So anyway, since my preferred methods of photo editing basically boil down to Picasa and Paint and I can't draw a thing, I've really had to think about ways to use the skills I do have to create some fabric designs worth using. And so far so good. I'm always quite critical of my creations and tend to see the tiny stitch or two in the wrong place, a slightly uneven hem or a less-than-perfect pleat rather than the bigger, beautiful picture but I can honestly say that so far, I'm completely amazed at what I've managed to create with so few skills and a couple of good ideas. Of course, it helps that Spoonflower prints onto some great fabrics. So far, I have had designs printed onto their cotton/linen canvas, silk crepe de chine, knit and the cotton silk. All of them have been a pleasure and joy to work with. I also have a design printed onto their new cotton poplin and haven't sewn with it yet, but it looks lovely.
We went on an amazing trip of a lifetime earlier this year, to the Bahamas. I was born there but left as a baby and whilst I've grown up listening to stories about it and my family go on and on (and on and on and on) about how wonderful it was there, I had no memory of it at all and had never been back before this year. It was truly a magical experience flying into Nassau and immediately feeling a sense of belonging. I grew up in England and my whole family are English, but I've always felt a little weird about not having been born there. But for once, look, I could do this...
This was even before I had got off the plane! Filling out the immigration form and being able to tick your country of birth and actually having your country of birth listed! How many times in my life has my country of birth ever appeared at the top of a list of 4 countries? Just this once, actually. Like I say, I felt like I belonged.
I was also hoping for a similar welcome reaction from the nice immigration officials as we entered the country and lined up to have our passports stamped. At the very least a warm hug and a 'welcome home!' A shot of Bacardi would have gone down well too. I should have known better. I guess immigration officials are the same the world over :o)
But anyway, it was the most amazing holiday. I've yet to actually frame any of the photos I took, mainly because it's going to be so hard to decide which ones to display on our walls. But look! I am wearing one of the photos I took.
I edited one of my photos using Picasa and enlarged it. Then I had it printed onto Spoonflower's cotton silk. If you'd like to have a go at doing something like this, you can read the specific instructions over at Spoonflower by clicking here. I can't tell you how nice it feels to be wearing such a special design.
And last week, Spoonflower published a tutorial I wrote on how to make a maxi skirt. It's a very easy sew but has a huge impact on your style. I really love this skirt and it's elasticated waist makes it so comfortable to wear. I'm over not being comfy in my clothes. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style, right?
The fabric I used was designed by the aforementioned Holli Zollinger and you can read my full tutorial for making the skirt here.
Ok, that was the longest post ever. I need a cup of tea.