Animal Rugs for The Land of Nod

I'm overly excited to introduce my new rug collection I designed for The Land of Nod

mirdinara for the land of nod

This year we are turning Sabrina's room into a toddler's room. She's getting a new "big girl" bed and her own little desk where we will spend hours doing crafts. I still can't decided for myself which of these rugs I'm going to put in her her room. 

mirdinara for the land of nod

Hello Weekend!

Hope you guys are enjoying your summer days! I love this warm weather before it gets really hot. 

P.S. Thanks everyone who participates in the giveaway. To be honest, I wasn't expecting so many comments, you totally made my week!
Thank you for visiting! 


Swim Team Giveaway!

I'm overly thrilled to get to introduce my very first fabric collection with Windham Fabrics. I was always fascinated by fabrics, as a child I collected little scraps from my mom's sewing and arranged them in my swatch book. 

As an adult I find I'm still so drawn for patterns, it's like solving a mental puzzle, I find. I love turning my illustrations into patterns just for fun to see if they will get a second life. 


That's exactly what happened when I met Sandy and he showed me a photo of his mom. Just look at her - there's something about this photo that I love so much, her look, her fancy glasses, the swim suit, the patterns all over, the blues and the reds. Her sense of style is so declared that all the young hipsters of today can just go rest )) She is my inspiration!

Sandy's Mom

so that was how the "Swim Team" collection was born.

To celebrate the summer with me, I'm happy to give away Two Fat Quarter Bundles for Two Winners. All you need to do is to leave your comment here and tell me what would you sew with this collection. I'm drawing two names next Tuesday which is May27th. Can't wait to hear from you!

Please visit these lovely blogs to see more of "Swim Team"
Windham Fabrics
Erin Schlosser's Blog
Melissa's Missouri Mel Blog
Terri's Quilted Fox blog
Nell's Notions blog 


Thanks to everyone who entered their names! Wow, I didn't expect so many responses and your comments made me so happy!
To draw two winners, I used Please note that I counted ONLY the names, not the numbers of comments. 

So the winner are: Hayley and Veronica Montemayor. Congrats, ladies )) Please email me you address. 

See you at Surtex!


I'm off to Surtex! After a year of hard work, I'm packing my suitcases mostly of work samples, art books, images, sketches and promo giveaways. All equipped with my work horses - my laptop in a backpack and camera in my oversized bag, there's very little space for dresses and shoes. Please come and say hi, I will be with Magnet Reps at Booth 307/309 :-)))
And can you find me on Instagram to see what I'm up to, while surfing the streets of New York.

Surface Pattern Design Guide

So happy to find my patterns among many many talented artists in Uppercase's Surface Pattern Design Guide. As I was browsing everyone's work I kept thinking - Is there ever a limit to creativity ?! Every single pattern featured in the issue is so unique and different. For a second I even wanted to start a clothing line for kids and I was imagining how it would be all bright and happy )))) but then I shook my head off and reminded myself to stay focused. 

mirdinara for Uppercase1
mirdinara for Uppercase

Book of Patterns


In the process of preparations for Surtex 2014, I realized what an imported part in my portfolio take patterns. In my initially printed book I combined my illustrations all mixed with repeated patterns, but shortly after the book was sent for print I decided to dedicated a small book to surface design specifically. So the "Book of Patterns" was created.  

Museo Diocesano di Padova, Italy

I'm so honored for the chance to have one of my pieces to be displayed at Museo Diocesano in Italy, where you can visit at a current exhibition. The exhibition is about "Journey" and there are about hundred of incredible illustrators from all over the world. Just recently they sent me a catalog with all the entries and I'm proudly displaying my spread here below. There was also this photo that just melted my heart - some young students are learning how to draw a horse and the cutest girl is proudly showing her drawing next to my framed piece. 

Photo courtesy of Museo Diocesano di Padova, Italy

Photo courtesy of Museo Diocesano di Padova, Italy

Museo Diocesano di Padova Illustrators Catalog, Italy

Museo Diocesano di Padova Illustrators Catalog, Italy

Celebrating Earth Day

Can't get enough of mushrooms! I like them cooked, pickled, raw, painted, sketched, stitched - you name it. 

mirdinara lookbook

mirdinara lookbook

mirdinara promo material: (left) buttons, (right) letterheads

mirdinara promo material: (left) buttons, (right) letterheads


Hand painted wooden mushroom

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Easter Fun

Hope yours was truly amazing!
I'm not religious, but I just can't miss the opportunity to paint an egg. Especially now since I have a little daughter who is all about getting inked. Every year I decorate a wooden or a clay egg and it almost became a tradition now. 


hand painted clay egg

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hand painted clay egg

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This was my first attempt with photo books. I printed with Blurb and I really like the quality of prints and the paper stock. I was so excited that I instantly ordered another book of just patterns. Yay! Now I'm like a child waiting impatiently for the Christmas to come early.