It's been a busy week over here so I thought I'd do a Friday roundup of my little corner of the world. First off, WOWZA'! After my little confessional of how I gave myself a break from Spoonflower contests, my Furniture Forest design went and got third place this week! How about that. Of course I'm pretty happy that it did well and I still really like the design, so that was a highlight of the week. You can go check out my design on Spoonflower and purchase yardage over there.
Secondly, I actually have another entry in the current Spoonflower contest. I wasn't going to do another one so quickly but the theme was ballet and I thought it would be a good chance to work on a children's print. I absolutely love children's prints, patterns, and illustration. In fact when I first started doing this I thought I would naturally gravitate toward that market but I discovered something: it's really hard! I was a theater major in college and it's said in those circles that drama is easy, comedy is hard. And I feel the same way about art for children. You think it'd be easy, simple, fun - everything is color and character. But when you get down to putting something together it can be really challenging, so that's an area I'm trying to work on. Plus, I feel like there's more cross-over these days between the children's market and mainstream markets - all those discerning and style savvy parents! Here's my entry, "Pas de Souris," which I'm pretty sure means "step of the mouse" (instead of other pas de ___ ballet terms). I know it's not as strong a design and I don't expect top ten status this time, but as a practice exercise I'm happy with it and think it turned out cute. You can VOTE over at Spoonflower until next Wednesday Oct. 8.
I've been messing around with a few other things too. I'm working on creating a studio space here in my home. I had my own room for sewing, crafts, and art a number of years ago before my son was born but now I'm out of rooms except for a large unfinished basement. Not exactly an inspiring environment. After trying to make that space work for me as is I decided it was going to need a lot more love and attention to make it habitable as a work space. I've been busy painting, reorganizing, rearranging, and PURGING a lot of old fabric and materials. I'm really excited about how it's looking so far. Here are a few sneak peek images but I'll be back with a full "reveal" (that word feels too grand for this occasion) of my new space.
Finally, I'm really working hard right now to get some new products into my shop before the holidays. I have grand plans that I'm sure will be curtailed at some point. I'm currently working on a calendar - I love old fashioned paper calendars. I'm having a lot of fun coming up with little patterns for each month. But why are there so many months in a year? I finish one and there are still eleven to go! Wish me luck. And if you have ideas for products you'd like to see, please let me know! Have a great weekend!