Feeling the Sun on my skin

Hello there!

Last week I designed a hedgehog fabric and wallpaper, which is now for sale:

http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesigns

hedgehog fabric

Forest Friends fabric and wallpaper for sale at my Spoonflower shop

Early this morning I went on a lovely walk by the river with my puppy Betsy Rose. Here’s her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Betsy-Rose/1531408313803176?fref=ts

She’s is a peaceful little pup  who loves a stroll by the river:

https://instagram.com/p/2apWBYMANY/?taken-by=magentarosedesigns

Being by the river produces an almost meditative state in me that inspires creative ideas.

I also sewed a Kindle cover this week and a skirt, which I’m wearing.

Floral fabric Kindle case

Kindle case sewn with Majestic Magnolias fabric from my Spoonflower shop

Also I’ve begun working on a painting for an upcoming exhibition which is in the very early stages. The finished painting will be in a later blog.

Painting

Early stages of a country landscape

This month has been difficult due to a member of my wider family running away from home to join a cult. I have been doing my best to support those left behind as it has been a very painful time. Finding time to create new art and designs has been a therapeutic way of coping.

Finally, I am so appreciative of all the care and support I have received. I am so blessed to have wonderful friends,  a loving family and my beautiful puppy. I wish you a wonderful weekend full of things you love. Thank you for reading.

Magenta Rose Designs

Magenta Rose Designs

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What we *can* do

Hi there :)

Two reasons for today’s blog: (1)I believe it’s never too late to edit, so today I made some changes to my new collection which you can see it at the bottom of this page and  (2)I’m so excited to share with you this awesome challenge https://www.coletterie.com/wardrobe-architect/introducing-the-wardrobe-architect

The Wardrobe Architect

Here’s an excerpt from the Coletterie blog below:

DO THESE SOUND FAMILIAR?

  • You acquire things you don’t use.
  • You feel regret over purchases, whether it’s fabric you’ll never use or a blouse bought because it was on clearance.
  • You tend to buy quantity over quality more than you’d like.
  • You buy things that are “close enough.”
  • You don’t have a chance to think very deeply about your purchases, like the environmental or ethical impact.
  • When buying fabric, you go for the bright and shiny instead of the fabrics you really like to wear.
  • You make clothes that don’t really fit your life well (another party dress?)
  • You have an overwhelmingly long list of sewing projects you want to make and no idea of how to prioritize them. This can actually be kind of stressful for me.
  • You feel like your wardrobe is all over the place.
  • You don’t know how to put outfits together from what you have, so you keep acquiring more instead.

Probably most of us don’t have all those issues, but possibly some of them. Actually, I don’t buy much as I’m fussy about clothes, but I do have lots of sewing projects I’d like to make and wear so need to make a plan. A cunning plan.

Here are the subjects covered in the Colettrie blog, because well, life’s too short to wear other people’s clothes and boring unimaginative fabrics. I’m not a sheep and nor are you, right. Nor do I want to wear clothes that have been produced in sweatshops where the workers were exploited.  At least if you sew your own, you won’t have to wear someone else’s clothes or turn up to an event in a dress that someone else is wearing because you, (you strong beautiful woman!) will be wearing your own wonderful creation that reflects your taste and individuality and you’ll have a clear conscience that no one slaved in a sweatshop for it. You can wear it with pride! You *can*.

ARCHITECTING A WARDROBE

I propose that you join me on an experimental project this year. Yes, yes I know… it’s May and I “should have started this in January” but life with my puppy was too hectic, so I’m having a brand new start NOW.

Let’s go from being builders to being architects as well. Let’s think about form and function, the deeper implications of our choices, how clothing reflects each of our identities, and how we can sew more and buy less. This year, let’s work to build wardrobes that reflect each of us, and let’s do it together! It’ll be fun. Join me? :)  I love this quote

fashion and  style

fashion and style

Fashions fade, but style is eternal. Look at women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly who are still revered today for their impeccable styling. Because style is knowing who and what you are and showing it in the way you style yourself.

I’d love it if you pop into http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesigns  for some fabrics you won’t find on the High Street, designed by Moi! <3  My latest collection (below) is quite patriotic really and it was wonderful to see that Kate Middleton wore a floral dress when appearing from the maternity hospital… ;)  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful Royal family and are still celebrating the birth of Princess Charlotte!

Now, Kate is such a style icon, so graceful and always has impeccable style.  The papers have been critical and slated her for looking immaculate after giving birth, but quite honestly, the media are a nasty bunch and would have slated her even if she appeared in her dressing gown. If I was Kate and knew I’d be in the papers, I’d get my hairdresser, makeup artist and get my lady in waiting to organize me a perfect outfit too. Wouldn’t you?!

