New Design!

It seems like forever since I’ve had a new design, so it’s exciting to announce a new one! We’re rather buried in snow, here in Chicago, at the moment and I’m definitely dreaming of warmer weather. So here’s my new design: Summer Day!

summer day

I love the contrast of the bright green and the different shades of pink on the blue onesie.

Come on summer!


Upcycled Mug Planters

For Christmas, I got some new drill bits – the sort that can drill through ceramics and porcelains. I was so excited! Now I can upcycle mugs and tea cups to make cute little window planters.

I’ve been having so much fun with them. Here are some examples:

black tea cup
“Love makes all things grow”


Bloom Where You Are Planted
“Bloom Where You Are Planted”


Tiny Chinese Tea Cup Set
I Will Survive
I love Tea

I’ve got a few more waiting in the wings. Stay tuned!

Reusable Market Bags

Some years ago, Chicago implemented a plastic bag ban, where larger stores just don’t offer bags or else they’ll charge a small fee for them.  I live in a town that’s right next door to Chicago and starting new this year, they’ve joined in the bag ban. So, in preparation – a few months ago, I made some cute reuseable bags for my own shopping, to try to get in the habit. They are working so well that I decided to offer some in my Etsy shop as well.

Pink Stripey Bag
Pink Stripey Bag

True to the mission of my DazzlingDoOvers shop, I wanted to make these reusable bags from some re-purposed materials. So, I gathered up some pillowcases and gave them new life as shopping bags!

Stripey Bag

Made in a smoke free, pet fee environment. I reinforced all seams to ensure it’ll have a life of many shopping trips.

This one seemed a little plain with just the navy blue, so I added my favorite party animal trio as an embellishment. Now it’s super fun!

Party Animals

I was excited to find a set of these fabulous Little Pony pillowcases on one of my many excursions through the little shops here in the Chicago area. I knew they were destined for greater things than gathering dust in a shop. So  I set to work and now there are two available!

My Little Pony

See all these and more in my DazzlingDoOvers shop here!

You Light up my Life

It seems like forever ago, but I used to work in downtown Chicago. I really enjoyed being downtown; the energy, the restaurants, the architecture. Near where I worked, there was a place that had these cool lights that hung in the window. I was struck by the way the colors blended from the edges and the asymmetry of the lights. All these things inspired me to make a design for a shirt and call it: You Light up my Life; blending a familiar saying with modern design.

Recently, someone approached me asking if I could add some words to this bright design. Her dad owns a lamp shop and she wanted a fun way to announce he was going to be a grandpa.

After working out the details of font and color, we came up with this:

A lovely addition! Many happy wishes to the family with this new family addition!

Breaking out the Paint

Woo! So, I’ve been spending some time organizing and doing some behind-the-scenes sorts of things; nothing too exciting to photograph. However, tonight, I broke out the paints and printed my first new shirts since opening my shop! Very exciting.

It feels good to be back!

Christmas in July!

Summer is in full swing! We’ve got fireworks coming next week and I’ve got some family coming into town for a cookout. It’s a lovely season!

Another of my favorite seasons is Christmas. However, I also like to spread out my gift purchases over the year to give my wallet a break. So, this July, I’m sharing my love of summer and Christmas and I’m having a sale in my DazzlingDoOvers Etsy shop.

I’ve pulled out several holiday items and everything in my shop is 15% off! Just enter this coupon code at checkout: CHRISTMAS15

Here’s a peek at some of my holiday items:

Christmas Garland – Shades of Green
Christmas Garland – Shades of Blue
Rustic Star Ornaments

So head on over and check them out here!

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Slowly, but surely, I’m working to gather some creative momentum again. The past few months, I’ve organized my work space and made some good progress on some old projects that have been wanting for attention.

However, my first real foray back into the thick of things came as a custom order. This gentlemen reached out to me and was interested in a previous design – the Broccoli and Carrot friends. It seems these wonderful little figures have won many hearts!

I enlarged the design a bit so it would better fit on an adult sized shirt. They are even better at that size!

Here’s a peek at them in-progress:


And, complete – ready to be shipped:

I’m excited to send these off. What a wonderful way to get back into the swing of things!