Friday, April 22, 2016

The honour of your vote is once again most kindly requested


Spoonflower has recently changed the timing and focus of their design competitions which used to be weekly and more 'for fun' but are now monthly and have a specific focus. This first challenge is a collaboration between Spoonflower and one of their new divisions Sprout Patterns.

"Submit a Japanese Garden-themed design you think would look great on Sprout Patterns’ Asaka Kimono by Named Clothing. The winner’s design will be featured in the launch of this new pattern and all top-ten designers will receive great prizes!"

If you would like to vote for my "Kimono Bouquet" pattern please click
My sincere thanks for your vote - just fyi the voting reorders for each voter, you can only vote once and you don't have to sign in to vote!

Sprout Patterns is a new service that allows you to combine indie sewing patterns with Spoonflower designs to create customized cut and sew projects. Sprout takes away the work of tracing a sewing pattern onto fabric and lets you truly enjoy the process of making your own garments and accessories.
 
 I am populating all my online shops with this new design - which I hand painted in watercolour on paper before scanning cleaning getting ready for the templates in Photoshop and then uploading to my items which range from smartphone cases, framed art prints, spandex leggings, beanies, scarves and home decor items too. Thus far I have created 6 different iterations of/from this initial design as I love the idea of mixing and matching the patterns for pillows on a sofa, a different but co-ordinated legging with a fun beanie etc etc etc
For this collection at Spoonflower please click HERE

 
For Kimono Bouquet leggings at Redbubble please click HERE

 
 
For Kimono Bouquet collection at Society6 please click HERE 

 For this Kimono Bouquet collection at ArtOfWhere - for beanies, spandex ankle and capri leggings - please click HERE
For large (55" square) silky chiffon scarves please click HERE

My thanks to Gaia Marfurt for so kindly creating this sweet Kimono Doll for me and others in the challenge to decorate with their designs.
 
As with all of my designs I originate my artwork in watercolour, Winsor and Newton, on watercolour paper blocks by the same - with W & N series 7 paintbrushes - can you tell I am loyal to Winsor & Newton? I transfer the design from my original sketch via the wonderful auspices of old fashioned pencil and tracing paper....
and after I have a faint outline on my pad I then start the process of layering my watercolour paints in wash upon wash until my design is complete
 - then it's off to the scanner and Photoshop for the ultimate creation of a final set of file
which I can upload to my various online shops.
 
Thanks so much for taking the time to vote - appreciatively, PatriciaSheaDesigns

Monday, March 21, 2016

May I kindly ask for your VOTE at Spoonflower?

Dear Freinds - may I please request the honour of your vote in this week's Spoonflower design challenge - I'd be ever so appreciative!
Thanks in advance!

VOTE HERE 


Vote for any number of entries by clicking the check marks.
Designs are ordered randomly for each person who votes.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

New products, new patterns, new sizes, bulk discounts and Sprout Pattern mock ups!

 
 New to my Society6 online SHOP
Carry-All Pouches: "Organize your life with one of my Carry-All Pouches. Available in three sizes with wrap-around artwork, these pouches are perfect for carrying toiletries, art supplies and makeup-or fit an iPad in the large one. Comes with the ever-awesome YKK zipper, a strong canvas-like exterior, a 50/50 poly-cotton black interior lining
and is machine washable. 
Carry on, carry on - oh do!!"
 
***Wherever you see a word in BOLD in this blogpost - that is a link to one of my online shops - just click on it to go there - thanks!*** 
My latest design/pattern "Candy Apple Blossom" on both a black ground and a pale yellow ground. This design has been waiting patiently in my flat files to be finished and formatted and now is finally populating my online shops ready for Spring 2016.
 
 CANDY APPLE BLOSSOM - pale yellow at



CANDY APPLE BLOSSOM - black ground at



 New Spoonflower bulk discounts on my fabric designs:
Click on SHOP to go there.

 
 Pastel Carousel scarves at REDBUBBLE
 
Pastel Carousel Pillows at SOCIETY6

 NEW Rectangular Pillows at SOCIETY6

Additional sizes have been added to my ARTofWHERE shop - an extra small to the skirts and extra small and extra large to the capri and ankle leggings.
Spandex Fitted Pencil Skirts HERE
Spandex ankle leggings HERE        Capri leggings HERE





If you like to sew your own items from patterns here are a couple of mock ups I've created at Sprout Patterns to give you an idea of how you can use my Spoonflower patterns at Sprout. 
 LINK to this Bucket Hat pattern
LINK to this Ruffled Apron pattern 

This is how Sprout Patterns works: 
 So you create an account at Sprout, or, if you already have a Spoonflower account you can log in with that e-mail and password, then select a clothing pattern and chose a textile design from Spoonflower - hopefully one of mine, and to find the number of one of my designs you would have to go to my SPOONFLOWER SHOP  first - chose the design you want to use then locate the number at the end of the pattern url address - for instance the pattern above is http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/4584531 - so the pattern number you need to plug in at Sprout would be 458431 and ta dah my Elizabethan Quartrefoil shows up and you buy my design already laid out on the fabric in the pattern pieces ready to cut and sew - no messing about with paper patterns! How amazing is that?
"With Sprout, simply choose your sewing pattern from our curated collection of indie patterns, then fill the pattern with your fabric design of choice from Spoonflower’s marketplace. Select your size, features and fabric, then relax while your order is printed by Spoonflower and shipped to you. You will receive a package that includes a digitally printed custom sewing pattern—all you need to do is cut and sew!" Sprout Patterns

Thanks for taking a look see - see you soon, Patricia

Friday, February 26, 2016

How many different designs can you make from one motif?