We can’t all have a royal budget, personal hairstylist etc, but we *can* all learn to architect our own wardrobe, make the most of what we do have. I always like to focus on the “can do’s” , don’t you? :) <3

English country garden

English country garden

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English Country Garden

Hello again, just popped in to say that my English Country Garden fabric collection is now for sale at my Spoonflower shop

http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesigns

English Country Garden Fabric

English Country Garden Fabric

In this collection first is a border print, ideal for making dresses and skirts. It features white Magnolia and Holly Blue butterflies. Next is my Honey Waggle Dance fabric which is available in two sizes and features poppies, daisies, anenomes, forgetmenots, butterflies and of course honey bees. There is also a poppy polka dot. They are all created from my illustrations below

the buzz about bees

Honey Bees,

In my garden today I am happy to see my Rosemary flowering, my Lavender with new shoots and Bluebell’s in flower. My Forgetmenots are spreading from the tiny pot plant I planted a month ago and there is a large Dandelion, which I have deliberately left because #savethebees.

#savethebees

#savethebees

If you would like to see more pictures of my fabric and things I love, I have just joined instagram :)

https://instagram.com/magentarosedesigns/ <3

Magenta Rose Designs

Magenta Rose Designs

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The buzz about bees.

Hello! It’s been a while, but I’m back! Several things have happened since I last wrote but the best one is becoming an Auntie to my Sister’s new daughter! We’re over the moon to welcome Sofia to our family! I can’t share pics, but I assure you she’s 100% gorgeous! :) <3

Today I ‘m buzzing to tell you about my newest design called Honey Waggle Dance http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4167903 I’d very much appreciate your votes and positive vibes in the bee contest at http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters_temp/new?contest_id=300 :)

Honey Bees Waggle dance

Honey Bees Waggle dance

Below is some of the artwork in it’s early stages. As the weather here has been so awesome and I love working outside with paints, pastels and pens I really loved sitting in the garden and designing this. Because my puppy likes to play (a lot) I worked on this design on and off  very gradually, in small bits for the last month and then threw it together digitally at the last minute.

the buzz about bees

Honey Bees,

Bee’s are amazing, and so necessary for the earth’s survival. Someone gave me an awesome bee quote “if we go, so do you”. Lets keep planting beautiful flowers to attract the Pollinators! Bees are the main pollinators, but butterflies and ladybirds also help to pollinate.

Waggle dance is a term used for a particular figure-eight dance of the  honey bee. By performing this dance, successful foragers can share, with other members of their colony, information about the direction and distance to patches of flowers yielding nectar and pollen, to water sources, or to new nest-site locations. About half of the bees in my design have their nectar sacs filled, or are filling them. :)

Fill yer boots!

Fill yer boots!

In our garden we already have Lavender and other flowers that bees love, but planted some new seeds at the weekend ( Little Gem Lettuce, Poppies, Wild flower cottage garden mix and Nasturtiums)… it will be lovely looking forwards to the first new flowers and knowing that the bees, butterflies and ladybirds with thrive in our garden. In fact, I want to give them the message “Come on in and fill yer boots!” (Well, you know, their nectar sacs! ) <3

Magenta Rose Designs

Magenta Rose Designs

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Full of the joys of Spring

Hello there! :) It may not be “technically” spring, but there are Crocus’ popping up to say hello and buds on the trees, so to me it is. If there’s Spring in your heart, there’ll be a spring in your step!

Puppy

My puppy loves the brighter days

My puppy inspired me to create a puppy fabric and I patched Minky squares (actually 8″ swatches!) to show off the new fabrics and make a puppy blanket that’s truly snuggly and a one off! :)

puppy fabric

Minky blanket I made with new fabric from http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesign

My new collection below is now for sale, plus you can see all my fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesigns  This vibrant collection (some of which is illustrated below) has been designed to bring a sense of joy and fun to every occasion and to suit all colourings. It’s wonderful that people are inspired to fall in love with creating their own bespoke garments and home textiles after watching The Great British Sewing Bee and I can see why: because there’s nothing like having something that you can’t find on the high street and sewing can be so fulfilling and absorbing!

Full of the joys of Spring

The joys of Spring!

