partridge in a pear tree

Wow. I just checked to make sure that was right. It's been almost 6 months since my last post here and a year since I posted any new products in my shop. It was a crazy busy end of school year, long summer (with a nice break to visit Colombia!) and then starting off the school year again with a freshman in high school and a new middle schooler. Phew. 

I didn't forget about the blog or the shop, but after quietly making it past my eight (8!!) year anniversary in May I thought I would call it quits. I was THIS close to deleting every single post here (I'm still tempted by the need to just start fresh!) and closing up everything but I decided the let time slip by in order to think things through.

I really needed the time away. It was great to focus on family and daily life and do what needed to be done there without any other self-imposed work. Now that everything is starting to settle into a semi-routine I can come back here with a clearer mind, new ideas and with positive energy.

So here we go again...

First up is a the Partridge in a Pear Tree collection. It started with the colorful bird on the large gift box and the rest evolved from there. I knew I wanted something graphic with a folk flavor to it. My favorite thing about this set is that it really stands out. I still love, love working with white, but the striking red is a definite booster to this design. I really like how the tote bag turned out and I'll be placing an order for myself—ha!

Sometimes a design comes together without much of a plan but it's smooth sailing all the way—this was one of those designs—and I love it when that happens. I think that's when the true me shows up and just has fun.

The box and wall art collection are now available as SVG cutting files in my shop here.

I'm waiting to get a sample of this pattern from Spoonflower in order to offer it as fabric and wrapping paper. I can't wait to see how it turned out.

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It's great to get the shop going again. I hope to post new collections on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on my schedule. Like I said before it was great to be away but trust me, some days I was just itching to make something, draw something — anything to get my hands going. For those of you that visit my Instagram stream you were a witness of most of that and those of you that still hang out here a bit—thank you! XO


  1. Hi, welcome back!
    I have been missing your posts and are looking forward to the new postings.

    I think the red and white design would for shure make a very nice sofa cushion.

  2. welcome back! excited to see new projects and ideas

  3. Really glad you're back in this space.

  4. Patricia, you were missed. I would hate to lose the ability to look in your design shop for files to purchase!

    Personally, there's nothing wrong with taking a hiatus during the year. If it rejuvinates the crafting spirit, go for it!!

    Love the new design...and it would really be cool to see more of the 12 days of Christmas theme!!

    Welcome back!

  5. I'm soooo happy that you're back! I love your new projects, but I also love to browse through your old ones. It's so inspirational! I love the way, how your design evolves and I would be very sad if you decided to delete everything.