2015 Sale!!

After a long hiatus from the blog... I'm back!!  To kick off the new year and I have a little sale going over at Etsy.  All stationery stuff is on sale!  Notebooks and notepads are just $5 each.  

The sale with run today through the end of January!

Squid notepad- just $5

Squid notepad- just $5

fruit notebook- now $5

fruit notebook- now $5

I'm also happy to announce that I've finally changed the name of my Etsy shop to First Pancake Studio, to match my portfolio website. (which you might have noticed is a new gorgeous squarespace site!)  I'm still working on updating and arranging everything, but its already a big improvement!  You can also follow me on Instagram and see photos of work in process, personal knitting projects and my studio assistant, Biscuit.  Feeling ready to take on 2015!

Holiday Orders for Recipe Illustrations

I'm still accepting a couple more Custom Recipe Illustrations for the Holidays! (through Thanksgiving) If you want some details, drop me a line at Jessica@firstpancakestudio.com or check out the listing on Etsy.  Here's some of my favorite custom recipe prints from last year:

 Croquetas de la Abuela

Thanks to the link on BuzzFeed I've been getting lots of requests this year!  I love hearing people's stories about their family recipes and seeing photos of them cooking in their kitchen's.  

Grandma Sember's Stuffed Cabbages

 

It reminds me that while the holidays are often busy and stressful... I really do look forward to spending time with my family and preparing a delicious meal together.  

Croquetas Recipe Illo

Last, but not least...  I wanted to share one of my all time favorite custom recipes, for  Croquetas de la Abuela!  I was absolutely thrilled to illustrate Anna's Grandma's recipe for her family.

Although I speak no Spanish (I took high school French and a little Japanese post college)  I had an English translation and the Spanish version of the recipe to guide me.

I tried to find some examples of Spanish packaging and also looked at ceramics, and embroidery for pattern ideas.  Packaging in other languages is always fun to look at. Sometimes its really obvious what food you're getting and other times it's a complete mystery!  Quite a few times in Japan I thought I was getting something with cheese and really it was mayo.. yuck!

I wanted to bring a lot of bold color to this piece so it felt really festive.  I imagine frying up a bunch of croquetas to share with family at a party since they are bite size.

Here's a similar recipe I found for Ham Croquettes !  I'd like to try making them at home next tim we have a bunch of people over to eat them.  Valentine's Day is fast approaching,  Tomorrow is the last day to order a Custom Recipe Illustration for your honey, in time for Valentine's Day!

Chili Recipe Illustration

Happy Friday!  Here's  another Custom Recipe I wanted to share!  I was thrilled when Kristi contacted me to do this chili and pickle recipe for her husband.

She had some great ideas for details to include, such as the red LeCreuset.

I had a lot of fun working with this palette and coming up with simple geometric patterns that would give it a Tex-Mex feel.

There still time to fit in custom orders for Valentines... So shoot me an email if you want me to illustrate your favorite recipe for someone you love.  Hope you cook something delicious this weekend!

Stuffed Cabbage Illo!

Thanks to the mention on Etsy's blog I got a couple more orders for Custom Recipe Illustrations.  I love illustrating family recipes and  I wanted to share one I finished up right before the Holidays.

Stuffed Cabbages!

I've never made stuffed cabbages so I did a little research on the origins.  Stuffed cabbages are mostly part of  Jewish/Eastern European tradition and that lead me to look at Polish, Hungarian and Russian embroidery for motif and pattern inspiration.

 Here's a similar recipe over on Smitten Kitchen if you want to try making your own. 

 I wanted this piece to feel folky and warm just like the dish.  I bet stuffed cabbages would be perfect dish to serve this time of year!

 

 

 

 

2014- Year of the Lumberjack!

 

Here it is my 2014 Lumberjack tea towel calendar!!  As soon as I got my fabric in the mail I threw it in the wash and stitched it right up.

If you also have a huge crush on lumberjacks, this towel might be for you...

Here's some close ups of the animals; goats wearing hats (inspired by the Sound of Music puppets!), gitty hedgehogs, sneaky raccoons and guitar playing birds.

