Stephanie Ryan - Small Sweet Steps

Small Sweet Steps

November 4, 2014

Magic Wings


I am still here my friends, listening, digging deep, getting to know my heart and what makes it resonate with life. I feel my spirit starting to wake up with the crispness of the fall air and the bare tree limbs welcoming me home. I will be riding the winds of change to you here in this sweet space soon. hugs.

Thank you everyone for leaving your lovely LOVE comments!!! What a powerful thing LOVE is, don’t you agree? I LOVED reading about your LOVES so, thanks for spreading the LOVE. Ok, have I said LOVE enough : )

First, I would like to share a sneak peek of my new True Luck Fabric Collection for Moda with you! Be sure to let your local quilt store know that they should be on the look out for it at Quilt Market! I can’t wait to start sewing with it! I love the colors!

 and the winners of my Fleurologie fabric treats are….

Jelly Roll Winner:

Sandra- I LOVE my 6-year old grandson who is visiting me here, having flown 2000 miles today with his mom, my daughter, for 8 love and fun-filled days!!

Jelly Roll Winner:

Dana Cargill- I love color and love playing with the way colors work together & how you can change the look of one fabric by putting it with another.

Charm Pack:

Alicia Czuzak- I love fabric, quilting and my amazing family! Oh, and pizza. Thank you!

Charm Pack:

Katrina- I love my family. :) And holidays, and it’s almost Holiday Season! yay!!

Charm Pack:

Michelle Fetter- I love the rain on the roof in the early morning and the flowers that glisten in the morning with their rain kisses petals.

Mini Charm Pack:

Amy DeCesare- I love autumn in Pennsylvania – football games, pumpkin patches, apples, and of course quilts!

I will be contacting each of the winners via email to get your mailing addresses!


Thanks again everyone for all of the LOVE and happy sewing!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Moda LOVE Blog Tour and Giveaway! I am always so happy and honored to be a part of the Moda family and am thrilled to join in today. This blog tour is all about LOVE!

Here is my version of The Moda LOVE Quilt made with my Fleurologie Fabric. You can download it for free here.

We were asked to answer a few questions so here I go!

When did you fall in LOVE with quilting and textiles?

I first fell in LOVE with textiles back in the early 90’s. I worked for a doll company, Little Souls, Inc. I was a dollmaker and later was a buyer so, I had fun sourcing and playing with fabrics, and notions all day long! When I left Little Souls, I went back to college and took some textile design classes and learned all about repeats, needless to say, I was hooked. My LOVE for quilting came later when I started designing my own fabric for Moda. I don’t get to create as much as I’d like to but, I am such a fan of the art of piecing and quilting. What an amazing world, the possibilities are endless.

What fuels you to create?

As an artist, I can’t help myself.  There is this undying desire within me to create art in all of it’s forms and share it. It is like breathing to me. Occasionally, a soda is necessary though! Luckily, I recently purchased a Soda Stream and can now make healthy carbonated drinks! Yay! Seriously…

What is the best part of your design process?

I LOVE working with and exploring color. I am always amazed by it’s power.

What color do you LOVE?

I LOVE Aqua, chartreuse, coral, gray, pink, indigo, ultramarine blue, yellow…. yeah, I can’t pick a favorite, absolutely impossible.

Now onto the really fun part! The giveaway!!!!

I have some Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs, and Mini Charm packs to give away! So fun!

Leave me a comment about something you love and you will be entered to win!

It’s that easy!

If you would like to know what I’m up to, follow me on Instagram!

I can be found @ Stephanieryands

It is my favorite way to connect with my friends and have conversations.

Now, head on over to these sweet Moda Designer’s today on the Moda LOVE Blog Tour!

Amy Ellis

Eric +Julie Comstock

If you missed these ladies yesterday, go and say hi!

Janet Clare Designs

Kate Spain



Malka Dubrawski

Blackbird Designs

Lauren + Jessi Jung

Lella Boutique


Basic Grey

Fig Tree and Co.

Pat Sloan


April Rosenthal

French General

Minick and Simpson


Cotton Way

Sandy Gervais

Primitive Gatherings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Bunny Hill

