Carp Story

Felt Carp and Lily Pad/laurabraydesigns.comI've been trying to spend more time creating and less time on the computer.  I recently realized that I spend a large portion of my days online and, after a day of being online, I feel like I haven't really accomplished anything. I mean, what does one have to show for all their online hours?  So I have declared that I will spend limited amounts of time online and more time in my studio.  After a day of creating, I know I can walk out of my studio with something that makes me feel happy and light-hearted. 

Carp Journal Page by LauraBrayDesigns.comThe problem is, I sometimes want to create, but don't know what to do.  I created a little game for myself the other day to deal with this dilemma.  I opened up my sketch book, chose a drawing I did earlier in the year and tried to see how many ideas I could come up with based on that sketch.  My design of choice was a colorful, whimsical drawing of some carp in a pond.  The golden carp made me think of Goldfish crackers, so I printed out my design onto some printable fabric and sewed up a little snack bag for my daughter's favorite snack food. Goldfish Snack Bag by

For my second project, I just got out my felt and sewed up a carp and lily pad.  I'm not really sure what I would do with these, but they make me happy.  I was thinking I should give them to my daughter.  When I was a little girl, I would have floated these on the "pond" in my room.  (Also known as the dark blue carpeting that covered my bedroom floor, upon which my boat (my bed) floated.)  Oh heck.  I just might have to crawl onto my daughter's bed tonight and go pond exploring with her.

4 Responses to Carp Story

  1. Mom says:

    I can't decide which is cuter, these designs or YOU!

  2. Very cute! Ok, so what process do you use to print your artwork onto fabric?

    • Laura Bray says:

      I just use my ink jet printer and some fabric sheets that are made for running through your printer.  I scan in the artwork, then print it out.  Easy!  Let me know if you need more details.  You know I’m always here to help!

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