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Luscious Liveable Leggings

Let’s get this clear – leggings are not pants, but nor are they a crime. They’re great for pumping iron, yoga , DANCING, and turning that ever-so-slightly-too-short skirt into respectable daywear. Even in long skirts or amongst layer upon layer of clothing, exciting leggings can spice up any outfit, or be your secret pride.

Pretty Rocks on Frocks fabrics from Spoonflower allow you to create your own leggings in as stretchy and wild a fabric as you’re prepared to engage with (yes, even Lycra), but now Redbubble offers ready-made stretch-waisted leggings in sizes XXS to XL . (More info about materials and sizing here.)

Check out some of these Pretty Rock leggings (front, back):

Lightworks (Fancy Jasper)

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Diamond Star (Quartz Geode)

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Five Stars (Lace Agate)

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Kaleidoscopic (Prism Agate)

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HEAPS MORE and other things (trust us) can be found in the Pretty Rock Patterns and Designs collection. Or click here to see a world of Pretty Rock Leggings.

How much?

All leggings are AUD$65 (plus shipping) so check out that exchange rate folks.

(Info accurate as of 24 September 2015)

It’s Internet Christmas Time!

Apologies for going all crass and commercial, but the truth is that now is the time to do your online shopping for Christmas. (That would be Christmas 2013 – delivery delays are not yet that bad.) Pretty Rock Designs has your Christmas and Holiday Season requirements in the bag: cards, decorations, gifts, wrapping paper, and more.

Cards

Nothing says someone cares quite like a physical card in the mail, doubly so if it’s as beautiful as a Pretty Rock Designs card. If you’re planning to be that someone who cares you’ll need to give yourself the most time to receive, write and post your cards before the big day. Pretty Rock cards also make wonderful gifts on the day as gift tags with your own special message, or as a pack of blank cards for your friend to pass on to others.

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Every single image in the Pretty Rock portfolio is available for purchase as a 10cm x 15cm postcard, 10cm x 15cm greeting card, or 12.5cm x 19cm greeting card. All cards are blank, and suitable for all occasions.

 

Decorations

The next things you need to get organised are your decorations so you can enjoy them for as long as possible. You’ll find Pretty Rock Designs tree decorations in our Pretty Rock Empire Cafepress shop.

These are some of the most popular, based on the design Marcasite Star:

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All decorations come in these three shapes (the round ones come in metal or ceramic.) Different designs work best in different shapes.

The Pretty Rock Empire shop also stocks a wide range of buttons (badges) and magnets to brighten up your refrigerator, yourself, or your curtains. Prices start at only a couple of dollars. This is the Risky Bismuth 2.25″ Button:

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Many designs are already available in the shop, but not all images in the Pretty Rock Designs portfolio have been applied to these products. If you see something in the portfolio you’d like to put on a decoration, drop us a line at prettyrockdesigns@gmail.com with a request and we’ll see what we can do.

 

Gifts

Where to begin! Anything in the Pretty Rock Designs world works well as a gift, but the choice can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few of the most popular items:

Calendars

Pretty Rock Designs wall calendars contain 12 months of large glossy chronological goodness, each month featuring a colourful and amazing Pretty Rock Designs print. More information about wall calendars.

 


Mugs

Be the envy of the office, home, or lab with a Pretty Rock Mug. Treat that caffeine with the respect it deserves. Mugs are available from the Pretty Rock Empire shop in a variety of sizes and styles:

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This one is Asteroid Belt (Marcasite):

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More Mugs.

Jewellery

Beautiful pictures of glorious minerals on earrings, necklaces, bracelets, decorations, and more.

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Mounted and Framed Prints and Posters

The entire Pretty Rock Designs portfolio of more than 400 amazing images is available to order in a variety of print formats, from unframed posters, glossy photographic prints, lightweight but sturdy foam core mounted prints, matted prints ready for your own special frame, ready-framed prints with a range of choices in frame and matt colours, and canvas prints.

This is Uncertain Edges (Lace Agate) in a box Cherry frame with off white matt:

This is Wetland (Charoite) as a canvas print:

 

Mounted prints include the option to add Title and Artist information, for that gallery presentation feel. This is Gazing Seaward (Fancy Jasper) with a white border and title/artist:


Not sure what might appeal to a friend, or what might match their couch? Redbubble gift certificates are a good option that allows your special someone to choose the perfect print for their own space. These certificates are not limited to the Pretty Rock Designs range, but it would be nice if you were to drop a hint or two in that direction. There’s a Pretty Rocks Design for everyone and every home.

