattern next.

Winter Bunnies

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Filed under Etsy, Handmade, Illustrations

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I think I have sweaters and all things winter on the brain because I’m not wearing these items myself.  I’m in full maternity gear but form fitting and representing the bump.  My bunnies and bears get all the fun this season….and all the bulk.

Now available in my shop.

20 Weeks

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Filed under Life, Photography

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Today is the 20th day of Inktober and I’m 20 weeks this week (half-way mark!).  I wasn’t sure if I could draw every day but so far so good and I want to continue past October.  It is such a good practice to maintain.

I’m still kicking this cold, turned sinus infection, turned cold again.  I bought some probiotics (kefir and yogurt), hoping those help.  No way am I doing sauerkraut.  This was the first year we couldn’t make it out to the mountains to see the leaves change but there are plenty here to look at too.

The colors are gorgeous, the leaves fall much too quickly.

Gone Girl

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Filed under Book Worm

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Oh. My. God.  I just finished reading Gone Girl, fastest I have read a book in a very long time.  I think only two weeks??  I already knew I wanted to go see the movie in the theater but had no idea when that would happen.  So I compromised by reading the book for now.

I am just, no words.  Now that it is over I want to talk about it!  You should follow me on Twitter and if you have read it, let’s talk in direct messages.  Or say stuff here but no spoilers!  That was a good ride that was perfectly matched with book form.  Watching the movie will be completely different.

Almost forgot how much I love reading.

Note to My Mom: Don’t read this one.

The Nursery Project

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Filed under Home, Parenthood

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When we found out we were having a new addition to the family, we were immediately overjoyed.  Couldn’t wait to find out what we were having and imagined how differently our life would be, for the better, with two little ones running around.  Pretty quickly after that my mind was filled with home designer dilemnas because we needed to make a new room for this little one.  Raul and I each have an office, mine in the loft with no doors, his with an actual door and all.  Addison has her own room and then there is the guest room that houses the only other TV we own.

We already knew the guest room was the one that would get all the changes but it is a small room, 10′x10′, and already has a queen size bed.  From my newborn baby days with Addy, the bed was a godsend.  I could just go in there, all times of the night and nurse, watch TV and pass out.  I think the bed will stay because downsizing will just be a disaster.  I can quickly see both of us toppling out in the middle of the night, not cute.  That leaves little space for more nursery furniture so I’m thinking we should focus on finding portable or compact options like a rolling crib on tall legs.  Or a changing table/dresser on tall legs (a little something I learned from Nate Berkus).

I’m in my second trimester (19 weeks) so we need to figure this out and soon.  We installed an IKEA cloud light already with a dimmer, just like Addy’s. Lord knows how much longer I’ll have the energy to design this little room.