Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Another New Product :)

Afternoon people,

Back, no sorry made by popular demand (via Facebook and Twitter) here is my new design:

A Freehand Machine Embroidery VW Beetle Small Cushion...

After posting about the two VW Camper Van cushions yesterday there was some great feedback with people asking about Beetles and other cars and so today I came up with this. What do you think?

I made it using the subtle colours of greens and browns and mounted it onto my favourite background of cream cotton. I also made an inside enclosed cushion meaning that if needs be, the cover can be removed for cleaning. I also created an envelope back for it and it measures 12" square.

More designs to come...leave me a comment below if you like.

Thanks for reading,

(C) FMN Crafts 2015

Monday, 30 March 2015

Bakewell and New Makes

Hello all,

Just a short post today to say I had a really fun weekend in Bakewell, and to show you what I made today.

At Bakewell it rained a lot but the people still came out and it was great to meet with friends and make some new ones. I sold quite a few things, including my Headstone Viaduct Freehand Machine Embroidery Picture I made a few weeks ago:

A really lovely couple with a tiny baby in arms came to the stall, fell in love with it and bought it without much hesitation. I was so very pleased - not just for myself but for them; I simply love this piece of art and the techniques used and I could tell right away they felt the same. They have already sent a message saying it looks great on their wall, so I am even more excited about it. :)

Because I have sold quite a few things at recent fairs and online, I seem to have been non-stop in the workshop over the past few weeks and so today, I was back in there making these:

Small Freehand Machine Embroidery VW Camper Van Cushions.

I LOVE camper vans, especially pre 1967 split screen camper vans. In my opinion, these vans have a greater style than those of later dates but of course, this is just my opinion! I made a 'green theme' one recently that sold only on it's second day out and I have had many comments regarding them, so I thought I would make a few more.

These two in blues and pinks were fun to make and I am really chuffed how they turned out. I gained some new materials a few weeks ago and they work great for these vans so expect more... They are a really cute size and pack a punch at 12" square, they would also fit in many places of your home - or make great gifts!

What do you think?

I will be back in there again tomorrow as this coming weekend will be a busy one - I am in Bakewell for 4 days, Friday to Sunday so that will be fun! With it being Easter weekend, I am expecting lots of people coming through the door. If you fancy a day out, please come to the Bakewell Town Hall to visit the fabulous stalls peddling their wares. Doors open at 10am each day and if you don't know where it is, you will see signs for the fair all over Bakewell that say 'Follow The Sheep'. Can't miss them...

Thank you for reading, leave a comment if you like below or visit my Facebook page for more. 

(c) FMN Crafts 2015

Friday, 27 March 2015

Latest Item and Craft Fair

Good afternoon all,

Just a quick one today to show you my last creation of the week:

This is my Freehand Machine Embroidery Cross-Body Bag. It is made from denim and cream heavy weight linen, lined in cotton with three pockets, zip closure and adjustable two tone strap.

This bag can be worn across the body keeping your possessions really safe or over the shoulder, or held in the hand as one so wishes. Of course, I have decorated it using my favourite method and the bag is different on each side.

Of course, I love it, and I will be taking it the fair tomorrow...

Which leads me nicely to say the Craft and Gift Fair is at the Bakewell Town Hall in the beautiful Peak District on both Saturday and Sunday. There promises to be some great stalls with local artists, creators, photographers, jewellery makers and so much more, plus my husband will be there with his charity stall selling quality bric-a-brac items, donated by wonderful people to raise funds for the fabulous Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Doors open at 10am so please, if you fancy a day out in a beautiful part of the work, pop in and say hi. Stall holders will appreciate your custom very much...

Thank you for reading,

(C) FMN Crafts 2015

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New Items

Good evening all,

I have been busy (as usual) and have a few of my creations to show you, I thank you for your time.

First up, my new Freehand Machine Embroidery Double Sided Purses:

I just love them. I decided to use the bird design (because I love that too) and I think it really works. I also decided to use an interior that packs a punch and so have co-ordinated the insides with the outer fabrics. Adding a pop of colour in the zip just brings it all together.

I came across the ribbon of 'Hand Made' tags recently and have started adding them to a few of my creations, and I think it adds even more of a professional touch. I will of course only add them when/where appropriate, but I think I like them on these purses. Plus, you could add a split ring and attach your key...

I also made these:

I think it must be because Spring has just arrived, but these seem to fit really well. Again, double sided, lined to make you smile and each having a happy zip. Is a happy zip a thing? Well, it is now.

Next up, my Freehand Machine Embroidery Denim iPad Air Case:

Even though I don't own an iPad myself, I know a gazillion people who do so I am sure these will sell quite well. As you can see, I used a rugged denim for the outer and a bright pink fan material for the interior. I made a template of an iPad Air for the measurements and this suits really well. The case has lovely little freehand machine embroidered birds, it is fully padded to protect your iPad and it has an elastic with button to close. And I know, as in the instance of my mobile 'phone cases, there are A LOT of cases in the market, but there are none like my own designed, hand made ones, made with much love, care and attention to detail. PLUS, if I make more than one of any of my items, they are still unique as all hand made items will be ever so slightly different.

