Even though I've just added my new "Bug's Life" repeat pattern design to my Spoonflower Shop, it actually has a very LOOONG history! The individual bugs are amongst my earliest designs created when I was very new to surface design. I originally sold them individually as Greeting Cards and Art Prints at various craft fairs and in my (now closed) Etsy shop. Then I revised and re-coloured them, and now sell them as Graphic Tees in my TeePublic Shop (check out my "Creature Features" Album there to see them, called "Retro Bugs")!
AND THEN...I put them all together into one design to make this repeat pattern! They're now available in all 4 colours in Small-, Medium- and Large-Scale versions on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! I guess I've never really been able to completely archive these colourful bugs over the years and always seem to return to them. And funny enough, for this repeat design, I went all the way back to those very first, original colours!
I thought this design would be perfect to enter in this week's Spoonflower "Flash Tattoo Sheets" Design Challenge (I entered the first version on Hot Pink) because the strong outlines and colours would make some pretty darn cool tattoos IMHO! Public Voting for this Challenge opens today Thursday Nov 3, and closes next Tuesday Nov 8 at 3:00 ET! Check out the Voting Page to see this week's entries!
Click the images to see the Medium-Scale versions in my Spoonflower Shop!
I'm Featured In the New Redfin Article: "Create a Great Escape: Attic Design Ideas for the Ultimate Cozy Nook" (Published Oct 19 2022)!
If you own a home with an attic or your rental home comes with a bonus attic space, there’s a chance the room has gone unused. Maybe the space is completely empty, or it’s the current home for your boxes of seasonal decorations, sporting gear, or home improvement tools. But there are plenty of ways you can spruce up your attic space to create a great escape.
For some inspiring attic design ideas, be sure to check out the new Redfin Article, “Create a Great Escape: Attic Design Ideas for the Ultimate Cozy Nook”, written by Alison Bentley and just published on the Redfin Blog on October 19 2022. Redfin reached out to me and asked if I could provide some thoughts for this article, and they’ve included my design tips and insights for decorating an attic space with WALLPAPER, together with more fantastic ideas from other design experts. Be sure to check out this article to find out how you can design your perfect attic getaway!
When I travel to other places, I love going to markets where it's so interesting to explore all the unfamiliar things, particularly food, and especially fruits and veggies I have never seen or tasted before. So when I saw that this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge was "Otherworldly Botanicals", I immediately thought about strange fantastical fruits as a subject matter. So here is my new "Ambrosia" pattern design which I filled with graphic melon-like fruits on curly vines (of course, it HAD to have curly vines!)
Voting for this Challenge is now open and you can link to the Voting Page HERE. I would love your vote for this one (voting closes Tuesday Sept 20)!
This design is also now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes, and you can SHOP this design HERE (in the Medium-Scale, it's also available in a Small- and Large-Scale too!)
And of course, I couldn't resist adding this design to my Spoonflower Shop in some other colourways too, see below! Each colourway also comes in 3 sizes. Click on an image to link to the Medium-Scale versions directly in my Spoonflower Shop!
Designing With Just ONE Colour? My Entry in This Week's Spoonflower "Monochrome Moments" Design Challenge!
I've entered my "Jaipur" floral pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Monochrome Moments" Design Challenge! The idea behind this challenge was to choose a "Base Colour" and create a design using only Tints (colour + white), Shades (colour + black) or Tones (colour + gray) of that colour! At first, I had some consternation...How could I create a design using only ONE colour?! But I ended up choosing this beautiful Scarlet Red for the challenge (and I couldn't resist adding this design to my Spoonflower Shop in some other colours too!) If you did this challenge, which Base Colour would you choose (you have to choose just one)?! Check out the Voting Page to see all the entries!
AND If you are interested, Spoonflower is offering 25% OFF All WALLPAPER Rolls until Sunday July 10 2022! You can link to my BEST SELLERS directly HERE!
Wallpaper pictured above is the "Large-Scale" version of this design! It also comes in a Small- and Medium-Scale version too!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Vintage Nostalgia Wallpaper"! Think: Avocado Green and Burnt Orange!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Vintage Nostalgia Wallpaper" so I decided to enter my "Orangerie" design in this Avocado Green and Burnt Orange colourway. Although I've created this design in a bunch of other colourways, I have a sentimental attachment to this one because I grew up in a house with a kitchen in these colours! We even had Avocado Green appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting in various shades of Avocado Green (if I knew then what I know now, I would have taken pics of that carpet)! But then my parents renovated the kitchen, and to me it ended up being much less interesting (they also repainted the garage door and window shutters from Bright Turquoise to Dark Brown, and although I do like a good Brown, I never forgave them)! If you would like to Vote, you can link to the Voting Page HERE (and I would greatly appreciate your vote for this one!)
With thanks to @theindoorsyproject for this mock-up!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Petal Solids Coordinates: In Bloom"!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Petal Solids Coordinates: In Bloom". Spoonflower has asked for designs that use 1, 2 or 3 of the requested colours which this week are "Coral", "Grass" and "Peony" (these limited colour palette challenges are amongst my favourites to enter)! Designers can use additional colours, but SF recommends not more than 4 colors total (not including Black and White) to ensure the designs coordinate well with their Petal Signature Cotton Solids. I initially was pretty happy to see this week's 3 bright colours (it made me think of jelly beans for some reason)...UNTIL I tried to design with all 3 colours together. For some reason, it just wasn't working! So I decided to Divide and Conquer: I paired each colour with another colour to create 3 separate colourways of my "Jelly Beans" design, trying to make sure all 3 would Mix & Match too. And here they are:
1. CORAL on Purple
2. GRASS on Citron Yellow
3. PEONY on Blue
Which one would you have entered? After going back and forth a bunch of times, I decided on #1: Coral on Purple. I just love the "neon-ness" of it! Aside from co-ordinating with the cotton fabrics, it sure would make some crazy wallpaper!