What is happiness/joy? Some people think it’s winning the lottery, some people are waiting for a”happy day” to come… but what about all the time that’s slipping away?! I have learned to live in the now, to be fully present, mindful and to find joy in many “small” things that aren’t really small at all. For example, other people, my puppy, nature and feeling inspired artistically, I am thankful for those things. :)

Did you know, some of the habits of truly happy people are: that they clearly define happiness, find pleasure in the small things, believe in their own self worth, work on their personal growth continuously, graciously impact on others and have an attitude of gratitude. <3

Me and my Springy puppy

Me and my Springy puppy at The Art House

I hope you find something new that inspires you and that you feel full of the joys of spring! What new things will you do?

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Puppy love

Hello there! Happy New Year! Sorry I haven’t blogged for such a long time! Yes, I’m a month late with EVERYTHING, but I have been sidetracked by something small, cute and fluffy! (my new puppy, Betsy Rose below). She’s a Bolognese and is 16 weeks old.  We’re a bit besotted!

Puppy

Betsy Rose, our new addition!

It’s hard to believe we’ve had her a month now and we are all sleeping much better now, which means I’m working on some new fabric designs at last! Hooray! Here are some more pictures of Betsy Rose while I continue working on my new collection. I need to get cracking too as I’m a month late ( with my self imposed schedule)

puppy and teddy

Betsy and her beloved teddy

puppy in garden

Betsy loves playing in the garden and going on walks too

Betsy is suprisingly tech savvy and somehow finds the time to update her facebook page from time to time! ;)

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Betsy-Rose/1531408313803176?fref=ts

puppy in bed

Betsy in bed

She is growing fast and it’s brilliant to see her learning new things all the time at puppy classes and at home. I’m finding it such a relief (and I’m sure you are too) to see the days lengthening and getting brighter, signs of Spring everywhere! I will share more about my latest work another time, but for now it’s puppy love!! :)

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Soothing

Hello there, what a busy time of year! In one of my earlier blogs I extolled the virtues of Lavender, my favourite herb and I harvested it from my garden and dried it so that I was able to sew and make therapeutic products with it. Lavender’s uplifting and soothing scent is invaluable for relaxation and sweet dreams. The fabric I made the gift below with is available at http://www.printmepretty.co.uk and designed by me. It just takes 2-3 minutes in the microwave, give it a shake and place it around your neck while you relax and take a well deserved break.

Lavender neck wrap

Lavender neck wrap

If you’d like to visit my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magenta-Rose/201701906639214 there are instructions on how to win one of these beauties! :) I love giveaways myself! This week I was fortunate enough to win a goody bag from Korbond worth £50! You’ve got to be in it to win it, as I always say. You never know when it could be you, so why not have a try! There are also lots of #Christmasgiveaways on Twitter at the moment too.

This can be a stressful time of year and as I haven’t been well, I’m sleeping with a Lavender bag and some Geranium aromatherapy oil placed near my head. Did you know Geranium is uplifting and a sedative too? It’s also supposed to be balancing and to improve imagination, which I actually believe because I have been having some tremendously detailed creative dreams! Geranium Oil is known to have an uplifting effect on your mood. It calms the nervous system and induces a deep sense of relaxation. It cuts through the clutter created by stress and tension and promotes clarity. Geranium combined with the heady scent of Lavender and plenty of deep breathing is proving to be deeply relaxing and I thoroughly recommend it.

Christmas preparations are under way here, but lots still to do! Parcels for loved ones to wrap…There’s the  Christmas cake to marzipan and the gingerbread house to construct, the alternative Christmas cake to make for those who don’t like fruitcake… and so much more! I think I might start the spring cleaning too ;) If I don’t get time to write again before Christmas I’d like to say a big thank you for following my work. I appreciate your support more than you know! Have an awesome Christmas and a wonderful New Year <3

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BOGOF and dresses made of cats!

Hello there! It’s been a while since I wrote a blog, so I popped back to say that I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and finding time for some creativity! I’ve started making things for Christmas already to give myself plenty of time to get things done as last year I was so stressed out and running late with everything!

Well, I said to myself that I’d be better organised this year and I am! By October I’d gotten all my Christmas fabrics and Christmas wrapping paper up for sale at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesigns

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil (kitties)

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil (kitties)

Guess what? It’s BOGOF at my shop til the 12th November! Yes, that means you can buy 2 fat quarters for the price of one! Excellent for making unique Christmas gifts and anything you like! I even have two tea towel designs and one cut and sew doll design included in the offer!

One of my lovely customers who is a new employee at Spoonflower sent me a picture of herself wearing the dress she sewed with my best selling Pussycat Summer Coral fabric (see below!)  http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2012636. Jessica told me that every friday the staff can wear cat tops, how wonderful! I’m so blessed that out of all the many cat designs available, Jessica chose my cat fabric to wear to work every friday! 

