Literary Pumpkin

I carved my pumpkin this week! I don’t really get into the whole Halloween thing, but I do love carving pumpkins. I also love children’s books (especially artistic ones) so I decided to combine the two. Suzy Lee is my favorite wordless book author/illustrator and so I decided to use the cover for Shadow on my pumpkin. My grandpa gave me a woodcarving set way back when and the tools work great for carving pumpkins!

Nautical Pillows

For my sister’s birthday, I sewed her two pillows. She’s redoing her room with a nautical theme. I decided to use rough cotton instead of burlap which I’d seen online when looking at nautically inspired pillows. I thought burlap would be messy and uncomfortable for bed pillows. The cotton is quite comfy. After sewing the pillows I painted on the designs freehand with fabric paint. My sister really liked the pillows when I gave them to her. She liked them even better when she found out they were homemade.


The design project I was working on had outlasted my interest and completing it had become a chore. Food being one of the great motivators in my life, I grabbed some yogurt. As I tried to get those creative thoughts going again, I thought about how boring yogurt had become since they started pre-mixing the fruit instead of leaving it in the bottom for the consumer to stir. Yogurt needed something to bring the excitement back into the experience. I thought, if I had my own yogurt brand, I would do something different to make it stand out from the others. I would have all the fruit crammed to one side! Then I laughed at how typical that mentality can be among marketing people – they’ll ask you to defy the laws of physics (yeah, I know fruit on the side would settle to the bottom) for the sake of the most insignificant change, and they act as though that minuscule change is a catalyst for some new and wonderful product.

Originally this was sketched on a Post-It note, but then I recreated it in Photoshop CS5. I experimented quite a bit with my new Wacom Intuos5 tablet on this project too.