Featuring items from my shops: MoMoPics and DazzlingDoOvers
I've been active in the arts pretty much my entire life. Growing up, my home was filled with creativity; my dad's an accomplished painter and my mom has always harbored a great love for music and art and they passed it on down to their kids.
When I was a little, my parents saw my avid interest (and inclination to draw on any available space - including school tests and myself) and they gave me a sketch book for my birthday and things have just blossomed from there.
Officially, my main focus of study has been music, but my true love has always been art. I've been commissioned as an illustrator for kids books, a portrait painter, creator of center pieces for private parties and, most recently, a designer of kids clothes.
My aim is for the designs to express a whimsical and playful feel to reflect the essence of childhood. However, I also strive to branch out from the generic "pink princess" and "sports fan" designs that are so prevalent out there.
Every kid has their own personality, why not express it?
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!
I love the contrast of the bright green and the different shades of pink on the blue onesie.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!