Friday, May 11, 2012

Pack Your Bags!

I'm moving over to my new blog... Paravent... 
would you like to join me? All aboard the Paravent 
Express! To celebrate I have a giveaway too :)
Want to win a hand screen-printed tea towel?
Come over to enter... the competition closes 
Sun 27th May.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Moving on...

I had a shock start Tuesday morning - I received an Infringement Notice from 
Etsy saying I'm no longer allowed to use 3 Sheets as a shop name and have 
to change all these things on my shop. I was totally blown away. Not only that 
they said that I'm not allowed to talk about it on any public forums until the 
issue has been resolved. 

Well, to my mind, it has been 'resolved' now because I have changed the name 
of my Etsy shop... did you notice? Kylie3Sheets is no more... I'm Paravent now. 
So, 'issue resolved' as far as they are concerned, but I still need some advice. 
Do you have time for a long read? Can you give me your opinion please?

Okay, so back to a bit of background... First of all you might be wondering "Why?"
I instantly knew who was behind it because I've been harrassed and bullied by 
another Etsy seller (and no I won't say who) since the beginning of the year. 
She took out a US trademark on the name Three Sheets to the Wind last year 
and wishes to enforce that even as far as small-fish sellers who have only a
part of this name. Anyway, she has got Etsy on her side (probably because they
are a US company and this is a US patent) so I understand from their point of view.

But that doesn't mean I haven't been very upset... Upset at the sheer mean-ness 
and unnecessary behaviour and tactics. The Mr and some friends were all for 
fighting the bully but I just didn't want to have anything more to do with her. I find 
Etsy really easy and I'm comfortable with it. So if I can't be 3 Sheets there then 
guess I have to change everything... 

I started thinking it was time for a fresh new start. If you're handed lemons, make 
lemonade right? So, I changed the shop name to Paravent (french for folding screen) 
which I really like because it's kind of a quirky play on words with screen printing 
and I love the imagery of the folding panels etc. But then I realised I have to 
re-brand everything otherwise it's messy, so I set up a new Paravent blog and
facebook page... and that's as far as I've got... I could have done more but I've 
just stopped.

It's suddenly hit me this means giving up 3 Sheets totally... and I'm having a crisis 
of confidence over my 'fresh new start' idea. Do I really want to throw away the baby 
with the bathwater..? I mean, the only place I can't use 3 Sheets is in the States, but 
do I really want to have two identities / blogs / facebook pages and all the confusion 
that will inevitably come with it? Also, it's true that there are so many 3 Sheets (so 
common, my dear!)... 

Floating over all of this is embarrassment... I mean, such a small-fish swimming in 
a very large pool... who's going to know or care one way or the other! ;) Maybe I'm
just looking for reassurance. (So needy! So pathetic!) I just need to move on, don't I?
None of this is important I guess. 

Maybe this is just good to let you know what has been going on....

Stay tuned for the Paravent launch :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I want to live here...

I need some cheering up and these images are just the ticket. 
I love these houses and their gorgeous bits of fun :) The pink house 
below was snapped by photographer Marianne KjĂžlner in Denmark.

I love a bit of wonk too... aren't these trees amazing? This picture was
taken by Kurt Manley. It reminds me of the Cat in the Hat movie :)

Re: feeling blue... I'm not allowed to talk about what's happening on 
"public forums" but perhaps I can hint that nasty things are happening 
with my shop.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Giveaway Winner :)

We've had a birthday in the house. The Little One turned 12 yesterday and had a 
sleepover party last night to celebrate... of course there was very little sleeping ;) 

Anyway, birthday girls still get to do the choosing... and she chose the gravity-
bound-randomness of the throw-everything-in-the-air method...

... I think this bit of paper chose itself actually by being the only one to fall 
into her hands after the throw...

CONGRATULATIONS JO from Luna Landing!! Very happy that these cushions 
will be finding a home with you :)

Thanks everyone for participating and thanks for all your lovely blogiversary wishes :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Hello Orange!

I started noticing something was going on with these... Hard to miss really ;)

... and then I saw that quite a few bits of orange were popping up around here...

Creative endeavours have been leaning towards the orange too...

There was no plan but somehow my world has slowly been turning orange :)

I've been working on a new artwork too (with a bit of orange!). The colours haven't
scanned well I'm afraid - it's actually more vibrant than this. Feels good to be painting 
and drawing again.

How's your week been?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

19 years... really?

