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A new logo, a new website, and a big CONTEST!

First things first. I have a new website.

Now, moving on, there is someone I want you to meet. His name is Percy and he is my new logo. He's looking right at you.

One of the things a good graphic designer will tell you when you are designing a logo is that it must, as its primary directive, appeal and have relevance to others and communicate your message, your brand. Choosing an image that has significant meaning primarily or solely to you is, at worst, an act of self sabotage, and at best, missed opportunity.

Well, just TRY telling that to Percy.

Percy is convinced that everybody loves crickets. Its hard for me to be unbiased too, I've always loved them. The old houses I grew up in were never air tight to begin with, doors and windows were left open in the summertime, and so the sound of crickets was a year-round constant, inside or out. Whenever I would visit a tidy, airtight house, the first thing I would notice was the quiet. The distinct lack of crickets. I had sort of forgotten about that, having lived in increasingly more airtight houses since, but then I stumbled across this perfect sentence and suddenly remembered.

"In China, crickets are a metaphor for summer and courage.."

The rest of the story, if you want to know more about how Percy and his friends ended up on my wall, is here.


But what I'm really interested in knowing is what the rest of you think of Percy, and wether or not you have seen him before. Maybe on a fabric print past? I can think of three prints - a Munki Munki print, a Free Spirit print, and a KOKKA print - that all have crickets hidden (and not so hidden) in them. Sometimes, FYI, crickets look a little like grasshoppers.

If you can correctly name (or describe) these prints by no later than June 1st, your name will be entered into a drawing, where you will have the chance to win a pair of Keds Sneakers made from your choice of any of my past fabric prints ( a few exceptions apply, but not many!), a generous sampling of my new fabric line, Far Far Away II, and a signed copy of my book, Weekend Sewing.

But ssshhhhh! No helping! It will be more fun that way.... email your answers to me directly. Remember, I have to recieve your answers by June 1st in order to enter your name in the drawing... and good luck!

Reader Comments (15)

Yes, yes I love crickets for the same reasons. How could anyone not relate? I want to enter the contest. It is random right, so it is not the first person who responds? Then, is there a cutoff date?

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

dang. as much of your fabric ive got: no bloody cricket in the lot. bummer!
xxxx cool contest though, !

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelina

I love your new logo! Percy does the trick. And what I great contest too... I hope I'll have a good chance :) I must say, though, that your blog header is making me smile most--who doesn't love a macaroni necklace?!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Is there any chance that the lovely cricket fabric could be made available on spoonflower? I adore the precious cages and the hordes of crickets!

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethieee

I once lived in a modern apartment block here in London where my flat was plagued with crickets! A neighbour had bred them for his pet lizards! The rental company took some convincing when we complained!

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLacer

yay! love this! *does happy squeal*

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuzy

I think Percy is an excellent choice as your ambassador for all things lovely and fun. He makes me smile and remember my childhood, which is exactly what all of your fabrics do for me, too.

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterColleen (bcharmer)

Hi, Percy! I think you need a little ric rac to 'wave' through!

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRic Rac Sister

Love your cricket! Can't wait to go cricket hunting in your prints.

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Percy is looking good. If you ever need some live Percys, I have a bunch that like to hide out in my basement during the summertime...as a matter of fact I saw a Percy last night hopping around my sewing machine. I'll make sure to ask him which prints he's hiding in. xoxo

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia

Hi Percy! You sure are a cutie.
I LOVE the new logo and LOVE the idea of a "where's percy"! AWESOME :)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Another fab design! Percy is light hearted!
I've had a look through my stash and online and I think I have 2 out of 3. Not bad!

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Hi, do I get any points because my husband's name is Percy?? Actually he is Percy III. He has been represented as a railroad car and a penguin in the past, nice to know he is now a cricket as well! Love your prints!


May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa LeBlanc

I never saw one freeking cricket in any of them. Percy is cute.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Thanks for the post. I really like your new logo.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOne Second Needle

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