Heart Offset PATTERN

Hearts have been a pretty frequent theme on the blog over the past few years (see all the heart posts here) - there's just something wonderful about the shape. Love, love. During February I try to come up with one or two new patterns featuring hearts, but I have to admit it is getting harder to do - there's only so many approaches you can take with this basic shape.

This year's offering isn't particularly ground-breaking and has a similar base to Heartstrings. Half of the heart is drawn continuously along one side of the line (this is how I draw Heartstrings - you can see a demo in this video), then the second half is drawn offset on the other side of the line. This pattern really comes into it's own when alternately coloured - an interesting zig-zag pattern appears.

Here's the step out:

A red and black sample on some wonky lines.

On the farm we've had some long awaited rain - 75mm last week! The paddocks are greening up and we're headed into a glorious week of late summer weather.

Wednesday also marked my youngest child's 18th birthday - she passed her licence, has her own car and is now able to get herself wherever she needs to go. After 26 years my servitude as the kids taxi driver is over. Freedom at last!

Have a good one!

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Challenge #252 - Tangle within a Tangle

It's been a few months since I've participated in one of the diva challenges but today I had enough of a reprieve from helping John put up the framework for his new shed to check out what was happening this week.

The theme? Use a tangle as a string and then draw a tangle inside it.

Here's mine:

A single line of Heartswell forms the string, I then filled sections with Jonqal.

It didn't come out quite how I wanted, but that's the way it goes. I feel like some of my linework is a bit clumsy - not only haven't I really drawn much for a couple of months, I'm getting used to drawing with new glasses - my first set of multifocals - they make me feel old. haha. If you're shortsighted like me, it's such an insult to wear glasses (almost) your whole life and then have your reading vision go on you eventually too! Really not fair at all!


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A super-quick post that morphed into a really long one.........

Happy New Year everyone! I love a new year! Fresh and filled with so much potential! I always feel so excited and full of energy for the year to come! Not only that, I feel strangely compelled to use exclamation points excessively!!!!! Don't worry, this will settle down as the year continues on.

So, firstly......here's a couple of quick Moleskine journal drawings. 

What I love about drawing in my little Moleskine journals is that I just start off with a random shape (the circlet of flowers in the top drawing & I can't remember where in the second), then I just do whatever. Nothing is preconceived. They can end up as a disaster, or something great (usually somewhere in between), but the result really doesn't matter - it's just a way to relax and let it happen.

This has been about it on the drawing front over the last month or so. It's been so hot here that I haven't been doing much else than keeping the garden alive and surviving. My brain pretty much turns off at 30degC.

So, what else has been going on.........(you may find this long and boring).......

On the blog:

I sent out a survey to subscribers a few weeks ago and I want to thank everyone who took the time to complete it - you're all brilliant and so, so helpful in helping me with my planning for 2016 - I've got lots of fun ideas percolating that I really want to make happen this year. Soon I'll be posting responses to a few comments that came up consistently in the feedback, too. Thanks again!!!

You may notice that I've had a bit of a blog redesign? I've pared back to a more minimalist look and even updated my photo - this one's a little more recent, but I need to work on getting one from this year. I do like the lime green on the hat I'm wearing, though :)

I've also added a TERMS OF USE page tab up the top. I've tried to avoid this for ages, but as I get lots of questions about using my work in various applications I really needed something there. I hope this will clear up any grey areas and answer questions. Anything I haven't covered, or you don't understand, please do not hesitate to contact me as I'm sure there are ways it can be improved and I can only do so with your feedback.

Around the farm: 

As I mentioned this Summer has been hot, hot, hot. And, as you all know - I do not cope well in the heat as it means a constant battle to keep the gardens alive. Not only has it been super-hot - Summer started here for us about 2 months early - we had total fire bans and bushfires back in September........seriously.

The hot Spring/Summer has meant more than me being unable to fully function, we only put away about 1/3 of the hay that we usually produce and the paddocks are very, very dry. This has meant that the sheep have had to be reduced from 8 to 4 and we've had to drop the number of cows by 5. We managed to sell two adorable calves and a heifer to a neighbour so I am happy knowing that they are close by and I can see them when I drive past. Unfortunately this has meant that when the weather has been still, their mamas have been able to hear them calling to them. It's been a noisy couple of days, but everyone is settling down now and this is by far a better option than sending them to market. Fingers crossed that Autumn will be wet and warm and the grass will make a comeback so our girls and boys can put on lots of condition before Winter.

What else am I doing this year besides drawing and blogging?

This year is going to be pretty amazing for me as my youngest child turns 18 in a few weeks and is legally able to drive solo here in Australia - she is booked in for her driving test the morning of her birthday. We're both looking forward to the freedom - Erin because she can go where/when she wants. Me, because after 26.5 years I do not have a dependant child. I'm excited!

Besides lots of garden and farm related stuff going on, I'm studying again this year - I am doing both a second PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate), and taking eight tertiary units to fill some skills gaps in the first half of this year in order to commence a Diploma in Graphic Design in August.

Just for fun, I'm also about 25% through an online course that I want to complete over the next 3 weeks, and John and I will be teaching some permaculture related courses and hosting a couple of farm tours. I also want to try and squeeze in a blacksmithing course this year if I can.

It's going to be a busy, busy year. But, you know what? Life is short - you've got to cram it all in, you know?

