Sunday, 24 February 2013

Lavender Pillows, Mother's Day Bunting And Rose Garden Coasters For Handmade Monday



Having recently spent most of my time immersed in the new and exciting world of fabric design, this week i decided that as my shops had begun to look a little depleted, it was about time i got creative in the 'real world'... so, i have some new spring inspired makes to show you today :)



Mother's Day 'Best Mum' Bunting

Suddenly Mother's Day is just around the corner (March 10th in the UK)! so the first thing i made was the colourful 'BEST MUM' bunting pictured at the top of the page. Its not too big (150cms long and the flags are 10x10.5cms) and would look great on a dresser, or bookshelf i think... what Mum doesn't want to be reminded all year round that she is the best!! :)

Here's a couple more pictures...





... I felt so happy working with these cheery fabrics and it really got me in the mood for more spring/summer makes :)

Its priced £16 (free UK delivery) and available now from my website, Etsy shop and other outlets.


Summery Lavender Pillow Gift Sets

Next i got going with some lavender pillows. Simple squares perfect for popping in drawers to keep them smelling fresh or under your pillow at night as a sleep aid. They are stuffed with a combination of dried somerset lavender and pure sheep's wool, both with wonderfully calming and restorative aromas...


As you can see i've been raiding my colourful Summery fabric stash again for these! I'm selling them in pairs, tied with coloured string and a pretty tag priced £9.50 (free UK posting) - i think they'd make lovely little pressies for so many occasions - including Mother's Day! :)

Here they are individually..







You will find them on my website, Etsy shop and other usual places!

The idea is that i will be making similar sets as part of my permanent range once i get organised with my fabric designs - i will keep you up dated! (the latest is that the first samples i ordered of my designs have begun to arrive and i'm really pleased with how they've turned out :))

Logo Stamp

The observant among you will have noticed i've been trialling my new logo stamp on the tags for these little gift sets - its from The English Stamp Company which i can't recommend highly enough! You can upload any design and they get it sent off to you as a lovely stamp super quickly. The quality is great, i'm having to restrain myself from getting lots of lovely custom stamps made now! :)


Rose Garden Coaster Set

If you're a regular visitor to my corner of blog land you may remember me mentioning that i'd painted a coaster set to go with my rose garden collection... well, here it is...

The idea is that they work as individual coasters, or fitted together to put something like a teapot on (perfect with my matching cups and saucers!)


The whole set is priced £25 and is available now from my website, Etsy shop and other outlets.


In Other News...

Whew! That's me for another week :)  When i look back at my handmade Monday posts i realise i must have been quite a busy bee :)  I do hope i'm not overwhelming you with information overload... do let me know if you're finding my posts a little long these days regulars! :)

On that note... I got the most amazing comments on my post last week about my "Birds Of A Feather" fabric.. so detailed and insightful and kind and very helpful too - thank you thank you to those who took the time to leave lovely words, you know who you are!

I will leave you with my newly photographed packaging (most of my listings have been accompanied by a christmassy gift wrap photo up until this week.... oooops!)


See you over at Handmade Harbour, home to the not to be missed crafting adventures of the wonderful Handmade Monday bloggers! x


36 comments:

  1. What a busy week. The bunting is gorgeous and I'm sure lots of Mum's would love to receive it. Your fabrics as usual are lovely and the coasters look amazing. I really like how they fit together to make a picture. Your new packaging looks lovely, cute stamp and the tags look so pretty. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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  2. Hey Natalie, as always your posts are full of gorgeous pics and I feel a little bit shamed that I haven't produced more! Do you have more than 24 hours in your days? I swear you must, but seriously everything you show us is SO lovely! Have a great week, Simmi xx

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    1. It makes me laugh that you think i've got so much done because that exactly what i think when i visit other people's blogs! I think sometimes, a lot of things start to come together and i seem very productive.. when i'm experimenting i seem to achieve next to nothing.. :)

      thank you for you kind comments! x

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  3. Lovely matching coasters, so pretty. I like the fabrics you have chosen for your projects so nice and summery.

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    1. thank you! It has been really fun to be using summery fabrics again :) x

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  4. I'm loving all the bright, colourful fabrics you're using. Your coaster set looks brilliant.

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    1. Thank you Stephen! I'm loving using them too :) x

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  5. Lots of very pretty makes. I love the pin wheel fabric and those coasters would be very useful, as well as pretty :)

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    1. Thank you! I love that fabric too, so lovely and fresh :) x

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  6. I love your bright and summery fabrics. I really need reminding that summer is on its way (please) and they are all perfect for Mother's Day presents. I really love the string that you have used - so pretty and the customised stamps are a brilliant idea :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure Summer is on its way... it feels like two years since we've had a summer to me! :)

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  7. Wonderful array of makes - you're always SO busy. The coasters are lovely and those gift tags absolutely beautiful. Well done!

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    1. Thank you! I ever realise how busy i've been 'till it comes to writing it all down here :) x

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  8. What a busy bee! As always, your makes look beautiful - the coasters are fab, I really like that you could put them together to make a larger one. Have you thought about making them in the shape of big jigsaw pieces so that they stay together? And your bunting is lovely - the fabrics you have chosen for this and the lavender pillows is so bright and cheerful. Heres to another productive week :)

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    1. Thank you Natalie! Jigsaw coasters would be fun wouldn't they.. i'll have to keep a look out for some that shape to paint! :)

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  9. Lovely makes - but the rose garden coasters are my favourite... they're just gorgeous. I've come to think that mixing up the making is a good way to keep it all feeling fresh. It can get boring working on the same thing all the time!

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    1. Thank you Wendy!

      Oh yes i agree with that totally :) glad i'm not the only one! x

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  10. Love the rose garden coasters. Very pretty, and such a clever idea to fit them together.

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  11. Everything looks so nice. Fabric designing....oh how I wish I could be so talented. :)

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    1. thank you!! you should give it a go, its not as hard as you might think! :)

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  12. All lovely as always but I particularly like the coaster set idea

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  13. What a great week. Lots of lovely makes, but think the bunting is the best - such a nice idea and it is very pretty. do like the coasters too. Hope you have a good week.

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  14. what a pretty selection... you deserve a sit down and a piece of cake I think!

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    1. thank you! ooh yum, don't mind if i do :) x

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  15. Love the lavender pillows, very nice and springlike :-)

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  16. You are such an inspiration! You seem to make so much and all of it is gorgeous! How on earth do you do it? I love all of it, so fresh, cheerful and bright. xx

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    1. Aww thank you!! That's really kind of you to say :) I have been quite busy on the making front this week! I'm glad you like my creations :)

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  17. When do you fit in sleeping !!!!

    I love what you've done, but my favourite are the coasters. Such a lovely design.

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    1. Ha! Oh, i fit it in :)

      Thank you! I'm really glad you like them! x

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  18. I thought last week was busy for me :-) I love the new designs, they're really spring like and cheery, just what we need!

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