Graphic Partridge by Wendy Bentley

Hi Friends,
I am so excited to show the Graphic Partridge Collection licensed to Manual Woodworkers, proudly made in the USA. Fun icons remind us of the charm that Christmas brings. There is a home decor wall hanging, pillows, table runner and throw in this collection.

This wall hanging reminiscent of a quilt has the famous Partridge in a Pear Tree, Two Turtle Doves, Three French Hens and Four Calling Birds. Drawn in a playful way in home decor friendly Christmas colors. 

This reversible Partridge 18″ pillow can be reversed from day to day to give your living space a refreshing look depending on your mood.

Large ornaments decorate this reversible 10″ pillow and has two different color backgrounds to match your style.
Decorate your table or buffet with this graphic poinsettia print table runner.

This throw combines all the elements of Christmas…celebrate now because the season goes so quickly! Happy Holidays, Wendy

Wendy Bentley Cards licensed to It Takes Two

Hi Friends,
Let’s not forget how special it is to send a card to our family and friends wishing them a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year this season. Ya know…we are living in a digital world these days and it is inevitable that most communication happens through the latest technology, but to make special occasions extra special, a card can really make a difference. I teamed up with Kimberly, one of the owners and creatives over the last several years to develop cards for all occasions. Her company, It Takes Two, Inc. has a wonderful staff of people and it has been a joy working with them. Along with Kimberly’s mom, It Takes Two has many artists they collaborate with.
I thought I would highlight some of the cards I have developed and send a link if you are interested in any of my designs
 It Takes Two—1-800-331-9843.
These happy, little Christmas cards will hopefully bring a smile to your face. The cards I have designed also have art and sentiment by Kimberly on the inside too, so surprise value throughout!
The two Tiny Treasures on top are mine, but any of these would make such cute stocking stuffers. Inspirational quotes remind those you love that they are special.
In our house, Tony and I have photo albums laying around. This makes the stories of our lives more accessible to the kids. 
There are cards for all occasions, of course. Here are a few I did for “Birthdays, Thanks, New Baby, and Loss of a Loved One.” I hope the whimsy and colors are appealing. 
And there is a variety of Graduation cards some are bejeweled with gems and others are little more gender neutral. The best thing to do is head over to the site and see if there is anything that is appealing to you. If you are looking for It Takes Two wholesale prices, there is a special site for that is well. All the best at the end of this year and on to the next! Wendy

Folksy Christmas by Wendy Bentley

Hi Folks,
The holidays are here and maybe its time to do some fun, new decorating around the house with my new collection called Folksy Christmas licensed through Manual Woodworkers. The collaged and painted icons have a naive, natural quality and hearken back to the good old days.

Here is a flag of a friendly Santa offering up some “jolly fun.”
This cozy throw shows all the fun, folksy icons in this collection and will go with most home decor. Along with the comfy blanket, here are two pillows showing the front and back, one 10inch and the other 18inch and a table runner wishing “Peace on Earth.”

I hope this collection brings you joy this holiday season!

Halloween Carving

Hi Folks—
For the first time, I used very handy carving tools to do these pumpkins. These tools made it feel a lot less dangerous when doing the cutouts. The kids had fun digging out the pumpkin innards and drawing the faces for their pumpkins. Chloe found an arm guard that was innovative in protecting herself from the pumpkin goo…. 

And, happily, we have the excitement of The Great Pumpkin growing in a garden. From October 2nd, our lil pumpkin was about the size of grapefruit
to today’s size being larger than a basketball. I know it doesn’t compare to a 1,266lb pumpkin I saw on CBS Sunday Morning, but it is still really fun for us to see our ONE pumpkin grow. Finally, it is turning orange, maybe just in time for Halloween!

Halloween at Neltner Farm and sculpts

Hello Everyone!
Crisp, cool sunny days, leaves turning and bonfires are just part of the Halloween fun. Chloe and I had fun sculpting Halloween characters with air-drying modeling clay. A couple of layers of paint and they came to life.
Of course, going to a pumpkin farm, and picking pumpkins is another wonderful tradition. We love going to Neltner Farm and buying apples and cider! Painted faces, riding ponies and a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch are just a few of the things we enjoy.
Chloe knew she wanted to have a butterfly painted on her face.

Kara, Chloe, Myles and Chet enjoyed their ride on the ponies.

We are so happy that The Coopers made it out to the farm. 
We met them in the corn maze, but were unable to find all the treasures. 
Oh well, no problem finding the perfect pumpkins. The two Josh’s hitched a ride on the back of the wagon, hoping for the perfect picture. 

It was a beautiful day. The kids found their pumpkins in the patch looking forward to drawing the face for carving their jack o lanterns.
I just love this season!

