Wow, so much going on at the farm right now ... need to sit down, take a breath and enjoy a cuppa and a chat.
I'm just about to do a final sketch of a giveaway I have planned for next week, for all my facebook and blog friends, but thought I would stop by here for a chance to update you on life at Wildcraft Farm.
My darling Jessica has jumped into the High School life very well, so glad her school had homework in the primary years, she already has a great "work ethic" with getting the work done early (so not like her Mother, who used to leave her projects until the night before!!!). Poor thing had a massive project to do over the school holidays, spent most of the 3 weeks on the computer doing research.
Farmer Rowe has been madly supplying everyone with foliage from our farm for Mother's Day, so I hope everyone who got a bunch of flowers can appreciate the "greenery" around the main flowers .... florists love it because a dozen roses look very small on their own, but add some foliage and they can add $50 to the price (pity the grower doesn't get that money!).
And I have been quite busy getting the new range of designs printed and ready for distribution. If you follow me on facebook just about all the photos are there to view in their separate photo albums. I had to abandon loading to the blog as Typepad wouldn't let me upload the photos, I'll have another try today.
Here are 2 new designs .... from "The Quilt Card Collection", the large size greeting card with the full size pattern and instructions inside. The completed stitchery is around 50cm x 38cm (20"x15"). I worked it in DMC Red 221 - I love to collect ivory/cream tone on tone fabrics, they make a great canvas for my stitcheries.
FRIENDSHIPS ARE SEWN ....
I think this had about 6 different versions before I came up with the final layout idea, and possibly a dozen more drawings to get to this final design. I looked around my collection of old stitching tools to get inspiration - I don't use any mechanical/computer help when drawing, everything is with my favourite hb pencil and eraser ... once the final version is ready I'm often amazed at how thick my file is with paper scraps, I hate to throw them away, they have a story to tell too!
If you would like to know where you can get hold of this Quilt Card, feel free to contact me and I'll try to find a store for you. When I first started out 10 years ago, word of mouth became my greatest method of getting new stores to stock my designs, shop keepers would ring me saying that a lady had just brought in a Kit In A Card she has been given, how can they stock them too? - so if you have a favourite store you think might like this style of product, let me know!
The other new Quilt Card is A WISE OLD OWL ...
This project finishes around 30cm x 38cm (12" x 15"), before the borders are added.
There is a funny story about how this card was designed. I had many, many requests from stores for an owl greeting card, but I waited as I thought there were a lot of owls around and I didn't want to be influenced by another designers work (I'm all about originality).
So last winter I gathered up some very old childhood books, a favourite pair of Owl PJs, my much loved box of 72 Derwent pencils and a bundle of white paper - I gave these to my daughter Jessica and our friend Tirian (both 11 at the time) and asked them to give me a couple of different versions using the pictures as a guide. We then took different parts of each girl's designs and together they made their final drawing, then it was my turn to draw the final version of the design you see here. The poem is something fun that has been retold to me MANY times during my childhood, the product of being a chatterbox I'm afraid!
I hope you like it :)
My cuppa is finished, so I'm off to finalise this new giveaway drawing .... Talk to you soon,
PS - Is it cold where you are? I have the wood heater pumping out at full speed, but I think I need to put on another jumper .... brrrr, but perfect stitching weather!