Sunday, 23 August 2015

Seed Packet Gift Wallets

Hi all, hope you are well and enjoying some late summer sun? There's something about a sunny day that gets the creative juices flowing isn't there... We've had some gorgeous days this week and i've had fun coming up with some new products the first of which i'm looking forward to showing you today :)

Seed Packet Gift Wallets

I love receiving seeds as a present, its the little gift that keeps on giving! Its such a joy when they grow into something lovely and it really does remind you of the person who gave them to you. Its nice to see more people choosing to give seed packets as favours for their wedding guests these days and i think they work just as well on other occasions too, especially marking new beginnings or memorable occasions.

So, all of this got me thinking and i decided it would be fun to come up with some seed gift wallets, just to make the gift of a packet of seeds a bit more fancy!

I've chosen three of the fabrics from my Gardeners World collection (all available to buy from my Spoonflower shop),

and paired them with hessian and unbleached organic cotton to create a rustic looking wallet with plenty of room for a seed packet or two.

Along with room for the seeds, there is an internal brown paper panel for writing a message to the recipient. I'm also offering the option to have the wallet personalised with a name on the outside.

They are available to buy now from my Etsy shop priced £5.50, or £6.25 with a name on the front. As always, i look forward to hearing what you think!

What have you been up to this week? I'm off over to Handmade Monday to find out! See you there x

Sunday, 16 August 2015


Hello! Its been a while since my last post so its great to be back chatting to you again :) I've got lots to share too - as always i look forward to hearing your thoughts...!

Baby Bibs And Burp Cloths

Its been a busy few weeks for me on the home front but in the quiet times i've been working on stocking up a new section in my Etsy shop especially dedicated to babies.

Its been sooooo much fun picking fabrics from my collections to suit little people :) I've paired them with super soft and absorbent organic bamboo fleece (that regular readers will know i'm a huge fan of) to make a range of pretty yet practical dribble bibs and burp cloths.

Baby Dribble Bibs

I love the look of bandanna style bibs and they're perfect for keeping dribbling babies clean and dry (i may add to the range in the future with some larger scoop style bibs more suited to catching food spills) - let me know if this is something you'd like to see!

The bibs all have easy to use velcro closures with an adjustable neck size to take baby through its first year (and possible beyond, depending on size!)

There are currently six designs to choose from - priced £5.75 each.

There is also a set of three, priced £15.50.

Both can now be found in the new Babies section of my Etsy shop.

Baby Burp Cloths

I've also designed some burp cloths to match the bibs - the bamboo fleece is super absorbent, perfect for catching any manner of dribbles and spills with the pretty fabric decoration you can stay looking stylish and lovely all the while :)

They're available to buy as matching bib and burp cloth sets at the moment (priced £12), although i intend to list them to buy on their own too soon.

The designs available so far are Spring flowers in sunshine yellow,

Spring Flowers in fresh green,

and Butterfly Meadow.

What do you think of the range so far, is there anything baby related you think would make a good addition?

I'm so looking forward to visiting Handmade Monday this week and finding out what you've all been up to... see you over there! xx

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Under The Sea Fabrics

Hi all :) its been a while since i've updated my blog and i've missed it! Time has somehow run away with me with house guests and other summertime activities like picking the zillions of strawberries on our allotment... its a hard life ;) I also have a creative project in the works that i'm rather excited about - not quite ready for the big reveal yet though.

I do have some new fabric designs to show you though - the first of a new collection i've called 'Under The Sea' - i look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Blue Whale Mum And Baby Fabric

The first is a simple design featuring a blue whale mumma and her little one. I love blue whales, they look so peaceful floating through the deep :)

I've added a few bubbles for a bit of interest, do you think it matters that they're a bit out of proportion? They'd have to be tiny specs to reflect the true enormity of the blue whales!

This design isn't available to buy yet, i will launch the whole collection together when it is complete, but you can currently view the details over in my Spooflower shop.

Colourful Seahorses Fabric

Next i had fun in the colourful world of seahorses! As with all my designs i started by drawing and colouring the individual components,

before putting them together to create the completed design.

I've added some bubbles here too, i think they add a sense of movement and fun :)

This design is also available for closer inspection over in my Spoonflower shop.

Underwater Bubbles Fabric

Okay, so by this point i realised how much i love bubbles! I thought i'd better give them they're very own design - perfect for pairing with other watery fabrics for sea themed makes.

I started by drawing a simple bubble,

and then reduced the opacity so that as i overlapped the bubbles they could be seen behind each other for a more realistic effect.

This design is also available to view over on Spoonflower.

