Thursday, April 24, 2014

Come celebrate with me!!

I hope you will celebrate with me as today, April 24th marks a very special day for me, indeed.

Why am I celebrating? I am celebrating because 5 years ago today, on April 24th, 2009 I had a life saving surgery and I praise God that I have been cancer free ever since. 5 years cancer free!! Hallelujah!!

I am so grateful for every single day that I have been blessed with especially since my battle with breast cancer. When I think back on everything that has happened over these past 5 years, I am so very grateful that I got to witness my sweet daughter get married as well as getting to be there when my precious grand daughter was born. I am so very blessed to be married to my wonderful and amazing soul mate and best friend for these past 32 years who was with me every step of the way throughout my battle.

And to top it all off…I get to do what I love and love what I do every single day at Phyllis Harris Designs! How could I ever ask for more?

To help celebrate this wonderful day I am going to offer FREE SHIPPING in both my shops. In my own shop as well as in my Etsy shop but this offer is only good for ONE DAY ONLY(4-24-14) so hurry. Just use the special code CELEBRATELIFE at checkout and receive FREE SHIPPING on your order.

Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful journey!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Need decorating ideas on creating a little girl's room or nursery?

Something fun and new that I am offering... 

Need some ideas on creating a beautiful room with Phyllis Harris Designs art prints? 

Click on each fabric swatch to go to Pinterest link and find out where to purchase to go along with the coordinating Phyllis Harris Design art print. Create your own pillows and curtains or quilts with these great color schemes and fabric ideas. I chose mostly classic, easy to find fabrics such as polka dots, ginghams, and stripes along with a couple florals.

Below is my most recent art print offered in my shop paired with fun colors and fabrics to create a whole custom nursery or little girl's room.

Check back as I add more style sheets down the road. This was way too much fun to only create one! :)


Gifts that give back
Phyllis Harris Designs & You – Giving the gift of love and healing
Every purchase of a heart-warming Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print donates 5 percent of every illustration print sold from our website to Children's Mercy Hospital.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring is finally here!! Shhh...better not say that out loud or it might snow.

Dear Friends,

My grass is finally starting to turn green...hooray!!!! There have even been a few sporadic 70 degree days here and there. Spring is funny that way. It can be 70 degrees one day and the next could be freezing and snowing so I just try and enjoy every day. It is never boring, that's for sure!

I have been busy sketching lately. I first started sketching this little girl called "Wonder" but I didn't get to the final painting before I was commissioned to create a spring/Easter painting for a wonderful customer and friend. However, someone on Instagram asked if I would be willing to sell it in sketch form and I was more than happy to do so. It is now available in my shop as a sketch until I can get time to paint it. This got me thinking that I may start offering several of my pieces in sketch form in the near future. There is something really magical about sketches.

Below is a look at the commissioned piece I did and although I sent off the original watercolor painting to my lovely customer, I am now offering it in print form to the rest of you all here! Just click on the photo to go see in the shop.

e sure to check back often over at Phyllis Harris Designs and follow my social media networks to keep up with all that is going on. Here are the links:

I would be so honored if you would share!

As always, thank you for being a part of our wonderful community. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!


Gifts that give back
Phyllis Harris Designs & You – Giving the gift of love and healing
Every purchase of a heart-warming Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print donates 5 percent of every illustration print sold from our website to Children's Mercy Hospital.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Phyllis Harris Designs Gives Back

Every purchase of a Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print from the website gives 5% back to Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Phyllis Harris Designs - Illustrating The HeART of Childhood

Do any of you perhaps know any new or expectant mothers of sweet little ones who may be searching for artwork for their nurseries or children's rooms? If so please feel free to share Phyllis Harris Designs or a link to my shop.

I would be forever grateful!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Children's wall art that captures the innocence of childhood...Phyllis Harris Designs

Children's wall art that captures the innocence of childhood...Phyllis Harris Designs

Welcome! I am Phyllis Harris and I am so grateful that you have stopped by. As the illustrator of over 35 Children’s Picture Books, one of my greatest passions is creating art that inspires hope, love and the innocence of childhood. I have had a passion for illustration from the time I could hold a crayon. Having my own daughter in 1986 and reading her countless picture books helped me discover my calling – creating art for children, and for the child in all of us!

Every one of us is unique and gifted. I believe my God-given gift is in creating children’s art that is whimsical and nostalgic; an illustrative style that captures the innocence and hope of childhood. My hope is that my art will brighten the walls of your child’s room or nursery; and bring a smile and joy to their hearts for many years to come.

NOTE: Most of my art is customizable! My customizations include changing the hair color, skin color if needed or possibly even the color of the clothing but only to the existing art. I'm sorry but I cannot change the drawing itself, only the colors if needed. I can also add or change existing text if there is any, add a name or favorite verse or saying. Just enter the specific customization instructions in the “Notes to seller” text box in the PayPal checkout.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Enter a FREE giveaway for a Phyllis Harris Designs giclee art print!!