Doesn’t she look gorgeous! I love to see finished projects that people have made with the fabric I design as it’s so rewarding! I’ve had a few more sales than usual so far due to the BOGOF offer and it all helps, especially at this time of year! :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Thinking in green

Hello again,

Here’s a great quote from Audrey Hepburn (not only was she an awesome actress, dancer, extremely elegant and super stylish, she also came out with some great timeless quotes!) “He who plants a garden believes in tomorrow” When you’re waiting for your plant to bloom, it takes time…Just as you can’t plant a seed one day and pick a flower the next, Perseverance is the hard work you do after you got tired of doing what you already did!” When you plant that seed, you’d better water it and keep watering it patiently! It’s the same with dreams.

Audrey Hepburn Ballet

Audrey Hepburn Ballet

Ballet is a discipline for body and mind. “Persistence. Patience. Perspiration!” Ha! Dancers know what I am talking about there, especially Ballet dancers, who have the most abused feet ever!! :) Anyone who wants to achieve ANYTHING in life needs to practice, practice, practice. Do you dream? Sure you do! Put some legs on that dream, add the three P’s and you’ll get there! It won’t be easy and you’ll have times you want to give up. But the times you want to give up are the times you need to push the hardest, to keep moving forwards, to keep your eyes on the goal. I love to draw analogies between life and dance.

Did you stumble? Then make it a part of your dance and keep going. No one noticed, I promise! Did someone put your dream down, so you got discouraged? That was their opinion. From their perspective. That person does not live your life, you do! This is YOUR life and you owe it to yourself to be the best you can and use all the abilities you naturally possess. Believe in yourself and be true to yourself, for there’s no one else you can authentically BE.

I’m writing in green because it’s been raining today and the garden looks especially fresh. It made me think of all the fresh growth of tender shoots. This month is a time of fresh possibilities: new starts for children beginning or returning to school and older ones making fresh starts at college and uni soon. 

waterlily  bud

waterlily bud

Something we do all have is a dream. You know, that thing you’re passionate about, that promise you made yourself, the plan you’re working to fulfill. Nurture the dream and add the three P’s. If you once gave up on something you wanted to do,  it’s not too late to go back and pick up your “baby”! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth the pain, patience, persistence, perseverance, perspiration and sacrifice because you will be fulfilled.

Waterlily after the rain

Waterlily after the rain

Think about it, Autumn always follows Summer! The seasons always change and remember, when you’re going through a hard time, it WILL change as sure as day follows night! Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is the present, that’s why they call it a gift. 

Love Magenta

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Just because

Hello there :) 

This is part of a work in progress

Just Because by Magenta Rose

As I’m participating in a blog hop, I’ve been asked by some dear blogger friends to answer some questions about my work and here they are:

1) How does your creative process work?

Wherever I go I carry a notebook with me so that I can write down and sketch anything that catches my eye. I’m particularly inspired by nature and I love to create paintings, model with clay and design in bold colours that I put my heart into. Sometimes I will sketch something and it will be a long time until that drawing makes an appearance in one of my designs. I never throw anything away that I’ve drawn, even if I don’t need it at that time, so that I always have material to call on when required. Every day I write, every day I draw and plan. I work best on my own, without distractions, and enjoy tranquil sounds of nature as I do so. Often I’ll work on a piece for seven hours straight without eating (by mistake) as I get so absorbed in my work as I go with the flow.

2) Why do you do what you do?

Good question! I do what I do because it comes naturally to me to enthusiastically express myself through my creativity and, like all creative people, I am at my most happiest when my creativity has an outlet. Sadly I had to leave my “day job” because of my health, but I have thrown myself into creating because I make conscious efforts to concentrate on what I CAN do, rather than what I cant do.  To me it’s important to find ways of  keeping busy and creative to distract myself from the chronic pain I live with and to be able to bring a joyful burst of colour to other’s lives too while focusing on the good, pleasant and perfect natural beauty around us that deserves to be highlighted.

Quite simply I am at my most happiest when creating, and I love to make things that remind my customers of joyful seasons and events, for example, such as bringing summer into their home all year round in the form of art like my Summer Fruit design.  It’s especially rewarding for me when someone loves my work so much that they wallpaper their homes and sew clothes or home accessories with my designs. Basically, I do what I do because I love it, and it is the silver lining to my cloud (pain)

In a nut shell, I do what I can with what I have. Making people’s lives brighter, more colourful and producing new designs available that are unique to me, and not made abroad in textile mills by workers who are maligned and miss treated. Neither are my designs mass produced like the chain store fabrics are.  It makes me happy to provide a choice, to brighten this corner of the world with a splash of vivid colour and bold vibrant design while at the same time supporting this country’s economy instead of contributing to suffering in a foreign textile mill. I take pleasure in the fact that my designs are not available on the high street and that my designs appeal to people who love the same things as I do.

