Our next interview features hands-on surface pattern designer, Micklyn Le Feuvre, otherwise known simply as micklyn in the Spoonflower Marketplace. Micklyn, her husband and their eleven children reside in beautiful Somerset West, a small town situated along the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. Their bustling home is full-to-the-absolute-brim of imagination, love and inspiration as artistic talent runs in the family: Micklyn’s grandmother had a passion for painting and one of Micklyn’s daughters shares the creative spark as well. We hope you enjoy a bit of inspiration yourself with a dip into her daily life.
My day starts with…
“A cup of Earl Grey or Rooibos tea made for me by one of my lovely children as I snuggle with the baby. Then, I read my Bible and drink more tea. Because we homeschool our eleven children, our mornings are lazy and laid-back affairs, nobody has to rush off anywhere. I love it.”
See how fabric designer, artist, and mama extraordinaire Samarra Khaja (SammyK on Spoonflower) created this dino map headboard for her son out of our new Faux Suede fabric* and learn how to make a DIY headboard of your own!
SAMARRA: My eldest heads to 1st grade this fall. Call me all sentimental and whatnot, but I wanted to celebrate this first person to ever call me “Mama” by giving him something decorative that would also feed that cerebral sponge that is his thirsty brain. Fun and functional in one fell swoop. I decided upon a new headboard. It’s the perfect way to revamp the look and feel of a bedroom without sending one’s wallet off to weep quietly in the closet.
But this is not just any headboard, it’s a Dino Mapasaurus, my illustrated rendition of some of the places around the world that dinosaurs have been discovered (thus far <–wink, wink, lazy paleontologists of the world, let’s get crackin’!). My kids are pretty much dinosaur-obsessed, so this was the winning route to take.
SammyK does it again! Our all-time Spoonflower champ comes out on top in yet another contest by virtue of her astonishing, untiringly creative (and funny) approach to the Fabric of the Week themes. With "Reallllly Old Cameos" she marries the concept of cameo-inspired designs to an unexpected partner, dinosaurs, to win the most votes in a field of terrific fabrics. As those of you who follow our blog may already know, Samarra's new fabric collection for Timeless Treasures also had its debut at Quilt Market this week in Houston. SammyK is on a roll!
The final votes went as follows:
1. 560 votes for Reallllly Old Cameos by sammyk
2. 420 votes for chicken cameos by jeanne_mcgee
3. 385 votes for Cameo Penguins by klegge
4. 382 votes for Tone on Tone Cameo by nicole_tamarin
5. 358 votes for virtues by victoriagolden
6. 355 votes for Nursery Cameo by natitys
7. 355 votes for The Regal Basset Hound by robyriker
8. 347 votes for Art Nouveau Cameo by annelize
9. 338 votes for Japanese cameo by cjldesigns
10. 326 votes for Butterfly Cameo by kayajoy