Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Are You Ready for Spring?


I’m getting in the mood for Spring with a few new JVT product samples arriving from my licensing partners in the Studio this week.



Get well and Encouragement cards from my Tea Time and Neon Garden collections for Divinity.


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It’s so fun to finally get samples after working on collections so long ago.  Seeing the finished product is always a happy surprise especially when they turn out so cute. 


We also got a selection of bright and happy yard flags from my Floribunda collection in two cute designs from Carson.  All of these products are available for sale through retailers across the US.  Unfortunately I cannot sell them myself so you'll have to look for them in stores near you! 



I hope you are all getting that Spring back into your step and getting ready to enjoy the beauty of the season, particularly my friends who have had such bad weather this winter! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Anyone Can Learn to Draw


I had the pleasure of teaching a private session yesterday of my Anyone Can Draw class to the fabulous design team at Colours Inc. in Las Vegas.  Over the past 25 years my good friend Leslie Parraguirre has built Colours into one of the premier design firms in Nevada.


She and her talented design team were great pupils for my full day immersion class that teaches design professionals how to easily and accurately draw professional quality design renderings that will knock the socks off their clients and help them communicate with their workrooms and installers.


Here they are showing off some of their drawings done in class.  They really rolled out the red carpet for me with gourmet pastries for breakfast, a fabulous lunch, and delectable deserts and wine after we finished.


It was a long day full of creative learning but they all took to it like the pros they are.  My favorite part of teaching this class is seeing the finished renderings at the end.  They are all so well done and beautifully executed.  Thank You Leslie and Colours Inc. for making me feel so welcome and for being open to new ideas and creative growth! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who are the Best Design Bloggers?


The best design bloggers are ones who work hard at improving their message, content, and voice by taking the medium of blogging into new directions and stepping out of the lines. 

IMG_5520df The beautiful stage setting designed by Currey & Company – just look at those flowers!

I just got home from my second Design Bloggers Conference run by the gregarious and always entertaining Adam Japko and his fantastic team at Digital Sherpa where I was once again challenged to step up my game.  This years conference was held in Atlanta and it featured A-list designers, blogging superstars, TV personalities, marketing experts,  magazine editors,  a fantastic wine tasting and some of the top home dec brands in the industry.


sketch of the gorgeous flowers by Currey & Co on the stage set.

Aside from the beautiful decor and those flowers the conference is an intensive immersion into the nuts and bolts of design blogging and the future of the medium.   Digital Sherpa hosted in depth blog analysis for all attendees who wanted to participate so they could have key questions answered or just get a broad overview of their blog by experts.  It was a huge success for everyone involved.  



One of the highlights was Candice Olsen giving a lively talk on the importance of texture and contrast in design as well as tips to create a good lighting plan.  Other speakers included Timothy Corrigan, Suzanne Kasler, Jeffrey Allen Marks, Susanna Salk, Tobi Fairley, Jennifer Bowles, Andrew Joseph and many more.  It was quite a line up.


Melissa Galt, Deb Barrett, and Shannon Leclaire enjoying the annual wine tasting hosted by Digital Sherpa and wine expert Jeremy Parzen of “Do Bianchi” There is nothing like a room full of 350 design bloggers with three fabulous glasses of wine in front of them.  Cheers!


After the educational portion of the conference was over for the day the parties began with Kravet, Sunbrella, and Ethan Allen partnering up with Traditional Home magazine to host three fabulous nights of revelry, great food and drink including a swanky Oscars viewing party on Sunday night.


Next years event will be held again in Atlanta if you want to join in on the fun.  Thanks to Adam Japko and the Digital Sherpa team for putting on such a fun and worthwhile event.  See you again next year. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Here is a preview of my new collection of quilt fabric for Northcott.  I think it would make a really cute Easter dress for a little one!  Click here to see it online.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New JVT Dinnerware from Keller Charles

My new dinnerware collection from Keller Charles has made it's debut at the Atlanta Gift Market and I love how it turned out.

Each collection starts out as a group of art that I paint that is ready to be modified for lot's of different types of product from wall art, fabric, stationary, dinnerware, etc.

