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Pyrographic Christmas Decorations

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With only 4 weeks until Christmas it has been a quick turn around for my latest project, Pyrographic Tree Decorations.

I've wanted to undertake a wood burning project for a while now, and last year for my birthday my husband bought me a heat tool for fabric fusing and wood burning, and this year I found the time and perfect project; tree decorations.

I am lucky to have a supply of wood from our hazel trees, and two years ago the trees were pruned - I cut the branches into lengths suitable for our wood burning stove at the barn and left them to dry. Since then we no longer need the wood for the stove, it was such a shame to waste it and the branches were just the right size for decorations.

My husband helped me to slice, sand, de-bark and drill the disks for decorating, then I set about creating the decorations.

I sacrificed a weeks worth of I'm a celebrity..... to create nine sets of decorations. Each set features 1 of each of six designs; star, holly, reindeer, angel, snowflake and Noel and I have to say I'm pretty pleased with my creations.

Each decoration is finished with a coating of natural oil to bring out the wood grain and protect the decoration.

With production taking place all week, last night meant finishing and packaging the decorations, at 1am this morning the last of the decorations was packaged and ready to take to market at Jarnages today.

 The finished product: Pyrographic Christmas tree decorations

The finished product: Pyrographic Christmas tree decorations

So far the feedback from customers has been really positive, so don't leave it too late to order yours, these decorations won't be hanging around very long.

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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This year I decided to expand the product range into Christmas cards. I already make greetings cards so I thought I'd try my hand at the art of paper rolling; aka Quilling.

Quilling or paper filigree is the process of manipulating thin strips of paper into all manner of shapes and I love it. Although a bit fiddly it is actually quite therapeutic.

I have a couple of designs I am working on, Holly & Ivy and two snowflake designs.

 

 Finished 3d snowflake design

Finished 3d snowflake design

 Work in progress - Holly and Ivy design

Work in progress - Holly and Ivy design

Each card takes around 2 hours to make. In one week I made 10 cards during my free evenings to launch at the market last weekend and they are proving to be popular.

Next blog I will fill you in on my second Christmas project, which I am rather excited about.

The Pom Pom Factory

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The past few weeks I have been making Pom Poms, 50 to be exact.  Why? I hear you cry, well..... my daughter has a knitted hat with Pom Poms on it that her grandmother made for her and everywhere we go we get such positive comments about her hat.

C'est mignon! It's cute! is just one.

So I decided to make a few to sell on my stall at the market and on my website. There is a special wool themed market in Jarnages on the 4th December so I am building up my knit wear stock for the event.

An idea which has turned out to be a labour of love, each hat has 7 Pom Poms (or Pon Pons as they call them here in France) so as the hat is available in 7 colours, 50 Pom Poms are required. Luckily I can make these as I relax in front of the TV of an evening, but I can safely say I won't be making any more Pon Pons in the near future.

The hats themselves will be available to buy on the website and on the market stall soon.

 Saffron in her Pom Pom Hat

Saffron in her Pom Pom Hat

 The finished product

The finished product

 Colour option 1

Colour option 1

 Colour option 2

Colour option 2

Live at last

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Welcome to my new website! I am thrilled to announce the new website is live.

My old website www.fabuloso-splendido.co.uk closed in December 2013 and having moved from Swindon in the UK to Central France in 2014, moved house again within France and given birth to my beautiful daughter in 2015, the new site has been in the pipeline for a while now and I am so excited to see it live.

I'm going to keep this blog post short and sweet, so welcome to my world - I hope you enjoy the new site.

Natalie