Baby Olivia And Her Blanket

Our little baby Olivia Lana is finally here! :) She was born on October 18th and I can’t believe that she is already 5 weeks old. She is a wonderful, strong little girl and Alex and I are so lucky to have her. I am slowly getting into a new routine and trying to sneak a bit of time to share baby Olivia wrapped in her blanket quilt I designed and made for her.

A couple of months ago I made a vector illustration with olive tree, monarch butterflies and bunnies in anticipation of Olivia’s arrival. I also designed a colorful dolphin pattern for the other side of the quilt. All motives were inspired by nature in gorgeous Santa Barbara and our walks to the ocean on Elwood Beach.

Then I had my vector artwork printed on Spoonflower organic cotton knit fabric, which is very soft and perfect for a baby blanket.

As I am still learning to work on a sewing machine, after a bit of trial and error I managed to sew this blanket and I am very happy how it turned out :) It is rather small, but newborn baby Olivia loves to be bundled up in it…

Olivia inspires me for more baby projects so, hopefully, I will have more exciting things to share soon :)

Lots of love from our home to yours! :)

 

27 Nov 2013
 

Toy Elephant Made With My Fabric Pattern

While browsing though my Twitter I accidentally found this colorful little toy elephant made by Toni Swedberg. I somehow missed this tweet, but was still so happy to see my fabric being used!

Toni used my Elephants with bouquets fabric available on my Spoonflower shop for a cute trunk and the back of this fun plush toy. Very sweet and colorful! :) I just love seeing my fabric patterns used on actual items! So inspiring!

Toni has an Etsy shop CoolTricks where she sells her handmade creations: toys, pillows, wraps and more. Thank you so much for sharing, Toni! :)

My Halloween Pumpkins Pattern Featured On Zazzle Home Page. Cool! :)

Very happy to see a photo of a napkin with my Halloween Pumpkins pattern design on the home page of Zazzle today! :) It’s especially flattering as I have just reopened my shop with my seamless repeating patterns on various products. I add new products and new designs every day.

Here is the napkin with original vector print design filled with spooky, smiling Halloween pumpkins:

Are you getting ready for Halloween?

 

We Are Having A Baby! Yay!

Great news here!!! In just a couple of weeks Alex and I will be welcoming our first baby! So excited about this wonderful change in our lives…

Here is my baby bump at 5 months pregnant taken in downtown Santa Barbara:

And at 8 months taken by the ocean at Goleta pier:

I’ve been feeling good, except for normal pregnancy related inconveniences, and have been working through these last months focusing on my micro stock portfolio. Of course, as we near the due date, I am changing my work routine… Hope everything goes well :)

03 Oct 2013

Rondy The Elephant Is Back! This Time On Redbubble Products

Do you remember my little Rondy the Elephant? He is a fun elephant who loves all sorts of adventures. I made a series of Rondy paintings back in 2011 for my Etsy shop while living in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, I had to close it due to our big move to California last year. Rondy has been feeling quite lonely in the folders on my computer and really wanted to get out and have adventures once again ;) So this time the whole series of Rondy the Elephant illustrations will be available in my Redbubble shop.

Here are a couple of things Rondy chose to appear on:

Greeting cards and postcards

Prints and posters

Framed prints

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26 Aug 2013

Spread 6 – Illustrating Star Light, Star Bright Children’s Book

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well!

I’m happy to share spread 6 with you where Star Girl teaches her little baby sister about the moon and the stars by showing her pictures in the book :) As a child I used to imagine that the moon was made of cheese and that there were mice living on it ;) What did you imagine about the night sky?

 

This is spread 6 of Star Light, Star Bright children’s book I am illustrating for Flowerpot Press publisher. Here are spread 1, spread 2, spread 3, spread 4, spread 5.

08 Aug 2013
 

Making a new children’s book – Star Light, Star Bright

I am working on a new children’s book! Yay! It’s a second book in the series of my Star Girl books. The first one is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book which was published by Flowerpot Press publisher and it’s available for sale here. I’m so excited to announce that now I am illustrating a Star Light, Star Bright poem with the same main character – cute long haired girl-star :)

Here is me in my home studio working on this book…

I’m so happy to show you my work in progress pictures so here is the sketch for the first spread.

And here is the final vector illustration:

Can’t wait to see the book in print. I’ve been imagining it on my shelf already ;)

What do you think of spread one? :)

P.S.

Happy Fourth of July to all our American friends! Alex and I plan to go see fireworks tonight. How about you?

 

Snails On My Patterns

Just wanted to stop by and show you a couple of vector seamless patterns I drew today… They have a bunch of cute, smiling snails on them :) I saw a photo with two snails on mushrooms on Pinterest today and my imagination just ran with it. I was smiling the whole time I was drawing these guys :) Hope they will make you smile too…

I think these two patterns might look good on fabric for kids. I was considering updating my Spoonflower fabric and wallpaper shop soon and these designs might just make it over there ;)

26 Jun 2013

Video: My Yankee Doodle Animation Project

Hi, my dear readers! Sorry for not posting regularly, but recent exciting changes in our life take up most of my time and energy :) I will talk about it a bit later… For now let me share my excitement about my first animation project!!! Yay! :)

Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.

As you can see from the video, I worked with Eflashapps and their animation team on creating this cute little video for a very famous nursery rhyme Yankee Doodle. I was familiar with this song and always liked the melody, so I became very excited to create a storyboard and character design to illustrate this fun kids song.

Here is my sketch of the scene where Yankee Doodle dances with the Girl.

And here is the final colored art for character design in vector format:

I surely did have a lot of fun with this little animation. I hope you and your kids will enjoy watching and singing along to this video.

 

I’d love to know what you think about my first try in animation genre :) Please let me know in the comments!

 

 

18 Jun 2013

Working On A New Children’s Book!

So excited! I have just signed the contract and started working on a new children’s book!!! :) I’m not going to say much at this stage, but the work is going and I am loving it…

Here is a little sneak peek detail of the first spread I finished – a surprised little fish :) It’s not the whole illustration, just the part of it ;)

I wish you all a great creative week!

12 Mar 2013