Welcome to Allsorts, the cheery little blog of Jenny B Harris... illustrator, designer, and generally artsy craftsy person. This is where I share projects, ideas and such, and natter on about this and that. I love all things stitchy, papery and vintage. Pull up a comfy chair and have a cup of tea!
Man, I sure can't sneak anything past you guys! I thought I could slip something new into my Etsy shop without much of a fuss, but next thing I know it is showing up in my Pinterest feed, and Sandy even blogged about it! So I'll come clean... lately I am obsessed with creating digital artwork, especially scrapbooking paper! It's like designing my own line of fabric. This is one of my first offerings, a 16-sheet collection I call Summer Cottage, because it has that colorful, summery kind of vibe. If I had my own Summer cottage, I would fill it with this sort of color and patterns.The great thing about digital scrapbooking paper is that you can print as many pages as you like, whenever you need them. They are also great for using on cards, or tags, or blogs, or web sites, or even on your phone! Oh, or dollhouse wall paper (thanks Tracy)!
My new obsession led to a redesign of my shop graphics and logo. I'm not sure if I ever shared this, but I actually began my career working in a graphic design studio. I often designed pieces that called for illustration, and it was usually easier to do them myself than hassle with hiring an illustrator. When I left that job to have Katy, I was able to get freelance illustration work because of my portfolio. So design is actually my first love, and doing this kind of work just makes me happy happy happy. I've made some more sets besides the one above, too, and will be gradually adding them to Loopsies as I get them all ship shape. The process is not unlike creating a fabric stash, I want to have basics like dots and ginghams and stripes. Of course I can't help designing with brights... have you met me? Here's a look-see of what I've got going:
So Loopsies will continue to have patterns for stitching, but will also have stuff for scrapbooking, and also for papercrafting! Which brings me to another item in the shop... I did up another Bunnyfur paper doll, especially for Easter! She's in the shop as well, and ready to hop into Easter baskets everywhere!
All of these files are instant downloads - meaning that you get to download as soon as you complete payment. No waiting for your humble shop owner to get around to sending them. Having that capability gives me such a creative boost! And the shop is now set up to accept credit cards, since I learned that not everyone uses PayPal.
Sending a big thank you to Pam and Sandy and Kerri and anyone else who pinned and linked and liked. I was feeling a little shy about this new direction, and you gave my confidence the boost that it needed.
Yeppers, this is exactly what I need to shake my case of the blues. A project that's totally goofy and strictly for fun. I spotted Monica's Ron Swanson Along over at her nifty blog, Happy Zombie. You know who Ron Swanson is, right? He's a character on Parks and Recreation, known for some hysterically dry observations. The thought of making a quilt of his pixelated pic just cracks me up. So after a good laugh, I found myself pulling fabric and cutting about a zillion teensy squares. The pattern calls for 2.5" squares, and makes a 60" x 80" quilt, but I decided to make mine half that size, so I cut mine 1.5" ~ I know, insane. And despite ->this<-, I have almost zero experience making quilts. Just the one. Monica used a sophisticated palette of black, white and grays but of course I had to Allsortsify mine. Here's my first block.
Yes, I know... apparently I have totally forgotten how to do this. Surely the above block would win the 'No Seams Aligned Whatsoever!' award. Blocks two and three, I did a bit better.
Ron is known for being, let's say, not the warmest, fuzziest of characters. So I thought I would add more irony to my version by including a few fussycut kittens, hedehogs and cherries.
Eek, look at those mismatched seams! Oh, and of course it had to be in red and yellow... have you met me?
But I am way behind, Monica has posted up to block nine... must catch up!
As I am never one to miss out on the latest thing (I hear you snickering out there) I decided to give Instagram a try! In case you aren't as up to the minute as I am (ha), Instagram is an iPhone app with which you take a photo, apply some simple effects, then add it to your Instagram feed. Then you follow other Instagrammers'(?) photo feeds, and you comment or 'like' them, and they follow yours. It's kinda like a cross between Hipsomatic and Pinterest. You take the photo with the app, add some nifty effects, then people comment on them.
So far I am finding it an interesting challenge, although I can't say I am well and truly hooked just yet. The filter thing is still a mystery, as well as the other optional effects. You can add linear or circular blur, like in the photo of my bookshelf, or choose a frame. Also there is supposed to be a way to add them to facebook and other social media, but I'm still not sure about whether that's a good thing or not. I don't want to annoy my facebook friends with my Instagram photos.
Really, it's nice for capturing the simpler moments within a day, since it is much less intimidating than writing a proper blog post. I can just share a quick pic of whatever I happen to be doing, as in the photo above, when I decided to make some Dala Horse bunting and was cutting out the pennants in my lap.
Anywho, that's Instagram. If you you're already IG-ing and would like to follow me, just do a little search over there for jennybharris. I don't have many photos yet (or followers for that matter - ha) but I suspect I will be snapping more very soon...