For now this is as far as i've got with the collection, although i have tonnes more ideas i'm itching to try out... It may be a week or two before i'm back to tell you about them though, that other creative project i mentioned is keeping me busy just now - i'm looking forward to telling you all about it soon!

So what has been getting your creative juices flowing this week? I'm looking over to popping over to Handmade Monday to find out :) x

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Printable Art, Whippets and Elephants

I've been working on something a little bit different this week with a technique made possible by the purchase of a scanner - isn't it amazing how a new piece of equipment can open up a whole new world of possibilities... I look forward to hearing what you think of the results!

Whippet Art Print, "Born To Run"

Having the scanner means i can upload images complete with the colour and texture of the original artwork. I've aways enjoyed painting abstract art so i set to work with my acrylics - using watercolour paper for the blending and texture.

I scanned the paintings and played around with using them to fill drawings i had perviously uploaded like this running whippet.

I really love the effect, it was just as i hoped, so i set about creating a brand new running whippets artwork, titled "Born To Run"

It has now joined to printable artworks section of my Print And Paper shop on Etsy and is available for instant download, priced £4.

Elephant Family Art Print, "Together"

Next i set about creating some new images to work from. I started with hand drawing some elephants; i then scanned them and turned them into silhouette images using a picture editor before 'colouring them in' with more of my scanned abstract art.

The end result was this picture featuring a family of colourful elephants which i've titled "Together".

As with the whippets its priced £4 and is available for instant download from my Etsy shop. 

I can imagine it looking cute in any family space like a playroom or kitchen but i'd love to know what you think?!

As always i'm linking up with Handmade Monday today - see you over there :) x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Forget-Me-Not Fabric

Forget-me-nots... aren't they lovely? :) Definitely one of my favourite wild flowers and this week i've finally got around to honouring them with a fabric design - hooray! 

Forget-Me-Not Fabric

As always, i started out with drawing individual elements like this little flower,

before piecing the smaller elements together to create larger elements like these stalks,

and then finally combining them to create the completed design.

Its available now from my Spoonflower shop in two print sizes - 'tiny' where the pattern above fills an 8x8 inch swatch, and 'small' where it fills a 16x16" swatch.

I look forward to hearing what you think - and of course to visiting all of your lovely blogs :) See you over at Handmade Monday x

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Daisy Fabric

I started off this week having fun creating a daisy themed entry for the beach towel design competition currently being run over at Bags of Love - do pop over if you fancy voting or entering yourself!

Daisy Fabric

I was still in the mood for the cheerful summery loveliness of daisies after designing the towel so i put together some new daisy themed fabric designs which are now available to buy over in my Spoonflower shop.

There's big daisies,

little daisies,

and pretty daisy chains.

In case its a little hard to make out the pattern clearly, here's a close up.

Anyone else's mind turning to summer yet? I look forward to finding out over at this week's Handmade Monday!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wabi-sabi Print And Forest Fabric

Hi folks, another wordy week for me... let me know what you think of these!

Wabi-sabi Japanese Translation Print

I decided to change things up a little this week and pick some treasures from the wealth of non-English words out there.

I'm fascinated by the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi - such a different aesthetic from the perfection and symmetry we in the west are used to aspiring to in all things.

Of course that's not the whole truth, in the property market for example 'character' features which indicate the history of a building are much sought after and then there's the rise of the vintage and handmade movement... hooray for that!

I drew some irregular handmade pottery as the background image, its one of those things that i think illustrates the loveliness of Wabi-sabi beautifully, the texture alone is so delightful - in the Japanese tea ceremony, the handmade ceramic pots and cups are highly regarded for this reason.

I hope the Wabi-sabi philosophy of imperfect beauty continues to be more widely adopted in western society, perhaps it will help us all to stop groaning when we see ourselves in the mirror first thing in the morning! :)

This print is available to download now from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy priced £4 in choice of twenty colours and sizes from 5x7 inches to A3.

Gazelligheid Dutch Translation

The other word i've picked to translate this week is the Dutch word Gazelligheid.

The Dutch are rightly proud of this charming term and i thought it would make a nice, homely addition to any social area like a kitchen or dining room or even a public space like a bar or cafe.

As with all my digital prints is is priced £4 and available in a wide choice of colours and sizes from from Etsy.

'Into The Woods' Forest Fabric

Do you remember last week's definition with a woodland theme? I decided to take the design further this week and created a fabric design which i've called 'Into The Woods'

Its available now from my Spoonflower shop.

And last but not least, for those of you who enjoyed last week's wild garlic photograph, here's another :)

What have you been up to this week? I look forward to finding out over at Handmade Monday - see you there! x