Winter Trees Pattern & Wallpaper

I made this pattern about a week ago, but haven’t had time to post because of, you know, a sick and teething toddler. I am enjoying the process of learning how to make more complex repeat patterns and transforming my sketches into finished projects. I always waffle on color choices, though. I tend to choose very bright colors for everything (you should see our house). Whenever I experiment with more neutral or non-primary colors, I squirm in my seat.  Originally, this pattern had a softer blue and a darker green, but I ended up liking the brighter versions more. I also think it would look awesome in red and white (I’d make everything red if I could).

I hope you enjoy this as a desktop background too; it’s a nice winter wonderland for me to look at while I’m at work. This is the most snow I’ll probably see in Texas this year ;).

Happy Holidays!

Pattern of green fir trees and white snowflakes on a blue background
Winter Trees Widescreen Desktop Wallpaper
wallpaper_wintertrees-laptop
Winter Trees Laptop Wallpaper
Pattern of fir trees and snowflakes on a blue background
Winter Trees Phone Wallpaper

Tulip Pattern & Wallpaper

Last week was a bit crazy (understatement) in our household with a stomach bug. I was supposed to be at the CreativeMornings Summit conference for 3 days, but instead was only able to attend one half of one day.

Just before the shit hit the fan, I managed to sneak in a quick pattern for the Pattern Camp weekly challenge: black + white + one color. This tulip pattern started out months ago as a doodle in my moleskine:

Black and white tulips drawn in a notebook, with fingers holding the page openI scanned it, added some color created the pattern below for your digital downloading pleasure. It’s available in widescreen, laptop and phone sizes. Hope you enjoy!

White and pink/red tulips on a black background
Tulip widescreen wallpaper
White and pink/red tulips on a black background
Tulip laptop wallpaper
White and pink/red tulips on a black background
Tulip phone wallpaper

Ghosts Desktop Background

Last weekend I participated in Jessica Swift’s Pattern Camp. I learned how to make patterns out of all of the things.

Every week there is a new pattern challenge in the Pattern Camp group. This week’s was “Ghosts” so I played along to practice my skills.

Here are a couple of desktop backgrounds for your downloading pleasure using my quick and dirty Ghosts pattern:

Tiny white ghosts on orange background
Ghosts: Standard Desktop Background
White ghosts on orange background
Ghosts: Widescreen Desktop Background

It Matters How We Talk About Women

It matters how we talk about women. Girls and boys are watching and listening.

It matters how we talk about women. Girls hear words and see images that tell them they are most valuable as a sexual object. They feel pressure to perform sexual acts—even if they are not ready for it.

It matters how we talk about women. Boys hear words and see images that tell them women are only there to please, and that it is okay to touch someone sexually without consent.

It matters how we talk about women. Someday these girls and boys will have their own relationships. They will explore their own sexuality. We want our children to grow up to have safe and loving sexual relationships.

It matters how we talk about women. Each of us came into this world via a woman. Ideally, you were conceived and born into this world in a safe and loving space. How can we expect to create safe, loving spaces for new children to enter this world, if the women who carry them don’t feel safe?

It matters how we talk about women.