Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas :)




I had such fun today listening to old Christmas records, and making this cute fabric ornament with my new design "Vintage Christmas Star
..... Many many thanks to the Knitty Gritty Thoughts blog for your inspiring free tutorial on how to make these super cute ornaments :)

To all my fabulous friends here on Blogger, 

Wishing you a very
MERRY CHRISTMAS
and a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Thank-you so much for all your wonderful support throughout 2010

... you guys rock!!!

All the very best for 2011
Enjoy the holidays

Cheers,

Kris
xxx

Monday, December 06, 2010

Multi Dots Collection

Hello friends...
Here are some Multi Dots for a Marvellous Monday!
Colours from top left : 
Purple, Blue, Mint, Yellow, Green and Pink :)

It's summer school holiday time here in OZ - YAY!!!
(although with all the rain and flooding along the east coast, its quite easy to forget it's summer) .... 
Hope you have a fabulous week, and stay warm (for those of you caught in the snow) and dry (for those of you, like us here on the Gold Coast, listening to the sound of drumming rain ;)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Delft Blue



Happy Tuesday Friends 
... Here are some designs from my latest Spoonflower collection : Delft Blue 
.... Hope everyone enjoys the last day of November ... Can't believe it's December tomorrow....

:)

Friday, November 19, 2010

One to pencil in the diary


YAY !!!! 


Free shipping
on all Spoonflower fabric orders for 24 hrs.

Starts 8am EST Monday Nov 22, and 
Ends 8am EST Tuesday Nov 23

Thanks Spoonflower.

... I'll pencil this in the diary for sure :)


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

... Lovin' Linen


If I hadn't told you - could you have guessed that I love linen?




I know as a textile designer, I probably shouldn't be Oohing and Arring over plain (unadorned) table linen quite as much as I have been lately - but these pure linen tablecloths & napkins are so Oooo & Arrr worthy just as they are.

So ...... together with our collection of original hand printed table linens (...coming soon) I'm adding these perfectly plain, 100% linen, oat coloured beauties to the Kristopher K Shop : What could be more fun than mixing and matching prints & plains :)

Speaking of mixing and matching fabrics ... I've just seen an amazing tutorial on the
Knitty Gritty Thoughts Blog for fabric ornaments. I'm thinking they would make fabulous "no sew" decorations for the upcoming Holiday Season ... but be careful - this tutorial has been blogged with a warning ... It's hard to make just one!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Vintage Shabby Rose : Cushions

This month, I've really been enjoying pretty pink, green and neutral colour palettes.



So to bring some of these wonderful Springtime tones inside, I decided to make myself some new cushions, featuring designs from the Vintage Shabby Rose Collection.

Today the rain is pouring outside my window, but I'm enjoying listening to the steady sound it makes as it hits the roof
 :)
..................

Also this week Judi Hall from Gingezel, featured our designs on the Gingezel website
Thank-you so much Judi for the wonderful Kristopher K feature :)

I first became aware of Gingezel Fabrics on Flickr, when I saw this lovely Collection of fabrics called Ocean Villa 
... (I just love the muted blue and brown colour palette) 
Gingezel Ocean Villa Beach and Terrace Fabric

See more beautiful Gingezel Fabrics @Spoonflower here
..................


I hope your week so far has been fabulous ... 
Time for me now to make a nice hot cup of coffee, while outside the rain continues to fall :)


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Terrific Tuesday

Today has been a Terrific Tuesday ... why ? Well apart from being the first Tuesday in November and a day when a little old horse race called The Melbourne Cup stops a nation ... I also made some fun "easy as" fabric buttons :)


Using a simple button kit that I purchased from The Haby Goddess (here) it really was as "easy as" 1, 2, 3 to make these adorable fabric covered buttons (with absolutely no sewing skills required ;)

Fabrics shown are from my Perfect Pink Collection and include : (from top)
Disco Dots - Hot Pink
Country Checks
and
Spring Blossoms 


I hope you had a Terrific Tuesday too, and if you placed a bet on The Melbourne Cup, I hope you backed a winner!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Spring Blossoms on Silk!

