Sunday, 2 February 2014

Birds On A Wire Fabric And Easter Craft Paper For Handmade Monday


As you may have guessed from the opening image to today's post, this week my mind has turned to all things Spring... I have completed a fun new bird inspired fabric design in lovely fresh colours (coming up in a minute) and made progress on a collection of Easter craft papers too!


Birds On A Wire

From the chaos of Christmas to the seemingly endless January 'Spring clean' its been a busy couple of months with little time for designing. However, this week i've found time to start playing around with a few ideas, one of which is now my newest fabric design, 'Birds On A Wire'.



Its quite a small print size, this image represents a 8x8 swatch. You will find it listed over in my Spoonflower shop - its not available to buy yet but it will be soon!

The idea came from this photograph i took a while ago...


... i love the delicate silhouette of this little chap (or girl?!) and thought it would be fun to use it in a fabric design. It was perfect for creating rows of chattering little birdies. The hardest part of this design was actually getting the wobbly wires to match up to create a repeating pattern... it would have been easy of they were dead straight but i thought wobbly was more fun! :)



Easter Craft Papers

Its also been ages since i've put together a new collection of craft papers and i've really enjoyed working on some Easter themed ones - i'm so ready for fresh pastels after endless red of Christmas and Valentine's Day.

The set isn't quite finished but i thought i'd show you some snippets today and hopefully the completed collection next time. You might remember these eggs from last year...


...the design is still available from my Spoonflower shop and i thought it would be perfect for including in my Easter craft paper bundle (i also have a greetings card featuring this design in the pipeline... expect pics next time!)

The collection will also include a page of little chicks. Here they are on turquoise...


I will include them on traditional pastels too though i think.


I've also created a page of bunnies...


... and a page of these 'Happy Easter' banners...


... here's how they will look.



For some plainer pages i've done a simple flower design with colours picking up on some of the other colours i've used in the collection.

Here's the turquoise one on its own so you can see the design a bit better.



I've tried to make it so that each page coordinates well with a number of other pages to make them a useful and useable set. I've got two more pages still to create to complete it and i'm thinking that i'll focus on tying in the eggs with the other designs as i feel like they stand out a bit at the moment... Do you agree? It would be great to hear what you think would work best for the final pages :)

And that's all from me for this week, as always i look forward to reading your comments which are always so helpful and kind. I'm excited to catch up with the rest of the Handmade Monday bloggers too, time for a glass of something lovely and an evening stroll around Handmade Harbour i think!

Have a wonderful week! x

30 comments:

  1. Those little chicks in their eggs look so cute. It's nice to look forward to Spring when there is still a lot of winter weather around. Love all your new designs.

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    1. Thank you very much Stephen :)

      Yes, its lovely to start thinking about Spring again isn't it! x

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  2. Lovely designs and so many of them. I wouldn't know where to start lol. The birds on wires have to be my favourites.

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    1. Thank you!

      Aww i'm glad you like it, i do too :) x

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  3. Your chicks and bunnies are just too cute! Love them!! So nice to read about Spring and new life as we move on away from midwinter :)

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    1. Thank you very much i'm really glad you like them :)

      Its such a magical time of year isn't it, i saw my first primrose out today, yay! :)

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  4. Oh no, the E word, and we haven't even got to the V date yet. I do like the little chicks and egg shell paper.

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    1. Hehe yes sorry, racing ahead as usual... :)

      Thank you! x

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  5. The birds on a wire is beautiful:) As usual you have been very productive:) Vicky

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    1. thank you very much Vicky, i'm glad you like it! x

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  6. My goodness, the bright colours of your designs are so springlike! Lovely way to brighten up a soggy evening x

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    1. Thank you Natalie! I love Spring colours :) x

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  7. Congratulations... As usual you have come up with another great collection. I also love the bird on the wire, thank you for sharing the original photo of where your inspiration came from...
    Im not a fan of pastels which always seem to come out every spring-time, but your designs still have a brightness to them as well as freshness...
    Have a good week x

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    1. Aww thank you very much, i'm really glad you like the designs :)

      I know what you mean, pastels can feel like a bit of a wash out can't they, i do love their freshness though! x

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  8. All so pretty, especially the Happy Easter bunting paper. Hope you have a good week.

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  9. A lovely page filled with beautiful items, I love the freshness of the colours, I especially like the way the colours and patterns can be inter-matched. It's surprising what inspiration you can get from a photo, that's one of the reasons I like to take lots of pics wherever I go.
    Now you need to take some photo's of those Snowdrops peeking out of the ground :)
    Jan x

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    1. Aww thank you, i'm really glad you like them!

      I agree, photos are v inspirational, i like to take lots too... how did you guess that's what i will be snapping next! :)

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  10. Once again, another fabulous collection. You've really managed to create the feeling of Spring. I love the little chicks - so cute xx

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  11. I love your Easter collection, I'd find it really hard to make a set of papers that all go together but the idea just seem to flow naturally for you. I particularly love the little chicks, they're very cute.

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    1. Aww thank you, i'm glad you like them!

      I agree, it can be tricky to get things to match, especially if you work on them at different times i find... x

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  12. I love your birds on a wire! You really make me feel like Spring is coming soon!

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    1. thank you Tracey! hopefully it is! :)

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  13. What a nice combination of colours and papers. I can see how they would easily coordinate for cards

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  14. Beautiful Spring designs, I love them, stopping by from Handmade Harbour x

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  15. Your fresh spring colours are a breathe of fresh air. Beautiful. I love the birds on a wire design.
    Ali x

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    1. Thank you very much Ali! Now we just need the weather to catch up... ;) x

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