Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy New Year!

I know, it's almost February.  I've been late a lot lately.

It's a new year but I'm going to keep my resolutions and revolutions from last year.  It was a great year!  I had three main goals for 2014 and those were to eat healthy, exercise more and find some confidence.  I'm still eating healthy,  I'm definitely exercising more and I've gained a bit of confidence!  I'm seriously confidant that I can do anything that I set my mind to.  It's a great feeling to know that.  I completed most of my goals and projects that I set out to do.   However, not always on time, not always the way that I planned and not always easily.  What I learned was that... it's all good.  Keep moving!

Here is an example of a project that I finished 40 minutes too late...

After falling into a bit of a design rut over the fall and into the holidays, I felt like I needed to have a creative jump start.  I signed up for another MATS Bootcamp to get the creativity flowing and to push me out of my comfort zone.  Our first assignment was to create a journal cover with an Edwardian Brooch theme.  I had it in my head that it needed to be uploaded by 5pm EST.  Well,  it actually needed to be uploaded by 3pm EST!  Oops!  I missed being able to upload it to the public gallery.  No worries.  Better late than never!  I like the way it came out!

Wishing everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY 2015!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Things

Here are a few new things that I've been working on.

I finished the coordinates to my Alien Incubators Collection!  I really love the "Domes" fabric.  This was the first design that I created for this collection, Alien Incubators was created next, then Happy Aliens, Constellations and then the Cosmic Stars.  They will all be for sale very soon.


I created this next design for Spoonflower's "Herb Garden" contest.  I really like the loose brush strokes and minimalist approach.  After spending a crazy amount of hours painting my Sewing Notions design, I wanted to see what I could come up with a little more quickly.

Here is Sage.  I'm looking forward to making a tote bag out of it.  I'm waiting to earn a few more Spoondollars (makes me laugh every time) so that I can have it printed on the new Eco Canvas fabric.


This next design was created for the "Tennis" contest that is coming up.  I was inspired by a little quilt square that I saw on Spoonflower's blog, July 17th titled "Modern Quilt Blocks".  There is one little square that I think looks like a crop on a tennis ball.


 So I created this...

40 Love.  I should have called it Love 40 because I'm expecting to finish this Spoonflower match with love, the big goose egg, zero.  I'm just in it for the love of the game!  Ha ha... I couldn't resist that little analogy.

That's it for new designs.  I have not been very productive in the design department lately.  I'm sad to say that I'm a MATS Bootcamp dropout.  Sigh.  I was not able to complete the last two assignments. 

I have been sewing though!  I've caught a little sewing bug.  When I finish my new tote bag I'll upload some photos of the simple sewing projects that I've been working on.

My vegetable garden has been OK but not great this year.  That's a post for another day too!

I'm having a fantastic summer!  I hope that you are too.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spoonflower Fabric8 Cosmic Voyage Final Round

The final round of the Robert Kaufman Fabric8 contest is underway and you can now vote for your favorite collection!
I have to say, it was really difficult to choose just one.  I seriously couldn't decide so I ultimately let my daughter choose!

Seeing the finished collections makes me want to build the coordinates for my Alien Incubator design.  They have been in my head all along but when my design didn't make the top 100 I pulled the plug on the designing.  Now, I'm inspired to bring them into fruition!

If you check out the entries, there are links to blog posts about each of the designers.  It was fun to read about where everyone lives around the world and hear about where their inspiration comes from.  Check out the collections and vote here!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Spoonflower Free Shipping Day is Coming!

Hello again!

I didn't expect to be back so soon!  I just got this message from Spoonflower and I wanted to share that they will be having a free shipping day coming up.  Mark your calendars!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sewing Notions

I'm entered into another Spoonflower contest.  The theme is "Sewing Notions" and this time we needed to create 4 coordinating designs that will be shown on one yard of fabric. 

