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A touch of whimsy

Bari Deer

Really love her choice in colors – joyful and whimsical. She has a gift of dressing up even the most basic of shapes.

Stitch a day

Tunisian Stitch

I have been sewing for years, but consider myself a crochet novice. Somehow I have crocheted a few blankets and baby gifts. Right now, I am attempting Tunisian crochet. The photos in books don’t seem to help, so I searched online. I found an excellent tutorial video series on YouTube.

They have videos for knitters as well. I seem to learn best when I can see it action.

Easter Bunny


Easter is fast approaching and I came across this delightful bunny pattern. Seems like a great stash buster. This weekend is clear. I may have to try it out – too cute to pass up.

Spoon Fed


How did I find out about such a great resource as Design Cuts? Go on over to Spoon Graphics headed by Chris Spooner. Here you will find many an “a-ha” moment as he takes you through tutorials that show how to get trend-setting results.

There are also plenty of freebies to keep you coming back. He also has an exclusive All Access
pass for premium members at only $7/month.


More to Explore

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Design Cuts is a wealth of resources to build your library. They offer everything from textures, fonts, vector graphics and brushes. If you sign up for emails, they will let you know when cost-saving bundles are available. If you can’t wait, they just opened an online store so you can get the goodies as needed.

Not only do they give you access to plenty of resources – but they also show you how to use them in clear, easily reproducible tutorials. All of them can be found in the Design Tutorial Archive.

Introduction: Zoe Ingram


The way I found out about the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search was when I visited Zoe Ingram’s website. Somehow, I came across her work online and had to know and see more. She was their 2013 contest winner.

Her work is so simple and yet upon closer inspection, not. Her color choices are interesting and her style is fun. See if you agree.

View and Learn


A great place to learn, well nearly everything, is at lynda.com. They provide software training for many software programs. I generally visit when I need a quick answer for Illustrator or Photoshop, but it has also been helpful when learning a whole new skill set – like Keynote.

And truth be told – I have used it extensively for Excel… Not a fan!

You can preview some videos before you buy. For the membership cost of just under $400, you get access to any and all videos for a full year. That amount doesn’t even start to cover your three-day conference registration fee, along with travel and hotel!

Plus, you can view them anytime, anywhere.

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