It's cold. (and I don't do "cold" very well.) It's hard for me to navigate the months weather-wise even thought this is my full second year in Australia. For me, this is supposed to be a summer month. Not just hot, but sultry-hot. Sandals and pedicures, sunroof open, poolside, barbeque-time hot.
Tonight, here in Toowoomba, high in the mountains, it is time for my trusty space heater to go full blast in my studio while my cat Aker sits nearby, or even curls right next to it. I've made chai tea and have turned on the Air Conditioner (Here, they do not say "turn on the heat", it's "turn on the air-con") to heat up the house so I can cook tonight's comfort food from home: Hamburger Casserole coupled with an Upside-Down Pear Cake which I've never made before and am quite looking forward to. After dinner it's going to be a cozy night in front of the computer meeting a deadline for a new project I'm really excited about.
Meanwhile, I'll show off a faux fur snowflake design I've completed. Not sure where this will be used just yet, but I will let you know once I've decided. My inspiration for this one is obvious: cold weather, but, also, one of my favorite things: warm, faux fur throws. I have two on my bed. It's a perfect way to cheer me through these frigid temps. Hope you enjoy my new designs.
I'm escaping winter blahs with these vibrant summer hues. This pattern features an ocean wave background against stripes. In front are colorful surfboards embellished with a wood grain pattern. I really like to play with layers of pattern and see how much I can add without anything getting lost.
I ordered a swatch of my violet & pink cricket ditsy in Silky fraille and am so pleased with the vibrancy of the print! It's 100% polyester with excellent drape. I love fabric that doesn't need ironing.
Scan of fabric:
This is from Spoonflower's website: This elegant fabric drapes beautifully and is appropriate for a variety of different projects. When printed, this 100% polyester fabric features crisp, brilliant color that holds up great in the wash. Its soft touch makes it ideal for apparel, such as dresses, blouses and scarves. Pillows and drapes are also a great way to take advantage of this fabric’s perfect weight and flow.
This new trend of growing facial hair.... not my choice look for men. My two deal breakers are smokers and men with beards. I like a clean, smooth face (with a nice cologne) and fresh breath. Don't get me wrong, some men look great with facial hair. Plus, I love illustrations of them. But up close and personal?
So for this week's theme of celebrating mustaches and beards for Spoonflower, I stayed true to my preference.
I learned a couple of things while I researched for images/ideas.
1. Apparently shaving while outside of your car use to be the "thing" to do?? Too funny.
2. Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor use to shave their faces for extra exfoliation. It's supposed to add a glow to your skin. (see here)
It was the 80's and I had inherited the duty of setting the family table from my older sister. Fork, Plate, Knife, Spoon, Glass to the upper right.
We'd sit at the round wooden kitchen table. My father had the best seat, a clear view of the television. I had the worst seat, my back nearly to it. We would watch whatever action show was popular at the time. So, listening to this theme song, The Fall Guy, brings me back to that table.
The theme this week for Spoonflower is "Utensils" so I set the table again. This time by rearranging forks to make letters (which is quite fun, btw) and it made me feel awkward to place the fork, knife, spoon together, but the design didn't look quite right otherwise. :)
I designed this for a fat quarter to be used to embellish a larger project, or to be a basket liner, etc. Maybe even as part of an apron?
I'm sure at one point I'll add the complete alphabet with forks and use it for other projects.