March 20, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Posted in art | Leave a comment
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I have a tattoo of a whale on my lower back.

So naturally I was interested when I learned that one of the upcoming spoonflower design contests is a whale theme.

I drew some pink whales. And played around with some abstract photos of soap bubbles.

And this: pano

Plus this: 002

Plus some fiddling with the spoonflower color editor (because the contest included a restriction to a specific palette of five colors)

Became this: 2962417_rrrrpano_ed

I think they’re cute. 🙂 I have no delusions of winning the contest in competition with professional graphic designers with access to photoshop, etc. But I like to enter the spoonflower design contests because it’s a spur to creative exercise. I wouldn’t have spent part of my day off drawing pink whales otherwise and I rather enjoyed myself.

Here’s the link to the fabric page: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2962417


I can post these pictures now.

February 17, 2013 at 1:50 am | Posted in gifts | 1 Comment
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I made this cute little goat-y pouch for my sister for Christmas, but I hadn’t had a chance to give it to her yet, so I didn’t want to post pictures in case she saw them here.  But now she has received her gift and I can share with the world! Made with this fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/697511


recent sewing

February 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Posted in sewing | Leave a comment
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A napkin with knit-pattern fabric, posed with yummy apple butter that K gave us for Christmas.

A sailboat zipper pouch that I made to exactly fit a book.  I was worried that I mis-measured, but it fits like a glove!

A yummy lavender eye pillow in spoonflower’s lovely silk/cotton blend printed with flowers that S drew.


Spoonflower.  I am addicted.  And I am especially really happy with how the flower fabric turned out.  It was a lot of work to cut out flowers from S’s doodles and scan them all and then edit the files for a satisfactory finished arrangement.  But it was totally worth it!  Look how awesome!  And I think it’s quite lovely that S was willing to let me take scissors to some of her marker art so that this fabric could become a collaboration between the two of us.  I gave the eye pillow to her, of course.

If you’re ordering yourself something from spoonflower, that silk blend fabric is really nice to touch and has a glow-y sheen to it.  It’s a little sheer, so I backed it with a plain white cotton to make the pillow sturdier, but the texture is absolutely perfect for an eye pillow.  The purple knit is one of my designs, too, printed on basic cotton.  The sailboat fabric was a thrift shop treasure find.

Now I am working on a design with some spirals that S drew, trying to learn about pattern repeats in fabric design.  It’s challenging!  We shall see where I get to.  I’m not ready to order a sample yet.  Also, I cut up one of my marker drawings and have been playing with that in a pattern that I’m calling “caterpillars.”  So.  More to come…

Here are the links for the two fabrics pictured above: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/1698219 and http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/1366626



September 27, 2012 at 2:41 am | Posted in craft tools, other people's awesome crafts, projects | Leave a comment
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I have been playing with spoonflower lately.  It’s so fun!  I uploaded some of my photos and have been inventing fabric with them, although I only actually ordered one of my designs to test so far, so that’s the only one that’s actually for sale.  When I get a couple more uploaded, I will order a swatch packet, but I’m not quite ready to do that yet.  But I’ve found that close-up photos of my knitting make really cool abstract designs when you tile them. Check it out! http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/24279 I can’t wait to actually get some of those in my hands to play with on the sewing machine.

But anyway, I am posting right now because I was just reading the spoonflower blog and I was really inspired by this project they posted a few days ago.  It’s for a custom lampshade made by gluing fabric over a white lampshade base.  This looks super easy to do, all you need is fabric and adhesive, and I love the finished product. Lamps and lampshades are such happy things, making soft warm light and cozy lit spaces.  Here’s the link. http://blog.spoonflower.com/2012/09/custom-fabric-lampshade.html

Almost unbelievable awesomeness

November 13, 2008 at 7:37 pm | Posted in favorites, selling | Leave a comment
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You can have this company make custom fabric with your own design on it.  Your own drawings or photos or whatever.  Is that not the most fabulous idea ever?  So perfect for any craftsperson.  Such fun gifts.  What about a wedding dress?  Awesomeness.  Awesomeness, I tell you.

I wants it.


So, yeah.  Now that I have an etsy shop, I like this idea even more.  I mean, I can justify creating fabulous custom fabric because it’s a business venture.

I should put more than one item up for sale in my shop. 🙂

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