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free pink cupcakes desktop wallpaper

november 2010 - free pink cupcakes desktop

november 2010 - free pink cupcakes desktop

I am so very late with November’s desktop wallpaper that I decided there wasn’t much point to working with a Thanksgiving theme. Instead, here’s a free desktop wallpaper for everyday use. I’ve been working on several custom cupcake-related projects lately, so I have the sweet treats on the brain. I’ll do something seasonal for Christmas soon.

Also available: A “flipped” version for those of you who keep your desktop icons on the left and a blue version for those who aren’t as fond of pink as I am (unfathomable!) Enjoy!

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illustration friday: early

illustration friday: early

“Early” is a relative term. Never was this so clear as when I had my daughter a year and a half ago.

In college, I mapped out my schedule such that I could avoid 8 a.m. classes whenever possible. I made that mistake in my first semester, all for a Women’s Studies class during which I could barely keep my eyes open.  That was my first and only early morning class.

Six years later, our newborn daughter sleeps until 5:30 a.m. and I do a victory dance. Even now, waking up at 7:30 a.m. is something of a luxury in this house. Funny how things change!

This was drawn loosely from a photo of Elspeth when she was about three months old. I thought I’d play around with a different style… it didn’t quite capture what I wanted to capture, but it gave me the opportunity to experiment, I suppose.

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free desktop wallpaper for may

free desktop wallpaper - may

I decided to take a slightly different approach with this month’s free desktop wallpaper… I partially traced a recent photo of mine to create a simple, stylized branch of blossoms. Here’s the original for comparison:

spring blossoms

I like a clean, minimalist desktop, and this design definitely works well for that.  Enjoy!

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a sweet treat of a poster

sweet tooth

This is one of those projects that started out as a quick doodle but turned into an 3-hour session, and now it’s available as a poster in the shop. I’m particularly fond of the little gummy bears… it was a toss-up between those and worms. I may have to try a less pastel version of this poster for the boys sometime soon.

Also, a HUGE “thank you” to Apartment Therapy for noting my “numbers and fruits” poster in this list of 10 great kitchen posters for under $50. I’m flattered to be included among so many talented designers.