Monday, January 7, 2013

Society 6 is having a limited time Free Shipping offer.

Use this link to access the free shipping offer through January 13, 2013. 

 I've added new designs this week.  Drop in a take a peek.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nordic Knit iPhone Case

How about a sweater for your iPhone?  Well, not really a sweater, but a fun simulated Nordic Knit, maybe.  I originally had this in mind for some of Spoonflower's cotton knit and I hope to get back to that idea, but in the middle of designing, this seemed to want to be an iPhone Case design.  This is one of those designs that just seems to make any day less monotonous and more like a little party, each time you would use your phone.

Listed at Society 6..............drop in and browse around, I have a few others that might appeal also.

Nordic Knit iPhone Case

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gardenia Daydream iPhone Case


It is spring where we live, but I thought this case would be a way to have spring all year long.
The Society 6 Shop placed this design in the Shop.

I would imagine a bride could give this as bridesmaid's gifts.

Society 6 is offering free shipping until Sunday.

That is a five dollar savings per phone.  
Imagine if you were ordering a bundle of them 
for gifts or bridesmaids gifts, you could save quite a bit.  

If mom is an iPhone user, it would be a great Mother's Day surprise too.

I've also loaded a few new ones.  I have a new purple and green chevron in spring colors.
I have an aqua petite paisley too.
The whole selection is available for viewing here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Phone Case Designing

Several of my previous fabric designs are lending themselves pretty well to phone case designs.  I've loaded a few new ones this past week.

I didn't realize iPhone cases were part of a fashion statement, until I heard from someone this week, about a person that had several cases in order to match different wardrobes.  Here are a few images with a phone case for an elegant night out compared to a different case for a weekend in boots in jeans. 

Another idea that came to mind, was for bridesmaids gifts.  I could envision having cases that would coordinate to a bride's wedding colors and give those as gifts to the wedding attendants.  Maybe even mother of the bride might like one. 

It is a fun way to have a phone become much more personalized.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Designs Taking Off

After a friend mentioned Society 6 to me, I began to think I ought to expand my designs onto other items beyond fabric.  Around the end of the year, I selected a couple of designs that have been popular and loaded them for use as prints, laptop skins, and phone cases.  I was fairly skeptical that people pay $35 for a phone case, but to my surprise, when I checked in two months later, I found that I had sold over 60.  So I decided to set up a few new files this they are if you'd like to take a look.

I have several other designs as well................

Stop by if you get a chance................(copy the link below and paste into the browser to check out the rest).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sometimes the creative bug bites..............well......more often than not, for me it seems.

From a surface design standpoint, I am trying to do those things that stand out from the crowd.  Creating designs that are different yet still eyecatching and beautiful, seems to be the trail I'm seeking.  I have been experimenting with adding texture to some of my latest designs.

Here are some of the latest chevron prints I've been working on.  I have a few others waiting to proof.

These designs bring to mind the Southwest.  The first one is titled Morning Sky.

The last image is a large scale version of the design titled Sizzle.  I've posted a smaller scale of this design
in the photos above.

For a look at more of my surface designs, here is a link to my Photostream.............

Waiting to be discovered............until then I'll happily drench myself in these colorful fabrics.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Designing Eye Candy with Spoonflower

I have had many hobbies over the years.  The primary one being drawing.  Designing textiles is a new hobby that has pulled from some of my old hobbies.  It seems to feel like a combination of drawing, painting, stamping, cutting, or even making floral arrangements.  

A few years back, a relative of mine, fell in love with digital abstract art that I was creating.  She really had an interest in wall hangings.  I enjoyed creating them, but never brought them into printed art.  Time went by and she contacted me to say she had heard of a company called Spoonflower and they were printing textiles from uploaded digital designs and had hoped I would give it a try. 

I had gotten some experience with digital art through working on a grant project for special needs science programs, as the staff artist.  I had learned many ways to manipulate the art programs from that experience.  The textile designs required somewhat different skills, which were far beyond pure artistic inspiration.  It was necessary to comprehend the way fabric repeats would occur within a design.  Easier said than done.  A bit of mathematics and intuition would have to come into play to succeed with the desired effects.  It was also necessary to grasp that the colors on the monitor may differ from the actual printed design.  After a few frustrations along the way, the process became more predictable and very enjoyable.  

Last month was the most successful I have seen, since submitting my designs to Spoonflower, with over thirty yards being sold.   

Here are a few photos of the printed fabrics, if you would like to take a look.

I have several colorways of this design.  

One very useful element among the design options with the Spoonflower Company, is the option to scale the designs.  This design is shown in an 8 inch square and a 4 inch square. 

The photo below shows an example of how a quilter might be able to apply this type of print into their quilts.

This design is from my Jungle series.  It was printed on the cotton sateen at 4 inch scale.  By rotating the designs, it will create an entirely different square.

By continuing to rotate identical cuts, so that a different corner appears in the center, 
then a new design square will form.

These are grouped into color coordinated samples.  The larger ones were printed on the quilting cotton and the small paisley designs were printed on the cotton sateen.  The colors remind me of Skittles Candy.

This design is printed onto the quilting weight cotton.  I was pleased with the printing.

Everyone really liked this print.  Resembles cloisonne' just a bit.

This is a large scale design.  I hope to continue designing with the large scale.  There are options on this design, to have it set to smaller scale also.  I am thinking of having these
become a set of pillow cases.

Well, I won't continue tempting you with the eye candy...................but that gives a taste of my newest hobby.

By the way, the cousin that originally discovered Spoonflower, ended up ordering a design I called Silk Sari, a large-scale blue abstract.  Her plan was to print it to silk.  She is expects to be wearing it soon, as a silk sari.  When she is not wearing it, she wants to hang it on her wall, as art.

If you would like to see more of the designs I have with Spoonflower, I will add the link for their site.  The folks there are creating some new and helpful search options at the present time.  It is fun to be simply window shopping, even if you are not a fabric buyer.  They have a great customer service department and want to provide an enjoyable experience for their users.  

Listed below is my link.  I am not sure if it pasted as a hyperlink.  If it did not.  Then see how copy and paste works.

Well, I am need of a few minutes designing time.................
more later.