Thursday, January 31, 2013

Colour of the week: Mint Makes

If you're a regular reader on the blog you will have seen my new feature 'colour of the week' which I introduced on Monday. Today I am sharing with you the design I have made with this week's colour; mint.

I've wanted to make an IKAT print for ages, I love textured prints and patterns. Last week I learnt how to create IKAT style texture in Illustrator, which I also used in my new Ikat Roses collection, and thought it would be the perfect use for this week's mint colour. I used one of the colour palettes I posted in the colour of the week post, combining lovely soft pastels with a strong orange.

Check back soon as I have some VERY exciting news to share soon involving a new product!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Colour & Pattern Inspiration from Jnr Joules

I was browsing the Joules website and came across this lovely floral pattern on some of the Jnr Joules girlswear.

The print has lovely texture and even features colour of the year, Emerald!

Images sourced from · Top · Sweater  · Dress 

Collage image copyright Rosie Simons 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New collection - Ikat Roses

I've recently been working on a new collection 'Ikat Roses' and thought I would give you a sneak peek today!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Colour of the week

Today I am introducing a new feature to the blog.. colour of the week. I thought it would be fun each week to choose a colour to inspire the week and then create a design using that colour by the end of the week.

So without further ado I introduce to you this week's colour, Mint.

I chose mint green for colour of the week this week as I find it to be a cool calm colour with great energy, it makes me feel very determined and organised and symbolises this week well as I strive for growth in my work and business. Mint green is one of my favourite colours, a strong colour for a pastel shade, and symbolises freshness, perfect for spring.

Below are a few inspirational palettes featuring mint shades, I hope they inspire you!

P.S If you're ever looking for colour inspiration, why not check out my Colour board on Pinterest!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature Friday - Elizabeth Olwen

Today our featured Friday designer is Elizabeth Olwen.

I took Module 3 of ABSPD with Elizabeth, I just adore her folksy florals and wonderful use of colour!

Elizabeth Olwen is a Toronto-based surface designer. Inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, Elizabeth's work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes.

Her obsession with patterns began as a child when she would become mesmerized by the orange floral drapes in her mother's kitchen. Surrounded by bold, unapologetic prints, patterns were something that she could lose herself in; a window to faraway places. Through the years, the love of patterns remained, and inspired her to start making her own.

Elizabeth loves old wallpapers and vintage fabrics, cannot be forced to choose a favourite colour, and is hopelessly devoted to travel.

As well as gorgeous flora and fauna designs, Elizabeth also creates fabulous geometrics like these below..

Elizabeth has been busy lately and some of her designs are now available as wallpapers through

She also recently revealed her 'in bloom' collection is now available as a set of teNeues notecards!

This girl is gonna go far with her beautiful designs! Elizabeth is exhibiting at Surtex this May in Booth 752, so if you're heading to Surtex don't forget to go and check out her wonderful designs and meet the lovely girl herself!!

To find out more visit her website, follow her on twitter or like her on Facebook!

All images copyright Elizabeth Olwen 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Remember that colour palette..

Remember that colour palette and mini mood board I posted yesterday? Well I was so inspired by it I started creating a new collection! Today I am giving you a little sneak peek of one of the designs I have been working on, I will reveal more next week, hope you like it!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow, we have an awesome post scheduled Feature Friday!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dreaming of colour..

The ground has been covered in snow here for almost a week now, and it's funny how quickly you get used to everything being white and there being a distinct lack of colour. Don't get me wrong, snow is amazingly beautiful, especially when the light shines on it and it sparkles like crystals, but now it's turning to brown slush and I am really looking forward to spring and colour starting to arrive in my life.

For now my colour 'hit', as it were, and inspiration come from Pinterest, where I found this lovely image I used to create this colour palette/mini mood board for inspiration!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inspirational Words

This year I have set many goals for myself, and I am trying to stay motivated to achieve these goals.

I really enjoy finding inspirational and motivating quotes on Pinterest to help keep me driving for my goals.

Today I am sharing some to help inspire you all! Now I know this first one is designed to be fitness related but I really like the quote. Hope they help inspire you to achieve your dreams!

All images can be found on my 'Words of Wisdom' board on Pinterest.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature Friday - Jenean Morrison

Today I bring you the first feature friday of 2013, and boy oh boy is it a good one!

I introduce to you, Jenean Morrison. Jenean is a surface designer and painter living in Memphis, Tennessee.

I've been aware of Jenean's gorgeous work for a few years now and LOVE to browse her site Perfectly Patterned.

There are so many gorgeous designs I had trouble choosing some to share!

I had the pleasure of having a quick chat with Jenean on Twitter this week, so thank you Jenean for letting me share your fabulous work on my blog! It's been a pleasure.

Last but not least I share with you, Jenean's fabulous 'Pattern and Design colouring book' available on Amazon

You can find Jenean online here:

Or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!

All images copyright Jenean Morrison 2013