Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy New Year? But, it's Halloween!

Today is Halloween, which means there are less than 8 weeks until Christmas. It's time to start thinking seriously about the holidays: parties, gift-making, gift-giving, New Year's resolutions, all that stuff... Wait, New Year's? 2014...already??? There is an episode of "The Brady Bunch", the one where Greg moves his bedroom up to the attic, and Mike and Carol tell the rest of the kids they can each move up to the attic when the Brady kid just older goes away to college. At the end of the episode, Cindy is calculating on the kitchen chalkboard how long it will take for her to get to live up in the attic room, since she is the youngest. She tells Alice that it might as well be the year 2000 (!) before she's able to move to the coveted space. Every time I hear that, I can't believe the year 2000 has already passed...and 13 years ago no less. We've even supposedly partied like it's 1999 already, and back when I was a kid, 1999 was the FUTURE... What happened to all that time?!

Yes, 2014 is fast approaching, which means it's time again for the Spoonflower annual Tea Towel Calendar contest! This is my favorite contest, not just to design for and enter, but to see all the calendars other designers have created.

This year I was particularly drawn to colorful 1960s and '70s psychedelic and Pop Art, a la Peter Max, with its clean lines and hand-drawn look. Here are some of the images I frequently saw floating around Pinterest, which I tucked away for inspiration:

And here are a few screenshots of the work-in-progress:

Below is the final design I am entering this year. If you like it, please vote for it by going to the Spoonflower Fabric-of-the-Week Contest page.

All you need to do to vote is click on the Vote in This Week's Contest link on the right, then find my design and click on it (a green border will appear around the image). At the bottom of the page, click the Review My Votes button. When you have reviewed your votes, you can click Submit...and that's it! You can vote for multiple designs, too! Designs that make the Top Ten are automatically offered for sale on the Spoonflower site!

Thank you so much, and have a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Candy Color Collages

Devour these sweet color collages by photographer Emily Blincoe. See the whole rainbow, super-huge, on her blog, These Woods. A penny candy lover's dream! I had forgotten about the Necco Banana Split and Primrose Black Taffy...*sigh*...but I still chew Black Jack, Clove, and Teaberry gum!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sewing for All Seasons

There's a secret I've been dying to tell you about for over a year ("for all seasons"!), and today I can finally spill the beans!

Last summer, Susan Beal contacted me asking if she could include my Retro Tea Towel Calendar in her newest book. Could she include it?! Can I just tell you how hard it was to reply because I was shaking so crazily?! Susan is the author of one of my favorite crafty books, World of Geekcraft, and the idea of having my work included in one of her books was just mind-boggling.

This calendar was the first design I ever did for Spoonflower back in the Fall of 2010. I entered in the Tea Towel Calendar-themed Fabric-of-the-Week contest and it came in 2nd Place! Needless to say, I was hooked.

Since the book was scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2013, the calendar would need to be updated for 2014, so I dropped everything and jumped into changing all the dates and holidays for 2014 (sneaking a 2013 version in there for my Spoonflower shop, too, while I was at it). This all happened around the same time Spoonflower was introducing new color formulations, so I had to make sure the new version printed with the correct colors, and then whisked some of the printed calendar fabric off to Susan so she could do her magic.

Fifteen months later the book, Sewing for All Seasons is printed and available at all major retailers, and it's gorgeous. And I'm not just saying that because my fabric is in it. Every project is for something you can use and will want to make! I can't decide which one to do first. The design is beautiful, and, well, the book just feels good in your hands. Check Susan's blog frequently because she loves to do giveaways, and has a freebie or two in the works!

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