Friday, September 5, 2014

Creating Faux Vintage Flowers with a Shabby Chic Style

The details of the wedding are coming together, and I was sewing something today for the ceremony.  I stopped to take a break and to create a new item that I have been thinking about.  Listening to Celine Dion sing The Color of My Love.

I love vintage roses, especially to decorate a gift, pin on a jacket or accessorize something or other.

Recently I painted pink cabbage roses and turned them into fabric.  Spoonflower has a lovely cotton voile, which looks similar to nylon that they use for vintage flowers. Soft and transparent enough to give the effect I wanted, I call the design A Shabby Chic Rose Soft.

I started off by ordering a fat quarter of this design in my shop on Spoonflower.  I had it printed in their soft cotton voile fabric.

I  cut out the flowers, and using the flower shape as my template, I cut out a few in plain nylon to go in-between the flower petals.  Stacking them to create a fat enough flower.

Sewing them together and alternating between the plain nylon flower petals and my cabbage rose petals.  Using a pretty pink button, I sewed it on to create the center of the flower blossom.

I used a circle of felt on the back to secure the flower and to allow me to later add a pin for my purse or lapel, or ribbon to  attach to a gift.

Sarah's Birthday is next week, so I wanted to use this one to go on top of her gift.  So, I sewed a bit of ribbon to tie to the ribbon around the gift.

I used my Pink Cabbage Roses on French Script gift wrap design to wrap her gift.  I then attached my pink rose flower to the top of the gift.
(I also have gift wrap available in the Pink Cabbage Roses Design).
Ta Da...some gift wrap, cut-out voile flower petals and a bit of stitches.

The fat quarter hosts enough petals for several flowers.
 Here it is all ready to present.  I found an aqua gift envelope to match perfectly.

Have a beautiful day filled with gifts and smiles.  Now back to my sewing project for the ceremony.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Arranging Delphinium

When I find a garden that truly inspires, it is so easy to begin the design process.  Especially when I am listening to some lovely music as I paint.

Bees hum about pointing to the sweetest smelling flowers.

Delphinium...a flower that is so intricate in design, yet sturdy enough to grow so tall it towers over all the other flowers in the garden.

Inspiration followed and I designed a collection called Delphinium Gardens. 

I painted a few watercolor illustrations

and turned them into fabric collections.  I am still working on some ideas for Daisy Garland fabric collection.

The flowers in the gardens are so inspirational, I can't stop designing.

Spoonflower recently announced a new fabric, Faux Suede.  For fun I printed it on one of the Delphinium designs in my Delphinium Gardens collection.  I can't capture how beautiful it looks and feels.

My samples came back in my Delphinium Garden Collection.  They printed beautifully on Kona Cotton fabric.

This is just a small sampling of all the fabrics in the collection.  I have never used this green before, but I love the contrast against the Delphinium blue.

I also love the soft feeling of the Kona Cotton with my designs.  I can see a quilt in this happy design.
Delphinium Garden Fabric Collection on Spoonflower

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Paris Chic

Paris is buckets of roses at the flower gardens, the Eiffel Tower and a bit of French script.  A bit of lovely French music for you.

 Here is another design I call Paris Chic.
Now back to designing some more Paris Chic fabrics.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

At The Poolside

Inspired by summer weather here in North Carolina, I designed this fabric collection on Spoonflower.  Now I am off to design some pillows and totes to use these new designs.

At The Poolside

Orange and Aqua, it makes me thing of orange popsicles, aqua flip flops and sitting by the poolside.

A new fabric collection which will be available in my Spoonflower shop soon.  I just ordered this collection sampler printed on the new fabric called Performance Pique'.  If you would like to read about the fabric, here is the link to all the fabric products Spoonflower offers.

The Hydrangeas will be in bloom in the Northeast in July.  Another wonderful flower to add to the poolside decor.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Scallop Sea and my little skipper

How cute, Gene Kelly and Jerry Mouse sing and dance to Anchors Away.

I got some fabric samples back for a new collection.  I love it when the samples arrive.

It's a little nautical fabric collection, I call The Scallop Sea.  When I went to photograph the samples, and I put my little monkey RJ in his crib.  Then he popped up and I had to include him too.