Sneak Peek: Tree of Life series

Tree of Life #4 by Lila Cheekytree

I’m very excited to share this sneak peek of my new fine art series that will be available for sale at two Toronto shops later this month (more info to come).

The Tree of Life series are fine art prints that have been custom digitally printed on 100% silk fabric and then mounted on gallery canvas stretchers. Each image has a limited edition of 50 prints.

I really love working on this series because the process allows me to combine my drawing, pattern design and photography and to play with small changes to create unlimited variety. My goal is to create beautiful images that at first glance seem quite simple, yet upon closer inspection reveal small details intended to delight.

Fun Spots – new fabric collection

Have a peek at my newest fabrics that I’ve just added to my shop on Spoonflower.  Fun Spots is a whimsical collection of hand-drawn circles, splotches and stripes.

True Blue – new fabric collection

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.” — Raoul Dufy

I love colour but if I had to choose a favourite I’d pick blue. It makes me happy (especially turquoise) and it has a calming effect too. And unlike any other colour you can mix and match blues of almost any shade or hue and they look great together.

Take a peek at True Blue my new collection of fabrics now available in my shop on Spoonflower.

Accentuate the Positive

As the charming 1945 hit song written by Johnny Miller goes, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive”.

I’ve tried to do just that with this collection of geometric fabrics called (you guessed it) Accentuate the Positive now available in my shop on Spoonflower.  I created this hand-drawn pattern while playing with watercolour pencils. The result is an upbeat little print that’s perfect for quilting or small home decor projects like pillows.

Flaunt It – new fabric collection

Have a peek at my Flaunt It collection of fabrics that I’ve just added to my shop on Spoonflower.

This collection was inspired by a day trip I took back in October to the 159th annual Rockton World Fair where I saw the most stylish poultry and pigeons imaginable. If you’d like to see some of the photos I took of these beautiful birds please click here.

I’ve been inspired to create many fabric designs based on the photographs I took that day and I’m excited to share more with you in the weeks ahead.

Hello! Cheekytree Fabric Shop

I’m very excited to share with you my new online fabric shop.

And I’m  equally happy to say my fabrics make Mother Nature Smile because they are not mass produced. Instead they are custom digitally printed especially for you by Spoonflower  the world’s first on-line print on demand textile company situated in Durham, NC. It is used by more than 200,000 individuals world-wide who want to design, sell or buy fabric.

So if you’re a quilter, crafter or sewer you can find unique fabrics you can’t buy anywhere else with:

  • No minimum order
  • Eco-friendly textile printing
  • International shipping
  • Starting from $16.20 per yard
You can choose from 9 different premium natural fabrics including cotton, silk, organic and more. I’ll be adding new designs to my shop each week. Here is a detail of one of my hand-drawn fabrics called Beautiful Curves.

If you make something with one of my fabrics please contact me I want to see it. I’d love to showcase your creation on this blog or my Pinterest profile.

If you’d like to learn more about Spoonflower or just curious to see their state of the art digital textile printers at work, watch this video produced for Time Warner Cable.

Romeo or Butter?

Original artwork by Lila Cheekytree

How would you define happiness in just one word? The answer says a lot about a person.

I had fun imagining how some famous women throughout history might reply to this telling question:

Juliet Capulet might say Romeo

Amelia EarhartAdventure

Emily Dickinson Solitude

Carol Burnett Laughter

CleopatraPower

Mother TeresaService

Queen Elizabeth II Corgis

Frida Kahlo Imagination

Martha Graham Movement

Julia Child Butter

In one word, how do you define happiness? Tell me.  I really want to know.

HELL YEAH!

Have you ever had a mentor? Some of the best mentors I’ve had in life are people I’ve never even met; people who have shared their experiences and wisdom with me by writing a book.

One mentor of mine is Derek Sivers the author of Anything You Want. This book is for entrepreneurs, but his simple, very direct advice can be helpful to all of us who want to feel excited about work and life.  This quote from Derek really made me stop and reflect on my own little distractions:

 “Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.

You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing.”

So how can we tell what’s really worth doing?

Derek suggests that when we’re deciding to do something, if we feel anything less than “HELL YEAH!” about it, then we should simply say “no”.

Sure, I know that’s not so simple. We all have things in life we must do that aren’t exactly thrilling:

  • Hell yeah! I’ll cook dinner.
  • Hell yeah! I’ll pay my Visa bill.
  • Hell yeah! I’m off to the dentist.

But there are lots of things we commit to doing, just because that little voice in our head tells us “I should”.

I wonder. If we busy ourselves doing all the “right” things, that in the end leave us feeling frazzled, who are we really making happy?

We can’t please everyone in life, so at the very least, please yourself. Now that’s something I can emphatically say “HELL YEAH!” to.

Is anyone with me?