Deb Strain

Kansas Troubles

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Kathy Schmitz

Laundry Basket Quilts

Zen Chic

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Me and My Sister Designs

Jan Patek


SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above

September 2, 2014

Can’t Catch the Swing

Well, it’s official! The summer season has come to an end. It was an interesting summer for me. I am still getting used to life on my own and since I tend to hibernate during the summer I had a lot of one on one time with myself! This is a good and bad thing. In my previous post I shared that I was planning on taking it easy for the first time in like forever and I did it. I can’t believe that I did, it wasn’t always easy, I beat myself up a bit but got over it quickly, lol. The time alone was really nice, I have been re-evaluating my life and trying to figure some things out, I don’t have any answers yet but, I feel good and am starting to move forward gently. The down side of alone time for me is that I think way too much and drive myself crazy. Re-evaluating things and digging deeper is great but, when you start to get lost in the details and cause yourself anxiety over things then it takes an unhealthy turn. Needless to say, this did happen to me and I actually learned quite a bit about myself. Another good thing about being on your own is that things get a lot clearer when they are affected by other peoples energy. I find myself questioning some things about my work life as well. I am looking at where I am at at this point with my business and if I am happy. It is really hard working by yourself and running a creative business. Some days, I just want someone to tell me what to do, tell me what they think is working and not working. It is so hard to figure it all out on my own, and like I said earlier, I tend to over think everything and drive myself crazy. I don’t have any answers at this point, just questions. So, here I am. lol. I am a little lost and trying to get back in the swing of things and am having a hard time catching the swing! I feel like I am starting over, trying to rebuild my life and my business to unfold in the shape of my new life and at this point, I have no idea what that looks like.  It will be interesting to see where things go.

I did find time to play with some new art this summer. Here are a few explorations.

I will be a part of the Moda Fabrics Blog Hop tomorrow! Stop back and check it out. There will be a giveaway!


July 24, 2014

Life ~ Art ~ Exploration

I am really trying to take time for myself this summer. I have been working non-stop for years and think I deserve it. Well, most of the time I feel like that, then there are those moments where I start thinking to myself “are you crazy!!! you have so much you should be doing!!!!!” I’m trying my best to shut that down, but it’s hard. As part of my summer of self-care I have been exploring some new art… I know what you are thinking, isn’t that work? My answer is yes, and no. It is art that I have had in my head for a while now and it always gets put in the background because I need to focus on my watercolors for my business. It feels good to work on it, even though the process of birthing something new is quite painful. I don’t feel like I have found exactly what has been gently nudging me but the creative process of allowing this new expression emerge has been a source of growth for me that is much needed right now.

I have also been spending time on my health. Living on my own has been a freeing experience for me and I find it much easier to take care of myself and make better decisions. There is this new energy within me that is fueling everything I do these days and I find myself wanting to make better choices and really care for myself in so many different ways. It’s pretty amazing. I have been walking and eating better and it is starting to show, this I am so grateful for. I don’t want to talk about it too much, just soft smiles on my face when I get on the scale and hope in my heart that it will continue and that my body will get as light as my spirit feels these days.

Here are some photos of my art exploration. It is mixed media, something I haven’t really played with. I don’t like messy and to be good at mixed media you really need to learn to let go. So, letting go has been a mantra going through my head these past few weeks. Let it go, be free, get messy, fly, fly, fly!

First, a new entry in my art journal about letting go.

Next, just playing. I naturally went to my florals. It was an easy place for me to start.

My new challenge is to NOT paint flowers! That is realllllly hard for me. But, a great exercise.

Fear not my watercolor fans! They flow from me so naturally, I will never stop painting them! They are a part of me. I am just searching these days. For what? I have no idea!!!!

I had a little visitor stay with me for a couple of days. Sweet little Winston was a joy to have as a guest but, no! I am not ready for another doggie any time soon. It’s just me, myself and I these days and I am cool with that!

Have a great weekend!

I am adding this note to my post… I must really be taking it easy because I just realized that I already shared some of my mixed media pieces in my last post! hmmmm… lol!!!!! Taking it easy or losing my mind, I can’t decide which!!!!

Ginger Deverell of Red Pear Creative reached out to me and asked if I would join her for a blog hop. Ginger is a subscriber of my Small Sweet Steps and a supporter of my journey,  I was thrilled and honored that she thought of me for this blog hop!

I was provided questions to share with you! Here we go.

What are you working/writing on?

I just completed several new collections for my licensing business and have a little bit of time for myself right now. I am trying to take advantage of this free space to look inward and really think about my life, my art and where I want them to take me. With my life being in transition these days, there really isn’t anything I can do, but sit tight and see where things land. This makes it the perfect time for me to experiment with my art. I have decided to spread my wings a bit and try some new things. Last week I played with mixed media and loved it! I am also working on an art journal for the first time. My main focus with the journal is to let my writing drive the art. Usually, I paint first then add words. I want this experience to be more about words and emotions creating the art on the pages. I am also spending time writing my Small Sweet Steps and have an idea for a book that I would love to start creating over the remainder of the summer.

New collections Stephanie Ryan

Some of my new collections.

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 Stephanie Ryan

New mixed media art

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My first art journal entry

How does my work/writing differ from others work in my genre?

My watercolors come from a magical place within me. They appear on the page without any forethought. I never have a plan, they just flow from an intuitive well that always seems to be full. I feel very connected when I am painting. My writing doesn’t flow quite as easy. It comes from a deeper place –a place of stillness, compassion and empathy. When you combine my art and words they fill you with a sense of happiness and comfort at the same time.

Stephanie Ryan

Why do I write/create what I do?

