Saturday, March 14, 2015

Master Bedroom Curtains

After several months of waiting for the "right time", I had finally convinced my boyfriend Jeremy to hang the new master bedroom rods so I could finally sew the new curtains!

I had planned on sewing one panel per window because I still have blackout panels to sew, too.  The plan is for them to be fitted to the inside, attaching to the inside trim with velcro.

But once I hung a single panel over the window, it was obvious it needed 2 full panels so it didn't look like I was cutting corners or being cheap.
So with one window complete, I now need to order 6 more yards for the second one. ha!

I used my "Lake Emily Summer Roses" in blueberry blue, printed on Spoonflower's 55% linen 45% cotton.  The fabric has a wonderfully soft hand but is quite substantial.  

One of my favorite parts are my cotton fabric tags, which I attached to the front of each panel, in the corner by the hem. I'm darned proud of these and I want to claim them!

Here is the link to the page where you too, can order this pattern in fabrics, wallpaper or gift wrap:

Lake Emily Summer Roses
Finished panels hung in south window
Panels hung on south window at dusk
My faithful helper, baby Stewart
Sewing on the fabric tag

Fabric tag attached to the front bottom hem!

Measuring for the ruffle top and rod pocket
Sewing the seams

Thursday, February 12, 2015

NEW Zazzle Store items!

I just signed up for a Zazzle store and am busy uploading patterns for designs available through Zazzle!

Did you know you can get my lovely English country florals printed on everything from blankets, to clocks, plates, all manner of stationery and party accessories, ceramic tiles, totes, etc?!

Here are the links to my newest (and first) designs, 
"Lake Emily Summer Roses" postcards in blueberry blue.
"Lady Enid" postcards in blueberry blue.
"Seaside Garden Stripe Roses" in blueberry blue.
What a fun and romantic way to send an old fashioned snail-mail "hello" to a dear friend!

Here's what they look like: 

"Lake Emily Summer Roses" postcards in blueberry blue

"Seaside Garden Stripe" postcards in blueberry blue

"Lady Enid" postcards in blueberry blue
"Lady Enid" postcards in blueberry blue

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dreaming of Spring

Some poetic musings, on a dreary winter's day in Seattle.

In preparation for my participation in an up coming artist studio tour for North Seattle, I am washing and drying fabrics before sewing them up into pillows, scarves, aprons and napkins!

The public will be touring my studio, and subsequently my dining room too, which one must pass through in order to reach the studio.
They get to see my master bedroom along the way.
So all 3 rooms will be getting make over.

I can't help photographing a few of my fabrics with the bouquet of tulips I brought home yesterday.

Oh, and here's the link to my artist studio tour, scheduled for September:

Arts North Studio Tour

"Caroline" in blueberry blue, on heavy weight cotton canvas
"Lake Maria Summer Roses" in peony pink, on cotton poplin

"Summer Garden" in peony pink, on cotton poplin

"Watercolor Roses" in blueberry blue, on linen cotton canvas

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Looking Ahead to a Flower-Filled New Year

One thing constant in my life: flowers!
Whether they enliven my breakfast table, turn their sweet faces to the sun in my own garden, flow from the tip of my paint brush or grace my fabric and wallpaper designs, I have decided I cannot live without them, and I am in good company!

Happy New Year, all!
And here's to a year filled with wonderful, happy, colorful flowers!

"I must have flowers, always, and always."  - Claude Monet

"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."  - Iris Murdoch

"Perfumes are the feelings of flowers." - Heinrich Heine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Looking Glass Art

I've had this vision in my mind for quite awhile now, of a slightly distressed, ancient-looking mirror, with beautiful flowers showing through in the rubbed off sections.

So today I decided to go about creating that vision, using a really gorgeous, ornate brass frame I bought from a neighbor's garage sale, years ago!

After getting glass cut to size at Lowes, I returned home and used decoupage glue to attach a piece of patterned paper (in this case, I used my own design, which can be purchased through my shop, Lilyoake, on Spoonflower, here)

After it dried, I waited still longer for a dry moment outside (this is, after all Seattle) and ran outside to put on 5 light coats of Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint.
I have seen it used on many DIY blogs for homemade mercury glass effects.
I'm not even sure I used it on the correct side of the glass - as this was a first time experiment!
But in between each coat, I spritzed it with vinegar water and blotted off the paint in areas where I wanted my roses pattern to show through.

After it dried, I put it into the frame and lit the candles - its rather ghostly, and very romantic!

I will try a second time with new glass and try a different technique.
But I thought my first try was worth sharing!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Exploring Wallpaper Looks

Spoonflower has a fun feature that allows you to see what your design will look like on a wall, as wallpaper ( or even on a wrapped gift, as wrapping paper).

Here are a few favorites of mine. I am quite sure I will choose Rococo Roses, blue on white, for my family room walls.
But its still fun to see what certain designs might look like on a wall, to scale!