Sunday, 26 October 2014

Personalised Christmas For Handmade Monday

Did everyone remember to put their clocks back last night? Lovely as it was to have an extra hour in bed this morning its going to be a shock to the system when it gets dark so much earlier :/ it really makes it feel like 'proper winter' doesn't it, although we still have a few summer flowers blooming in the garden!

More Christmassy makes to show you this week, this time a focus on fun ways to create a personalised Christmas.

Ceramic Chalkboard Decorations

I'm a fan of chalkboards, i think they're really fun and i've been known to have a go at applying chalk board paint to just about everything over the years :)

It occurred to me this year that creating little ceramic chalk board decorations might be fun for Christmas,

and i'm really pleased with the results! All three have a red and white theme. The heart and star have a stripy boarder painted in porcelain enamel paint and are plain white on the reverse side.

They could be used as gift tags, tree decorations, table place settings - anywhere you want to add that personal touch. They'd also make fun stocking fillers i think.

The bauble has a gingham ribbon to match the others but no painted boarder providing a bit more surface area to decorate.

Sticks of regular chalk or chalk marker pens can be used on these decorations and they can easily be cleaned with a wipe from a damp cloth.

They are available now from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop priced £7.99 each. I look forward to hearing what you think!

Personalised Rustic Gift Tags

I've also included some personalised rustic name tags in my shops this year.

They feature gorgeous polka dot linen and can be personalised with a name of your choice, hand painted on a central hessian panel.

They're perfect for adding that personal touch to gifts and stockings and at £1.20 each they are affordable for most budgets.

They are also available now from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop.

Nordic Style Christmas Tree Ornaments

Last but not least i want to show you this pair of quirky, nordic style, free standing tree decorations. I know they don't really fit with today's theme of personalisation but they are one of a kind!

I made them with a patchwork of scraps from some of my red and white Winter Wonderland prints. As regular readers will know, i'm a big fan of this kind of random style patchwork, i think their is something very homely about it :)

The taller one is 25cms tall, and the shorter is £18cms. Each is finished with a star on top,

and a Free Spirit Designs label on the base.

They are stuffed with wool which i've packet less tightly towards the bottom to avoid a rounded base. They stand up quite happily and can be re-shaped with a bit of a squeeze if needs be.

I'm selling them as a set of two, priced £18, available now from the Free Spirit Designs website and Etsy shop.

That's all from me for another week! What have you been up to? I'm off to Handmade Harbour to find out :) thanks for dropping by! x


  1. What fabulous festive makes. I love the personalised tags and decorations. Xx

  2. All lovely makes as usual , the personalised gift tags are really effective and a very good price I think. x

  3. All your makes are gorgeous, as usual. I especially love the tags - both the chalkboard ones and the fabric ones.

  4. Wow! Lots of wonderful gifts. I love your ideas especially for the chalk board decorations - useful, pretty and personal. Got to be a winning combination.

  5. Beautiful things. The Nordic trees are so fashionable!

    Have a great crafty week, Alison x

  6. Ooh these are all so lovely! Especially the chalk tags, which would add a real personal touch to any pressie :) x

    1. Thank you very much, i'm glad you like them! x

  7. I love the Nordic trees. They really need the close up shot, as it shows the lovely texture of the fabric.

    1. Thank you! Yes the fabric is really lovely x

  8. I love the chalkboard ideas, I love the look of them and they're so versatile too.

  9. I love these red and white ones, they always look so festive, I had some scandi style decorations at my last fair and they went down really well. Your trees are really pretty :)
    Jan x

    1. Thank you very much Jan :) Yes its a lovely style for Christmas isn't it, i think it works especially well with more rustic decor x


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