Today was a beautiful day to be outside with temps in the 70’s, especially for November! It was warmer than the last time we were up north in September.
An Indian Summer has blessed us again.
In September, I was sewing more drawstring backpacks using artwork from my Spoonflower shop. This animal print design is super cool in the faux fur fabric called, “Minky.” Creating the animal print artwork as a mirror image felt natural to me. The cat face that revealed itself in the photography was a susrprising bonus! As long as I can remember, I’ve been able to pick out tiny faces in different textures.
September was a busy month for our family, and we’re glad to report, everyone is doing well. Amen to that!
Find current fabric designs and collections, and get inspired to create something! Contact me to create artwork or talk about your project. My shop on Spoonflower: ClarkyWorks. Home Decor Products, Fabric and Wallpaper.
I didn’t know what I was about to experience here. I didn’t look at pics on the internet beforehand, so it would be a surprise…and my husband was happy with his research…💗 I was so stoked! The air was so fresh and people were fishing off the pier. It was not crowded at 7:45 just before sunset.
The lighthouse is stationed at the channel where White River flows into Lake Michigan. One of my favorite shots from our tiny trip, but a BIG source of inspiration.
Thank you God for the light that shines my way, from storms, to sunsets and sunshine days, through whom all blessings flow, Amen!
Our visit to Port Huron on The Saint Clair River was magical. We visited the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse which is the oldest one in Michigan, and it is stationed on a beautiful shoreline.
We love to rock hunt. I was surprised when the first one I saw was a Petoskey stone! I found two small ones within 15 feet. A little boy on the beach yelled out, “I found a Petoskey stone!” That made me smile.😄
This was a busy month sewing masks from my fabric designs and coordinating projects. And, I need to share some exciting news! I was featured in the magazine Great Lakes Boating on the social media pages Naut@bles.
Interview by Heather Serrano, Editorial Staff Writer.
GLB —What Great Lakes have you boated on?
“Lake Michigan including The Straits of Mackinac; Lake Huron; North Channel; Georgian Bay; Lake Superior; Lake St Clair; Lake Erie; Lake Ontario and back to Lake Charlevoix, our home port.”
GLB —What do you think is something important our readers should know that you’ve learned through your own experience?
“Respect the Great Lakes. Take boating classes and join your local U.S. Power Squadron (“America’s Boating Club”). Also, join a boating group like the Great Lakes Cruising Club.”
You can read more of the interview pictured above and/or check out the beautiful magazine too! Here is a link to it with my photos and interview.
Thank you Dad (I know you are reading this) for helping me with the interview questions, and to Heather Serrano for noticing my photos and posts on my instagram page. —The colors of the sunrise at a marina are my favorite shots to capture.— I pose sometimes too, so my husband can document that I was there, and not always behind the camera. Looking forward to seeing what this summer unfolds in photographs.
I’m back! I’ve been working on creating more surface designs and building a portfolio. This artwork is created for children that desire a whimsical space with a woodland theme. Do you see the fox and raccoon? As fabric, this is adorable as a tent for sleep-over parties. Check out my design as fabric and wallpaper on Spoonflower.com
—You could help my artwork gain popularity! Please VOTE for me (“ClarkyWorks”) in a Spoonflower design challenge today through Tuesday March, 24 at 3:00 p.m. No login required. Vote: click here.
The design challenge is for the Nugget couch. Kids can create their own soft seating and play on it too! Check out all the colors and configurations.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. My sketchbook is a great example of thoughts developed from dreams, to chatting with friends at work, old photographs, or flower textures. I fell in love with Fabio the rottweiler. His expression inspired me! Thank you to Richa from from iscriblr.com for allowing me to use an image that caught my eye on her beautiful Instagram page: rakishricha
Drawing this dog has helped me to develop my artistic style. I love simple modern shapes, and I’m driven to create depth. Conveying an emotion or feeling is important to me, so I hope I made you smile too.
This design is created for a tea towel in my Spoonflower shop, and will be available later as an art print. If you are interested in having your pet drawn, I would love to hear from you!
This is my interpretation of the mushroom houses in Charlevoix, Michigan, inspired by the mid-century architecture of Earl Young. I’ve spent many sunny days searching for Petoskey stones on the beach, and watching the boats passing through the channel. This is my second hometown, Charlevoix.
This is a new pattern design in my shop. While researching moths, I read that caterpillars can be poisonous. My artwork depicts a Tiger moth.
The main design in this collection is on a white background. This will vary depending on the brightness of the substrate or fabric chosen to be printed on. I’m looking forward to seeing how this collection develops. I have a lot of elements to work with, and expand into a bohemian or Scandinavian style design. This is my collection on Spoonflower. https://www.spoonflower.com/collections/340265-boho-moth-floral-by-clarkyworks
I can create a custom design for your project, and make size changes to artwork.
This is my entry for the limited color palette design challenge on Spoonflower.com. This collection is growing, and available soon in my shop for fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. I can create custom cocktail napkins from your favorite design!
The best critic, my husband Ron, told me that lions have a chiseled jawline, so I modified my styling. I’m also thinking about how to develop baby bib designs from this artwork, because my step-daughter is having a little girl in August!
Voting for this challenge starts today, Thursday, July 11 for the “Limited Color Palette”. Please vote for my design and other really amazing artwork!
Understanding our place in the world is sometimes overwhelming. I think you can aspire to achieve whatever you set your mind to believe, and be who you want to be. This piece celebrates the amazing people who leave a mark in this world, combining the every day with the extraordinary. A whimsical space theme depicting hair dressers, and the cosmic joy of landing on the moon.