Friday, May 30, 2014

15% OFF personalised pillow cases

BRAND NEW!! Personalised pillow cases.

I's so excited to officially launch my new line of personalised pillowcases. These will not only look great pn the kids bed, but ideal for daycare, sleep overs, even perfect to take on holidays.
The quality is absolutely superb, 100% cotton, 250 thread count & so super soft. I hope you take advantage of the 15% off sale, this also applies to the "buy 2 & save" deal available.

Don't miss out.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chevron patterns - create your own colours!

Who doesn't love the chevron design? I would have to say it's probably the hottest pattern that has been used for well over 12 months now. I can't see it fading off anytime soon, & I can I put it out there, I think it maybe be here to stay. Could it become a classic? Only time will tell.

I love the chevron design for its interesting yet simplistic structure. There are basic lines, zig zag zig zag, yet not too bold, overpowering, or in your face. No obvious icons? No clashing patterns to make your eyes sting. Personally it's become a strong feature in my illustration work, a great move on from the straight line. As my work has lots of details, full of fun icons, patterns, & whatever else enters my mind (haha), the chevron design has done a fine job sitting in  the back ground. Using it like I used a basic stripe for so long, kinda, bores me now!

Today I haven't created the wheel, design anything that is going to blow your socks off, I have designed a basic chevron personalised cushion & wall art. It was so obvious I never thought of doing it! A friend ask for this cushion, for her girlfriend who just had a baby. She asked for a basic chevron design in 2 colours. Nothing else at all. Grey & yellow. Thats was it. It was for a nursery & the new mamma is keeping it simple.

Thats when I thought thats not the only person who wants something simple, to maybe co-ordinate in a space already swamped with other themes & designs. Or something where a pop of colour is needed, but nothing fancy. Or even for a baby shower where the sex is unknown with a cute slogan, or a question mark.

What's great about this is that YOU get to choose your own colours. All you will need to do is select the colour of the name or word, the colour of zig zag #1 (white) & the colour of zig zag #2 (grey). All of the colours available are in the product listings.

So simple.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Personalised pillowcases

I can finally release my personalised pillow cases tonight. I am so thrilled with them. 
Ideal to add to your bedroom, perfect to take to a sleep over, & a must for those who have kids in day care. No mistaking who's belongs to who.

The pillowcases are made with 100% cotton, 250 thread count & they feel absolutely divine.
I only have 2 listed & will get the rest of the collection loaded soon.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

How to make a stuffed cushion in 10 steps

Wow I am really excited to start my first tutorial using my own cushion panels. It's been a a bit of a dream I have had to create as many products with my printed panels as I can. I have had this inner creative nudge going on for a while, & I feel it the right time to start!!
Not only will the things you create be personalised & look really fantastic, it will be a HUGE saving, & most importantly fun & rewarding.

So here we go......

Making a stuffed cushion.

1. When you receive your panel it will need to be cut out. You will receive the panel with some excess fabric around it.

2. Select your backing, have a hunt around for scraps, or select something that is really tonal & co-ordinates beautifully. Make sure to cut it out the same size as your panel.

3. Place your panel & backing fabric together, lay down right sides together. You are about to machine it together, so grab your pins & pin each side to hold it stable.

4. You will only be machining around 3 edges, those that are the 2 longest, & only 1 of the shorter ones. I suggest a 1cm seam. 

Tip : At each corner I like to reverse stitch to make them really secure. Turn your cushion cover inside out so it's in the right way.

5. So your panel should be looking like this now. I use a chop stick to gently push those corners out so they are lovely & square. You can use anything similar.

6. At the open edge of your cushion cover, fold it down 1cm all around & press. 
I measure each time & then secure with a pin. Then I use a warm iron press around the pins until the crease has been made, remove the pins & press firmly across.

Tip - It's really important to have the 1cm turn down even all the way around the opening. It's so your cushion looks rectangular when finished with both edges measuring the same. Otherwise it could look wonky.

7. Now the cushion is starting to take shape! 
It's now time to stuff it, I just use toy fill from my local sewing & craft store. 
It's really a personal choice as to how fat or thin you'd like to stuff your cushion. I love mine nice & plump. As you're stuffing it make sure to push the fill into the corners, & to keep the pieces of fill as evenly sized as possible. It will just solve that potential lumpiness. 
Once you are happy with it, push the fill towards the bottom, so your opening is workable & relative flat.

8. Grab hold of your opening & pin the front panel & backing panel together. Make sure to pin them so they are secure.

9. Place your pinned opening just underneath the machine foot. You will need both hands to guide this through. If your stuffing is too close to the edge it can make the machining of this step a little bit of a challenge. I suggest sewing the opening edges 1cm in from edge. 

10. Steadily machine down your opening about 1cm in from edge & reverse stitch for a secure finish. Continue machining down & as you get closer to a pin just remove it. When you reach the end another small reverse stitch again.

You're finished !!

Fluff your cushion up, give it a bit of a shake so the filing can be moved around evenly.

Your cushion can be washed in cold water only. Please be wary of throwing it in the machine on a regular cycle as it could make the fill a bit lumpy & a funny shape. I would use a gently cycle or just hand wash it.

This tutorial can be used for any cushion you're wanting to create. Any cushion shape, same steps!

As of today you are able to purchase any of my personalised panels for you to create your very own personalised cushion. Just visit my shop for all the details.

To launch my personalised panels I am taking off $3 each panel until the end of Sunday May 11th. 
Large personalised panels will be $18.00 but the special launch price is  $15.00
Small personalised panels panels $15.00 but the special launch price is $12.00

Make sure to email me what you have made as I would love to share it on my Facebook page.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mood Board - Pink Ballet Inspired bedroom

A mood board inspired by my daughters love of dancing. She has just started a 'big girls' ballet class this year, & she absolutely loves it. Her moves surprise me, I never thought she would be able to move smoothly & gracefully enough to conquer the techniques. I feel guilty for underestimating her, as she really is lovely, & has caught on really well. She is nearly 4 & having the time of her life.

She hasn't a requested a bedroom that is completely ballet inspired, but today I am imaging she has & have created the perfect decor items to make it soft, elegant & graceful.

Image links below as per every beautiful item shown.