Saturday, September 13, 2014

Violets are Blue...

"We are violets blue, For our sweetness found careless in the mossy shades,
Looking on the ground.
Love's dropp'd eyelids and a kiss,
Such our breath and blueness is."
             James Henry Leigh Hunt

This is a new fabric I designed, I've called Violetta.
I needed to balance out all my pastel blues and white designs with a little drama, a rich blue background!


Flowers for the Soul


This quote by Hans Christian Anderson, says it all:

"Just living is not enough...
one must have sunshine,
freedom,
and a little flower"

That's how I feel about interior design as well.
I adore floral prints, especially in soft shades of blue and white.
And I believe a home looks magical and romantic when adorned in flowers.

I have designed over 160 so far, and each new design becomes my new favorite!
I started out designing just for myself, to decorate my little Cape Cod cottage in colors and patterns I wanted, but couldnt find on the open market.

Now its become an obsession!

Here are a few photos I took recently of some of my fabrics I have had printed on the linen-cotton canvas, quilting cotton or heavy cotton canvas, available at Spoonflower.

I plan on sewing them up into soft furnishings for the home this fall/winter, and offering them up for sale through my ETSY shop, Lilyoake.
So, stay tuned!




Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Love of Roses




















"Won't you come into the Garden?
I would like my roses to see you..."
                        Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I took advantage of the late summer sun on the patio and took some photos of my roses fabrics.
I have designed so many, I had to limit my choice to a few, but in my Spoonflower shop, Lilyoake, I have nearly 170 fabrics.  Most of them feature roses.
I think I have an addiction!!







Monday, July 21, 2014

Trying a Different Approach!

Its so hard to start a small business these days - loans are few and far between, unless you have a friend or relative who offer a loan to you.
I had a friend offer me one, but she wanted 10% interest back on it, which I just could not afford!
(especially when I worked all last year on digging out of debt!)

So I decided to try this route: Kickstarter.
Hey, if a guy can get $45,000 pledged for wanting to make a potato salad, then I might have a shot at getting backers to help me in my endeavors to design home accessories/tea towels/sachets/pillows/aprons, etc., using my own fabric designs.

If you know of any philanthropists who might be willing to pitch in to help a small business get off the ground, I'd so appreciate you sending my link on to them!

Have a great day everyone!

Bringing Beauty to Everyday Life