fabric, handmade, sewing, Surface Patterns

Handmade Travel Jewelry Bags

Visit my new online shop DESIGNS BY MARYLOU to purchase. These are the newest item in my sewing world. Such great little bags to not only hold jewelry, but small trinkets, small perfume bottles, essential oil bottles, anything that needs a tidy organized place. Easy way to secure your jewelry at home or while traveling.… Continue reading Handmade Travel Jewelry Bags

Design, fabric

Happy Holidays Tea Towels

Had an idea this summer to make tea towels for Christmas and holiday gifts this year. My favorite online fabric shop (Spoonflower) was having a fantastic fabric sale which I couldn't pass up. I took an old tropical leaf design I did a couple years ago, and transformed it into the design. I used a… Continue reading Happy Holidays Tea Towels

20190304 spring flower
artwork, Design, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

Add a Little Flower Power to your Spring Fling

The Colour Gang spotlight for February was all about the color of candy. Apparently this color category is a worldwide trend right now. Seems to me it would be an on-going trend as I mean, what child (including adult children) doesn't love a great piece of candy now and then. I prefer dark chocolate, but… Continue reading Add a Little Flower Power to your Spring Fling

holiday christmas bouquet
artwork, Design, Drawing, patterns, Pen & Ink

Joe’s Christmas Bouquet

I love flowers, especially Christmas holiday bouquets. I'd rather have fresh flowers decorating my home then any other type of decoration, any time of the year. After 44 years of decorating our home for Christmas my husband and I have pared down the inside decorations. We love the Christmas tree. A beautiful wreath on the… Continue reading Joe’s Christmas Bouquet

Jewel tone terrazzo
Design, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

Terrazzo Holiday

Having so much fun with the terrazzo patterns. I updated the original design to make it a technical repeat pattern using the original blue shades I used in the previous post. I’m a fan of those beautiful blues. Since the holidays and Christmas are right around the corner I thought I’d rework the colors using… Continue reading Terrazzo Holiday

Design, design school, patterns, Wrapping Paper

Generic Occasions

October on Make It In Design's The Colour Gang was about simple color pallets for generic occasions. While a lot of folks don't send cards snail mail anymore, some do, and also give gifts, and "just because" cards are always fun. In fact, the trend is coming back to sending speciality made cards. I mean… Continue reading Generic Occasions

Autumn leaves
Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns

Shades of Autumn in Two Colors

Being a member of The Colour Gang on Facebook is such a boost for me in the creative surface pattern design arena. The Colour Gang is a Closed Facebook Group administered by Make It In Design (the British company I’m currently enrolled in pattern design courses). I’m having a blast  learning new concepts, gaining in-depth… Continue reading Shades of Autumn in Two Colors

White fern in black of night surface pattern
Design, design school, patterns, Surface Patterns

White Fern in Black of Night

What a fun creative brief. I’m in The Colour Gang group at Make It In Design which every month sends out Creative Briefs, fun exercises, research, all sorts of fun stuff about color, surface pattern designing, the latest trends in color and excellent information on how to get yourself visible. This month is Monochromatic and… Continue reading White Fern in Black of Night