Dec 18, 2014

Happy Holidays

The count down is on and even though I thought I won't stress myself too much this year, it was nothing besides a great wish. 
I had some goals like adding more items to my Etsy store before Christmas so I have been very busy. In case you are looking for some last minute gifts, please check out Pattern Jots Shop. So far all products are digital downloads and you can just sit at home with your printer near by ( and some mulled wine in your hands ) and print some lovely Christmas gifts for your loved ones. No need to leave the house ( except you are planning to frame what you purchased ) and join the crowds.

My latest addition :

Perpetual Birthday Calendar, copyright©Maike Thoma by Pattern Jots 2014
Perpetual Birthday Calendar available at Pattern Jots Shop

A quote always makes a great gift :

Do What YouLove Wall Art, copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Do What You Love Wall Art available at Pattern Jots Shop

I am taking a break over the holidays and I will be back January 8th 2015.
Thank you to all my loyal blog readers. I wish everyone very Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year. 

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Christmas Wishes from Pattern Jots

Dec 11, 2014

Marsala - Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

The Pantone color of the year announcement is always a much long waited event for all designer.
For 2015 Pantone announced the color "Marsala" 18-1438 as the color of the year. I have to admit I was not overly excited at the beginning until I started thinking about colour combinations and over a few days I warmed up to "Marsala" and can already imagine designing patterns which contain the color of "Marsala".
Marsala Pantone color of the year 2015

I especially like this statement by Pantone :
A Unifying Element
"The impactful, full bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as strong accent to many other colors."

And for sure I will buy this fab nail polish next...

And here are some of my favourite color combinations for "Marsala"

And did you see this gorgeous dress in "Marsala"... by Derek Lam...I think I will dream about this dress tonight, it is just my style !

Dress by Derek Lam seen at Harpers Bazaar

I find this is the perfect implementation of "Marsala" in interior design

As seen on the Lonny website

And I love that pillow by Crate and Barrel

Linet 18" pillow by Crate and Barrel

And do you see the hint of "Marsala" in the center of that pillow ?

Pondicherry 18" x 12" by Crate and Barrel

And last but not least something for the Christmas mood...I found this gorgeous gift wrap by talented designer Allison Cole which you can currently buy at Target.

The New Year can start now in style with "Marsala"...

Happy Thursday !

Copyright for the top three pictures are with Pantone®

Dec 4, 2014

Adventchallenge 2014

The count down to Christmas has started and it is already December 4th. 
As the previous two years Faye Brown initiated the fun advent challenge again. 
Everyone is invited to create a piece of art ( illustrate, sing, sew, felt, film, take pictures ) for 25 days according to the daily theme. 
I was able to do all 25 days last year and it was so much fun...this year I am so busy with other projects but I hope I can do a few days here and there. 
If you like to follow the advent challenge, look out for the hash tag #adventchallenge on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It is great to see what is posted. There is also a Pinterest board where new art will be pinned every day.

So here is the list :

Advent challenge 2014
And here are some great pieces of art from my fellow designers :

Day 2 "Christmas Tree" by Julie Hamilton

Day 2 "Christmas Tree" by Lindsay Buck

Day 3 "A Tree Decoration" by Suzanne Washington

Day 4 "Penguin" by Rebecca Stoner

Day 3 "A Tree Decoration" by Mary Tanana
Isn't this all fabulous...I am looking forward to see more beautiful designs for the advent challenge. 

Here is one of my designs from last year :

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2013
"A Tree Decoration" advent challenge 2013 by Pattern Jots
Please note the copyright for all designs shown in this blog post belong to the designer who created the art.

Happy Thursday !!!