Here are my 4 designs.  Check out all of the entries and vote for you favorites here.http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3262894 
I really enjoyed painting all of the elements and my favorite coordinate is the pom pom stripe.  I love the pom pom stripe.  I originally made the pom poms as an element on a paper napkin design that I did in MATSB.  I knew they would become a stripe some day and here they are.   I've uploaded a slightly different colorway (with pink instead of peach) to my Society6 shop too.  Here it is as a pillow.


This may be my last contest for a while because it's summertime.  School is out and there is not a lot of free time for me.  I was not able to complete my MATS Bootcamp assignment this month because of a lack of time.  If you're interested in seeing the assignment check them out here.  The theme was "message in a bottle".  I really like the theme and hope to bring my idea into fruition someday!  I sure hope to be able to complete next months Bootcamp assignment since it will be the last one.

There are not enough hours in the day!

It's summertime though and it's all good.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Feeling alienated

I'm so bummed. 

I think that sounds more positive than if I said depressed.   I knew that I had zero chance of winning the Fabric8 contest but I had hopes to make the top 100.  I'm trying to stay positive and not be discouraged that my aliens didn't make the first cut.  It's really, really difficult but I'm trying.

My "New Years Revolution" (yes, I spelled that correctly) was to work on my confidence.  It just took a huge hit.   I'm going to keep trudging along though.  I'm going to keep building my portfolio in hopes that some day I'll be somewhat successful at something.   I have the bar set low so I'm pretty hopeful.

There are some fabulous designs to vote on.  I can't even pick a favorite because there are so many that I love.  Check out the top 100 and vote here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

What does a garden mean to you?

When you hear the word "garden", what do you think of?  Some people think vegetables, others picture flowers, maybe you think of both.  Depending on what climate you live in, the plants will vary too.  There was a time when I used to only picture flowers, more specifically an English garden full of flowers.

I have always planted flower gardens up until 4 years ago when I took the leap into vegetable growing too.  I live in an area full of deer, rabbits, ground hogs and other animals with voracious appetites that strike in the middle of the night.  Having anything grow in my yard is a challenge.  We moved into our house 11 years ago this summer and I'm still trying to figure out what will grow in my yard under the soil, sun and animal conditions that I have.

For me, a garden is a great escape.  My yard is a lot of work but it's also so rewarding.  This is my favorite time of year.  Everything is so healthy and full of life.  I took a walk around the yard this morning with my ipod as my camera and here is what is happening...

My 4 year old vegetable garden.  Deer fencing all around with added chicken wire on the bottom buried into the ground to keep the ground hog out.  The first year we just had deer fencing and he laughed at us while he was running away with our tomatoes.  Now, we laugh at him.

This is the second year for the strawberries.  Last year I didn't net them because we have always been so focused on the four legged animals that we forgot about the berry eaters with wings.  I'm not sure how I forgot about the birds because I have 7 blueberry bushes that give us a handful of blueberries.  You need to wake up before the birds if you want to pick a ripe blueberry.  They don't like the unripe kind either.  It's a race to see who gets there first. 

So far... the netting is working for strawberries!  I'm going to leave the blueberries for the birds again this year.

We also plant tomatoes, lots of basil,  snap peas, yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers.  Nothing too complicated.

Paeonies are one of my favorite flowers and by a strike of luck none of the animals around me like to eat them!  I have them planted all over my yard and every year I add more.  This one shows the tragedy of not staking your paeonies.  I ran out of stakes and this one suffered from the rain we had last night.

I'm trying foxglove this year.  It's supposed to be deer and rabbit proof.  We shall see...

Last but not least... As I've mentioned in a previous post... My husband's hops.  There are so many invasive weeds in our yard the list is too long, and even knowing that, my husband decided to introduce another one!  They are somewhat contained to an area near our driveway and you can almost watch them grow!  The hops will be making their way into a batch of beer at some point.

I'll try to post some more photos as the summer moves along.

Happy Friday!