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Something Fun: 20 Things About Me

Just for FunAbby Leigh Ecker2 Comments

I decided to join in on the '20 Things You Might Not Know About Me' blog tag by April of Blackburg Belle. Abby from Pomelo & Pomelo suggested that I participate, check out her post about it here. I'm always happy to participate in something like this and hopefully will meet other bloggers out there.

Question 1: How tall are you?


Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I'm a master packer. I can pack an incredible amount of stuff in any type of vehicle for a road trip. It's like real life Tetris. 

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Having to make a new account or something to comment on a blog. I already have a million accounts that I can't keep track of, I don't need another one. ;)

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Chewing with your mouth open, gross!

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

Pretty much any Dave Matthews Band song, its hard to choose just one.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Emily Jeffords Studio, I love her beautiful colorful paintings. Especially the floral ones. 

"Morning Blooms #4" By Emily Jeffords (so pretty!!)

"Morning Blooms #4" By Emily Jeffords (so pretty!!)

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Listening to audiobooks while embroidering or just listening to music and letting my mind wonder.

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food? it!

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I have a little toy poodle, her name is Coco and she just turned 6. She's the sweetest most loving dog ever and pretty silly as well. Love her!

Coco the toy poodle #loveofpattern

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Fiction: Harry Potter (yes nothing has topped this for me yet..hehe)

Nonfiction: The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

Nourish Lavender Salt Scrub, I'm always happy to support local business. :)

Nourish Lavender Salt Scrub

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Last week I went to a new eye doctor and for whatever reason they kept having me take my contacts out and put them back in. After about three times of doing this, I ended up dropping one contact, which was inevitable. So I was sitting there, blind in one eye, quietly looking around for this one contact. Eventually it turned into three people starring at me trying to find the contact. Then I noticed, it had fallen down the front of my dress. I quickly tried to just get them to forget about it so I wouldn't have to disclose that I had secretly found it. I ended up leaving with silly sunglasses inserts in my glasses that made me look like I had one giant eyebrow. The whole experience was pretty embarrassing, ha!

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Unsweetened Iced Tea

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

It Happened One Night - I love old movies and musicals :)

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Artist but also I never really fit into any of those stereotype groups. I just did my own thing. I was athletic, a volleyball player, and had friends from different "groups". I was in the jazz and madrigal singers choir. I also participated in groups like student council and NHS. Art was always very important to me and probably the most grounding thing for me in high school. 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Hawaii! It's so relaxing living the island life.

Maui, Hawaii 2014 #loveofpattern

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Definitely Mac, no question about it.

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My fiancé recently got up early on the weekend to make me a very nice gourmet breakfast. We have different schedules during the week so spending mornings together on the weekends is always very special. 

Abby from For the Love of Pattern #loveofpattern

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Leonardo Dicaprio - I love all of his movies for the most part.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Aileen from At Home in Love

I would love for the following ladies to join in on this blog tag, if you're interested.

Alma Pacheco

Lauren Winter

Lee Anderson

Elizabeth Kaiser



Meet the Artist: Abby Zweifel

Meet the ArtistAbby Leigh EckerComment

Today I'd like to introduce Abby Zweifel of Pomelo & Pomelo, a creative company ready to deliver patterns made to color your world awesome. Abby is an illustrator and print designer and resides in Sarasota, FL. She has her BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design. In the past she's worked for Carter's and Bealls Inc., before starting her own company. She enjoys knitting, baking, watching for ibises in her yard and evening walks with her hubby. 

Pomelo & Pomelo Drawing - Photo of Ibises

Pomelo & Pomelo Drawing - Photo of Ibises

What is your earliest influence that you can recall that inspired you to go into a creative field?

AZ: Thinking back, I think of when you had to fill out that question, what do you want to be when you grow up, I always said artist. I don’t actually know why I wrote that or where that even came from. I knew a few of my mom’s friends who were artists, but they were very much traditional. For a long time I gave up on art, but got back into it in high school. I had a wonderful teacher for all four years and I really wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without him! At Ringling, all the illustration majors are taught in a traditional way. We all can paint and draw in traditional media, it was only in the last year of school that we got into making digital art. I didn’t realize there was this whole world of pattern design until I had an internship my junior year of college. That’s probably when I was like, “ hey this is awesome, I love to shop and make things so let’s do that!”. 