Once the collection is selected by a manufacturer for a particular product I go to work customizing the individual elements used in the original designs to fit the product.  Here are some of the finished designs I did for Keller Charles.  They did a great job! 
More new products coming soon!

Monday, October 28, 2013

In The Studio Today ~ Christmas Decorations


It’s Christmas today in the studio with a whole box of decorations arriving  from my holiday collection with Sunset Vista. 



The collection is fancy but fun with detailed ornaments and larger door signs. 


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Some fun embossing and a dose of gold flitter make them sparkle.


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These are hung from bouncy springs so they move if you hang them outdoors.   I can’t wait to decorate my tree this year!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I am a Quilt Fabric Designer * Northcott Fabrics



I am so excited to finally announce my first collection of quilting fabric is new available through Northcott Fabrics !!!  This has been a long time goal of mine and I am so happy to be able to achieve it with this wonderful company..


The collection is called “Enchanted” and it features whimsical fantasy florals and butterflies.  The extra large stripe  pictured above is  one of my favorites. 


It comes in two colorways;  Black Magic and Summer Sun.  IMG_4663

So far I have just recieved the sell sheets and I am still waiting for yardage.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start sewing.



I see some cute dresses in my twin 3 years old nieces futures. 


Northcott Fabrics tag line is “Cotton that feels like silk” and they are true to their word.  This fabric has a fabulous hand and superior drapeability compared to other quilt fabrics. 


To view the collection go to Northcott Silks here.




Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Princess is all Grown up

My beautiful daughter  Angelica graduated from design school in December and she has hit the ground running. 

 She's got  great job with a firm in San Francisco; Woodsen & Woodsen and is knee deep in interesting design projects and staging assignments.  I am so thrilled that she found such a great group of people to work with.  Here is a picture of one of their recent jobs. 

She is also making some great accessories of her own including this lovely dream catcher she just finished.

Geli is a chip off the old block if there ever was one.  I am so proud of her!!!!!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

On My Table Today ~ Fun Floral




Spending the holiday weekend working.  Here's what's going on.



Cheery flowers for summer.   Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Tale of Two Rooms


I’ve been working from home for the past few years and I truly love it.  I am much more productive and less distracted so I can get more done from home.  I am the type of person who works all day, every day,  so having my “stuff”  around me here is a great benefit.  Up until the last year I had my office and my studio in the same room and it tended to get cramped and very messy at times.  The office is right off my master bedroom and you can see it from there so I like to have it neat and tidy if I can.  So, after my daughter was gone at college for three years I decided to bite the bullet and take over her bedroom as my new art studio. 


Now I have plenty of room for my sewing machines, fabric, art supplies and everything else.  It is still very much a work in progress.  I am looking forward to putting up some Jackie Von Tobel drapery hardware from Helser Brothers soon so keep tuned. 


I did this room on a serious budget of $100.  I used all existing furniture that I had.  ( Yes, I can be a pack rat and had a lot of stuff in my garage including some old furniture I had made for my husbands office that he outgrew)   The only thing I bought was a few gallons of white paint and a couple of unfinished doors to serve as tabletops.  I slapped a coat of white paint on everything, including the floor, and called it a day! 



My favorite piece in the studio is a rolling cart that my sister Trudi gave to me.  I can roll it out into the center of the room and walk around it 360’ or I can tuck it neatly under my larger table so it’s out of the way.  I am also filling the walls with my kids art that they did as little ones.  I would much rather look at that than anything else.



I have tons of storage plus a huge closet that is far to messy to show you.  I’m sure I will fill it up in no time.  My office helpers above are hard at work fighting with each other!   Just like the real thing…..



This is what they can usually be found doing.



I love working in the new room.  It is so bright and sun filled and most of all it’s a constant reminder of my beautiful girl.  I left her yellow paint just as it was, warts and all.  It makes me smile every time I walk in there. 



You would think with all this new studio space that my old office would be perfectly organized and never messy but here is my desk today.  It’s just as crazy as ever but that’s how I like it.