This is sure to appear on every design blog known to mankind, and I hope it does because we have to spread the word! The second I read about Spoonflower on Whip Up I thought about the many designers who write in asking for help in bringing their patterns to fabric. I wish I had clear cut answers for everyone, but often I just don’t know what to say since I was not trained in textiles and have very little knowledge of that industry as a whole. Of course, I wouldn’t mind if someone who is in the business, including teachers, could give us some feedback because there are so many out there hoping to turn their designs into textiles. Do you know much about how one can get started?
Until we know for sure, if you aren’t looking to become the next Hable Construction and want to print your designs in smaller runs, Spoonflower in NC is certainly an option. I’m so excited about this company. They’ve launched a site where you can upload a pattern or image of your choice and they will print it onto 100% cotton fabric and have it delivered within a week from ordering. AWESOMENESS. During beta, you can only order up to 5 yards (this may increase in the future) and the best part is that you can request an 8×8″ sample swatch for $5 or a 21×18″ fat quarter for $11 before you commit. The fabric is $18 per yard.
What do you think about this?
(image from spoonflower)
Lindsay Thompson created a gorgeous and inexpensive succulent terrarium this weekend and asked if she could share it with decor8 readers. Um… Let me think about it Lindsay… JA! This is so nice, I couldn’t refuse. She outlines all the details over on her blog, but here’s the quick and dirty version.
Step No. 01 | Purchase Supplies: Glass container, rocks, horticultural charcoal, cactus soil, plants. Details about each on Lindsay’s blog.
Step No. 02 | Create: Layer rocks and charcoal, add soil, plant your succulents. Details on how to create a succulent terrarium that doesn’t suc, here.
Step No. 04 | Label it if you plan to give it as a prezzie. Label shown above reads: How to care for your Succulent Terrarium. No. 01: Don’t over water. No. 02: These succas like it hot! (full sun). No. 03: Love on them & enjoy.
You know you wanna make one now, don’t you? I do! If anyone else has a good DIY that they’d like to submit to decor8, please contact me at decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com. Thank you Lindsay, this is great!
(images from lindsay thompson)
I was so pleased this week when Belinda, the web editor of Real Living magazine sent word from Australia that she made a gum drop pillow for her son’s bedroom. Of course, she used the oh-so-popular Amy Butler pattern and she did such a lovely job… But she mixed things up a bit and opted to use a giraffe print and it came out really great. I have to show you.
Isn’t this great? Read more here. Thanks Belinda for sharing this with us. Looks like a fun weekend project, don’t you think?
(image from belinda graham)