Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pencils? I'm On the Case!

Wow. It has been soooo long since I last posted. I have been on the down-low with social media lately because of two huge projects going on in the background. Of course I can't describe them in detail, but will post some sneak peeks on Facebook in the coming days.

Meanwhile, I put together a design for the latest Spoonflower contest. "What's this week's theme?" you ask. A Cut-and-Sew Pencil Case pattern, with all pieces and instructions to fit on a fat quarter. Yesterday when I clicked the Enter Contest button, I hadn't even considered making a pencil case for kids, but then saw a few other designers' entries, all of which are kidcentric. I guess I was a little selfish and designed something I thought I might use. Anyhoo--maybe it will still be a contender.

Because I haven't yet received the fabric, I actually sewed a sample using scraps of basic cotton from the swatch samplers Spoonflower has sent to me in the past. I'm glad I made the sample because I was able to check my instructions and made several changes before submitting the entry. I took some photographs of the plain white sample, then superimposed the pieces on top of the sample in Photoshop. This is a great way to hone one's Photoshop skills! So here is my design, as laid out on the fat quarter, and then in mockups. If you like it, I would LOVE your vote! You can vote for as many designs as you like by clicking here.

And by the way, the voting procedure has become much easier since the last time I entered a contest. All entries are now on one page, so after you select your faves, you only have to click one button at the bottom. Enjoy looking at all the entries...I know I will! And thanks in advance!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

IKEA...Paper Shop?!

We all went crazy when IKEA started offering textiles in their stores, but now there's something new to go gaga about: the IKEA Paper Shop! Gift bags and gift wrap, ribbon, tags, stationery, notebooks, stickers, journals, paper lanterns, and coveted decorative tapes...get ready to have your mind (and budget) blown! The shops are currently only in Sweden and UK stores, but will hopefully come to the US and other areas soon! Pictured are some of my favorite items, but you can view the whole range here.

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