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My Holiday Gift Wraps + Fabrics

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Hello friends – big surprise today! My October has been filled with all things Christmas and today I announce a collection of my holiday gift wraps and fabrics !

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What started out as a whim turned into a few craft projects and then a Holiday Lookbook. I designed and printed all 14 fabrics and gift wraps and I’ve been crafting and photographing behind the scenes to inspire you in anticipation of another holiday season filled with mirth and merriment.

I announce it today in early November simply because it takes time for the fabrics and gift wraps to arrive, so if you want to order any print from my collection, it’s best to do so in November! All of the paper projects were completed with a single roll of gift wrap and all of the fabric projects with a fat quarter of fabric (except the tablecloth – that required 4 yards of basic cotton).

kate riley holiday crafts

In the collection you’ll find a whimsical snowflake pattern called Winter’s Day in two colorways, also three variations of the Confetti pattern – bouncing polka dots mimicking tossed confetti. You’ll recognize the Sprig pattern from previous posts and now it’s available in three Christmas colorways. I really love the Mingle pattern, a fresh take on chevron, reinterpreted as imperfect pinstripes in a zig zag motif. The Ribbons pattern is a nod to traditional plaid but made modern with a repeat on the diagonal. 

Surface and textile design has been a dream of mine for over a year and when given the chance to combine it with my favorite holiday and crafting, the ideas and my glue gun kept me up late at night, but I decided to go for it and have fun by releasing a personal collection this year, available at Spoonflower.

Browse the Holiday Lookbook published at Issuu which includes creative projects and also links to all the fabrics and gift wraps if you’d like to buy them. The gift wrap is amazing quality, thick and substantial, not like the cheap stuff at discount stores. :)

I could write a book on everything I’ve learned about the fabric design industry and right now I’m in the process of working with both digital print methods and traditional screenprinting methods, I like both for different reasons. I’ll answer any inquiries in a future post about the process, feel free to ask questions!

Meanwhile enjoy the 2013 Holiday Lookbook!

 

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Spray Painting Furniture (Revisited)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Every DIYer knows paint has the power to transform anything. Spray paint happens to be one of my favorite tools especially on small pieces of decor, but it can work really well on furniture too. A few years ago I wrote about spray painting furniture, and most of my tips are there, and today I wanted to share two pieces I recently finished, the first is a set of chests spray painted gloss black and the second is a console table spray painted white with gold detail.

spray painted black chests

spray painted white console table

 

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Painting the Shelter House

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

We’ve been planning to paint the exterior of the shelter house we adopted through our local COTS for about a year (recall the bathroom and kitchen remodel from 2012) and I’m so happy to share that this project is finally complete!  Long time readers know we’ve dubbed our efforts to improve spaces for our chosen non-profit The Alma Project and we love fixing up spaces on behalf of the program.

The exterior of this shelter home was neglected and very sad, and it was in desperate need of new paint. It took several months to coordinate with donors and our painter, but at last we’ve finally finished the home’s exterior and we’re proud to report it is dramatically improved!

Here’s a glimpse of the front porch and you can see how much the exterior had deteriorated. Our team prepped and painted the entire exterior of the home in late August and then spruced up the porch over the weekend, adding a new light fixture over the window, replacing the front door, the mailbox, adding some simple DIY shutters, and a few plants. All of those little touches made such a difference.

Before:

shelter porch before

After:

shelter home porch after

 

Choosing paint colors for an exterior is extremely challenging, it’s one of those decisions you can’t mess up since you’ll be mixing many many gallons of paint! It took me several days to narrow down the right color, I painted ten different colors on large cardboard swatches and the team studied them in different light, and eventually we decided on a gray with a hint of olive green to it: ‘Meadowlark’ by Glidden.

swatch comparison

    

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