Sunday, 27 July 2014

Autumn Cards And Pumpkin Pin Cushion For Handmade Monday

Hi folks, i hope you're all having a fabulous summer, hasn't the weather been glorious in the UK, the wall to wall sunshine feels like it could go on forever... On the making side though my thoughts have already turned to Autumn... just incase it does decide to show up :) 

Pumpkin Pin Cushion

I had some sample swatches of my 'Autumn Naturally' fabrics to use up and i thought it might be fun to make some pumpkin pin cushions. So far i've made one using the three spotty fabrics...

I think its pretty cute and i'm definitely going to make more using some of the other fabrics. For now though i've had some fun photographing this one among some of the real squashes we have recently harvested from the allotment :)

I will be listing it for sale this week on my website, Etsy shop and other outlets.

*An aside for fellow crafters... I'm sure there are tutorials out there on how to make these but i'm one of those people that enjoys finding out for themselves if i have the time. As a result a rather ugly duckling version preceded this one as i tried to figure out the logistics... Its all part of the creative process though isn't it? What do you prefer, tutorial or trial and error when you're having a go at something new?

Autumn Cards

There was a little flurry of excitement at Free Spirit Designs HQ this week when a local shop agreed to take some of my notecards! I thought it was about time i had a go at getting some of my products in 'bricks and mortar' shops and this seemed like a gentle way to dip my toe in the water :)

I took in some of my Autumnal designs with the approaching change in season in mind and i've been getting them photographed in readiness for listing in my online outlets soon too. Here are a few of them... i look forward to hearing your thoughts!

As with all my cards they will be priced £1.99 (or £1.75 if you buy more than one).

That's all from me for this week. I'm looking forward to finding out what my fellow Handmade Mondayer's gave been up to... See you over at Handmade Harbour! x

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Cottage Daisies Applique Lavender Pillows For Handmade Monday

More glorious sunshine this week, what a wonderful summer we're having so far this year.

Other than making birthday pressies (nothing i can show you yet...) i've also had some applique fun with some of the fabrics from my 'Tiny Flowers' collection, as always i look forward to hearing your thoughts :)

Cottage Daisies Lavender Pillows

I wanted to make these lavender pillows the kind that you might display around the house to add a cosy cottagey feel, the kind that makes it feel like home. They are a fairly generous 14.5 x 8.5cms and look just as cute propped on a shelf or window sill as they do hanging in a cupboard.

The body is a gorgeously soft organic linen and i have machine stitched the applique pieces and also machine embroidered some extra details like the smoke coming from the cottage's chimney and the stems on the daisies.

As always, they are filled with my favoured combination of pure sheep's wool and cotswold lavender and they smell heavenly :)

They are available to buy now as a set from my website, Etsy shop and other outlets priced £15.50.

My Tiny Flowers fabrics are available to buy from my Spoonflower shop.

In Other News...

How about a bit of cute to end on... we were driving along a local country lane when a little bird walked across the road in front of us followed by a flurry of what looked like autumn leaves... on closer inspection it was a mummy quail with a brood of tiny chicks! I just managed to lean out the window and get a snap of the last one to make it into the safety of the hedgerow :)

What have you been up to this week? I'm off over to Handmade Harbour to find out :)

Thank for dropping by! x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Doorstops For Handmade Monday

Thank you for all the lovely comments about my coastal doorstop on my last post. I've been a little more productive this week and have three new doorstops to show you, all featuring Free Spirit Designs fabrics. I'll be listing them on my website, Etsy shop and other outlets over the next couple of days, priced £12. As always i look forward to hearing your thoughts! :)

Garden Herbs Doorstop

The first features my Herbs In Pots design printed on a lovely linen/cotton blend with hessian as the contrasting fabric.

As with the coastal doorstop, the design features a velcro opening at the top making it easy to fill with dried grain/beans or similar.

I'm really happy with the rustic style of this one, it would look cute in the conservatory/garden room of my dreams! :)

Hug A Pug Doorstop

Next i used one of the pug fabrics from my Dashing Dogs collection and tried a slightly different design with no contrasting fabric on the base but with the addition buttons covered with the pug fabric for interest on the handles.

I love covering my own buttons and am now full of ideas for other projects i could feature them in...

I'll keep you updated with how i get on!

Black Cat Doorstop

I used the same single fabric with button idea with one of my black cat fabrics.

I also decided it would be fun to make some little matching lavender pillows featuring smaller fabric covered buttons.

As with the doorstops they will be appearing on my website, Etsy shop and other outlets soon (priced £10 for a pair).

And that's it on the crafting side. Other than that i've been busy picking and preparing summer fruit - 10lbs of jam from a deceptively small looking gooseberry bush in the garden yesterday and black currents on the agenda for today. Strawberry wine is also now bubbling away in a demijohn in the bath tub... this is my first time making wine of any kind and i was intrigued, if not a little nervous, to learn that this is where it should be left to brew - incase of explosions!

