News - November Screen Saver Collection

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Fall leaves starting to turn, and will soon be dropping to the ground, a sure sign that the holiday season is just around the corner.

This leaf pattern was inspired by the lush courtyard where we stayed while traveling in Marrakech. Although the leaves are tropical in nature, I’ve recolored the design to reflect a more “New England” color scheme and to make it more appropriate for our fall weather.

Follow the links below for your FREE screen saver collection which will include a desktop calendar as well as a smart phone background. 

Click HERE to download the desktop calendar

Click HERE to download the smart phone background

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News - In Pursuit of a Hobby

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What is your hobby? Do you make a practice of regularly scheduling time to pursue it?

I read an interesting article recently about the pursuit of hobbies. There are many health benefits to having a hobby including making friends, building confidence and developing creativity. Hobbies bring us joy in ways not possible with our work. In the article, the author makes an argument for having a hobby which is different and separate from your job.

This can be especially difficult for a creative person as the two activities often blend into each other. Making it more challenging is the expectation that everything you "do/make/create" should be monetized. This attitude is perpetuated by today's entrepreneurial culture where anyone can work from home and can profit from their own unique "thing". By monetizing our hobby we change our relationship with it, it is no longer pursued for the simple joy of it thus distorting our reason for doing it in the first place.

I spend my days creating items/art almost always with the intention to sell some form of it. I might sketch a new series of floral elements, place those into a pattern which I then hope to license. OR I carve a new block (from one of the elements mentioned earlier) the resulting design is printed on fabric which I cut/sew into products I sell. And so on....

As a full-time artist, my biggest challenge would be to find the time to actually separate play from what is now my job and being able to make the distinction between the two.

News - Show Calendar Update

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Makers Tableau has been super busy attending several late summer and fall markets. It's been a ton of work but we had a blast! We made new friends with other fellow artists, gained new customers as well as a few possible wholesale accounts - Yay!

We have two holiday markets on the schedule, you'll want to keep those in mind for your seasonal shopping. This year we are pulling together "Gift Bag" ideas to make your shopping experience that much easier. We will have a few product groupings selected around a particular theme - "For the Hostess" will include a napkin set, a set of wine charms and a set of coasters. More on this as it develops, "Gift Bags" will only be available at the two holiday shows.

News - October Screen Saver Collection

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Despite the cooler weather and the fall leaves starting to turn, it is never too late for some new floral designs.

This new pattern is from my travel collection. Floral inspiration was everywhere both in Spain and Morocco.  Flower displays were commonly showcased in large pots along sidewalks, hanging from window boxes and were prominently showcased in the incredible gardens of the palaces we visited!

Follow the links below for your FREE screen saver collection which will include a desktop calendar as well as a smart phone background. 

Click HERE to download the desktop calendar

Click HERE to download the smart phone background

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News - September Screen Saver Collection

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A Moroccan inspired pattern - a mix between a traditional geometric design and a floral design. This new pattern is from my travel collection

Follow the links below for your FREE screen saver collection which will include a desktop calendar as well as a smart phone background. 

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News - New Products?

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Currently I sell hand printed note cards at local shows only. I am wondering if I should be adding these to my online offering?! Is this something you'd like to see?

I'd love to offer a wider variety of my pattern designs. Block/screen printing multiple colors is always not practical hence these new patterns would be digitally printed. There is a greater upfront investment on my end (which I am totally on board with) however I question if there is enough interest to go down that road...I'd love to hear your comments!

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News - August Screen Saver Collection

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Where did the month go?! As July is winding down, there is still time to enjoy another month of clear blue skies and beach time!

This new pattern is from my travel collection- Geometric designs were everywhere both in Spain and Morocco and were commonly featured on walls, sidewalks, table tops...pretty much everywhere! Follow the links below for your FREE screen saver collection which will include a desktop calendar as well as a smart phone background. 

Click HERE to download the desktop calendar

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