Seriously can you tell how much fun I had working on this?

This may be my favorite tea towel calendar yet!

Check it out in my Etsy shop!

Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend!

 

Personalized Presents on Etsy!

So excited to be featured on the Etsy blog with other fabulous illustrators and artists making custom orders for the Holidays!  Some of my other favorites: name plate, Home for the Holidays illustration, Under the moon cufflinks, Morse code necklace, and Custom Doll in an animal suit!

There is still time to order a custom recipe print in time for the holidays- Prices range from $100-$350 and include shipping within the US.

 

 

Etsy Sale!

We are moving very soon!

Succulent pencil case - $12

As I look around the studio I realize now would be a good time to get rid of some of my inventory... and have less things to box up.

Cupcake notepad -$7

Squid Notepad- $7

Fruit and Lace notebook- $7

Starting today use code: MOVING in my Etsy shop to receive 20% off all orders over $15.

Succulent pencil case- $12

Fruit Notepad- $7

Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and check out the sale... From now till the end of June! 20% off!   I'll be adding more items so keep your eyes peeled!

Holiday Shopping Shout Out!

Thanks to my friends at They Draw and Cook for including me in their monthly newsletter of holiday shopping ideas!  If you are looking for a small stocking stuffer for a cook, then check out their Best Illustrated Cocktail Recipe Book & The Colorful Vegetarian book.  Both have absolutely beautiful illustrations!  Each book is $9.99!

If your looking for inexpensive and funky art... look no further than RI based Tiny Showcase.   They feature work of some of my favorite artists and if you were still thinking of buying one of my umibozu print, they've got those too!  They've also got a good deal going... Buy two prints and get free shipping!  Some of my favs include:

 

A collection of WPA-era US Travel Bureay Posters as reinterpreted and screen printed by Providence's Head Light Hotel. The two pieces are available for purchase as a set for $65 or below individually for $35 each

 "Untitled (Living Things)" by LandLand. $20 - Love all the patterns in this!

And Ester Pearl Watson's  "The Future Passed Over a Fake Dinosaur." $20  Tiny showcase also donates $250 from the sale of each print to a charity of the artist's choice so it's really a win-win gift!

Lastly, my friends at Hudson Seed Valley Library wanted me to share a special discount code.  Use code "packart" to receive free shipping through Dec 20th.   I just got some seed baskets I ordered from them in the mail and they look great!

Also, Starting in the new year I'll be sharing my blog posts exclusively on The First Pancake page on facebook. So if you want to be up to date on the latest news and any special discounts ... like my page!!

 

 

Pvd Lady Gift Guide!

I can't believe it's December and holiday time yet again!  The Providence Lady Project decided to do a gift guide this year to showcase local businesses.  You can check out the Providence lady gift guide here!  I submitted my tea towel calendar as well as my latest holiday gift the Custom Recipe!   For fun I picked out 5 of my favorite gift ideas from other Providence Lady Project members...  These are the 5 gifts I would want to give to my favorite ladies: 1.  For the cool little lady: Women Who Rock Coloring Book- $15  All proceeds support Girls Rock! Rhode Island, a non-profit that empowers girls and women through music.  They do an awesome summer camp where girls get to form bands and put on a concert!

2. For a glamourous quirky lady: Soft Honeycomb Scarf by Joy in my Studio - $58  Joy paints each of these scarfs by hand so they are truly one of a kind!  This one is the bees knees!

3.  For the bookworm lady: Harry Potter inspired Moleskin   $25  Hand drawn Moleskin cover with a Harry Potter reference?  This just makes me smile!

4.  Nerdy but Fashionable lady: Two Layer white ring. $25  Inspired by nature and science Nervous Systems uses futuristic digital fabrication to produce beautiful these funky pieces of jewelry.

5. For the Lady who likes to cook:  Handcrafted Spice Bloc- $55 Made locally in Pawtucket, RI!

So those are some fun gift ideas I found in the guide.  Check it out here on Issuu and for more ideas here's a treasury they put together on Etsy.

Custom Recipe Illos for Sale!