... How exciting !!! 
I received my first sample of the new Silk Crepe de Chine fabric from Spoonflower today. 
See photos of this beautiful silk fabric, featuring my design Spring Blossoms below 
.... Now I'll really be able to practice some of my new "how to tie silk scarves" skills :)




Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Liberty Way To Tie A Scarf

Inspiration I just had to share with you all, from a recent visit to the Liberty YouTube page : featuring several inspiring demonstrations on "How-To" tie a scarf :)
Hope your having a fabulous week, Enjoy, Cheers Kris :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Multi Dots of Floral Fun!

Hello, hope your weekend so far has been wonderful :)
Today for me was lovely and relaxing (and sunny too - Yay!) 
... although I may have gone a little bit dotty over my new floral design "Multi Dots"



Shown above in Green and Blue ...

"Multi Dots" will also be available in a range of serene colours including Purple, Pink, Mint and Yellow!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Spring Blossoms

Here is a snippet of a new design that I've been working on "Spring Blossoms" : inspired by the pretty springtime blossoms blooming in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney :)
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... Hope your having a fabulous week, Cheers Kris :)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Night Owls Tweet - Week 19

[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast (and Sydney :) AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]

By Ferry to Manly, Sydney Australia !!!


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#1 Rainbow
Lorikeet 
#2 Travel by Ferry from the city of Sydney to Manly Beach
#3 Manly Beach local
#4 View of Sydney Harbour from the Manly Ferry
#5 View of Manly Beach on a stormy afternoon
#6 Beach house at Fairy Bower Beach
#7 Storm brewing above the walkway from Manly to Shelly Beach


...........


Well we made it to Week 19 ... which is pretty awesome ... but ...
I'm sorry to say this will be the last official Night Owls Tweet .... 
This is due to an exciting tweet that I recently received from sheyb ...
"I'm thinking I need to stop night owls tweet posts : I am so busy and just got busier planning a conference!"



Wow - and - Wow again !!! 

If you would like to know more about "creative estates" see the sheyb Blog here .... 


And Shey .... from your "Night Owl" friend here in Australia ... wishing you all the very best with your new project ... tweet ya soon :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spoonflower Silk

Exciting Update !!!
Sweet .... !!! Spoonflower have just announced a new Fabric option "Silk" : scheduled to be available from September 30.

I can't wait to order some (and deciding which pattern to order will be fun too ;) ... 
I'll be sure to post an update here on the blog, as soon as my first sample arrives :)
In the meantime .... here are some more of the details ...


Silk Crepe de Chine : 100% silk

  • 42" wide printable area (107 cm)
  • 2.9 oz per linear yard
  • Pure white, printed on one side
  • Appropriate for dresses, blouses, pajamas, lingerie, lining
  • Estimated shrinkage 3%.
  • Wash instructions: Dry clean
  • Launch date: September 30, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Whooo hooo !!!!

Whoo hooo, I woke up early today, to see my Magnolia fabric design had placed 5th (out of 105 fabulous border fabric designs) in the Spoonflower Fabric of the Week contest : Thank-you sooooo much to all who voted :)






Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Miniature Marvels

... It's raining ... it's pouring today, but seeing these Miniature Marvels by JBM Miniatures has really brightened up my day - thanks Ken :)


Upholstered with Kristopher K fabric designs from the Shabby Chic Collection available at Spoonflower



See more amazing miniatures at Ken@JBM's flickr photostream
here :)

Night Owls Tweet - Week 17

For this weeks Night Owls Tweet, I'm celebrating the arrival of Spring 
- not to mention the warmer weather here in Sydney ... Happy Days !!!

[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from 
Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast (and Sydney :) AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]

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#1 - #7 Springtime flowers from Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens


See the SheyB blog for Night Owls Tweet photos - all the way from the USA.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Springtime!



Hello Spring!
I photographed these pretty springtime blossoms today, while walking through the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. I thought they looked so pretty blooming against a brilliant blue sky!
Whatever the weather where you are in the world, I hope your having a Wonderful Weekend, Cheers Kris :)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Vintage Shabby Rose : In Miniature

Sending a big "Thank-you" to the amazingly talented Ken of JBM Miniatures for kindly sending me photos of these wonderful miniature chairs, (upholstered with Kristopher K designs from the "Vintage" Shabby Chic Collection.)

You may remember an earlier post (
here) featuring more of Ken's miniatures, together with a "How To" for reducing the scale of designs at Spoonflower.





~ Thank-you Ken, I absolutely love to see photos of "Kristopher K" fabrics in action!!!