Top 50 Finalists Entries

Hi Friends,
Well, here it is… and everyone can get involved at this point with the second round of the Lilla Rogers Global Talent SearchThe person who gets the most votes from the public will be guaranteed a place in the Final as ‘The People’s Choice’ so family, friends and fans, please vote! The gallery has so many great entries. You will enjoy perusing the gallery and the talent.
The second round of this competition was to create art for a bag at a Farmers’ Market in the Fall. Using handwritten type, recipes and people were all possibilities but in the end, it was up to each artist to design from scratch. Here were two options and sketches along with the final.
Here was my first sketch.
Two young farmers posing in front of their farm. Below the image, I was going to add an apple recipe. It is traditional, symmetrical design, but drawing it in Adobe Illustrator would have made it graphic and clean. I would coin this design…vintage modern.

Here was my second sketch. 
I decided to hand draw this design and colorize it in Adobe Photoshop with hand-painted textures. I consulted a few family and friends who thought this design was a little more dynamic and unexpected than my first option. The final colored version changed from this original sketch adding the Black-eyed Susans and the words as a cuff at the top of the bag.
The final submitted design, I added a handle to contextualize it. I hope you enjoyed a little trip down my creative road. Please vote, Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search.

Jungle Bunch Reversible Duvet and Pillow Case by Wendy Bentley

Hi Everyone,
Introducing Jungle Bunch, licensed by Timeless Treasures. This is a wonderful collection for a baby or young child. It is vibrant and fun and the fabrics are available to make your own fun quilt or cover. I just loved coming up with the fabric combinations to make this reversible duvet cover and pillowcase for my 7 year old, Chet.

For the pillow case I used the yellow multi stripe print in the center of one side and the brown multi stripe print on the other with the border print of elephants and playful monkeys hanging from vines on both ends. 
The reversible feature gives variety on any given day.
The orange toss of animal fabric is the dominant feature on one side with some fun two-toned complimentary fabrics…the final border being the multi yellow stripe.

The large panel piece has the bold, playful Jungle Bunch icons with fun patterns in little settings in nature. 
Here is a close up of the border for this side of the duvet. I really like the way the turquoise border with green alligators pop against the yellow and brown. Chet especially likes the brown.

I found a few two-toned fabrics that complimented the fabrics from Jungle Bunch. I also noticed that I had a chevron swatch called (Ziggy) from Timeless Treasures that was a great match with this collection. This would make a great accent pillow or backing to a baby quilt.

My hubby stood on a chair to hold it up, so I could take a picture. I am pleased with the final results. There is an opening at the bottom in the middle, so that the interior purchased at Ikea can be placed inside. 

I like duvets because they are easily washable. I keep it fresh by changing out Chet and Chloe’s bedspreads with new designs. This is a very happy collection. Look in your local quilt shop or on-line for Jungle Bunch!
Enjoy and share anything you might do with this group.

Curious Georgia Flip Floppin’ Summer Fun

Hi Friends, 
We’re still in summer. In fact next week, it is supposed to get in the 90’s! So why not get an adorable skirt for Curious Georgia for your little one? Purchase one, and get the next one for 50% off! This skirt is a compilation of the Flip Floppin Summer Fun fabric I did for Timeless Treasures. Here are some links below to different on-line shops.

https://www.fabric.com/buy/fr-575/timeless-treasures-flip-floppin-summer-fun-beach-stuff-sand

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Flip-Floppin-Summer-Fun-Quilt-Fabric-Fat-Quarter-/310693200093

https://www.fabric.com/buy/fr-574/timeless-treasures-flip-floppin-summer-fun-beach-border-stripe-multi


http://www.modes4u.com/en/kawaii/p11904_white-Timeless-Treasures-grid-summer-fabric-with-flip-flops.html

And, here’s a little dress with little pictures of summer hats, sunglasses and beach bags I made for more inspiration.

HOORAY!
With over 1500 entrants from 30+ countries across the world, the competition was fierce, as Lilla Rogers states. 

I am so happy and proud to be a part of this! Here are the other Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search semi-finalists. The next part of the competition is coming up, so stay tuned. 

Kale & Napa Cabbage Asian Salad

Hi Friends,
I thought I would share a great salad that has been a hit at our house this summer. It is based on salad called “Napa Cabbage Chinese Salad,” but we have made a few revisions. This is a salad that could serve around 8 people depending on the size of the bowl. For us, it makes a great dinner several times a week. We’re still getting the kids used to this salad.

Here are the ingredients:

1 Bunch of Wrinkly Kale 
1 Medium Head of Napa Cabbage
1/4 cup of stick butter, melted
1 package of Ramen noodles
1 package of sliced almond
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Dressing:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Boil ingredients for 1 minute in a sauce pan and then let cool. Shake well before pouring onto salad.

Clean and dry Kale and Napa Cabbage. Remove stems of Kale and tear Kale into small pieces. Remove white centers of Napa Cabbage leaves and tear the leafier part into pieces, mixing with Kale, set aside.

