Are you one of those people who can't wait for fall so you can scoot into that certain discount gourmet grocery (you know the one) for pumpkin everything? Seriously: pumpkinfreakingeverything.
Well if you are, or if you're a non-pumpkin type who needs to wear shades in said store during the cooler seasons to protect yourself from the overwhelming glow of orange packaging - there's always this:
Just a couple cute new card designs you'll find (with, in case you fall into that second group, an appropriately balanced mix of orange in each design).
Pick a few up for those fall birthdays and special occasions, or stock up to have them on hand - Trader Joes' cards are such a bargain you can't really afford to pass them up!
I've been home since Monday but still haven't really come down yet. And haven't unpacked all the way yet, but we won't talk about that right now.
The Mart is always an exercise in overwhelmingness. Over the top sensory overload in every possible way, so much so you can't really escape it at night when you close your eyes. You'd think that all the cocktail receptions might help with that, but no, not really. Close your eyes at night and all you can see is colors, products, people talking, more products, more colors, stuff people people stuff stuff stuff . . . or maybe that's just me who does this.
We've already determined that I don't get out much.
At any rate it's an intense crazy experience, super fun, and super productive.
Atlanta was just coming out of single-digit temperatures when I arrived late Wednesday night. It was still pretty cold out when I hit the ground running the next morning. The next few days there was drizzle, dramatic downpours, flash-flood warnings, tornado warnings . . . I mean, come on Atlanta. You're just showing off now.
I was ridiculously giddy about running to a few showrooms first to finally meet my new products in person; these were all projects that were started after meetings at last year's Gift Mart - what a treat to get to see the items like this after everyone's hard work on them last year. These items are not in stores yet - but there were retailers placing orders for them at the show so they should start hitting store shelves by spring. I'll keep you posted when I know more.
There are little doors for your tree trunks, little tables, chairs, accessories . . . I seriously can't wait for spring to start playing with this stuff in my own yard.
I used to create these kinds of vignettes in the woods when we'd go camping, with pine cones and moss and rocks and sticks and stuff. Resin figures drawn by me? Forget about it. I am on it. I am 7 again.
Really cool for me that my dear friend Shelly's adorbs dog and cat figurines were scattered around with mine in the display. I love it when my stuff and my friends' stuff gets to be friends, too. Along with the figurines are treat jars, pet mats, leash-hooks, wall art, and more.
I almost cried when I saw the tiny Flossies.
This collection was extra special for me because I created all of it during my last month with my precious little white beastie on my lap. She oversaw every detail. See all the sketchy little cross-hatch work in the flat pieces? You might remember this video of her while I was drawing it.
And there were spring garden flags in the Carson Home Accents showroom, love how these turned out!
My little birdies around my head and my Easter eggs below. The Easter eggs are actually sparkly (you know I love that!) and the egg colors are actually really bright and fresh in person, but they photograph sort of greyish because of the sparkles.
I think I squeeeeed out loud once again when I saw my cupcake tabletop collection on display in the Transpac showroom. I've seen photos, but in person . . . a-whole-nother thing. I'm not accustomed to seeing my drawings translated into 3D - this is all still fairly new to me and soooooo exciting.
I'm also really happy with my Les Veggies kitchen goodies by Transpac - those of you with the La Cuisine recipe binders will soon be able to coordinate the rest of your kitchen as matchy-poo as can be. I love this!
And Transpac also printed some really nice wall canvases with my designs
including . . . my favorite:
Ok, I think there may be one or two 1980s Cornish alumni out there reading this: who remembers this quote? A certain college president and his answer to every problem? I'd been wanting to put it on a design for years, and finally did.
There were other Beth Logan goodies in other places, but we can talk about that another time. I think we've all had about enough of me me me me me for now.
One of the best things about this show is the opportunity all of us self-employed work-at-home artists get to meet up and share - it's a big lovey hug-fest of ginormous proportions. I mean, really. It totally is. I am so blessed to be part of an industry where these kind and gifted people are my colleagues, my friends, my confidantes . . . this amazing group of crazy-talented folks is the best.
This picture represents only the ones who were able to stand still long enough for the photo, many others at this get-together were still milling about outside the frame, and others were still busy with meetings and signings back at the Mart while this was going on.
But what this crazy picture is: it's a veritable Who's Who of the Art Licensing industry. Do you live on the earth? Do you own stuff? Have you ever received cards or gifts? Then you have things with these people's art on it. And guess what? They're all really neat folks. You'd like them.
