Monday, October 10, 2016

Contest Entry: "Home is Where the Heart is." Tea Towel

Home is Where the Heart Is
What are the most important aspects of home life to you? What means the most to your loved ones? Keep it quirky or make it traditional–just be authentic! The lovely thing about tea towels is how they add a splash of personality to any kitchen. Deadline to enter is October 11th, 2016. Please note that designs can be all-over prints, or formatted as a recipe for a tea towel — the choice is yours! Prizes: Grand prize winner will receive a Maran Slipper Chair from Roostery, upholstered in Eco Canvas fabric in a design of the winner’s choice. Top 2 – 10 will receive one Orpington tea towel from Roostery printed in their winning design. Top 25 popularly voted winners will have their designs made for sale automatically, provided they are verified sellers.

"Home is Where the Heart is." Tea Towel

"Home is Where the Heart is." Tea Towel

You can see my entry above. It's a fun mix of pinks and golds focusing on a very literal imagining of the titular theme. The anatomically rendered heart is one of my favorite things to draw, and it gets paired up with text which is something that is totally out of my comfort zone. The tea towel format for this month requires a border that can be used by Roostery as a seam allowance without cutting any of the design off. I went with the dark pink with a linen texture that will still work for people ordering from Spoonflower.

Claw Marks & Sparks
 This is the pattern featured as the backdrop for the towel. Then below is another combination of the same elements refashioned into a regular repeat.

"Home is Where the Heart is." Repeat

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Contest Entry: Pumpkin Pie Tea Towel

Grandma’s Kitchen
In the South, there’s such a tradition of passing down prized family recipes, and tea towels are a beautiful way to preserve this aspect of family heritage. This week’s design challenge is your chance to transform your treasured handwritten recipes into tea towels, and these crafty creations are perfect for everyday use and as gifts to family around the holidays. Deadline to enter is October 4th, 2016.

Pumpkin Pie Towel

This is my entry into the contest. This pie is my childhood favorite and I'm usually the one volunteering to make it for every major holiday. It's basically our family's official spin on the classic Libby's recipe: lots of fresh pumpkin, heavy on the spices, and featuring a toasted marshmallow topping. I was in my twenties before I realized that most people don't do the marshmallow bit!