Where do you find inspiration for your designs? Do you find you have a common theme you return to or is it different for every collection?

AZ: Making different marks and repeating that seems to be in my work recently. Also lots of doodly lines and bits for texture. Inspiration comes from everywhere. That sounds totally corny but its true. We live in a tropical area so florals and bright colors are my favorite. 

What type of pattern do you enjoy the most?

AZ: Lot’s of florally doodly bits. I’m pretty sure that’s the technical term for it. The more layers and depth the more I love it! Also anything that has a clever layout. One that makes you stop and go “Wow, look how they did that!”. 

What is your favorite product to have your prints on?

AZ: I love seeing my work on drink ware. Like travel mugs or on Tervis tumblers. Ultimately, I’d like to see it on fabric in a quilt shop! Stationery would be pretty cool too. 

Do you have anything that helps motivate you while working?

AZ: My go-to, "I need to get to FOCUS nowww", would be the 80-90’s station on Pandora. Such a guilty pleasure, but you can’t go wrong with the 80’s. Every Tuesday one of my favorite podcasts comes out, Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. It’s wonderful, I love that sort of stuff. 

Who do you look up to, someone you most admire or are influenced by?

AZ: I have lots of people who influence me in different ways. I look up to those who have sort of blazed a trail in the pattern world and also to those who are doing their own thing really well. The ability to OWN it in everything you do is quite something. 

What do you think makes a strong print design?

AZ: Color! Man, if there’s some not so great color combos going on, it doesn't matter how well you draw or how great your concept is!

Tell us about Meebs. :)

AZ: Ha! Meebs! I love the Meebs. Meebs started as a doodle between my husband, Ben (then new boyfriend), and I during a class in college. I think we’ve told stories about Meebs for over six years and they are just a part of life. Meebs are sweet little friends who average about three inches tall and will eat all your snacks. They LOVE getting into trouble but their sweetness makes up for it!

Where can we find the book "Meet the Meebs?"

AZ: At the moment, you can email me. I have hard cover and soft cover books available and I’m working on getting it into an ebook to sell online! There’s also a cute little plush toy I make as well!

What's your favorite thing to make when not designing?

AZ: Things. I like to make stuff in general. I love to knit, crochet, sew and just create things. Oh and bake! Loooove to cook and bake tasty snacks. Pinterest gives me all sorts of fun projects to work on.

Explain your vision behind Pomelo and Pomelo, what things are most important to you as a designer?

AZ: Pomelo & Pomelo’s purpose is to bring bright and colorful patterns to everyday products. I’ve worked for two major companies as an in-house artist and in the end I knew that If I wanted to keep growing I needed to start my own business. Sometimes you’re just done drawing palm fronds and need to branch out a bit!

How did you come up with the name Pomelo and Pomelo? It's very unique so I'm wondering if there is a story behind the name.

AZ: Yes, yes there is. Ben and I dream of living in a really cool area of Sarasota someday. There’s lots of tropical growth all throughout these neighborhoods and we just love it. Pomelo & Pomelo is an intersection down one of those streets. We just love the name and it’s also a LARGE citrus fruit. We’re big fans of citrus, so this seemed appropriate. It represents a “someday” goal!

Do you have any advice for other print designers?

AZ: Draw all day everyday! There’s something really wonderful about opening a sketchbook and drawing like nobody is going to see it. I think the ability to draw well, with confident lines, is super important when creating elements for your patterns. 

Is there anything new and exciting that you would like to share?

AZ: At the moment, not really! I have been thoroughly enjoying sewing with Sarah Watson’s Arcadia fabrics from Cloud 9. She’s a super fun person and I love being able to have a bit of her hanging around. 

Finish this sentence - When you're not in your studio we can find you...

AZ: In the kitchen! Either cooking, baking or digging around for a snack...

be kind to yourself - pomelo and pomelo

All Photos were provided by Abby Zweifel.

I love Abby's fun vibrant designs. She has a real eye for color and brings her designs to life through her use of color. I also really enjoyed hearing about how she came up with the name Pomelo & Pomelo, it's such a sweet story. Please check out Abby's website  to learn more, shop her etsy store or find her on twitter and instagram. Feel free to contact her at: pomeloandpomelo {at} gmail {dot} com

Enjoy and Happy Monday!