Friday, 13 March 2015

New Cards, New Shop Name


Seeing as spring is upon us i decided this week that it was high time i gave Free Spirit Designs a bit of a spring clean.

At the time when i opened my first Etsy shop, the name Free Spirit Designs was already taken as a shop name, so i made the decision (looking back i can't imagine why!!) to call my shop FreeSpiritDesigns2. Needless to say, the disastrous lack of imagination behind this decision has annoyed me ever since! :/

Later on, when i opened my second Etsy shop i called it FSD Print And Paper - spelling the whole this out was too many characters but i'm reasonably happy with the compromise. So, this week i decide to follow suit with shop number one, which is now called FSD Love And Living.

I feel sooo much better that i've done something about it after having it niggling at the back of my mind for so long... I've even made them matching banners.



Keeping them simple suited my spring cleaning mood! :)

All existing links to the shop will still function which i'm happy about. Etsy only allow you to change your shop name once though so i hope i've made the right decision this time! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


New Cards

On the making front, i have listed some more new cards - including the 'You're An Angel' one at the top of the post.

I've also had more fun 'colouring with photographs' in this floral union flag card,


and these two watering can cards, both featuring a rainbow of close up floral images.



Even the blue of the watering can in the first one is coloured from a photograph of blue sky, i rather like the feel the natural tones give even though you can't necessarily make out what the original photographs were of.

Last but not least are a couple of designs regular readers may be familiar with - especially the birds on the wire as its my blog background too!



They are all available from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy priced £2.20.

What have you been up to this week? As always, i look forward to visiting Happy Friday and Handmade Monday to find out! x

Friday, 6 March 2015

Spring Bunny Baskets And Bunting


Hi all, isn't it lovely to be into Spring at last! I couldn't resist buying some cheery tulips to brighten up the house - justified as they came in useful for some product photos too! :)

Bunny rabbits seem to be a running theme at the moment - thank you all for you kind comments about my spring bunny lavender pillows last week, i look forward to hearing what you think of this week's makes.


Spring Bunny Baskets

I had so much fun making these little baskets. I had Easter egg hunts in mind as i made them but they would work just as well as gift baskets for Mother's Day, 



or as mini storage baskets at any time of year.


They are priced £8.99 and are available now from my Etsy shop.



Bunny Rabbit Bunting

When it came to making some spring bunting i couldn't resist putting bunnies centre stage again! This time they are applique.



I've used my spring flowers fabric in three different colourways and the bunnies alternate between facing front and showing their fluffy tails.


I've also given them a variety of ear positions for a bit of fun :)


Again it would be perfect for Easter but it would also be lovely in a nursery or young child's bedroom at any time.

Its priced £10.99 and available now on Etsy.

What have you been up to this week? I look forward to popping over to Happy Friday and Handmade Monday to find out! x

Friday, 27 February 2015

Typography Cards


Greetings all :) I've been listing a new range of typography cards this week. They're bright, bold and cheerful and creating them has made me smile, i hope they make you smile too!


Typography Cards

There are ten in total, i'd love to know which are your favourites.












They are all priced £2.20 and available now from my website and Print and Paper shop on Etsy.

In other news... i've been working on a large order of lavender pillow sets featuring my spring bunnies fabric. They look so cute all together and the smell is heavenly :)



What has been going on in your crafty world? I look forward to popping over to Happy Friday and Handmade Monday to find out! x

Friday, 20 February 2015

Cupcake Cards


Has everyone had a good week? I've loved watching the special comic relief Great British Bake Off episodes, they have a great message for wannabe crafters of any description i think - its not about being perfect its about having a go and most of all having fun!

I love baking, its a lovely way to unwind and get creative and the results are almost always delicious even if they're a little 'abstract' in appearance :) I put together a little collection of designs inspired by cupcakes recently, the card versions made it into my shops this week although there may be other things like tea towels in the works... i'll keep you updated!


Cupcake Cards


There are a couple for cupcake lovers in particular... 'you had me at cupcake',



and this one, a 'cupcake lover's weekly planner'. We all deserve a little treat on a sunday right? :)



The other two at 'star baker' cards, inspired by the award of 'star baker' that goes to one of the Great British Bake Off contestants each week. I don't think you need to know anything about the programme to appreciate the message though!

The first comes complete with bunting,




The other is simpler. I thought i'd get both printed and see which was more popular.

All of them are available from my website and Print and Paper shop on Etsy priced £2.20.


Bee Inspired Card


I did get one more card listed this week and it seemed the perfect note to end on. It features a photograph i took of a bee feeding on some beautiful flowering teasel.


