Fabric Books

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Throwback to that one time I made a small fabric book.

I made this in 2011 and ended up giving it to my brother and sister-in-law when my first nephew was born in 2012.

I have this random love for alphabet books and decided to make one of my own. I designed a paper version as well, which had a focus on both cute drawings and typography, but the fabric version was much simpler.

Since I’m entertaining the idea of little books, I thought about fabric books again. Of course, things like coloring books and haiku collections probably wouldn’t go well in a fabric book, but I would definitely want to try designing simple kids books with fabric again.

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

Donut Haikus

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll notice that last week I started tweeting out donut haikus randomly.

It just came to me suddenly. The whole urge to write these things.

You can follow the hashtag #DonutHaiku to find my little snippets, but I also think I may combine them into a tiny handmade book with tiny illustrations. Above is an example. We’ll see!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

Scheduling Tweets

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I previously posted on how I schedule posts out on various social media platforms (like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress).

I still do this, but I tend to slack off especially when I get super busy with (non-donut) work, like I am currently. Twitter is probably the best place to find me during times like these.

Although I use Twitter for more than just my donut thoughts and sketches, it’s the easiest place for me to remember to say hello or post a quick blurb, like a donut haiku. But also, that’s why you’ll find me “tweeting” a poem at 8am: because I’ve scheduled it.

I schedule out posts here and there so that my Twitter remains fairly active. It also helps me to remember that there’s a lot of people who ended up following me for my crafts and design, since I will usually only schedule donut-related items. It spaces out my tweets since I generally tweet about a lot of different things, but mainly donuts, games, sometimes design and sometimes the symphony.

Anyway, hope my followers are enjoying the donut haikus!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

Selfie Sketches

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This week, I suddenly decided to sketch more. To sketch a lot.

The desire to draw and make comes in waves for me, and perhaps what I needed was an inspirational shove back into the right mindset. Whether that happened through picking up and playing the beautiful game Abzu and floating through the ocean or by finding and browsing through the #VisibleWomen hashtag on Twitter, I’m thankful for the sudden inspiration and motivation. Good timing, brain, since SF Comic Con is quickly approaching.

Less than a month to wrap things up and get into the groove to man a booth.

I’ll definitely be sketching in my booth, too. For now, I’m just practicing and getting ideas out of my head. Potentially, I’ll revisit some of these sketches and make some of them prints.

Follow along with new sketches on my Instagram: @mayenedesign!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

Sharpie Pen + Sketchbook

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I was pushing my preparation for San Francisco Comic Con hard last month after finishing up a successful Maker Faire at the end of May, and then came to a dead halt somewhere in the beginning of July.

There are a couple things I could blame this on, but in general, my motivation stopped when my energy levels started to drop.

San Francisco Comic Con is just over a month away. I may not have everything done that I wanted as I originally planned (two coloring books, lots of large donut plushes, new felt donut items), but I do have a lot of things that I haven’t had at previous shows I’ve sold at, like all the new prints and cards I have on hand.

In an effort to motivate myself again, I picked up some Sharpie pens. This morning, I grabbed a mini sketchbook on my desk before leaving for work and threw it in my bag. Posting a blog here and there might also help me get back on track for the next month.

Hopefully I feel like sketching here and there on short breaks.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design