We're off to: Neverland!

Neverland has been, and always will be, my home away from home. I've been "flying" there since I was three years old and know the terrain like my own backyard. There's Cannibal Cove with the villainous James Hook and his crew to the south. Tiger Lily's camp to the west and, of course, Peter's hideaway on the northern end of the island. It's my favorite place to be. (I try to book my imaginary flights as often as I can). So when it came time to choose a location to base my infographic on, it was an obvious choice.

I had so much fun designing this project and coming up with different ways to depict Neverland! What colorful characters and famous travel methods could I illustrate? What testimonials could I include? Once I sat down and brainstormed into my sketchbook, the answers were simple!

I hope you enjoy reading through all the details I've snuck into this creation. May it whisk you away back to your childhood, just as it did for me while I was designing it.


Happy Chinese New Year

I've been lucky to have been invited to Chinese New Year celebrations before! They are wonderful, heartwarming, family-oriented gatherings with an amazing smorgasbord of cultural delicacies to feast on.

I even have been the recipient of my own Lai See - a red envelope that contains "good luck" money inside. Traditionally, these packets are gold (representing fortune) or red (representing luck), and are bestowed from a senior to a junior, for example from an elder to a young child, or from a boss to an employee. The act of giving a red envelope during Chinese New Year shows that you wish that person luck and prosperity in the new year!

In celebration of Chinese New Year, I decided to design my own Lai See envelopes with a complementary greeting card design. The "Year of the Dog" was a zodiac year I was absolutely thrilled to illustrate...especially given my fondness (ahem - slight obsession) with Corgis.

Wishing you all luck and happiness this Lunar New Year!


Happy Valentine's Day

It probably comes as no surprise that one of my favorite things to design is fabric! After studying Fashion in art school, I have accumulated quite the alluring stash of (mainly) patterned cotton and tulle in my studio. To be able to add to my growing collection with my own designs has been an amazing experience!

For Valentine's Day, I expanded on my "Depths of my Heart" greeting cards and created a matching twill fabric, incorporating swirling kelp, seasonal heart motifs, and pretty sea shells! My trusty Bernina machine was put to work again and I've been sewing up a storm the last couple days! (I'm fairly certain there are also some rogue pins lost somewhere in my carpet.)

This sea-themed fabric made for the cutest tote, perfect for a date at the beach! Though I'm not planning on hitting the waves today, I'll definitely be sporting my new bag to the park for a creative brainstorming session!

How will you be spending your Valentine's day? Let me know in the comments!