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

Grateful

In the midst of working on this project, I heard about a large group of artists and employees being laid off from a company that shut its doors without any warning — no paychecks, severance… nothing. I can’t even imagine going through something like that. This type of news makes me reflect and renews my feelings of gratitude. I may get frustrated because I can’t keep up with posting here regularly but that’s because I have a day job and there are only so many hours in a day, right? A Little Hut is something that happens in the evenings and on weekends — and that’s ok. The fact that I DO have a full-time job (aka steady income) allows me to continue working here and doing my own thing. That’s a huge blessing.

My Whimsy Flowers Card Set or anything I make wouldn’t be as whimsy if I didn’t have peace of mind. That’s the thing with creativity. It flows when the rest of my world is ok. I hope that it flows for you once you start creating with my work. That’s always been my intent. Who can think of problems when they’re crafting? I can’t — thank goodness! I think it’s become particularly important to have some time to get away from the online, TV world. There is simply too much out there and many days it’s just too negative, counterproductive and silly. The peace of just making something (maybe with a few favorite songs or a movie playing in the background) is just the perfect therapy for the everyday grind.

 

The peace of making and spreading that is what keeps me going with A Little Hut — really. I revisited the intent and mission I have with this site once again (nothing new for those of you that have been around here long enough). It’s something that I periodically do. I don’t want to do subpar work. You deserve better and I just can’t stand showing up with something half-baked. Yes, I’m still hanging around. I’ll stop when I feel like I have to move on or I can’t contribute something meaningful. It’s still feeling good. I hope it is for you too.

Having said that, sometimes I wonder what you’d like to see from me and sometimes I get a little stuck with what I should make next. Are there any particular projects that you’d like me to tackle? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Have a great week everyone!

Available in the shop now:
Whimsy Flowers Card Set
Inset Flower Gift Box

 

Baby bear gift set

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A sweet couple that we know is about to welcome their baby boy into the world in just a few weeks. We celebrated with a fun baby shower and this Baby Bear Gift Set is the design that I worked on to go along with her gift. So, if you ever wonder if I use anything I design – why yes, yes I do!

I wanted this set to be sweet and my first thought was a teddy bear. Both our kids were given teddy bears as babies and they loved them, jumped on them and hugged them to death.

I used the blue because I can’t help myself. I love this color that is between blue and turquoise — love! The version I gave my friend has orange instead of white as the accent color – some of you may have seen the post on Facebook or Instagram — and that worked out great too (red would look amazing with the blue as well).

I mention this in the description of the file but I may as well mention it here too. The artwork for both cards (square and A2) would look amazing in a white frame. Just a thought for nursery decor…

Now I need something for a little boy’s birthday so maybe I’ll work on that next.

Happy Tuesday (which really felt like a Monday)!

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PS – FYI – I want to stick to posting my new projects on Mondays but the holiday and staying on track with the kids’ final exams threw this week’s schedule off track. I will be better next week. Thank you for your patience!

Tree silhouette collection

Tree silhouette collection

I’m excited about this new Tree Silhouette Collection! I always say that about everything, don’t I? Ha! My latest project is always my favorite. This one is special because I love trees — really love trees. Aside from flowers and little girls, it was the one thing I drew the most as a kid — and they’re definitely back in my repertoire. I’ve also lived in areas that are full of them. I think my favorite childhood memory of trees was when they changed to drastically different colors when seasons changed. This was all up north. Here in the south, where I’ve lived for many years, everything is either green or brown.

The fact that this is a stylized, simple version of a tree makes it even better (you know me and “simple is better”). Just change the color of the leaves background (in the layered artwork) and you can see how the tree can match the color of any season or occasion.

This collection has card two card options, wall art, frameable art, gift box, a hang tag and a slide. So, it’s a complete set ready for gift giving or decorating options. If you love white on white as much as I do, then this is a great set for you. If you’d like something brighter adding bright colored backgrounds would work perfectly.

I hope you enjoy playing with this set and post your results on my facebook page. I enjoy seeing your posts, because ultimately my favorite thing is to know that you’re enjoying my work.

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Tree silhouette collection

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