Cooking with Kids

I have been working on sets of illustrations inspired by a Facebook conversation where I asked the question, “If, for some reason, you could only teach your child to cook five or six things really well, what would they be?” The answers attempted to assemble versatile recipes which could act as building blocks, covering as many of the basic techniques of cooking and baking as possible.

I answered with “no-knead bread, because it’s easy and really good; pasta with variations, because it’s versatile and cheap if you’re broke; and roast chicken, because it’s pretty cheap, easy, and can be served as a fancy dinner or for several meals,” and I think I’d add a quick bread or cookies, and soup.

I have completed two sets of illustrations for this Cooking with Children series, Cooking Minestrone and Baking Popoversavailable in my creativemarket shop. I may add a Baking Quick Bread set eventually since popovers are not as versatile but my daughter loves them and has been baking them since she was very young.

These illustrations are available as clip-art sets in my tpt shop [edit – I have replaced these with Knife Skills and Kitchen Measuring sets, the originals are still available by special request].

I also have cooking-themed merchandise available on redbubble.

And I have six Cooking School fabric designs on spoonflower. Eventually, I’d like to create a set of kitchen towels with the basic steps of the recipes that can be used as a guide by kids who are learning how to cook.

 


 

New Products: Witch School

September means back to school for many but imagine if you lived in a world of magic. Would your favorite class be Potions? Maybe Charms? How about Herbology?

I have created three different Witch School fabric patterns for my spoonflower shop.

And I have some products for sale with the designs on redbubble.

I have also added Witch School Clip Art sets to my creativemarket shop and my teacherspayteachers shop (for use in educational end products or personal use).

New Products: Oak Leaves and Acorns

I sat down to make some background patterns with acorns and mushrooms and snails and other forest-y things and the project morphed into a set of illustrations of Oak Leaves and Acorns of the Midwest. The list-making part of my mind is always arguing with the scribbly part of my mind and the list-maker won this round.

I have added the Midwest Oak Leaves and Acorns clip art to my creativemarket shop and my teacherspayteachers shop.

I also have fabric with the autumn pattern and the green pattern for sale now on spoonflower.

 

New Products: Al Be C 123

I received the samples of the Al Be C 123 fabric I ordered and they look very nice. No need for changes this time and now they are for sale on spoonflower. I also discovered spoonflower’s partner site, sproutpatterns, where you can order patterns laid out on any spoonflower fabric you like. I think the Oxford blue colorway looks quite smart as a dress.

Fabric Swatches

After receiving my swatch sampler from spoonflower last month, I went through my files and made some adjustments to my patterns. Now 27 patterns are available for sale on fabric; they are also for sale as wallpaper and gift wrap.

spoonflower patterns
Insects and Summer Camp designs for sale on spoonflower.

I am participating in first round of next month’s weekly design prompts on spoonflower, too. The theme is ABCs, 123s and I’ve added two colorway sets of a pattern of simplified atoms from the periodic table of the elements which I’m calling Al Be C, 123. When I receive the samples for those patterns, I will make them available for sale, too.

Al-Be-C-1528x600
A highly stylized depiction of the first 24 atoms in the periodic table of the elements.

A few days ago, I received notification from zazzle that I achieved pro status, so now there is a zpro tag on the 13sparrows store which I hope will lead to more visibility in search results. [edit – I have since closed my zazzle shops.]

Spoonflower

This month, I ordered spoonflower fabric samples in order to release the patterns in my shop for sale. With variations in each of the Summer Camp designs, as well as a few Holiday designs plus insect patterns, I will have 35 patterns available for purchase. First I have to make some adjustments to line weight and scale.

Elsewhere, in order to make everything easier to find, I moved all of my illustrated zazzle products to a single storefront. Then I organized the categories and collections so it’s easier to find products with the same design theme. Collections have a neater page appearance than Categories, which is better for linking from other places. [edit – I have since closed my zazzle shops.]

Zazzle Logo

Finally, I revamped all of my thumbnail images on teacherspayteachers so my storefront looks more unified.