Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday Share (6) Spring Clean

Welcome to the Saturday Share! Its time to spread the love and celebrate the work of creative people you admire.

Is this your first visit? Then here's what the Saturday Share is all about... Its where i share some of my most recent Etsy finds with you and you get to share some of your current Etsy favourites with me and my blog readers! It could be a treasury you've created or a fabulous Etsy shop you've discovered... either way, just leave a link in the comments at the end of the post and i promise i will pop along to check them out!

Here are some of my favourite finds of this week... i hope you like them too! x




* P.S. Click on any image to visit the treasury over on Etsy!


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Seed Head Fabrics For Handmade Monday


Today i want to share with you an idea i've had for a new range of fabrics with a simple style, and rustic feel. I'm really excited about this collection although its still very much a work in progress... As always i look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Seed Head Fabrics

Regular readers may remember a while back i took a collection of photographs of nature finds on a white background... some of them are featured on this set of five post cards available from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy.


I have lots more that i haven't used for anything yet but i've kept them in the back of my mind, waiting for inspiration to strike. I especially love the structural elegance of the dried teasel stems and other seed heads... i have some in a vase in the house and i was thinking how beautiful the shapes were when i had the idea of turning my photos into silhouettes to use for fabric designs!

The idea of using the true form of the stems as they are in life, rather than drawing the shapes myself really appealed - i hoped it would lend a more natural, rustic quality. Happily the inspiration to create these designs coincided with the arrival of a much more comprehensive colour code chart from Spoonflower (printed onto a yard of fabric rather than the 8x8inch swatch chart i have been using), so i've been able to pick some gorgeous muted shades which i think suit the natural style really well.

Without further ado then, here are the designs i've come up with so far... to give you a clearer idea of how they look i'll show a single stem and then the print as it would be on a 21x18 inch piece of fabric.

Seed Heads










Teasel 








That's as far as i've got although i have lots more designs in mind. I'm excited to see how they look when they're printed though so i might just get some samples of these before i do anything else!

What have you been up to this week? I look forward to finding out on my weekly stroll around Handmade Harbour :) x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Saturday Share (5) April Shower

Welcome to the Saturday Share! Its time to spread the love and celebrate the work of creative people you admire.

Is this your first visit? Then here's what the Saturday Share is all about... Its where i share some of my most recent Etsy finds with you and you get to share some of your current Etsy favourites with me and my blog readers! It could be a treasury you've created or a fabulous Etsy shop you've discovered... either way, just leave a link in the comments at the end of the post and i promise i will pop along to check them out!

Here are some of my favourite finds of this week... i hope you like them too! x



* p.s. click on any image to visit the treasury over on Etsy!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Tiny Flowers Fabric For Handmade Monday


Have all the (UK) Mums had a lovely day? I hope so! We've had glorious sunshine here, the perfect weather for enjoying the loveliness of spring :)

A short post from me today as its been a busy week of customer orders and 'works in progress'... i do have some new fabric designs to share with you though!


Tiny Flowers Fabric

Small floral prints must be some of the most popular types of fabric print out there, and there are lots of them. For this reason i've held off designing any of my own, figuring they would be surplus to requirement.

However, i've recently felt the need for some simple floral craft papers (i'm still thinking about lining envelopes...) and as most of my designs start off as fabric i've decided there is no harm in adding my contribution to the ocean of floral prints available!

I've started off with a tiny print featuring simple flowers with swirly stalks and leaves. Here it is in earthy green (this image represents a 8x8 inch swatch of fabric).


I know its hard to see clearly at this size on a monitor, so here's a close up on one of the flowers.


This design is also available with a deep red background,


and also on yellow with little blue flowers.


With gardening on my mind just now its been fun to work with some more earthy colours and i can see these designs coming in useful for lots of projects, both as fabric and craft paper. I also have lots more floral ideas whizzing around in my brain now so expect to see this collection growing soon!


In Other News...

