Monday, November 13, 2017

Support an Artist Without Spending a Dime

Tis the season and that means that some of your favorite artist's and illustrators will be posting work and products they created for the holidays. If you are anything like me, you don't buy a lot of gifts. Maybe you make your own gifts or just don't celebrate in a huge way but you still want to support the independent sellers and artists. Here's how to do just that and it won't cost a penny!

All you have to do is SHARE!

Here are a few simple ways to do just that.

Share an artist's shop updates.

When an artist posts new work, hit the "share" button and say something like " Check out so in so's page, I love her/his work!" or "Isn't this cute?"

Also, giving the image a "Like" doesn't hurt either.

Lenny Mud
I love this Menorasaurus Rex menorah from Lennymud, so I shared it on my Facebook page for all of my friends to see.

"Like", comment and re-gram the images. 

If you think a friend or colleague would be interested in the artists feed, tag them in the comments.

Angela Staehling

See what I did there? In the comment section I tagged someone. I want this "Happy Houseplants" book by my friend Angela Staehling for Christmas. That guy I tagged happens to be my husband. Hopefully he will get the hint!


Like shops and items by clicking the heart.

If you are already on etsy and are looking at an artist's shop, click the heart. It helps that artist get found more easily in the search and this means everything to an etsy seller!
You can favorite the whole shop or individual items.

Robin Davis

All I did was clicked the heart under Robin Davis name to favorite her shop. I happen to love this item so I also clicked the heart next to the listing-so easy....
Also, you can help spread the word more by clicking the "Share" "Save" or "Tweet" buttons.


Pin an artist's images and shops to your boards.

Start a board called "Shops I Like" or "Art I Like" and pin images from an artist's etsy page or blog?  Naturally you can also re-pin it to  board that you already have.

Tammy Smith Designs

I pinned this tea towel by Tammy Smith Designs to my Pinterest board titled "Tea Towels". I pinned it directly from her website so that if someone clicks on the pin, it will go directly back to her shop.

Easy right? and you are helping spread the word which is so important to an artist and independent sellers.  I know I greatly appreciate all of the shares. comments and hearts that I get on various forms of social media. 

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start clicking!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Note Nook Calendar Giveaway!

Lang Calendar

Hello and welcome to my first ever calendar giveaway!
The contest starts November 1, 2017 and the winner will be announced Friday November 3rd at 5pm EST
The winner will receive my 2018 Note Nook "A Stitch in Time" calendar from Lang/Wells Street. 

There are two super easy ways to enter and win. 
If you are on Instagram..............

1. Follow me at PaulaJoerlingStudio 

2. In the comments section, tag 2 friends who you think would like to win a calendar.

That's it, you have been entered!
*note-you have to be following me to win
If you are on Facebook.........

1. Follow my studio page Paula Joerling Studio

2. Share my post about the giveaway on your page.

Wasn't that easy?
If you do both of the above, you are entered twice!

Don't like to enter contests but you want the calendar for you or as a gift?
Follow the link to purchase from the Lang Website.

Good Luck! and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Goodies for Fall and Winter

Ooooh, I have been waiting with anticipation for these to arrive so I could share them with you, and now they are HERE!

These indoor/outdoor applique flags and pillow wraps are from Custom Decor, one of my favorite clients. They always do beautiful, high quality products and they are a pleasure to work with. 

All flags measure 12" x 18" are double sided and have a sleeve at the top so you can hang it from the metal hangers that you stick in your yard. I don't have a yard so I am going to insert a dowel, attach a ribbon and hang it on the front door.
Bicycle Flag

Bike Bicycle

 This is a detail of the "Thankful for the Beauty" Flag. The stitching actual stitching and the buttons are real. Most of the flowers and leaves are applique.
Halloween FlagHalloween

Detail of Always a Treat flag. I just love all of the stitching!
Santa Flag

Jolly Santa has a burlap beard and real bells sewn onto his hat.

Snowman Flag

This mischievous snowman and his friend have pom-poms on their hats and the light string is all stitched. 
               Snowman flag

This cute I Love Snow flag has a stitched on scarf, pom-poms and real buttons.


I Love Snow door decor.
How cute would this guy be greeting family and friends at your front door? 


I love these Pillow wraps, they have two sets of buttons on the back so they can fit a couple different sizes of pillows. And did I mention that they are indoor/outdoor?





If I found a retailer online I added a link. 
I also have a few in stock, just message me if you are interested.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Halloween Parties, Thanksgiving DIY's and Cinnamon Brooms

The smell of cinnamon brooms is all throughout the grocery store and that can only mean two things. I get a headache every time I go grocery shopping and, more importantly, the Fall holidays are approaching. 
This means Halloween parties and family gatherings. Well I am here to help!

For several years I have illustrated the "Family Plan-It Plus" calendar for Lang. It's a best selling favorite among mom's.


I know this because it says so right on the cover AND because each year, I get emails from mom's asking if there are other products that go along with the calendar.  This year the answer is YES!

I finally had the time to create holiday clip art and digital downloads inspired by some of the illustrations I have done for this calendar.

