Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spoonflower love

I love Spoonflower for so many reasons.  Let me count the ways...

1 - I love seeing my designs printed on fabric.  I'm not sure why fabric is more exciting to me than a print on paper but it is.  The fact that I can then take the fabric and sew something from it makes me happy.

2 - I love the Spoonflower community.  I've never personally met any of my Spoonflower connections but they are just the nicest group of supportive, happy people.

3 - I love the feeling that I get every time I make a sale!  I don't think that feeling will ever get old.  It's so nice to know that someone likes my design enough to actually purchase it.  I'm so thankful.

4 - Last but not least, I love the weekly contest.  Even when I'm not entered into a contest, I still log in each week and cast my vote.  I don't think I've ever missed a week.  I'm always amazed by the creativity.  If you're looking to challenge yourself, I highly recommend jumping in and entering a design.

Recently, I've started to get back into entering the contests because they have had a few themes that have interested me.  I think the contests are a great way to challenge myself.  Here are some new designs that came about because of the Spoonflower weekly contests.

Hot Air Balloons.  (I know, I need to get more creative with my names.)  This design was entered into the "Flying Machine" contest.

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4065435 

Summer on the Islands.  This design was created for the "Islands" contest
http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4122323

I'll be back soon!  I'm working on next weeks theme "Bees".  I'm really loving my sketch. 
Jill



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Society6 Sale Week!

 THE GET SORTED SALE HAS BEGUN...

Monday, 3/9: Ends Saturday at Midnight
  •  20% Off Throw Pillows
  •  Starts at 12:00am PT   


Tuesday, 3/10: Ends Saturday at Midnight
  •  20% Off Tote Bags
  •  Starts at 12:00am PT

Wednesday, 3/11: Ends Saturday at Midnight
  •  20% Off All Phone Cases
  •  Starts at 12:00am PT

Thursday, 3/12: Ends Saturday at Midnight
  •  15% Off Shower Curtains + Duvets
  •  Starts at 12:00am PT

Friday, 3/13: Ends Saturday at Midnight
  •  $5 Off Art Prints
  •  Starts at 12:00am PT

Saturday, 3/14: 24 Hours, Ends Saturday at Midnight
  •  $5 Off Mugs
  •  Starts at 12:00am PT

Check out my Pirate collection...

http://society6.com/jillbyers/collection/pirates

New woodland favorites...
http://society6.com/jillbyers




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sewing

Occasionally, I mention that I'm going to sew something.  Here are some things I've sewn up lately.  I'm an amateur sewer at best.  Please, do not look too closely!  My sewing machine skips stitches and will not sew a straight line (I swear it's the machine not me). 

This little tote was made with my Pom Pom Fringe fabric...
http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3271674

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for sewing projects.  Through Pinterest I found the Noodlehead blog by Anna Graham.  She has great sewing patterns for sale and some for free.  I've made a few zipper pouches using this free tutorial from Noodlehead called the Open Wide Zipper Pouch.

This one was made with my Dim Sum fabric and my Dim Sum Basket Cover fabric.

http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2343073

I've also used her Gathered Clutch pattern.  Both patterns have very clear instructions, like I mentioned before... I am an amateur sewer.  They are both fun and quick sewing projects.
This gathered clutch was made with my Shibori6 fabric and Shibori Cloud fabric on the interior.

http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2999308
http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2999308

There are a few other projects that are lingering close by, unfinished.  I started a tote bag months ago but haven't finished because I'm trying to find the perfect leather handles for it.  I'm hot on the trail of some leather that I found on ETSY.  If the handles work out, maybe the tote will make an appearance someday too!

I really LOVE to see what customers make from my fabrics.  I'm collecting photos and will post them sometime soon I hope.

Happy Sewing!
Jill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fuzzy Fox

I'm so late to this party, I know.  Foxes have been everywhere for years now.  My daughter absolutely LOVES them.   We just celebrated a very foxy Christmas with fox wrapping paper, fox and woodland animal ornaments and quite a few gifts for my daughter with foxes on them.  I thought that since I'm still purchasing products with fox motifs on them, I may as well create a fox design too.

The assignment for the February MATS Bootcamp seemed like the perfect project.  Lilla wanted us to paint a round shaped scenic on a piece of wood.  Wood = Woodland animals and birch in my mind.

Here is my finished work...

It's always so fun to see how everyone interpreted the assignment.
You can view the February gallery here.
Also... Check out the fantastic journal covers in the January gallery here.

I want to give my daughter a pillow with just the fox and I really liked the birch texture by itself too, so I've uploaded a few variations to my Society6 shop...

http://society6.com/product/fox-on-snow_print#1=45
http://society6.com/product/birch-8bj_pillow#25=193&18=126


I was nervous about a lack of time this month because we were going away on winter break.  It turned out that I was able to finish early!  It was so nice to go away having everything completed.

We went to Lake Placid, NY to keep with the woodland theme!  If you like snow sports, don't mind freezing temperatures and wind chills way below 0, Lake Placid in February is heaven.  I absolutely LOVE it there!  Seriously, we added another night to our stay because we were having so much fun.  We experienced an incredibly fun 48 seconds on a bobsled, lots of ice skating on the lake and at the 400m Olympic rink, skiing and tobogganing.  I highly recommend visiting.

Hope you're staying warm this winter!
Jill


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!
Jill


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.

http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3192652

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.

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3354161

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.

http://blog.spoonflower.com/


 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.
http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3348740

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.
Jill

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!