I didn’t post my annual 5×5 yearly mosaic before 2019 came to a close but I had good reasons: A) Two sick people to tend to and B) I was on my Christmas break from work and the last thing I wanted to do was get on a computer. However, I didn’t want to break the streak (12th year!) even if it’s a little late. We wanted to completely relax and we did. It was a perfect “staycation”. I hope you enjoyed the holidays too!

As you can see, and I’m sure you noticed throughout the year, my projects weren’t as many as I normally post. It was a busy work year. My full-time job drained me of so much energy every day that I just didn’t have enough for the shop – and I’ve promised myself never to post anything I’m not proud of. I love what I do at work and here but 24hrs can only get me so far.

The lack of time for new projects has had me thinking for weeks regarding the future of A Little Hut. This isn’t new. I’ve been through this several times before and as it stands I feel like I still have more to say and more projects to make. I’m not ready to stop. I have more ideas up my sleeves. My favorite 2019 project is the Floral Alphabet. I’ve been wanting to create those nature-inspired letterforms for almost 3 years and it seems like you enjoyed them too because it was my best selling set for the year. I have other ideas to include in my Signature Collection and they will be a big part of the months ahead.

Thank you for another great year, for all your orders and support and most especially for all the lovely messages that I received throughout the year. I especially love hearing where and who will enjoy your crafty work. The knowledge that you’re sharing your projects or having a fun time making something for yourself is what this is all about. Above all, this is what keeps me going.

It’s so fun to start a fresh year. My hope for all of us is that 2020 is a creative and joyful adventure. Happy New Year! — ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Floral alphabet

A Little Hut Floral Alphabet SVG files

I think it was about 2 years ago when I got my first jury summons. I wasn’t sure what to expect but based on some friends’ stories I had a pretty good idea I could be in for a long day. I decided to go prepared and have some fun with my sketchbook. That’s how this alphabet idea got started. I’ve tried a couple of times to get back to it and I just haven’t been able to finish it until now. It took me several days and a lot of rework but it’s finally done.

The original idea is slightly tweaked because originally I wanted more detail and no black outline around the letters. I wanted just the flowers to make the shape of each letter on their own. But I realize the proportions needed to be kept manageable for cutting and that meant making the flowers larger. When the flowers are larger there’s too much white space around the borders and some letters start getting unrecognizable. I think I’ve reached a good compromise and kept the letters at a reasonable level of detail. This floral alphabet is the first piece of my new signature collection. I’ll share more about that in the coming weeks.

While I get all the relevant files set up for cutting, I’m happy that I managed to upload all of them to my Society6 shop where personalized items can be ordered. I need a mug of my own. I’m undecided between the P or the Z — maybe I’ll just get both!

Needless to say, I feel like this was definitely a productive week/weekend.

Update: The Floral Alphabet is now available as SVG files here!

I’m back (again)!

I can’t believe we’re 6 months into the year and I’m just getting around to posting something new. It really dawned on me just now when I saw my last blog post here. I’ve been busy at work and life and frankly, I’ve felt pretty drained — creatively speaking. I almost feel like I need to reintroduce myself – yikes!

The creativity rollercoaster is a conundrum because I can’t make anything when I’m tired but if I go too long without making anything then I get antsy. Not. Awesome.

I supposed that’s why this year has been more about drawing (a quick way to get something done) than sitting in front of my computer and designing some more after work.

These are just some illustrations that I made while watching mind-numbing TV on my iPad Pro. They’re fun to make but then I don’t know what to do with them. They feel like bits and pieces of a story floating around in my head that just pop up and that’s it. Done.

It was a busy spring — get-togethers with friends, an awesome wedding, family birthdays and lots of work — and it was a great treat to have learning adventure in Michigan. It was a week-long leadership course that made me crave going to school again. It totally fed my mind and it was great to get away, absorb info and enjoy lower temperatures. That’s where I took that selfie at the top (on my birthday — the first time in my life that I wasn’t with family or anyone I know — it was ok but weird) and this one smack in the middle of the U of M stadium. I’m not an ardent football fan but I have to admit that was fun — when am I ever going to do that again. The guys in the group acted like 10 yr olds the minute they hit the field – lol.

Fast forward to about a month ago when I finally felt like I could tackle more projects for the shop. I was shooting for a self-imposed July 1st posting date which didn’t happen. I’m a day late (technical difficulties) but yaaaayyy! I’m here again.

I remembered that a few years ago I did a Christmas in July posting (the Nutcracker was part of that) and I had so much fun with it. This time I didn’t want it to be too over the top but still feel holiday-ish. I also wanted to keep it simple. These are small projects that are perfect for a lazy hot summer day. There are three sets and they each have a card, a frameable piece and a matchbox that would be great for small gifts like jewelry or a gift card. I also included a holly wreath card and a summery looking card that I’ve had on my computer for months and somehow it never made its way to the shop.

So, now that I’ve finally broken the “when am I going to post again” barrier I feel like a weight has been lifted and I can move on. We’ll what I come up with next.

If you have any feedback, ideas or you just want to say hi please feel free to reply here or send me a message. I hope you’re all having a restful summer or enjoying cooler temps if you’re way, way south of us.

Happy July!

Farewell 2018

2018 A Little Hut- Patricia Zapata

This is my 11th end-of-year mosaic (the first one was in 2007 – I can’t believe it). There’s a little bit of everything as usual. I really like it and I’m happy with what I accomplished.

2018 was a year of unexpected events at work, home and here on A Little Hut. Such is life, right? In the end, I don’t have a lot of work to show but I’m ok with that. It’s the way things turned out and I’m not one that dwells. Of course, I would’ve loved to have accomplished more but there are only so many days in a year and I don’t have a clone.

If I had to pick one thing that I haven’t gotten around to working on — it’s videos. I really want to work on them, because they’re such a great way to explain much more about my projects — how to make them and how they came about. Creativity was given to me as a gift and it really is something I can’t keep to myself. It’s meant to go beyond me. It’s all about making and sharing. So, yes, videos are definitely my next step.

Something I saw evolving this year was my illustrative projects. I want to continue exploring the possibilities there and use them for print and cut projects. I haven’t worked on any yet but I’m curious to see where that takes me.

The new year is already looking challenging and fun!

As always, thank you so much to everyone that comes to my site, and supports my work. You really don’t have an idea of how much I appreciate it. I say the same thing every year but I really mean every word.

May 2019 bring you all happiness, health and all that you wish to accomplish!