I'm off to the fabulous Handmade Monday now to find out what you've all been up to. I've had some trouble with my computer this week so didn't manage to visit as many blogs as i usually do last time but all is working now so i'm looking forward to a good catch up :)

Thanks for stopping by! x

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Coastal Doorstop For Handmade Monday

Its felt like a busy week although when i look back i'm not quite sure what i've done... ever have weeks like that?

Happily though i did find a gap in my hectic schedule of busy non-achievement to add to my range of coastal decor items... As always, i look forward to reading your comments :)

Coastal Doorstop

As with the lavender fish i showed you last week, this doorstop features two of the fabrics from my On The Open Ocean collection (which are now available from my Spoonflower shop).

I could have used just one but i quite like the mix and match patchwork effect... what do you think?

Its 20cms in height (excluding the handle) and features a velcro sealed opening at the top for easy filling with dried grain or beans - about 1.3kg should do it.

I've toyed with other designs but i like the simplicity and user friendliness of this one. No mess or complicated filling instructions and when it needs a wash the filling can easiliy be decanted into another container.

I should have it listed on my website, Etsy shop and other outlets by tomorrow, priced £12. I'm going to get some more made up with other fabrics too so it will be interesting to hear if you think the design needs tweeking first...?

In Other News... A Curious Kitty

Before i sign off for this week i just have to show you this adorable kitten - spotted in a farmyard whilst out walking this week.

Mum and the two other kittens stayed back but this little one was bold as brass!

The dog's eyes were popping out on stalks! :)

Of course since then i've been subtly (ok, perhaps not so subtly) suggesting to the other half that its time for us to get little kitten :) no luck so far though...

What kind of a week have you had? I look forward to popping over to Handmade Harbour to find out... Thanks for stopping by! x

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saturday Share (9) Rise And Shine

Welcome to the Saturday Share! Its time to spread the love and celebrate the work of creative people you admire.

Is this your first visit? Then here's what the Saturday Share is all about... Its where i share some of my most recent Etsy finds with you and you get to share some of your current Etsy favourites with me and my blog readers! It could be a treasury you've created or a fabulous Etsy shop you've discovered... either way, just leave a link in the comments at the end of the post and i promise i will pop along to check them out!

Here are some of my favourite finds of this week... i hope you like them too! x

* P.S. Click on any image to visit the treasury over on Etsy!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Lavender Fish For Handmade Monday

Its been sooooo lovely to be blessed with another week of sunny weather. All the plants have enjoyed it too... cucumbers and tomatoes are creating a jungle in our little green house and on the allotment its strawberries galore... Today i'm busy making strawberry jam, strawberry wine, strawberry ice-cream as well as picking more strawberries!

I've just got time to tell you about this week's other makes though... as always i look forward to reading your comments :)

Lavender Fish

Regular visitors to my blog may remember me showing you my 'On The Open Ocean' designs a little while ago. If you missed it you'll find the fabric collection in my Spoonflower shop and the printable craft papers in my Print and Paper shop on Etsy.

As always i ordered 8x8" swatches of all the fabrics from Spoonflower to check the colours and print size before offering them for sale. I'm really happy with how they turned out and i thought it would be fun to make some lavender fish.

Each fish features two of the fabrics, one on each side.

They come in pairs with one fish on either end of a knotted rope.

As with all my lavender pillows they are filled with a deliciously aromatic combination of pure sheep's wool and cotswold lavender and the fabric is a top quality linen cotton blend.

I think they're a fun way to create a bit of seasonal 'beach-chic' or to compliment a coastal decor style at any time of year. I hope you like them too!

They are available now from my website and Etsy shop, priced £9 (for a pair of fish joined by a rope).

I've also got some larger pieces of fabric from the On The Open Ocean collection which i'm hoping to make some other lovely seasidey things with soon... I'll let you know how i get on. Now though, i'm off over to Handmade Harbour to find out about everyone else's crafty week, thanks for stopping by! x 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Floral Summer Photograph Notecards For Handmade Monday

Hi all :) I hope you are enjoying the lovely summer sunshine as i am, its so good to feel the warmth of the sun again and see the world in colourful bloom.

This week i've listed some new floral notecards featuring some of my latest nature photographs.

Floral Summer Notecards

These cards are a celebration of the beauty to be found in the British countryside during the transition from spring to summer. They are all available now from my website and my Print And Paper shop on Etsy, i hope they make you smile! :)

Spring Blossom Notecard

Pastel Bluebells Notecard

Woodland Bluebells Notecard

Pink Aquilegias Notecard

Purple Aquilegia Notecard

Thanks for stopping by! As always i look forward to reading about your recent crafting adventures too, over a Handmade Harbour :) x