Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had a wonderful time over Christmas and a well deserved rest after all that frantic crafting on the run up!
There's been a lot of flooding in these parts... i took this picture of a local carpark on Christmas Eve on the way to visit family near by...
Luckily we live up on a hill with little danger of flooding but my heart goes out to those who had a wet Christmas. Anyone else in the same boat as these poor people? (pardon the pun...! :/)
I had a lovely time with family and it was nice to finally be able to give them the gifts i'd made (some quite a while ago!) Happily, i've also had some positive feedback from customers too, especially from those who bought personalised and custom gifts.
Today i've picked a couple of my favourites to share with you :)
Custom Squirrel Mug for a Lovely Mum
My dear friend Sandhya (creator of gorgeous handmade bath products) asked me to design a mug to give to her mum as a Christmas pressie featuring squirrels and some wording too, a quote on one side and 'lovely mum' on the other.
The nature theme was right up my street and i loved the whole process of design through to painting the finished mug. The best bit is that Sandhya and her Mum are really pleased with it - yay!
Here are some pics...
I hope you like it too!
Coffee Lover's Cushion
The other make i want to show you today is this cushion cover i made as a Christmas pressie for a coffee lover in my family.
I used gold fabric paint, frayed edged applique and a pretty lace trim to decorate the front which is made from some lovely faded linen which i've upcyled.
The reverse is made from a lovely cashmere jumper which was ready for a new life, and a hand sewn patch as a finishing touch.
I'm really pleased with how the 'cosy coffee house' look came together and the soft cashmere makes is super hugable too :)
In Other News...
2013 was a great year for Free Spirit Designs. I had lots of fun with new creative avenues like fabric design, printable craft papers and greetings cards and have learnt so much along the way. Sales were a lot better than in 2012 too (yay!) and i'm hoping to take another step in the right direction this year - i've got lots of ideas for new collections and directions which i'm looking forward to sharing with you very soon.
This seems like a good time to say a huge thank you to all those who have supported my little business over the last 12 months - customers, blog readers and of course my lovely friends and family too - i wish you al the very happiest of New Years and hope that 2014 has wonderful things in store for us all!
Now, i can't wait to hear about how all the crafters over at Handmade Monday have faired over the last few busy weeks...were they, like me, queing in the post office on the last posting day layden with last minute orders? Did they get 'everything done' in time for the big day? I'm off to find out :)
Thanks for stopping by! x