The first group I created was a Halloween collection. It started with clip art and blossomed into a whole party pack. I designed bookmarks, bottle wraps, a party garland, place cards and a cupcake topper set that can also be used for napkin rings, ornaments, a mini garland, bag tags and what ever else you can think of. I like options.

Halloween Party Pack at PaulaJoerlingDesigns on Etsy
If you are the kind of person who prefers to design your own party, have no fear, you can grab the Halloween Clip Art Pack, and do your own thing.

When I have people over for the holidays, I like having a little something to hand out as a memento of the gathering. It makes me feel good to see how much my friends enjoy their little "Souvenir of the Party".  Hopefully my downloads will make it easier for you to add a little personal touch to your Halloween gathering.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and if you are already planning for Thanksgiving, I am one step ahead of you with a Thanksgiving Digital Download.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Big Announcement from the Studio!

I have been waiting patiently for months to make this announcement.

My FIRST EVER fabric line is here!

"Enjoy the Journey"  will make it's debut at Quilt Market St. Louis on May 17th with Henry Glass Fabrics, booth 2815.

Putting this collection together was a lot of fun and quite the learning experience. I couldn't have done it without the help of a great AD and several friends who are experienced in creating fabric collections. 

It all started with these 6 blocks. I thought about all the places and cities where I would like to ride my bike. Maybe a picnic by the Arno in Florence, a pastry shop in Paris, Central Park in New York; you get the picture!

After that I had to come up with patterns to accompany the blocks. The Bike Stripe came naturally, but being new to designing a collection,  I needed some assistance in figuring out some of the others. 

 This particular pattern was a bit of a brain bender for me and I loved how it turned out.

There are 11 patterns total in this collection and you can see the whole kit and caboodle at the Henry Glass website.

I really enjoyed putting this together and can't wait to stitch something up. Hopefully it will be received well and this is just the beginning. I did recently finish designing a second collection for a later release, but shhhh, that's a secret.............

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Paper Dolls, Bunnies and a New Etsy Shop

Years ago I had the idea to make dolls out of a bunch of old spools that I had laying around. (Actually it may have been my husbands idea for me to make them but it's my blog so I am taking credit.) I figured out that I wanted their legs to be old wooden rulers, and that their skirts would be vintage quilt pieces from an old bag of fabric that I bought somewhere many years ago. That part came together pretty quickly. Their heads, however, were a different story.

I have always been challenged in the making of a face or head for something, whether it be an illustration or a sculpture. It's not that I can't do it, it's that I am never satisfied with the outcome. I am super critical of myself in this area.

As a result, the dolls sat headless for a couple of years. People would come over and I would get the spools with legs out and ask opinions as to what the heads should be, but nothing ever clicked, so the poor dears went on standing around without their heads.
I finally put them in a box so I could stop feeling guilty about the whole situation.

Vintage Doll
The poor little things without their heads. 

This past September I went to a class called Paper Navigations, in Amsterdam. I cut, folded and pasted paper and I was reminded of how much I enjoyed working with paper and ephemera. I came home and made cards for everyone who was at the workshop. I was having a great time in my studio when the lightbulb went off and the voice in my head yelled out


Seriously, that's what it said.

Hand made card
The handmade thank you cards I made that gave me the kick in the (well you know).

I finished off the cards and immediately started making paper mache' heads. As I sculpted, shaped and painted the heads, their sweet little personalities started to emerge and I was squealing with delight. Some became bunnies and some became girls with little felt hats. 
At some point they named themselves and took on a unique interest or hobby.

Paper Doll
Now they have heads but no faces
Paper Dolls
The personalities came out as I painted their faces.

To say I am smitten with these little gals, is an understatement.

Paper Dolls
"Clara" collects shells

Paper Rabbit
"Millie" likes to embroider and sew.

Paper Rabbit
"Eleanor" loves to travel.

Paper Doll"
"Penelope" loves birds but doesn't believe in keeping them in cages.

Once I used up all the spools, I didn't want to stop, so I made whatever came to mind. A little suitcase, kites and some brooches were a few of the little goodies that came flying out. I was having a great time just playing and I was reminded how important it is to do that.

Paper Kite
Paper Kites that will turn into brooches.

Paper Brooch
Two Paper Brooches

Paper Suitcase wire birdcage
I made the wire birdcage and little suitcase for a future shadow box.

As a result, I decided to reopen my PaulaJoerlingStudio shop on Etsy. It's the place to find all of my handmade items. In celebration of the grand reopening, I am offering a 20% off coupon good through December 1, 2016. The coupon code is HOLIDAY20

The same code is also good at my PaulaJoerlingDesigns shop where you will find all kinds of paper downloads, ephemera and vintage items.

Paula Joerling

Please go and take a look at both of my shops and give the favorite button a hit.

Then go out and play!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Story Behind the Art - Robin Pickens

The Story Behind the Art-Robin Pickens

Hello and welcome to the eleventh installation of 

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art or collection created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.

Robin Pickens and I have known each other for several years now and as soon as I saw her work I was an instant fan. We mainly see each other on social media but sometimes I have the pleasure of seeing her in person  and it's always a treat!
Thanks for sharing your story Robin!