Regular visitors to my blog may remember my recent 'Birds On A Wire Design' (currently featured as my blog background!) I always intended to have a go at some more colour ways for this design but due to its complexity the task proved a little more time consuming than i'd hoped and somehow slipped down the 'to do' list without ever getting done...

Hooray for customer orders though! This week i had an enquiry on Spoonflower from a lovely lady wishing to order this fabric in red, white and blue - i loved her colour choices and was happy to have finally got around to creating another colour option for this design.


An extra bonus was that it was also featured on Spoonflowers' 'recent trends' list this week! I really love designing fabrics so its very exciting to get this bit of positive feedback :)

If you're interested in my Birds On A Wire fabric, both colour ways are available to buy from my Spoonflower shop.

Now i'm off to enjoy a bit more spring sunshine (otherwise known as weeding the flower beds!) and later on i'll be enjoying my weekly stroll around Handmade Harbour admiring all the crafting delights on show... 'till next time! x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Saturday Share (4) Spring Gardener

Welcome to the Saturday Share! Its time to spread the love and celebrate the work of creative people you admire.

Is this your first visit? Then here's what the Saturday Share is all about... Its where i share some of my most recent Etsy finds with you and you get to share some of your current Etsy favourites with me and my blog readers! It could be a treasury you've created or a fabulous Etsy shop you've discovered... either way, just leave a link in the comments at the end of the post and i promise i will pop along to check them out!

Here are some of my favourite finds of this week... i hope you like them too! x



* p.s. click on any image to visit the treasury over on Etsy! 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sailing Craft Papers And Easter Gifts For Handmade Monday


I've made some progress on a few ongoing project this week. I've been having fun with some of my 'Spring Fresh Collection' fabric samples (pics coming up) and i've also developed my 'On The Open Ocean' designs too... more on that in a minute!


Mini Easter Chick Egg Baskets


I decided in the end to make some mini Easter egg baskets with the sample swatches of my Easter chick fabrics.



They are fully lined and have pretty ribbon handles, secured with buttons. They are 6.5cms in height and 6.5cms across - as you can see this is ample room for a fair quantity of mini eggs! (is it bad that i ate a few during the photo shoot? :)) Larger ones like creme eggs would fit too.



I'm selling them as a set of three, available now from my Etsy shop priced £9.00. These are a one off for this year so its first come first served!



Spring Bunnies Lavender Pillows

I used the spring bunny and spring flower swatches to make some little lavender pillow sets.


As with all my lavender pillows they are stuffed with a combination of pure sheep's wool and top quality cotswold lavender. The fabric is a linen/cotton blend which has a lovely texture and feeling of quality.



A set of two of these cute bunny pillows would make a lovely 'non-chocolate' Easter gift i think... they are available now from my Etsy shop priced £9.

I had hoped to get a few more things made up this week but other demands on my time got in the way... i've a few more ideas up my sleeve though, hopefully i'll get the chance to turn them into reality soon!


'On The Open Ocean' Craft Papers and Fabric

Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments about my 'On The Open Ocean' fabric collection last week, i'm really happy that you liked the designs :) This week i've created a coordinating set of printable craft papers.


They are priced £2.50 and available now for instant download in A4 size from my Etsy shop.

I have also added a couple more designs to the fabric collection... one with larger sailing boats,


and a couple more nautical stripe designs to bring the collection together.




And that's it from me for another week! I look forward to finding out what you've all been up to on a pleasant spring evening stroll around Handmade Harbour :)

Thanks for visiting! x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Saturday Share (3) Mum Time

Welcome to the Saturday Share! Its time to spread the love and celebrate the work of creative people you admire.

Is this your first visit? Then here's what the Saturday Share is all about... Its where i share some of my most recent Etsy finds with you and you get to share some of your current Etsy favourites with me and my blog readers! It could be a treasury you've created or a fabulous Etsy shop you've discovered... either way, just leave a link in the comments at the end of the post and i promise i will pop along to check them out!

Here are some of my favourite finds of this week... i hope you like them too! x

Mum Time



* p.s. click on any image to visit the treasury over on Etsy!