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!
Wow! It’s been long time since I’ve posted on this site. We’ve added a second baby to the family mix and that has definitely been an exciting addition. The little guy is about a year and a half now and I’m feeling like it’s time to get back to doing more things for me.
One of those things is to start organizing and sorting everything to reopen my two shops. It feels good to get back into things! Here’s a glance at some of the fun things going on behind the scenes.
First, things first: adding some more flavor to my work space. Here’s how things were originally.
Then I got a new work table, increasing my work space significantly. Woo!
Then, a few months back, I finally got around to putting up a gallery wall of my creative and fun pictures. These are pieces of artwork that I love and it gives the room some pop and energy. It really came together nicely!
After that, I reorganized my cabinets and put things all together along one wall. Here’s how things stand now:
All the changes have created a much better flow with the room and my work space. So ready to get moving with things!
I was approached by a happy, repeat customer about doing a custom design for her little girl and her friend. They are about the same age and they each have a beloved stuffed doll: (IKEA’s) Carrot Guy and Broccoli Man:
Aren’t these the most adorable things ever? I love IKEA.
So, we had a little back and forth, I sketched up a concept design that was just as she was envisioning them. Then I set to work and here they are, all completed:
One for each of them now, and one for them each to grow into!