Spring is finally here! The flowers are out, the sun is out, we even made it out, and had our first picnic this last weekend. Albeit it was in the beautiful Cederberg which is always a couple degrees warmer, but all this sunshine and spring talk is really getting me in the mood for summer!! And with summer comes outings, picnics, sundowners, festivals, all those things I love to do. And so I thought I would share some of my new tea towels and napkin sets with you. All designed with the summer in mind, get ready to make your picnic basket the most wanted item in the southern hemisphere : )
And for those of you who need a little help getting that spring in your step I am offering a 5% discount on any matching tea towel and napkin purchases made via my Etsy store over the next 2 weeks. All you have to do is buy a set of napkins WITH a tea towel and enter the coupon code SPRING2012 and your basket will automatically be discounted and updated!
Here are some of the latest additions you can look out for…for the full collection please visit my Etsy store.
Pink Flamingo! napkins
Pretty Proteas napkins
Striking Strelitzias napkins
Origami Birds tea towel
Fly Away Birds tea towel
Indigo Blue tea towel
Pretty Proteas tea towel
Sweet Hearts tea towel
And just because this little guy below hasn’t had a chance to feature anywhere yet…
So next week is the big move! And as much as I am absolutely excited to get my little business going in sunny South Africa, there are lots of mixed emotions with leaving Ireland, my home for the last 6 years. Anyways with that in mind, I won’t be posting much over the next 2 weeks while we enjoy our last few days in Dublin, and start getting settled into life in Cape Town. I can’t wait to begin posting again because that means I will have started to get cracking on my next set of ideas and projects, and I won’t be able to wait to show you all. So while we get on and move, I’ll leave you with some pics of my new tea towel range, all ready and waiting to find themselves a new home : )
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My friend Sabrina asked me to design her a cushion for her newborn nephew Charlie’s new room. We toyed with the one idea of featuring cars and trucks, and the other of baby animals. Toys and trucks won instantly, and so i got to work on a design. Sabs sent me a picture of the curtains that were going into Charlie’s room (see below), the walls were going to be painted a light blue with clouds like the sky (so super cute), and the cushion was to go on a bright red chair. I used the same colours as the curtains for my design, and because the chair was red, I thought that green would look the most striking against it.
Here is the design I came up with…
And here is what the cushion would have looked like…
And here are the super cute curtains that the cushion was to match…
Welcome to the world little Charlie! Hope you like your new cushion : )
I recently thought that my pretty proteas fabric (see below) needed a friend, something similar but different, that would work well alongside it, but also stand out on it’s own. I immediately thought of strelitzias (also known beautifully as birds of paradise) as they are absolutely gorgeous and really bright and colourful. And since they are also common to south africa, I felt they were perfect for the job. They also happened to work really well in the same geometric style I used for the proteas…and so after some seriously tedious repeat pattern work…I present to you…my striking strelizias pattern…
here’s a closeup…
Here they are together with my pretty proteas…sigh…
The striking strelitzias along with the pretty proteas are both available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels at my Etsy store.
My friends Serah and Paul asked me to design them some fabric of their very own to make into cushion covers and napkins for their home in Spain. The brief was to design something which included their cat Greebie and their dog Bluff. They gave me a list of the designs of mine they like the most and asked me to keep in mind the colours of their apartment which are beige and navy.
I decided to come up with something floral and decorative that would look lovely in their apartment, and then encorporate the images I redrew of the animals, so that they didn’t overpower the design but became something you noticed the more you looked at it. Luckily enough the pics they sent of Greebie and Bluff turned out to be really great and also worked really well together. I also brought in a bright red/orange to liven up the beige and navy, everyone needs a bit of colour!
This is such a perfect example of how the bespoke services I offer work! If there’s something you want me to create specially for you, or for someone else, please get in touch and we can chat about various ideas and options.
Here are the pics they sent me….so cute!!
Greebie the cat…
and Bluff the dog…
And here is the design I came up with! I look forward to showing you the finished products in sunny spain when they are ready!