Sunday, 7 October 2012

'Cosy' Banner And Christmas Tree Decorations For Handmade Monday



'Cosy' Cottage/Scandinavian Style Banner


Lots of projects on the go at the moment and a few more completed - like this 'cosy' banner, perfect for creating the kind of snuggly atmosphere that makes Winter special :)  Its made from two of my favourite natural fibres, linen (for the flags) and wool (for the pom-poms)...





... I told you you'd be seeing more pom-poms from me! I think that it would fit just as comfortably in Scandinavian style surroundings (a look i'm loving right now) as it would in a cottage type setting (which i've always loved :)). Its available to buy from my Etsy shop now priced £18.



Peace Dove Christmas Tree Decorations






We're getting into full on Christmassy territory now with these little peace doves... Instead of the usual olive branch i thought i'd allude to their peaceful intentions by using a colourful peace sign fabric for the wings - they are backed with linen for stability and attached with a button to match the eyes and hanging ribbon - pink/purple/blue.




They are made from linen and filled with wool - available as a set of three for £12 from my Etsy shop. I love the splash of colour from the wings against the cream linen, i hope you do too!



Christmas Present Tree Decorations





If you visited my HM post last week you may remember me showing you a sneaky peek of some wrapped pressies. They are, in fact, tree decorations. I recycled some cereal boxes to make the cubes, then wrapped them in pretty papers (readers of Craftseller magazine may be able to guess where i got them from.....!) and finished them off with coloured ribbons (the hanging loop is stitched to the bow for security).

I'm selling them in collections of five, priced £7. So far there is a nature inspired set (pictured above) and this Scandinavian style set (pictured below)




Further collections may follow as i have more pretty paper!


In Other News...

Interviewed


If you're a regular visitor to my blog, you may remember me mentioning that i was interviewed recently by the lovely Sarah of A Cat Like Curiosity for a new series on her blog called 'The Secrets Of Etsy Success'. Well, the feature was published this week! Sarah asked some great questions and i love how it turned out. If you're interested in reading my words of wisdom do take a look! :)

'Lovely Crafty Blogs' Links Page


Last week i updated you with the progress of the links page i've set up on my website for independent designer/makers (the offer still stands if you's like a link to your site added!). From the responses i got i realised that it was about time i set up a bloggers links list here on my blog.

My sidebars are already getting pretty crowded which is part of the reason i don't have a 'blog-roll', however, i've now created a single sidebar link to a blog roll page which seems to fit the bill - it also allows me to add a short description so people have a hint of what to expect from a visit! Many of you will find your blogs listed there - if you're not on there yet, it is more than likely due to a 'lack of time related oversight'... i will be adding more blogs as i realised which i've managed to leave out! (do let me know if you'd like me to change your description).

Handmade Monday


I hope i haven't overwhelmed you with information this week... I seem to have had a lot to share! I really appreciate you taking the time to read this far :) and thank you too for your wonderful comments about my Father Christmas plate last week - they are much appreciated!

There is lots more fantastic craftiness going on over at Handmade Harbour - not to be missed! x


41 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the birds - the coloured wings against the white works for me too! The Craftseller papers look great used for tree ornaments (you should send them a pic, they may feature you!) x

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    1. thanks Wendy! :)

      i had thought of that... maybe i should! x

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  2. I love your little Christmas presents. We always had the mass produced versions as kids, which we'd ruin by trying to open to see what was inside!

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    1. thank you!

      its is so tempting isn't it... i want to open these ones and i already know whats inside! :)

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  3. Gosh you have been busy coming up with great makes. I do like the cosy sign. An invitation to sit down and put your feet up with a cuppa and biccy!

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    1. thank you!

      so true, i think cosy is one of my favourite words :) x

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  4. I love the doves. It is so subtle and they could be decorations all the year around! The parcels are a bit more restrictive but I like them a lot too. Hope you have another great week.

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    1. thank you!

      yes, its always nice when you can get a bit more use out of things! :)

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  5. I love the little Christmas presents. They will look great on a tree.

    When I was little, I had to be told that the ones we had were just decorations when I tried to open them :-D

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    1. thank you!

      i know, i'm still tempted to open them now! x

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  6. Wow....you've been really busy....am loving all your Cristmas creations.
    S x

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  7. Love you little birdies and the presents ! Thought about something similar last year, when I decorated my own tree with just wrapped parcels - it looked really nice - so I'm sure your will be popular.

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    1. thank you!

      that sounds really lovely, and liberating not to use the same old decorations! :)

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  8. I love the birdies and they could be used all year. You are well on to your Christmas makes must get a wriggle on with mine so many to do and so little time. have a good week.

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    1. thank you!

      Christmas is creeping up all of a sudden isn't it! x

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  9. What a really great post and lots of lovely makes. I do like the cosy banner and the presents are great. Hope you have a good week.

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  10. The birds are very pretty and I love the presents too! The garland is fabulous, so simple but effective. You are another one who seems to cram so much in - you must have more hours in the day than the rest of us!

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    1. thank you!

      my efficiency is an illusion, i started some of these a while back and just finished off this week!! :)

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  11. The peace doves are great, we could do with some more peace for Christmas!
    Love the little pressies too :)

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  12. The birds are the best, quirky and very stylish. I'd love a tree without any normal christmas stuff but with three kids I lost that battle a long time ago. A tree covered in your fabric birds would be wonderful.

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    1. thank you! i'm really glad you like the doves :)

      i know exactly what you mean, it would be lovely to do it all differently but others are very attached to their traditions (which i understand too)... oh well, maybe the answer is to create a bit of Christmas in your own style too - perhaps another pretty little tree! :)

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  13. I love the scandinavian feel to your banner and the birds are really pretty. The mini prezzies are really sweet. I like the wrapping you've used. I'll be checking out your interview, thanks for sharing your knowledge. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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  14. Loving your Scandi - style items and the peace doves - lovely clean lines, hope they sell really well for you :-). Alison x

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  15. Gorgeous makes as usual. I really love your style and especially love the doves and pressies. Simply beautiful! :o) Kirsty

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  16. Beautiful creations - love the red-n-white bunting and the doves are cute too! :)

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  17. I love the COSY banner but the birds are gorgeous!

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  18. I've just stumbled upon your super-duper blog! Oh happy day!!! I love it here! I'll definitely be back to visit again regularly now that I've found you!
    Your banner is gorgeous - and I really like the idea of using pompoms! :-)
    Until next time.....
    Carly
    x

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    1. thanks Carly! that's lovely of you to say:)

      i'm glad you've enjoyed your visit :) x

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  19. Gosh you have been busy, love the birds, the colours are great. I love the use of cereal boxes too. :)

    Jan x

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  20. Love your birds,and the peace sign fabric for the wings is so inspired!

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