Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Shabby Rose

Whitewashed shabby chic furniture with a lovely old world, vintage feel, was the inspiration for my latest fabric design.

Over the years, I have restored many wonderful pieces of old furniture, with a splash of white paint and some elbow grease, to rub back various areas of paint.
Looking at my one of my "shabby chic" side tables, (while relaxing with a nice hot cup of tea ;) got me thinking ... "why should furniture have all the fun?"


The result of that thought is "Shabby Rose" - a vintage inspired "shabby chic" fabric featuring 
soft lemon/tea coloured roses, distressed against a teal textured background :)

Shabby Rose 

I am looking forward to adding a collection of fabrics to co-ordinate with "Shabby Rose" soon :)


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Daisy Garden

Yay! I love relaxing on lazy Sundays :)

I have been catching up with the latest posts on my favourite blogs, and discovering some fabulous new blogs too - It's wonderful to see so many talented and inspiring designs and handmade creations.


Here is my latest fabric design: Daisy Garden
~ this design, was inspired by the pretty mountain daisies growing at:
Mt Tamborine, Qld Australia :)



This natural mountain wonderland dominates the landscape behind the famous sandy beaches of the Gold Coast.
It is known locally as the Green behind the Gold :)



Following are links to some fun blog tutorials that have totally inspired me to get out the craft box;
First is a cute little fabric frog found on The Purl Bee 
- As a child, I had a fabric frog just like this, made from the sweetest little liberty print fabric

and at: Made In The UK there is a fabulous tutorial for making your own gift box
- I'm wondering however if you could cover the card in fabric first ;) really looking forward to giving this a try next week!


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Floral Inspired Friday

What a wonderful surprise I have to share with you all to-day! 

The lovely Rosie, of The Fabric Shopper has just posted on her inspiring blog, some fantastic photos of her beautiful new summer skirt.
Rosie has designed an amazing, long, layered, shabby chic, bohemian skirt with fabulous raw serged edges with my Fabric Design:

If you have yet to visit Rosie's blog and like me, love all things fabric - I recommend you "click" on over to The Fabric Shopper Blog and say Hello :)

- I just adore seeing what people are making from my Fabric Designs!
~ Thanks Rosie for posting these wonderful photos. I just love your new skirt.

Magnolia Little Gem - is available now in a variety of serene shades, as per the palette of natural colours below :)




"Magnolia Little Gem - Olive Green - 2 Yard Panel"


"Magnolia Little Gem - Bronze - 2 Yard Panel"


"Magnolia Little Gem - Dark Spice - 2 Yard Panel" 


"Magnolia Little Gem - Dusty Pink - 2 Yard Panel"


"Magnolia Little Gem - Sage - 2 Yard Panel"


"Magnolia Little Gem - Arctic - 2 Yard Panel"

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And in other news this week from Spoonflower:



The base colour of the beautiful Organic Cotton Sateen will change to a whiter white ... I believe this will help to minimise any colour shifts that can occur when printing on an off-white base fabric. - "Starting with orders placed on Friday, March 26, we'll be printing on the new, white organic sateen rather than the off-white, natural sateen." 

and Im also very excited about the launch of a brand new Spoonflower fabric option: Cotton Lawn 
- I can't wait to get my hands on some of this new fabric - as soon as I have some actual samples, I'll post photos and let you know what I think - YAY

Cotton Lawn, optic white:

Have a wonderful flower filled friday, and a fabulous weekend,
Cheers Kris


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Friday, March 19, 2010

Art Nouveau Arrives at Spoonflower

How is everyone?
I've had an amazing and busy week
... and Im finding it hard to believe it's already Friday!

Last night our family had a wonderful night listening to the sounds of Jazz.
We went to see Branford Marsalis at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre or QPAC - What a fantastic show 
- The sound and energy was electric.




I'm wondering now if it's possible to capture the amazing and inspiring energy - that is great live performance - and turn it into a textile design - lol

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This week, Art Nouveau has arrived at Spoonflower :)
I just adore Art Deco and Art Nouveau design, and it's wonderful to see the fresh and modern adaptations of the Art Nouveau Theme, in the latest fabric contest at Spoonflower.
Vote for your favorite "Art Nouveau" fabrics at Spoonflower here!



