hannahcloud DESIGN


Homegrown Uglydolls

It goes without saying that I am no seamtress, yet still, the boys were pleased enough with their custom made "uglydolls." The blueprints were drawn by Tex, fabrics and buttons chosen by Tex and Theo.

Witness their Uglydoll obsession in action at the Jacksonville International Airport here.



Rainbow Filled Inspiration Board!

I had so much fun putting this Party Board together for Indigo Print's blog. I chose Alaina Cherup's "Let's Rehearse" and went a little nuts choosing fun items and ideas for the imaginary party. Click through for links to all the featured items.


Baby Shower Invitations for Indigo Prints

Indigo Prints has asked me to come up with a line of Baby Shower Invitations. This is timely as it seems like an army of my friends (including, as you know, two of my sister-in-laws!! Can you says Nieces!?!) are expecting babies this spring. I've been slowed down considerably by four gazillion feet of snow and the snow days following, and also by the fact that the epidural cortisone shot to my cervical vertebrae just petered out leaving me in a pain I had happily forgotten, but here, babies, are several of the designs I've come up with.


Cousins! Nieces! GIRLS!

I'm gearing up big time for two little girls that are due in March and May! Two of my Sister-in-Laws are pregnant and, as a boy-only mom, I'm going a little nuts with gifties, etc. I designed a baby shower invitation suite for one mom-to-be which I'll share later, but for now, take a gander at my Niecentric pinterest board. You may find some things you need for your own babes!

(Please note that some of these are pie-in-the-sky items-- I would never spend $60 on a child's blouse, but I'm inspired by the ideas.)



Indigo Prints has Launched

UPDATE 5/14/12: Indigo Prints is no longer in business. It's a major bummer, but I have purchased a number of my designs "back" and will be posting them in my Etsy shop soon. Some are already available at Brightside Prints.

I'm so pleased to announce that the Indigo Prints' website had launched, and my stationery collection for them is now available at IndigoPrints.com. It's a "soft launch" which means that they are still working out kinks in the system, but you can browse and make purchases. Matching address labels are coming soon and I'm working on a line of Kid's Valentine cards as well!



Happy 2011!

For Christmas, the boys got me a Wacom Intuos 4 digital tablet (!!!) and I was playing with it in Photoshop and made the above "chalk" drawing. I've always loved the line "Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light" by the poet and writer Theodore Roethke and thought it matched the color and feel of the drawing so I made a little quote to share (I can't find which poem the line is from, but I almost like it better that way since it stands so well on its own).

Hopefully, as 2011 progresses I'll have the time to create more word posters for you!

Have a bright and beautiful new year!




Do you Zulily?

My Mother in Law just sent me a link to this cool site called Zulily.  It is  like Groupon for kid-related purchases and today it has items from Kate Quinn Organics, carseats by Combi, puzzles by Mud Puddle  and a whole slew of other cute maternity and kid wear. No offer lasts more than a few days and quantities are limited, but that's part of the fun, right?


Signing up is free. What are you waiting for?


Indigo Prints Features hannahcloud DESIGN

I was pretty chuffed to wake up and discover that Indigo prints had devoted a blog post to little old me. As I mentioned previosly, I'm very excited to have been chosen as a Branded Designer for Indigo Prints and am anxiously awaiting their site launch. In the meantime they've been giving some sneak peeks via their blog and facebook page.

They pretty much hit the nail on the head when they said "We fell in love with Hannah’s eye for color and fearlessness to incorporate a lot of it!" Color? Yes, I like it alot. As evidenced by my Rainbow Soup  pinboard.

Lately I've been working on a lot of things I can't share since they are people's holiday cards and I don't want to spoil the fun, but I'm terrible at saving surprises, so I'll share the front of my holiday card here. It was a family collaboration. Tex and Theo (Tex mostly, but Theo's dark blue monster on the left represents with style!) drew the monsters and I grouped and colored them. Super fun, I see a family tradition in the making!


