Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Side Tracked #2

Inspired by a jug of branches, in the hall, which are about to blossom. Peter has been side tracked again. There is a long list of blocks I would like cut. But, muttering something about a notice board he would like for above his desk, he has produced the blocks below. Shush, don't tell him, but I am really looking forward to trying them out this weekend. Watch this space to see the results.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Things don't always go to plan at Coulter & Coulter. Instead of setting the ink on these lampshades in the heat of the airing cupboard, I thought I would speed things up using the oven. Does anyone out there need any polka dot witches hats!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Latest printing hot off the Coulter and Coulter presses

When I say hot of the presses, I really mean hot of the kitchen table. The latest cold snap which has brought snow to much of New Zealand has perhaps influenced my latest batch of printing. Prompting me to select this warm cherry red to print with. This particular design is called "Imperfect Daisy", like reality it has lumps and bumps.
The print below is "Fern Paisley" looking very much like a french Provencal fabric. This fabric is a heavy organic cotton duck.
The design below looking forward to warmer days is "Wandering Summer', printed on a lovely piece of organic linen.

Blanket Cushions

When I got hold of the lovely blue checked blanket I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Its always good when the idea you have in your head comes out as you expected. The pink stripes came from a blanket that I dropped the block print on and smudged. Nothing is ever wasted by Coulter and Coulter.
I have also made up some plain green cushions from another lovely vintage checked blanket.

More cosy vintage blankets

Some more beautiful all New Zealand wool vintage blankets.
Colourful butterflies and
Peter's favorite the fern paisley print, he choose the colours for the one above. The one below black on a lovely old gray blue blanket.

Busy, busy, busy

Despite us both having persistent colds it has been very, very busy in the Coulter & Coulter household.
Reason being I had at last taken the plunge and booked us a table at the local Craft and Design market in Havelock North. This really focused out attention on getting everything together.

Lots of printing, organising, packaging and a trial set up of our stall.
We were both really, really impressed with how our ideas looked when set out all together.
Saturday morning we were all ready, bright eyed and bushy tailed. I had also volunteered to look after Keriann's Sweet Mary stall for the day. The two stalls looked great together, if rather squashed into a dark corner. Happily this did not put off our customers who braved the cold to visit us. I hope next months Craft and Design market will be a little warmer.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More flower circles and a little sneak preview

I love the flower circle stamp above especially the red and turquoise on the vintage fabric above. There have been a lot of frosty mornings recently I wonder if that is why I want to snuggle up printing blankets. I promise to post more pics soon, but here is a little sneak preview of the projects I am currently working on.