Following my North Star

North Star Shadow Gift Boxes by Patricia Zapata for A Little Hut

You know when you have that feeling that you’re on the right track with something you’re doing, with how you’re life is going? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m so grateful because the times I haven’t felt that way are so disconcerting — like walking in the dark. I’ve been walking with light — knowing that I’m doing what I should be doing. I’ve been truly following my North Star.

When I felt it was time to come up with a holiday project and I started sketching ideas and the star kept coming up over and over again. Was it a reaffirming sign? I don’t know. But it felt right.

The North Star Shadow Gift Box collection includes two cards, a hang tag, and a letter-sized printable pattern surprise. I’m still working on getting the large North Star box (seen below) set up for the shop.


North Star Shadow Gift Box and North Star Box


It feels like I got my paper making groove back. After a crazy busy summer, I finally feel a little more ‘normal’ when I get home and with enough energy to tackle something creative. I think I’m just more of a fall/spring type of person. The summer just kicks me! Funny that I live in a city where it seems like it’s summer for 80% of the year – ha!

I hope you enjoy this collection and the little quote I found about just being you…


“The way to find your own North Star is not to think or feel your way forward but to dissolve the thoughts and feeling that make you miserable. You don’t have to learn your destiny–you already know it; you just have to unlearn the thoughts that blind you to what you know.”
Martha Beck

Alphabet flashcards printables

Alphabet flashcards by Patricia Zapata for A Little Hut.

I had a question and it was answered in an unexpected way. I wasn’t sure what project to work on for the shop this week (aside from the files I still haven’t uploaded – procrastination is here and I don’t know why) and that’s when I got an email from a teacher requesting my old alphabet flash cards. I had to do a little digging to figure out when I first created them — it was 2009! Wow.

I’m just thrilled that I still like them myself. It isn’t one of those “what the heck was I thinking” kind of projects. However, I did make minor improvements to some images and completely changed others. The set includes cards in two different sizes. It also includes, for the first time, a black and white outlined version of each card to be used as a coloring page.

Since this update of an old project had me digging into my archive, I saw some other printables that I think will be making a comeback as well. Stay tuned.

Speaking of long ago… here is a nice feature of the cards when I first published them.

Happy weekend everyone!

Creativity: always at the center

Dragonfly SVG file by Patricia Zapata for A Little Hut

Hello, hello! Weeks and months have gone by and I always feel so guilty about not being consistent here. On the other hand, I know that I can’t be creative if I’m tired and short on time. I’d rather not work on something that isn’t going to be worthy of sharing with you, either as an idea, inspiration or a project for the shop. I’m pretty sure I’ve posted something similar in the past (about being away and coming back) and here I am again.

This is now my favorite mug! (If you’d like to order one, click on the photo)

I suppose I can decide to literally close shop and just work my 8-5pm job, which, by the way, I enjoy very much. But something keeps me here. I’ve been thinking about what that something is — and I’ve narrowed it down to the fact that after all these years (unbelievably I established A Little Hut in 2004!), I still love sharing ideas and spreading the joys of creativity. Yes, I’m fully aware how corny that sounds, but that’s all I have right now.

I started with pencil, added some ink, scanned the illustrations from my sketchbooks and then colored some flowers digitally.

I’ve always had this feeling — no it’s more than a feeling — it’s a certainty,  that I haven’t shared enough. I have more to make and teach. Judging by my absence here, you’d never know any of this. The truth is that aside from work, which has drained me of any creative energy in the past few months, I’m battling this overwhelming sense of not quite knowing where to take off from again. I’m overflowing with ideas but drawing, making patterns and simple projects, like my most recent ones posted here, is the most I can muster lately. Isn’t it fitting that the latest file I uploaded in the shop is a dragonfly — a symbol of change? I love that.

Creating patterns is like building a puzzle – fun!

Writing this post is not only to let you all know that I’m still around — it’s also a way of pushing myself to just move already! All that, plus I miss blogging. I miss how that was a way to really dive into ideas and have a conversation with you. Twitter and Instagram may be my current places to visit but those snippets of info really aren’t a complete sharing experience. I’d rather dive in a little deeper here.

I used a Sharpie on chipboard and colored pencils

So, here I am waving hello again and determined to fulfill that promise I made myself on my birthday, back in May, that this year I’m going to really tackle some to-dos on my list. If you’re visiting for the first time, welcome!; if you’re an old friend, thank you for sticking around. I really appreciate all of you. Here we go!

2018 — bring it on! 

This is the 10th year I create a mosaic of my favorite work of the year. It’s always a great thing to look back but the end of 2017 was more about thinking ahead.

I was off from work during the holidays and aside from being with friends and family for the holidays, we stayed home and just relaxed. It felt so, so good. It also gave me a lot of time to think about what I want to do in 2018. I have high hopes and I love the clean slate feeling of the new year. I’m staying positive and getting more organized, that includes thinning out our belongings at home. This month I’ll be tackling a lot of ‘spring cleaning’ which, yes, I could’ve done during my days off but honestly, I didn’t want to.

We saw The Greatest Showman and we all loved it. The music alone brought me close to tears many times — those lyrics! With all the thinking I’d done throughout the week this movie was a perfect bookend. Spoiler alert! The movie ends with a quote by P.T. Barnum:

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”

That is what A Little Hut has always been about. Sharing my creativity so that you can enjoy it in your own way. Being crafty with paper or any other medium is so therapeutic, relaxing, and just plain fun. I want to keep doing and sharing more of it all. The details of how that will come about this year will resolve themselves along the way.

As always, I want to thank you for your support last year. It always means the world to me. I hope that the new year brings us all a lot of creative fun, health and good times with family and friends. XO — Patricia