A Little Joy for the Tree: Ornaments Against AIDS

In collaboration with Etsy, Cool Mom Picks is hosting a cut and color ornament contest. The 8 chosen ornaments will be sold as a download on Etsy with all profits benefitting Housing Works, a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts.

This little cut and fold stocking is my entry. It's neat becuase it can hold a little gift, or a rolled up letter. If you size it up before printing, it could even hold a gift card and treat for your favorite teacher.

If the ornament is not chosen, I will make a high resolution jpeg available  for free on Flickr so you can make these with your little ones. If it is chosen, you can purchase the full set of 8 ornaments to benefit Housing Works!


Pinterest Intervention Needed.

I received my invitation to join pinterest.com three days ago and I'm already sensing just how dangerous it is going to be. Dangerous, but wonderful. I love that I can gather and browse so much visual inspiration in such an intuitive and aesthetically awesome way. I actually believe that this will help me to want less by allowing me to aquire and catalog things without actually having to physically own them.



WOO HOO: Vote for my "Woodsy Wedding" Design on minted.com

I made it past the first round cut in the minted.com Wedding Challenge.

If you are able and would like to, I would be so grateful for your vote/rating!


Cookies and Washi Tape

What, you don't host a cookie swap every year? Well, now you can with this party invitation that will be available for purchase very soon on IndigoPrints.com. The pink striped ribbon was inspired by my latest craft obsession: washi tape. Washi tape is a masking tape made out of japanese washi paper. It comes in a delightful variety of solids, stripes, dots, abstracts and animals. Some of it is slightly transparent, all of it is beautiful.

I tend to have a problem with craft supplies. There is a storage area in our basement devoted almost entirely to stamps, ink, grommets, paper, various cutting implements, needle felting supplies, knitting needles, a sewing machine and many many fat quarters and assorted ephemera of every shape and size including about a zillion buttons. Very little of these have seen the light of day since I became a mother over 5 years ago and for the most part my artsy side has been carried out using a screen and mouse.

I've been pretty sort-of OK about not accumulating too much more stuff, but I have a feeling that I might NEED more washi tape. . .

I got mine on etsy from prettytape and I would recommend the shop. My tape arrived quickly and, as you might imagine, very prettily packaged.

These stores also sell washi: cute tape, happy tape, and wonderland room.

I'm pretty sure any respectably crafty person on your gift list would flip over a pretty package of washi!

I am pleased to note that I am not the only person with no self control in regards to washi. Jordan Ferney, stylist extraordinaire, writes the great blog, "Oh Happy Day" and just confessed to her obsession with washi (and stickers, stamps, paper. . .).



Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Planning a stylish and festive holiday get together?

Likely not yet, but when you do, check my Eat, Drink and Be Merry invitation which will be available on indigoprints.com sometime before thanksgiving.

I'm really excited to announce that I have been chosen as a featured designer Indigo Prints and you will be able to find a lot more of my stationery designs there soon!


Clap if you Believe in Fairies!

From the same family that brought you Ryan's Dinosaur Party, I present Adeline's Fairy Party! The birthday girl's mom gave me a photo from Adeline's  "Under the Sea" Dance recital and I gave the Birthday Fairy a little fairy woodland and a toadstool to perch on and acorns, since she collects acorns.

Now available in my etsy shop, no one is too old to celebrate their birthday with this invitation, but it will probably be most popular with kindergarten girls. Actually, I just had a funny idea for my brother's birthday card.


Drifting Leaves, Jack-o-Lanterns and . . .Jingle Bells?

This is the time that I begin thinking about my family's holiday card, and so it's time that I add some holiday cards to my etsy shop!

I'm liking the clean 50's style and tone of Peace. Love. Joy. Mustard. (though it could also be in other colors, like ketchup).

and Joy Evergreen.

Find something you like on my etsy site and if you don't see just the right thing, please contact me about custom cards!

Muchos Besos, R + M, for letting me photograph your families.