Last week we had some friends over for dinner, and I made a mixed green salad with homemade dressing and pasta for the meal. Easy peasy! The next day my friend emailed me for my salad dressing and pasta sauce recipes. They’re so good I thought I’d share them here, too. Above is the simple salad dressing recipe. Pasta sauce coming up when I get a minute. :) I hope you’ll try it and enjoy!
I love making my own wrapping paper. It’s fun to give gifts with hand-made elements and unique paper. Sometimes I do carved block prints. Sometimes it’s simple drawings. This time (for my sister-in-law’s birthday this past weekend) I did bold hand-painted squiggles. I mixed up her favorite color, put some large kraft paper on the floor and made big shapes. I think it turned out fun. And she liked it too. :)
And it inspired a daily pattern (the last image on this post). I like the bold strokes… tea towels? pillows? (I’m working on making my patterns come to life somehow. Stay tuned!)
I was curious about how my fun little abstract paintings might look on pillows. I want one! Would a fabric company please pick me up already?!?! (How’s that for putting it out there to the universe!) Hee!
(I posted this pic on Instagram as well and have been getting some great feedback and suggestions! Thanks for all the resources, ideas and names you can share!)
A friend took me to Saraga International Grocery today for the first time. The colors and textures were so inspiring! I’ve been working on food patterns all week anyway, but this morning when I saw the eggplant I knew it was going to be today’s “daily pattern”. Do you like the dark background or light background better?
I just finished up a recent job for ShopSmart Magazine for their “Summer Fun for Less” guide. This was a series of illustrations using some product photography that they provided. So fun to work with that! The image above is the opener. The art director wanted a plane with sky writing for the headline and a park scene below it. I love playing with all the textures and colors available in a landscape.
Below are the spot illustrations that went with the article.