I’m so excited to share my new project with you because it’s been a really fun journey that has been a long time in the making in some ways yet also an unexpected twist of direction! My story is not just about one design but more about my path to a particular type of work. I have a new fabric line with Moda fabrics that is shipping to stores in November. It is called “Poppy Mae” and I also have designed quilt patterns that use this fabric (or you can use any other fabrics with the patterns too). I was so honored last year to be the Fabric8 winner on, which Moda was sponsoring and offering a contract to produce the line. They were a company I aspired to work with and they have been just wonderful!

I grew up in a house with a lot of creativity. My father was an automotive designer and my mother did silk screening, knitting, sewing, quilting, and all kinds of creative projects. I learned to sew at her Pfaff sewing machine which was a rather intimidating machine with some burned out middle speeds and a knee pedal, so it went from slow to super fast with my inexperienced touch! When I went to the University of Michigan School of Art I studied graphic design and industrial design. I was also interested in fiber art and textile design but the fiber art class I took was more geared towards weaving and fabric dying vs pattern design so I stayed focused on my other design directions.

I ended up working in the television industry as a broadcast designer and animator for many years. With so much time at a monitor and computer (and I do love designing on my Mac!) I found it was really nice to spend time outside of work on more tactile things, using my hands to make something. My mother and sister were both making quilts at that time and they really had an appreciation for modern quilts. Visiting fabric stores was high on the list of activities that had to be fit in when traveling and I loved the fantastically beautiful fabrics and started building a nice stash. I attended quilt shows with them when possible and of course bought more fabric!

My mother was visiting one time after I had moved to LA and we decided to take a quilt workshop together at the Quilters Studio in Newbury Park, California. I decided to draw on some of my solid fabrics with a sharpie to make the types of patterns I wanted for the project. That’s when it started clicking with me…the thought of being a fabric designer. I started taking classes at Otis College of Art and Design in LA in textile and surface design. I loved it! I also started licensing my drawings and designs at this time for other products. 

A number of friends recommended I check out for offering fabric designs in a print-on-demand structure. Spoonflower has weekly competitions with design themes and I started entering them. Soon it was one of my favorite activities of the week to work on some of the funky and eclectic themes for the competitions. Annually spoonflower has a Fabric8 competition with a fabric company as a sponsor and I jumped in when it was the Botanical Sketchbook theme. I chose poppies because my mom has talked about going to see the poppies in California and she is the one who influenced me originally with sewing. I was very honored to win the competition and decided to go to Quilt Market last October to meet with Moda and check out the show. 

At market I met a number of other designers for Moda who also design quilts and make quilt patterns. This was not anything I had thought of doing before but suddenly I found myself on the airplane making sketches of quilt ideas and head buzzing with a new direction. I’ve taken numerous classes and workshops on quilting, often in more improvisational ways. Traditional patterns are not something I’ve tackled before. But I love a challenge and learning new things and I have two of my very own experts- my mom and my sister- to ask for advice. I attended QuiltCon in Pasadena and joined my local Modern Quilt Guilds. Some days my head is so full from all the new information that I think I’m crazy to do this. But I just keep designing and cutting and sewing and trusting in it. I work in both EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) and Adobe Illustrator for designing quilts. I designed three different quilt patterns to launch with my Poppy Mae line and just last week I sent off patterns to my distributor, United Notions. I wanted a range of quilts that were easy and could be pieced in a weekend to more complex and detailed. I just finished 6 quilts that are samples I will take to Quilt Market in October to show my patterns. I have learned about getting barcodes, writing and printing patterns, hang bags, making samples, ease and difficulty of different patterns, techniques for faster piecing, types of rulers and templates to make cutting certain shapes easier, the tools I like to use, finding long-arm quilters to work with and photographing quilts. My sister has looked over my patterns and been my editor and math re-checker (thank you Wendy!). My friend Darcel has opened her home to me and photographed my quilts in her beautiful setting. My husband has helped fill pattern orders. My mother has offered her advice and been a huge cheerleader for me.

I have such a sense of pride at creating quilts which also stand for upholding a family legacy and tradition. It has made this work feel deeply personal for me. Writing pattern instructions also has the feeling of teaching with it and I like to think through the logical steps. Working on quilts is fun because of the infinite possibilities due to color combinations and pattern placements. I never expected to enjoy this so much! I have more ideas in my head than hours of the day. Enjoying the world of quilt-making has been a surprise, yet natural direction too.

My other work includes my calendar line, Seize the Day, for Sellers Publishing. I am currently working on my 7th year of calendars for them). I also create coloring books for Fox Chapel Publishing/Design Originals and I’m working on some inspirational faith-based books now. I have a new coloring calendar from Plan-Ahead out in Walmart where I am featured with Jane Maday, Debra Valencia and Nancy Archer. And now I’m working on my next line for Moda and thinking of new quilts for that. My studio space has become more and more about coloring and sewing than I ever imagined. That is a really happy place to be!
You can find out more about Robin and her work by following these links.


Robin Pickens Shop on Spoonflower
for fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap