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!


Challenge #243 - Just a taste

It feels like forever since I've participated in a Diva Challenge - I've been so locked away in my own little world over the past 6 months with finishing up Tangle Transformation and then spending a heap of time working on home projects recently.

This challenge really appealed to me with the opportunity to pare down a design to seeing just a taste of a pattern rather than filling the whole area. This is very in-line with what I normally do anyway, so I constrained myself a bit by drawing a box to work within and trying to avoid showing any more than one full element of the pattern.

I felt compelled to draw morning glories on this piece but I wanted to change things up a bit so I came up with something a bit more stylised.

Here's my piece:

These are very easy to draw, I wouldn't consider it a pattern but you can create some interesting effects with the shape build. 

Here's the approach I used to draw them:

A few other ideas for playing with the shape:

And a little drawing:

Have a good one!



Heartswell Tangle PATTERN

Hey all, long time no "see". So much has been happening around here, but more about that later........first, onto the new pattern.

I've barely picked up a pencil for over a month and once I got back to my desk this week I had a whole heap of scribbles to work my way through. I didn't get very far into it when I found a piece of paper where I had experimented with the tangle pattern Swells by Jennifer Hohensteiner - it started me thinking about how the aura-ing technique would work with the Heartstrings framework to create a kind of inside out version of it. By the way - I have no idea what it is with me and heart shapes but I just love, love them :)

This pattern starts off much like Heartstrings, see below for some tips:

Heartswell Drawing tips:
* Leave enough distance between the lines to draw hearts with space around them - unlike Heartstrings you do not want the hearts to touch
* Starting lines will give you a framework to work within
* Change up the size of the hearts and auras
* Try on wavy lines (box 5) or with no lines at all (box 6) to really make the heart shapes stand out

Using wavy lines

No lines

So, what else have I been up to? Well, we have been experiencing an AMAZING warm spring here in Hoddles Creek - I think September was the warmest on record. Not so great for our hay, but brilliant for working outside. I have loved it! John had a few weeks off and as we had a Permaculture group tour coming through the property we took the opportunity to do a stack of work outside - particularly in my bee garden.

The first big job was the amazing little greenhouse that John built for me out of recycled french doors. I am absolutely in love with it! Except for a couple of pieces of timber and the glass we had cut for the end side panels everything on this is recycled. The pavers and clear sheeting came from a house demo, most of the timber is stuff we've been hoarding for over 10 years left-over from the verandah build. There's still some finishing off to do including door handles and inside shelves (and straightening up some crooked wadding I can see in this pic). Even though painting around all those little windows just about did me in, I could not be happier with it!

Once this was done it meant we could finally move forward with the garden bed/s at this end of the garden down to the potting shed. I've just begun planting that out - I've done some of the permanent plantings, but also put in quite a lot of annuals just to have something in there until I am ready to move ahead with the final plan.

The little potager garden had a makeover a while ago when we did the retaining wall - it's coming along well - it's a sun trap and will be a wonderful place to sit in Winter. The plantings I've done around it with Russian Sage will also screen it in over Summer creating a bit of a private space. This garden section has a Mediterranean theme with blood oranges, woody herbs, bay tree, etc. I can't wait until it is truly established.

The garden bed just below the one pictured above was planted out early spring and is really coming along too. The aim for this garden is to be bee friendly and also supply the kitchen, which is opposite, with fresh herbs and some vegetables and fruit (I've planted ones that look good mixed in with the flowers such as artichokes, chives, strawberries, etc, etc. I still have a few gaps to fill and have 14 white coneflowers sitting in front of the greenhouse waiting to be planted tomorrow! Very excited!

The total bee garden area is approx. 140 square metres  and we still have the fernery, frog pond/lizard habitat, pondless water feature, chamomile/thyme/lawn daisy lawn as well as finishing up planting out the final bed to do. I can't wait. It's going to be an amazing area once it is done.

Hope whatever season it is wherever you are you are making the most of it!