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elizabeth olwen

March 26, 2014

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elizabeth olwen

today i want to highlight a fellow surface pattern designer who’s work i’m simply in love with! elizabeth olwen’s illustrations are whimsical and organic and with collection names like ‘fairytale gardens’, ‘soft song’ and ‘flower basket’ it’s hard to not fall in love.

elizabeth and i have both graduated from the art and business of surface pattern design (by the way, you can see our alumni success stories here and here!) and our paths just seem to keep crossing! she has also just debuted a beautiful new line of fabrics with cloud9 called grey abbey. you must see it! hop on over to elizabeth’s website and journal to see more of her lovely work.

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elizabeth olwen is a toronto-based surface designer. inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, elizabeth’s work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes.

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creative teleseminar with amy butler

i’m so excited to join this creative teleseminar with amy butler tomorrow night, and i thought you might like to join in as well! amy will be teaming up with her life coach, hildie, to talk to us about how to live YOUR creative dream (you can read more about her story here).

from amy: “If you are an artist, creative spirit or a design entrepreneur I know you can benefit greatly from this event. You are here for a reason and the timing is right for you to receive the support and inspiration your soul is craving. You are a treasure and a gift! I can’t wait to spend time with you! Lots of Love, Amy

from hilde: “When was the last time you felt riveted by your career? Ever? The average American lifetime includes 90,000+ hours of work time. If you aren’t rating work an 8 or above on a scale of 1-10, you need help. Isn’t it time you confront the fact that nobody is coming to fix this problem but you? It’s time you figure out how much power you have to create and maintain a career you love. In this teleseminar with special guest, artist and designer, Amy Butler of Amy Butler Design, we will show you how to tell the truth about what you really want and find your courage and develop a plan to go for it. Whether you’re interested in starting your own business, getting a new job or taking your career to the next level, this teleseminar will have you DEAL!”

“Deal with Your Creative Career” Tuesday January 28th from 8:30 – 9:30 pm ET . $25. Register here.

photo via amy butler

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cold brew coffee

November 12, 2013

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seaworth coffee | recipes

personally, i like my coffee hot (with some coconut creamer and honey, please!). that hasn’t stopped me from noticing some beautifully packaged cold brew coffees lately, though. it feels like cold brews have experienced a surge in popularity lately, but maybe that’s just me? anyways, there’s just something intriguing and beautiful about these dark glass bottles and pretty designs. they make me want to try all sorts of cold coffee drinks (check out all the recipes each of these companies provide!).

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i’ve been hearing some pretty incredible things about skillshare lately. have you heard of it? in a nutshell, it’s a global community where you can learn real-world skills from some pretty incredible teachers. the classes are incredibly affordable (some are even free!), and can be viewed on your own schedule since they provide lifetime access to the course content. they specialize in everything from culinary arts to design, photography to fashion and style. pretty awesome, right?

skillshare classes

communicate with color, pattern and texture | 11 video lessons | self paced | $20

today i wanted to share with you a few of the classes i’ve been eying to take myself. i first heard about digital illustration: communicate with color, pattern and texture over on creature comforts where ez shares with us the work she did in the class. it’s beautiful!

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a hands-on approach to label design  | 3 video lessons | watch for this class coming back soon!

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how to communicate effectively through the power of type| 8 video lessons | june 14th, 2013 | $20

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learn the ins and outs of illustrator | 11 video lessons | self paced | $20

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illustrating your favorite runway looks | 5 video lessons | self paced | $20

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draw illustrative words | 4 video lessons | self paced | $20

have you taken any skillshare classes? if so, which one and what did you think?

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helt honey packaging design

January 23, 2013

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i have a thing for honeycomb, and when combined with vibrant colors and pretty designs i fall in love. this packaging design by arhoj for helt honey is eye catching, fun and different. it makes me just want to pick it up and put it in my basket (marketing goal accomplished, helt)! with pretty typography, unpredictable stickers that seal and a beautiful website to boot, this company knows what they’re doing. i hope you can gather a little inspiration from it as i did!

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