You may have noticed a new tab on my website saying custom recipes!  Or on my Etsy page... I'm pleased to announce I can now take commissions of your family's favorite recipes.

This is something I've been wanting to do for awhile, because I think these would be a lot of fun to work on.  The above recipe is my Mom's Mac and Cheese!  (One of my absolute favorite recipes!) I think a custom recipe illustration with hand-lettered title is an awesome and personal gift!  I'm planning on printing these at 9"x 12", but since the final is digital I can easily print multiples or larger.  If you have questions or want to place an order email me: Jessica@firstpancakestudio.com  HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Chicken Calendar

I drew some chickens! Then turned them into a tea towel design for this week's Spoonflower contest... As if I didn't have enough on my plate. (Next weekend I'm flying down to Houston for Quilt Market) yikes!!  

I really enjoyed making a tea towel calendar last year and people seemed to like the whole tea towel calendar things, so I'll probably put a couple up in the Ol'Etsy Shoppe.

It's a nice opportunity to design something that serves a functional purpose!  Even if it is chicken illustrations on a calendar...  Hope you guys like it!  If you do, go vote for my design on Spoonflower.   Voting is open till Tuesday and after that SF is having a 2 for 1 sale on fat quarters from the 25th- 31st!

April Etsy Shop Update!

 I just added some fun new Spring items to my shop!  April 2nd- April 30th all proceeds from my Etsy shop will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Robin and I are crazy, so we've committed to biking 100 miles around Lake Tahoe a second year in a row!!!! We will be riding in memory of Robin's Mom, Mary, who passed away last August.  Here you can read about us riding and fundraising last year....  We were able to raise over $9,000!  
 bikes, cabins and trees in blue
 bikes and succulents in pink, and peach
The weather is getting warmer and this weekend we start our outdoor rides and a lot of fundraising events too!  If you would like to make a donation, please check out our site.   I can't wait to get out on my bike this weekend!

Under the Ground

It's finally here! Poster #2 for Fertile Underground!
I had a lot of fun doing the hand lettering for the title and the bottom info.

This time around I did the design and gladly handed it off to a silk screen expert to do the actual printing of the posters. I can't tell you what a relief that was!

One of my favorite parts is this mouse... I drew lots of mice as a kid.

Fertile Underground was awesome enough to give me a dozen or so prints to sell. Thanks again to Kristina for doing such an awesome job printing these!

I'll have them up in the Etsy shop for sale with the first poster! I just finished the design for poster #3 and I can't wait to see it printed.

East Greenwich Art Festival

Just a sneak peak of new fabrics and kitchen stuff I'll have for sale at the East Greenwich Art Festival.
 

 

New pot holders in my "tree and leaves" fabric.

I finally got around to sewing full length aprons. I'm hoping these will be a big hit in cupcake print and fruit print as well!

 

If your looking for something to do tomorrow then drive on down to East Greenwich! It's at 1408 Division Rd and it looks like there will also be a farmers market there too! I'll be at my table 10-5 with art prints, kitchen goods, stationery and some pencil cases.

You've "bean on my mind..."

Art Festivals and Craftshows are a lot of work, weeks of sewing, ordering and organizing stuff all with my fingers crossed for good weather. However, I've found that it's a great opportunity to get direct feedback and that's really helped me make decisions about my work. (which things to discontinue, what needs to be tweaked and pricing too!) I have been busy busy busy working on some new items for the East Greenwich Art Festival coming up Sept 3rd!

I just got these babies in the mail yesterday!

I know, I know... I'm super cheesy. But the berry one just seemed so right that I dared myself to come up with three other veggie greetings.

And I did!

I figured these could each work for multiple occasions and they had a sense of humor... vegetables shouldn't take themselves too seriously.

Next week is crunch time, but I'm hoping to photograph a few more items before I head out for the sale. I will also post these in my Etsy shop too! If your going to be in the area please come say hi! I'll be there 10-5, 1408 Division Road.

Cupcake continued...

As Spring is approaching I'm picking up speed. I ordered this sweet stamp from Rubber Stamps.net and I've been stamping all my paper goods like crazy!