Getting off my soap box now.

And finally for this evening, these Roll-up Shopping Bags:

These are so cute! I have had this vegetable material for quite some time and in the past have made children's bags and aprons but I saw it again today wrapped up and thought, hmm, what can I do with that? Sure enough, these bags popped into mind. I have made roll-up shopping bags before too, but not for about a year and so I got to work. These bags are of a substantial size being around 15" tall and 13.5" wide, enough to get plenty of shopping in and yet roll down really small, making it easy to grab and go, or pop into your usual bag, ready for the shops. They are lined in cream calico and have webbing straps to make it light, yet sturdy and as you'd expect, all stress areas are reinforced for durability. And the best thing is they are made of cotton, so they can be washed easily when needed.

This is how to roll them up:


That's all for now, please let me know what you think by leaving a comment or take a look at my Facebook page.

News coming soon of upcoming fairs. Stay tuned...


(c) FMN Crafts 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Evening all,

Long time no blog... It's been a busy time of late and I haven't been able to blog so much, but here I am with 2.47 minutes to spare, so lets get cracking!

First up (of my new creations):

This is my Small VW Camper Van Cushion! I simply love campers and all things related to and thought this would be something different to add to my repertoire... And yes, sure, I know there are quite a few VW Camper Van items out there, but is there a cushion embellished with a subtle green van and button headlights? I challenge you to find one! This one is a diddy 11 inches square and would look great in many areas of your home. I can also make them to match your colour scheme...

Next up:

These are cute little Freehand Machine Embroidery Lavender Bags to add to my collection. Again, REALLY small, these measure a tiny 2 and a half inches across at the widest part but they're filled with beautifully aromatic lavender heads from Provence. I used my machine to make lovely lavender stems on the front, they are draw-strung and can fit anywhere and so now, I have three types of lavender bag. :)
Next for today:

These Flat Based Make-Up Bags are made using really lovely butterfly print material and I have made them with a different colour each side; one white based and one pink based. They both have complimentary spotty interiors and zips, the zips have covered ends which gives a professional touch and the little ribbon helps the pull. I like these a lot, not just because of the fabulous print but because of the flat bases, making it that when in use, they stand up. Simple. They are roomy enough for plenty of stuff cosmetics a girl needs and are also made of cotton so can easily be cleaned. They also look fab on a dressing table or set of drawers...

And finally for today:

Here are three designs of make-up or cosmetics bags, made using fabulous cotton material that I haven't worked with for a while, complete with complimentary interiors, zip ends, zips and pull ribbon. These measure approximately 8.5 inches wide and are 6 inches tall, meaning there is a lot of room for all things necessary, albeit make-up, creams, lotions and potions, or nail varnishes, gadgets and anything you may need in your life. They lay flat and they look lovely! Plus, they make great gifts...

You will see all these items soon in my Etsy Store.

So, what do you think? Leave me a comment below or head on over to my Facebook Page.

Thank you for reading,

(C) FMN Crafts 2015

Friday, 6 March 2015

Good evening all,

Just wanted to show you a couple of things and then tell you about my weekend...

The first picture I want to show you is this:

A lovely lady called Gaynor approached me at my last Fair in Bakewell and asked if I would provide her with some of my Freehand Machine Embroidered cards for her Farm Shop in Rowsley, of course I jumped at the chance! So far, I have made these as pictured and have many more to come. Hopefully they will sell well, I think this style of item will look great in any farm shop and I was really pleased at being asked!

Next I would like to show you these:

You may remember similar ones in my previous blog, these are Freehand Machine Embroidery Lavender Bags. I simply love lavender and these bags are filled with lavender heads from Provence - they smell wonderful. Again like in the last batch, I have made four and have more lined up, which I hope will sell well at the fair tomorrow - details in a moment.

And finally for tonight, I'd like to show you this:

This is a small Freehand Machine Embroidery Throw Cushion. I was in Hobbycraft recently and came across a mass of materials in fat quarters and these patterns/prints appealed to me right away. I bought some small pillow forms and this was created. It is so cute! (If I do say so myself). It measures just 12" square and has an envelope back so the cover comes off easily if it needs cleaning.

And so to the fair - my husband and I will both be exhibiting at the Bakewell Town Hall in beautiful Derbyshire from tomorrow (Saturday) until Monday, me with my crafts and David with his charity RNLI stall. If you fancy a day out, you know where to come; there promises to be some great stalls including photography, gretings cards, art work and jewellery etc so please come along if you can. Remember, next Sundays is Mother's Day so you will no doubt be able to pick up some wonderful items.

Thanks for reading, comment if you wish or say hi on Facebook.

(C) FMN Crafts 2015