I have to start with the incredible winners of the toile de jouy contest at Spoonflower. If you have time, head on over and check out the top ten winners. The winner has a gorgeous design featuring the botanist and scientist Eva Mameli Calvino. This competition was to celebrate international women’s day. It is always exciting to finish your design and finally see what the other entries are. They never cease to amaze and inspire me. The current contest is “bedtime” with a restricted color palette, featuring the colors shown. Here is the design I entered. Perhaps some curtains, sheets, pj’s, or pillows for your little dreamer:-) If you need inspiration for decorating a kid’s bedroom I recommend checking out the contest entries at Spoonflower. There are some really cute designs.
Spoonflower’s latest contest is quite challenging to say the least. A toile de jouy pattern celebrating women’s day. I decided to feature “mothers” and all they can be. I sketched each part in pencil and then combined the drawings into a story. I then had to figure out how to create a nice repeat to render it in the toile de jouy style. I created these two fun pillow patterns for my daughter’s birthday. Love the way they turned out. The Easter painting I just finished and will be listing in my Etsy shop. Would make a cute addition to any kids room or nursery.
A super cute way to share some suds time with your special someone. His and hers orange soaps wrapped in my love and kisses pattern and delivered in a very cute bird cage. I entered another fun contest on Spoonflower, this one called Chinese Paper Cutting. The work is in red and white. I decided to use my hope and joy rooster pattern as a base for the design, yes I know it is not the year of the rooster:-) It was a challenge but I do love the pattern that I have created. I like that it is modern and clean looking, perfect for printing on any one of Spoonflower’s media, (fabric, paper etc…) Here is the finished pattern.
Yeah- finally received my fabric designs from Spoonflower. I love the way they turned out- very nice color matching to my designs. I have made a couple of items for Valentine’s Day with the Love and Kisses pattern. Available at my etsy shop.
Here is my new Citrus Lux soap set out to cure. This bar has a fresh, warm enveloping aroma of orange and vanilla and seeds for scrubbing action. Smells good. The green clay bar which is olive oil with a hint of castor oil is still in the mold. It has a more woodsy citrus scent and should be quite silky to use. It needs a few more days before to set up before being cut. I have been trying to keep up with a bit of painting each week. My new pattern, Curious Nature, is created from a series of outdoor watercolors. I have ordered a test swatch of this on on Spoonflower’s twill fabric. Will take a pic when I get the order.
A big thank you to all my customers, friends & family for supporting my handmade adventures. Bale and Twine was able to give back through the following charities; Doctors without Borders, Invisible Children, Habitat for Humanity and World Vision. Many thanks!! Last year I began to explore pattern/textile design. I tried block printing, painting and creating designs to print through Spoonflower. I really enjoyed entering some of Spoonflower’s weekly contests and learning more about pattern design. So when the new year came about, I decided to continue with some fun new patterns for Spring. I just received a sample of Spoonflower’s wall paper in my color splash design. Looks amazing! I am waiting for the fabric samples of my other designs to arrive. You can click on the images and visit my shop on Spoonflower to see the patterns in more detail. Can’t wait to see the fabric samples. Worked on some new soaps today – hope to have pics to show tomorrow.