Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Zazzle Products - Pear Pillows

I've ordered some of my products from Zazzle to see how they turned out and I'm VERY pleased with the pillows. I designed these pillows with different backs to give you more options depending on the mood. I love the bohemian artsy look you get with having four different pillows.

 These are the 20x20 pillows cotton throw pillows. They are available in 16x16 cotton and also available as options for the polyester depending on your preferences. Zazzle runs regular specials and I bought these when they were 60% off. They are very soft, and the printing turned out wonderfully on them. 

Here are the regular prices for the different sizes and different pillows. If you sign up for Zazzle, they'll send you notices when they have different discounts. The prices are comparable to Pottery Barn pillows and I was just as happy with the quality.

If you're interested in purchasing unique pillows for your home, click on the link below each design to bring you directly to the link for that design in my Zazzle Store store!

Pear 20x20 Throw Pillow Pillows

Pear 20x20 Throw Pillow Pillows

Pear 20x20 Throw Pillow Throw Pillow

Pear Plaid 20x20 Pillow Pillow

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seriously good restaurants

I'm finding some more treasures here in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida beyond the lovely beaches. The food!

First up, St. Augustine Beaches restaurant Mango Mango. So far I've only eaten here twice, and both times I've had the Chipotle Shrimp Tacos. Oh, my! Southwest flavor + island influences = I-dream-of-these-tacos delightfulness.

Next, I also love Indian food. I've been able to eat at some wonderful restaurants, but I think Zesty India restaurant is the best so far. It's brand new, super clean, and the best... the food! Their signature dishes are so good! Because I don't eat Indian food every day, I usually order Saag Paneer. It's obviously one of my favorites. Since I was living near this restaurant, I started branching out. My favorite so far is one of their signature dishes Lasaniee Aloo Mutter. It has a tantalizing smoky flavor. Another treat is that street foods have been included in their menu.

Both of these restaurants are so tasty they have me dreaming of their food. If you ever make your way down to Jacksonville and St. Augustine, put these restaurants on your list.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Textured Apple Collection

Next up to share is a sampling of the Textured Apple collection. My goal with this collection was to start adding light layers and texture. I really love how the bottom right complementary pattern turned out. It fits the rough, distressed texture I love in design. 

In other background news, I'm working on background items like working with a lawyer on proper filing of paperwork, copyright, trademark, etc. I've starting hiring freelancers to help with areas that are beyond my skill set or too far beyond my capacity. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fruit Collection - Pear

A peek of upcoming work and the story behind the scenes. I've been working on this collection off and on between moving and getting settled into a new place and organized to get this business going! 

I did a bunch of what I would call "ugly sketching"... just doodling on the color palettes I picked out. I pulled out previous work I had done that never made it into an official collection and picked out components I liked. I used sketches that surprised me... half-finished pieces that I liked better than the finished work. Below are the final drawings that made up the above collection. Yes, it's that "simple." It took a few hours to create these drawings. The heavy lifting of the work was done in Adobe Illustrator - coloring, manipulating, placing, sizing. Illustrator has recently gone through a major upgrade and I'm having to relearn the tool. I'm struggling a bit and it's taken me longer to finish work than I would have liked. 

8x8 prints are available in my Artfire shop.

Country Plaid Pear PRint

 Country Gingham Pear Print

I'm also testing out having these prints on Zazzle products as pillows, coasters, and smart phone cases. I've set up shop here, but I have not yet ordered my own Zazzle products, so I cannot comment on Zazzle's quality or speed of delivery. However, I'm planning to order all of the pillows and will share the ideas I have. I'm really digging the bohemian vibe of mixing and matching this collection!

I also have a Spoonflower fabric shop and have some of my Pear Collection. I'm planning to make room darkening curtains out of the green plaid (my absolute favorite of the collection). It's currently the background of my blog right now! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

New work coming soon! A preview

I'm settling happily into Jacksonville, Florida. I'm near my family AND I'm near the beach! I still miss my everyday adventures of living in Hong Kong, but I can create adventures anywhere. 

I've only been here three weeks, but I'm already breaking out the art supplies. I've been creating jewelry and creating designs. Today's post is a peek at just one of the upcoming designs. 

I've been ruminating on my design aesthetic. One of the stops to my core design style is the country style. I have to admit: I'm a sucker for plaids and gingham. I find a warm, homey appeal in that design. I'm really pleased with the plaids in this collection. I've been challenging myself and trying to incorporate aspects of the southwestern design that I find appealing such as texture and organic lines.

Below is a single print from the collection: Orange.

The collection is targeted for release August 1! I will have the fabrics in my Spoonflower shop, these prints will be available in different sizes in my Artfire shop. I'm working on some other products to accompany this particular collection. I'll be sharing bits and pieces of the upcoming collection over the next few weeks. :-)