Voting is open now - until Wednesday March 24, at 5pm EST


My entry, above.




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The Deco Floral collection by Kristopher K, will include a range of complimentary fabrics in a variety of colour palettes including: Black, White, Indigo and Stone:



Deco Floral - Indigo


Deco Floral - Stone

Deco Floral - Stone Check


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In other news Spoonflower have recently introduced a new high quality quilting weight cotton (see here)


I've yet to receive my first order of this new cotton, but I'll let you know what I think in the coming weeks :)
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And finally, I'm really looking forward to the arrival of a new exhibition
(27 March – 27 June, 2010) at the Queensland Art Gallery 

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones

"Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones' is the result of a collaboration between London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and one of the world’s foremost milliners, Stephen Jones. Exploring the fascinating world of millinery, the exhibition presents more than 250 hats and iconic headpieces from the V&A’s extensive collection and Jones’s own archive."


See some fantastic pictures of the Installation progress for the above exhibition, on the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art's Flickr Photostream



Have a fantastic weekend .... 
Cheers
Kris :)

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Fabulous Friday

Fabulous Friday - I just love a Friday afternoon and to-day it's a Fabulous Friday!
Why?
Because I'm able to share my latest Fabric Samples with you all :)
Yeah !!!

Olives and Butterflies - Blue - stylised butterflies dancing through the olive trees inspired by lazy lunches in the back garden.

Olives and Butterflies - Natural


Aloha - Features hibiscus flowers repeating in a warm natural colour palette


Oh La La - French inspired swirls in a soft silver grey palette


Catch of the Day - features fishing boats, bobbing in a bonny blue bay


Bubble Grunge - (right) inspired by sparkles of light dancing through the night time rain.
Shown with Marie's Garden - Square (left)


Also this week, I received a lovely surprise.
Catching up with a few of my favourite blogs I came to:
There I found the most wonderful words in support of my work under the title

"Loving: Kristopher K Design" 


- Thank-you Brandi xxx



Brandi is - a full time jewellery designer, a proud auntie, and a colour fanatic.
If like me, you think that sounds like fun, why not pop over to The Brandi Girl Blog and say Hello :)


Take care, hope you all have a Fabulous Friday and a wonderful Weekend too :)
Kris 


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Monday, March 08, 2010

Marvellous Monday

How is everyone on this Marvellous Monday? I hope you are all well, and have a productive and successful week :)
It's still raining here on the Gold Coast ... but for some really good news:
I saw to-day that the SEQ Dams are over 90% full (woo - hoo :)


Here is a sneak peek of some new patterns.
These little babies are so hot, I've not even seen them printed onto fabric yet!


Vintage Floral - inspired by antique lace, flower stars twinkle on soft faded colour palettes. From Left:
Vintage Floral - Denim
Vintage Floral - Mauve and
Vintage Floral - Mist















Fleur - These hand drawn flowers were inspired by little wool crochet flowers. In a palette of bright spring colours the Fleur collection includes co-ordinating patterns in stripes and diamonds - a fun modern adaptation of old court jester clothes. From Left:
Fleur and

Deco Floral - Inspired by Art Deco Design, these stylised flowers have been coloured in three fun palettes, with stripes of cute little polka dots for a fresh modern look. From Left:

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Friday, March 05, 2010

Camera Case by Bozontee

A big thank-you to Bozontee for giving me permission to show you all, her adorable camera case :)
- Featuring my original fabric design: 





I can't tell you how exciting it is to see photos of the wonderful creations you make with my fabric designs.

If you too, have made any lovely things, using Spoonflower printed fabrics, why not add them to the Spoonflower Group Pool on Flickr.
You never know, you may just make a Textile Designers day :)


Thursday, March 04, 2010

If I Could Be ...?





