When I first drew these designs, five or six years ago, I didn't have a daughter, much less a lot of Princess paraphenalia hanging around for inspiration. But this time, as I was sorting through these designs and printing them all out to study their colors in preparation for their re-release by Windham Fabrics, and hanging them up on my studio wall, I had an actual Princess castle, almost three feet tall and just as wide, right behind me the whole time. Then, I remembered that Liesl had made a beautiful little Bubble Dress from one of these prints, also before I had a daughter, and that now, just in time, after hanging in her closet since before she was born, it fits.
My princess-freindly household is also currently consumed with the idea of sleepovers, big girl beds, making friends, and playdates (which we are getting very good at, in a two-almost-three sort of way), and also, unfortunately, in resisting naps and bedtimes with the ardour of a certain royal and her obnoxious pea. We were thus inspired to create both a piece of original artwork and a "quilted play (nap?) mat" project for this fabric collection, and are offering them all together in a special "Far Far Away Collectors Pack". Thanks, btw, to my dear freind Anne Sullivan for translating my drawing into a quilt. She's such a pro.
Each Collectors Pack includes a half yard of each print (16 in all), a signed print of "Princess Sleepover" (pictured in detail below), and a pattern for this adorable, cozy little mat. The quilted mat project takes only about a fat quarter of each print, which means you'll have another fat quarter left over for other projects or that stash of yours. The package price is $90.
We are offering these only on a pre-order basis, since we must pre-order them from our manufacturer. If you'd like one (or two) for yourself, please reserve yours right here. We are asking for a small non-refundable deposit ($20). These will ship in July, at about the same time that the line begins to appear in shops. We'll send you an invoice when it's ready to ship.
We are always looking for a way to offer international shipping, but cannot do so at this time. I know, it's unfair. I agree. But the extra work involved in shipping internationally from our remote summer locale is prohibitive, and the high shipping rates often create issues post-sale. We will, however, always try to ship to US military familes worldwide, even if it's means a lost day or two on our end. It's the least we can do. If you have questions about this or anything else, please don't hesitate to email us.
Here's another shot of the print. Oh, and if you can guess correctly the identities of each and every princess pictured, you might just win a super cool prize. More on that later.....
the gorgeous photos of Bee and her freind Daisy, by the way, are by the very talented Patricia L Brown.
and here's the quilted play mat. And that daughter of mine. Oh, did I mention that the playmat has long ties so that it can be folded and secured for easy storing (or using as a comfy little seat), and that at the end of one of those ties, there is a pea? Its a green pom pom, but you get the idea.