Sunday, 29 July 2012

Hot Air Balloon Mug And Plate For Handmade Monday

Its been an exciting week! The Olympics have started here in the UK (wasn't the opening ceremony fantastic!) and as i write this we have just won our first medal - well done to Lizzie Armistead for taking home silver in the women's cycling road race!


There has also been excitement in the world of Free Spirit Designs... i am currently 'featured seller' on the Wow Thank You  homepage :) AND i finally got my new website up and running! 


Hot Air Balloon Mug And Plate

If you read my last Handmade Monday post you may remember the peek i gave you of the hot air balloon mug that i had started. Well, here is the completed mug, accompanied by matching plate!


If you're super observant you might notice that the baskets of the balloons are now smaller than they were on the picture i showed you last week. I knew there was something not quite right about the proportions, and i realised what it was when a few balloons helpfully flew over the garden...


The baskets are actually really tiny in comparison to the size of the balloons. So, i adjusted my design to give more of an idea of the true proportions and it looks more 'right' to me now :)

Here is the other side of the mug, and also the plate on its own so you can see the whole design.



Thank you so much to those that left lovely comments last week about the mug in its early stages... i hope you like how the finished project has turned out! Both the mug and plate will be available to buy in the next couple of days from My Website and my shops on Etsy and Wow Thank You.

What have you been up to this week i wonder... i look forward to popping over to Handmade Harbour to find out!

53 comments:

  1. Love hot air balloon cup and saucer, would love to go up in one but just not sure have the courage but they do look so elegant in the skies.

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    1. thank you!

      i'd loooooooove to go in one - will get round to it one of these days! x

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  2. Congrats on being featured! Thats wonderful and your mug design is awesome! :)

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  3. Just had a look at your website. It looks really great. Very excited to be roadside and see the Olympic cyclists whizz past both yesterday and today. Very different experiences, as today we were in thunder and lightning, but the medal made in worthwhile.

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    1. i was thinking how fun it would be to be there when i was watching it on the TV!

      thank you for looking at my website, i'm glad you like it x

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  4. These are lovely. Looks like the red and blue balloon on the mug has just landed!

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  7. Oooh, the mug and plate look lovely... I think balloons are a bit like sunflowers as they always make me smile and I am grinning at yours :)

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    1. thank you! you're so right, they both make me smile too :)

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  8. Well done on you for featuring on 'Wow' Such a nice and cheerful cup and saucer.

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  9. What a great week. Well done with your website and such good news about Wow thank You. Hope you are feeling very proud of your work, because it is lovely. I do like the balloon pattern - very summery. Hope you have a good week.

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    1. thank you so much, that's very kind of you to say :) x

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  10. Sorry about the million and one posts - my system kept saying it hadn't been posted!

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  11. They're just gorgeous! I made that very same mistake when I first painted hot air balloons!

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    1. thank you!

      good to know i'm not the only one :) x

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  12. Wow these are stunning. I adore the plate. The design on the edge is just fantastic!

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  13. I love the bright summery colours on the hot air balloon set. Your cups look really great on your website. Hope they sell well. Congrats on being featured! Hope you have a good week this week too.

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  14. I love watching balloons and think your beautiful mug and plate more than do them justice!

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  15. Oh my goodness, the mug and plate are beautiful. I am loving all your painted crockery - so colourful and unique. Will check out your website as well. xxx

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    1. thank you! i'm really glad you like it, i'm enjoying creating it too! :)

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  16. Those are so lovely! Being from New Mexico, hot air balloons are part of life. Very nice.

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  17. I love that cup and saucer. Such a brilliant, bold and colourful design.

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  18. Another lovely design. I really like the colours you use.
    Thanks for sharing. Ali x

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    1. i'm glad you like the colours Ali, i do too :)

      thank you for visiting! x

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  19. They are simply beautiful! Love the bright colours against the white. Well done on being featured too. Well deserved.

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    1. thank you very much Zoe, that's kind of you to say :)

      i like the contrast of bright colours and white too :) x

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  20. The plate in particular is sooo delightful!

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  21. Your website looks really, really lovely. I wish i'd gone with Weebly now - it looks so clean and slick - but maybe your just much better at this stuff than me. Have saved your page for a good mooch later after i've been around the otehr HM sites.

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    1. thank you Helen, that's really lovely of you to say :)

      i have been really pleased with weebly so far - like you i like the clean simple design and it has been pretty easy to use too (although i managed to make it harder for myself in a way that is too complicated and frankly boring to go into!)

      i'm sure yours will be super, your logo looks amazing (something i haven't got around to yet :)) good luck with it, i can't wait to see it when its done! x

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  22. what a lovely design. Am off to find your website now.

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  23. Wow they are so lovely, very whimsical. I love them <3

    Donna x

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  24. I was so excited about the gorgeous plates i forgot to say how lovely your new website is.
    Was it hard to set up?

    Donna x

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    1. it was a bit time consuming, but that was really because i had lots of images to upload and also i did it all once then changed my mind about how i wanted it so i had to do it all again!

      weebly is great though, really simple to use and you don't need to do any HTML, it is also FREE! (my favourite price :))

      i hope this helps... just let me know if there is anything else you'd like to know x

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  25. Yay! Congratulations on your new website - it's lookin' good!

    Ps. Thank you so much for the congratulations wishes! Mwah! x

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  26. Just paying a late hand-made Monday visit :) trying to catch up with the posts as I've been away for a few days :)
    fantastic painting on porcelain! i'm your quiet admirer and also a fellow painter, the only difference is that i tend to paint on glass :)
    your painting is so neat and precise, i'm really impressed and i know how difficult it is to achieve a precision with a brush. have you tried with relief past too for some raised effect?
    the balloons are such a lovely motif. they are growing on me!

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    1. thanks for your comment Martha :)

      i haven't tried relief paste.. it sounds intriguing! i'm always up for giving new things a go so i may have to get myself some :)

      i now have some super fine brushes which help with precision but you're right it is trickier than it looks!

      good luck with your glass painting xxx

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  27. I love the balloons and the colours are just summer perfect.

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