I hope the things you love have inspired you to get creatine this week. I'm off to visit the fabulous blogs over at Planet Penny's Happy Friday and Lucy Blossom's Handmade Monday to find out! x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Cards, Bridesmaid Keepsakes and Bedroom Bunting




I would describe myself as an optimist, yet sometimes i seem to forget that amongst the craziness of life. Its so easy to do isn't it, one minute all is right with the world, the next minute you've broken the washing machine by accidentally washing a full large box of matches in it (yes, i did that this week) and suddenly everything seems rather overwhelming and destined for disaster... lucky then that i was listing this card featuring one of the most reassuring lyrics of all time from Bob Marley's Three Little birds - the timely reminder of my familiar philosophical buoyancy soon put smile back on my face! :)

When i was designing the card i couldn't decide whether to keep the background plain (as above), or to add a sunrise background (the rising sun is mentioned in the song), so i went with both. Here's the sunrise one.


You can just select your preference from the drop down menu in my Print and Paper shop on Etsy.

I also added another card this week featuring one of my favourite quotes, this time about friendship.


The photograph is of a beautiful pink cosmos flower i snapped last summer and i'm really pleased with the way it compliments the wording.




Both cards are priced £2.20 and are available on my website or on Etsy. The vigilant among you will notice that i have finally made the decision to put up the price of my cards... I was so reluctant to but the printing costs have gone up so i have little choice but to pass on the extra expense and i actually feel a lot better now i've done it.

p.s. I haven't finished adjusting all my listings yet so if you want to grab yourself a bargain, now is the time! :)



Personalised Bridesmaid And Flower Girl Keepsakes

I also listed these custom bridesmaid/flower girl keepsakes this week.


They are priced £9 each including a gift box.


I'm more than happy to adapt the colour to suit a wedding theme, or to create something similar for maid of honour/best man/page boy - just contact me via my website or Etsy shop to discuss your requirements!



Nesting Birds Bedroom Bunting


Last but not least, i've listed this pretty bunting, featuring my nesting birds design on printed on organic sateen fabric. 


It starts at £9 for a six flag length and is available from my website and Etsy shop.

And that's all from me, i've been busier than i thought! I'm looking forward to finding out what the lovely folk over at Planet Penny's Happy Friday and Lucy Blossom's Handmade Monday have been up to now :) See you there! x

Friday, 6 February 2015

Notebook Covers


Hi all, i hope you've had a lovely week! I've been having fun planning some future products (more to tell you on that soon i hope) but i did also manage to get some new notebook covers listed for sale too.

Notebook Covers


They come complete with a notepad made from recycled paper, which can just be slipped out of the cover and replaced when its full up.


They all feature Free Spirit Designs fabrics and are available from my website and Etsy shop now priced £8.99.

For an extra £3.00 they can also be personalised with a hand embroidered title.


Here they are getting ready to go to a local craft fair i've been asked to take part in...


... i usually stick to online selling so i'm not organised with displays and the like - i'm just popping everything in white wicker baskets and hoping for the best!

I am looking forward to a change of scene and chance to chat with customers and fellow stall holders though, i'll let you know how i get on!


In Other News...


Another thing that has put a smile on my face this week is the arrival of my new mini business cards from moo.com. I went for a range of my designs this time, to pair with coordinating products when i post them off to customers. I think they look rather cheery all together and as always with moo, the print quality is excellent .


Its been a week of cold but sunny days in these parts which has made for some lovely dog walks, i'll leave you with my whippet, River, soaking up those welcome rays :)


I'm linking this post with two fabulous linky parties - Handmade Monday over at Lucy Blossom and Happy Friday at Planet Penny. As always i look forward to catching up with lots of lovely fellow bloggers :) x

Friday, 30 January 2015

Spring Cards And Notecbooks


Okay so a lot of the UK has had snow and blizzards this week but signs that spring is just around the corner are everywhere, I promise!



Snowdrops and even primroses are starting to appear along with determined green spears destined to be daffodils. On the trees, buds are beginning to form, bursting with the potential for new life. The evenings are getting lighter too - yay! No more dusky dog walking!

All of this has inspired me to get some spring themed cards photographed and listed for sale this week, i hope they help get you in the mood for the loveliness that's on its way! :)


Spring Notecards


If you saw my recent post about my 'word cards' you'll know that i'm trying out some new ways to use my nature photographs in my card designs.

What do you think of this one featuring different types of blossom captured in the silhouette of a little bird?


I'm quite pleased with it and i'm thinking of turning into a fabric design.

I've also got a couple of new word designs listed, like this 'Grow' card featuring a close up of some lush green pea plants.



For 'Spring' i chose primroses, their soft yellow is such a delight of the season :)



They are all available from my website and Print and Paper shop on Etsy priced £1.99 (or £1.75 if you buy more than one).

I'm linking up this post with Happy Friday over on Planet Penny, and Handmade Monday over at Lucy Blossom. Looking forward to catching up everyone's week :) x