Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015!


Hi folks :) I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I'm sorry its been a little while since i've had a chance to post or catch up with the news from my favourite crafty blogs, November and December were the busiest months ever for Free Spirit Designs and something had to give!

It was a real pleasure to make all those Christmas pressies though...


...as i work on them i find myself excited at the thought of someone opening it up on Christmas day, almost as though i'm giving them myself! :)

Its always soooo lovely when i hear back from a customer that they are pleased with their purchase. I've has some especially touching reviews on Etsy this year which have given me a great feeling of pride and job satisfaction. I'm very grateful to those that take the time to write them xxx


Christmas Wreath

I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of crafting on the home front on Christmas Eve when i collected some holly and ivy from the woods nearby to make a wreath for our front door - i used a dried ivy vine tied in a circle as the base and just poked the foliage in, and finished off with a couple of Christmas tree decorations. It didn't take long and the materials were free so i thought i'd share it here incase it inspired someone else to have a go at making their own next year!


Now we're into the new year my head is bubbling with ideas and plans, i look forward to unveiling some of them soon :) First though i'm dying to find out what the fabulous Handmade Monday crafters have been up too... i've missed you all! xxx

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  1. Happy New Year.

    I love the wreath you made - it's so simple and effective. Maybe next year I will have a go.

    Have a great week crafting.
    Alison x

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    1. Thank you!

      Yay! I hope i get to see pictures :) x

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  2. And a happy new year to you Natalie. I love your rustic wreath and special ornaments mean so much. They will be enjoyed for many years to come. Xx

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    1. Thank you!

      I know, its such an honour to be part of creating someone else's special memory :) x

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  3. You are right. Your wreath looks lovely and you have inspired me to have a go next year as you make it look so easy :)

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    1. Oh good, i'm glad, it really is easy! x

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  4. Hope you had a relaxing Christmas, the wreath is lovely and natural.

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    1. It was really lovely, thank you :) I'm glad you like it! x

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  5. Happy new year x
    Glad to hear you had a busy season with orders
    Love your pretty rustic wreath
    xx

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  6. Happy new year honey. Its so wonderful to hear your hard work is appreciated isn't it. Well done to you. Xx

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    1. Thank you! Yes definitely, it makes it all worth while :) x

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  7. Oh it's wonderful to hear you've been so busy. But I am so glad you haven't disappeared from blogland, you have been missed. Your wreath looks so pretty. Can't wait to see what you've planned for the coming year. Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx

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    1. Aww thank you Ali, i've missed it too, its such a lovely community to be part of :)

      Thank you, you too! xx

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  8. I love your wreath, I always enjoy collecting foliage from the surrounding hedgerows. Good feedback is such a thrill. :)

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    1. I do too, its lovely to bring a little bit of the beauty of the natural world into my home, it always makes me smile :)

      It really is! x

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  9. Every year I bring out our rather cheap plastic wreath and just add a couple of springs of holly, baubles or something else just to jazz it up a bit. Maybe next year I need a rethink - yours is just lovely!

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    1. Aww thank you Julia, i'm glad you like it, its one of those things i've been meaning to have a go at for a while and i was surprised how easily it came together in the end! x

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  10. I too love the wreath you made. It appropriate for any time of the year. Really lovely.

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  11. Your wreath is so pretty, and I agree that some good reviews are really nice to get. I think that on Etsy they are really key to a shop's success.

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    1. Yes its such a lovely feeling that someone has taken the time to share their appreciation of what you've made for them. I'm sure you're right about Etsy, as a buyer i definitely notice if a shop has been getting bad reviews! x

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  12. Oh, to have the holly and ivy so near. It turned out lovely

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    1. I do feel really lucky :) Thank you! x

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Your lovely comments are much appreciated x