|Autumn Leaves Linen Cushion By Free Spirit Designs|
Hello :) How are we all...? Enjoying some rays of lovely late Summer sun i hope! Thank you very much to all those who left lovely comments about my sailing boat mug last week - i suspect it will be my last Summery make for some time as a change of season is almost upon us, so i'm glad you liked it! :)
Autumn Leaves Cushion
As you may have spotted by the picture at the top of this post, today i am sharing with you the first of my 'Autumn Collection' :). I actually really like Autumn so i was quite happy to be working with this theme, and i love love love the Michael Miller fabric that i have used for the appliqued leaf shapes - it has a hand written postcard print which i think is sooooo pretty.
The cover is a gorgeous pale cream linen (from Tinsmiths if you are interested). I've embroidered a few 'swirls' of wind in the same threads that i've used to outline the leaves, and i'm pretty pleased with how the design has worked out. I especially like the femininity and romanticism as i haven't made anything this 'girly' in a while! Here are a couple more pictures so you can have a better look...
Once again i have surprised myself by managing to get it listed before writing my Handmade Monday post! So, you can find it on My Website, Esty Shop and WowThankYou Shop priced £44.
Boy's Personalised Drummer Mug
My creativity this week has also ventured into a place not often frequented - the sphere of masculinity... man land. We've had a birthday in the family for a lovely 17 year old young man who also happens to be a drummer so i thought i would paint him a mug as my gift (i haven't actually given it to him yet but the chances of him reading this post are slim to none :))
I'm actually pretty happy with it, so much so that i'm considering including more of this sort of thing in my shop, although i don't want to stray too far from my regular style and end up with things looking really disjoined... what do you think? It could easily be personalised to someone's requirements - on this occasion i have put his name and birth date on the reverse side in a graffiti-ish style.
Fun With Pretty Linen
This weekend i made my first sale on Folksy! I don't spend too much time and energy on promoting this outlet for my work (there is only so much of my day i can spend on such things and still actually make stuff!) However, this happy news has got me thinking about adding a few more items to my shop there (it is now officially on the 'to do' list :))
The item that sold was my blue whippet cushion cover (which i love as it reminds me of my own little whippet :)). Today i have made a little 'extra' to include in the package that i will send off tomorrow - i hope she likes it!
I have also been making something else with these two pretty linens... can you guess what it is yet?!
All will be revealed next week :)
Selling Handmade -The Pricing Dilemma
Before i urge you to wander off for a mooch around the other Handmade Monday crafty blogs i'll just let you know about a post i published earlier in the week about the tricky and confusing issues surrounding the pricing of handmade goods. There are a couple of links to articles that i have found very useful and also some interesting comments from other craft bloggers (thank you Jenny aka Mythological and Zoe of Coast!) If this issue gets you in a bit of a tangle, or seems easy as pie, i'd love to hear your thoughts!
Have a wonderful week! x