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Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns

Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics Design Trend

  Make It In Design Course: Creative Exercise 2.6 Trends; Brief 1:  WOW! This design brief really was a tough one. It's about trends, and how trends are influenced by major international events. Any huge event can spark mass production of goods to sell relating to the events. For this brief I was to think ahead… Continue reading Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics Design Trend

stationery 1.6 mockup
Design, patterns, Surface Patterns

Watermelon in Paradise Stationery Collection

WOW! This was an extremely fun exercise in my Make It In Design, Module 2 (Creating Your Professional Identity) course. This assignment was to design a concept board for a new line of stationery. I'm to imagine that my instructors are buyers from a (made-up) company called Delicious seeking to license a new collection which reflects… Continue reading Watermelon in Paradise Stationery Collection

parrot in paradise dinner mock up
Design, patterns, Surface Patterns

Dinnerware Mock Up – Make It In Design

My latest assignment was to create a mock up for dinnerware. I used a palm tree, tropical leaves, and a parrot I sketched earlier. The Colonial British West Indies popped in my mind with these elements, so I altered the original colors, designing the above artwork. Adding metallic gold on the trim work adds that… Continue reading Dinnerware Mock Up – Make It In Design

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Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

Tropical Summer Collection – Lesson 1.3

It's been hectic, especially since May 21, when I started the first class of Module Two of Surface Pattern Design School! That week was also the lead in week for the Memorial Day Observance at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery (which was heart touching ceremony-largest event yet, Huey fly over was spectacular-true tribute to those Vietnam… Continue reading Tropical Summer Collection – Lesson 1.3

whitehibiscus cards
Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

White Hibiscus Note Cards and Wrapping Paper

A collection of note cards with matching wrapping paper. The hibiscus flower was hand drawn in pencil, then penned over so I could scan it into Illustrator where I was able to fine tune the drawing. With a little copying, manipulating and arranging the flower vector I created a seamless surface pattern. This surface pattern… Continue reading White Hibiscus Note Cards and Wrapping Paper

Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

Enter Surface Pattern Design School

I am having so much fun with a new creative design arena. Several months ago while looking for fabric swatches to sew window treatments for the guest bedroom I stumbled upon a surface pattern design website. There are thousands of fabrics online, and I found many I liked, but I wanted something different, something special.… Continue reading Enter Surface Pattern Design School

herby crosby dress blues
Stories

Old Uniforms and a Quilt for Christmas

Old uniforms and a quilt for Christmas? Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year…and, for some, the most difficult time of the year. Christmas 1970, the first Christmas without my brother, was a most difficult one for me. He had been Missing in Action in Vietnam since January and we had no substantial leads… Continue reading Old Uniforms and a Quilt for Christmas

herby on beach
Family, Firebirds and Rattlers, Stories

Hero. Brother. Mission.

Hero. Brother. Mission. Preface: I wrote this post over a year ago, and somehow it got lost in the shuffle. Thought it worthy to go ahead and publish though. My hero, my brother was declared Missing in Action in Vietnam January 10, 1970. He was an Army Captain, helicopter gunship pilot. He and his crew went down… Continue reading Hero. Brother. Mission.

dad late 80s
Stories, Writing

My Dad, Herb Crosby.

Memorial Day weekend was finally here. The car was packed and almost ready to go to Mom and Dads for the holiday. We’d leave early Friday morning driving to Donalsonville, Georgia, to spend a long Memorial Day weekend with the family. I made a last-minute call to Mom to see if she needed anything special other than what… Continue reading My Dad, Herb Crosby.

cape canaveral national cemetery
Stories, Writing

Cape Canaveral National Cemetery

Brevard County, Florida, is getting a national veterans cemetery, notably called Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. I had a rare opportunity to tour this new, under construction cemetery located in north Brevard County, Florida. It’s taken years to get, but the thousands of veterans who live here and near, are thrilled, as I am too. A… Continue reading Cape Canaveral National Cemetery