Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Hello there! I just wanted to wish you a happy holidays with the design I created above. Also, be safe - there's just been so much going on and we can definitely file 2016 away as a pretty tough year, I think. Finally, I wanted to say have courage and be kind, because...
A Commission Turned Into Collaboration

A Commission Turned Into Collaboration

Every so often, a bit of freelance work turns out to be the seed to an amazing tree of possibility. A few months back, I was contacted by Tanja from Osswald Design to create an illustration for one of her crochet patterns. Actually, I already mentioned on the blog...
Announcing Real Paper Goods in My Etsy Shop!

Announcing Real Paper Goods in My Etsy Shop!

You can tell on the photo that I've been on Etsy since 2009, but never really listed much as I was always "working on it." Hmm... we all know how that goes. From many different trials and experimentations as well as challenges, I've finally got things sorted out and...
Travelling Mail for Snail Mail Lovers

Travelling Mail for Snail Mail Lovers

I recently learned about travelling mail and had to share with all of you! Basically, travelling mail is snail mail that eventually is sent back to you who started it all. The idea is to send something to someone, who then sends it to another, and then to another......
I’m on Patreon!

I’m on Patreon!

Yup, I hit the "Publish" button and launched my Patreon page last week. tortagialla is official on Patreon and now you can support all my creative efforts in one place - small or large! I'm considering it an experiment to help me get into the creative studio more, so...
Illustration for Crochet Pattern Designer Tanja Osswald

Illustration for Crochet Pattern Designer Tanja Osswald

I'm super excited and grateful to have created a little illustration for my friend Tanja Osswald to help promote her latest crochet pattern release - Snow Falling on Shadows. It's a lovely shawl with multiple color blocks, beautiful, yes? And it's crocheted!...
From Fauxdori to Handbound Journal

From Fauxdori to Handbound Journal

Awhile back I jumped on the midori traveler's sketchbook bandwagon and started making my own fauxdori covers. It's pretty easy to accumulate way more covers than you can use at once. So why not retire some of them by transforming a fauxdori into a bona fide sewn and...
Thoughts on Art Journaling and Why It’s For Everyone

Thoughts on Art Journaling and Why It’s For Everyone

What is Art Journaling? Art journaling is difficult to define because it can be so many different things. Although there might be trends and popular ways to approach art journaling, I believe there truly aren't any rules at all. In fact, the more I think about it, the...

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