Thursday, 15 December 2016

Spoonflower design competition, Gnomes

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on Gnomes
The brief was:

'No one appreciates getting cosy quite like gnomes, preferring to nestle into subterranean caves and nooks. Although we hear they DO love to travel....'


Spoonflower design competiiton, Gnomes

I took the word cosy when designing my Gnome pattern, I like to feel they have a felted handmade look about them. I added woodland features and gave them a hand stitched look. I am really pleased with the final design and hope others like it too. What do you think?

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Spoonflower design competion, Ditsy Mistletoe

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on 'Ditsy Mistletoe'
The brief was:

In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up. Create a festive holiday mistletoe design in "ditsy" fashion: which is defined in the design world as a small scale, scattered, non-directional print. 

Spoonflower design competion, Ditsy Mistletoe
I love how fresh yet festive my Mistletoe and red bows design looks. I could imagine this as bedding or a lovely tablecloth. What do you think?

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Why I'll be giving books this Christmas

When I am given lists of what the various children in my life want for Christmas, I always take note of the lastest must have gadget or newest lego addition on there and then I look for what books they want.

Why I'll be giving books this Christmas


If I don't see a book I always pick one of my children's favourites or one of mine and give that child it along with something from their list. Because, reading and the love of books is so important. In both my children's rooms we have a reading corner with a bookshelf crammed with books and a cosy cushion to share them on. I read every night with my children not just for their benefit but for mine too. It's a great way to share time with the kids, unwind and get lost in a book.
I was so lucky to be sent some great books by Puffin books this week and I know they are going to make my niece and nephew's so happy this Christmas.

I was sent three delightful books, The Tale of Kitty-in-boots which I can hardly bear to part with as I love Beatrix Potter books. Alfie and His best friend, my children have loved Alfie books and I know my nephew will too and The fairytale hairdresser and the Princess and the pea. This is a new one to me but I'm sure it will be perfect for my niece.

The Tale of Kitty-in-boots.
"A serious, well behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains."

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of the all - Mr Tod!

This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even the an appearance from Peter Rabbit.
Told with Beatrix Potter's trademark dry humour and wry observations, this brilliant tale is sure to become as popular as her original classics and is illustrated by the best loved Quentin Blake.

Alfie and His very best friend
Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members! A heart warming tale of friendship by the award winning Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the pea.
Princesses from all across the land are flocking to fairytale village for the chance to marry the prince. But one princess is not all she seems...
Amid the excitements of the annual festival of food, the fairytale hairdresser must use all her skills to root out the wicked witch and ensure true love's course runs without a hitch. Featuring all the fairytale favourites, hilarious hairstyles, outrageous outfits and fantastic fairytale foods!

One piece of advice that always sticks in my mind when buying for Children.

One thing you want,
One thing to need,
One to wear and
One to read.

Happy Christmas reading.

This is a sponsored post for Puffin books working with Britmums.

BritMums


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Spoonflower design competition, Snow day

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on 'Snow day'
The brief was:

'You know that magical feeling you get when you wake up, look outside, see the big fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky and it hits you: SNOW DAY! Somehow it always makes us feel like a little kid again. Break out the hot cocoa, parkas, sleds, soup, mittens, or anything else that says "snow day!" to you.'



Spoonflower design competition, Snow day

My design has a Kawaii look to it, I created a snowy scene against a pale blue background then created, frolicking snowmen, hot chocolates, mince pies and flames. I must admit I am really in love with this pattern and would love to get it on fleece for a great snow day blanket.

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.

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