... See more examples of awe-inspiring miniature furniture on Ken@JBM's flickr photostream (
here :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Night Owls Tweet - Week 15

The following photos are all from Sydney's CBD : featuring a juxtaposition of beautiful old sandstone buildings and modern glass skyscrapers that mirror the sky :)
[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]


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#1 Detail of the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) completed in 1898.
#2 The QVB dome presides over a fabulous range of exclusive shops and boutiques.
#3 Bus lane
#4 Centrepoint Tower : features an observation viewing deck with amazing views across Sydney.
#5 Sydney Monorail
#6 Winter in the CBD
#7 Sydney street sign directing traffic to Anzac Bridge!


See the SheyB blog for week 14 photos - all the way from the USA.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Water Colour Weekend



It's lovely to be in Sydney BUT ... I'm so missing my studio at home on the Gold Coast !!! 


So on Friday afternoon, I decided to pop into an art shop (just for a look!) ... Well you know how it goes, I couldn't resist buying some new watercolours ... so this weekend I can now sit in the sunshine sketching and painting some new designs .. Yippee :)


Inky Floral
This is one of my latest vintage floral designs in an antique blue and taupe colour palette!
More fabric ... (and this weeks Night Owls Tweet :) photos soon :)


Whatever you plans for this weekend, I hope you have a fabulous time. 
Cheers, Kris.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Night Owls Tweet - Week 13

[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]


Yay! Happy Days
My computer and I are finally reunited again :)
I am so excited to be back online, and blogging .. yee-ha !!!
Sydney is so amazingly beautiful (although it's FREEZING here during winter)
I do hope you enjoy these photos from my very very very late "Night Owls Tweet" : Week 13 



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1# Sydney Harbour
2# Sydney Ferry Wake
4# Steps to Sydney Observatory, The Rocks
5# Sydney Harbour Bridge
7# Fort Denison : an island in Sydney Harbour that was once a punishment and confinement site for convicts in the early days of the colony. 


See the Shey B blog here for week 12 "Night Owls Tweet" : photos from NYC :)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Hello Sydney














Although things here on the Kristopher K blog have been quiet (for what feels like MONTHS to me now) ..... I can assure you, my daily life over the last few weeks, has been the opposite!
Due to some unexpected family matters (all good) I left home on the sunny Gold Coast to once again say "Hello" to my hometown of Sydney. The city skyline may have changed in my absence, but I'm happy to say the Harbour is as magical and beautiful as ever.
As soon as I am reunited with my home computer I will post more "Kristopher K" news and updates (when you leave an Apple at home : and only have limited access to a laptop PC - I assure you, absence makes the heart grow fonder - lol)
... so missing the fun of "catching up" with you all ... and although this weeks "Night Owls Tweet" will be late, I wanted to let you know everything is AOK and I hope to be back here in Blogland soon ... !!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Night Owls Tweet - Week 11


This "night owls tweet" is all about printing : or screen printing to be exact :)

[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]

.... The decision to add a new range of original screen printed products and fabrics to the existing range now available at Spoonflower, has ensured it's been both fun & 'crazy busy' here in the studio most hours of the day :) 
And even though I know there is still a little way to go before the new Kristopher K shop goes 'live' - I'm already starting to get those jittery butterflies from the excitement of it all :)

I hope you enjoy the following screen printing snippets for this weeks Night Owls Tweet!

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1# Screen Printing Squeegee
2# Silk Screen
3# Pure white paint : (I do love white paint but I can't wait to start mixing it with other colours too ;)
4# Permaset : Textile paint for screen printing
5# First "test" print - whooo hooo
6# Screen printed 100% linen tea towel
7# Stock arriving ready for printing!

For week 10 "Garden plants from Arizona" photos : see the SheyB blog here

Cheers Kris :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Catching up over coffee :)

It's Monday & I'm sorry to say I am running a little late for posting tonights Night's Owls Tweet photos ... !!! 
This is just a short "catch up over coffee" post ... mmm don't you just love the smell of coffee :)

Anyway ... all being well I should be able to download and post todays Night Owls Tweet photos - tomorrow.



Things have been crazy fun, over the last few weeks, organising the new set up for screen printing textiles.
The new print table (... all 4.8m of it) is now built and the first test print run (... on a multitude of different tea towel samples) was a great success ... (photos soon I promise)

I have also been busy designing the new shop banner and buttons etc ... 
Here is a little peek ...


