Friday, October 24, 2014

Painting Christmas

I was painting Christmas, and listening to Christmas music by Michael Buble.

I wanted to paint a little Christmas tree sitting underneath a glass globe.

I started by painting a miniature watercolor painting of a Christmas tree.  I added a bit of glitter.  Then I went to the computer and added lots of digital magic.

Suddenly, Christmas came to life on these fabric designs.  I call the fabric collection, I'll Be Home For Christmas.

I try to sit down and paint for a while, but my imagination really flies when I take that painting and go into the land of digital magic.

Before I know it, I have created prints, products and of course a bunch of fabric designs for the collection.

The icing on the cake is seeing products appear wearing something I just created.

It's a bit like baking.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Windows of Inspiration

I am back in North Carolina slowly adjusting to this lovely pace, and finding something new to inspire me.  My bluebirds are in the backyard and the weather is beautiful.

The first week back, my daughter Ashley and the boys joined us to enjoy the area and some fun spots, which I will share on Nesting in North Carolina soon.

The eyes of tiny faces always give me hope, and being with the people I love fills my spirit.  Here is James Taylor singing In Carolina in My Mind,  with beautiful scenes of the Blue Ridge mountains.

As you can imagine, once Ashley, Sarah and the boys left, my heart needed a bit of time to adjust.  Sarah flew in to help Ashley with the drive back.   Although I will be home for the holidays, I wanted to think of something here that I can enjoy and find inspirational.  Something different than I might find back home.

Fabric always inspires me.  So my first stop was a visit to the most wonderful fabric shop.  The Little General.

The Little General is located in Reynolda Village.  I was inspired as soon as I saw her beautiful sign with shabby chic bunting.  You know how much I love bunting!

Gina writes a blog and owns the most gorgeous fabric shop.

Gina and I shared some contacts and inspirational books and magazines.  I love her Facebook page.

She is such a kindred spirit.  I bought this gorgeous book on Cath Kidson.

Gina showed me some gorgeous fabrics and told me about a friend of hers, Bonnie Christine who also teaches classes for Adobe Illustrator.  Here is a quilt that Gina made using one of Bonnie's fabric collections.

Bonnie's blog, Going Home To Roost is filled with inspiration.  I remembered seeing her on Spoonflower's instagram, sharing her lovely animal masks.  I purchased a few of her videos for tips on Adobe Illustrator on her Etsy Shop.  Again, I am so impressed by her clever designs and wonderful blog.

Bonnie is having a giveaway, which ends October 27th.  You just have to leave a comment, like her on Facebook or share her giveaway.  The fabric collection WINGED, shown on Gina's quilt above.  Bonnie is giving away 10 yards, 10 pieces of fabric in the colorway of your choice.

All in all, I think that being able to nest in North Carolina again, gives me an opportunity to take a breath of fresh ideas from the windows of inspiration here.

Wherever your travels take you today, I hope that you find oodles of inspiration.