Honestly, I have absolutely no choice in the matter. I have been on a lifetime search to create and share the art that is in my heart. It is my mission to inspire others through my soul-fueled art and writing. To lift people up and show them that their dreams are possible even when the road ahead is full of challenges. To show by example that we can rise above our challenges and touch the glistening stars that are lighting our way. Life is full of magic, we just need to open ourselves up to see it and believe that we can create our own place in paradise. That is why I do what I do.

Stephanie RyanHow does my writing/creative process work?

Hmmmmm!? I am in my head a lot! Thinking and imagining and thinking some more. I am always trying to grasp onto this vague whisper of an idea floating around in my head that I can never seem to grab. That is usually when I let go of my need to control things and grab my brushes. When I start painting all of that mind chatter goes away and things pour out. When I paint my flowers, I don’t draw anything first. The shapes are created by the brush strokes. I find that when I try to draw the flowers first, they always look too stiff. After I am done painting, I scan my art and continue to create in the computer. Sometimes the art remains the same and other times I like to add textures, colored backgrounds, other elements and words to the final piece. After my main piece of art is created I like to build a collection around it for licensing purposes. I will try to create supporting art and patterns that round out the idea and look sweet together. Once I have the collection completed, I then send it off to my agent. I have been pretty blessed these last two years. Here is a sampling of my art on products.



Example of a collection.

Now, onto the fun stuff! As part of the blog hop, I was asked to share with you women that inspire me.  I am so honored to call these ladies my friends and love how their creativity flows from them in such beautiful and different ways.

Ginger Deverell was so sweet to ask me to participate in this blog hop and feature my work. Check out her blog hop post here.

Ginger Deverell

Ginger Deverell

Ginger is a mixed-media artist and designer who paints for beauty and healing. She feels there is such power in beauty, in growing, in being and knowing yourself. Creating is her way of processing her experience in this world, a journey of self-discovery. She expresses this in her art with the hope that others will use it as a mirror to see and celebrate their own beauty and truths. Ginger is also the talented creator of Red Pear Creative, a boutique art and design company producing exquisitely simple designs coupled with eclectic and colourful art.

 Ginger Deverell

Ginger Deverell

Ginger Deverell

Ginger Deverell

I love Ginger’s inspirational art. Her use of color calls to me and her emotion driven art and simple meaningful words make me so happy.

To find out more about Ginger’s creative journey and art, visit her blog, her website, her Etsy shop or connect with her on her Facebook page!


Heather April ArtHeather Davulcu

Heather’s art is about bringing out the sweet, whimsical nature of life, whether it be through illustrations for products (such as embroidery, textiles, wrapping paper, packaging, stationery, and greeting cards) or for custom, book, and editorial illustrations .  Each project takes on a  deep, personal meaning for Heather and her clients – bringing it to life is a labor of love that Heather embraces.

Heather April Art


Heather April Art

Heather April Art

Heather April Art

One of Heather’s new licensing collections with Pink Light Studio!

Heather April Art

Heather also has a successful line of embroidery patterns. This one was featured in Molly Makes!

Heather April Art

April Heather Art

Daily Drawings on Instagram

Heather’s work has been featured in Mollie Makes Magazine twice as well as other publications, she has a thriving Etsy Shop and has been featured on Smart Creative Women with Monica Lee. She is quite prolific and loves to share her daily drawings on her very popular Instagram feed. She has over 4k followers! Wow! This has been a very exciting year for Heather, she recently signed with a top agent and is now licensing her work. Get ready to be seeing a lot of her beautiful creations!

Heather’s Website  Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest,


Deborah Velazquez

Deborah Velazquez

Deborah Velásquez, a Brooklyn original, who now enjoys the creative life in the wooded hills of New England with her husband and two sons.

Her inspiration comes from walks on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, the streets of Paris and New York, the simple beauty of nature found her back garden, and the primitive innocence of her sons scribbles.  She is an artist-designer and blogger who creates paintings, prints, ceramics, cards, textiles and mobiles.

She loves the mix of design, words, art and craft. Deborah’s work is modern, sophisticated, graphic and bold with a unique color sense and it reflects her love for the simplicity of line.

She works in both digital and traditional methods. Her traditional work shows her love of gouache, watercolor and printmaking.

She has said “When I am making art, I know this is what I should be doing. I want my work to be,”Where Art and Beauty Meet Lifestyle”©

Deborah Velazquez


Deborah Velazquez

Deborah Velazquez

Deborah Velazquez

Deborah Velazquez

Deborah Velazquez


Deborah is on fire these days winning 7 competitions on Minted (thats a big deal!)and Carpetvista. Deborah is also licensing her prints with great success and exhibiting her work in galleries.  Her work is so full of life and bold it breathes life into me every time I see it.

Deborah’s Blog,


Moyo Directory

Deborah and Heather will be posting for the blog hop next Saturday the 19th! Be sure to follow the blog hop and see who inspires them.






Sweet friend, thank you so much for spending time with me.


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