A break does wonders for creativity

I hope everyone’s summer has been fun and relaxing. Our certainly was. We travelled to Colombia and had a great time with family and friends. If you follow me on Instagram you caught some glimpses there and I’m posting some here. I think it was a big break we were all needing. As I’m sure many of you have experienced, when we travel we get forced into a totally different world that gets out of our routine and it’s so refreshing. I’m a much better mom, wife and creative person when I’ve had a break like this — who wouldn’t be?

The prettiest countryside house.

We stayed with family and got to experience everything between the cool mountain weather and a warmer 80s pool, sun bathing type of climate. When it’s 60ºF outside every day and you’ve just come from a daily 90-100ºF, you’re in heaven! The food was to die for (Colombian food always is), the sightseeing was amazing (I always miss the mountains), we got some hiking done (I’m in horrendous shape – already knew that — just confirmed it… again!), and we got to celebrate our 20 year anniversary a few days ahead of time. It was an all around great, great trip.

While I was away I had a lot of time to think about where I am creatively and how I want to move forward. Since my full-time job takes up most of the hours of my week my options are limited. If I had it my way, I’d just sleep 3 hours every night and spend my time making, designing, making. I LOVE working at night – but alas I do have to take care of myself and not turn into a walking zombie — ha!

So, what’s left is a limited amount of time for a limited amount of project. I’d rather make less but projects I’m proud of, than many half-thought through projects. This obviously affects my frequency of posts and product offerings. I want to accelerate the pace and I have a plan for that so hopefully you’ll be seeing the effects of that soon.

We took the kids to visit the town were we spent our honeymoon — 20 years ago this week!

In the meantime I’m still trying to catch up with the See the Light Ornaments. I hope you’re enjoying the projects. It’s been an interesting mental challenge for me. I want them to be interesting shapes and fun to make at the same time. I hope that it’s working. Here are shots of the four ornaments that are posted so far. I love how they look with just white paper but I can see them made in all sorts of color combinations.

See the Light Ornaments

Speaking of handmade. The amount of artisan work that I see in Colombia every time we go always blows my mind. There’s so much amazing detail, color and craftsmanship that it’s surprising I don’t have to buy an extra suitcase to bring back everything I’d love to buy. Amazingly, I was very conservative with my purchases this time. I’m in the midst of wanting to go to bare minimum at home so bringing back more stuff was not on my wish list. My purse strings certainly appreciated my restraint.

We’ve been to this shop before and I love all the different mobile options they have. They’re everywhere!

Finally, you’ve probably noticed that my latest project, the Dahlia Shadow Gift Box is now available. It was definitely inspired by all the flowers I saw and dahlias were everywhere! The layered effect of the flowers is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I just hadn’t come up with the most appropriate idea for it. It finally happened and I love it.

Dahlia Shadow Gift Box

So, this is where I’m at. I want to work more, I’m carving out the time, and more is coming. After finally coming back to reality, catching up with work (and laundry!!), I feel very ready to tackle my wish list. I can’t wait. Seriously, can’t wait.

As always, please feel free to email me with suggestions or just to say hello. I love when I get an email from any of you. I love hearing what your thoughts are about a particular project, your comments about anything creative, and any ideas you have to improve the shop.

Have a great week everyone!

Summer blooms and updates

I’m back. It’s been a long time, I know. Spring was a crazy time around here. We were really busy with the kids, work and just life in general. To top it all off my machine (I’m using my Cricut now) decided to die on me (back in February). By the time I finally got around to getting it sent to Cricut and got it back many weeks had gone by. All I could think of was the ornament project. The 1st day of every month I’d really think about it — it was torture. I felt like I’d let everyone down. I know it was a self-imposed project… but still. So, clean slate, right?

I have a new ornament and I will make up for the missed ones (five) throughout the rest of the year. I don’t want to break my promise and I want the project completed by the end of the year.


When I didn’t have my cutting machine and I couldn’t work on any cutting projects I had to work on something (it’s my therapy after work – seriously!) I started a couple of patterned collections. Flora and Just Lines are new vector artwork sets (EPS files only) that I’m selling on Creative Market.

Some of my Flora designs are also part of my Society6 shop. I’ve applied some of the patterns to tote bags, mugs, shower curtains, and pillows. They’re great for gift giving. I use some of the Society6 products myself (the tote bags above all) and really like their quality.

Finally, I’ve just posted the Summer Bloom Gift Set (the first photo at the top of this post) which was inspired by one of the patterns in the Just Lines collection (the yellow bag below).

