Sep 30, 2009

New Kid's Print Available on Etsy!

I have two lovely new prints available for sale on Etsy. They feature a cute Bear enjoying a unique ride in a Hot Air Balloon. The print is available in two color combinations, to suit a Boy's Room or a Girl's Room.

I'm working on more prints for kid's rooms that will be available soon.

Sep 29, 2009

Necklace Giveaway

Do you want to win this necklace?

Piruli, the talent behind the Etsy Shop Delicately Wild, is hosting a Giveaway on her blog Lainey Lizzard. The main purpose of this Giveaway is to support and promote the Etsy Spanglish Team. Check the link if you want to enter the Giveaway.
Learn more about the Spanglish Team on flickr here and on Etsy here.

Sep 27, 2009

My local Arts & Crafts Show

This weekend I went to my local Arts & Craft Show. One of the sellers I liked was Everything Beaded by Connie Alexander. She specializes in beaded and wired utensils, glassware, stemware and many other products for the home. I got a Etched Nut Scoop from her.

I also got a Carved Luminary from Pottery Creations by Karen, she has a small shop on Etsy but a nice selection at the Arts & Crafts Show.

There were many other talented sellers like Pottery Peddler that features hand thrown stoneware pottery by Norine D'Auria.

Sep 25, 2009

I Heart Etsy - Cookie Jars

My family loves cookies, all types of cookies, but ironically we don't own a single cookie jar. I'm looking around and window shopping for these treat keepers and that took me to Etsy. Here's a small collection of cookie jars available for purchase.

1. What a Great Canister or is it a Cookie Jar

Sep 24, 2009

Project Runway - Season 6 - Episode 5

Waiting for a new Project Runway show tonight. Here are some of my favorites from last week. I can only imagine how difficult is to make a garment out of newspaper.

Sep 23, 2009

Best of Bristish Second Entry

Here's a second entry I submitted to the Best of British Competition from Tigerprint.

Sep 22, 2009

Christmas Surface Pattern and Etsy Shop

I've been busy working on new Christmas Surface Patterns and Greeting Cards. I'm also designing new pieces for my Etsy shop, hopefully they will be available in couple of weeks.

Sep 21, 2009

100th Post!

I almost can't believe I reached my 100th Post today! I think I've learned some and shared some. I definitely enjoy having a blog and I'll keep posting, learning and evolving.

Sep 18, 2009

I Heart Etsy - Spanglish Team

A few days ago I became a member of the Spanglish Team on Etsy. The team is open to Latin immigrants that have adapted to the USA society which is so different from that of our contries of origin, and to second and third generation Latin-American descendants and have evolved that particular and widespread language we call Spanglish.
Today's collection of products available on Etsy are from members of the team.

1. Yo-Yo Computer Tote By Lolos

There many more talented sellers on the team and I'll feature more in future posts. In the mean time you can check them out on Etsy.

Sep 17, 2009

Surface Pattern Design Process

As I was working last night, I thought I could post part of the design steps I follow as I create a pattern. The process varies a little bit with each design, but pretty much this is the way I work.

I had already drawn a sketch on a piece of paper. Once in Illustrator, I draw the outlines of the main characters.

Then I draw the outlines of other design elements. I usually start my designs in black and white, then choose a color palette.

I add fill color and patterns, also details to the drawings.

Then I repeat the motives all over the canvas, flip a few, change colors in other. I also added an extra layer in the background to tie it all together.

Make sure it looks well placed on the canvas and clean the borders.
Of course a while after I'm done, when I look at it again, I find several things I want to change, and in many cases, I do change them. My husband says my staple phrase is "it's not finished". Pretty much his comment to me goes like this: "oh I like what you did, it looks good, nice job honey... I know, I know... it's not finished".

Project Runway - Season 6 - Episode 4

Project Runway Season 6 is on every Thursday at 10 PM (ET) and I love it. I'm not a fashion expert, far from it, but I enjoy seeing the creative process of the designers. What I enjoy the most about the show is to see how you can give the same task, same budget, and same timeline to a group of designers, and each one of them come up with very different approaches and solutions.

Here are my last week favorites, neither one was the winner look.

I love the simplicity of this look by Nicolas. I like the lines, the color and the contrast of fabrics.

I also think this is a great design by Epperson, love the back and the fitting. Very creative with great craftsmanship.

Sep 16, 2009

Kleenex Hispanic Culture Designs

Kleenex just released the tissue boxes that feature the winning designs of the contest Con Kleenex Expresa tu Hispanidad (With Kleenex Express your Hispanic Culture). The three winners were: Jaime Maldonado, Paola Lagioia and Jessica M. del Carpio. Congratulations to the three of them! Here you can see the three designs.

The three winning designs.

Jaime Maldonado, Design: Celebracion.

Paola Lagioia, Design: Colores Hispanos.

Jessica M. del Carpio, Design: Simplemente Hispano.

Sep 15, 2009

The Cutest Matryoshka Present

What a pleasant surprise I received yesterday when I got the mail! There was this envelope from Mexico, sent by one of the very talented sellers on Etsy: Mi Casita.

The simple and cute return label got me excited already. Inside the envelope I found a cello bag carefully put together with a thank you tag and a sealing matching sticker.

In the bag there was this very well crafted Matryoshka Doll in a zippered pouch. So soft, so cute.

I featured one of Mi Casita's Carminita Matryoshka Dolls couple of weeks ago right here, and Rosy Palma, the designer and crafter, was kind enough to send me a thank you gift.

My daughter made me promise that I would share the doll with her, and she held it gently in her hands.

Thank you Rosy for your generosity. I have to say that I was impressed by the craftsmanship, the attention to every detail, and totally taken by such a cute present.

Best of Bristish

Best of British is the theme of the new contest from Tigerprint. Here's a card design I sent to the contest. This contests are fun little projects that take my mind away from my everyday tasks and I love being a part of them.

Sep 11, 2009

I Heart Etsy - Loving White

Labor Day marks the symbolic end of summer and the old school idea of not wearing white after that date. Who follows that rule anymore? I love white all year round, and that gave me the idea for this mini collection of items you can find on Etsy.

1. Heks Mirror Group (Set of 3)

I hope you enjoy your whites and your weekend!

Sep 10, 2009

Is it Autumn Yet?

I know it's still very hot and humid in South Florida, but the calendar shows that we are slowly moving towards the Fall Season, which reminds me of this Autumn theme surface pattern I did last year as part of my full time job.

Sep 8, 2009

From Doodle to Final Artwork

We are back to another work week after a long weekend. I hope you all had a great time. Remember the doodles I sketched last week? Well, they've become this floral surface pattern that looks to me like a garden in bloom. I used a color palette with earth tones perfect for fall.

Sep 4, 2009

I Heart Etsy - Nautical

I'm on a nautical mood today. Blame it on the 3 day cruise to the Bahamas where I will be sailing this weekend. We leave from the port of Miami this afternoon! I leave you here with a few finds from Etsy that go with the theme.

1. Starfish Art Pillowcase

-----Have a great weekend!-----

Sep 3, 2009


(I apologize for the picture quality, they were taken with my phone)

I'm working at the office the whole day, and sometimes the really big files take a while to save, or open. So while I look at the progress bar I doodle on a piece of paper. I could doodle non stop, but I have to go back to my screen and do my job.

Sep 2, 2009

Snowman for Christmas Cards

I've been working in several Christmas Card Designs. Here's just a sneak peak of a Snowman family I featured in couple of cards, in different color ways.