pattern project update || no. 9 & 10

It's been far too long but I am here today with lots of patterns to share! After weeks of homework, several client project deadlines, and a little bit of traveling, I have come to the conclusion that a Monday deadline for posting patterns just might not work for my current schedule. It's not worth feeling guilty over and I really do want to share what I am working on when I get the chance to. That being said, I am going to lessen the pressure on myself and change this self-initiated project from Motif Mondays to simply, Pattern Project,  in hopes that I can simply share some of my work with you here, when time allows. Sound good?

Here are a few patterns I created for a baby shower for my brothers' girlfriend who is having my nephew any. day. now. She is the cutest, sweetest, greatest thing so I can't wait to meet the little one that she is about to bring into the world. Updates on that will certainly follow, I'm already planning a birth announcement- whether they want one or not!

And here are some really simple, Spring-inspired patterns I recently used in a card design.


motif mondays | no.8

Hello! I am once again a day late but this week I am officially revolting against the cold and rain and never-ending winter we are experiencing. Instead I am putting my brightest, most-Springy pattern up to hopefully lure in some warmer temperatures and some sunshine. This piece was inspired by the upcoming seasons, sandals, and outside events like picnics and food truck fairs.

Things are supposed to thaw out some here over the next few days and I hope that it helps get me back into a better routine of exercise and healthy eating, like some of the fruits pictured above. Here's to some sunshine!


motif mondays | no.7

I guess I should start titling this motif tuesdays, or motif biweekly, since I never seem to get my patterns up on Mondays. Maybe Mondays are just one of those days when you have far to many ambitious projects planned, in addition to school and life and being in the sunshine, and blog posts are just not on that top priority list. So I am giving myself a break but here is a really simple, recent pattern I worked on while our town was covered in ice and and branches of trees were breaking and falling all over our roof; leaving us without power for a few days. It sounds awful but now just three days later it is sunny and seventy degrees and while I'm still catching up with things from our time away (more on our SF trip soon!) I am just happy for the little bits of spring peeking through.

This was probably my most rambling blog post ever, here is a pattern for you. Winter trees.


motif monday | no.6

I've been working on this pattern for another school project but I can't stop thinking about it because we are about to go on an adventure! We leave in two days for a week-long trip to the Bay Area with stays in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkley. We also plan to do some exploring of the coast and hope to drive through some of the Redwoods. I am so excited- like those little kids on the old Disney commercial, remember that one? I'm too excited to sleep! It's been a long time since we went on a real vacation just the two of us and we are ready to check out a completely new (to me) part of the country.

If you have any travel suggestions or must-see spots for the Bay Area please leave a comment and let me know!


motif monday | no.5

Well, I have already missed a week in my motifs! Like I said in my last post, things were getting pretty hectic here and I have been playing catch up for a couple of weeks. But I am here to share and I'll be back later in the week with another pattern and more in-depth post.  Today's floral pattern is an older, but personal favorite of mine, a design I created for my little sister's wedding invitation suite. I had the pleasure of working with her to create the entire suite for her wedding back in August and I think (hope) we really got her vision and color palette across with this design. I love nothing more than a floral pattern so it really was a dream to sketch these up and then turn them into the full invitation set. I'll try to post some photos of that soon, too! Enjoy!


motif monday | no.4

Just realizing that my next few days are going to be super busy and rather than freak out and do nothing (that's normal, right?) I wanted to pop in and share a quick pattern. No breakdown or fancy details, just a very simple design inspired by this month's day of LOVE. This is something I created for a dear friend for an upcoming event she has, check out her new blog here.

I haven't done much of it yet, but I am excited to browse through Valentines Day inspired imagery so I can get some new cards and artwork made this week.



I turned twenty-nine last Thursday and as I round the corner into the last year of my twenties I am not quite sure I am ready to reminisce about all that I have done/not done in the last decade. I did, however, have a great birthday (three days straight of celebrating) thanks to my husband, family, and great friends. We saw an amazing show that's currently up at at SECCA (South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art); it included some amazing graphic design, infographics, typography and book design- so right up my alley. You can see a few more peeks from the events on my instagram.

In other news...

  • I was honored to be have a short piece written about me in our local independent paper. See the full article here.
  • I am excited to have my art and cards for sale in this wonderful boutique/shop/coworking space.
  • Super thrilled to attend this talk on Wednesday night and hear one of my favorite designers speak about her craft. 


motif monday | no.3

This pattern is one I am still working on for a school project I am doing on an international product. My product is from India so I researched traditional patterns and textiles from the country and found so much beautiful inspiration!  The colors in my actual product packaging are much brighter but I took my cue for this palette from the Orla Kiely outfits below. 


orla kiely

If you've visited this blog or my website anytime lately you know of my love for prints, patterns, and color. Funnily enough, however, my wardrobe is almost void of all three of those things at the moment. I used to dress in bright colors, layering all sorts of crazy patterns; but I've found that my style has gotten significantly more simple over the last few years (ie: boring). That's why I love these Orla Kiely pieces. There is just enough color with a balance of neutrals and some fun patterns over simple silhouettes. Just what I need to spice up my otherwise ho-hum attire. And how great do those Fall pieces above transition into the Spring/Summer looks below? 


motif monday | no.2

Happy Monday everyone! I'm back with my second week of my illustrated patterns. This is an adaptation of some work I did for a holiday box wrap for a client. Even though the holidays are over, I think the cool colors in this design are still appropriate for our chilly January weather. Speaking of weather, I am more than ready for this winter season to pass- it has been a cold one here in NC! My husband has had to put up with me complaining about how unfair having a January birthday is. No fun outdoor activities, no camping trips or pool parties, just trying to stay bundled up, which is also not conducive to fun birthday outfits. Ha! But enough complaints from me, enjoy the rest of your week!