Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas cards complete....


I've made them, photographed them and they're now for sale in my shop...

Now I'm going to turn my attention to printing some place mats. I have a couple of orders. I meant to get stuck into some printing yesterday (Saturday), but the energy and the will were lacking :)

I had a lovely day off instead. I did some gardening in my vegetable patch and had a lovely visit by friend and her gorgeous baby. We sat in the sun while her baby played on the grass in front of us...and got more and more relaxed. A perfect Saturday really.

My friend also brought around some a pile of books, one of which is 'French Country Living" by Caroline Clifton-Mogg. It's 10 years since it was first published, but really it hasn't dated. I ended up reading it last night and feeling so inspired by the gorgeously subtle color palette used in the homes that were featured.
Love, love, love!
Makes me want to print in soft aquas, blues and earthy pinks...make cushions, print on gorgeous cottons and linens...





I hope you had a relaxing weekend...with perhaps a little something added that has left you feeling inspired too?
Jill xx

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas designs...


I spent this afternoon printing some Christmas designs. 
I'll make some cards out of the fabric in the next day or two. 
I got a bit of a fright to realize Christmas is only a month a way! I guess you're all waking up to that fact too?



Jill xx

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New beginnings...again :)

It's been a while! So hello once again!
I seem to persist in being a very inconsistent blogger :)
Oh well, my other life...the day jobs (where I garden and tutor for a living) took over for a while....

I love gardening and tutoring, but I'm never quite happy living only in that other life of mine, so eventually the studio beckons and the urge to spend more time doing what I do there has been growing stronger.

Being spring, my gardening business has been extremely busy. A little bit of warmth and the weeds seem to start growing about an inch a day, and those 'winter tidy' gardens that I tend start turning into wild chaos very quickly. So for a while gardening has been taking up most of my energy.

I can't actually claim any responsibility for this beauty. They are my neighbors rose bushes. I thought they were so beautiful that I couldn't resist taking a photograph this afternoon.

They are at the back of my neighbors property and I am the one that gets the best view of them.
But, as I said, after a bit, the studio has been beckoning and in the past week or so I have been feeling more and more inspired to start making again. I haven't achieved very much, but I have doing what seems to be my usual pattern of creative warm up exercises.

I have been flicking through my favorite design books and magazines. I have been spending hours looking at inspiring blogs and websites...

I have also oiled my sewing machine which I haven't used for over a year!

And finally, I have been planning and writing lists...setting myself tasks and challenges.

So now it is crunch time. The warm up phase is over and I want to get to work. I know from past experience that if I don't, I will start to get frustrated and angry with myself. So, I'm determined to get stuck in!

One of the challenges I have set myself is to blog 5 times a week, Monday to Friday. It was just one of those random ideas that I had during a solo brainstorming session I had last weekend.

What on earth will I find to write about or photograph on an almost daily basis?

Well, I'm not going to worry too much about that right now. My hope is that by blogging more often I will, by default also be visiting on a daily basis, my dream of 'making' for a living. So, I'm going to give it a go and see what emerges!

Jill xx