 

Fabric/Craft

Pretty Rocks On Frocks fabric designs are  available worldwide as wonderfully colourful and unique fabric prints from Spoonflower, the print-on-demand custom fabric shop. Spoonflower offers the choice of 11 quality organic fabrics from the delightfully floaty Silk Crepe de Chine, the quilting-friendly Kona® Cotton Premium Quilting Weight, to the sturdy Linen-Cotton Canvas, just perfect for bags and upholstery.

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Treat a crafty friend to a selection of stash-friendly fat quarters to have on hand for any occasion, or let them choose their own. Spoonflower gift certificates are a good option that allows your special someone to choose the perfect fabric or paper for their own projects. These certificates are not limited to the Pretty Rocks On Frocks range, but it would be nice if you were to drop a hint or two in that direction.

Gift Wrap/Craft Paper

And finally, how better to present your thoughtful gifts than wrapped in high quality Pretty Rock Designs wrapping paper? Most Pretty Rocks On Frocks fabric designs are also available as gift wrap.  This one is called “Life, Pending (Obsidian)”:

 

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For US$15 you get a generous roll of 26″ x 72″ (66 cm x 1.8 m) in a heavy satin or matt finish quality paper. It’s also a very cost-effective way to see how a fabric design might look in larger scale.

Here’s another, called Cave Kitty (Rainforest Jasper):

 

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…and the same product as it might look wrapped around a special gift:

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This high quality paper also makes great craft material.

If you can’t find the gift wrap option on a design, drop us a line at prettyrockdesigns@gmail.com and we’ll fix that right away.

This has been a small introduction to the mind-bogglingly large range of Pretty Rock Designs products out there, but it’s a place to start. Browse, enjoy, talk to us, and please buy or pass the word.

How to purchase Pretty Rocks On Frocks fabric

Pretty Rock Designs are available worldwide as wonderfully colourful and unique fabric prints from Spoonflower, the print-on-demand custom fabric shop. Spoonflower offers a huge choice of quality organic and synthetic fabrics from the delightfully floaty Silk Crepe de Chine, the quilting-friendly Kona® Cotton Premium Quilting Weight, to the sturdy Linen-Cotton Canvas, just perfect for bags and upholstery. The range is constantly expanding, so whatever project you have in mind, there’s a fabric for you. You can order a fabric sample swatch pack for a mere $1, with free shipping, or a, 8″ x 8″ test swatch of any print on any fabric for just $5.

Because Spoonflower is based in the US, all measurements are in inches, and all prices are in US dollars.

Finding a Pretty Rocks On Frocks design

Start with the Pretty Rocks On Frocks shop at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/prettyrockdesigns:

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You can also find the shop using the Search/Designers function; look for prettyrockdesigns:

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Each design is represented by a single thumbnail (a small picture). There are a few options for the sort order of the designs, but choosing New is a handy way to keep up with the latest designs and improvements. In the navigation bar on the left there is an option for Fabric Collections which organises the designs in a different way. These groupings are always being reviewed as new categories suggest themselves. (It would be nice if Spoonflower allowed designs to be placed in multiple collections, hint hint.)

Depending on the fabric design, each thumbnail may display a preview of an 8″ x 8″ Swatch or a Fat Quarter (half a yard by half the width of the roll). You’ll get a much better idea of the scale of the design when you click the thumbnail and see the product page for that design. Some designs are available in more than one size. For example these two design thumbnails are based on the same Pretty Rock Designs photograph, and both illustrate a fat quarter of fabric, but they make two different fabrics which you could use in quite different ways:

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Ordering Fabric

This is the product page for the design Purple Fire (Charoite), which is the second thumbnail from the left on the top row on the image above:

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Here you can preview exactly how the design will look on your selected fabric length, and how much it will cost. This preview shows what you get in one yard of 40″-wide Cotton Silk:

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Each of the different fabric types on offer come in different widths, so that will affect how many pattern repeats you get. We’ve optimised this particular design for the 40″ width of cotton silk, but choosing a wider fabric such as silk crepe de chine (42″ width) will simply give you an extra 2″ width of another repeat.

