Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Decorative Acorns

Why are acorns so darn cute? I've been painting them, covering them in velvet, and stuffing loose caps with colorful felted balls for some seasonal displays. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Tables and chairs! That's the theme of this week's Spoonflower challenge. Funnily enough, I was so inspired by the prompt that I was floundering in my ideas. I was running out of time, thinking about how long it would take me to draw a bunch of full tables and chairs, and then this pared-down idea hit me. Leggy showcases my favourite part of furniture: the beautifully carved and turned legs. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Henri Le Sidaner's Tables

I clipped this picture out of a Victoria issue from the '90s. Smitten with the colors and intimist style, I checked out the artist, Henri Le Sidaner. Apparently he really liked painting tables, and, frankly, he makes them seem like the center of the most heavenly retreats. Here's just a few:
 La Nappe Rose
La Table, Automne, Gerberoy
 La Table D'Automne
La Table, Soleil dans les Feuilles  
La Table aux Lanternes
La Table Bleue
Le Dejeuner

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Schoolgirl Floral

My Schoolgirl Floral fabric design, as seen in Spoonflower's Recent Trends list, is now available for sale as fabric, wallpaper, decals, and gift wrap in my shop!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DIY Scalloped Series: Necklace

Glue gun
Paint brush
Acrylic paint
Thin wooden semicircles (Note: I started with 4 circles and sawed them in half to get 8 semicircles)
Ribbon the thickness of the wooden semicircles (I used a length about 30 inches)
Step 1: Paint the wooden semicircles with your desired color or pattern. 
As you can see, I gave mine a golden edge and painted one side mint green. When I want a more neutral necklace I can wear it with the wooden side showing to match my hair and skin.
Step 2: Center and hot glue the painted semicircles onto the ribbon to make a row of scallops. 
The extra ribbon at the ends can be tied in a bow as the closure.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Toulouse-Lautrec Impressionist Painting

This is an acrylic painting I made of the garden at Le Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France. The castle is the home to over 1,000 works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's art. 

Monday, September 08, 2014

DIY Scalloped Series: Collared Shirt

A polo shirt can be updated with this scalloped collar because the piqué frays minimally and holds its shape.
Polo shirt
Matching thread
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Step 1: Measure the circumference of the collar to figure out how to divide it up into evenly sized scallops. I decided to mark my collar every 2 inches because it is about 18 inches long.
Step 2: After measuring and marking draw the scallops in with pencil.
Step 3: Snip along the scalloped line.
Step 4: Top stitch the edge and wear with joy!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Eyes to the Soul Top 10

Eyes to the Soul placed in the top 10 of Spoonflower's Your Neighborhood challenge and is now available for sale in my shop. You can check out the winning designs here, which are available in a fat quarter bundle for this week only! 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Vintage Vacationers 2

For a summery hurrah, here's part two of my Vintage Vacationers post from last year. The photos come from a gallery on The Weather Channel called Before the Bikini: Rare Vintage Beach Photos. These are my favourites from the 1920s. The photo above, from August 1928, captures vacationers  on the beach at Shanklin on the Isle Of Wight, England.
August 1922: Canvey Island, Essex, England
1924: Actress Viola Dana
1921 and 1923, respectively: Bathing suit models
1924: Girls of 'The Merry Whirl' applying their make-up on Manhattan Beach, New York, where they are holding a water carnival
1925: Women posing near a Paris beach
1926: Toddlers taking a beach nap
1929: A row women showing off some unusual and original swimwear
1929: Bathers undress using the 'Skreenette' on a public beach
1929: Bathing beauties
February 1925: Members of the Brighton Swimming Club
July 1921: Bathers dance hand in hand on the beach at Plymouth, in Devon, England
1929: Star formation on New York's Brighton beach
July 1927: Two women playing leapfrog on the beach at Broadstairs in Kent, England
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