Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How nice, how fancy!

A lady, who knows my weakness for anything nice and fancy, (even more so if it involves paper) brought this little beauty into the posh gift shop to show to me. It was sent to her from California and that's about all we know. 

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This gorgeous little desk calendar stands up on it's own and every month a new flower appears in the jar to remind you of the date. Beautiful, the idea, the design and the execution! 

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After a bit of research on the net, guess what I found. This 2015 desk calendar is designed and produced by Good Morning inc there is a whole load of interesting stuff on their website. Just how nice and fancy can you get? 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Pattern Base Book

My copy of The Pattern Base Book finally arrived with two of my patterns in there, staring out at you from the pages, such an exciting feeling! 

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The book features over 550 contemporary textile and surface designs and has a whopping 370 pages of loveliness to inspire you. 

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The book is designed by The Patternbase a leading textile design studio located in Chicago, Illinois. Designers, Kristi O'Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer founded the studio in 2011 and are also the co-authors of the book. It is published by Thames and Hudson and is also available from Amazon, so go order it now.

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Obviously, thanks also go to Mum and Dad who ordered the book and gave it to me as a present. Sometimes I am so spoilt, thank heavens!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New stuff made from old stuff!

Hello everyone, it's been a long time, 2015 started off on the wrong foot for me and so far I have only been surrounded by illness and sadness... and stress. I believe that life dishes out a lot of hurdles on the way, and sometimes they all appear at the same time! We just have to take everyday as it comes and life will eventually go back to some normality pretty soon.

So to calm my spirit and get back on track again and I have been designing like mad!!! It annoyed me that I had no new work to show but lots of motifs and unfinished stuff which has been around for sometime. So I have taken a lot of old designs (well old to me) I have put some into repeats, changed colours and finished things off nicely, and now I have a lot of new work to show off and more importantly... sell!

Here below you will find tiny snippets of 'new stuff made from old stuff', if you get what I mean. I know it's called recycling but it has had some surprising results, almost all the designs I have reworked have taken on a totally new aspect, brighter, newer and better. More than anything this exercise has given me lots of pleasure, and most of all, new confidence to start off all over again. The great news is that I have managed to license 15 new designs for home products and also submitted lots of patterns and designs which I hope to sell at an important trade fair in April. 
All this in just two weeks. 

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Life already feels much better, many of the hurdles have been smoothed out and I feel able to tackle things again. New patterns are waiting to be created and I now feel up to the challenge, so watch this space!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year... and love to all!

There are only a few hours left until the new year begins and I want to send all my SPD friends and my family lots of best wishes for a very Happy and Peaceful 2015
I was so busy in the 'posh gift shop' that I didn't have time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas here on my blog. Below you see a stary image which I have designed, it could be considered 'christmasy or fireworky' whichever is your mood and that will do for all of the festive season.

 
The Christmas sales went very well but we are very tired and a little relieved that it is all over. I was determined to record more of the action in the 'posh gift shop' this year but it is impossible to take photographs or indeed write blog posts when the big rush is on. I looked at our storeroom this afternoon and it is completely empty, every single present that was wrapped and stored has been retrieved or delivered to it's rightful owners, and, hopefully every gift was appreciated and enjoyed to the full.
Now I just want to have a quiet New Year and contemplate what 2015 might bring, I wish everyone a lovely evening and hope that next year brings exactly what you wish for whatever that may be! 
Love to all. Dawn x