Friday, September 12, 2014

Mackintosh rose reading chairs

Cozy pink and rosey chairs for reading, doodling, or maybe even daydreaming. I've been looking for a spot of time to draw chairs. So, I did. Lots and lots of them. Still haven't scratched that itch. There will be more!


Reading Chairs at the Library





Sunday, September 7, 2014

Do you love picket fences with garden arches?

I do!

Toowoomba is a treasure trove of manicured gardens and all sorts of lawn embellishments. The arched gates are one of my favorite features. Here's a snap of one.


I added giant palm leaves as the background. Below is the end result!

"Please Close the Gate"



--- find it here ---

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Red Flowering Gum Tree Blossoms


My nature walks are back! After missing out on them for 6 months, I am very excited to be back out and about. I've decided to learn more about what types of plants, trees, and flowers surround me here. I was lucky enough to find this tree flowering in various stages. I thought I'd share these photos here so that other nature lovers, or artists, could also enjoy and use them as a reference for their work.

A little about this tree:
Gum tree is a term used for the eucalyptus trees. This particular tree is a Red Flowering Gum. The other common names are Scarlet Flowering Gum and Albany Red Flowering Gum. 

The following show the different stages of the buds opening up to full blossoms. I really love the "caps" being forced open by the blossom inside.




  
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beetle Brights

This week's design challenge theme is "Beetles." My little guys turned out bright and a little on the monster side. But I think the fun colors make them less threatening. I call this design Beetle Brights.


detail



repeat



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Celebrating Jacaranda Season

When I first arrived in Australia four years ago and got through customs, found my bags, and found my then-boyfriend-now-husband (1.5 hours later), the first thing I noticed outside the airport were these magnificent lavender blossomed trees. I was in the parking lot of the airport standing next to Michael's father making small talk (yes, I met my father-in-law the SAME day I met my husband). He gave me my very first Q&A on Australia. I had so many questions about how far away the nearest beach was, the trees and flower, where I could find kangaroos and koala bears.

Anyway, the Jacaranda trees were in full bloom. They dotted the landscape everywhere. I've been in love with these trees ever since. It was just a matter of time before I translated them into fabric.


Here is a photo that shows the blossoms up-close



The streets lined with blooming trees



Pattern detail



Pattern repeat


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rackets and watercolor tennis balls

I think this might be my first "sporty" themed repeat pattern. These rackets have a wood grain pattern. The balls are watercolor. I'll definitely be playing with this medium more often. Find the fabric here.

detail:


repeat pattern:



I became inspired and also created this invitation, stickers, and keychains that you can customize with your own name or team. 

(links: invite, Ava sticker, Chloe sticker, Ava keychain, Chloe keychain)


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spanish lavender - new floral pattern

For this design, I disassembled the bloom of Spanish Lavender. It grows right outside my window and it's so pretty!


Detail:



Pattern Repeat (fabric here):



Color variation:





Both of these designs are available in pillow form.



 ----- Magenta, Violet, and a 2-designs-in-1 (just flip the pillow over for an alternative look!) -----