Thursday, December 25, 2014

Day 25

Day 25. I made it. Christmas Advent Calendar challenge to myself done. If you have followed, I thank you. I hope each illustration or pattern gave you a small glow of joy.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 24

Wherever you are in the world, I hope your christmas lunch or dinner is a yummy one and your hard work in the kitchen is a success. Merry Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day 22 and Day 23

The reindeers are getting prepared for their magical flight around the world. Every child deserves to receive a present this holiday season. And the little drummer boy is beating on his drum with marching trees in a row.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 21

Day 21 means 4 more sleeps tip the big guy in the red suit comes!
In the meantime, here are some stars borrowed from the sky to decorate your tree.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day 20

Day 20 is a little bit late. That's because yesterday I was too busy scoffing my face on freshly roasted piggy on a spit instead of doing all those jobs that have to get done before christmas. What I need is a christmas fairy to wave her magic wand and have my house cleaning done, shopping list written, presents bought, presents wrapped, christmas dinner cooked and dishes done! But all that good stuff lies ahead of me. I hope you get all you wish for and more this christmas x

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 19

And a partridge in a pear tree........

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 18

Christmas advent calendar challenge - and who doesn't like shaking a little snow globe around?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 17

I could have eaten this for dinner tonight. Warm with brandy custard and ice-cream. Yum. But I didn't.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 15

Day 15 in my Christmas Advent calendar challenge. Where has the time flown? Doing this challenge is helping me keep an eye on the date. So close to Christmas day and I am yet to find the perfect stocking filler present for my partner....maybe tomorrow. Do you have a stocking? Its kind of a silly tradition here in Australia. Who hangs stockings over the fireplace? Kind of a funny thought as I sit in 29 degree celsius weather.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In the lead up to christmas day....'s a christmas message from me to you. xx

Day 14

I can't believe we are up to Day 14 already. I also can't believe that my momentum for thinking up, drawing and designing a pattern or illustration a day up until christmas is STILL going. I've got a list and I have sort of jumbled themes around depending on what i really felt like drawing, re-working, or when inspiration struck. Today it was all about birds - again. I love birds. I drew these little guys with tall, wooly christmas hats on. It's my take on three french hens. Except using birds. Subtle I know. Day 14 also means we are getting really close to christmas. Right then, i'm off to write my christmas wish list. eek!

Three wise birds. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day 13

I think it would feel like christmas ALL the time if you lived in the great white north.
Merry Christmas, here's day 13.

Day 13 Christmas Advent calendar challenge. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 12

Well we had our small team's christmas work party yesterday. It was more of a lunch session which lasted a few hours. We ate, and ate, and ate, and drank mojitos and ate. Drank some more mojitos and ate some more. It was great. I certainly felt a little like this guy by the end of the day....
time for a detox i think :)

christmas lunch, turkey leg, plum pudding, illustration, surface pattern, christmas advent calendar, Day 12.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Day 11

Day 11 Christmas Advent Calendar challenge.
If i could have a white christmas, I'd like to stay in a gingerbread house in Switzerland, or Bavaria or the French Alps. Problem is I love gingerbread that i'd probably eat it!
Wherever you are spending Christmas, I hope it's a warm and lovely one.

Gingerbread house, Christmas Advent Calendar challenge 2014, snow, alps, christmas tree, cottage

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 10

Day 10 Christmas Advent Calendar challenge.
This little fellow loves to sleep. He's holding fast to his candy cane though. Luckily the birds are helping him. xx

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Day 9

Wreaths can come in all shades of colours. We don't have a wreath that we can hang on the outside of our front door. I don't know why. Maybe we think it would just get nicked anyway.?? It's not like we live in a rough neighbourhood or anything. Very suburbia in fact, and nice and quiet (except when the party house has guests over). So tomorrow I might rectify that thought and go and buy a wreath to decorate our front door. If I could buy one like this, I certainly would. Day 9. woohoo!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Day 8 Christmas Advent calendar challenge

Wishing everyone a peaceful and very happy christmas.

Day 8 Christmas Advent calendar challenge - May there peace in your house this christmas.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Christmas Advent calendar challenge - Day 7

Our tree is a fibre optic kind. Pretty when it's dark. We did put some purple and pink and turquoise blue baubles on it this year. We also have some silver beads and a silver star. What colour theme is your tree taking this year? Here's Day 7 of my christmas advent calendar challenge.

Pretty christmas baubles - Day 7 Christmas advent calendar challenge. 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Day 6

I'm a little relieved we don't have an all staff Christmas party this year. We're having a much civilised smaller team party. I know there will be food, and definitely wine (in moderation of course), and I'm sure there will be dancing. Much like this guy....without getting baubles tangled in our hair!
Here's wishing you a great work Christmas party. xx

Day 6 Christmas advent calendar challenge, Rudolph dancing and tangled baubles

Friday, December 05, 2014

Day 5 - Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes. We put ours up the other day, as you do, on December 1st. Tradition and all that. A synthetic green, fibre optic type. Looks great when it's dark.
Sometimes it would be nice to live in Sweden, or Norway, or Germany where I'm sure everybody gets real trees for their living room....
Have fun decorating your tree this year.

Julie xx

Day 5 - Christmas Advent Calendar challenge - an illustration or pattern a day.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Christmas Advent calendar - Day 4

It doesn't snow in Queensland at Christmas, not ever actually. We always have hot, balmy, humid weather at Christmas time and sometimes an afternoon thunderstorm to 'cool' things down. Not a snowflake to be seen though. Ever!

Christmas Advent Calendar - Day 4. Snowflakes

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Day 3

Do you get into the spirit of christmas by singing Christmas Carols?
Here's day 3.....
Day 3 Christmas Advent Calendar challenge - an illustration or pattern a day.


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Advent Calendar catch up

I have thrown myself into this Christmas Advent challenge. The aim to design a new Christmas themed illustration or pattern everyday until Christmas. Wow! I mean it isn't like I'm really busy with my full time day job.....or anything....
I might make it to day 25 or I may just fall into a heap. I have nothing to lose. So here's day 1 (playing a days catch up) and day 2. May the silly season begin! x Julie

Monday, December 01, 2014

MATS Bootcamp I come!

There comes a time that if you really decide you are going to do something about your design career, then you really should.
Today I invested in my dream to become a successful surface pattern designer by enrolling in MATS Bootcamp for 2015. I am very, very excited. Watch this space.
You can find out more here