Thursday, December 30, 2010

Croatian Girl Matryoshka

Croatian Girl Matryoshka Close-Up Portrait

Croatian Girl Matryoshka

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have a fun and safe New Year's Eve and Day. Speaking of "New" I have a new drawing to show you! My Croatian Girl Matryoshka. I've had two kind requests for a Croatian Matryoshka and one was even so kind as to send me a link to what she had in mind— a Croatian Folk Dancer! This was really allot of fun. Something about red and white I just love, maybe it is the valentine connection. I hope she surpasses their expectations and I hope you love her too! :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Afghan Girl Matryoshka

Afghan Girl Matryoshka

Happy Holidays to you all! We are enjoying (a very unusual for the southern US) white Christmas weekend here. I hope wherever you are, you are cozy. I have a new illustration to show you, my Afghan Girl Matryoshka! Someone was nice enough to suggest her. For the clothing she suggested bold colors and tiny circle mirrors. I also added gold coin fringe which I saw in some of my research. I hope you like her! :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Holiday items in my shop! :)
Hello everyone! I hope you and your loved ones are well and enjoying this holiday season! Above is a compilation of a few of my snowy, holiday, gift ideas from various sections of my shop:

Books & Zines

I am hoping to have a chance to draw this week. You all have given me several suggestions for matryoshka- Afghan, Croatian, and Irish. If I have forgotten one that you would like me to draw please remind me. I am sticking with traditional cultural themes but also have an American Women series that I will be adding American women from different eras. If you have any suggestions for any of those I would love to hear them. Thank you for your support and I wish you and your families and friends a wonderful holiday season! :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Finnish Girl Matryoshka

I've had a couple of people request a Finnish Girl Matryoshka. After much research I was having a difficult time deciding which ethnicity to portray first, until Jill of Barrel of Monkeys was kind enough to point me in a direction. She suggested Kansallispuku style! So this is my version of a Finnish Girl, Kansallispuku style Matryoshka! How do you like the wind in her hair and hair ribbons? I'm really enjoying it! Can you tell? Thank you for the suggestion Jill! Everyone please keep the suggestions coming and if you know of examples of traditional dress that really helps! :)

I think my Polish, Finnish, and Dutch Matryoshkas would look splendid displayed together.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dutch Girl Matryoshka!

This is my latest illustration, my Dutch Girl Matryoshka! I think she and my Polish Girl Matryoshka would make a nice set displayed together. My mother visited Holland as a child and has always talked about how beautiful it was. Recently Risa of restlessrisa suggested I draw a Dutch doll. Thank you for the suggestion Risa! Please keep the suggestions coming! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Greek Matryoshka!

My Greek Matryoshka is now available in my shop. I had someone ask me if I could draw a Greek Matryoshka, and she was kind enough to send me some links with examples of traditional dress. Sometimes I get a request but I have difficulty pinpointing what the traditional dress is, so links to examples are a big help. Thank you to everyone who is making suggestions. It really helps inspire me and I really want to know what you would like to see. I wonder what wonderful ideas you will come up with next? :)

If you like my Greek Matryoshka you may also like my other "Gold Sisters" (adorned with gold jewelry and embellishments) Cambodian Girl and Pakistani Girl.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

New- Polish Girl Matryoshka

Introducing my latest drawing, a Polish Girl Matryoshka! I had a request for a Polish girl matryoshka last week. I was so delighted when I saw how interesting and intricate Polish traditional clothing is and happily discovered the origins of something that I have wondered about for the longest time. For many years there was a house I would often pass by that had beautiful white lace curtains with a zigzag edge. I would always look at the curtains and wonder where they came from. I knew they had to be Old World, they were so beautiful. I was delighted when I saw that the Polish aprons appear to be the same lace fabric! Finally, my white curtain mystery is solved! Please keep the great suggestions coming! :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New- Russian Girl Matryoshka!

