Sunday, 11 April 2021

Wild grasses home decor

 My wild grasses print looks fabulous on these home decor items and I'm so pleased with the outcome. Bees, butterflies and dragonflies buzz around the natural grasses on a soft teal ground.

The ready made curtain panel comes in a selection of lengths and you can choose between two thicknesses of canvas.

The cushion covers also come in a variety of sizes and fabric choices.

You can buy fabric by the yard and make your own creative project. I'm planning on buying this print on a satin fabric and creating some delicious clutch bags from it. Watch this space.

These napkins would look pretty on an al fresco dining table. You can also buy table runners and tablecloths in this print.

Why not create a statement wall with this wallpaper print? You could paint corresponding walls in a complimentary colour such as as the lighter teal of the butterflies.

This throw blanket comes in an ultra soft velvet or a minky fabric.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Wild grasses

 Spoonflower regularly sets design challenges and this week's challenge is called Wild Grasses, to celebrate Earth Month. This is my entry, inspired by hand drawn sketches I did of wild grasses and I decided to add some butterflies, dragonflies and bees as well. It was really pleasing to design and the hardest part was deciding which colour palette to submit as I loved all of them. After much deliberation (and help from family members) I went with the light teal version, but each one has its own appeal. Which one do you prefer?!

You can vote for this design on Spoonflower here.

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Ikat clutch bags

 One of my favourite trips abroad was a long weekend in Istanbul. I went with two friends and we stayed in an apartment in the heart of the old city with a stunning view of the Blue Mosque, where we could hear the evocative should of the call to prayer drifting through the warm air. The city really left an impression on me with its strong influence of both East and West and friendly locals. I long to go back one day.

Needless to say, I loved trawling the bazaars for juicy finds and spent a lot of my time foraging for ikat fabrics, which is the iconic fabric from that area. Ikat fabric is created when the threads are dyed with the design before they are woven which then creates a blurred effect once the fabric is finished. 

These fabrics come in many different colours and styles, but I gravitated towards the brightly coloured ones. In each case, the store owner would invite us into his shop and serve us tea whilst we rifled through the endless choice of fabrics. I came home with a rather full case after that trip and am still creating gorgeous clutch bags from the fabrics I bought.

I love the blue and yellow combination of the fabric used in this bag, It's the perfect size for storing makeup in.

Each bag come with a tassel attached to the zipper pull, in a colour that compliments the fabric.

These make great summer clutch bags and are the perfect size for all the essentials.

Up close you can see the blurred effect that is caused by the weaving technique. It must be a pretty painstaking process, making sure that the threads match up in the right place to create the design.

Each bag is fully lined in a complimentary colour. This pink one has a pink cotton lining.

The tassel is detachable and can be easily removed if needed.

Monday, 29 March 2021

Easter gifts

 I can't believe Easter is almost here! You've still got time to stock up on some Easter treats and there are some great prints in my Spoonflower shop. Buy fabric by the yard and create your own Easter items or buy them ready made on items such as table cloths, napkins, table runners and cushions in a variety of Easter prints.

The rabbit heads are a great scale for adding to a table runner and you can add matching napkins too. This print also comes in a pink colour palette.

The little chick print is perfect for these cocktail napkins.

Easter eggs adorn these fabric placemats.

The eggs also come in a pink colour palette.

The hatching chicks are a larger scale and work perfectly on this round table cloth.

How cute is this cushion?! Perfect for giving as a non-chocolate gift to someone special.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Japanese kimono gifts

 Having lived in Tokyo for four years, I have a massive appreciation for all things Japanese and during that time I also amassed a rather extensive collection of vintage kimonos. I love recreating these kimonos into new items and the latest pieces to hit my store are these lovely accessories in shades of red and pink.

This scarf is made from two different vintage kimono fabrics that have been pieced together.
I love this bold red maple leaf motif on a soft pink ground. In Japan the maple leaf is often used in art and design and is seen as a symbol of elegance, beauty and grace.

In Japan the colour red denotes strength and passion and is a colour that is often worn at important ceremonies such as weddings and birthdays.

The vibrant red of this vintage kimono works perfectly for this summer headband. It has a bow detail which can be detached depending on your mood.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Woodland fabrics

 I've been busy creating a collection of woodland-themed designs for my Spoonflower shop. I decided to use a pleasing colour palette of teals, greens and orange and I'm loving the outcome. You can choose from a selection of fabrics to have these designs printed onto, or buy these prints on pre-made items such as cushions, bedding and wallpaper.

The leaf sprig print makes a pretty design for table napkins.

This fox print makes a crafty design for cocktail napkins on a summer afternoon.

The fox sits beautifully on the cream background and he is surrounded by the same foliage that is used in the table napkins.

The trees and houses design works really well on a throw cushion. Mix it with orange and lime green velvet cushions to enhance the colours.

Why not go bold and use this foxy fella as a statement wallpaper?!

Can you spot the little foxes below, hiding among the houses? This print was designed for the Spoonflower design challenge named 'From My Window'. This is a slight exaggeration of the view from my window, but I can see houses and trees and the odd fox.

This little leaf design works well for home decor but could also work well on apparel. I see it making a great little sun top.

The leaf comes in two colour palettes. I love this soft teal version.

The tree design makes a lovely strong colour palette for the bedroom and this duvet set can be bought through my Spoonflower shop, ready-made.

I used the same foxes and leaves from the other designs in this tree print so that all designs co-ordinate with each other.

The strong colour palette pulls all the designs together so that each one works with the other. This teal leaf design works well as a table runner and you could use the tree design as coordinating napkins.

The teal ground of this fox design really beings out the orange of his fur.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Working from home

Now that more of us are working from home, we realise how important it is for our office environments to feel pleasing and inviting. I've been working on some home office artworks recently, drawing from the things I love and the colours that make me smile.

 Every day items have been lovingly rendered and placed in a geometric layout.
I love the yellow and grey colour palette of this print and decided to add touches of teal.

My home office is like a haven which I disappear into every day to create designs on the computer and sew items for my shop. I love to have plants around me and love a feature wall like this one in a deep blue. If only my office was this tidy!

All artwork is hand drawn digitally on the computer and then printed onto a lovely thick watercolour paper. It comes unframed and is sent in a hard-backed A4 envelope.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Fabric for dog lovers

 On top of designing artwork for dog lovers, I have also designed a series of repeat prints which I sell  through my Spoonflower shop. These doggy prints can be printed on a variety of fabrics and bought by the yard or you can choose to have it it printed on a selection of items from cushions and duvet covers, to table cloths or even wallpaper. I enjoy designing a simple silhouette and using iconic dog breeds that work perfectly in a pared down colour palette.

Scottie dogs have such a distinctive profile and so far, I have designed this print in two colour palettes. One has multi colour dogs on a cream background and the other one has white scottie dogs on a grey background. Each one has a bright red collar.

The turquoise sausage dog design makes a unique gift for any dachshund lover, and works really well as a table runner and napkin set.

If you're feeling really brave, slap up some sausage dog wallpaper. Cover a room with it, or just use it on a statement wall to add selective drama.

The French Bulldog heads come on a variety of coloured grounds. My favourite is this soft pink background that works really well on this rectangular cushion cover and would be perfect as a throw pillow in a girl's bedroom.

The French Bulldog heads also come on a mustard yellow background and add a lovely flash of colour to the living room on this throw blanket.

If you're feeling creative, buy fabric by the yard and get sewing with your own creations.

Co-ordinate a scottie dog cushion with these fab scottie dog curtains.

I've chosen a few colour palettes to work with but am very happy to create bespoke colour palettes too. Message me if you would like me to create something for you.

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