Thursday, September 19, 2013


All kinds of Spoonflower updates for you...

My dinosaurs came in 5th place in the weekly Spoonflower contest!  I'm super happy!  Thanks to everyone who voted for them.  I have not received samples of the fabric yet but when I do I will upload some photos.

In the meantime, I just received my samples of "Dim Sum".  This collection of designs really surprised me.  At first, I was not going to enter this contest because I had no idea what to design.  Then... over coffee and google one morning the idea hit me and I really enjoyed building the coordinating designs.  I'm pretty pleased with the way they printed too.  I took some photos this morning...

This afternoon, I found out that my "Kuler Carnival" design placed 27th!  I'm pretty happy anytime my design is in the top 50!

This week the theme is "Small-scale Geometric Print for Shoes".  The contest is in conjunction with the company Milk and HoneyMilk and Honey is a website where you can custom design your own shoes.  If you love shoes, you need to check it out.  I'm not expecting my entry to do very well.  I hate to be a pessimist but there are so many entries and so many that are more interesting than mine.  A lot of designers mocked up their design onto a shoe and it's really fun to check out the Spoonflower Flickr Pool to see them.  There are so many ways to style your shoe!  After quite a few mock ups with different shoe styles, colors, heels, open toe, closed toe, rounded, squared and on and on and on...

This is what I went with.

I know, as I try to find my niche in the world I know it's not in fashion design.  If this were Project Runway, Heidi would be saying "Auf Wiedersehen"!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

All kinds of fun...

I had a great reaction to my "Dim Sum" designs.  I placed 20th out of 144.  Yay!
I ordered some of the fabric to make some placemats.  Hopefully, my fabric will be in the mail to me this week and I'll sew something up to show you.

This week the theme is "Dinosaurs".

I created some coordinating designs that you can see here.

I also uploaded the design to Society6.  I made a slightly different arangement for a framed print.

The dino silhouettes were originally made years ago for wallpaper.  They were originally spaced out a little bit more and on a white background.  When I put them closer together I liked the way that they fit like puzzle pieces so... I carved into them a bit to emphasize the puzzle effect.  It's subtle.  I like the addition of the egg background too.

The next Spoonflower contest is in conjunction with Adobe.  The contest is titled "Kuler Spaces".  The design is supposed to use the Kuler app. from Adobe to create a color palette for your design.  I just recently did this on my own with a bunch of swiss chard using the color picker in Photoshop...  So simple.  I was curious how Kuler would work so I used the same photo and let Kuler pick the colors this time... How frustrating!  I'm sorry Adobe,  I'm a big fan of Photoshop and Illustrator but not so crazy about Kuler.  I was off to a bad start when I could not remember the password I set up when I downloaded the app. to my iphone.  Oh my, the patience I lost just trying to log in!  Here are my thoughts...  It only allows you 5 colors.  Why not more?  You are able to tweak them... which I did.  The color palette that you create gets saved onto their website and can be used by anyone.  That's nice, here is the link to mine.   Now, I may be alone on this but I think it's weird that it does not show the photo where the colors came from.  That's what is interesting to me.  I like to see where the inspiration came from!  Maybe I'm missing something.  A lot of people love the app. and think it's fun to play around with.  Give it a try!  Here is the link... Kuler

This is what I came up with.  I'm calling it "Kuler Carnival ".

I put together something on my own to show the color palette with the inspiration photo.  It's very similar to the one that I made with photoshop in my last blog entry.

Wow.  That's it for today!  Too wordy???