Detail The Water Parterres - Chateau De Versailles


I
loved reading ..."If I could be ..." 
on the Brandi Girl blog here 
who was herself inspired by her friends blog here

So, I too, decided to play along :)

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If I were a month I’d be December
If I were a day I’d be Friday
If I were a time of day I’d be Evening
If I were a planet I’d be Earth

If I were a sea animal I’d be a Star Fish
If I were a direction I’d be North
If I were a piece of furniture I’d be Antique French 
(and probably found in a Market :)



Detail Les Puces - Paris Saint-Ouen


If I were a liquid I’d be Spring Water

If I were a gem stone I’d be an Opal
If I were a tree I’d be an Oak
If I were a tool I’d be a Paint Brush
If I were a flower I’d be a Wild White Rose

If I were an element of weather I’d be a Gentle Summer Breeze
If I were a musical instrument I’d be a Piano
If I were a color I'd be French Blue

If I were an emotion I’d be Happy

If I were a fruit I’d be a Bright Green Apple
If I were a sound I’d be Jazz
If I were an element I'd be Earth

If I were a car I’d be a White Mini Cooper

If I were a food I’d be Fresh Bread and Butter
If I were a place I’d be a village somewhere on the Mediterranean
(I'm dreaming of a trip to Menton as I type ;)
If I were a material I'd be Old Faded Linen

If I were a taste I’d be Vanilla
If I were a scent I’d be Gardenias

If I were a body part I’d be Eyes
If I were a facial expression I'd be A Smile
If I were a song I’d be Folk Music

If I were a bird I'd be a Finch

If I were a gift I'd be a Painting
If I were a street I'd be a Tree-lined Avenue
If I were a city I'd be Paris
If I were a door I'd be Art Deco inspired

If I were a pair of shoes I’d be old Brown Leather Boots



Detail - Door in Paris



If you could be .....
what would you be?


(If you play along please leave a comment below with your blog link - It's always so lovely getting to know you too :)

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Can you help choose the 16 Finalists!




Can you help choose the 16 Finalists!

Wow - My design "Boba - Nature Safari" is one of 260 totally amazing designs entered into the new Spoonflower contest.



Voting is now open in the first (semi-final) round, which closes at 5pm EST on Wednesday, March 3rd 2010.

The top 16 vote-winners from the first round, will move to the final round on Thursday, March 4th (to choose the winner :)

See the Spoonflower Blog to cast your vote!



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Yeah - I was so thrilled to see my design was included as one of the Boba Designs, chosen for the Spoonflower weekly e-mail update :)
(top row, second from the left below :)


The first of the month

As it's the 1st March, I've just made a new photo calendar for my desktop ...




















Please feel free to use this image on your desktop if you would like to :)
I photographed these cute little locals by the Broadwater, near Main Beach, on the Gold Coast, Australia.

If dragonflies are more your style check out the March Desktop Calendar available online from the National Trust, or why not make your own using a family picture etc ...

Wishing everyone a Marvelous March...

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P.S - Have you ever said or heard: "pinch and a punch for the first of the month?"
According to wiktionary the origin of this saying is as follows:

"Originating from old England times when people thought that witches existed. People thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the pinch part is pinching of the salt, and the punch part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish her."


Monday, March 01, 2010

Yeah - my Spoonflower swatches have arrived!























You may know from an earlier post, that I decided I would try to make a
quilt.
With this in mind, I designed two new patterns, to co-ordinate with 3 existing Kristopher K fabric designs ... and have been patiently waiting for the swatches, to arrive from Spoonflower.
I am very happy to be able to post today some photos, featuring all 5 designs.
I can now order them from Spoonflower, and will then attempt to make a pretty new quilt - yeah :)


Designs: (from top left)


All designs are now available at Spoonflower :)

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Dreaming of Spring?

Here are a selection of original Kristopher K farbic designs inspired by Spring :)



"Leaf Reflection" 
- Delicate falling leaves in a palette of teal blue and apple green


- Magnolia Little Gems repeating in a natural color palette of spice, olive, sage and linen 


All designs are now available at Spoonflower :)


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