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A-Z of Flowers Let’s begin

On 13, Mar 2013 | 17 Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

With winter lasting forever (I still can’t quite believe the amount of snow we have had in the middle of March!) I am beginning to miss my flowers and plants, all the green leaves and little cheerful buds.

So inspired by the 365 patterns challenge…..

(For those that don’t know the 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, if you like making patterns you’ll love it! To find out more drop by the caravan blog or take a look at my 365 Patterns!)

……I decided to start a new project The A-Z of flowers! It ties in wonderfully with 365 patterns and fits my love of sketching and designing floral prints.

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As an avid gardener I have always had a garden brimming with flowers that changed constantly and an allotment (until I moved to Germany!) When I was younger I trained with the Royal Horticultural Society and worked for a fabulous small private run garden – it was a joy to work all seasons and although now I have traded the planting and growing with designing and pattern making I still love flowers!

Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A.

If you do join in tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and there is no pressure to do one every day or even every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it. (Please grab the blog button below and share the idea – it would make me very happy!)

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I found a wonderful site to get the ideas flowing Flower Possibilities that lists a selection of flowers from A-Z, I have a few favourites, like Lillie’s that I definitely want to include and will be flicking through my gardening books and resources and hunting out and about with my camera to gather ideas for sketching!

Stay tuned for my A is for……..later 🙂

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Inspired by Spring Pastels

Yesterdays post on Pastel trends got me all creative so I made a series of soft and fluffy cloud art in pastel colours – very pretty!

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Kind of makes up for waking up to snow piled up to the windows again!

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Colour Trends Spring Pastels

On 10, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Colour Crush, Trends | By patternandco

Soft sums up this trend, it is oh so beautiful!

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More loveliness can be seen over on my Pinterest Board – Pastel Pretties including this fab sweater by Louche!  Isn’t it gorgeous!

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I even tried out my own pastel colour palette for 365patterns*.  A bit of a different direction, rather than flowers and florals – geometric prettiness!

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**The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Lovely Days, a flower filled heart to say I love you!

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My entry for the Tigerprint Lovely Days Competition, a heart filled combination of floral motifs, folk art, handwritten type, hearts and love….with a complimentry pattern too! Perfect to say I love you anytime of the year.

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The mixed media version looks pretty on my wall too!

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There is still time (just) to enter Tigerprint Lovely Days Competition, it ends on the 10th of March! But don’t worry they run regular competitions which are great fun to enter, fab for getting the ideas flowing and having been a runner up in a previous comp the prizes are a terrific bonus too!!!

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Summer Fun (#365patterns) Pattern 11

On 06, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Just finished a collection of summer patterns and this one was kinda left on it’s own.  That couldn’t happen so I have added it to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Cake party (#365patterns) Pattern 10 Cupcakes

On 04, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

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Yesterday was my birthday!  Yay and with the yummiest cupcakes as a birthday treat and a big bunch of flowers I was a happy girl. Even the sun managed to come out to say “greetings” for a while.

Inspired by my full tummy I doodled a few cakes…..almost good enough to eat!

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I also adore my tea towel of which I can add to my ever  growing collection!

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Added both patterns to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Colour Crush Magenta and red

On 02, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Colour Crush | By patternandco

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Loving the colours out and about today, the sun was shining and everything is starting to feel spring like…..after what feels like a long white winter I need a pop of colour!

We also brought loads of peppers to roast and stuff, the smell is wonderful and the taste….yum!

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Daffy Down Dilly (#365patterns) Pattern 9 Daffodils

On 01, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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“Daffy-down-dilly came up in the cold, Through the brown mould, Although the March breeze blew keen on her face, Although the white snow lay in many a place.”  Amy Lothrop

Happy St Davids Day and to finish it off a few daffodils and a  lovely roast lamb with rosemary, tatties and parsnips!

Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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I heart You (#365patterns) Pattern 8

On 26, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Bunnies because it is Easter soon!

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Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Spring Flirt (#365patterns) Pattern 7

On 25, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

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Spring flirt is such a perfect title for today, I had hoped over the weekend that the snow and cold was making way for a little bit of spring.  I’d spied a few clumps of snowdrops huddled together and the buds on the trees looked liked they wanted just a little bit of sunshine and then……came Monday morning and a fresh blanket of snow!  Spring is being a tease!

SO I stayed in the studio and dreamed up my own spring start with snowdrops and winter aconites…..hopefully crocus will join them soon!

In the meantime these little beauties are available in the shop.

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Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

 

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