Author: Josie

Modern Miss Kitty: My Latest Skillshare Project

Modern Miss Kitty To explain this project, I have to explain a little bit about myself first… *I read a lot.   *I’m obsessed with narrative art.  I like to feel as if I have walked in on something when I’m looking at an art piece.  If you were in my head, you would hear the story that I tell myself about such art pieces. *Vintage furniture pieces are all over my house. *I don’t have a cat, but my husband did once before we were married.  That cat was the fanciest cat I have ever known. *Jane Austen novels are among my favorites, and I feel like a proper Austen house would be covered in toile.  Maybe not my interpretation of toile, but toile nonetheless.    Ok…so now that you know a little bit more about me, I can explain my project. Miss Kitty is a modern cat.  She appreciates the finer things in life like sleeping masks, bubble baths, macaron towers, and chesterfield couches to lounge on while she takes her tea.  This interpretation …

Crafting a Signature Style

“A signature style is incredibly important,” they say… Great!  Where do I get one of those?  Oh, that’s not something you can buy?  [Insert balloon deflating noise here]… Give me a book, show me a video, and I can learn how to do that thing.  Ask me to come up with a signature style for myself, and I freeze.  How do I know what my signature style is?  I imagine if you have decided to start down an artistic journey, you may have asked yourself this same question.  That feeling of trying to define yourself through your work isn’t always easy for everyone.  It is not easy for me.   Looking at the work of successful surface pattern designers, I often find myself discouraged.  Their work is so lovely, so cohesive and expressive of their personalities.  Mine sometimes looks as if a third grader made it.  At nearly thirty, that stings a bit.  But… because I believe self deprecation only gets you nowhere, I aim to start taking steps towards finding my own style. **IMPORTANT NOTE: …

November Desktop Background

There is something about the fall colors that bring me a sense of peace and rest.  I was reading a quote the other day that reminded me that it is ok to be tired.  Because right now, I am.  Thankfully, the school year is about to come up on a few breaks that will allow me some rest.  I hope you enjoy the background! “If you’re tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”   Click here to download Fall Floral desktop background.

Etsy Shop Open: Meet Frannie + Frankie!

Well…  I decided to open an Etsy shop using my designs!  I’d like to introduce Frannie + Frankie: Modern baby blankets and accessories!  Right now, you can make custom orders for organic cotton gauze swaddle blankets in a few of my designs.  Pretty soon I will be adding washcloth options as well as head wraps. Stay up to date with new listings and inspirations through Facebook (@frannieandfrankie) and Instagram (@frannieandfrankie)!  I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!

Like The Noonday

Remember how I said fear doesn’t get to drive?  Well I started a new adventure today.  I have been researching a company called Noonday Collection recently and have decided to join this fascinating fair trade company.  I know I’m not very good at sales (I’ve tried before…), but I am really excited to help support a cause that I feel strongly about.  If you would, please take a second to watch a couple videos about what Noonday Collection does, and I think you will see why I made the decision to join other like-minded women on this journey. If you’re interested in hosting a trunk show or maybe becoming an ambassador yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Noonday Collection – Our Story from Noonday Collection on Vimeo. #NoondayStyle in the Making: Metropolitan Earrings from Noonday Collection on Vimeo. Ambassador Trips 2018 from Noonday Collection on Vimeo. Photo and video credits: Noonday Collection

Fear Doesn’t Get to Drive

Just because you have never done something before doesn’t mean you can’t.  I believe in that statement.  Whether it is taking on a new job, trying out a new hobby, or speaking in front of a crowd of people.  The school year has kicked off for this counselor, and I hope to encourage my students to take a few risks.  I like doing things I have never done before.  I’m not always good at it, especially not right away.  There is something that clicks in me when I am faced with a new challenge.  You could call it stubbornness or maybe determination.  I think the point is that I want to say I tried.  I want to be the kind of person that isn’t afraid to work hard, fail at something, and try again.  I want to be the kind of person that looks at something new as an opportunity to learn and change rather than to fear. Granted, this is continually a work in progress.  Fearing change is natural to me, as I am …

Just Going For It – Desktop Background

The words artist and designer seem so huge to me.  Like in order to fulfill one of those roles, you have to be comparative in talent to Monet or Chanel.  Sure, I like to sketch and come up with fabric patterns in my spare time, but I don’t consider myself a designer.  This hesitant feeling and lack of confidence in my work has prevented me from even ordering a few yards of my own designs from Spoonflower.  Nothing ever seemed finished or worthy of being printed.  I was even asked by someone if I would put my designs on Spoonflower, and my response was that I wanted to wait until I had a whole collection of works that I was really proud of. Just a few days ago, I remembered that the beauty of Spoonflower and other printing sites like it is that you don’t have to be a “designer” to anyone else but yourself.  No one else has to like or share my work for it to be valid.  It is mine, and I …

Bourbon Plum Butter

When we moved to California, we were lucky to find the perfect little starter house for us.  It came with a plum tree, or as I came to learn, a pluot tree.  These lovely little fruits are in season right now, so naturally, this last week’s menu has been saturated with pluot recipes.  I whipped up a pluot and sweet cherry torte for a pot luck, muddled up a few in some drinks, and finally used the remainder of our bounty in a breakfast butter.  The butter is slow cooked to create a beautiful deep red color.  It would be a perfect addition to your next brunch served on toasted crostinis with goat cheese.  Enjoy! -Josie Ingredients: Roughly 1lb. of pluots 1/2 c sugar 1/2 c water 1/4 t cardamom 1/4 t cinnamon 1 oz bourbon Method: Pit pluots and cut into 1 inch pieces leaving the skin on.  Place into a medium, non-reactive saucepan.  Add sugar and water to pan with fruit.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook until fruit is very …

Gems of the Pacific Northwest

One of the really incredible things about living in Sacramento is how close you are to so many different climates and scenery.  Within roughly two hours you can be at the beach, the mountains, a forest, or the desert if you so desire.  If you hop on a plane, you can be in Washington in the same amount of time.  And I must say, it is one hundred percent worth it. Josh and I went up to the Olympic National Park for this birthday weekend, and it was spectacular.  It helped that the area was experiencing relief from the ever present rain that weekend.  The sun was out and the weather was absolutely perfect.  We decided to rent a car and take a little road trip around the perimeter of the park so we could see a good portion of it on our short weekend trip.  We made a few stops along the way, which I am eager to share with you. Stop #1: Port Angeles I love being around water.  On it, in it, …