3) How does your work differ from others in it’s genre?

Because all of my work is hand drawn or painted and others make art the same way, the way I feel different to others is that my designs are my own and straight from my heart. Additionally, I tend to illustrate objects and creatures that I’m fond of. It would be against my nature to produce something I disliked visually and as each of us has different taste, that’s how my work is individual. Each one of us is unique and expresses themselves differently even within their given genre.  I know that I am familiar with the individual styles of other artists and designers and know that those who are familiar with my work recognise my style and recurring themes in my designs and illustrations.

4) What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am working on some new Christmas designs for fabric because it’s “that time of year”, working on some new illustrations, enjoying the summer holidays with my sons, sketching, sewing and modelling. As it’s summer holidays my work has been scaled back a bit, but I’ll be firing on all cylinders when the children go back to school and I can concentrate on beginning some new work. In September I will be stocking my Etsy shop with some handmade items as it currently standing nearly empty due to the summer break:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MagentaRoseUK  

Today I am especially excited that I have an increasing range of fabrics for sale in which are printed in England at http://www.printmepretty.co.uk to complement my range of fabrics and wallpapers at  http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarose

Here are my links to some of my talented friends blogs who have provided inspiration and encouragement to me and are taking part in the blog hop . Perhaps soon more may be added to the list! :)

http://www.stuffedwithaloha.com/blog/frog-hop-no-blog-hop

http://www.handsandharts.com/blog/my-creative-process

http://www.dragonfaeri.blogspot.co.uk/

http://fairweatherandfriends.blogspot.com.au/

http://mokihanasgarden.com/

http://michellemorganart.wordpress.com/

Making the most of all the daylight doing as much as possible outdoors!

Making the most of all the daylight doing as much as possible outdoors!

Thanks for reading my blog! :) Have a great weekend!

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Fresh

Today I thought it would be a good time to wake up my tired looking  kitchen chairs with a fresh coat of Plastikote spray paint (I love it!). It seemed like a good opportunity to coat some fir cones too. Better to do it this time of year, I thought.

The "just started" photo because I forgot to take a "before" photo!

Upcycling chairs

But as I worked, the clouds began to gather. This wasn’t meant to happen, no, not at all! As the raindrops splatted down, the chairs, pine cones and camera had to be rushed inside!

Two of each to keep all the boys and girls happy! ;)

Pink and Blue Chairs

What a silly sausage I am! Now I just have to hope my cats dont fancy siting on these for a while! Spray paint  is awesome stuff because of the way it quickly transforms things, I love it!

Half way there, these need more spraying when the weather is better!

Fircones pink and blue.

Unfortunately I have actually mislaid (somewhere in this small house) three huge bottles of acrylic paint in process magenta, process yellow and cyan that I wanted to use to do some paintings. They are 20 cm tall and I cant believe I cant find them! I need to buy more white acrylic too. I always use so much white when mixing colours.

Don’t you just love paint? I do! It’s such a nice thought that when you’re shopping for a bed, lamp, vase, table- anything for the home in fact, that the only thing you really NEED to consider is the quality and basic structure. Even if it’s the most hideous shade or pattern you’ve ever seen in your entire life-EVER, as long as there is paint on this planet it doesn’t matter.  So, whether it’s freshening up the walls of your daily life, painting a picture, or transforming an old piece of furniture, I love it. It’s fantastic to reuse things, to transform,  to create, to make do and mend, and most of all, to have something unique.

These are the fircones that had acrylic paint and a small amount of glitter.

These are the fircones that I painted with acrylic paint then sprinkled with a small amount of glitter.

The air is so fresh after the rain. That scent, it’s called Petrichor. After the rain, everything in the garden is fresh. The paint drying inside now, is fresh. I like fresh. Fresh is good :)

Oops, forgot to bring it in...

Coffee! Another thing that’s best fresh :)

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Dear Katie

Dear Katie.

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so-called ‘pedigrees’

so-called ‘pedigrees’.

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Midsummer Nights Dream- Lavender Hot Bag with Magenta Rose Fabric

Midsummer Nights Dream- Lavender Hot Bag with Magenta Rose Fabric.

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