Tuesday, June 28, 2011

boom bang-a-bang!

A firework themed fabric design for the upcoming spoonflower fabric comp, which uses traced elements from photos of fireworks and sparklers (sourced from pinterest - which incidentally I'm absolutely loving)

I've entered the top design in the comp which I guess speaks more of fireworks in the night sky - but personally I'm favouring the last 2 colour ways, probably because they have a bit more of a vintage feel to them.

Monday, June 27, 2011

to be, or not to be (fabric)?

I've been playing around with patterns based on the elements from the card I designed last week (see my previous post).
I'm really quite liking the dark background and the blue. I'm thinking fabric, for a change :o)

Click on the images to enlarge

Friday, June 24, 2011

for my lovely mum

This is my entry for the recent Tigerprint competition to design a mother's day card for 2012:

The brief was to design a card that would use a new look and style to push and refresh the mothers day range in the contemporary section. I've gone for a traditional bunch of flowers theme with (I hope) a contemporary style and non traditional colour palette.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

monda loves... Jimbobart

a bit of internet hopping today lead me to finding the most excellent etsy shop this morning, where you can buy great hand drawn ceramic plates and illustrations, like these:

You can see more Jimbobart (by James Ward) in his etsy shop here

On the subject of plates - I'm now selling some of the cake stands (and other bits and bobs) we made for our wedding - we (sadly) really don't need over 30 cake stands. They can be found on eBay here

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

new today

Today I took the scissors to my new fabrics (along with a spotty blue from my stash) and made a small cushion:

and my hairdresser took the scissors to my hair and made a very short do:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

my fabrics

I've been eagerly awaiting the delivery of the fabric swatches and FQ's which I ordered recently, and today they arrived. Here are a few of the fabrics in my flippers and kippers range:

I really like the way these ones came out. I've got lots of other samples of other fabrics too, so this afternoon I'm going to cut them up and make something (anything!) from them. Exciting stuff.

Friday, June 17, 2011

I drew my CV

This is by far (for me anyway) the most pleasing version of my CV I have ever created:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

adventures in gardening

I've been having a go at gardening now for the last few years. I'm by no means an expert but I'm learning little by little as I go along and I enjoying the fruits of my labours when the garden looks good and the plants are fruiting.
Last year I started growing veggies, some from seed and some from plants. This year, I've grown everything from seed, and it's all coming along quite nicely. I love going into the greenhouse and seeing how much everything has sprung up - the tomatoes grow so quickly, and at the last count I had 92 plants.

The garden is looking very green at the moment - so I've added a bit of colour until everything starts to flower:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

new fabrics

I have some new fabrics for sale in my spoonflower fabric shop:

I've ordered some of each and am really looking forward to seeing them in the fabric-y flesh (so to speak). I just need to decide what to make with them now.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

picture book of knowledge

I do like a good picture book - especially an old one. This is one of my latest purchases and is from the 70's - called a picture book of knowledge. These were the kind of books I remember looking at in the library and at school when I was a child:

This one was illustrated by Alain Grée and his brother Gérard Grée.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

just peachy

I'm having a bit of a sorting out kind of week this week. My blogging will likely be quite sporadic. I'm feeling the need for decluttering, cleaning and tidying. It's just the everyday mess that our eyes don't normally see. Where once there was something - now there is nothing and it feels good to have some more bits of space (and less dust!) here and there.

It seems I am subconsciously liking peachy tones quite a lot at the moment. This little selection is from my recent pinning activity:

This little pattern came as a result of another pattern I was working on - a christmassy one, which is actually nothing remotely like this floral:

I like it when things like this happen. It's kind of like when you are shopping for something specific and you can't find it, but when you don't want something specific your eyes are opened to other things.

Friday, June 03, 2011

pop up shop

a snapshot of my desk today!

Come and see me tomorrow. I'm going to be at the pop up shop in the Nicholsons Centre in Maidenhead (in the former Waterstones shop) from 10am-4pm.
More info on all the sellers and the happy cakes cafe (yes there will be cake!) can be found here

Thursday, June 02, 2011

7th and 14th

I'm really chuffed that my monster mash fabric design made it into the top ten (7th) of the imaginary animals spoonflower competition:

I was also chuffed that last week my ice ice baby fabric got to 14th position in the ice cream design competition:

I've also been beavering away on some Christmas designs this week, as well as something pretty tasty. Here's just a snippit for now: