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

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Personalised Christmas For Handmade Monday

Did everyone remember to put their clocks back last night? Lovely as it was to have an extra hour in bed this morning its going to be a shock to the system when it gets dark so much earlier :/ it really makes it feel like 'proper winter' doesn't it, although we still have a few summer flowers blooming in the garden!

More Christmassy makes to show you this week, this time a focus on fun ways to create a personalised Christmas.

Ceramic Chalkboard Decorations

I'm a fan of chalkboards, i think they're really fun and i've been known to have a go at applying chalk board paint to just about everything over the years :)

It occurred to me this year that creating little ceramic chalk board decorations might be fun for Christmas,

and i'm really pleased with the results! All three have a red and white theme. The heart and star have a stripy boarder painted in porcelain enamel paint and are plain white on the reverse side.

They could be used as gift tags, tree decorations, table place settings - anywhere you want to add that personal touch. They'd also make fun stocking fillers i think.

The bauble has a gingham ribbon to match the others but no painted boarder providing a bit more surface area to decorate.

Sticks of regular chalk or chalk marker pens can be used on these decorations and they can easily be cleaned with a wipe from a damp cloth.

They are available now from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop priced £7.99 each. I look forward to hearing what you think!

Personalised Rustic Gift Tags

I've also included some personalised rustic name tags in my shops this year.

They feature gorgeous polka dot linen and can be personalised with a name of your choice, hand painted on a central hessian panel.

They're perfect for adding that personal touch to gifts and stockings and at £1.20 each they are affordable for most budgets.

They are also available now from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop.

Nordic Style Christmas Tree Ornaments

Last but not least i want to show you this pair of quirky, nordic style, free standing tree decorations. I know they don't really fit with today's theme of personalisation but they are one of a kind!

I made them with a patchwork of scraps from some of my red and white Winter Wonderland prints. As regular readers will know, i'm a big fan of this kind of random style patchwork, i think their is something very homely about it :)

The taller one is 25cms tall, and the shorter is £18cms. Each is finished with a star on top,

and a Free Spirit Designs label on the base.

They are stuffed with wool which i've packet less tightly towards the bottom to avoid a rounded base. They stand up quite happily and can be re-shaped with a bit of a squeeze if needs be.

I'm selling them as a set of two, priced £18, available now from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop.

That's all from me for another week! What have you been up to? I'm off to Handmade Harbour to find out :) thanks for dropping by! x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas Decor And Paperclip Stocking Fillers For Handmade Monday

Hi all :) Another busy week of festive themed makes for me, i'm trying to get as many new designs listed before customer orders take over completely! I don't want to overload you so i've just a few to show you today but if your eager to find out what else is new, pop along to the Free Spirit Designs website or Etsy shop for a peek (i haven't had the chance to update my other outlets yet, oh for another few hours in the day!)

Christmas Banners

I've noticed an increase in the popularity of banners and bunting recently (which i'm all for as i think they are a lovely way to update a room and add that cosy touch :)).

I've used some of my Winter Wonderland fabrics along with some hessian to make some Christmassy banners perfect for hanging on a mantlepiece or bookshelf.

One says Winter Wonderland.

Its priced £14.99 and available now from my website and Etsy shop.

The other says Make A Wish.

Its priced £12.99 and is also available from my website and Etsy.

Its tricky to get a good photo of string decorations without having a lot more space than i do to photograph them but i hope these give you an idea of how they look!

Christmas Paperclips

The other things i want to share with you today are my Christmassy sets of over sized paperclips. I think they're really cute and a great idea for stocking stuffers!

Here are the snowmen.

Incase you missed my previous post on paperclips, i've made them by covering flat backed buttons with fabric printed with some of the images from my design collections. The button is then glued to the paperclip.

Here are some robins.

They come in a sealed cellophane packet (well, the biodegradeable version of cellophane, whatever that's called!) and are priced £4.50 for the set of three.

Finally, there is also a set of four Christmas tree paperclips.

A set includes two of the darker green trees and two of the lighter green ones. It is priced £5.75 and as with all my Christmassy things, is currently available from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop.

Has your week's crafting been as Christmassy as mine or are you having fun with some Halloween makes i wonder... See you over at Handmade Harbour for a catch up! x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Winter Wonderland Cards For Handmade Monday

Anyone else got some Christmas orders trickling in? I do admire those super organised folk who manage to plan so far in advance, in fact i aspire to be one of them! As my business often involves me making personalised items for customers up to the very last minute my ideal would be to have all my own gifts bought/made and ideally wrapped by the start of December... despite some attempts at early planning that target is looking very ambitious for this year so wish me luck!

Winter Wonderland Christmas Cards

Today i'd like to show you the Christmas cards i've created from my Winter Wonderland designs. As always, i look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments!

Snow Scene Animal Christmas Cards

Three cards feature the animal snow scenes - robins, deer and foxes.

They're perhaps more subtle than a lot of mainstream Christmas cards and i'm hoping they'll offer an attractive alternative to those suffering from glitter overload!

The quality, as always with, is fantastic (i haven't been paid to say this!). They are lovely and tactile with a gorgeous mat finish.

Snow Scene Spirit Of Christmas Cards 

The second set feature my snowman, cottage and post box designs.

I hope you can just about make out the snowflakes falling from the sky - they are there in all the cards but they are only visible in close-up shots.

My aim with these designs was that they would be quirky enough to be interesting but classic enough to be versatile... what do you think? I'd happily send them to any of the people on my Christmas card list (in fact i probably will :)) so i guess that's a good start!

They are available now from my website and Print and Paper shop on Etsy, priced £5.25 for a set of three.

But that's not all... i have one more set of cards up my sleeve!

Snowflake Christmas Cards

I decided to use my snowflake designs to make some cards with written sentiments. The ones i've chosen are not specifically religious but i hope still capture the magic of Christmas :)

I hope you can read the white on blue says Winter Wonderland - its not hard to make out in real life but for some reason its tricky to photograph.

Perhaps the brown paper background helps them stand out a bit better.

This set of four is priced £6.99 and is also available from my website and Print and Paper shop on Etsy.

Thank you for sticking with me through this rather long post! I look forward to finding out what's been keeping you busy this week over at Handmade Harbour, see you there :) x