Spring Greens

Flowers are actually blooming and it finally feels like spring here in New England!  Now that the weather is changing I'm craving much lighter food.  If you pick up the latest copy of Edible Rhody and flip to "last Bite" you'll see my Spring Greens piece!

Editor Genie, had some great ideas for quick and easy recipes to make with greens. ( salad, sauté and gratin)  Rather than drawing the recipes themselves, I thought it would be more fun to draw and label many of the greens.

I started researching the greens I wasn't familiar with and realized there is a wide variety of local greens available in  our little state of Rhode Island.  I also discovered I had been eating tatsoi in many salads without knowing what it was called.  Yay research!  Thank you Edible Rhody for the awesome assignment!  It was certainly uplifting to work on something light and green in the dead of winter.

Owls are not what they seem

Above my desk is a list of dream clients and jobs.  On my list are things like; art for food packaging, create my own wrapping paper, design a tattoo- checked off!  When I saw that Modcloth was announcing a print design contest and Portlandia Costume Designer Amanda Needham would be a guest judge.  I got super excited to come up with some prints...  I've really been enjoying Portlandia; the awkward humor of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen as well as Kyle Maclachlan as mayor ; )

I came up with a few ideas for the dress, but was crossing my fingers they would pick this Twin Peaks inspired dress pattern.  Since falling in love with Twin Peaks last year I've been kicking around some ideas for a fan art piece. (Check out Design Sponge's post on set/clothing inspiration)  Here's some of my favorite Twin Peaks fan art pieces by other artists:  Love this print by Mary Kate McDevitt, Tee by Robert Farkas over at ThreadlessAmazing log lady print and pins!

Modcloth has such an awesome selection of vintage and retro inspired dresses.  I love the prints they use and knew I could get away with designing something that was really cute and illustrative. (retro+ cute+illustrative+dash of Portlandia weirdness= my wheelhouse)  If you haven't seen Twin Peaks, hopefully you'd still wear a dress with owls, trees, coffee cups and logs, right?...Surely a staple in every lady's closet.

Please give my dress some love and GO VOTE on the Modcloth website!!  If I win I get some $, the dress produced with my name in the label and I get to wear a dress with my print on it, which I could check off my dream list!

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.

 

 

Pumpkin Soup with Fresh Sage

I'm so glad I can finally share this!  I started working on this recipe during the heatwave this summer and I couldn't imagine wanting anything hot... But now that its mid October, it's starting to look and feel like autumn.  I've been craving warm soup when it gets chillier at night and maybe some homemade hearty bread too.  I can't wait to try out this recipe!

I had a lot of fun playing with the textures and leaves of the Pumpkin and I was thrilled to see it printed so beautifully.  I'm so glad I reached out to Edible and we were able to collaborate on something, this is definitely one of my favorite pieces this year.  Huge thanks to Editor in Chief, Genie McPherson Trevor of Edible Rhody!    I hope I get to work with Edible Rhody again very soon.

If you're in RI you can pick up the latest issue of Edible Rhody at Bottles, Farmstead, Chez Pascal, Olga's Seven Stars, Pastiche and many of my other favorite places.

Avocados for Emma

Have you checked out Emma Magazine yet?  The tagline is "If Martha was a twenty-something."  The magazine is chock-full of  fun DIY's, recipes, styling tips and gift ideas.  They also just released their very own app!

I got in touch with them about creating something fun for the magazine and we decided on a piece about growing an avocado tree from a pit, just in time for their Summer issue!

I also chatted with their lovely intern, Alejandra,  about art, food and travel.  Check it out on pages 42-43!

I started growing my own little avocado pits while I was working on the piece.   This one has a nice root going...

and a tiny little sprout!

Go read Emma! This issue has a great father's day gift guide,  smoothie ideas, and how to sew a skirt!

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.

Art Packs are Up

The 26 new Art Packs are up on the Hudson Valley Seed Library's website!  If you know someone who enjoys gardening, have them check these out!  You can purchase individual varieties or they come in these great sets; Culinary Herbs,  FlowerworksGourmet Salad and Small Space Garden sets.

This is what the beans and pods look like!  I wonder what how these would do in the city....

TA DAH!! Here's how the final seed pack design turned out:  Panther Edamame pack.

 My panther piece is also available for sale as a print!  Yay for fun projects coming to fruition!

San Diego Magazine

I can't believe I haven't shared this yet... but it's on stands now!

 I was asked to create a map for San Diego Magazine to accompany their article on the best asian food in the area.

It was exciting to do a project like this that combined so many of my favorite things; asian food, hand lettered titles and maps!

It also made me very hungry for noodles...

 Thanks to AD Gloria for an awesome project!

Quilt Market Prep

I've printed my postcards and cut fresh swatches of fabric! I'm on my way to the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas to show my fabric designs. Anyways, I'm looking forward to meeting designers, fabric companies and some of the fabulous people involved in The Printed Bolt REPEAT contest! Wish me luck!

Hudson Seed Valley Packet

I love getting email updates from past projects!  Hudson Seed Valley Library recently send me an image with my final seed packet and it looks awesome!!! I can't share it yet, but I can show you the post they did about my proposal for the project.

This project with Hudson Valley Seed Library creates seed packs featuring original work designed by artists.  They also create an accessible and affordable source of regionally adapted seeds.  When I saw their call for work in March I submitted some images.  I was thrilled to be selected to create a packet for the Panther Edamame variety and I had it finished in the beginning of June.  Anyways, here's a little article about the packet I did for Hudson Seed Valley on their website.  Also check out some of the previous art packs.

Attack of the Umibozu!

Do you remember this piece I did awhile back? It's the fearsome Umibozu!  He was part of my Yokai aka Japanese monster series.  Anyways, I was thrilled when Tiny Showcase contacted me to team up with them and print it!

   Tiny Showcase is based in Rhode Island and they feature the work of some of my favorite artists! Their prints are typically small and done in limited edition runs of 100 making them affordable and unique.

Oh and if thats not good enough, Tiny Showcase donates $250 of their sales of each run of prints to a charity of the artist's choice.  I selected the Tomorrow Fund because they offer tons of emotional and financial support to local families of children undergoing cancer treatment.  They helped Robin's family a lot when he was sick, so thats pretty cool in my book!

Elle Girl Korea

안녕 or hello to anyone reading this blog in Korea! I was so excited to be featured in the August issue of Elle girl Korea!
When I was living in Japan I would spend hours in the bookstore pouring through the fashion magazines. I loved seeing the Japanese, Italian and Korean versions of magazines such as Vogue and Elle. They would have such cute and creative editorial spreads and the magazines always came with a little gift. Usually a tiny tote, or a headband!!!

I was honored to be featured alongside some of my favorite food artists such as Claudia Pearson,

and Nate Pavadick Thanks to editor Kim A Reum for including me in this issue!

Etsy Giveway!

Jen of This Girl's Life So Far recently contacted me on Etsy about doing an interview and giveaway on her blog. An addition to running a blog Jen has an Etsy shop where she makes her own soap. My favorite is her cupcake bombs!

This is my first interview and it was a relief to know that someone saw my avatar/store name and liked it. Turns out she's actually been chased by a rabid Emu! Haha, how crazy is that?

 

Check out her blog to read my interview here and if you want a chance to win a notepad/notebook set just leave a comment. You can enter till April 4th! Thanks so much Jen!