Welcome to my blog!

I am a designer with 15 years of experience working in the juvenile products industry. I have worked in product development and surface design, creating artwork for apparel, stationery, giftware, bedding, and more. I am new to art licensing, and constantly searching for information about it. I have created this blog to share what I find.

Monday, July 16, 2012


I am so excited to share my new collection that I created for Burton & Burton. I love the way they showcased everything in their showroom at the Atlanta Giftware Show this July!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Burton & Burton

I recently went to Athens Georgia to work with Burton & Burton on my upcoming baby collection! Burton & Burton is the nation's leading supplier of balloons and coordinating gift products, and I am so excited to be working with them! You can check out their web site at http://www.burtonandburton.com

Look for my licensed products in their 2012 catalog!

here I am with Maxine Burton at their beautiful offices in Athens

Thursday, April 7, 2011

SURTEX booth#617

Stop by the Painted Planet booth at Surtex to see my latest collections!
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
May 15-17, 2011
booth #617

Monday, March 7, 2011

2011 Atlanta Giftware Show

It's been a while since I posted anything, but I guess that shows what a busy year it's been so far!

I attended the Giftware Show in Atlanta in January where Painted Planet was exhibiting. I had several great meetings, and lots of follow-up when I got back. The Licensing and Design area was much larger this year, and we had a prime spot right at the front.

It was great meeting Gina B, and visiting her showroom to see where my product was prominently displayed!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Houston Quilt Market

The Houston Quilt Market was at the end of October, and although I couldn't go, Jan from Painted Planet sent me these photos from the Red Rooster exhibit. Someone made a quilt with my Little Critters collection! The fabric will be available in quilt shops this spring. To see the complete collection, visit Red Rooster's web site: http://www.redroosterfabrics.com/fabric/upncoming.php

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First Samples!

I just received first samples of my new fabric line for Red Rooster Fabrics, and also a group of cards for Gina B. designs!! Check them out!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Respect the Process

Research, thought, and reflection
Recently a friend of mine who is not in the design business asked me, "so how do you come up with your designs? Do you just sit down and start drawing?" It got me thinking about the process of design, and where ideas come from. Sometimes a client has something specific in mind, but mostly designs come from research, thought, and reflection. One thing I do is collect images from different publications I subscribe to, and create trend boards. This helps get a lot of ideas pertaining to the same theme in front of me for inspiration. As I'm collecting the images, I start thinking about what I can do with the theme, and then I start sketching. After putting some ideas of my own down on paper, I let it percolate for a bit. Sometimes I just need to go outside and take a walk, get away from the office or studio. I find that when things get hectic, my mind is so bogged down and I can't be creative. If I can relax a little bit, take some time to refresh & rejuvenate, then the ideas start to flow!