Monday, February 23, 2015

Boot Buoys

What are these?  Something everyone needs!  Melinda Pfohl created these using my City of Lakes fabric to hold your boots upright in your closet. Ingenious!
My boots are always slumped like this and awkwardly stored. These Boot Buoys slip into your boots and hold the upright.
Melinda told me people will buy them as a gift for a friend and they like it so much, they buy them for their friends and so on and so on.  Such a smart design and they are light as a feather.

I liked the gray ribbon trim that matched my fabric. The sewing and design is very professional and beautifully packaged. I love the logo. She has made these in other colors as well. You may contact Melinda to get a pair for yourself or for your friend at I enjoyed meeting her and seeing how she is using my City of Lakes lake names fabric from Modern Yardage.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wild at Heart

Edible art? Yes! It's Valentine's Day week and St. Croix Chocolate Company released their "Wild at Heart" limited edition box of Chocolates containing two of my illustrations in coco butter on truffles. This project benefits The Wildlife Science Center near Forest Lake, Minnesota by donating some of the proceeds and also includes a buy one/get one free admission to visit their facility.

So how did this project evolve?  I had collaborated with Robyn from SCCC in the past with a ginkgo illustration topped on their handmade truffles and presented in handmade boxes covered in my ginkgo fabric. It was tasty and stunning, so I was eager to work with her again on this project.

Robyn liked my white snow owl and fox illustration and asked me to modify them to very simple color shapes that could fit on a 1.5" square shape.  So I eliminated detail, thickened line weights and sent her digital files that would be made into butter cream transfer sheets.

We chose The Wildlife Science Center based upon a recommendation by a University of Minnesota grad who spent time there for his undergrad study.  Here's a video of the Executive Director, Peggy Callahan, sharing a look at the Center and explaining their animal research and education.

These beautifully birch boxed chocolates are available to purchase at the St. Croix Chocolate Co. website here.