Voting opens today Thursday April 14! You can check out all the entries and vote at the Voting Page AND you can also check out my Spoonflower Shop too! All these colourways and more are available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
I've entered my "Blooms" design in this week's Spoonflower "Maximalist Folk" Design Challenge!
BTW: this design is available in other co-ordinating colours too! I wasn't sure which colourway to enter in the Challenge, but I ended up entering the first version. What do you think, which one would you have entered? Voting ends Tuesday March 29!
Check out the design in my Spoonflower Shop HERE or click on each image below!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Neutral Botanicals Grasscloth" Wallpaper (Uh, Oh...Neutrals?!)
If you know me, you probably realize that I don't really do "neutral" alot! So when I saw this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Neutral Botanicals Grasscloth" Wallpaper, I felt some chagrin. But I rose to the occasion and created my "Gladiolus Garden" design in warm neutrals...And you know what? I like the soft colours! Then I realized: Neutrals Are Colours Too!!
OF COURSE, there is a more brightly-coloured version of this design in my Spoonflower Shop too, see below! If you want to check out the entries, head to the Voting Page!
And if you would like to see these designs in my Spoonflower Shop, check them out (and other co-ordinating designs) in my "Abstract Floral" Collection!
Fantastic DIY Home Decor Project from Sonata Home Design (Using My "Eucalyptus" Wallpaper)!
Look at this FANTASTIC DIY home decor project from talented home stylist Missy of Sonata Home Design! She used my Eucalyptus wallpaper from my Spoonflower Shop to completely transform an old bookshelf. Read her Blog Post to learn how she did it!
Missy says: "What a difference paint and wallpaper can make! We took bookshelves we have had for 20 years and gave them an update!"
If you love my "Eucalyptus" pattern design, be sure to check out my "Australian Flora" Collection in my Spoonflower Shop to see all the scale and colour options, available not only on Wallpaper, but also on Fabrics and lots of Home Decor items!
I've just entered my "Jardin" design in this week's Spoonflower "Moody Tropical Flora Wallpaper" Design Challenge! I adapted this repeat pattern from an abstract floral art print I created (see it in my Art Prints Portfolio) and I really like how it has a modern Art Nouveau feel (maybe it has something to do with the colours too?)!
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page and you can shop this design in my Spoonflower Shop where it is available on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
My Entry for This Week's Spoonflower "Seashells" Design Challenge Entry: "Ocean Jewels"!
Ever since I designed my "Akkorokamui" octopus pattern for the Spoonflower "Cryptozoology" Design Challenge in March (2nd image below), which some of you said you loved (which I thank you for), I've been wanting to design a sea-themed pattern design to co-ordinate with it. Then I saw that this week's design challenge is SEASHELLS so I thought PERFECT I'll design a seashells pattern to coordinate with it! Here is the result (first image): my brand new "Ocean Jewels" pattern! What do you think? This design is now available on fabric, wallpaper and home decor in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes!
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page! And see all the designs in my Spoonflower Shop too!
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An old (and very creative!) school mate that I connected with again at my 35th high school reunion (yes, 35th!) recently asked me if I had any bicycle patterns on fabric. Sadly, I didn't, but it stuck in my mind so I created this design for her and made it available in my Spoonflower Shop on fabric, wallpaper and home decor. I call it "My Bike" because I remember how much I loved my bike when I was a kid (remember those tassels?) I wasn't sure what colours she wanted, so I created it in two nostalgic colourways: Mod Red and Black and Pastel Pink and Brown (she chose the first Mod Red and Black colourway!) I invite you to check out my Spoonflower Shop to shop hundreds of my designs on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
For Art Directors and Licensees: This design is still available to license! Please contact me for info.
Because it's full of fruits, curvy florals and pastel colours, I entered my "Fruitastical" pattern in this week's Spoonflower "Rococo" Design Challenge! Nothing says "Spring" more to me than this design so I thought it was timely! It is now available in my Spoonflower Shop in both Small- and Large-Scale versions on all kinds of fabrics, wallpaper and home decor!
AND MAKERS TAKE NOTE! All Fat Quarters are still 50% OFF on Spoonflower but only until tomorrow Friday March 5 2021. Stock up now, sew later!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and the Voting Page!
My Entry in This Week's Spoonflower "Reimagined Damask Wallpaper" Design Challenge!
Voting is now open for this week's Spoonflower "Reimagined Damask Wallpaper" Design Challenge! I decided to enter my "Dreamy Damask" design with the Dark Gray background (thanks to all of you who let me know which colour you liked best!) I hope I chose the right one! In any event, all 3 colours (Dark Gray, Bright Purple and Red) are now available in my Spoonflower Shop in 2 scales (large and small) on not only wallpaper, but also fabric and home decor! You can check out all the fab entries at the Voting Page! Voting ends January 26 2021 at 3:00 EST.
Also check out my Spoonflower Shop for lots more of my designs on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
Some of the ideas I've been playing with for a new collection I've been working on recently: unique colour combos, mix & match patchwork and pure abstraction and geometry! Although I'm working on another project (more about that soon!) that includes this new "Capri" pattern design, I thought it would also be perfect to enter in this week's Spoonflower "Create Room" Design Challenge which says: "The pattern you create should not only provide visual joy, but should inspire both you and others to create more", to use as a wallpaper backdrop in a DreamBox, an all-in-one craft room that folds away into a beautiful armoire, designed by Create Room. What do you think, does this design fit the challenge? In any event, I think it makes for a pretty cool bathroom! Check out the Voting Page!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio