June 18, 2009


What an exciting week this has been! Last Saturday i received a package of swatches for my first line of fabric for Moda! This is the first step along the way in moving the collection closer to production. What a joy to see all these colorful patterns come to life in exciting and surprising ways. The line is called "Verna" and is a celebration of spring—which to me is a season about hope and optimism, and when the teeniest flower seems so big. Verna will be in fabric/quilting stores next Spring. The picture above is but a sneak peak (hey, have to give you some reason to check back!).

This is the very first time i've seen my art applied to fabric and it occurred to me that color adaptations from paper to fabric are as amazing as what happens when you fire a piece of pottery. There's a certain degree of unpredictability that i simply love and (yes, i'll admit it) am addicted to! I think part of being an artist is diving into the creative process and not always being able to see or know the outcome ahead of time.

So, back to Moda! After oohing, ahhing and then staring at the large pile on my drawing table, i had the daunting task of sifting and sorting through about 200 different color variations of all the patterns i had designed in order to select only 40. Yes, you read that correctly...40. I spent most of the week taking patterns out, putting them back in, revising some colors, mixing-and-matching...until...yesterday...it all clicked into place. I could hardly believe it and am so excited to share it once it's completed! Stay tuned.

June 11, 2009

Time and place

Sometimes you just have to brave the raindrops and head outside anyway. It's just water, right? With this in mind, I went out at lunchtime to snap some more garden pics and realized something significant in doing so. If you sit in the same spot long enough at a time of day you might not normally be in that spot, you may notice things you've never noticed before. You create a moment for something to become possible...like this bug that flew into the frame at the very moment I pressed the shutter. Try to make more of those moments (I'll try too), and enjoy each one of them!

June 10, 2009

Three ladies of our garden

I slipped outside in between rain clouds today because I didn't want to miss taking pictures of the three beloved ladies who reside in our garden: Gertrude Jekyll, Betty Corning and Mrs. Cholmondeley
(pronounced, if you can believe it, "Chumley"). They all happen to be blooming simultaneously this year...a sight to behold! The only thing I wish I could also include in this post is the intoxicatingly sweet, citrusy fragrance of good ol' Gertie.
If only there were scratch and sniff blogs...



Mrs. Cholmondeley

June 5, 2009

Officially official

After almost a year of many steps and lots of patience, I finally received the certificate of registration for my logo. Yippeeee!