 

I was able to upload an image that used my handwritten text and they shipped it very quickly.

I find stamping and labeling things extremely satisfying!

Also received a test swatch of cupcake fabric in the mail from Spoonflower!

In the past I've struggled with getting the colors to print faithfully. Often the way they appear on the screen is very different from how they turn up on fabric. This time I went through the process of creating a test strip where I tried a few different colors for each color (light brown, brown, blue, yellow and pink)to see how it would look.

Overall, I was really happy with this little experiment and I think from now on this is a really safe way to check my colors before purchasing a large amount of fabric.

Robin started printing me some stickers at work. : ) I can't wait to have these up in the store too!

Cupcakes in My Mail!

I absolutely love getting things in the mail, except bills. I've been checking the mail a lot this week ...waiting for CUPCAKES!

I was soooo excited to receive my very own Little Cupcake Notebooks from Scout Books! They came out even better than I had hoped! Scout Books is based out of Portland where they do all sorts of beautiful work and print these babies with Soy Ink on 100% recycled paper!

One of my goals for this year is to create some products with existing artwork. (You may recognize these cupcakes from my East vs. West food pattern). I typically create work and then as soon as its done I'm sick of it. On the upside I'm constantly working on new stuff!

I've found that reproducing my work allows me to see it anew. Whether that be photography, printing it on fabric or changing the imagery slightly. Do other people feel this way?

Anyways, I'm absolutely smitten with these! I added them to my Etsy shop right away.

I found out this week that I've got a spot in the RISD Alumni Spring Sale so I'm starting to stock up!

These also just in! I've been sort of obsessed with this color palette of neutrals+ neon. I feel like I'm seeing it everywhere. Maybe its just a good transition from the blahs of Winter to the brightness of Spring. Not that I think neutrals are blah.... just dirty snow.

I'm also obsessed with stationary, even though I rarely get to use it... :( I guess it makes sense that I would enjoy creating my own stationary for people to send through the mail. I thought the cupcake pad looked very nice with these envelopes from PaperSource , the Japanese Washi tape and this super cute cake eraser I received for x-mas!

It made me want to sit down and write a letter or bake.... I can't decide which! But with Valentine's Day approaching I should be prepared to do both. You can get your own cupcake notepads here. I'm also hoping to make some matching stickers, so keep your eyes peeled!

Providence Patterns

I first came to Rhode Island on a college visit. I explored the city nervously, trying to picture myself here as an art student for the next four years. After a tour of the campus and wandering around I fell in love with Providence's architecture and of course RISD.

Since 2003 I've been living here on and off again (yikes!) There are definitely times when I take it for granted, or forget my initial reaction to the city of Providence.

Visiting Japan was a similar experience. Everything looked so different; the buildings, people and transportation are all scaled smaller. Tall people might find this disconcerting... but I loved being able to reach the handholds in the subway.

I also loved living in the picturesque countryside of Kyoto. No matter how grumpy I felt a quick ride on my bike always brightened my mood. There is really nothing better than casually biking past fragrant fields of rice, vegetables, streams and small houses. I also developed an affinity for the surrounding mountains, they offered a fantastic backdrop and landmark visible from almost anywhere in the city.

At first when I came back I had to fight the urge to point out how different everything is in the US. "Look at my giant coffee!" "Can you believe how loud those people are talking?" Coming back allowed me to see Providence with fresh eyes and of course appreciate the time I spent in Japan. ( The blue painted under porches in New England always makes me smile)

With that in mind I felt compelled to draw patterns of Kyoto and Providence for my East vs. West collection. Here's my Providence drawings...

After coloring it in the computer and about 3 trials of printing and tweaking the colors:

And a close up!

Here's the Kyoto side complete with trains and mountains!

Yay trains!

The fabrics were printed and being sewn into reversible totes, mostly so you don't have to pick one over the other.

They are for sale in my etsy store! A few other items are there that I made for the sale Claire and I did around Thanksgiving. The sale was a bust but at least I got a lot of work done!

Hurrah for getting things done!