I had a lot of fun this week doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream rococo design! I hope you like it! It’s filled with fairies and pansies. It features Titania, Queen of the Fairies, Puck, the love potion and Bottom.

You can vote on it here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=197

You can fave my contest entry here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2151538

And then all of the different variations and colors of the design are here: http://www.spoonflower.com/collections/59051  There’s several colorways and then two border print versions. They’ll be up for sale as wallpaper, wrapping paper, decals and fabric as soon as I get my test swatches back!

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This week’s Friday Fave is the award winning children’s book illustrator, Trina Schart Hyman. (1939-2004) She illustrated over 150 books. I really love the delicate way she draws hair, the emotion she puts into her illustrations and in general her romantic drawing style.

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tsrapunzelThere’s a biography on her here , on wikipedia and a lovely interview with her here by Laurie Kretchmar.  Some highlights from that interview:

On the discipline of working:
“I feel most at home with my work and my drawing board. If I’m depressed, if I work a little, it cheers me up. On days when I just don’t feel like working – I’d much rather be out in the garden – if I sit down and make myself work, lots of time I’ll get some really good stuff, believe it or not, so I always try and do it.”

On her creative process:
“I try to get inside the head of every single character.” For Snow White, “That’s a very complex, very emotionally fraught story when you think about it. Here is this beautiful woman who has a stepdaughter who is going to be more beautiful than she is. She is just driven crazy by it. She tries to kill the eight-year-old and the kid runs away and lives with seven little dwarves in the woods. How does this girl feel? She knows that that her stepmother hates her and wants to kill her and she’s completely alone. How does she feel when she sees those seven little dwarves? How do the dwarves feel when the prince comes and takes her away from them when they really loved her all these years? And how does the queen feel? To me the queen was the important character.”

I haven’t been able to get all her books but some of my favorites of her’s are Snow White (sadly hard to find…), Rapunzel, Sleeping BeautySwan Lake, Little Red Riding Hood (only about $7!) and Saint George and the Dragon (only about $8!). Some of her books are still available and very affordable and others are out of print and rare. You can find some on amazon and some on ebay and book sellers perhaps. Keep in mind that not all of her books are for children.

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I made a “Jasmine” blouse from Colette Patterns recently out of some poly voile! I’ll definitely make this Colette Jasmine Blouse pattern again. I made it out of cheaper poly voile this time because it was my first time using the pattern but I have some pretty cotton voiles sitting in my stash that I’d like to make this again with.

I really like how nicely the done the presentation of the pattern and instructions are. I have a few more patterns I hope to make from them later this year.

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This Friday Fave is the gorgeous gowns of Elizaveta Ruchkina (Lizchen) from Moscow.
Her personal blog is here (in Russian) and her DeviantArt is here. She mostly does historically inspired gowns. Perhaps my favorite is her historical mixed with lolita (EGL Japanese fashion) gowns. Her work is so wonderfully detailed and perfectly styled.
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Most photography by Iglaness. Below, Kolomenskoye at Alexey Mikhailovich’s Castle. Сostume inspired by the oprichnina times. Photography by snowmice.
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