Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Bags

Well not really new. I have re-tweaked some of my existing patterns to get some fresh new looks. It's also very satisfying creatively to have the time to muck about and see what happens.

Meet the tote - linen and denim with denim straps. Inside is also printed with the native violet design, with a pocket and key ring holder.

And the "reversible" fold over shoulder purse/clutch with zipper closure.
This one has a removable shoulder strap and can be worn two ways - the fold over part featuring either the navy denim or the blue gumnut print. I've boxed the corners with this one. Next time I will leave them flat. Maybe close with a magnetic clip and perhaps try leather, and an adjustable removable shoulder strap with two positions - one for a clutch and one for a tote making it even more versatile. The possibilities.....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pinteresting

I haven't spent much time on Pinterest to date but am starting to add to two boards in particular - Favourite Aussie (and some NZ) Fabric Screenprinters and Botanically Inspired (Australian Flora of course). You might like to take a look for inspiration here.

I think I'll also start a board on fabric screenprinters from other parts of the world

Actually this post is just an excuse to show some photos of a beee...autiful eucalpt now flowering in the garden. It is Eucalyptus phoenicea - from northern Australia - the Kimberleys and north Northern Territory so a bit of an oddity in this south east Queensland garden.


  

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Change From White and Red

The most popular colour for my prints is white, closely followed by red so that's what I mainly do. But every so often - like now - I feel like I need some more colour around me and here's the result of my latest printing sessions.
I love the green.
These tea towels are heading for the Botanique Bazaar at the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens which is coming up again in July (16 - 20), along with lots of white and red towels as well.




Friday, May 9, 2014

After A Bit of Tweeking....

A bit more design improvement and I tried the print on unbleached linen

Saturday, April 26, 2014

One For Casuarina Lovers - Like Me!

I played around with a casuarina (she-oak) inspired stencil and print about 4 years ago and for various reasons put it on the back burner. So this weekend I decided to revisit the idea and redrew and recut the design. This afternoon I did a test print on white linen.
This is the original which I still like but the stencil is much too big for my small printing set up.
 

And this is the inspiration -photographed where I used to live. None close at hand in my new environment sadly.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Linen 'n Denim 'n Leather

I'm always on the lookout for new bag styles to try and I've had this one in the back of my mind for ages. Comparatively quick and easy to make.

It's slightly larger than A4 size and made from linen and black denim, with a medium weight interfacing. So quite practical and rather stylish I think. The bag is lined with cream cotton printed with the same design (fan palm) in red and closes with a magnetic clasp.
Next I'm going to have a go at making one from linen and black leather.
 
I've done a little bit of sewing with leather to date as I have been making these little guys for ages - screenprinted fronts and leather backs (great for specs)
 
 
And recently I tried something a little bit bigger, with this wristlet purse, so I'm looking forward to tackling a larger leather project.
 


And here it is!




Monday, March 17, 2014

My 200th Etsy sale

I have just passed this milestone and decided I needed to tart up my Etsy shop presentation and blog banner. There are lots of tutorials to help, thanks to all those wonderful people who take the time to document their experiences for others. I use Picasa so concentrated on the tutorials which used this software - this one for the Etsy banner and this one for the blog banner.  Both use collages easily produced via Picasa. I also updated my Etsy and blog avatar to match my label logo. Trial and error here rather than following instructions. Oh - and I also designed a business card and had them produced - at long last.

Next task will be to update the layout of my blog (and perhaps post a bit more frequently). I have ventured down the Pinterest track but don't find it as addictive as many seem to, and I'm still weighing up the value (effort versus return) in having a PalumaPrint Facebook presence.

Google Analytics provides some fascinating statistical information on visitors to my Etsy and MadeIt shops and also my blog. I have just started to look at these even though I set it up ages ago. Certainly a great way to while away the hours. There has been a huge decrease in visitor numbers to my MadeIt shop in the last 6 months (and hardly any sales this year). I wonder why? Have handmade buyers just decided to go global because of the greater choice at their fingertips? My Etsy visitor numbers and sales have certainly increased rapidly in the last year.

And finally what's a blog post without a picture or two

A recent morning rainbow

Sunset from the deck

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Most Gorgeous Tree - The Swamp Bloodwood

The native swamp bloodwood in my front yard (Corymbia ptychocarpa - previously Eucalyptus ptychocarpa) is just starting to flower.
No other words do justice to this - simply stunning.

How could it not result in influencing one of my new designs 

now in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Next Stop - Cushion Covers

I'm trying to perfect my cushion sewing techniques - eventually I hope to stock some in my online shops. So first - the prototypes in heavy calico. I have used invisible zips to close the covers following the tutorial by Lara Cameron here and some overlocking stitches on my Elna sewing machine that I haven't tried before. Not quite perfect yet.