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Notes from the Sketch Book

Today in the studio

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Today the light filled the studio along with flowers, fabric swatches and fun times.

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The fabric is a sneak peek at a new line available at Modern Yardage…as soon as it is online I will shout it out! Love this colours! Yay!

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Never one to miss the action…..love baby cakes!

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Time flies when you are having fun.

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Time flies when you are having fun is so true….As well as baby growing (and crawling into every nook and cranny!) I had my first glimpse of the new fabric line and have been working behind the scenes on new projects. Work is fun, not always easy to balance the time between work and family and the one area that suffers the most when times get busy is the blog!

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Sneak peek at Flutter By Butterflies a new range of girl interior products (copyright 2014 Michelle Manolov)

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Cactus and pots

Mixing and matching pots of blue and white with fab cacti and succulents, loving the greens and blues!

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Spring alternative colours

Spring is a little fickle at the moment, one day glorious sunshine and green leaves budding with blooms in full floweriness and the next day, cold and grey and soggy fallen petals.  So ever the optimist lets shout out SPRING with a new collection of patterns and colours inspired from a few blooms I have outside.

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Paper Love Inspiration

I love paper.  I am a paper Junkie.

Now that we have the confessions out of the way I can say paper for me is an inspiration.

I draw on it, paint on it, cut out shapes, print on it, fold it and make secret plans…..

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Paper is such a big part of my daily life, from list making (always with doodles down the side) to making presents look as beautiful on the outside as the inside, designing on it everyday and creating decorations that string together all my ideas.

It’s my favourite way of making a mood board and pulling together colours and textures for my latest collections.

Happy Sunday Colour Crush Pink, Peach and mellow yellow

I have the greatest time designing patterns for paper products – florals, stripes, geometrics, watercolours, the list is endless and there must be at least one or two pieces of patterned paper for everyone.  What is your favourite paper?

 

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

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Participant list

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D’Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

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Celebrations

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They say good things come in threes!  Firstly it’s my birthday and a good reason to celebrate right?  Secondly the wee one woke me with cuddles after a whole 6 hours uninterrupted sleep!  YAY! So now I actually feel alive enough to celebrate!

The third announcement – Impossible as it sounds I have something that tops them all (yes even better than baby sleeping which I thought would be the best news ever) I can now announce I shall be designing exclusively brand new spanking patterntastic fabrics for Modern Yardage.

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Modern Yardage is a great company, for me having a good working relationship is sooo important and the team behind the scenes are super communicative and keen to work with designers!  And what a set of designers they already work with – you can find all of our profiles over on the Meet the Designers page and read a bit about little me!

I hope you can join me on this journey.   I already have some designs taking shape and want to whip out the sewing machine but my skills are basic so I am gonna learn as I go and share the experience here on the blog as well as featuring lots of talented sewers and crafty bods that adore beautiful patterned fabric just like we do!

I  will be shouting out when my first line of fabric comes out, please join me on facebook or if you prefer instagram for a peek at the design life of a ex pat!

 

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Bows ties and puppies

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Little pink puppy loves green bows in her hair,

She ties them with great care.

Brown dog likes big blue bow ties,

They match her soft fur and beautiful eyes.

All puppies look smart with a bow tied just eyeweardock right.

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Be my valentine

Stepped away from the computer this week and loving a bit of pattern and texture making with some new watercolour inspired pieces.

This one was especially created for the Team at Believe Creative Studio and all the guest designers that have been working hard these last few months preparing for Indigo and as part of our valentine blog hop.

Hopefully you jumped over from the fabulous designer Jan Shepherd at Patternmuse (have you seen her portfolio – loving the tropical flowers) and as I end our little hop I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s day and wish Rosie and her team that are gearing up to go to Indigo with a fabulous booth display and gorgeous designs the best of times (visit Believe Creative Studio blog to read more about it and restart the hop) ..I know it will be a huge success!!

If you are going be sure to visit booth 5U51 in  Hall H5.  With love from the Believe Creative Studio design team.

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Moving Day!

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Moving day again, so looking forward to settling in for Christmas and getting it ready for my family flying over – I’ll be right back after we have moved a few boxes, unpacked a few more and drunk several gallons of tea!!  In the meantime I made a set of postcards to hand out with our new address if you want to make something similar or wish some one good luck in their new home check out the digital papers pack in our store!

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