My Books at Barnes & Noble

Well this is something I never would have dreamed of five years ago. I have a range of baby/toddler books available exclusively at Barnes & Noble! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, they’re being showcased in a huge point-of-purchase display in the Children’s section. I guess it just goes to show you, if you keep working hard, following your dreams and putting yourself out there, the Universe is bound to notice.


Ahoy there!

I have a new birth announcement available at Minted that’s been pretty popular this summer. It comes in four color ways and is the perfect choice for all those ocean-loving new parents out there! Get ready to set sail on the voyage of a lifetime…


Busy Bees

I’m super excited to announce I have a whole range of baby books coming out with UK publisher, Make Believe Ideas! The Busy Bees Series will soon be available at Barnes & Noble. They are fun and interactive with all sorts of embellishments and touch and feel areas! Here are a few peeks at some of the covers….


Books with Make Believe Ideas

Last year I had the pleasure of working on several books with UK Publisher, Make Believe Ideas. I’m thrilled with how they turned out. It’s so great to see my illustrations come together with type. The books are perfect for toddlers, with interactive pages for busy little hands. Some have felt pages to poke fingers through and others have tabs to pull.

Here are a few photos of the first books. Stay tuned for more…


Baby Books

A year ago I had the opportunity to work on several soft fabric baby books for Elephant & Bird. They sent me a few snapshots of one of the samples. I just love the rattle handle! It's so thrilling to have my work on products that children will learn from and love. Looking forward to my copies!


Wildflower Farm

Last year at Surtex, I met the lovely folks from Studio-e Fabrics. I'm trilled to share a few photos of my soon-to-be-released fabric collection, Wildflower Farm. I just adore how all those little piggies, cows and sheep turned out! Coming soon to a quilting shop near you...



More information can be found on the Studio-e website here 

Minted 2017 Holiday Cards

I have two new holiday cards now available at Minted for the upcoming gift-giving season! Both Winter Dove and Dashing Through the Snow are fully customizable and available in three different color ways—perfect for corporate holiday well-wishing.

Surtex 2017 Update

I'm working on a Surtex 2017 recap, but in the meantime, here are a couple of shots of our booth. Sue Dennen and I had a fantastic, first-time experience at the show. We met so many lovely people. Stay tuned for more details....


Surtex 2017

So this is super exciting! I'll be exhibiting for the first time at Surtex this May 21-23, 2017 in NYC. Visit me at the Javits Center in Booth #2712 with my good friend Sue Dennen

Sue and I met during an online class (or two, but who's counting?) and discovered we live only about 2 hours apart. We get together for coffee and to chat about our art, our careers and our hopes and dreams. She's been a great sounding board, support system and cheerleader—the perfect partner to navigate Surtex with.

We're busy designing the booth, assembling our portfolios, and printing promotional materials. It's all a bit crazed, but in an exciting and energizing way. If you're planning on attending the show and would like to make an appointment to see my latest work, please feel free to email me:

Hope to see you there!



On Trend

Last month I had the opportunity to submit designs for consideration to Emily Kiddy's Autumn/Winter 2018/19 KIDS Trend Publication. I'm so thrilled to have 3 patterns featured in this fantastic report that peeks at what's up-and-coming in the children's apparel market!

For more information, visit her web site.

Out of this World

Now that all the Christmas shenanigans are over, it's time to start thinking about the next big holiday—Valentine's Day! For those that have a stellar valentine, you can pick up one of my constellation cards for Design House Greetings available soon at Trader Joe's.

And have I mentioned how much I love this company? Not only do they support independent artists, their cards are printed in the USA on recycled-content paper, they are assembled by adults with developmental disabilities and they cost just $.99. 



Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season!


speak love

Kind words. Kind thoughts. Kind actions.



Here's a little collection I created in the studio this week just for fun. I'm planning to upload it to Spoonflower soon, as I think it might make some adorable baby garments.

Perhaps some outdoor adventure awaits you in these last fall days? If you're lucky you might spot a mountain goat or two...



shannon hays alpine

Let the Sunshine In

After last week's election, I feel compelled to spread a message of love and tolerance. Here's hoping we can be a ray of sunshine to each other through our deeds, with our words and in our hearts. 


October Days

The air is getting cooler, the leaves are gorgeous shades of red, orange and gold and we've been eating lots of cider donuts—it must be fall in New England. Such a beautiful time of year. Here are a few colorways of a new autumn-inspired pattern.

A Favorite Share

I love it when people send me photos of items they make with my fabric—especially since I don't know how to sew very well. Pat Donovan (aka Chickoteria) forwarded this darling baby tee and hat she created with my Here Kitty, Kitty fabric from Spoonflower. Perfect for her tiny niece. And I love how she styled the photo for Fall, too!