Oh my Gourd.

This weekend I saw David Sedaris with my parents at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. He reminded me that 1) I love him and 2) I should catch up on my This American Life podcasts and 3) lots of things can be funny–even colonoscopies and dental surgery.

Oh yeah, and also, the State Theatre is really gorgeous. And old. I felt like I was back in Europe or something.

Also accomplished this weekend:

    • I cleaned my apartment–dishes and all
    • Re-watched the last two seasons of Arrested Development in preparation for its comeback in January 2013
    • Took a yoga class…ahem…a restoration yoga class, meaning I didn’t break a sweat but rather laid on the floor of a dimly lit dance studio at the Y with a group of middle aged women
    • Took a Kick-Boxing class, where I did break a sweat…and can only imagine how I’ll feel tomorrow
    • Made “adult grilled cheese,” that is grilled cheese that is made from gouda and wheat bread–not suitable for children


    • AND bought my mother a birthday present. Win.

While Halloween may have passed, we still have one good fall holiday left before we deck the halls, so I have decided to post some desktop patterns inspired by the season–before it’s too late.

I took these photos last fall at the arboretum and used some new (and old) patterns to spruce them up a little and add some more interest.

Comment if you like…or if you’re REALLY feeling adventurous, I have added a Pinterest button to share this post 😉


Saying my last goodbyes to summer and embracing the autumn leaves

Spotted: the last vestiges of summer at the Minnesota Arboretum

Coming into season: Honeycrisp apples and all types of pumpkins and gourds

We’re at that point in the year where the weather is crisp and the leaves are starting to change and all I want to order at the coffee shop is a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It finally really feels like fall even if there are days when it still seems like summer. I visited the Arboretum with my mom this week and experienced all facets of the current season. We saw everything from blooming pink roses to bumpy orange and yellow gourds.  Along with a stroll around the grounds, we also sat in on a class of eager 1st and 2nd graders on their field trip (my mom is a volunteer at the Arboretum and brought me along with her to observe the lesson). I learned, to my surprise, that things I had always assumed were vegetables were actually fruits…and I’m not just talking about tomatoes. Peppers, corn, squash, zucchini — all fruit. Surprisingly, I think I was more shocked than the 1st graders to learn this information. Apparently, anything with seeds on the inside is a fruit, at least according to a botanist. Now, I know there are some nerds out there who will read this and think, wow Liz, I already knew that.  Well, congratulations to you, but I’m pretty sure my veggie pizza should be called fruit pizza. I’m just saying.

In other news, I revitalized my Etsy shop this week! All my browsing in finding some cool artists to interview (like Mishel of Aeropagita Prints) inspired me. I made some items last summer that I meant to sell, but never got around to setting up shop. Now that I have the time, because of my recent “fun”-employment, it seemed like a good time. Check it out if you wish! I’m hoping to add to the listed items soon. Right now, I just have some beaded bobby pins listed, but I look forward to expanding on the inventory as I continue to create.

My pattern today was inspired by the fall colors and all the changing leaves. Enjoy!

Now onto a night of Parks and Rec and Project Runway. Perfect. Plus, I just found out I can get a free refill. #happythursday

Back in the ‘hood

So I’m back. Back home, that is. Some thoughts that come to mind right away as I’m sitting in this Dunn Bros. Coffee establishment: One, they should really plant more trees on my running route. Come on guys, really? Its hot. Two, these almond biscotti are delicious. I usually only get a third of one because of… you know… parents. I’m super glad I saved that gift card from last summer. Win. Sort of. Ok ok… I have to start embracing the land of 10,000 lakes instead of admitting defeat. The job search is hard — blah de blah de blah — so its ok. I’m ok. We’re all gonna be ok, guys! But if I’m still here when winter hits, Imma be mad, yo. Three, Project Runway in HD > myLifetime.com on my laptop, if only because you can see Heidi Klum’s flaws, just barely… oh, and every individual sequin on each garment. To quote Kanye, “that shit cray.” And lastly, after watching the VMAs last night, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are soooo cute. (Images courtesy of http://minimcguinness.tumblr.com/)

Those are my thoughts. And wowww are those gifs making me dizzy. Anyways, I’m happy for them, not that I know them or anything. But, hey, I never claimed not to be a product of American society. I am. Deal with it.

