After designing the fabrics there is a long wait first for strike offs (sample pieces) then months later after everything has been approved my advance yardage arrives and its time for me to play :)
While I wait for my play fabrics to arrive I do lots of drawing and stitching to prepare for 'the day'...
I made little hexagons...
stitchery was stitched for various projects that I planned to be in my new book...
Vince and I had fun visiting lots of strange and interesting vintage furniture shops looking for just the right piece for the front cover, I found the perfect piece when I saw this old meat safe...the owners kindly said I could borrow the cupboard for the day :) I love its faded paintwork.
Special Cat checked it out when we brought it home and she found it comfortable! In fact she loved it so much she managed to get in the final shot that we used for the front cover...she is happy to be a cover girl!
Felix liked it too...
with photography day fast approaching I gathered all the samples and had fun collecting props that I hoped would work in the photos
Fatcat liked the quilt I made, it was a good place to watch me from x
we started bright and early one morning, here Sandra Faye my photographer is checking if the lighting is right for the sweet bunny tea towel..
I pulled out my boys childhood rolling pins, some wooden spoons, my gran's whisk and my favourite Nigella egg shaped mixing bowls for this shot..
we played with suitcases of various shapes and sizes trying to get just the right look for the handbag photo. The cute case on the top contains my mums first sewing machine, it still works :)
I knew there was a reason I have been collecting birdhouses for so many years! They were perfect for this picture...can you spy the little birds nest at the bottom of the very tall birdhouse, we popped some sugared almonds into it as they looked like little eggs and were just the right colours for the photo. I found the nest one morning when we were out walking with Hugo, its fragile but so beautiful.
After we moved most of the furniture out, my whole sitting room was taken up with camera equipment. Its a good job we have such an open plan house! Here we are trying to style the meat safe ready to take the cover shot, as you can see there is alot of discussion going on about what the camera can see compared to what we can see.
this was almost the way we wanted it...or was it????
Are you wondering what the cards are that are pegged to the string line in the picture above? Well my very talented neighbour offered to play with the papers, pom pom, printed ribbons, pearl gems, stickers, organza bows and buttons that are part of the accessories collection that goes with Wildflower Wood for all the paper crafters among you. Just look at the cards she made for me...
I am spoilt, all of them are gorgeous and all made using the Lynette Anderson Designs, Wildflower Wood collection of accessories.
I could ramble more but I dont want to bore you. The exciting thing is that the books are about to arrive on my doorstep, maybe as early as Wednesday this week. You can pre-order a signed copy of my book here now or for those of you who have already pre-ordered a signed copy of the book can start checking the mail box soon. If you pre-ordered or would like to pre-order the fabric bundle and a signed copy of the book you will have to be patient a bit longer as the fabrics are not due here until the end of May.
Anyhow here is the final cover of the book, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how we did some of the photogrpahy and a little peek at some of the projects inside.
The templates are all full size in this book so you dont have to try to find a place to enlarge them before you can get started with your stitching, hooray....my publishers listened to me and to some of your comments about template needing to be enlarged being very annoying .