Wishing Things Were A Little Different

If you find a design that you like but would prefer the repeat size to be a little different, drop us a line at prettyrockdesigns@gmail.com or through the Spoonflower message system and we’ll see what we can do. Making smaller repeats is easy, but there are upper limits on how big a pattern can go without loss of resolution. That said, there are sometimes Things we can do, so feel free to ask about options.

We prefer to let the natural rocks speak for themselves, so we’re not really in the business of tweaking individual colours, but we will consider requests for tonal variations. Many of the earlier designs were brightened to compensate for printing issues on certain fabrics that have since been improved, and you might prefer a version that is closer to the original natural rock tones.

All requests are obligation-free.

Choosing A Size

You don’t have to buy whole yards of fabric – Spoonflower gives you the option of ordering a $5 8″ x 8″ swatch, which is generally a good idea if you want to be absolutely sure of fabric properties and colour reproduction. Dark colours in particular come out quite differently on the different fabric weights, and of course all computer monitors tend to vary in how they display colour.

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The Fat Quarter is a standard fabric size in quilting circles, although “standard” is a bit of a misnomer – a fat quarter is half of the fabric width (in this case half of 40″ being 20″ wide) by half a yard (18″) long: 20″ x 18″. A Fat Quarter of a fabric that is 42″ wide will thus be 21″ x 18″. Most Pretty Rocks On Frocks large-scale prints are designed so that a single pattern repeat falls into this most common size for quilting fabrics.

If you have a big project you get a 20% discount for orders of 20 yards or more. (We like big projects. Go on, do it.)

But wait, there’s more! Many designs are also available as rolls of satin finish 26″ x 72″ giftwrap:

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This paper is gorgeously heavy and works really well for decoupage and other paper crafts. Again, feel free to ask prettyrockdesigns@gmail.com to see different repeat sizes, obligation-free.

…and even wallpaper! Details coming soon(ish) in a separate post.

 

Making The Purchase

When you’ve chosen the design, fabric type, and amount, click ADD TO CART to save your selection, then choose a few more – combined shipping is your friend! When you’ve finished making your selections, Spoonflower has a pretty standard shopping cart arrangement for checkout, including the option to pay by PayPal.

Having The Fun

We’d love to know what you have in mind for your fabulous Pretty Rocks On Frocks fabric or paper. Each design page includes a comment section and the options to attach images of your raw fabric or the competed project. Please do! We’re happy to promote commercial products based on our designs, like this beautiful designer dress from Kittenish Behaviour. Check out the accessories in the article too: jewellery, homewares, gifts, and more, available on demand from our Pretty Rock Empire shop on CafePress.

Doing The Business

If you’re a designer or decorator and would like to purchase exclusive rights to an existing Pretty Rocks On Frocks design, or have something new in mind, start the ball rolling with a message to prettyrockdesigns@gmail.com.

Rock on!

Garden Tripod feature

When we first received the request to feature some Pretty Rock Designs images in the online magazine Garden Tripod, we had to ask why. The answer was not a rock garden, but for an Animal/Vegetable/Mineral feature. Guess which section we were.


 

You’ll find Pretty Rock pictures in Garden Tripod Issue 11, pages 99-107.

Strange Peacock gets the Pretty Rocks on Frocks treatment

Strange Peacock (Abalone) is an unusual Pretty Rock Designs image in that it’s not actually a rock – it’s a microscope closeup of the shell of an Abalone, otherwise known as a Paua shell. Here’s how it looks on Redbubble where it’s available for sale as cards and prints:


But that’s not why we’re here. Not long ago we were very excited by a bulk purchase of Strange Peacock (Abalone) fabric from our Pretty Rocks on Frocks fabric store. In no time at all this was whipped up into this fabulous limited edition Abalone dress from Kittenish Behaviour:

 

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See how beautifully the cotton silk floats and flutters. Only 20 copies of this dress will be made, but don’t worry, the fabric itself is still available for purchase in any of the 10 different fabric types available on Spoonflower.

But wait, there’s more…

Strange Peacock (Abalone) also appears on a variety of products in our Pretty Rock Empire Cafepress store. If you’re in the mood to match rather than mix, why not combine the glorious Abalone frock with matching earrings, necklace, or bracelet in a variety of different shapes?


Or make a subtle statement in your handbag with a matching iPhone cover:

…or compact mirror:


There are dozens of ways to enjoy this and many other Pretty Rock Designs, but as our first official Pretty Rocks on Frocks effort, we’re particularly proud of this one.

Want to see this design on another product? Contact us any time.