side projects

Even when my plate is full, side projects keep me happy.

Side project 1 - Today I got the SFG Blankbook! It's my turn now. I've been flipping through the whole book and the artists that have illustrated spreads so far are amazingly talented. I think I was a bit (more like - very!) delusional when I signed up for this. Where did I come up with the idea that I could measure up to the likes of all the illustrators here? Too late. I've got to come through with something.



Side project 2 - Remember I mentioned fabric designing a few days ago? It seems like things are lining up for me to give it a try. First off, I learned about Spoonflower a few weeks ago. I signed up and got my invitation yesterday. At Spoonflower, you can upload your own patterns and a few days later you get your custom designed fabric in the mail. Then, today, Jessica blogged about her start with fabric designing and she provided a wonderful link to tiling in Illustrator which I really needed. Thanks for sharing Jessica and thank you for sharing my to do list with your readers.



So here are the two swatches (8" x 8") of fabric that I ordered. No, these aren't part of my tiny stash of patterns. I decided that before I invest any serious money on fabric (for things like cushions - nothing too adventurous) I want to verify the quality of the printing that Spoonflower offers. One swatch is to see a sampling of some colors and how they may or may not change from file to printing. The second swatch is to verify coverage on a larger area and the crispness of lines. I guess I should've included some thinner lines here too. Too late. When I get my swatches I'll let you know what the results are.

Side project 3 - I put a mood board together for Holly's mood board contest. I've never done anything like this so it was a fun exercise. Here's what I put together.

Tiny side project 4 - I gave my freebies page a small face lift. It was looking really sad.

8 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see how those swatches turn out..although I do like printing by hand.

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  2. Spoonflower is all the buzz in the crafty world right now - I just got my invitation today and can't wait to try it too.
    The SFG blank book is in a super great case. You'll have fun with whatever you do I'm certain!

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  3. waiting to see your fabrics specially the one with leaves..
    You should go ahead with your fabric designing idea. Waiting to see some steps taken in that direction.

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  4. May be I am sounding silly, but as a beginner in blog world, have some questions. I am thinking of making a mood board. I would like to know from where can I download the images to add to the board. I have seen some interesting items in many sites, but not sure if I can use them. Please do advise if you have time for me.

    Thanks in advance for your help

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  5. Oh, oh, oh...the ORANGE FABRIC! I am in love. And I love love love Jessica at howaboutorange. I keep using her fabric for bags!!

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  6. Oh really? I'm glad you all like the leaves. That makes me take a second look at it. I was actually considering not using it for a pattern. It's something that I had from a long time ago.

    Pintoo - As far as the mood board... I'm no expert for sure (it was the first time I made one ever). What I did was take images from the different sites where I found things I liked. I provided links to all the items in my flickr photo page. I think it's pretty standard that it's ok to use whatever you need as long as you give credit to the site where you got the image from. Hope that helps!

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  7. Thanks for the reply patricia. So I neeed not take permission from each of them ( as it may take long time for each of them to reply) or worry about copy right issues as long as i give credit to the site. i am just making myself clear. Thanks again and sorry for troubling you

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  8. Loving all of the projects you are working on. The SFG blankbook sounds really, really neat. I would love to take part in project like that. Maybe next time.
    It's funny because when you did mention fabric design prior I immediately thought of Jessica at HAO. I'm sure you will turn out something really lovely.
    I'm thinking of taking a leap and entering, time permitting, the mood board design. I did read about it over at Decor8. If anything it's good to get creative and give it a go.
    Yours is so clean and modern. I'm a fan browns and earthy colours.

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