Friday, 18 June 2021

Handbag charms

 Say thank you to someone special with these lovely little gems! Each of these heart-shaped handbag charms is made from a vintage Japanese kimono fabric and has a suede tassel detail. I love the vibrancy of the red and gold. One side of the heart uses a stylised blossom design and the other side uses a butterfly motif. Use it as a keyring or handbag charm on your favourite bag.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Damask reimagined

 I created this print a while ago for my Spoonflower shop. I wanted to create a traditional damask print that had some fun hidden elements. I love traditional folk designs and feel that their images lend themselves perfectly to being incorporated into a damask print, so chose a simple bird motif. On closer look, you can see there are quite a few birds nestled within the design. How many can you see?

This black and white colour palette makes quite a strong statement and works really well as a cushion cover. I could see it making a nice combination with other scatter cushions in solid bright jewel tones.

The turquoise and white colour palette is much softer and prettier.

It looks great on napkins, the perfect addition to a summer table setting.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Satin scarf

 I recently designed a print for one of the Spoonflower design challenges which was called Wild Grasses. I was inspired by the delicate grasses found in the countryside and included butterflies, dragonflies and bees amongst the foliage.

For this print, I used a background colour of teal with lighter tones of green and turquoise for the foliage and insects.

I've since had this design printed up onto a lovely satin fabric, perfect for making into decorative scarves.

The satin is lovely and soft and really brings out the colour of the print.

This scarf makes a great gift for someone special - it comes gift wrapped in pink tissue paper and an optional gift message can be added at the checkout. It can also be sent straight to its recipient.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Key fob wristlets

 I'm always looking for new product ideas for my store and the latest additions are these fabric key fob wristlets. They are made from Japanese-inspired cottons and come in bright colours that make them easy to find.

The interior of each wristlet uses an iron-on interfacing which means that they keep their shape and fit easily around the wrist.

Perfect for carrying around your wrist or could easily fit in your pocket. Their bright colours also mean that they are easy to find in your handbag.

This makes a great birthday present for a friend. Team it with other Cheeky Leopard items in similar fabrics. These key fobs have matching face masks.

Each wristlet has been top stitched and uses a good quality silver D-ring and key ring loop.

You'll never lose your keys with his bright accessory!

Each wristlet uses a Japanese motif, such as a pretty blossom print or maple leaves and bamboo.

This turquoise background has a lovely fresh feel to it.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Paddleboard art

 The latest Spoonflower design challenge is to design a print to go on a paddle board for the Red Paddle Co,  and the theme is World Waterways so I chose to design a starfish print. I love their graphic shape and chose a pleasing colour palette of coral, turquoise and grey. The winner of this challenge will receive a paddle board worth 1,299 dollars, featuring their winning design. Not bad!

The Red Paddle Co has a board for every rider and they offer different lengths to suit different conditions. They range from shorter boards which are better for surf conditions to longer wider boards which can fit a whole family on!

They also have a great range of protective clothing. My favourite is the Pro Change Jacket which protects you from the elements whilst changing out of a wet kit.

You can vote for my design entry here.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Elephant wall art

 I love an elephant design and so I decided to create these cute prints for my Etsy store. Each one is printed onto a lovely thick watercolour paper, gift wrapped in pink tissue paper and sent in a hard-backed envelope. You can also add an optional gift message and have it sent directly to its recipient if you wish. These prints would make a great print for a baby's bedroom wall.

Cute, decorated elephants in shades of pink, yellow and blue march in single file. Some are carrying parasols, some are carrying heart-shaped balloons.

One cute pink elephant with a bird sitting on his back. An array of florals spurt out of his trunk.

These prints would look great as a pair, side by side in a nursery.

You can also buy matching fabrics in my Spoonflower shop.

Monday, 31 May 2021

Elephants everywhere

 I had a lot of fun designing this collection of elephant prints for my Spoonflower shop! Each print has been coloured to co-ordinate with each other and they come in a selection of background colours and scales.

Decorated elephants each hold an item or are wearing an accessory - party hats balloons, a parasol and some even have a little crown on their head.

These elephants are smaller scale and each has a different coloured polka dot ear.

Cute florals in a pared-down colour palette tie in colour-wise with the elephant designs.

A dark slate blue background brings out the colours of these elephants.

Yellow is a happy colour and great for a gender-neutral baby's room.

This pretty floral could be used for baby's nursery or would make a great little summer dress.

A bold pink ground brings drama to a colour scheme.

This slate blue ground adds drama to a sweet floral print.

Decorated pink elephants spew an array of flowers from their trunks. These same flowers are used in the allover floral print above.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Feeling fruity

 I'm feeling fruity today! Celebrating this warmer weather with some happy fruit designs. These prints were each hand-drawn on the computer and include watermelons, apples, pears and pineapples in a selection of fresh colours. All can all be found in my Spoonflower shop where they can be bought on a variety of fabrics by the yard, or you can buy them as ready-made items.

Who can resist these happy smiling fruit?! Some are wearing sunglasses too!

These happy fruits look great as napkins for a summer garden party.

Jaunty smiling apples and pears donning polka dot bow ties.

This cute cushion would be a great addition to a girl's bedroom.

I love the fresh turquoise background of this mini fruit print.

Fruity tableware is a fun way to brighten the kitchen table or to use at a summer garden party.

A line-up of cool pineapples wear heart-shaped sunglasses.

Pineapples are the perfect print for a summer cocktail napkin. Pair it with a pina colada or two.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Japanese icons

 Whilst living in Japan I grew a great appreciation for all things Japanese. This inspired me to design an art print which encompassed all may favourite things from kimonos and geta to sushi and sake, and many more. This illustration is printed onto a lovely thick watercolour paper which you can buy through my Etsy store.

 Alternatively you can buy this as a print in my Spoonflower shop. It can be bought by the yard on a variety of fabrics or you can choose from a selection of ready-made items such as cushions and bedding to tableware and throws.

I also decided to create some offshoot prints, using images from the main design. Mount Fuji is a stunning sight and a great place to visit if you get the chance. I designed this simple icon on a blue background and gave it a big red sun.

In the past, Japanese fans often showed your social standing and were made out of washi paper and painted with traditional images from nature. I chose to decorate these fans with iconic Japanese icons such as blossom, maple leaves and birds.

Japanese origami is the art of paper folding and you can create some pretty intricate pieces. The crane is one of the most popular forms to create and a thousand cranes are thought to bring good luck. I didn't quite create a thousand but I did create a pleasing multi colour palette of cranes on a navy blue background.

The iconic torii gates are found at the entrance to shinto shrines and mark the passing from the every day to the sacred. Their fabulous red/orange colour is said to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.

Japanese lucky cats are often found near the entrance to businesses such as shops and restaurants and invite custom and prosperity. The left paw raised brings custom, the right paw raised brings wealth. A gold cat attracts wealth and prosperity whilst a pink cat attracts love and romance.

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