So, this weekend, as I have mentioned, I moved out of my apartment in Evanston back home to Bloomington, MN. I won’t lie, I already miss my apartment. Its really strange to my that after almost 2 years of living in that place that I’ll never go back. I mean, as J. Beibs would tell you, “never say never,” but I can pretty much guarantee I won’t be living in that same unit again. It was good to me though, and I will always have great memories. Ok I need to stop because sitting in a coffee shop alone is depressing enough without adding sobbing to the list. So, there you have it. After 8 long fun hours in the car singing to T. Swift, Watch the Throne, and a little ‘N Sync with Kelsey and my Molly, I have officially moved back in with my parents.

So now for the whole design part of this blog, which was the point, right? #sorryimnotsorry You also get my life story along with the patterns. Its so strange to think people actually read this. It kinda weirds me out. So, if you’re reading this, know that it kinda weirds me out. And also, thank you for visiting the Little Dipper blog! No, I’m just kidding I think its great that someone actually visits this site. Shout out to Shanika, Nadeanie, and Andy who all told me this week that they read my blog! Thanks guys!

Ok, wow. That was a tangent. I apologize. ANYWAYS…. the designs, my dear. These are probably best used for desktop patterns, but I mean, do want you want. Am I right?

There’s a color for every mood! I like these, even though Kelsey says that the little flower (last line, far left), which appears 3 times, is “too little” and “looks like its dying” so I mean, I guess its not perfect. And I know, she’s an expert, so that criticism really hit me hard. Also. If you don’t know me that well, Kelsey is my sister and NOT really a professional. I was being sarcastic. That was a little joke. Sometimes I make those, you know, when I’m talking and stuff. Anywayssssssss, I’ll post again soon.

A cover letter a day keeps the therapist away

So I have decided that even if I only apply to one job a day, I feel productive, but not overwhelmed. At this point I’m almost up to 30 applications, so it makes sense that I have slowed my search some, but I’m definitely not giving up. I had my internship today, thus was exhausted when I got home, hence took a horrifically long nap, and therefore did not get my daily dose of Ally. Nevertheless, the weekend is just around the corner and I’m sure I’ll get my fix of the Biscuit soon enough. AND Tim Gunn. Unfortunately, I don’t get Lifetime, so Project Runway watching will be my top priority after work.

I made an excess of designs yesterday, so I’m going to post the next installment now. These next couple designs are good for desktop patterns as well (sorry, you inspired me to do more, Kels!). Check it. There are some neutrals for the serious adults and some colorful ones for the crazies.

and finally… using the same color palette from the honeycomb design yesterday:

Enjoy these! I’m gonna get some sleep because unlike Wiz Khalifa claims no sleep isn’t exactly my style. At least not when I have to be downtown at 9 am.

xoxo, Liz Khalifa

Flower Power, Crazy Daisy — brighten your twitter with a new backdrop!

So maybe I’m deranged, but I seem to be much more into this pattern than the last. In fact, I’m becoming a little obsessed with it. As much as Charlie (see last post) was a muse for my Frank Lloyd Wright inspired creation–if you could even call it that–Brothers & Sisters was the backdrop in which I made these next couple gems.

I was feeling the summer vibe while creating this pattern. I also wanted to continue experimenting with illustration. I liked the “Flora and Fauna” pattern, but I wanted to build on what I had learned and see if I could make something a little more complex. I really liked the effect I got when I made the design more colorful versus having a just one color for all the outlines. This allowed for a more playful affect. I also think, however, that this design works as a more simple 2-color design, as seen in the black and white versions.

All variations on this daisy print work well for both twitter backgrounds and desktop patterns. In fact, I just changed my personal twitter background to one of the prints!

Please enjoy and use these if you like them. If you do choose to use them for your twitter account, I wouldn’t mind a mention (@LilDipperDesign) if you don’t mind!

Summertime print of flora and fauna

This pattern was an experiment using Adobe Illustrator to create an image and then Photoshop to turn the image into a seamless pattern. I know there may be a more efficient way to do this — if you’ve heard of one, I’m all ears. Anyways, this was my first attempt at it.

Visually, I wanted to go for something summery and cheerful. This summer has been more stress-filled than any other summer of my life with friends sending me articles like, “Overeducated, Underemployed” and others of a similar nature. I’m hopeful that I will find employment someday, but until then, changing my desktop pattern to this might just brighten my day enough to get through 3 more hours of browsing SimplyHired.

I spot a polka dot.

This post is just the first of many. I promise. I think. Unless I get like REALLY busy. Anyways, here goes. This pattern is simple, light, and a little bit playful. Download in all 6 colors or just your favorite for twitter backgrounds, desktop patterns, or whatever else you might think of.

Please enjoy! I would love any feedback you have.