The Summer Bloom Gift Set includes everything you need to make two gift boxes (square and A2) with matching gift cards or the corresponding sizes. A bonus is the 3D wall art and small wreath (for more cards!) and a large wreath to frame or use as a gift tag for a large, large gift or the front of a gift bag.

I hope you enjoy the projects and I’m looking forward to making more projects in the weeks to come. Christmas, anyone?!

Have a great day!

Blooming again

I can’t believe that my first post of 2017 is at the start of the second month of the year. It wasn’t planned, that’s for sure. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me mention a creative rut I’ve been going through and that is the real reason behind my silence. When I’m creatively zapped I don’t like posting, it just doesn’t seem sincere and it certainly won’t bring you anything new.

First of all, I want to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about February’s freebie ornament for the See The Light Collection. When I was getting ready to cut the project out my machine decided that it wouldn’t cut through the paper at all. I’ve tried everything and nothing has worked so far. The files are ready but I hate to give you something that I haven’t tested and put together. There are many times when my math isn’t up to par – lol! I will postpone this month’s freebie and give you two projects next month. So, the project will be up-to-date in March. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Like I said, the creative rut I was in really prevented me from posting anything in the shop. I just couldn’t come up with anything that was worth sharing. My bar is set at “would I enjoy using and/or making this?” and nothing I had was meeting that standard. I finally decided to just sketch for fun and that’s how it all came pouring out. Finally!

So… the Geranium Influence and Blooming High wall art sets are now available in the shop. I’m so happy with these because they are versatile, compatible (if you’d like to mix and match) and I love that they still have a hand drawn quality to them. They are both flowers that I draw a lot, so they’re like old friends. The name for the Geranium Influence set came to me when I realized that I probably draw these flowers because of my grandmother’s love of geranium flowers. She always had them and she tended to them on a daily basis. She even talked to them!

I’m glad I’m finally back and finally into something of an artsy rhythm. It doesn’t feel right when I’m off. I hope you have a great weekend and as always if you have any questions about the projects just let me know. I’m always here to help!

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A group project for all of us to enjoy

I’ve been wanting to come up with a long-term project for a long time but I could never settle on a concrete idea. I knew I wanted it to be a monthly freebie but I also knew I wanted to have some sort of purpose or theme. As I was working on these ornaments for the shop the thought hit me — this is the theme! Instead of making it a new product to sell I decided to make it the start of the project.

The plan is to offer one freebie per month throughout 2017. The freebies will be called the See the Light Ornaments because they will all be ornaments (even though you may not want to even hear that word after the next couple of weeks – lol!). By the end of 2017 we’ll have these four ornaments plus the twelve we’ll work on next year, for a total of sixteen ornaments. My thought is that if you make two of each of the ornaments you’ll have 32 ornaments for next year’s tree!

I’m starting the collection now, with four ornaments, to end 2016 with a thank you project. It’s a small token of my gratitude to those of you that still visit and shop at A Little Hut. Your support means the world to me — the world! To those of you that may be new to my site — welcome and I hope you enjoy it here.

Why See the Light?
I was trying to come up with a name for the collection and all I had was the word “ornaments” — so creative, I know. My daughter, Catalina, happened to come by when I was trying to figure out what to call this whole thing. I told her what I had (basically nothing!). Her back was to the place where I had the ornaments hanging for photos. All she did was turn around and in a flash, she called them See the Light. And that was it. As soon as I heard the words come out of her mouth I knew that was it. It just spoke to me on many levels. I’ve always thought that God speaks to us through others and in particular through our children. For some reason, I thought this was one of those times. I have no idea how she came up with the name but it felt special right away.

I’m not sure the name means anything specifically, but I like that it can be interpreted in different ways by different people. I’ve thought about it and I’ve adopted the idea that we ‘see the light’ of creativity through working with our hands. We’re transported to a different mood, feeling and state of being — calm and quiet — light. At least that’s my hope for you — for all of us. That’s why I do all this crazy paper thing — to share my creative moments with you through all these projects.

So, if you’d like to join in the fun please feel free to download the files here. I created a specific section of the shop for the collection (all free) and the ornaments will pop up there on the 1st day of every month. I will also be sending a little reminder that the ornament is posted, with my monthly newsletter.

Once you’ve created your ornament I hope you feel comfortable enough to share with the rest of us! If you do, use the hashtag #seethelight so we can enjoy your creations.

I hope you enjoy the project and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Get the project here:  See the Light Ornaments

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