Thanks so much to everyone for all the lovely comments and support : This is such an exciting time for us here at 'Kristopher K'
Chat soon, Cheers Kris :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Linen Samples

Just a quick photo post to-day : to show you some of the linen fabrics samples that have arrived ready for printing and testing.
I just love all these beautiful natural colours, and textures.
With so many yummy natural fabrics to consider and compare, it's been more exciting than the summer holidays around here this week :)

All going well, my first silk screen should be ready to collect in a few days time, so printing is scheduled to start in earnest this weekend !!!



... More photos soon ;)





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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Night Owls Tweet - Week 9

1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ...... just counting (and re-counting) 
.... to check it really is wk 9 of "Night Owls Tweet"
Sorry this post is a day late : I can't believe how quickly the weeks are flying by!

Have you been watching any of the sporting events being played around the world? 
It's no secret that Aussie's love their sport ... and lately it seems there has been no shortage of events to keep us all awake at night !!! 
From Wimbledon and The World Cup to The Tour de France 
I'm so looking forward to to-nights stage of Le Tour, and seeing not only the live pictures from France, but the Aussie cyclist, Cadel Evans wearing the yellow jersey :)

I think theres just enough time to pop some pop corn before live coverage starts ...
... here are the photos for this weeks Night Owls Tweet : week 9.

[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from 
Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]


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#1 Winter morning walk along the Broadwater
#2 Wild grass growing in the rainforest behind the Gold Coast
#3 Whale watching : Humpback whales are back in Gold Coast waters :)
#4 Whoohoo I've added a new Spoonflower Fabric Page to the blog this week!
#5 BEFORE photo : renovating the lounge
#6 Lounge room after renovation
#7 Dining room after renovation (handmade paper - on wall - from Calligrane)

See the Shey B Blog - for last weeks week 8 photos ... "iPhone Pictures"



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Sunday, July 04, 2010

New Quilt & New Chapter


After another busy week, I'm happy to be relaxing today, wrapped up in my new quilt ~ featuring fabric designs from my Marie's Garden collection (... inspired by the beautiful pink dahlias, blooming in the summer gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, France ~ home to Marie Antoinette.) 

Next week plans for the next chapter of Kristopher K will really start in earnest ... Whoo - hoo !!!
Did you manage to guess, from the sneek a peek last weekend ... ?

I have been busy organising new designs, fabrics, films, screens, printing tables & paints - etc as I will soon be hand screen printing a brand new collection of 'Kristopher K' textiles on yummy natural fabrics, to compliment the existing range of fabrics now available at
Spoonflower.

It's still early days, but I couldn't wait to share this exciting news with you all.

I look forward to posting more updates and naturally lots of pictures soon ;)
Have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday .... Cheers Kris ;)


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Thursday, July 01, 2010

"Summer in Paris"


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Here is my new desktop calendar for JULY :
"Summer in Paris" can you believe it's July already ... !!! 

(Dreaming of Paris should help to keep me cheery, while freezing through the Aussie Winter ;)


Please feel free to use this image on your desktop if you would like to :)



Wishing you all a Joyful July ... Cheers Kris


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Night Owls Tweet - Week 7

I guess this is a really late night : "Night Owls Tweet" : as it's 4.30am on Tuesday morning ;)
I've just finished watching Hewitt and Djokovic play their round 4 Tennis match live from 
Wimbledon. It was an exciting roller coaster game, played on a lovely hot English day. (Great to see the summer sunshine as here on the Gold Coast, the mercury has plummeted)

... well without further ado here are the photos for wk 7. 
I will post more 'Kristopher K' news and updates very soon :)

[Over the next 52 weeks, Shey B from Arizona USA, and I from the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA, will attempt to blog a total of 365 photos. Each posting ... 7 photos, from the last 7 days, on alternate Monday Nights]


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#1 The Australian White Ibis
#2 Shadow play in the early morning light at Surfers Paradise Beach
#3 Palm Tree flowers
#4 Noisy Cockatoo's
#5 A yellow moon rises over the sea
#6 Partial lunar Eclipse shines on a beautiful clear night
#7 Surf Life Saver buggy at Main Beach

See the Shey B Blog - for last weeks great week 6 photos ... The office !!!
I will have to tidy up a bit before I post any pic's of the office here - lol :)
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