forty touches :: 5

tammie bennett's diamonds and flowers pattern for her #40touches project celebrating her turning 40.

to celebrate turning 40, i'm posting a sketch and short writeup of a moment or a person who has touched my life in a positive way.  i will post each day until i turn 40 in march.  

#5 is alma loveland. (how adorable is she?!?! and her husband!  and her kids!)

back in late 2011 i discovered that surface design is a thing! and i wanted that thing to be MY thing.  i immediately searched online for classes on adobe illustrator, one of the two main programs used to create patterns.  i came upon alma loveland's classes on and signed up.  (she now teaches on atly).  

alma's class was a game changer.  or game maker in my case.  she taught with such thoroughness and made something complicated soooo easy and fun.  i spent hours watching her courses and doing the homework.  she gave great feedback and tips for improvement.  i love her design aesthetic and the projects she creates are amazing.

thank you alma, for giving me this gift of knowledge. 


see my other #40touches posts here.  

i will be publishing my 40touches posts in no particular order.  i acknowledge that negative moments have also had an impact on my life, but seeing as how this is a celebration project, i won't be posting those.  

also, i am choosing to only mention 40 because i'm turning 40, and therefore i can't possibly mention all the people, places or moments that have touched me in a positive way.  this is just a sampling that i thought would be fun to talk about and include.

i hope this encourages you to reach out to those who have touched your life in some way.

groundhog pattern for spoonflower

tammie bennett's groundhog pattern for spoonflower contest

i've been doing tons of client work lately that i can't show you yet. i can't wait until i can!

in the meantime, i decided to take a break from my work to create something from my own head and i remembered spoonflower's contest of the week is groundhogs.  that's just the thing i needed!

i'd appreciate you voting for my design on spoonflower if you like it!  click here to vote.


kittens in mittens


i couldn't resist this month's spoonflower contest.  kittens in mittens.  i whipped this puppy (ahem...kitten?) up quickly before the deadline.  

if you feel so inclined, i'd love a vote on spoonflower!  click here.  and thank you in advance if you do indeed vote for my design. 

speaking of kittens, my daughter has decided she must have a persian cat.  i'm starting to find notes taped to the walls of the house.  and "persian cat" has made it to the top of the christmas list ::

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watercolor + photoshop pattern :: goals for october

tammie bennett's watercolor spring pattern

i've done massive work in the last month cutting through the clutter in my brain and trying to bring all of my super fuzzy goals and dreams into focus.  i'll be posting lots more about this in the next few weeks in case any of you are feeling like you're living in a world where there's too much condensation on the windows and you can't quite see the simplicity and beauty outside.

i've been working with a professional coach and with her help (and with mega support and insight from chris), i've broken through so many layers of overwhelm, low self-esteem, lack of clarity, and stuckness to come up with my two fatty goals for october. 

my first goal for october is to get my act together with self care/fitness/health.  that's a long way to say i need to run and exercise regularly.  it's part of my make up.  running is part of who i am and what helps me tick and i can't put it on the back burner anymore. how silly to deny myself of something that i KNOW makes me a better me.  

my second goal is to learn  how to create patterns in photoshop.  this is a missing piece in where i see my art career going.  i also want to feel comfortable with watercolors and bringing that watercolor work into photoshop to create patterns.  i want to be a wiz by the end of october.  this is a lofty one, folks.  

my number one priority yesterday was to spend 30 minutes watching a photoshop lesson and bring in my artwork to see if i could turn it into a pattern.  what you see up top is what i came up with.  i'm pretty happy with it.  i painted the floral work while i watched the lesson, scanned it and played around with it and somehow forced it into a half drop repeat.  

i can imagine it as clean fresh sheets, can't you?

by the end of the month i want to be able to create more layered patterns and add texture.  i want a lot of the background to be covered and to repeat seamlessly.