Dream Maker


Envelope Inspiration for fabricYou know I have never considered myself to be an artist. I think I am actually a designer. Always in search of new mediums to use to make my dreams come true. I call these resources Dream Makers.

French Postage fabric large

Envelope Inspiration for fabricOne day when I was in my favorite store in the whole world...Nesting on Main, I purchased this wonderful old French Encyclopedia.


Envelope Inspiration for fabricWhen I got to the counter, Wendy and I were admiring the illustrations inside the book, when an envelope fell out of the book. OMG, we both squealed at the French postage and thought it was gorgeous enough to be artwork itself.


Envelope Inspiration for fabricAll the way home I was dreaming. Dreaming of French Postage lampshades, pillows, chairs, drapes and canvases. Dream designing and I knew just the dream maker that I could use to make my design dreams come true, they are called Spoonflower, and thanks to them I was able to make French Postage dreams come true.

French Postage Large Centered

Envelope Inspiration for fabricThe fabric arrived! I chose a linen canvas because I could see it as a canvas. I have ordered this design in several different fabrics, which will be coming this week. I ordered a fat quarter of fabric, large enough to fit on a 16 x 20 canvas size.

French Postage

Envelope Inspiration for fabricBack in the late 70’s we used to cover canvas frames with fabric in modern designs at a place called Fabrications in the city. So I was familiar with the concept. Here is a wonderful tutorial that I found the other day showing how this is done. The only difference in the way I am creating the canvas, is that I purchased a regular canvas 16 x 20 on sale, so that I don't have to put the frame together myself. I think that the canvas offers a nice cushion for the fabric.

French Postage

Envelope Inspiration for fabricI have two French Postage designs in my gallery. One is large and centered and one is a smaller scale in a repeat, which someone ordered in upholstery fabric. Ooooooh a chair, or curtains. Here is the repeat smaller scale fabric, if you click on the image you can see how it looks as a repeat design in fabric:

French Postage LARGE

And here is the large scale centered version that I used to create the fabric for my canvas. If you click on the image you can see how it is centered on a fat quarter:

French Postage Large Centered

I can create any scale or design using my French Postage design, and I have more fat quarters arriving soon in different fabrics weights.

Destination Bluebird AdventureI am so excited, I found another dream maker last week, and I am meeting him with my design ideas this week.

French Postage Canvas

Envelope Inspiration for fabric So, I am off today with staple gun in hand to create a canvas thanks to my fabric dream maker.

French Postage in a Canvas
Envelope Inspiration for fabricThe song for this post is Moon River.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My Gosh!!! I love, love, love this fabric you created! Wonderful Karen....


Diva Kreszl said...

what beautiful images!!! absolutely love the french encyclopedia and that envelope was just the best find of all :)

Vee said...

What a beautiful fabric completely unique and wonderful. I can almost hear you squealing with joy over the letter find in the vintage book. Tha is amazingly cool! All the best with your current project!

Ruth Welter said...

Beautiful creations Karen and yes, you surely are an artist...a mighty wonderful one I might add.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karen dearest, your choices for themes and photos are always so inspiring and the best. Your home has got to be such a retreat for any soul searching for calm, beauty and love. Anita

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

It is sooo beautiful. God has Blessed you with a great gift my friend. Happy June!!!...m...

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Karen,
WOW I love the fabric that you created from the vintage find in the book. How wonderful!! You are certainly an artist, designer and more.

Congrats on your win of my Spring Giveaway. Thank you for entering. I am so excited and your gift is on the way in the morning.

Have a wonderful and creative week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Lori said...

oh, that spoonflower could be addicting...i clicked on your link...clicked to see your favorites...and then it was a little click fest...so many wonderful patterns to see over there...i love your designs over there Karen, "grandma's bluebird" is so cute...what a wonderful find that french envelope was...good for you:)

Kathleen Grace said...

What a fabulous pillow this would make! Karen, you have outdone yourself, I love this:>)

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

this is just stunning - I love it!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Karen, this is wonderful! I love this, and I think that wonderful envelope was meant to fall into your hands, so that you could make dreams from it!! laurie