Meet Dust City Wood Stickers

Meet Dust City Wood Stickers

Meet the makers of the wood sticker, Dust City Wood Stickers out of Denver, Colorado.

My First Year in Business

My First Year in Business

If you're a maker or a creator looking to find a way to sell your goods to the masses, I write about my first year in business on Etsy, debunk some myths, and share some tools I use to help me work more efficiently and effectively.

Cotton Bureau : Road Tripper

I'm very lucky to have another design available for pre-order on Cotton Bureau.

You'll recognize the illustration from my Road Tripper sticker design that's been selling really well in my Etsy shop. For this shirt design, I simply removed the text to make the focal point the van, adventuring off into the sunset. 

I have lots of great road trip memories and still love me a good road trip. Sometimes to the point where I wish the journey was just a little longer. What I love best about them, especially going with friends or family, is that you get a chance to connect, to tell stories, and have little to no distractions. (Unless you're driving of course). And even when you're by yourself, it can offer some great solitude and down time.

What you're favourite part about them?

Sticker Mule : Dribbble Canada Playoff Challenge

 Go give this one a 'like' on Dribbble by clicking  here .

Go give this one a 'like' on Dribbble by clicking here.

Just for fun (and a $20 credit to Sticker Mule), I designed a potential sticker for the Canada Challenge Playoff. Its concept is based on the welcoming nature of Canadians, retro motel signage, and a simple colour palette of hot reds and cool, icey blues.

If you're interested in participating, it's on until June 29th. Details can be found here.

Father's Day Feature : Redbubble

My Happy Camper was featured in Redbubble's Father's Day blog post today. Wahoo! What an exciting email to get. That definitely makes me a Happy Camper :-)

This Happy Camper design has been so popular, I'm not only expanding on products I offer in my Etsy shop, but I'm also expanding my line of designs to include more adventure/outdoor themed designs. 

Take a peek at some I've already got available - and there's definitely more coming down the pipe so stay in touch with me on instagram to get the latest on when new designs are available. 

Happy Camper : Cotton Bureau

Some exciting news hit my inbox yesterday; My Happy Camper design was chosen to join Cotton Bureau's fabulous catalogue of t-shirts for 2 weeks. 

What does that mean exactly? Well, it'll be available for pre-order on the Cotton Bureau website for 2 weeks. Since I've currently locked down 16 sales, it'll definitely print (12 was the minimum) but, it's only available until May 16th at 8PM so go grab one here while you still can. If you were a little late on the ball, go forth and put in a request to have it come back!

 Sold as stickers, buttons, and - soon - patches through my Etsy shop.

Sold as stickers, buttons, and - soon - patches through my Etsy shop.

A little history on this design...it was originally inspired by my top selling Happy Camper design shown here and I adjusted it to suit the 4 colour screen printing process. I almost think it got even more vintage-y with the 4 colours which is awesome. What do you think?

Generally speaking, I wanted this design to bring back feelings of childhood and summer's away, camping among the trees and under the stars. I know it does that for me so I hope it does that for all you outdoor lovers out there too.

On top of it being sold at Cotton Bureau, it's also currently being sold on Redbubble on a number of items as well as stickers, buttons, and (soon) patches through my Etsy shop.

Design at Play : The Concept

 My grandma at her 100th birthday party

My grandma at her 100th birthday party

My grandma passed away a couple of months ago now. She was 104 and she always amazed me with her determination to live life to the fullest and have fun no matter what was happening or how old she was.  

She never wanted to think she was getting older or feel like she was losing her independence so she kept life happening for as long as she possibly could before old age got the better of her.

She passed peacefully and her send off was a celebration of all her accomplishments and life experiences and, boy, they were grand. To name a couple, she had her 8th child at 46, she took a voyage on a Mediterranean cruise at 95, and also volunteered at a hospice thrift shop in her 90’s until she was 100. Of course there’s more but that is just a little snapshot to show you that she never let the grass never grow under her feet.

I do believe her young-at-heart spirit and playful outlook, kept her going for so many years and is what kept her mind healthy. The evidence of this may not necessarily be set in stone as fact but the studies that have been conducted state that feeling younger may lead to better health habits which in turn, helps you live longer. Makes sense.

Study or not though, this is a philosophy I believe in personally and try to practice as much as possible in my life because it just feels good to explore new things, be silly, get curious, and to not to take life so seriously sometimes. I also believe that everyone needs that. Just because we're adults, doesn't mean we have to be grown up at all times, right? NO! (That's just me though :) )

This concept serves as the foundation and inspiration for my design work as well which I hope to transfer to everyone that buys a little something from me. Whether it’s a gift for someone or a gift for yourself, my goal is to make you feel silly, happy, or help you brush off the icky things in life. That's what my "Design at play" tagline is all about.

So tell me, what’s your secret to life? What inspires you? What keeps you going? 
I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
 

Selected Exhibition : Carded 2017

I was super stoked to be a part of the last event at Hot Art Wet City (HAWC) called Carded. This Smart Ass was my submission and I was lucky to be 1/50 artists selected to have their art printed on trading cards.

I'm a bit of an introvert, even though I have some extroverted qualities, so sparking conversations with people I don't know is sometimes tough for me. However, these kind of events are a little more than your usual mix and mingle since we're all trying to hustle for the cards we want. I love connecting with the artists and, of course, the collectors who seek me out for a signature or trade. I also do some seeking as well when I get a card that I just have to get signed. I turn into a fan girl, running around trying to find the artist for a signature and meet and greet. That's when it gets fun.

I met some really great people at this one - as usual - and they always impress so I'm hoping they don't die with the closure of HAWC. Time will tell. 

This Smart Ass is a part of a larger series I've illustrated and can be found in multiple shops in the form of art prints, mugs, shirts, plaques and more. So head over to my main page and you'll be directed to where to find them.

HOT ART Wet City : Eat Yo Self

 Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show

Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show

Confession: Statler and Waldorf's sit in the balcony of my brain—mocking, criticizing, and laughing with each new idea I have.

Who else has this dilemma?

I used to listen to them a lot, thinking they knew best. (Sometimes I still do) I see them as my protectors who are saving me a lifetime of shame, embarrassment, and humiliation.

However, when I listen to them as much as I do, I find myself yearning and wondering 'what if'. That's when you know you have to tell them to shut up and sit down.

While I haven't found a way to get rid of them all together, I have learned to care less about what they think. I hear their criticisms and warnings but I try new things anyways, which really helps silence them - especially when I succeed. And even when I fail, I tell them that it's still a success because I know what doesn't work for me or maybe I know a better way to execute an idea now that I've failed. It's really a win-win.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend encouraged me to submit art to an art show at Hot Art Wet City. And of course Statler and Waldorf had a hay-day to know that I was entertaining the idea since it was completely out of my comfort zone. 

Even still, I kicked around some ideas and spent a good week or two developing and executing concepts. In the end, I had 4 strong concepts that I was really happy with and submitted for review and approval. Whether I was approved or not, was definitely not the measure of success on this project since that part of it was out of my control. The real success here was actually doing it and loving the results; Knowing that my little engine "could".

Low-and-behold, my pieces were approved and I was asked to drop off framed and unframed copies before the end of May. 

Take that Statler and Waldorf!

Here are the details for the event. I'll be there on June 3rd for the opening reception so hopefully you are too!