Sunday, 26 August 2012

Autumn Apples Linen Cushion For Handmade Monday

Autumn Apples Linen Cushion By Free Spirit Designs

Hi all :) I've just nipped in to write this post in the middle of making bagels for the first time... i'd love to show you photos of how pretty they look but i'm afraid they're not looking too pretty! and it all looked so easy on The Great British Bake Off... :)

Thank you so very much for your enthusiastic responses to my Autumn leaves cushion last week! I am thrilled that you like it as much as i do :) Thank you also to those of you who left thoughtful and insightful comments on my post about pricing handmade goods, you have really helped me to get to grips with this issue a little better and i will write a follow up post about it soon.


Autumn Apples Linen Cushion


As you have no doubt noticed from the picture at the top of this post, i have continued the Autumnal theme this week with another cushion from the same beautiful pale cream linen i used for the last one. This time i've used a pink and pale blue paisley fabric and an apple design. Unlike the leaves on last week's cushion, the apples have been straight stitched leaving a 'shabby chic' frayed edge. I think this adds a softness that goes well with the pastel colours... i look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Here are a couple more pictures...




If you would like to see more details and images it is now listed on My Website, Etsy Shop and on WTY, priced £40.


Harvest Banner/Bunting




You may remember that last week i also showed you a 'mystery' work in progress... well, here is the finished article! I'm actually really looking forward to Autumn and was inspired to make this banner as a celebration of this beautiful season. It is also now listed on My Website, Etsy Shop and WTY priced £12.


Amazing Customer Feedback For 'GB Runs On Tea' Mug!


In other news... i've had some amazing customer feedback this week from a lovely lady called Candace who bought a 'GB Runs on Tea' mug from me. You may remember that i recently featured the inspiring story of how she turned her passion for craft into a successful business on my blog... well, it was when i approached her about doing this that she took a liking to the mug and bought it from my Etsy shop - and this week she generously wrote a post on her blog all about it! Not only has she taken the time to write a fabulous review of the purchase, she has taken some gorgeous photos of her new mug!

My 'GB Runs on Tea' Mug Featured On Candace's Blog Paper Polaroid

Candace is one of those people who exudes an infectious positivity about everything and i feel so blessed to have connected to her on Etsy. As i said in the post i wrote about her story, she has helped me to believe that i can progress with my own handmade business as well as given me a healthy reminder of just how far a positive outlook can get you in life. Thank you Candace! you are a real gem x

Handmade Monday

That's all for this week folks! I'm off to try and rescue my bagels before i pop over to Handmade Harbour to find out what you've all been up to!

Thanks for visiting! x


28 comments:

  1. Loving your apple cushion. I love the fact that one is cut in half for the different effect.

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  2. That a super cushion. I like the different apple in the middle. That a really nice fabric.

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    1. thank you very much!

      i like it too :) i've had it for a while - waiting for the right project! x

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  3. I like the cushion and also like the way you have attached the apples. The fabric is bright and cheery too which I always like. The colours you have used for the harvest banner are just perfect.

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    1. thank you!

      i like the 'shabby chic' fray too :) x

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  4. Actually I thought that the bagels looked pretty hard to make so well done you for having a go! I love your cushion, really pretty and fresh looking xx (hope your bagels taste nice!)

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    1. bagels a disaster i'm afraid!

      perhaps it was the glass of wine i had before watching 'the Bake Off' that made me think it would all be easy :) x

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  5. I love this cushion too! Just gorgeous, you definitely have an eye for designing cushions. I like the raw edge applique with straight stitch - it's quite an informal, modern feel and very "now", I think.

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    1. thank you Wendy! that's really kind of you to say :)

      i agree it is quite an informal look which is probably why i like it, i've never been one for formalities! :)

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  6. I made mini bagels for my wedding, and they worked okay- so maybe try that next time- probably being smaller the timing is easier to control or something.

    Love the detail on the back of the cushion- but you know I always love that little extra bit of detail!

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    1. you are the queen of detail! :) thank you, i'm glad that you like it :)

      i don't know if it was the size of the bagels that made them go wrong... they ended up really soggy... maybe i boiled them too long?! x

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  7. The fact that autumn is comming doesn't make me unhappy. Rather opposite. I feel ready for baking and drinking afternoon tea. Beautiful pillow.

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    1. thank you!

      i agree, Autumn is a lovely time of year and you make it sound even lovelier :) x

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  8. What a great way to welcome Autumn with an apple cushion, I love the apple detail on the opening, a really lovely touch :)

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  9. Love your apple cushion. The paisley fabric is really nice.

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  10. The apples feel like autumn should, the lingering end of summer, still warm with lots of bees buzzing around, but justa touch of a chill starting to touch the air.
    Needless to say I really like them!
    Good luck with the bagels, its the taste that counts.

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    1. thank you!

      that is a beautifully poetic description of the end of Summer, you're right, that is just how it feels :) i'm glad that you think my cushion is fitting! x

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  11. This pillow is so pretty, love the neutral linen makes the design pop.

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  12. I love the cushion, and the little apple on the back just makes it seem extra special.
    I think autumn is my favourite season so love the idea of focussing on it :)

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  13. The apple cushion is amazing! Must have taken you forever (and the photo is so sweet). I like the banner too, I am such a nut about fall colors and stuff.

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  14. Love the apple cushion, especially the detail where the centre apple is different to all the rest.

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Your lovely comments are much appreciated x