Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ocean Inspired Fabrics- Splashy Fun

We have been spending a few days at the ocean on Topsail Island in North Carolina.  It does a body
good to get out of the chilly Western New York spring temps and get a preview of what will be coming in the next few weeks.  North Carolina's trees and early flowers bloom about a month ahead of ours.  I always start to get the itch to dig in the gardens about this time of year so visiting NC literally warms my heart.   I also love the east coast and the beautiful Atlantic....

                                                         
With that in mind, I thought that we might think about some ocean inspired fabrics to get us all in the mood for summer.  I checked out some of the fabrics at Tonic Living and found some that fit the bill.
Even though I am not usually a "pink" person, I did like this one called Ocean Tropic with hand drawn lines and different corals.


I thought it would look neat with any of the these pretty "sidekicks."
Derby solid, "Lemongrass"
Honeycomb Velvet Peony
Joy-Bucks-Fizz
I am thinking pillows or porch cushions would be really eye catching but if you don't have a home dec project that lends itself to "beach inspired" fabric, how about a cool bag that would be a one of a kind this summer.  Ruthann Stilwell's Tidal Wave bag would be so pretty in these fabrics.


Or...how about an Insulated Picnic Tote to carry your goodies to the beach?

There are lots of fabrics that have an ocean theme but are a bit more subtle.  I am thinking navy blues and aquas,  Here are several that caught my eye...

Tiles, Deep Marine Blue
Riley Blake-Holiday Anchors

Embrace, Aquarius
And of course...there are lots of novelty fabrics with that neat beach theme. Here are a few of my favorites...
Riley Blake Offshore Surfboard- Red


Kaffe Fassett-Spiral Shells Multi


Michael Miller- Into the Deep Tropical


Heather Ross Medicino-Swim-Class-Yellow


Riley-Blake-Offshore-Beach-Hut-Aqua
So ....here's to beach weather! Are you inspired to make something fun and summery?

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