Friday, September 21, 2012

there are not enough words to describe how awesome this is ...

You've probably heard me say before that I think blogging (and social media generally) is amazing. Not just for the friends you make, but the amazing talents you get to admire and be inspired by. My friend Vic is one such person, and last weekend she gave me the nicest gift anyone has ever made me ...

Vic is an artist and illustrator extraordinaire, with real style. You might recognise the above illustration from the photo in my sidebar. I'm calling this illustration "Nic by Vic", and as soon as it's framed it will be going straight to the studio!

Thanks Vic ~ I love this, now and always.

You can find more of Vic's clever work over at Geek Amour.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

craft camp :: a patchwork of friends + fabric + fun

What a weekend I've just had! My first ever crafty weekend away, and it was wonderful. I was lucky enough to win a weekend at The Retreat at Woodend, and then be joined by some really clever and funny ladies ~ thanks to each of you. We crafted, chatted and ate amazing food. Here is a "patchwork" of memories via instagram (pics from @curlypops @foxslane @melbourneepicure @ geekamour and @yardagedesign):

We all had different projects to work on, but I also brought some block printing supplies for people to experiment with, which resulted in some really lovely designs. This is Vic working on her awesome mix tape block:

You can see some of my fabrics in the foreground. I spent the weekend working on a patchwork to hang in behind the glass panel in the entrance door to my new studio (incase anyone was wondering!). It was a "random" (which took forever to place!) patchwork of some of my favourite fabrics ...

Fabric packs and fabric used in this quilt are available in the Yardage Design online store here.

I had such a great weekend! The Retreat is lovely ~ more like a small hotel than a house, and fitted out with everything you could need. I can't recommend it highly enough for those of you looking for a great place to have a crafty weekend away. Thanks Abbe ~ we'll be back!

Want more? Pop over to the Curly Pops blog for another craft camp roundup!

I will be back later in the week with (hopefully) a finished quilt.

Friday, September 14, 2012

a whole lotta fabric!

There is a whole lotta fabric in my bag, ready for a crafty retreat this weekend! I'm planning something patchworky ...

No doubt I'll be posting pics to instagram (@yardagedesign) and facebook over the weekend, but I will be back on the blog next week with my progress.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

my creative space :: progress!

After a concerted effort yesterday. my new studio space is coming together. Things have been sorted, stored and tidied. However, this is the only really finished corner ~ the screens and inks.

Today it's going to be all about the table ~ it needs to be lined and made ready for printing ~ a week of no printing means there lots to do! I'm looking forward to my first print run ~ fingers crossed it will be later this morning.

Also, I can't wait to get some things on the walls ~ then it will be "home".

You can follow my progress on instagram (@yardagedesign).

More creative spaces here and on instagram (#mycreativespace).

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

"fan" new colours :: red + white + blue

Just popping in quickly to let you know that there are some new colourways of my new design "Fan" now in the Yardage Design online shop ...

"Fan" in cherry red on off-white hemp/organic cotton (above),
 and cherry red on natural linen/cotton (below)
One of my favourites ~ "Fan" in white on natural linen/cotton!

I hope you enjoy these new colours. All of them together look great!

Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes and words about my new studio. Everything was moved in without a hitch yesterday (maybe just a few sore muscles, but that's OK!), and now begins the task of setting everything up. I have been taking some pics as I go and will post some over the weekend.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

my creative space :: new beginnings

Today, I am moving my creative space to new premises. It has been in the pipeline for a few months (which means I have been wanting to blurt it out for ages), but today is moving day! Yardage Design has a new studio/retail space in the Mercator Building at the Abbotsford Convent. It feels like Christmas!

I cannot wait to be in my new space ~ it's about three times bigger than my current space, and gives me so many possibilities. I will be sharing some pics of my progress over the coming days here on this blog and on instagram (@yardagedesign).

In the mean time, if you'd like to win some Yardage Design fabric, pop over to The Funky Friends Factory blog ~ Pauline has been using my fabrics to make her gorgeous soft toys, and is giving away a Yardage Design fabric pack. You might also find a very daggy pic of me from a couple of years ago!

More creative space right here every Thursday, and on instagram (at #mycreativespace) ~ join in!

Wish me luck today!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

spring is the bees knees!

It's the first day of spring in the southern hemisphere, so I was out in my garden this morning watching the bees buzz in and around the plum tree ...

Have a great weekend everyone!