A whirlwind of meetings, receptions, meet & greets, dinners, research & trend-spotting, shopping (!) and suddenly it was my last day there: gorgeous and sunny and in the 60s. After days of quick cab-rides through the cold rain, I finally got my chance to leisurely stroll through the park back to my hotel,
soaking in the sun (it's been a while since I've soaked in 60-degree sunshine),
and feeling good about all I accomplished business-wise
I smiled as the sun set on my trip,
and I knew that soon I would be home . . . back to jammie pants and fuzzy socks, cuddling with Molly, Ted, and Husband Guy here in my quiet, plain, comfortable little house. There's no place like home.
...of a few new products that haven't even made it into stores yet.
Last week my sweet friend Shelly snapped a few photos of my new products in the Transpac Imports showroom at the summer gift mart in Atlanta. It might be a good thing that I wasn't there myself as my excited SQUEEEEEEE upon first seeing these samples might have actually broken all those big glass showroom windows.
Could have been tragic.
You'll probably recognize my little French veggies
I was especially excited to see this next collection though. Inspired by my little cakes that you might have seen on this birthday card at your local Trader Joes
it was one of my first real product-development projects, which was super fun for me and something I look forward to doing a lot more in the future. You can see a couple of my original drawings here above the actual finished collection on their showroom shelves.
Didn't they turn out cute? Really nice quality and so fun to see my little drawings turned "real".
As an illustrator, my entire life has been spent translating 3D objects into 2D; that's how my brain tends to work. Everything I see, I imagine it drawn on paper. Flat. It's just how I see the world. So for me it is a really fun excercise to then take those drawings and visualize them back into something completely different: not only back to a 3D object, but one that can serve another purpose, be a useful item someone can use for something. For me and my little flat-thinking brain, this is all very exciting and new.
I can't wait to actually see these in person and hold them in my own hands (!) but for now, I'm so grateful to my good friend for sharing the photos with me, and hope you enjoy seeing them too!
Well, here we are already with summer in full-swing! I hope you've been enjoying yours so far. The weather's been lovely here but I seem to be getting a bit of a late start on the laid-back summer-celebrationy vibe myself, busy with work and other indoor distractions. This doesn't really make sense, if you believe this page of my little sketchbook from January.
But then, one of those distractions has been a new family member. Meet Ted, everyone. Ted is a shy, mature gentleman who will come out for scritches
or a little catnip
but for now, is mostly content in his hidey-hole in the corner of my studio.
He's had a bit of an unstable life in the last couple years and had been at the shelter for several months, but we're hoping he starts feeling more at home here soon. We've grown awfully fond of him in a very short time.
Outside the little studio, my funny little garden is in full-swing.
I'm gorging on raspberries right off the bushes daily.
They rarely, if ever, make it all the way into the house to be used in a recipe, or even washed, or shared for that matter.
We've been enjoying fresh salads
and other goodies
although the real stars, as far as I'm concerned, are yet to come.
I've enjoyed sitting in the back yard in the evenings, soaking in those moments between the sun disappearing over the trees on one side and the first stars coming into view on the other, watching our neighborhood bats quietly and gracefully working on pest-control (batspotting is a favorite summer-evening activity, and I'm a nerd about keeping track of what time and how long they flutter about nightly).
Everything around me is bursting with summertime goodness but for some reason, I have not yet been to the beach.
It's filled with 20 beachy-themed cards for whatever occasion might pop up this summer: birthday, friendship, thank you, anniversary, encouragement, even get well, for those seasonally-unfair ailments (isn't it the biggest rip-off ever to get a cold or flu on a beautiful summer day?).
What a bunch of great designs. These cards are all super colorful inside and out.
How much more summery can you get than this?!
Just leave a comment on this post telling me something that makes you happy about summer, this year or any, and you'll be entered to win a set for yourself. I'll draw 3 names from a hat 1 week from today, on Sunday the 14th, and announce the 3 winners.
And while we're getting into the summery celebrationy beachy barbequey fun-in-the-sun spirit, there's a party going on all this week over at the Henry Glass blog!
We're all celebrating their summer releases with goodies and giveaways, head over to join the fun! Did someone say free fabric?! You know you want it! These folks know how to throw a summer party - it's going to be great!
I realize that in the midst of this heat wave that's crept across most of the US this week, thick cozy-soft flannel is the furthest thing from your mind, but I still think this post may cool you off just a little bit.
My yardage arrived this past week and I got my first look (and feel!) of my newest fabric group with Henry Glass: Snow Babies!
The design process often leads us down a completely different path than we thought we were going to take, and this is a great example of that.
Believe it or not, the original concept was to create a follow-up to At The Lake.
Then it went off in one totally different direction from that, then another, and after all was said and done - I really, really love how it all came out.