How about another giveaway?! Check out and go enter over at Hemmed In's birthday giveaway for a FREE print of my Dance In The Woods!

Monday, March 10, 2014


Time for another GIVEAWAY!! 

The wonderful Grinning Cheek to Cheek Blog did a wonderful review for us and is hosting it so be sure to go enter to win a FREE art print of your choice from Phyllis Harris Designs!

Here's the link:

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sharing my painting process.

This is part one of the video where I am painting Spring Girl with Bluebird.

And here is Part 2 below. Be sure to stop by my shop after you are done watching so you can see the final piece along with lots of my other art prints that I have available for purchase as well.

As the illustrator of over 30 children’s books, I started Phyllis Harris Designs to not only brighten up kids’ rooms with nostalgic and heartwarming wall art, but to also make a difference – for each art print we sell, we give 5% to Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics to help in their fight to save children battling serious illnesses.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A look behind the scenes of my creative process (step by step)

As an artist I always enjoy seeing other artists work in progress(WIP) and their creative process so I thought I would share a little of my own today.

Here is the step by step of The Little Spring Girl with Bluebird art.

Step 1 - Very rough doodle.

Step 2 - Scanning and bringing into Corel Painter to sketch on my Cintiq.

Step 3 - Printing out final sketch onto watercolor paper and painting with traditional watercolor.

Step 4 - Final painting available in fine art giclee prints in my shop.

To see me paint be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 videos at Phyllis Harris Design's facebook page.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5 GREAT Design Tips For Your Nursery

Select your key items, such as furniture for your nursery, first. It's easier to match paint to furniture then the other way around.

Choose soft and muted colors to help achieve a calming effect.

Think about safety when hanging items such as shelves, mirrors or wall decor in your nursery. Be sure they are securely fastened to the wall. Ask your hardware store for security mounts hardware.

Clean and simple is best. Don't overdecorate. Find clever ways to hide clutter such as: 

• putting a narrow chest of drawers in your closet

• use the space under the crib

• use cubbyholes or bookcases for toys and books and add baskets to help hide toys and diapers

When choosing wall decor pick art that is meaningful to you. As your child grows, they can have more input on the choices. For some wonderful tips for arranging wall art visit Better Homes and Gardens' website.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Artist and entrepreneur you want more sales and traffic to your online shops?

Artist and entrepreneur you want more sales and traffic to your online shops?

Here is the wonderful marketing course that Bradley and I took to help triple our sales this past year at Phyllis Harris Designs.

The first 4 videos are FREE!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 is the year of the horse

Did you know 2014 is the year of the horse in Chinese Zodiac?

Wouldn't these three prints be great as a set for a little girl who loves horses or for a big girl who has lots of fond memories of horses?

All of them are customizable, too! If you see a piece you love but it has the wrong hair color for your personal preference...PLEASE contact me and most likely I can accommodate you. Or maybe you would like to add a name or text? Just ask...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Polar Vortex?!

Polar Vortex?! CNN says...
  • 3,300 flights canceled
  • Coldest weather in 20 years
  • Not warming up anytime soon
And in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada cars frozen solid to the ground! Wow! Now that is COLD!!

With today's crazy cold temps, I think we all need a warm Bear Hug. This print would also make a great Valentine's gift to your sweetie.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

As the new year begins...

Happy New Year dear friends!

What a year 2013 turned out be. It was truly amazing! With the arrival of our first grandchild our hearts grew 10 sizes that day and continues to grow with each sweet smile we see. It was also a BIG year for Phyllis Harris Designs as we continue to grow with the help of all of you, my amazing friends and customers!
So once again I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

Over the Christmas holiday I did find a few spare moments to create a new painting. Although this new print would work well for many occasions, I added the text with the expectant mother in mind. Most of the new mothers that I know would tell you that they loved their little one before they even met them. This art print would make a perfect addition to any little girl's nursery and would also make a great baby shower gift for the expectant mother who knows they will be having a little girl. To see the full painting just click on the image. NOTE: All prints are available with or without text.

Phyllis Harris Designs recently joined Instagram so be sure you follow us if you use Instagram to get a peek behind the scenes where we share work in progress on paintings along with lots of other fun stuff.

As the new year begins I cannot wait to see what is in store. We are already looking into some new opportunities for Phyllis Harris Designs that I will be sharing in the future but in the mean time here is wishing you ALL and very happy and healthy 2014!


Gifts that give back
Phyllis Harris Designs & You – Giving the gift of love and healing
Every purchase of a heart-warming Phyllis Harris Designs illustration print donates 5 percent of every illustration print sold from our website to Children's Mercy Hospital.