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.