Heather Ross Prints…..part one…..
So one cool thing about being a blogger and getting your name out there more is the fact that people will send you stuff for free to share with other people in the hopes that those other people will buy their product. And it is nice to get somewhat compensated for your time as blogging, even as rudimentary as my version of that is, is very time consuming. (i.e. why you don’t get a lot of posts out the Blue Nickel when real life seems to be Exceptionally full around here). So here’s today’s cool thing. Abrams/STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books sent me this book by Heather Ross:
And for the record this a great book!! There are 20 projects with specific templates saved on the CD that comes with it (this CD alone is a treasure!) for the projects in the book. You can print your own stationery, wallpaper, dishtowels etc. But you also get a set of Spoonflower repeat-ready designs just waiting for you to print your own versions of Heather’s charming printed fabrics. Now granted, printing with Spoonflower is way more expensive than buying the manufacturer versions of them. But some of these designs you can’t find at all, AND you can do a little changing of the scale and such to suit your needs. I have an order out now and when it gets back here, I will let you know how they came out.
These are some very fun tea towels that you can interchange the monogram and give as gifts…..oh, look, an “H” for Hansen…how handy is that??
This Mermaid Shower curtain is wonderful because it uses Heather’s original fabric design, but took the scale up to make a terrific bathroom accent!
Fun Novelty pillowcases above and some great paper and journal projects below.
And for me personally, Heather wrote up some “designing” guidelines and info for wanna-be fabric designers like me. Okay, she didn’t write it personally for me, I haven’t met her yet. But you know what I mean, right?
I haven’t really had a lot of time to read the book in details, but with all of the other books that I have seen on the book, I am sure this will help even more when I get to it….except for maybe that cat on the chair. I have enough trouble getting things done without a cat sidekick to help me out.
And in the back, as if this wasn’t enough, there are also actual papers printed for you to cut up and use for all sorts of crafty projects. Although, I don’t think I could ever cut into them. But I might.
It comes out in October this year and retails for $24.95 US / $27.95 Canada.
And yeah….if you can swing it and you love the Heather Ross style, you should get it, or at least put in on your Holiday wishlist…..with a gift certificate to Spoonflower too I think. All in all, it seems like a really good deal to me. Especially if you love Heather’s style.
Be sure to come back and check out how my Spoonflower order from some of the designs came out. And just a note, I am pretty sure that some of the designs on the CD have never been printed on commercially available fabric before.
Side note: If I used the word “cool” too much in this post, forgive me. I went back and tried to get rid of most of them because when I was editing, I found that was pretty much the only adjective I was using. Cool, huh? Not so much when you are supposed to be a decent author….or something like that!
Well, what do you think? Have you used Spoonflower before? Do you love Heather Ross prints? How is your summer going? What’s cool to you? I love hearing what you think, can you tell?
I really like Spoonflower because if one of the big fabric houses hasn’t printed something I would like I know I can find it there.
PS….how’s my Hoop Up! piece coming?:)
Oh Dolores…..Languishing, but not forgotten…..my main fear is people will have moved by the time I finish those! sigh……
Cool . . . enough said : )
Spoonflower looks cool. That is how much we pay for fabric here in Canada, so the price is reasonable. Love the novelty pillowcases in Heather’s book.
Oh Scott, That looks so COOL!
I mean it! I’ve got some of her fishy note paper that I just hoard like a treasure! I’m also hoarding the quilts I made from that mermaid fabric! So, soon I can hoard the book as well!
Thanks for the heads-up.
Oh that looks fantastic and I hope it will be available over here in the UK.
What a cool book and I love the CD idea. I am technologically challenged, but I will be waiting to see how your spoonflower fabric comes out. I have wanted to do that for some time, but I don’t have any design software on my computer, which I assume I would need.
Oooh, I might need that book, I missed the two lines of hers I really love since I hadn’t taken up quilting yet, so I can’t wait to see what fabric you end up with from Spoonflower! (I still haven’t managed to order anything from them yet, the prices do scare me a bit)