So here's where the journey of my Pastel Carousel Mandala began. On the right is the original pencil sketch design I used as my jumping off point - on the left is the finished painted mandala - created in watercolour paints on Arches hot press paper with my lovely Winsor and Newton series 7 brushes.
As you can see the whole colour palette changed to a more bright pastel theme, and some of the layout changed too - once you start the actual layout and begin painting I find the design takes on a life of it's own and starts telling you how to proceed.
So once the design was painted up I scanned it at a very high resolution so I could create the huge design files I needed going forward, and then started my layouts in Photoshop - when I commenced creating the motif into allover repeats and placements the ideas began flowing and didn't stop for quite a while!! I was having so much fun that I ended up with 18 different design layouts which I then prepared for my print on demand online shops. I hope my joy of creating is reflected in the finished products.
 Then I had the fun of naming the design - sometimes that can be the hardest part - once I alighted on 'carousel' with the image of those delightful whirling painted horses I then though of confetti at a wedding - all of which comes in this same colour palette as my design and thus the name was set and I have used various and sundry versions of it on each design and in each shop.
"PASTEL CAROUSEL CONFETTI"


 I have created collections in each of my online shops so you can visit just this Pastel Carousel Confetti grouping in each
SPOONFLOWER - for fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper.
SOCIETY6 - for art prints, apparel, home decor and techcessories
REDBUBBLE - similar but different to Society6 with the addition of wonderful 55" square chiffon scarves. 
ARTofWHERE - gorgeous spandex leggings, skirts and beanies made in Canada, designed by yours truly! 

PLUS I have finally recreated my website from scratch - it's been a LONG time coming - and I did it all myself without a template - my biggest challenge was keeping it simple - please let me know what you think, any constructive criticisms are gratefully received.
Thank you for taking a look at my new design collection - I
hope to see you soon in cyberspace either here or at Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest
I have a new design in the works based on a hexagonal layout - I should be rolling that out in about a month or so so please stay tuned!
with THANKS!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year! and may I please ask for your vote at Spoonflower?

My very best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful, fun, colourful, inspiring, delightful and delicious NEW YEAR! 
To 2016!! Clink!

For me this year is going to be full of new design confections in delicious sugar coated bright pastels including my first paisley textile design and a hexagon/quilty based design that I've been planning on doing for a couple of years now - I will be getting to the hexxy as my next design so off to the drawing board and watercolour paint box with me!

WOULD YOU PLEASE HONOUR ME WITH YOUR VOTE AT SPOONFLOWER?
This weeks challenge at Spoonflower was "Windows" - I started off planning to do a much more literal version of Gothic stained glass windows but it just wasn't working out so I decided to let the motifs I was working with lead me where they would - and this design above is the result. An ode to the architectural tracery of the Gothic Cathedral with the colours and some motifs of stained glass glowing against a black ground to accentuate the light.

You can vote for my design HERE
the order changes for each voter so and you can only vote the once - thanks so much for taking the time to vote, there are quite the number of entries over there - I appreciate it so much!

Here is the LINK to Gothic Windows Homage in my Spoonflower shop - it will soon be available in many fabrics, wallpaper and wrapping paper - if you would like to order now please be in touch via the form in the right hand column of this blog - thank you!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
My 2016 Calendar design is still available in a number of my online shops on a variety of items - please check my last BLOGPOST for details - thank you! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

My 2016 Calendar Design - various and sundry items adorned with, and links to such!

I recently created my 2016 Calendar design for this years Spoonflower Tea Towel Competition - thank you to all the lovelies who voted for me there :)
 and now it's live and ready to be purchased on items big and small.

At Spoonflower you can buy a fat quarter of Linen (27" x 18") for a wonderfully large sized Tea Towel - you will have to sew the edges yourself but then you have a great 'homemade' gift for the coming gift giving season - click HERE to go to my shop.

At Etsy shop you can purchase my Calendar on
SHOWER CURTAINS - a witty way to know the day and date first thing in the morning - a WALL HANGING - up to 88" x 104" - a wonderful and attractive gift for a business, dorm room or home office!

A blank inside small, neat NOTEBOOK journal (5.2" x 7.3")
Calendar on the front cover - Blue Rhapsody textile design on the back. 

And as framed and unframed PRINTS:
Thanks for stopping by - as always I can customize, to a certain extent, many of my products so just be in touch via FACEBOOK - or there's a message form/box in the right sidebar of this log, and I'll see what I can do!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Recipe Round Up - because some need to be made early, some need practice and some could be for Thanksgiving too!

Making a traditional Christmas Fruit Cake is quite the undertaking - you have to round up all those lovely ingredients, which could include making your own candied/glaceed citrus peel then you have to bake it nice and early - like right now - and store it in a nice tight cake tin to develop it's lovely favours then a few days before the day itself you need to cover it in marzipan and ice it with Royal Icing - so thus the post at this time of the year. Click on the name below to go to the recipe in my blog archives:

Here's a recipe for one you could bake much closer to Christmas if you don't have time to do it now:

...and then there's the Christmas Pudding - which should traditionally be made on Stir-Up Sunday - this year it falls on November 22nd - again this is a recipe that really improves with aging.
The hearty ingredients for a very traditional Christmas Pudding

My personal favourite:
Full of wonderful New England ingredients like cranberries and pumpkin and with a good dash of tea soaked raisins - yum!!!
 An unusual pudding:
This could become a Thanksgiving holiday tradition?
Here's is a play on Christmas Puddings and is a quick and easy make for anytime over the holiday season:
 This little delight might need some practice to make perfect but is always an impressive site when brought ceremonially to the after dinner table:
 And last but certainly not least the wonderful anytime of the year but especially on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve - a luscious confection of jelly (I made mine vegetarian) English custard, homemade Ladyfingers and lashings of whipped cream:

'Tis the season to enjoy baking and cooking and cosy toes cups of tea by the fire - so please have fun!!