Weekly Roundup & Spoonflower news

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. FQbundletableschairs

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.

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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.

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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!

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