Russian Girl Matryoshka
I just completed my latest matryoshka illustration, "Russian Girl Matryoshka". It is about time I drew a traditional Russian matryoshka isn't it? I came up with a couple different versions of this and I've had a request for some gift tags of my matryoshka so I'm thinking about making a set of Russian Doll gift tags for the holiday season.
I hope you like her! :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New- Matryoshka Paper Goods

Matryoshka Family Lists PDF Printable

I have had several requests for paper goods featuring my Matryoshka illustrations. This is my first, "Matryoshka Family Lists PDF printable" (I remove the logo that stretches across the lists when I fill an order). What is great about PDFs is you can print as many as you want as often as you want. I'm going to print out a bunch of these for my shopping and to-do lists. I'm also going to print out stacks of them, wrap with colored tissue paper and a pretty ribbon and give as gifts this coming holiday season. Happy list making! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

New- Chilean Girl Matryoshka

Chilean Girl Matryoshka Close-Up Portrait

Chilean Girl Matryoshka
With the Chilean miners ordeal and successful rescue last week the Chilean people have been in my thoughts. I'm so happy for the families who have been reunited with there loved ones and especially happy for the children of the miners. This matryoshka is inspired by these very inspiring, beautiful Chilean people. I hope you like her. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

New- Native American Woman Matryoshka Print

Native American Woman Matryoshka Close-Up Print

Native American Woman Matryoshka Print

My latest matryoshka illustration fits into both my usual traditional dress matryoshka series of dolls, and my new American women matryoshka series. I really enjoyed researching Native American traditional dress and coming up with this, my version. Anybody know why I chose a turtle as a design element?

I also came across another subject I would like to illustrate. It is not matryoshka but related. That is all the hint I will give for now. You will have to wait and I will surprise you. I promise not to make you wait too long. :)

Also, an update- Holly did a very nice post on her blog about the matryoshka portrait I did of her (she was my first American Woman Matryoshka- Holly 21st Century). She included the photos of herself that were my inspiration. Thank you Holly! :)

Have a great weekend everybody!

Friday, October 8, 2010

New- "Holly 21st Century" American Woman Series Matryoshka

"Holly 21st Century" is the first in my new series of American Women Matryoshka! Holly is a beautiful, bright, American woman who embodies the handmade movement of today. I was inspired by the real Holly Embry of HollyRocks (also We have become friends though Etsy and our blogs. She has a generous and kind spirit that resonates through everything she does and all her interactions. With a degree in education, she shares her entrepreneurial knowledge with others by teaching a class about how to start an Etsy shop at a local community college. Holly was kind enough to allow me to draw her portrait as my 21st Century American Woman. Thank you Holly and bravo! (The link to the close up portait is here.)

Monday, October 4, 2010

New- Latvian Girl Matryoshka!

My friend Karen's father is from Latvia and she recently suggested I make a Latvian Matryoshka. I'm so glad she did! She told me Latvian traditional clothing has beautiful colors and patterns. After doing some research I can't agree more. Beautiful! I found lots of examples of striped skirts, vests, collared shirts fastened with a brooch, and a large variety of headdress. I hope she, her family and you like my Latvian Matryoshka! :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New- Korean Girl and Japanese Geisha Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits!

Korean Girl and Japanese Geisha Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits
Happy Saturday and happy October! The fair is in town here and we look forward to going every year, so we are excited. Our first fall activity! Next weekend I think it will be a visit to the pumpkin patch. I love this time of year!!

Just listed these two close-up matryoshka portraits- Korean Girl and Japanese Geisha! I've been listing and posting about these close-up portraits in pairs. This pair I chose to post together because they each have three main colors and I drew them in succession. So I  always think of them as being closely related in my international matryoshka series. Did you think it was because they are both Asian? :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New- Hmong and Pink Hanfu Chinese Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits!

Hmong and Pink Hanfu Chinese Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits
Hi! I hope you are having a good week. I've been in major nesting mode this week. Clearing things out and sprucing up. I think because I'm gearing up for the holiday season both personally in my home and professionally with my shop.

I just listed two close-up portraits, Hmong Girl and Pink Hanfu Chinese Girl. I'm really enjoying these close-up portrait versions of my matryoshka. I adore their sweet faces. I can't help it, they are like my children. I hope you like! :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New- Brazilian and Guatemalan Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits!

