The Bowl Maker from Bellingham

It was love at first sight! Every year in early December, I stop at Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle to buy the majority of my holiday gifts for others (and myself…) from local artists. For me going there is like stepping into a candy shop. You can find anything from accessories to paintings, natural deodorants, kids clothing and more. It’s a lot like but in person and you get to talk to all the fabulous artists that make those wonderful things.

Last year I met Cary Lane aka “The Bowl Maker”. Cary makes beautifully whimsical yet super sturdy bowls by hand, then paints them inside and out and writes the cutest short poems on the back of the bowls. Since her booth was all the way at the end of the hall, I only had enough money left to buy two bowls. But I ended up tracking her down through the Internets and found out that she has a studio in Bellingham where she makes and paints her little masterpieces.

So, last week I stopped by her studio on my way up to Lummi Island and picked up a couple more bowls to add to the collection. She told me that she just finished a whole bunch of new pieces that will be fired and ready for purchasing in a couple of weeks. I’ll be back for some cups soon!

Here are the 4 bowls I have so far:


And this is Cary holding one of the bowls I ended up buying:


She has the cutest studio, so I was thrilled that she let me take some pictures of her work space and gave me the permission to share it here on my blog.

A new piece in the making:


And the last of her current batch of bowls, but rest assured, more’s coming soon.


Posted: April 22nd, 2013
Categories: Featured Artist
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K is for Kookaburra

This little bird flew into the animal alphabet via a children’s clothing boutique in Seattle. I got commissioned to design a logo for Rhea’s new boutique Kookaburra Kids. While the final logo turned out quite a bit more abstract (scroll down), this bird wanted to become part of the Animal Alphabet and so I abandoned my original intent to draw a Koala and welcomed in another Aussie friend.

If you love fashionably new and gently worn children’s clothing, toys and books check out the Kookaburra Kids Facebook page or stop by the boutique near U Village in Seattle.


Here’s the final Kookaburra Kids logo:

Posted: April 19th, 2013
Categories: Animal Alphabet, Nadja Design
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A baby cheetah for Ellie

A good friend of mine commissioned me to create an illustration for her niece Ellie’s 5th birthday. She said that Ellie LOVES animals and one day she wants to grow up to be a Princess Veterinarian.

Ellie’s favorite animals are:
- A baby cheetah (current favorite)
- A unicorn
- A German Sheppard

How could I say no to such a project!

I mounted the printed illustration on a 6x6x2 inch wooden panel so that Ellie can hang it on a wall or play with it during an animal tea party.


Posted: March 24th, 2013
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Wrapping paper

Today is the birthday of a good friend of mine. Since the presents I bought for him are small enough, I was able to print one of my patterns on an 8.5×11 piece of paper and make my own wrapping paper. For some reason this pattern reminds me of old Egypt and the Nile. I hope he’ll like what’s inside as much as the outside.


Posted: March 22nd, 2013
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J is for Jellyfish

On today’s spring equinox I am adding the next letter in my animal alphabet.
Happy spring everyone!!


You can see all animal alphabet images on this Pinterest board.

Posted: March 20th, 2013
Categories: Animal Alphabet, Nadja Design
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A brand new logo for Mama Bear

One of my User Experience clients asked me to draw a bear and her cub for their logo. It was fun to mix and match my software design and illustration skills for this project. Thank you Mama Bear for letting me be part of your vision!

Posted: December 27th, 2012
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Two new animals for the alphabet




Posted: December 27th, 2012
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Posted: November 12th, 2012
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Animal Alphabet E-G

A few weeks ago I started an Animal Alphabet. You can read my story how I got inspired to start drawing the alphabet, and see my illustrations for the first 4 animals A-D in this post. As of today I completed the alphabet through G for Grasshopper.


Posted: October 3rd, 2012
Categories: Animal Alphabet, Nadja Design
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The only to do list I’ll ever need!

As I was looking through my news feed on facebook this morning, I came across this to-do list that I’d love to share with the rest of you. I liked it so much, that I printed it out and put it on my wall as a reminder of that’s truly important! Via Positive Outlooks

Posted: October 3rd, 2012
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