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By day I am an upstanding mosaic designer for New Ravenna Mosaics on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. By night I am a superdork drawing whatever weird things pop into my head. By morning I'm exhausted.
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Step right up, ladies and gents, past the Bearded Ladies, around the Guess-a-Weight and to the right of the line of adrenaline junkies waiting to ride
Step right up, ladies and gents, past the Bearded Ladies, around the Guess-a-Weight and to the right of the line of adrenaline junkies waiting to ride on the Merry-Go-Round and there you'll find it, The-Barely-Go- Round! This patent pending modern wonder has all of the fun of a carousel, with none of the vomit inducing motion! Our slow, sedentary steeds are floating in an anti-gravity chamber with soft sonorous melodies piped in the background. Not only do we not frown upon sleeping on the ride, we encourage it! So step right up and slow right down, and chill to the thrills of... The-Barely-Go-Round!
large scale repeats (9495),
spoonflower contest (2563),
merry go round (116),
amusement park (96),
amusement ride (70)
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Posted over 2 years ago.
Awww, thanks Victoria and Babysisterrae! I'm avtually pleasantly surprised at how well it did. I was sure this one would be gently floating down in the 70th placiements. I guess most people like their carousels with more kick!
Posted almost 6 years ago.
i think this should have finished higher as well.
well I loved this; and I think it should have finished much higher.
Bard_judith and maniera, you are too sweet! One day maybe I'll have the gumption to try my hand at a book, Judith, but I have to admit I was born with a pretty huge lack of ambition, so that day is probably far, far in the future!
Fantastic!! I adore all the precious details :)
Do you write/illustrate, or would you consider writing and illustrating a children's book? You have just the right blend/balance of elements in your style: whimsical without being cute, a hint of shadowy realism that never tips over into grim darkness, and an excellent visual sense that makes your designs a pleasure for the eye to travel. Indeed, each illustration is a story we can read and a land we can travel into, inspiring other dreams beyond its surface...
That is one of the nicest compliments I've ever gotten, cranberrycross! I'm honored that you chose to delve into the interactive spoonflower world on one of my designs! I hope you drop in more often and feel free to use any of my comment pages if you have any horrible wordplay bouncing around your head you just need to exorcise ( I always do).
I am a Spoonflower stalker (isn't that what they call us? Never comment, but read everything?). I've never commented on anyone's fabrics before, but I just had to actually login so I could comment on this one. It is so clever and I love all your critters! So maybe the compliment itself isn't such a great one, but the fact that I actually logged on to write it is. Thanks!
Yes, carrie-anne's_designs, I agree with Cean that this is a different place where what you dream up is what you can thrillingly present as your final piece, which is soooo different from many other designing venues where there are so many chefs in the kitchen and your ideas don't always see the light of day. I have a 2yr old who takes up most of my time and I use up a lot of my free time designing for fun (and also ignoring house chores, like Cean). Having no tv (by choice) helps too. Oh, and being completely obsessed is probably another factor. ;)
thank you eloisenarrigan, lulakiti, and carrieanne's designs. Carrieanne's designs, I work full time in a stone and glass mosaic design center, but it's a whole different ballgame, having to design to sell something that will last for eons. Here I can just let it all hang out and I deffinately don't think about sellability when designing, as you could probably tell from some of my weirder designs. I have a one year old, so design time is from 7 pm till bed, and naptime on weekends (when I'm ignoring house chores). Spoonflower is my right brain's gym time, so I try to make sure I do something every week to keep the old noodle from getting rusty!
Wow, I love that sloth especially; I'd go right for him. Is it just me or is this the world's best pajama fabric?
How is it you and SammyK etc manage to find the time to enter the contest every week? I have just graduated with an illustration degree so I have loads of time on my hands and I thought this might be a fun thing to do but now I have about 5 half-finshed themed fabric designs because I never finish on time. There seems to be a community of you who come up with amazing designs every week, it's driving me crazy.