Brazilian and Guatemalan Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits
I enjoy learning about different cultures when I'm doing research for my matryoshka drawings. Because we have adopted a child internationally we know children from lots of different cultures which makes it even more interesting to me. Such is the case with the Guatemalan Girl Matryoshka. I have had several requests for a Brazilian Matryoshka. I've never been to Brazil but my husband Eric is a musician and we love Bossa Nova music. While researching I enjoyed seeing all the examples of traditional Bahian dress with its long full skirts. Both are such beautiful cultures.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Brazilian Floral Fabrics Now Available!

Brazilian Red and White Floral Stripe
Red and White floral stripe design inspired by my Bahia Brazilian Matryoshka illustration.

Brazilian Gray Blue Flower
Gray blue floral design inspired by my Bahia Brazilian Matryoshka illustration.

Happy Sunday everybody! These two fabric designs are inspired by my Bahia Brazilian Matryoshka illustration and are now available on Spoonflower. As you have probably noticed by now, my international Matryoshka illustrations have design elements in common- flowers, leaves, and swirls. I did this to unify the group as a series and to illustrate that as people, regardless of where we come from, we all have things in common. Click on the pictures above to go directly to the fabrics on Spoonflower. If you would like to read my earlier posts on my fabric click here. :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New- Pakistani and Cambodian Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits!

Pakistani and Cambodian Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits
I drew these two Matryoshka in succession (first the Cambodian and then the Pakistani). I enjoyed drawing all the gold adornments so much that I wanted to draw another culture that wore allot of gold. This is why I always think of these two Matryoshka girls as going together, my Gold Sisters! Also, the Jasmine flowers in their hair. That is why I'm posting these two close-up portraits at the same time (Cambodian and Pakistani). I hope you like them! :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cambodian Floral Fabrics Now Available!

Cambodian Dark blue and Gold Flower
Cambodian Dark Blue and Gold Flower fabric inspired by my Cambodian Matryoshka

Cambodian Red Flower
Cambodian Red Flower fabric inspired by my Cambodian Matryoshka

Happy Friday! Here is another set of fabric designs now available on Spoonflower- My Cambodian Dark Blue and Gold Flower and Cambodian Red Flower fabrics inspired by my Cambodian Matryoshka! This makes ten fabrics so far. You can read my earlier fabric posts here. I'm not done yet, I'll be listing more fabric tomorrow!

New- Peruvian and Portuguese Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits!

I always think of these two girls (Peruvian and Portuguese) as friends, neighbors, even though their countries of origin are far away. I drew them together with my Tibetan Matryoshka because I was intrigued by how similar the use of colors, embroidery, layering of clothing, is in all three cultures. The Tibetan girl rounds out the 3 musketeers. I just didn't include her here because I posted her Close-up Portrait last night. :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Close-Up Matryoshka Portraits

Aqua Indian Girl Matryoshka Portrait

Tibetan Girl Matryoshka Portrait

I was experimenting with different layouts today when I got the idea to do some close-up versions of my Matryoshka. So far I've posted these two in my shop; Aqua Indian Girl Matryoshka Portrait, and Tibetan Girl Matryoshka Portrait. I hope you like them! :)

Guatemalan Floral Fabrics Now Available!

Guatemalan Flower
Guatemalan Flower fabric design inspired by my Guatemalan Matryoshka

Guatemalan Floral Stripe
Guatemalan Floral Stripe fabric design inspired by my Guatemalan Matryoshka

Hi everybody! I hope you are having a good week. Time for more fabric designs!! Inspired by my Guatemalan Matryoshka these 2 fabric designs are now available at Spoonflower along with the 6 fabrics I listed earlier this week. If you missed my earlier posts about the fabric you can find them here. I'll be listing more fabrics on Spoonflower over the next few days. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hello Autumn!

Today is the first day of autumn here (I live in North Carolina in the US). I love autumn. The summer was so hot and humid. I love the cooler weather, and the long shadows while playing outside on a late September afternoon. Our autumn leaves don't peak until mid to late October but the anticipation of their magnificent colors, and picking out pumpkins to decorate our front porch and carve as jack-o'-lanterns, is exciting! I am wishing you a beautiful September, where you are, what ever the season. OvO
Above are some of my creations to help celebrate the coming of autumn.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Korean Floral Fabrics Now Available!