What I love most about this group is the versatility. You could use these coordinates for a project with a fresh and sophisticated feel. The combination of textures, the pops of soft kelly green and warm tan against the icy cool blues - I love this.
I can't wait to dive into this myself, I'm seeing some really beautiful cozy bedding here...
Can't you just see the fresh, bright, crisp winter sunlight shining in through the window onto this?
Or, you could just full-on embrace the sweet, sweet cuteness of the softy-soft critters
like, seriously sweet cuteness, I'm not kidding
oh come on
you know you want to kiss the bunny.
It's alright, go ahead.
And then of course, there are the snowguys
that show up in a fun and busy stripe and a 24-inch panel...
some of whom you might sort of recognize from holiday greeting cards, nesting boxes, gift bags, and more.
Stay tuned here and on Facebook later this month for a fat-quarter bundle giveaway.
In the meantime, hope you are staying cool in this heat. I hope looking at these wintry images has helped a little - I think I feel a tiny bit cooler now.
In this age of plastic instant gratification and digital-everything, it might not be something you think about as often as you used to. You pay your bills online or by pre-scheduled automatic transfers. You shop on the web and you rarely carry a full-size wallet any more. When situations arise that you need to write a check, you dig up some sad old dingy boring checkbook with the plainest of plain ugly checks inside . . . there's nothing there that makes writing one a cheerful or special thing. You're only depleting your bank account, using a piece of paper the exact color of that yogurt that's been hiding in the back of your fridge since November. Geez, cheer up, it doesn't have to be this grim.
In other aspects of your life you surround yourself by stuff you like to look at, things that make you happy. Why not do the same when it comes to spending money and paying bills? Now you can do this with the help of cute bunnies,
happy little inspirational thoughts,
or rustic roosters.
All of these designs have coordinating cloth or leather checkbook covers (forget those cheesy plastic blah blue ones your bank gave you) and are also available as address labels. How cute is that, you can mail a check to someone with a matching address label. My super-over-the-top-matchypoo-sensibilities are tingling at the very thought. Ohmygosh.
To see all of them, head over to Check Advantage. There will be more designs available soon, I'll keep you posted about that on my Facebook page. And I'd love to hear about what kinds of designs you'd like to see on Beth Logan checks. What would make you happy when you're paying bills? (I mean, besides not having to pay bills, I'm sorry I can't help you there). Are there designs of mine that you enjoy on other products that you think would be neato as checks? I can't wait to hear what you all think!
Pink follows grey so nicely. After months and months of seeing only every shade of grey possible, my neighborhood bursts out in a million shades of pink.
Daily dog-walks this time of year are usually excercises in counting pink trees. How many are on this street or that one, how many blocks are lined entirely with them, which ones bloom sooner or last longer after a heavy rain or spring snow.
I think I trip on cracks in the sidewalk more often than other times of year because I am staring up into the pink. It's a perfect antidote to a long, dull winter.
Happy weekend, happy spring, happy pink, and Happy Easter, everyone!
This design is brand new, but it's already been licensed for products coming out in Spring 2014. I'll keep you posted when I can share more!
By now, if you know me, I'm sure you've seen or heard something about Buttercup Babies.
I may have mentioned it once or twice; either here on my blog
or on my Facebook page or maybe you saw my interview on the Henry Glass blog or have even seen it in your favorite local quilt shop or you could have been here at the house and noticed that my fabric samples are still taking up space in the middle of the living room
(oh wait, I probably could have gotten away without telling you that one, I'm pretty sure most of you haven't been here this week).
And so, I figure it's time for a fat-quarter bundle giveaway. It's been a really, really, really, really long time since I've done that, so I figure we're overdue.
To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite baby animal is. If you read my studio interview in the Henry Glass blog, you already know about my inspiration for these designs and probably have a pretty good idea what my favorite is. Well, at least one of mine. But what's yours? If you can't possibly think of or pick a favorite, you might find something that will help you with that here.
The winner will get a bundle of this softie-softie flannel fabric that includes a full 18" panel and 8 fat-quarter coordinates; you choose whether you'd prefer the girly colorway
or the boy-y colorway.
So again, just leave a comment here on this post telling me your favorite baby animal and you're entered to win.
You have until Sunday morning October 7th - I'll put all entries into a hat at 9am Pacific Time Sunday morning for a random drawing, and will announce the winner on Monday October 8th.
Good luck and thanks for visiting!
UPDATE:it's Monday the 8th today; entries closed yesterday morning and a winner was announced today, you can see it right here. Thanks again, everyone, for entering - we will have to do this again soon!
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