Sunday, April 27, 2014

Garden Days & Cottages - Fabric Design Inspiration

Garden Days = Happy Days for me!  So I'm very excited to introduce a new Fabric Design close to my heart.  Inspired by my love of Cottage Gardens, full of the sweetest flowers... silk like Poppies, the bluest of Delphiniums, Cornflowers and wispy pink blooms fluttering in the Summer breeze!

Last Summer I visited Furzey Gardens back home in the UK.  A gorgeous Garden complete with this precious Cottage.  



So inspired by this trip I sat in the sunshine freely painting my dreams of the flowers I love the most.  



After a lot of design work I have brought these watercolor paintings together into this delightful "Garden Days" Pattern, available for you as Fabric from my Spoonflower Store.  The wonderful part of Spoonflower is that you can choose from a range of fabrics, from Silk for a summery Scarf to Linen for Upholstery & Cottons for gorgeous Dresses.




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Wishing you all Happy "Garden Days".
Catherine
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feeling Blue....

Feeling Blue, in a good way... lost amongst vast carpets of Bluebells in the most beautiful woodland here in Belgium.  I still remember the Bluebell woods I explored as a child back home in the UK and later rode through on my horse.  My most favourite sight at this time of year and I hope you will enjoy getting lost amongst them now too.






Loving painting Patterns inspired by my collection of Blue & White China.

I am working on new Fabric designs, in the meantime you can find my
first Collection "Friends for Tea" right here in my Spoonflower Shop.
Available in pale pink, yellow, cream & white colourways.



Hugs,
Catherine
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Fabric Party Time!


I have dreamt of designing Fabric for a long time and I have been studying The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design with this goal in mind (amongst a zillion others).  So I'm super excited to share that my very first Fabric Collection is now available!

I am working in collaboration with Spoonflower that print the most beautiful fabrics.  So please join the Party and welcome "Friends for Tea" - a sweet hand illustrated collection of Bunnies enjoying Tea Time together.  Available on a range of fabrics and in 4 different colour ways.

Just to add to my celebration these designs are also available as Wallpaper and Gift Wrap!




When the Samples arrived in the post I had to take these photos to show you!

So make a Cup of Tea and hop on over to - www.spoonflower.com/profiles/bumpkin

These Fabrics are also designed to go with my Embroidery Patterns available here .


I can't wait to see what everyone will make. I'm imagining the cutest outfits, quilts, cushions... oh my!
Hugs,
Catherine
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Painting Joy


"Sing me a Song" Art Postcards & Prints available here





At this time of year every time I step into my garden I discover a new little flower that makes my heart skip a beat!  The Bluebells are just starting to open, the pale yellow Primroses are still going (they have flowered all Winter!), the wild Geraniums are filling the air with their beautiful scent.  The tiniest but most perfect little flowers are the Forget Me Nots.  I get such a thrill to pick a tiny bunch of flowers from my own space to enjoy in my Studio.  They looked so beautiful I have pressed a few (I've done this since I was a child) and felt pulled to painting them.  

I love that absorbed feeling when I paint and hours flutter past as fast as the blink of an eye.  Today has been like that, painting without an end goal because I just felt I needed to for my soul when I looked at these flowers.

I have had such pleasure painting today that I would love you too to share in this Joy, so I think I will turn them into something fun.... another day.

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the world.
I always love to read your comments, what are you enjoying most in your little patch?
Catherine
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