How did that happen..? Why does that suddenly seem like such a surreal 
amount of time? So, yes, 19 years ago the Mr and I married in New Farm 
Park at the rose garden. 
Friends brought along a mini keyboard and sang "There's Power in the 
Union" and we had some wedding photos taken in the then-industrial area 
of Teneriffe where all the empty Wool Store Warehouses stood like abandoned 
skeletons amongst fields of debris and pampas grass! OMG, how 90s is this? :)

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It's all a chi-chi riverside development now... actually, I went running along the 
river walk there with my daughter this morning... Funny how life can turn full 
circles sometimes :) 
Okay, I'm rambling. I'll stop now. 
Happy Labor Day!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Everything in 3s GIVEAWAY

Have I told you about our new friend? He just arrived one day and has stayed.
Funnily enough, this happens a bit here... cats just adopt us, don't know why ;)
Anyway, it's been three months since this gorgeous boy arrived and we're very 
fond of him :)

He's also adopted one of my cushions (don't worry I've pulled it from the shop!) 
I'd kind of already decided I was going to keep this one for myself as it was the
first one I made and special to me for that...

Anyway.... I also seem to be making a habit of missing anniversaries... 
April 10th marked my third year of blogging and of 3 Sheets. 
So, better late than never I'm going to have a giveaway. 

These two matching crochet triangle cushions will be the prize. It's open to both 
local and international peeps, but I would like you to be either a follower of the 
3 Sheets blog or the 3 Sheets facebook page.

What do you think? Would you like these cushions? Tell your friends!
Winner randomly selected on Sunday 6th May :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Creative Spaces: Crazy brooches

I'm joining in Our Creatives Spaces this week. Visit here to sign up or see other spaces.

I've been super busy since finishing my crochet order. There's so much to 
catch up on, but it's been heavenly to take time to dabble with things as I 
feel like it... I've been dabbling with some old Indian embroidered fabric and 
making it into brooches.

It's brought out the Bollywood-Baroque in me I think... or some kind of brazen 
beading-mad hussy ;)

This one (below) is a reject. I really did go just a teensy bit crazy with the beading 
here. I hadn't realised before that good beading is actually an exercise in restraint
I think it was finding a scrap of orange leather... sent me a bit wild! :))
I'll be unpicking and cutting and re-doing soon.

Beading-hussy approved brooches will go into my shop soon.
Hope you've had a wonderfully creative week :)

UPDATE: Okay, so reject brooch now looks like this....

and there's a new cream one that looks like this...

AND YAH! I finally have some new listings in my shop! :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spell it out...

F...I...N...I...S...H...E...D !!!

Chevron cushions are done, that means the whole order is done...

I'm delivering them today...

... and then I won't know what to do with myself ;)

Hope you have a great day too :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Last night

We went to see the HooDoo Gurus at The Tivoli last night and they were 
amazing - great energy and plenty of take-me-back memories. 
But the real treat (for me anyway!) was discovering the 5678s...

You might know them from Kill Bill where they sing Woo Hoo..?

If you want to see them, I think there are still tickets for the Sydney 
and Melbourne concerts :)

(This is the first time I've downloaded a video from my iPhone!)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Creative Space: Finished Crazy Chevron

You might remember this crochet design... It wasn't chosen for the shop order 
but it was still liked by some. In fact, someone liked it so much they're getting 
it for their birthday :)

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but the shop order is almost finished! 
I have finished crocheting the front panels, have washed and blocked them 
and waiting for them to dry. I've also pre-shrunk the linen and waiting for that 
to dry too.

Anyway, it was a good project to do while waiting for all this drying ;)
Hope you've had a creative week? Find more spaces here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Doodle wrap

I had to send off a birthday parcel. I thought brown paper with letter stamps might 
look good... but no, it looked not-so-good. So I started doodling on the wrapping
thinking about these gorgeous kids and their personalities.

I always think of Bree as a child of nature...

And Ella is the most exquisite ethereal girl...

It made me realise how much I miss drawing.

The designs aren't 'finished' by any means, but they've given me some ideas 
for a new pattern. So I'm happy now... very :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Inspiration :)

Loving this fabulous video (via Hearted Girl) from Canadian ideas company Rethink
I think I'll be viewing this again and again every time I feel 'stuck' ;) Very inspirational. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Yes please!

There's a workshop on offer by The People's Print at the V&A's approaching British 
Design Season... The Great British Floral digital workshop.
They are going to show those lucky attendees a combination of hand craft and digital
techniques to create a floral pattern and print it on fabric.

I'm trying to keep very neutral here but I'm positively burning with envy... 
I want to go! Unfortunately, I'm on the other side of the globe :(

If you happen to live nearby, you can register for the workshop by visiting 
this site... and if you go, can you take loads of pictures and show all the fab 
things you did.. please? 

I'd love to see :)

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