Monday, 25 June 2012

My First Ever Fabric- On Its Way!!!

Well its the beginning of school holidays here and so it's busy, busy busy... I will have to carve out some time to keep the creative pursuits going. I was going to wait till I received some fabric in the post but just couldn't keep it quiet!!!!

So today I am going to show the first design that I will be turning into fabric and I'm so excited!!! As some of you may remember I am doing the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design with Rachael Taylor. This has been an amazing and fun course and I have been like a sponge soaking it all in... It also has some parts which are a steep learning curve. As Module 1 ( of 3) came to a close I decided to make my first fabric design to upload for printing onto fabric. My process is slow due to the hands nature of how I love to work- drawing and watercolouring before changing these into digital files. I hope you enjoy seeing my process!
This is my first step- getting some motifs together for designing the fabric. I chose a camellia as these gorgeous flowers abound in my garden.

Here she is up close...

My favourite designs are transferred to water colour paper.

Love this step - seeing the drawings come to life with colour!

Close up

Finally the design is transferred to the computer and then manipulated until it looks just how I want it to look. I would love to say this is the quick part but at the moment while I get my head around all the steps - it is a slow, fun, and sometimes frustrating process. This is as far as I can show you as I am designing some other fabric to go with this collection before I order it, although it is really hard to wait! I promise to share the finished fabric as soon as it comes in!!!


Monday, 18 June 2012

Etsy - Meet Anastasia!

Today I'd like to introduce you to the lovely Anastasia from Percival Road Designs
Anastasia's colourful Etsy  shop really caught my eye as beautiful eye candy for the paper lover like myself! I asked Anastasia to tell us a little about herself...

 Tell us a little about yourself and your family
Hello! My name is Anastasia and I’m from Sydney Australia.  I work part time in Finance so on my days off I try to be as creative as I can be working on my Etsy shop ‘Percival Road Designs’.
I also love to illustrate, bake, cook  (and eat! I’m such a foodie) and I enjoy blogging, reading and day-dreaming!
I have two young boys and am married to a supportive guy who puts up with my craft mess ha-ha. 

What do you create? I mainly make paper goods – gift tags, greeting cards in a collage style so most of my cards are one-off designs.  I also offer table setting paper goods for Weddings and parties and  gift wrap sets.
I love crafting with paper and I try to mix both new and old papers to create something a little nostalgic and fun!  I also offer supplies and a paper ephemera Flea Market section in my Etsy shop.
One of my goals is to open a separate Crafty Supplies and Decorations online store.

Tell us a little of your story  After I discovered blogs it opened up a whole online world of crafty creative people and I was totally inspired.  I would link from blog to blog and after discovering Etsy I knew I definitely wanted to be part of it.  I was a little nervous setting up my shop but I didn’t want fear to hold me back so after doing many crafty swaps I jumped right in and opened up my Etsy shop.

What do you love about what you do? Making something by hand gives me so much joy and I know that when people buy handmade they can tell how much passion has gone into that item.  I only make and offer what I love so hope others appreciate this and I think they do – I love love the gorgeous feedback I get from people, it’s still such a thrill!

How did you get your shop name? Percival Road is the street I grew up in – where the little girl in me still lives on…drawing, playing…day dreaming.

Apart from creating things what do you do? I’m busy most days as I also work 3 days a week – I enjoy spending time with my family.  I love to catch up with friends for coffee, I enjoy  thrift shopping and flea markets, a cup of coffee and an early morning walk around a flea market – that’s the best Saturday morning!
most days you’ll find me in the kitchen baking something.

How did you find etsy? Through blogging.  It’s amazing the connections you make.  I spent a lot of time in my early 20s not being creative and once I discovered crafty peeps and blogs I realized how much I missed it!

What has influenced your style? I love vintage images.  I even collect vintage children’s books which are a real treasure.  The illustrations make me happy!
I’m inspired by so many things – it could be the weather, or a flower or how the sun shines off something.  I search for colour combinations in all sorts of things and most of the time I just play with my papers and crafty tools and go from there…

How do you balance your commitments? It’s a real juggling act but we manage.   I try to wake up before my boys to get ME ready then I’m okay to help get them ready, it’s all about being organised, writing lots of lists and trying to stay calm ha-ha.

What are your plans and dreams for the future? I’d love to grow Percival Road Designs but not too big as I still think handmade is where I want to be, it would be great to get more wholesale accounts and I think I’d love to do a Graphic Design Course one day…I also dream to start a sweet Crafty supply shop – that would be fun!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


On Saturday Mona Vale had its first Artisian Markets and I was one of those selected to participate! The venue was fantastic as the plaza is completely enclosed and so rain hail or shine we were able to exhibit uninterrupted. It was held outside the Painters Gallery at 20 Bungan St.
 I tried out a few of my new displays including my white vintage wooden suitcase which has worked out ideal to hold my cards. A cake stand was also used for my smaller items such as bracelets and stickers and this worked out really well to.

Here's my vintage suitcase

My prints and notelet sets

Cards in their new display

Vintage sheet tablecloth - love it!
 The turn out was great- I thought that it was excellent considering it was held for the first time. Plans are to make it a more frequent event. My regret is that I didnt go around and get photos of some of the other sellers who were lovely and had some amazing things.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Spinning on a dime

Here is the post you don't ever expect to write. You may have been wondering about the lack of new posts over the last week. I just wanted to fill you in that last Tuesday morning my youngest had a seizure in her bed that was so frightening and out of the blue. It was one of the scariest times of my life finding her convulsing like I did. We rang emergency and she was transported to hospital by ambulance. One of God's gracious blessings is that when she woke up she had no memory of the event and was just keen to get home. So the week carried on and the next day she developed tonsillitis and her asthma was severe. Poor love.

This post is also to say a huge thank you to my friends- those who made dinners and Ris for taking my girls to school -thankyou.

So my baby, now 7 , is doing well. We are having more tests at the end of next week. we would appreciate you keeping us in your prayers.

Friday, 1 June 2012

My latest...

I'm thrilled to reveal the latest commission I have been working on ...
I have been doing the flyer/ poster for Dreamers Markets, a 100% handmade market that is happening in Parramatta Sydney on 1st September. It has been a busy project and I am doubly excited about it because I will also be having a stall at the market on the day!

To read more about it have a look at Dreamers Market facebook page