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Skinny laMinx DIY Fabric Squares

By Marica

A couple of weeks ago Heather of Skinny laMinx introduced a brand new, quirky item to her gorgeous product range –  DIY Fabric Squares! Upon seeing this, Rose and I immediately starting making groot planne (that’s “big plans” for those who are Afrikaans-challenged). I absolutely adore the pink & red colour mix and Rose lost her heart on the green & blue number – in fact she has two easy chairs in her living room earmarked for a “patchy” re-upholstery.

The DIY squares consist of various Skinny fabric offcuts sorted into colour groups like Reds & Pinks, Yellows, Black & White, etc. Each pack contains fifty 15 x 15cm (6″ x 6″) squares and if stitched together, you’ll get a panel approximately 1m  (3’3”) square.

Just think of the beautiful patchwork quilt you can make of this!!

You can find the Skinny laMinx DIY Fabric Square pack in her shop on Bree street, or purchase it online through her website or Etsy.

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Skinny laMinx

Heather Moore of surface & textile design company Skinny laMinx chatted to Afrikaans morning show, Dagbreek, last week. Check it this cute little clip where she shares some of the Skinny laMinx story.

BTW – CityMob is having a Skinny laMinx 12-day flash sale. You can buy some awesome Skinny scatter cushions at an absolute steal… it’s selling like hotcakes! See the sale: here.

Skinny laMinx And Her “Flower Dreams”

“The days just zap past a person”… that’s how I feel right now. I thought it was yesterday that Marica and I attended the launch of Heather Moore’s new range of Skinny LaMinx fabrics.  Instead, it was on Wednesday last…

Heather Moore and her Skinny LaMinx brand is no stranger to most folk in the décor world. In fact, it was all of three years ago that we coincidentally came across Skinny LaMinx on the internet. For the past 12 – 18 months, I have followed her on the internet via her blog, Facebook, Twitter and the like. You guessed it, I am a huge fan of Skinny LaMinx and when the invite came to attend her first ‘range’ of fabrics, there was none more thrilled than me. I have such admiration for Heather not only as a design creative, but also as a business person. I have watched how she has grown her business, both locally and internationally. She has been featured by well known international bloggers such as Kate of Design*Sponge and Holly of Decor8. I am sure there are plenty others, but these I know of as I follow their blogs.

Heather’s blog posts are such relaxed reads giving you a glimpse into her life. I am often left with the impression that illustration just comes so naturally to her. Putting fabric /surface designs out there seems to be effortless – such a talented person she is.

To show you how active she is… in 2011 she undertook a trip to the USA, where she participated in collaborative events with a American creative; she has an Etsy shop, she has just recently opened her own retail outlet here in Cape Town, she comes up with new designs… Yes very active creative / business person. Plus, although I have only spent a few minutes with her physically, the internet interaction that I have had with her leaves me in no doubt that she is a lovely person.

Heather – thank you for making us Proudly South African.

But hey… Here more about the launch party and the new range of Skinny fabrics:

The floral-inspired range entitled ‘Flower Dreams‘ is Skinny’s first official fabric collection. The playful yet elegant designs, reminiscent of clean-cut Scandinavian design, also contains a smack of retro. The Space for Life showroom was therefore an excellent launch venue as they import gorgeous and well-made mid-century furniture and other retro treasures from Scandinavia. One or two vintage furniture pieces were upholstered in some of Skinny’s new range – a beautiful and complementary combination. Heather, with a little help from The Silk & Cotton Company, also illustrated how easy it is to develop and change certain moods by mixing and layering Skinny laMinx fabrics with some Silk & Cotton basics.

The new range features a gorgeous almost-edible spring palette of plum, lemon and humbug including a delicious feminine milkshake pink – a colour Heather said she never identified with before now. The Flower Dreams fabric collection is made up of three new designs and a reissue of her popular Orla print.

The striking ‘Flower Fields’ design started as a paper cutout of a flower inspired by a Dutch vintage fabric. This fun design is the first two-colour print to be produced by Skinny laMinx, and is available in three colourways. There is almost something anime-like about this beautiful funky fabric.

‘Wild Flowers’ is a design that is a little bit mad, very playful, and certainly a strong design around which to build a look. The design started out as a custom wallpaper for her studio bathroom but Heather soon realised that it had great fabric pattern potential. Although it is a two-colour print, it reads as three colours, as the base cloth is used as one of the ‘colours’.

The third design called ‘Pincushion’, features a very Proudly South African pincushion protea. The sweet print makes a great South African-flavoured print coordinate for this collection.

Lastly, Heather rehashed the Orla print – a design she affectionately describes as “a bit of a fancy stripe.” For the new range the Orla design was converted into an inverted print aptly named ‘Solid Orla‘ – available of course in the new spring colour range.

To see all the designs in the new range as well as the existing Skinny laMinx fabrics and product, check out the website: here. If you are in the Cape Town area, you can pop into the Skinny laMinx shop in Bree Street (nr 201) or otherwise purchase her GORGEOUS product and fabrics online via Etsy: here.

Images & info via Skinny laMinx

Cross Your Heart…

So, we entered the week countdown before Valentines Day 2012. To inspire you, here is a handful of quirky gift ideas for V-Day… all featuring the traditional Valentine’s heart! Like last year, we strive to keep V-Day cheese-free…forget the tacky plastic roses, rather get your loved one of these original beauties!

…oh, and keep your eyes peeled – there’s one or two more Valentines Day post coming your way this next week!

 The talented Heather Moore, aka Skinny LaMinx, started making these awesome ceramic mugs with some of her designs on it. As you can see, there’s one or two Valentines Day mugs too! All available from her shop in 201 Bree Street in Cape Town.

I love, love, love these beautiful embroidered scatter cushions from @Home. Released with Valentines Day in mind it’s got a lovely handmade feel to it – I especially love the intricate almost crochet-like pattern…and the cute little birdies of course.

A whole heart & polka dot range from Ckramics – a variety of bowls, sugar pots, and the cutest milk jugs, but to name a few. The range includes these beautiful handpainted ceramic  bowls with lovely whimsy phrases, heart & dot designs. These beauties can be ordered through us.

One of the best-sellers at QuirkyMe, the heart-shaped Kiaat chopping board usually FLIES off their shelves. The lace-like engraving is simply beautiful – this chopping board would look stunning if used as a serving plate – maybe with gorgeous home-made bread or dainty appetisers on it?

If you’re still looking for the perfect V-Day gift for the lady in your life – what about this lovely little ceramic jewellery box with heart detail from The Pause Room (and be sure to hide something special…and expensive in it)!

I’m in love with this funky little addition to the Sagaform product range – a heart-shaped stoneware bowl in passionate red with a matching bamboo spoon. Even the spoon’s hanging hole is a little carved heart! Luckily, YuppieChef is the local supplier for Sagaform – so South Africans can also own some lovely Sagaform awesomeness.

  

This creative light from TinTown has love written all over it…literally! Love the intricate detail and the two little kissing Lovebirds at the top! Now that would be a romantic gift!

Or what about opting for one of Freshly Found‘s awesome message cards. They’re hand cut, lightly padded and stitched from various vintage record covers – awesome! A blackboard card heart is attached to the back along with a piece of chalk for your love message. The card is mounted on a vintage knitting needle – so you can pretty much stick it into anything. So clever!

Images sourced via specific suppliers (see link in text).

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