Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Lila Cheekytree

Looking back at 2013 I realize I’ve been very sponge-like this year. I’ve spent most of my free time reading books, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, people watching and (rather unusual for me) a lot of listening. But despite this absorption of new ideas and experiences I haven’t had much I wanted to SAY; instead this influx of new is just percolating. In short – that’s my excuse (or understanding of) why I’ve only shared a few things on my blog this year.

I have been drawing in my sketchbook throughout the year and wanted to share this Christmas card I designed and mailed to a few of my closest friends and family. I love sending old-fashioned snail mail, and especially love to receive it during the holidays.

Recently, I was walking past a local bookstore and there was this little blue book with a silver acorn that I was drawn to in the shop window (I love acorns and have a real one sitting on my desk). I only had to flip through a few pages of this book written by Yoko Ono and I knew I had to own it.  Here’s one of her  “conceptual instructions” that  I’d like to share with you.

Watch a butterfly dance.

Watch the fireflies dance.

Watch the lights on the water dance.

Let you heart dance with them.

I hope you have a magical Christmas and a New Year that’s filled with peace, joy, love, kindness and laughter. Wishing you all the best in 2014.

Accentuate the Positive

As the charming 1945 hit song written by Johnny Miller goes, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive”.

I’ve tried to do just that with this collection of geometric fabrics called (you guessed it) Accentuate the Positive now available in my shop on Spoonflower.  I created this hand-drawn pattern while playing with watercolour pencils. The result is an upbeat little print that’s perfect for quilting or small home decor projects like pillows.