Friday, 23 January 2015

Rustic Weddings


One of the things about having a handmade business that really brings a smile to my face is the chance to make a contribution to special moments in other people's lives. I've recently been working on a range of rustic wedding gifts and decorations and i'm super excited at the prospect of being a small part of some wonderful wedding days sometime soon! :)


Rustic Wedding Banners And Bunting


All items in this range are made with a combination of hessian and a lovely fine organic white cotton.

I have listed three bunting designs so far, although my head is already bubbling with ideas for more! There's the classic Mr&Mrs,


Love hearts,


and the 'JUST MARRIED' set pictured at the top of the page. All the applique figures have a pretty frayed edge - here's a pic from the heart bunting to give you a closer look.



The two six flag strings are priced £10.99 (other lengths in those designs are also available) and the 'JUST MARRIED' is £20.99. They are listed for sale now on my website and Etsy shop.



Rustic Wedding Favours


I've also been working on some wedding favour bags - they come in two sizes, 8x10.5cms and 10x13.5cms.


A set of five of the smaller ones is £8.99 and a set of five of the larger ones is £10.99,


and for an extra 95p they can come with personalised labels like this.


Last but not least is the personalised, hand embroidered lavender heart.


I think it would work well either as a wedding favour or as a gift for the bride and groom.

It comes in one of the larger size hessian bags,



and is priced £7.50. They are available, along with all the other items i've shown you today, from my website and Etsy shop.

This is my first time linking up with Planet Penny's Happy Friday, so hello to any new visitors to my blog :) i look forward to visiting yours very soon! x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

New Cards, Valentine's Day And Spring For Handmade Monday


One of the things i love about January is that fresh start feeling, out with the old and in with the new. I've already made a start listing some brand new cards, i look forward to hearing what you think of them!


Nature Photo Typography Cards


I've been feeling for a while like i need to do something a little different with my nature photograph cards, there are just so many lovely cards with wildlife images already out there and i've realised i need to be a little more original to stand out from the crowd... So, i hit upon the idea of using them as the background for words, like this 'love' card, featuring a photo i took of a beautiful red rose.


I've also had a go with 'smile' featuring a lovely pink cosmos flower,


and 'wild', featuring glimpses of a stunning peacock butterfly that kindly stayed still long enough for me to photograph it!


As with all my cards they are priced £1.99 (or £1.75 if you buy more than one) and are available now from my website, and my Print and Paper shop on Etsy.


Bugs In Love Cards


Those of you who have followed this blog for a while may remember my 'Bugs In Love' designs from way back. I've always thought they would make cute cards and i've finally got around to creating them.

There's 'Bees In Love',



'Caterpillars In Love',



and 'Snails In Love'.



I think they'e kinda cute and i like their simplicity too, it suits my 'fresh start' January mood :)

As with the others they are available now from my website and Etsy.

Has anyone else been working on something new this week? I look forward to finding out over at Handmade Harbour, see you there! x

P.s. Having just found out that today's will be the very last Handmade Monday, i just wanted to say a huge thank you to all that have visited me via HM over the years (yes, its been that long!), your comments are always so kind and helpful and greatly appreciated. I hope we will continue to catch up with each other's crafty adventures in blog land! :) xxxxxx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015!


Hi folks :) I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I'm sorry its been a little while since i've had a chance to post or catch up with the news from my favourite crafty blogs, November and December were the busiest months ever for Free Spirit Designs and something had to give!

It was a real pleasure to make all those Christmas pressies though...


...as i work on them i find myself excited at the thought of someone opening it up on Christmas day, almost as though i'm giving them myself! :)

Its always soooo lovely when i hear back from a customer that they are pleased with their purchase. I've has some especially touching reviews on Etsy this year which have given me a great feeling of pride and job satisfaction. I'm very grateful to those that take the time to write them xxx


Christmas Wreath

I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of crafting on the home front on Christmas Eve when i collected some holly and ivy from the woods nearby to make a wreath for our front door - i used a dried ivy vine tied in a circle as the base and just poked the foliage in, and finished off with a couple of Christmas tree decorations. It didn't take long and the materials were free so i thought i'd share it here incase it inspired someone else to have a go at making their own next year!


Now we're into the new year my head is bubbling with ideas and plans, i look forward to unveiling some of them soon :) First though i'm dying to find out what the fabulous Handmade Monday crafters have been up too... i've missed you all! xxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Star Baker Stars On Children In Need And 'Be Merry' Rustic Christmas Decor


Its been an exciting week for Free Spirit Designs as i had a special request from the BBC for some of my hand painted ceramic 'Star Baker' stars to give out to some very cute little bakers in Children In Need night - it was super exciting to see my handiwork on the tele! I also got some lovely feedback from the researcher who ordered them so i'm chuffed with that :)

You might be interested to know that she found the stars via a blog post i'd written about them rather than from any of my shop listings - it just goes to show, you never know who might be reading your blog!

