it's been a really great season and i'd like to thank all of you that read my blog! i'm offering 25% off in my shop. please enter code BLOG25 when checking out. limited to stock on hand - many colors are sold out!
look what i just got in the mail! here's a selection of my favorite patterns from the "i like you" fabric line by amy sedaris for windham fabrics. it was really hard to pick the best ones for the photograph because the entire collection is so spuer cute! i'm hoping that there is a quilter out there curretly at work on some sort of marvelous creation using fabrics from this collection. how fun would that be!
in april 2010 i made some props for one of my favorite clients. i've been doing the windows for market in brentwood for almost 10 years now and i just love working with the owner jenn. she loves all of my ideas and has been really encouraging and supportive. we had some big styrofoam balls left over from another installation that i want to repurpose. my first thought was to cover them in tissue paper fringe. i love the work of confetti system and was feeling influenced by their amazing pinata like creations. but after a few tests something was just not feeling right - the fringe effect was just not working like i had imagained. it just so happened that jenn was collecting used books from her customers to donate to a charity. i got the idea of using pages from old books and started experimenting with ways to embellish the balls. i messed around with a few things and covering them in a fish scale like manner seemed to click. i had alot of fun making the props and they ended up getting the most overwhelming and positive response i have ever recieved for a prop. they were even featured in the new york times. i documented to process and posted photos of the installation on my flickr page - please go herehereherehere and here.
part of the overwhelming repsonse were the requests for a tutorial. for lots of reasons that never happened. but when the folks at creativebug wanted to me to do a video on the project i jumped at the chance. everything creativebug does is just absolutely beautiful so finally the best way for me to show you how to make the project had come my way.
the video attached here is a sneak peek of the project. please visit the creativebug website for the complete video as well as tons of other projects by some really amazingly talented people. hope you enjoy!
if you follow me on instagram (my username is cathy_of_california) you probably know what i've been up to. for the past few months i have been posting photos of the development my new jewelry and accessories collection. it's all still a work in progress as i develop and design new pieces - i'm currently working on some belts - but i'm having a lot of fun and the response has been amazing.
i grew up in southern california during the 60s + 70s so i can’t help but be influenced by the crafts + design of that time. please think of this blog as a sketchbook where i share some of these influences.