As I was uploading files onto my Society 6 shop today, I found out that today they are having a free international shipping day!
These are some examples of products that are now for sale on Society 6 with my Old Town seasonal prints. If you decide to purchase anything but prefer a different scale, I may be able to customize the file for you. Just leave me a comment.
Spoonflower’s contest of the week’s theme is “neighborhoods”, for which I drew pretty much my favourite subject matter: built and natural environments, here in the form of old houses and trees. Some of the houses, in turn, belong to my favourite house styles, featuring timber frames. There are different types of half-timbered houses in the world, and an even greater variety within each style.
As back with Spoonflower’s herb garden theme, for the neighbourhood contest I drew things I’ve been fond of (and wanted to live in) since childhood. Dreams that never fulfilled themselves. If you can’t have it (or be near it), at least you can draw something like it. I don’t know why, but I find there is some comfort in that.
For Spoonflower’s beetle contest, I have drawn a garden design with various bugs, birds, butterflies, flowers and rainbows. There is also a coordinate with different flowers and without birds that is a bit more orderly (Fall Garden). These designs are too new to be for sale yet on SpoonflowerBOTH DESIGNS NOW FOR SALE on Spoonflower. Also for sale as art prints, pillows, tote bags, duvet covers and shower curtains on Society 6.
My design “Red Riding Cat’s Blackforest Hike” was voted #4 in Spoonflower’s hiking contest – thank you to all who contributed to making this happen.
I wanted to share the different colourways I have in my shop (just ordered proofs; they should be up for sale by the end of August). I love limited palettes, but Spoonflower’s choice of colours for this contest did not agree very much with me. My first and lasting thought was “1989”. In an effort to make it all less clashing, I omitted the violet and the dark green. But I knew I had to make the design in at least one other colourway, so here they are:
Today, starting at 12pm (noon) EST for 24 hours, Spoonflower will give away 1 free swatch per household of its new “eco canvas” fabric. You can choose from any designs that are available in the Spoonflower marketplace. International free shipping (of the swatch only).
My latest design shows Little Red Riding Cat on her way to her grandma’s house, with a scenery of forest, food, and of course ‘the wolf’. I made it in a specified palette for Spoonflower’s current hiking contest, which takes place here. You can view close-ups of the design here.
Votes get tallied Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon eastern time, although the voting page always stays up until the next contest starts.
I am a little conflicted about even mentioning current contests here, but I see that this is common practice among many top contestants on Spoonflower and elsewhere. Needless to say, please vote for whatever you like.
I did a count the other day to see how many Spoonflower contests I have participated in by now. And I was astounded at the number: 30 contests in the 9 months that I’ve been on Spoonflower. That’s between 3 and 4 contests per month; I skipped 6 contests, and during the annual “staff challenge” no other contest took place. For the record, it took me 7 months (or 25 entries) to achieve a number one.
Here is my 30th contest entry: Recent Arrivals for the current theme “backpacks”. This is my first true half-drop repeat, which I wanted to do in order to make the conveyor belt (hence overall repeat) look more interesting. I found it a bit trickier to make a half-drop repeat with a path crossing through than with a scattered design. But I love the resulting yard view, which you can see here if you select “Yards” under fabric options.
If you’d like to vote for any of the current contest designs, click here. Votes stop being counted every Wednesday, NOON Eastern Standard Time.
Herbie, my cute little gender-neutral character, has a green thumb, no, green hands and an even greener garden.
One of my earliest life-wishes has been owning a garden, and in more recent years this fantasy has evolved into a lush oasis crammed with plants: deciduous and evergreen trees and bushes, fruit trees, hedges, brick walls, a shed, a greenhouse, a gazebo, a maze, narrow hidden trails and corners, all crowned by an old beautiful house in the centre. Admittedly not exactly a modest fantasy.
Well, I may not have the privilege of owning (or having access to) such a garden, but I can draw one! Herbie’s garden collection is one attempt at capturing some of the features I love in a garden. And some of you liked Herbie’s landscaping (or lack of!) enough to vote it to the top 10 in last week’s “Herb Garden” contest on Spoonflower. Thank you – Herbie sends mossy regards from the green oasis!