Big news: I finally made it through the Adobe Illustrator chapters on text! It took me eight weeks, but I made it. As a pattern girl, it was a hard slog, but I did take time to make a few patterns. Normally I make ten to fifteen patterns a week and only show you one. During my text odyssey, I made only three a week. Diamonds & Streamers is more random and uneven than my usual patterns: it's good to depart from the usual. I'm really excited to dig into more advanced chapters of the manual and finally learn how to integrate Photoshop with Illustrator. Although I've been working with Photoshop for eight years, I'm sure I'll learn to use the program in new ways.