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The new year will be here before you know it – and what could be handier than a calendar that will also dry your dishes?
I have two different 2015 tea towel calendars for sale at Spoonflower. Bird Talk updates last year’s Bird Talk with a fresh color scheme, featuring 12 cheery black birds chirping out the months. Bee Towel has a funky honeycomb and three happy honeybees on a cheery background of distressed yellow dots.
Each towel fits on a fat quarter of Spoonflower’s lovely Linen-Cotton Canvas, so you can get 4 towels out of a yard (they make great gifts on their own or eco-friendly wrapping for holiday presents!) or take advantage of the 2-For-1 Fat Quarter Sale on through November 12th to get one for yourself at a great price. (Or order it on wallpaper if you’re not the hemming type!)
It was fun (I say that a lot, don’t I? But I really do think most of my job is pretty fun) to think about the shapes of the cats and leaves and fit them together into a pattern. And I love how those pairs of cats came out looking like they know something we don’t…I didn’t think about it until I saw this photo, but the cats remind me a bit of the yellow-eyed black cats in one of my favorite books when I was a kid, The Witch of Hissing Hill by Mary Calhoun.
With its playful-but-still-sophisticated black and yellow-orange design on an off-white background, this fabric would be perfect for a Halloween tablecloth or throw pillow.
Photo: Spoonflower via Flickr
I agree heartily with Jorge Luis Borges when he said, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” I volunteer with the Friends of the Library group for my local branch, and am probably driving the staff crazy with the number of books I request and check out weekly. So I was happy to see that the theme for last week’s Spoonflower contest was Libraries.
I played around with a few ideas (look for more library designs from me in the future!), but the one that I ended up using was scans of library checkout cards, altered to feature some of my favorite books, from “Where the Wild Things Are” to “The Bell Jar.” I love those cards – they’re a link to pre-computer times, a tiny record of the past, and such cool-looking pieces of ephemera.
I also changed some of the identifying details on the cards, like the library locations – often to match the setting of the book or something from the author’s life. Being a type geek, I had a lot of fun matching up the old fonts and the look of vintage typewriters.
Apparently there are a lot of other fans of checkout cards out there, too, because my “Old Friends” fabric came in 5th in this week’s voting. Thanks everyone! I’m off to order the design on Spoonflower’s Eco Canvas and make a book bag, myself.
Happy reading, happy sewing!
Photo by Spoonflower via Flickr.
Sounds like the perfect time to break out my Smorgyle fabric, ideal for BBQ aprons, picnic napkins, pillowcases and more.
The topic also reminded me of a fun, easy invite I did a few years back for a camping-themed birthday party: I topped rectangles cut from an old topographic map with a printout of my s’more illustration for a quick, inexpensive invite that set the mood for the outdoorsy party.
Are you hungry yet? Check out this S’mores Dip from Hungry Brownie – no campfire required.
This week’s Spoonflower contest was crayon-drawn monsters – so I made some monsters drawing with (or occasionally eating – they are monsters, after all) crayons. It was a lot of fun, once I got over my fear of crayons (there’s no erasing!) and got into it. I think my favorite is the green guy with horns, or maybe the hapless orange one eating the blue crayon.
Usually when I think about resolutions, it’s in terms of dots per inch, the almighty dpi that can make or break a print project or keep things running smoothly on the web.
But for last week’s Spoonflower contest, I had to think about New Year’s resolutions – specifically, hand-lettered ones. I’d been itching to try more hand-lettering, so I came up with my list of aspirations, from the practical (do the dishes more often) to the creative (make art) to the esoteric (let it be) to the probably impossible (get more sleep), and wrote them out in my nicest, funkiest writing. It was fun to explore lots of different styles, and to think about what I wanted to improve this year. So far I’ve been flossing regularly, and making art. The rest of them I’ll have to keep working on.
As a nice bonus, my Manifesto fabric came in 3rd in the New Year’s Resolutions fabric contest. Thanks, Spoonflower voters!