Back to all things Christmassy and the rustic vibe continues... as always, i look forward to hearing what you think of this week's makes! 



Rustic Christmas Wine Bottle Gift Bag


When is a bottle of wine not just a bottle of wine...?



When it comes in a lovely handmade gift bag! Well, that's the theory anyway :)

The bag is decorated with an applique hessian 'Be Merry' banner, with one of the snowflake fabrics from my Winter Wonderland collection as a background.


It comes with a lovely handmade tag too, with the snowflake fabric on the front, a layer of hessian in the centre, and a brown paper writing surface on the back.



The price is £7.50 for bag with tag and its available now from my website and Etsy shop.



Be Merry Rustic Christmas Banner


Still on the 'Be Merry' theme, i've made this cheery banner too.


It would be perfect for hanging on a mantle piece, beam or book shelf, anywhere you want to create a warm Christmas spirit :)

It is priced £15 and is available now from my website and Etsy shop.


I'm particularly pleased with the Christmas puddings, i love the different textures of the fabric, especially the faux suede that makes up the pudding bit which has a nice rich shine to it, perfect for a Christmas pudding!


I'd quite like to make some more things featuring these little puddings if i find the time, any bright ideas of what they would work well on?


That's it from me for another week, lots of  Christmas orders coming in now so i'm off to work on some of them - not before i take a trip to Handmade Harbour to find out what everyone else has been up to though! See you there! x

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Rustic Christmas Decor For Handmade Monday


Hi folks, i'm contunuing the rustic Christmas theme with some applique banners this week, looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


Rustic Christmas Banners


I started out with the holly and leaf design pictured at the top of the post. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective aren't they, the polka dot linen holly and bright red applique berries against the textured hessian really capture Christmas for me :)




This set of bunting is priced £10.99 and is available now from my website and Etsy shop, as is the leaping deer set i made next...




I love a bit of tartan at Christmas, perhaps its my Scottish roots :) 



The final set is a little bit different, the flags are the same size at the others (18cms from base to point) but this time there are nine of them. Each has an applique snowman in white organic cotton canvas with a letter stitched to the centre - all together they spell out 'let it snow'. 



I've added bobble hats for a bit of fun and i rather like the cheeriness of this set.


Like the others it is available now from my website and Etsy shop, priced £15.00.



Christmas Newsletter


In other news, the Free Spirit Designs Christmas Newsletter was published this week!



Lots of lovely ideas for Christmas gifts and decor - click on the pic if you fancy a peek. To subscribe to the Free Spirit Designs quarterly newsletter and stay up to date with new products and special offers, just click the 'subscribe' button on the top left of the page.

What have you been up to this week? I'm looking forward to hearing all about it over at Handmade Harbour, see you there! x

Remembrance Sunday

"For your tomorrow, we gave our today"

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Cat And Dog Baubles And Custom Christmas Cards For Handmade Monday


Another busy week of mainly Christmas related crafting, i did take some time out for a bit of pumpkin carving for Halloween though, i'll pop a pic at the end of the post!

Funny Cat And Dogs Baubles

Those with a good memory may remember the cat and dog themed Christmas cards i designed last year (follow the link to my Print and Paper Etsy shop for a reminder, they're available this year too!)



I've used this one as inspiration for a couple of new bauble designs - carolling cats,


and carolling dogs.


They are hand painted with porcelain enamel paint and can be personalised with a name or short message on the reverse side.

They are available to buy now from my website and Etsy shop priced £12.95. I hope they make you smile :)


Custom Christmas Cards - For A Short Time Only!


The other thing i wanted to tell you about today is an opportunity to buy my Winter Wonderland cards printed with a personalised message of your choice.

You can either choose from the four snowflake designs,


and have your personalised message spelled out in letter tiles like this.


Or you can choose from one of the six snow scene designs and have your message printed on a central panel like this (the Free Spirit Designs watermark will not appear on the finished cards)



The photographs of the actual cards give a clearer idea of how the colours turn out - here are the six designs available. 




The price per card is £2.49 (50p more than the price of a card without personalisation).

This offer is time sensitive as any custom cards will be added to an order of printed cards being dispatched to me at the end of the week. Please let me know by Thursday the 6th of November if you would like to place an order for a custom card - if you visit my Print and Paper shop on Etsy you will find the listing.

There is a possibility of further orders before Christmas, it really depends on how popular this idea is!

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Before i sign off, i just know you're all keen to get a peek at my pumpkin carving ;)


Don't forget to pop over to Handmade Harbour to catch up on all the latest crafty news! x