In a pan melt butter and add 1 package of Ramen noodles broken into little pieces. Sauté broken Ramen noodles and slivered almonds in pan with melted butter until brown on medium heat. Add sesame seeds after removing from heat and stir in. Portion out salad and crunchy mixture and add dressing after shaking it vigorously. This salad tastes good warm as well as cooled down. Save the rest of the ingredients for another day if you don’t scarf it all down in one sitting!

Chloe’s butterfly

I asked Chloe to draw me her best butterfly. Now doesn’t this just make you HaPpY? 

Which reminded me of the fun moments at the Cincinnati Butterfly Show with Chloe and Chet Bentley, Lillie Cooper and Myles Mayes. All the parents were there too, but the kids are so fun to take pictures of, so here are some cute ones.

Jungle Bunch by Wendy Bentley

Hey Friends,
Can’t wait to get my fabric samples of the latest collection, Jungle Bunch licensed by Timeless Treasures! This collection  is filled with one of my fabric subject matters, friendly little jungle animals…monkeys, giraffes, toucans and more. Check out this growth chart kit available at the Fat Quarter Shop. Stay tuned for more fun and exciting projects with other fabric that goes with this collection.

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search

Okay Friends, 
How many times do you put yourself out there?…when you do, do you feel fear or exhilaration? Well today, with excitement, I entered the “Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search.” Lilla Rogers Studio is an illustration agency that represents artists worldwide. In this day and age, we are a global community… it thrills me when I get an email asking if I have a Wendy Bentley Design catalog, so that they can have my manufactured products in their store in Australia or when someone calls me and wants my art in their new babies nursery all the way from England! With the right connections, this could happen, so wish me all luck!

Lang Products by Wendy Bentley

Hi Friends,
I am excited to announce my latest collection, Favorite Things for Lang. This collection is meant to make you smile. It is such a joy receiving comments from friends and fans; just knowing my art has touched someone’s heart is so rewarding.

Today, I will be doing a live chat on facebook/thelangcompany at 2-3:00 CST, if you have any questions. 

Along with the live chat is a short video of my studio chatting about my sun painting and my other collection, Elegance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jS_sLEydgmo

And there is more….

I am always interested to know what style speaks to my friends and family. The Elegance collection was created in a very different way from the paintings of Favorite Things. Elegance Collection is nature-inspired, filled with vintage etchings, patterns and sophisticated, collaged motifs with inspirational quotes. 

Part of being an artist, for me, is mixing up artistic techniques which create such completely different results. I hope both are enjoyed!

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Tea Party Clothing

I am thrilled to show the talented work of clothing designer Heather Bentley, Curious Georgia and Chrissi Richards, photographer extraordinaire. What does it take to get to this place where I can make a blog entry about this? Well, I thought it would be fun to explain the process….It starts with designing the fabric, that’s my part, after going to vintage stores and doing much research, I designed a collection called Tea Party, soft gestural illustrations were made of tea pots, tea cups, roses and tasty little desserts. Timeless Treasures and I work together to get the collection just how we want it and then it is manufactured. Almost year later the fabric is delivered to specialty quilt stores and on-line quilt stores to be sold. From there, I asked Heather if she could design some cute little outfits with this fabric. The fabric is sent to her, where her designing and sewing magic happens in her creative studio, Curious Georgia. From there, the outfits were sent to Chrissi where she creates the mood and finds the right accessories to photograph her adorable models in these sweet Tea Party dresses. A collaboration of love and mutual respect. Whew! On to the next collection….

Arbor Day and Tree Art

ar·bor day  

Noun
A day dedicated annually to public tree-planting in the US, Australia, and other countries.

In honor of Arbor Day, I thought I would post my calendar tree art paying homage to trees, celebrating trees in a conceptual way called Trees for All Seasons.

My most recent creation is a collage-painting of a tree that is 36″X36″canvas. The working title options so far…Loving Tree, Tree of Love…any ideas, anyone? If you would like this canvas for your home, email me and I can give a quote on a size and price.
They are beautiful in their peace, they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust. 
They teach us, and we tend themGaleain ip Altiem MacDunelmor

Chloe’s Spring Chicks

Hi Friends,
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter week-end. I thought it would be fun to show off these amazing chicks Chloe drew. Together, we colored them in being somewhat inspired by the colors of Easter and egg decorating. Hello, Spring!

Winter impression by Chet Bentley

Yes, I know it is technically Spring, but today, it snowed again. One of the beautiful things in nature, is seeing a vibrant, red cardinal sitting on a bare branch against falling snowflakes; Chet captured this perfectly.

Feline Fantasies Kitty Cushion

It’s here! It has been made, Feline Fantasies Kitty Cushion. This cushion was made with a foam interior with an oval cut-out in the top foam layer so Tangee has a cozy cove to get comfy in. The zipper is handy, for washability and I love incorporating all the fabrics from this collection along with a ditzy, filigree print to cover the piping from my fabric stash. Tangee’s tail was wagging when I put him in his new bed, so lets hope he likes it…we’ll see.