Well done anyway, are you a professional designer?
as usual it is wonderful and so glad you managed to enter the contest OK!
It's so true that you must write a children's (and adults) book, or at least a collection of one-paragraph tales. I was telling my husband about your design and that spiraled into a random conversation about the speed of cats. Haha. I love all the floaty guys; I even get the sense that there's not much air to breath in in this chamber. Everything in slow motion; oh and I meant 'leaf saddle' before; that's what I get for typing too fast! Keep up the great work and wild imagination!
I mean a carousel pole... not the whole ride. That would have been one sorry looking granny indeed!
Thank you babysisterrae, nightgarden, rhondadesigns, and uzumakijo! I was having a time of it, thinking of slow creatures. I almost put a granny with a walker in there, but one look at the poor old lady with a carousel impaling her through the dowager hump was enough for me to shelve that one! Thanks for commenting on the notes, Rondadesigns. I'm just starting to delve into the world of layering, so I figured I'd start easy and just repeat something over and over. I'm not sure how I like it yet....
oh cool cean, i knew your entry would be amazing...and it is! hilariously original concept and beautiful illustrations as always..on seeing it my thoughts went like this.."oh a barely go round, thats real funny..oh those creatures are fantastic..what's that one that looks like a mountain?..what animal is slow and looks like a mountain?...is it an upside down bat?...let's have a closer look..OH it is a mountain!!! hahahaa omg brilliant as if...thats the best carousel ever hahaaa!!!" course if i'd simply read the comments first i would have known but thats not as much fun as spotting everything for yourself....anyway love ALL the creatures/not creatures, but my fave is the snail...i do love snails so and he is gorgeous..oops best go...it's fab tho, so happy you got it in!!!!
This design is wonderful! This is definitely the ride for me as I've never been a fan of motion madness. I can almost hear the soothing music in the background - the musical notes are a great touch.
Loving the jellyfish!
amazing! so wonderfully bizarre :)
It's just that the sloth will be looking at me! bwhahahaha. With those soft liquidy brown eyes!
kdl, I can only write snippets successfully, so I don't think there are any books in my future, unless each chapter was one paragraph long and unrelated to any other chapter. Vo, the sloth is actually the most comfortable, what with the leaves and the moss they grow in their hair. and victoria, that's what I love most about cat's. They are amazingly good at being pissed. This one may just has a case on ennui, though, so he should be safe.
I agree, your book is already half written.
I can't decide if I want to snooze amidst the flowers on the snail's back, or perhaps dream of being king of the mountain. The cat scares me though, with his(her?), "don't even think of riding me," look.
Good point, when will you be releasing your childrens book series? You could produce many tales from all your wonderful fabrics!
Ha! This one has been especially stress inducing, what with my uploading issues all yesterday. It makes it all the sweeter to get it in and hear all of your amazing supportive comments. Thank you Patty, scrummy, decobot, surlybirdstudio, dollproject,sammyk,karisstyle,and francine! I'm always a bit nervous putting my wacko ideas up so thank you all for making them seem socially acceptable!
bwhahaha, I love this, the barely go round. I'm just not sure I could actually sit on the sloth whether it was going slowly or fast.
I think if Cean wrote books for children they'd be instant classics - every week I look forward to reading your descriptions as much as I look forward to seeing what amazing, left brain, otherworldly illustrations you come up with. Jellyfish and mountain carousel?? I think my left lobe just fizzled...
There are very few people in this world who have as much raw talent as you have. I just love seeing what you come up with.
Awesome! I love the sloth's leave saddle!
lol oh, I love the mountain. I think your sloths get cuter and cuter.
your imagination is endlessly wonderful!
I love the creatures and non creatures you chose! They are all beautiful (even you fat cat!) with awesome saddles to match. I think I will take a squishy ride on the jellyfish.
oh so lovely.... the work thats gone ito this!!! stunning xxx
Your lovely design has such a mystical quality to it! Even though they're barely-going-round, feels like they're on there way to some fantasy world.
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