PaperDaisy fabric at Modern Yardage!

One more day to go! Voting ends tonight for Martha Stewarts AmericanMade Contest. Modern Yardage is in the final 6 and really hoping for a win. I can’t even begin to describe how fantastic that would be.
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Thank you all so much for your support during this process. It’s difficult to constantly ask and remind everyone  to vote and support you. Thank you to all those who have retweeted , shared our facebook page and voted. Lots of good karma is coming your way!

(If you want one more chance, here is the link to vote:)

My second fabric collection was just released a few weeks ago. September is crazy around here with the start of school and work so I never really had a chance to blog about it. It’s fun, fresh and perfect for the girly teen crowd!

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The PaperDaisy collection ~ available in lots of different sizes and colors. Sewists and crafters are loving the versatility of all the different sizes and colorways.

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I can envision this design on many things. Dresses, duvets, summer place mats and napkins or perhaps some fun cushion covers.  I am going to cover my daughters corkboard/inspiration board with it. It’s no fun looking at cork so I thought this would be a fun way to dress her board up to match her room.

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I am slowly putting together a Pinterest board of fabric crafts and projects that only require ONE yard of fabric. Here it is here!  There is so much beautiful fabric out there that inspires me. I still find big sewing projects daunting so thought this would be a great way to start~ small.  This is my way of keeping it simple.

I am often asked where my inspiration for my pattern designs comes from. This one was easy – doodling and papercutting.

Paperdaisy Inspiration~ it all began with a simple sketch and an exacto knife. No digits were harmed in the process.

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 I scanned the papercut art into my computer, separated and cleaned up the motifs and then started the patterning process. I still have lots more motifs to play with.

For more info on this and many other beautiful, modern fabrics have a visit with us at Modern Yardage. All of my fabrics can be found here.

Once again, thanks for your support. Please keep your fingers crossed for us Tuesday October 1st!

Inspired by…a passion for pattern

Welcome to the Passion for Pattern Blog Hop. So happy to have you join us!

I hope you have had a chance to visit Anna Dents blog on the hop, just before mine.If you have arrived here and would like to start at the beginning, just click on the link here and you will begin at the lovely Claire Smillies blog- the talented designer and creator behind this blog hop.
surface pattern design, julie hamilton, artistically afflictedEveryone involved in the hop is passionate about pattern. I have laughed many times  when I have heard mention of seeing pattern in their sleep. I know this well! Designing prints and pattern is addictive-similiar to putting together pieces of a puzzle.

Pattern is all around us. If you stop and look at your surroundings you will discover it is everywhere. From the grain of bark on your front yard tree to the blooming flowers on your back deck. We are surrounded by pattern.

I have been fascinated by the colors,pattern and textures of nature forever. Most of my work is inspired by my surroundings and handcrafted by pen, paint, paper or photo.Lately I have been trying to stretch my imagination and work on lots of dfferent subject matter. Sometimes I  just need a little help from my friend…

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Sometimes I just need to get out on my bike to find a little inspiration, or at least think about getting out there.

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Most of the time though my inspiration is found right in my very own backyard. Nature plays a very big role in my work.

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Sometimes you just have to sit back and have fun. Many of my doodles have found their way into the digital world.
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I am still unsure of what I would like to have my work featured on, but for now its very fun putting it on just about everything!

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My vision is of a diverse portfolio that ties in all of my creative passions in an artful way.I am very excited, but have to keep telling myself – practice, patience, perseverance – it is all a very slow, but enjoyable process.One that I am approaching with eyes wide open!

Next up is the lovely Simi from Simi Designs. She has a wonderful sense of color and I look forward to having some of her work in my home one day. Hop on over here to visit her!

I hope you enjoy the very diverse and wonderful work of all those participating.

Thanks for popping by and pleased join me again soon. Lots of creative goodness being shared here ( and hopefully a new website soon!)

Inspired by…joyful living, the ezine way

Oh no, its starting to topple.
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I may have a bit of a magazine addiction. I can’t help it. When you live in a small mountain town with limited access to the bounty of magazines available today, you have got to become a bit of a hoarder!
I just can’t seem to throw any of my magazines away either because every time I flip through them I find another inspirational color swatch or pattern. I have even taken to flipping through them upside down just for a fresh perspective.

When you are looking for pattern inspiration anything goes!

Unfortunately most of my magazines end up here. My look book.
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inspiration, art journalI have had many a friends eyes light up when they discover our stash, excited to spend an afternoon curled up on my couch reading, only to find a big old, cut out square  smack dab in the center of the page.

Nothing is safe from scissorhands!

Whats a girl to do when looking for a little inspiration and all her magazines are cut up?
Ta-da! Online magazines from Issuu.

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My favorite to date ~ Moyo. A new online magazine from the creators of The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design!

Welcome to MOYO, the world’s first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design! Packed with interviews, design briefs, colour challenges, art reviews, student showcases, design tips, inspiration, trends and more, this free resource will be published quarterly, and you can see the inaugural issue here

A magazine dedicated to surface pattern design~ you can only imagine all the eye candy!

There’s even a little bit of me in there. My field of daisies print.
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I am hoping as my surface pattern design skill improves that you will be seeing more of my work included in this inspirational magazine. I am very pleased that this made it in:)

Look out for the next issue coming out in November!

if you havent already discovered Issuu you should take a peek. It is full of every variety of magazine out there. Most of my favorites revolve around the art of joyful living. They are full of articles on art, craft, living, design, style, diy ~ all the things I look to in times of needed inspiration.

I have included a few of my favorites below.If you see one that strikes your fancy just click on the picture and it will link you directly to Issuu.

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I could keep adding to this list, but I think that’s a good start for you.Enjoy every minute!

Do you have a favorite online magazine? If so please share in the comments!

This Sunday I am blog hopping with a group of my surface pattern design friends.There will be lots of beautiful work to be shared. Please pop by for a visit!