Another week of getting prepped for Christmas - not just on the Free Spirit Designs front but at home too so quite a mixed bag to share with you today!
Patchwork Christmas Decorations
If you popped by my blog last week you may remember me showing you the first of my patchwork holly decorations (thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comments!)
I'm happy to say that one has now become three...
... and they will very soon be available as a set from my usual online outlets (priced £18.00). Each one is unique so if this particular set takes your fancy let me know and i'll make sure its you that gets to take it home! (on a first come first served basis).
Patchwork Christmas Tree Garland
I used the rest of the patchwork i showed you last week to make this Christmas tree garland.
There are eleven trees in all and they hang on a double thickness length of the same red mohair/cashmere blend yarn that i've used for the holly berry pom-poms. I'm really pleased with it, i could just imagine it looking really cute hanging in loops along a mantlepiece. The trees are only 8.5cms tall so its quite a versatile decoration even in a small space.
It will also be available very soon from my usual outlets priced £18 - as with the holly, if you know you want it let me know - this may be the only one of these i make this year!
The Home Front
Much as i love having my own business selling my craftwork i have noticed that a lot of the time and energy that once went into creating things for my own home now goes into making things to sell and i've felt recently that the balance needed redressing somewhat (any fellow crafters out there familiar with this scenario?!)
So, despite the fact that this is the time of year when i'm busiest making Free Spirit Designs things i've spent a little time this week getting my own home prepped for winter cosiness and family visits at Christmas. My OH did a fantastic job of choosing some lovely new throws for our living room (the dog having chewed his way through most of the ones we had before :/), and i have ditched the tattiest of our cushion covers and replaced them with these...
...one made from a much loved knitted cardi that was no longer wearable due to one of the sleeves being damaged and one from scraps of tartan that OH's daughter and i had fun putting together.
And also this...
... a Free Spirit Designs cushion cover that i'd made a couple of - one is still available from my usual outlets but the other is now on my sofa!
I feel better for showing my home a bit more love and have started planning a quilt to make next... i'll keep you posted on my progress!
That's all from me for this week. I'll leave you with a pic of the blanket eater balanced on the side of the bed enjoying the sun this morning... :)
you've gotta love 'em!
See you over at Handmade Harbour! x