A Patriotic Pachyderm

I can’t read the word “pachyderm” and not hear it in the exaggerated accent of Timothy Mouse (from Dumbo), as when he’s encouraging Dumbo to stop crying:

“Remember, you come of a proud race. Why, you’re a… a pachyderm, and pachyderms don’t cry.”

Great flick! And a great design. I think this design might be my new favorite. Not only is it just plain adorable, but it’s a total crack up! Check it out:

New Additions

This weekend was a very productive weekend! I painted several shirts and I posted two new designs:

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and also, I’m working on a new car seat canopy, which I’ll post pictures of as soon as there’s something besides little squares to show off.

Stay tuned!

MidSummer’s Night Dream

Another NonTeam Treasury Challenge with this Gold Leaf Ring, from ValerieKStudio‘s Etsy shop, as the inspiration item.

The ring totally reminded me of a fairy crown, which got me thinking of the lyrics to a madrigal song I sang an eon ago: “Come not near our fairy queen. Philomel, with melody. Sing in our sweet lullaby.”

The lyric, incidentally, is taken from A MidSummer’s Night Dream, which was the perfect theme for this treasury:

Pink Elephants!

For a while now, I’ve been considering branching out from printing on just baby clothes and adding car seat canopies.

That’s a nice thought, but it’s been a while in coming (mostly because my sewing skills are not much to speak of). However, I can generally manage to sew in a mostly straight line and, thanks to this online tutorial, I was feeling confident enough that I decided to go ahead and give it a whirl.

With any project, my initial step is always to conceptualize what end product I want. The canopy should be unique; different from all the others available out there, so I spent a good amount of time thinking about how to do that.

Of course, the two sides of the canopy (top and bottom) should have differing patterns, and then, to stay consistent with my shop theme, there needed to be some handprinted design somewhere.

Just for giggles, I tie-dyed some fabric for the top with some light red and pinks. This was the initial inspiration for the “Pink Elephants on Parade” idea. And lastly, to add an extra special element, I decided to make the inside a patchwork of reclaimed and upcycled fabric. This will go on the inside of the canopy to give the baby something interesting to look at!

The patchwork portion is complete, and last night I finished printing the Pink Elephants!

Next step: Assembly!
Wish me luck!