A Joyful Vintage Christmas Print Collection


When I was a little girl, my family lived in the same house as my grandparents (to give you an age placement on the inter generational gap , my grandpa was born in 1912!) So I grew up seeing many unique vintage treasures from many decades. I loved the silver Christmas tree we put in my “school room” and many of the ornaments I used with my dollhouse.  In this surface pattern collection, I have used colors and motifs that embody the happy vintage vibe. I hope you will enjoy it!



Limited Color Palate Spoonflower Challenge

Spoonflower provided a restricted color palate for their upcoming textile design challenge, and here is my design for the contest this week. I chose to create a paisley pattern, and the result is a fall print I could see pairing with corduroy! While to be honest, this color palate is far from what I would normally choose, it was fun to do something different!

It’s a PUNderful Life!

This week’s Spoonflower challenge was to come up with a pun tea towel. I was painting these cats independently and after using lots of pink and green and polka dots, I thought it looked Kate Spade -ish. Then I thought of Cat Spayed (?), and my pun was decided upon! Then I thought about Kate Spade slogans, and how I could turn it cat-like. The brand often makes slogans mentioning glitter, so glitter became litter. There it is! A little humor, and I am please to say the Kate Spade New York corporate wrote me a facebook message saying they loved it, and it gave them a good laugh! That made my day!


My top 10 Things about working at Starbucks for 10 years!



10. ) In ten years, I have experienced approximately 2000 mornings of waking up before 5am (if not earlier) – but the day belongs to those who rise early!





9.) Thanks to Starbuck’s generous free pound of coffee every week, I have been allocated 520 pounds of free coffee beans so far.



8.) I have met the most wonderful people from working here.



7.) Years 1-8 were the best years ever a person could enjoy at a job. Coffee culture still thrived at my “cafe store” (as opposed to drive through), most days were spent working hard but laughing and loving it. The golden years of Levis Commons Starbucks!



6.) The last two years (since the day the sticker printer/ mobile order arrived) have tested me, because I am an old soul who romanticizes traditional “Coffee Shop Culture”. I have had a hard time adjusting to the new normal, but the positive thing is that I am able to appreciate my co-workers more than I ever have.








5.) Starbucks is good for me because it gets this introvert out and around people (and the occasional animal). If it were not for this barista position, I’d stay in solitude most of the time if I had the choice. It has been good for me to get out and about.


4.) Starbucks is wonderful  in that it allows me to have a well balanced life. I value things as a minimalist and creative, that may be different from other people value certain things. Because of Starbucks I can be done by early afternoon, go run in the middle of the day, do art, take days off in rather short notice to go on motorcycle rides or whatever. A bad day in a cafe is still better than a good day in a cubical in my personal opinion 😊 It’s a nice life being a barista when you take all into consideration!


There is NO DOUBT that I like being a barista!


3.) Between burning calories moving at work, and Starbucks reimbursing us up to $250 in fitness race entry fees each year, I love having a job that is not causing me to be sedentary!



2.) Every single shift I am allocated 3 free beverages, as well as a free food item! (personally, I drink a tall dark roast with cream, and lately for lunch the new Cold Brew protein drink with cacao in it.) Additionally, I receive FULL TIME BENEFITS (including medical, vision, dental, stocks, 401k, etc), which Starbucks grants for as low as 20 hours per week. Not only that, free premium Spotify account. It is a wonderful company to work for! I never forget this on a bad day, I feel very blessed!


1.) I love the job because I am a caffeine queen!






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