I want to share a couple of photos of my bee garden with you. The first quarter of the garden was put in early Spring, then the greenhouse was added and the second quarter prepared and partially planted out. I still have the fernery, pond and grass/hydrangea area to complete, but it's pretty wonderful so far. I love, love it and so does Ollie, where else would he be but hiding behind the catmint? Bella loves sleeping in the seedling trays in the greenhouse :)

Compared with these photos (below) from mid-November - it's a big difference in just over two months.

If you made it through this post, I'm pretty sure that you deserve a medal or something :) I hope your Summer (or Winter) is fabulous, and I'll "see" you on the other side of the hot weather!


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Merry Christmas!

Yes, it's that time of year.......again! 

The 2015 edition of the Pattern Folio has gone out to email subscribers today and it's time for me to put the drawing supplies away and spend some time getting ready for Christmas. As of right now we have no tree, the house is a mess, I have people to catch up with before the big day and a stack of cooking to do! 

I want to thank you all for the fantastic support during 2015. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that you get to spend lots of time with the people you love :) 

See you all in the New Year - 2016 is going to be amazing!!

PS: Don't know what I'm talking about, or didn't receive the 2015 Pattern Folio? Please read through my original post which outlines how it all works.

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Ruffel - progression

Hi all :) 

Just a quick one today - I've got a progression of my drawing featuring the Ruffel pattern that I posted yesterday.

I don't normally do these as I get engrossed in the drawing and forget to scan as I go. Yesterday I remembered!


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Ruffel Tangle Pattern

A week or so ago the  Square One Facebook group pattern focus was my pattern Steps (thrilling) - my experimentation took me in a bit of a different direction and I ended up with this tile:

I was asked to do a step-out showing how I did the tile above, but ended up getting distracted (as usual) with a spin-off idea and ended up with this which I like way better:

Here's the step-outs, it can also be done as a continuous pattern:

This pattern did not make it in time for the 2015 edition of the Pattern Folio which, by the way, will be going out in a few days, if you're not signed up please make sure to do it right away - you can read more about it here.

Note to email subscribers: you should have gotten an email today with a discount book offer. There's actually a couple of reasons for me sending this out:

1. I wanted to send it to you :)
2. The 2015 Pattern Folio will be going out in the next few days - if you did not receive today's email, please check your email settings and make sure that alittlelime@gmail.com is on your safe senders list. I will not be resending emails that have been blocked by servers.
3. My email list has become very large and unwieldy. I'm sure that some people on it don't actually want the emails and have probably consigned me straight to the junk mail folder, so, by having a couple of mail-outs during December (the discount offer and the pattern folio in a few days), I'll be able to do some housekeeping on my list.

Hope your day is amazing!

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The 2015 Pattern Folio

Hi everyone!

 I'm pretty excited to tell you that I'm currently working on my third annual Pattern Folio. 

The 2015 Pattern Folio will be going out free to blog email subscribers in December. 

Here's a sneak-peek of this years cover:

I love, love doing the Pattern Folios each year for you, but unfortunately it always comes with a bit of confusion and sometimes disappointment from those who, for whatever reason don't receive it. So, this year in order to (hopefully) ease the stress a little and make my workload a bit lighter I have put together some details for you below.

Please take the time to read through this information so that when the time comes, if you want to receive the Pattern Folio you will :)

It's hard to write this kind of stuff without feeling a bit mean when I want it to just be a fun and exciting experience, but the bottom line is that I have to set some limitations in order for the process to run as smoothly as possible for me and you. 

How to get the 2015 Pattern Folio

  • You need to be a current, confirmed subscriber to A Little Lime's email feed in order to receive the 2015 Pattern Folio (if you are reading this post in your email you are already a subscriber, if not you can subscribe using this link ).
  • You must be subscribed to the email feed at the time I transfer my subscriber list over to my mail delivery service - this will happen sometime in December, usually early in the month. If you are not a confirmed subscriber when I begin the transfer process I'm sorry but you will have missed out for this year. The best way to ensure that you receive the 2015 Pattern Folio is to subscribe prior to December - once it's gone, it's gone and will not be sent out retrospectively.
Common Delivery Issues
  • In order to send free e-books out to email subscribers only, I use a different delivery service specifically for this - sometimes your email servers will get confused and see this as spam (same email address but coming from a different server) and block it - to ensure that your delivery gets to you please add my email address to your safe sender list.
Other General Information
  • Please read my FAQ - e-book downloads page though the info is for e-book purchases, which is a different process, it does have some helpful info.
  • I will create a post on the blog when the 2015 Pattern Folio goes out - you should receive the folio that day as the delivery is usually fast.
  • The 2015 Pattern Folio will include all the patterns from previous issues - the 2013 and 2014 issues become redundant once the new one is published and will no longer be available.
  • When your 2015 Pattern Folio email arrives, please download and save to your computer asap - I am not able to resend links and the download link will only be live for a limited time.
  • Pattern Folios include hyperlinks that can only be accessed with the digital version.
  • As a subscriber you have permission to print out one copy of the 2015 Pattern Folio for your personal use.
Important Note

I do know that not everyone follow me via blog emails and I appreciate your support no matter how you choose to connect but please understand that this is the only way I send out my free e-books.

O.k., that's it for the official stuff - I hope it makes it easier for everyone :) 

I'm totally excited and am off to get the finishing touches done.

Have an amazing day!

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