Korean Floral Stripe
Korean Floral Stripe- fabric design inspired by my Korean Matryoshka
Korean Flower
Korean Flower- fabric design inspired by my Korean Matryoshka
I'm so excited about my new fabrics I'm posting twice in one day!! :)

Inspired by my Korean Matryoshka illustration, these two fabric designs are now available on (along with the four I uploaded earlier). Read more about my fabric designs and Spoonflower on my earlier post.

My First 4 Fabrics Available Now!

Tibetan Clouds
Tibetan Clouds- Clouds inspired by my Tibetan Matryoshka illustration.

Peruvian Stripes
Peruvian Stripes- Floral stripe inspired by my Peruvian Matryoshka illustration.

Aqua Indian Swirl
Aqua Indian Swirl- Swirl design inspired by my Aqua Indian Girl Matryoshka illustration.

 Pink Hanfu Flower
Pink Hanfu Flower- Floral design inspired by my Pink HanFu Chinese Girl Matryoshka illustration.

Now available on my first 4 fabric designs! Inspired by my Matryoshka illustrations, these fabrics are designed to accompany my artwork. Whether you collect my illustration prints to decorate your child's nursery or bedroom, or you display my Matryoshka magnets on your kitchen refrigerator, Spoonflower offers a variety of fabric weights to fit a variety of applications. Perfect for crib sets, bedding, drapery, aprons, whatever your fabric needs. 

Spoonflower suggests (and I do too) you order a test swatch first to check that the colors are what you are expecting. Colors appear different from computer screen to computer screen and also print differently on different printers. So the fabric may not match what you see on your screen or my art prints exactly. By ordering a test swatch first, you can test and see if all the planned colors for your decor are in sync and meet your expectations (good idea when planning an entire room down to the paint for the walls). I don't get a percentage from test swatch orders, I just want happy customers. Happy decorating! :)
More fabric designs to come in the next few days!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vietnamese Matryoshka Sisters- Fire and Water

Vietnamese Fire Matryoshka

Vietnamese Water Matryoshka

Hi everybody, I hope you are having a good week. Thank you for all your comments. I'm eagerly waiting for my fabric swatches to arrive. I was feeling a bit under the weather this past weekend but I'm feeling better and back in a productive mode. I'm proud of myself because I wanted to complete a new Matryoshka this week and it is only Tuesday and I've completed a set of sisters, my Vietnamese Fire and Water Matryoshka Sisters! TA-DA! I hope you like them. Now, who to draw next? ;)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Final Fabric Sneak Peeks!

Cambodian Girl Matryoshka Fabric Designs Sneak Peek

Pakistani Girl Matryoshka Fabric Designs Sneak Peek 

Hi everybody! Happy Friday to you. Well, these are the last two sneak peeks I have planned before I receive my fabric swatches, approve them (hopefully) and begin offering the fabric. I can't wait for the swatches to arrive! Thus far I've designed fabric for twelve of my fourteen Matryoshkas. The two I haven't designed for yet (Violet Tuareg Girl and Hmong Girl) will come later along with future Matryoshka illustrations and their fabrics. Check out my earlier posts to see the rest of the collection of fabrics. Have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More Fabric Sneak Peeks!

Korean Girl Matryoshka Fabric Designs

Romanian Saxon Girl Matryoshka Fabric Design

These are sneak peeks of fabric I have designed to go with my Korean Girl Matryoshka and Romanian Saxon Girl Matryoshka. You can read more about my new fabric designs in recent posts here. I'll post more sneak peeks in the upcoming days. Thank you for looking and reading. :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

More Fabric Sneak Peeks!

Tibetan Girl Matryoshka Cloud Fabric Design
Portuguese Girl Matryoshka Fabric Designs
Peruvian Girl Matryoshka Fabric Design
Here are more sneak peeks at fabric I have designed to go with my Matryoshka prints. These three Matryoshka illustrations were designed as a series and share the same color palate. You can read more about my new fabric designs in my posts last week here. I'll post more sneak peeks in the upcoming days. Have a great week! :)