Summer Fresh Soap and new pottery

Introducing my new soap for summer- I call it Summer Breeze. A smooth bar containing shea butter and cocoa butter with a lovely soft blend of essential oils featuring lavender and grapefruit. Summer Breeze Soap cubes soaps shell soaps slicecubes soapsshell soapsslicelettuce and pottery

Here are some of my new pottery pieces- so much fun to see them in use! Hoping to add some pottery works to my shop eventually:-) The lettuce is from our garden- love how vibrant it is. Can’t wait for tomato season! flowersBelow are some super saturated pics from the garden. It may be cold for a good half of the year here but when summer comes- it is an emerald city:-)

Spring has sprung!

Spring arrives. A walk in the woods revealed some red trillium flowers- never knew they could be red. Also found some tourists by the pond:-) SPRINGARRIVESOne anther note, to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather, I have opened a new etsy shop for my jewelry creations! Stop by to check it out! Happy Spring!

Science Fair contest Spoonflower

The latest fabric design contest at Spoonflower is close to my heart! Science Fair! We always have so much fun at our house prepping for the school science fair. My design represents a cartoon version of what we go through:-) You can vote here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/238 click on the right side of the screen to enter the voting area. bale and twine science fairHere is a sample of my entry. You can click here to see the fabric page.

bedtime

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. sweet dreams my love by bale and twinesweetdreamsblog2Perhaps 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 toile de jouy, teen decor and Easter

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.  toile mothers toile patternI created these two fun pillow patterns for my daughter’s birthday. Love the way they turned out.teenpillow3 copy pillowteensm copy 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.  easterbunnybt2

Kiss that dry skin bye bye… mango butter – yeah it rocks

Introducing two great products, (mini lotion bar in a tube and awesome lip balm), to treat your body right! Made with amazing mango butter!! Toss in your bag and go!

Lotion Bar and Lip Balm Gift SetI have some fun new soap in the wings- hope to take it out of the mold tomorrow and share some pics;-)

oh sweet valentine

A super cute way to share some suds time with your special someone.valentine's day duo 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. rooster hope and joythe rooster of hope and joy

Curious Nature

orangevanillaBTHere 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. greencitrusBTThe 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. curious natureBTI 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.

Having fun with Spoonflower

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. splashSo 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. landkeemroseYou 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.