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Christmas goodies on the way! 🤶🎄✨

In exactly one month from now, on December 5th, I’ll be participating in my very first Christmas market with My Woolen Friends! So, I thought this is a good opportunity and time to write a little bit about my Christmas related woolen friends. 😊

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Christmas is without a doubt the most loved and anticipated holiday season of the year, for which many prepare very intensely. You want to create the most beautiful experience for yourselves and your loved ones, which includes the best of everything: the best foods & drinks, the most beautiful Christmas trees and decorations, the best presents and most positive and lasting memories.
This is why, this winter, my main focus has been on Christmas decorations and ornaments for your Christmas tree! 🎄

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Before going into all available decorations and their designs, I would like to tell you a few general facts/ information about the My Woolen Friends decorations:

  1. They are all made entirely and 100% out of wool!
    Now, some creators would use a styropor ball as a base for such ornaments, in order to save costs and time. All of the My Woolen Friends creations (not just the ornaments) are made entirely (inside-out) out of wool. The main reason as to why I create everything out of wool is because of one of my mission, that is to be as environmentally friendly as I can. Of course, this decision reflects in the (limited) number of decorations that I can create and their price, but that is worth it for me and for my customers as well.
  2. I create everything about the decorations myself, starting with the felting itself and finishing with the little hooks that the ornaments hang from.
  3. All ornaments are natural and biodegradable, except for the little hooks, which are made out of thin wire. The hanging thread I use, is also a natural hemp yarn.
  4. As with everything else My woolen Friends, the ornaments are all handmade, which is why they all vary from each other.
  5. All ornaments are sold in sets, whereas 1 set = 4 ornaments of the same design and various sizes.

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Now, let me please present you the Christmas ornaments available this year:

1. “The Snowman”

“The Snowman” design is a clean, minimalistic portrayal of a snowman. The off-white color of the sphere will brighten up your Christmas tree and give it a lighter, airy vibe.

2. “Snowflake on Dark Red”

“Snowflake on Dark Red” is a simple, classic design. The colour of the sphere is of a beautiful deep, dark red that’s paired with a gentle, white snowflake pattern. This would be a special addition to a traditionally looking Christmas tree.

3. “Snowflake on Dark Blue”

“Snowflake on Dark Blue” is pretty much the same as the previous one (red), but with a little twist. The sphere is, this time around, of an elegant dark blue – think of the colour of a deep, deep sea…
This too would be a special addition to a traditionally looking Christmas tree.

4. “Candy”

“Candy” is a playful and joyful design suitable for those who maybe don’t take themselves very seriously, are a bit more bold and want their Christmas tree to stand out!

5. “Birdies”

“Birdies” were firstly thought of as Easter decorations but then I realized, that they can be used in more than just one setting: Easter, when welcoming autumn and as Christmas ornaments.

As Christmas ornaments, they would best be suitable for those less traditional and more inclined towards nature. This design would fit perfectly in a non traditional tree, maybe on something like a tree frame made out of sticks or wood.

So, these are the main 5 designs, that I have prepared for celebrating Christmas this year and I can only hope that you like them! 😊

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Outside the Christmas tree ornaments, I have also looked into creating a winter decoration, that is just that. I wanted something that is not necessarily related to Christmas itself, but ti the winter holiday and that can be used however you see fit. That is why, I felted this adorable, little Snowman, named Frosty!

Outside the Christmas tree ornaments, I have also looked into creating a winter decoration, that is just that. I wanted something that is not necessarily related to Christmas itself, but ti the winter holiday and that can be used however you see fit. That is why, I felted this adorable, little Snowman, named Frosty! ⛄️❄️

Frosty has the power to melt your heart in an instance!
He will look adorable no matter where you place him, regardless if it’s on your desk, under the tree or on the window sill, looking outside and bringing joy to everyone that passes by!

For those of you who are still looking for something less traditional, you can choose a couple of these natural acorns as decorations for your Christmas trees. They come in various colours but I could imagine the white ones to offer the most contrast!
Also, I might be creating a few more other things but it’s not sure yet, it all depends on how much time I will have after creating all ornaments. But you can always get in touch directly about that or follow me on Instagram, where everything is always up to date! 🙂

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You can find my in person on December 5th and December 12th at the Christmas market @Weddingmarkt (Art- & Designmarket in Berlin-Wedding, @Leopoldplatz) or you can always pruchase your next Woolen Friends online through the online shop. Please feel free to get in touch directly if you have any questions about any of the mentioned items or on any other related topic.

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Please keep in mind that the stock of each item/ set is limited and ordering in advance is very much preferred, so that I can deliver to as many of you as possible.
Last orders before Christmas will be shipped around the 13th of December, in order to avoid overloading the people who deliver all of our care packages. I’ll make sure to write another post about it soon.
Everything can be also be purchased and packed as a present.

Thank you very much to everyone who has taken their time to read through this long but (hopefully) joyful blog entry and I look forward to seeing you out there or online! 🙂

Cheers,
Io from My Woolen Friends

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Price reductions in my store. Here’s why:

I recently took an important step and changed the pricing for most of My Woolen Friends! I did this after careful consideration and after “sleeping on it” for the past couple of weeks. The last two participations at a craft market have helped me tremendously in terms of feedback and understanding what I want from my small entrepreneurial adventure, where I want to go with it and what is important to me, within it.

I was pretty much living in my own bubble before having had these chances to interact with people face to face and see in real time how they react towards my work. At that point in time, what mattered to me the most was: 1. doing something that brought me joy; 2. have my work be valued through proper pay. I held on to the last one rather stubbornly, backed by some personal insecurity or frustration. Now, however, I feel like it’s the right time to let go of that and re-evaluate the entire picture.

Despite them being successfully different (yet successful!), each market participation was a very enlightening experience for me. Seeing people’s reaction towards my work in real time is such a precious source of information, that I would otherwise hardly have. Especially the last time, people were just so happy and overjoyed when they would come around my stand! I even had a few fellow sellers from other tables coming by just to get some joy from my little, woolen friends.

The pleasant chit-chat and smiles on people’s faces put it all in perspective for me, as many had to walk away without affording a woolen friend. Despite sales having been good for me that day, I was somewhat sad for not being able to bring more joy to more people and that got me thinking. I make a big point about joy, when it comes to My Woolen Friends and I want that to be a two way street/ feeling. So, I re-evaluated my reality and started thinking of a compromise in how I can make my work a bit more affordable, so that more people can enjoy it – because if my joy can bring them joy, that then brings me joy back, which I then put back into my work and so on…

So, I sat down and re-evaluated the designs and the time it nowadays takes me to create them and came up with some price changes, that still feel fair to me and hopefully will result in less people walking away without a woolen friend. This really just raised the question for me: “what’s more important? knowing that I can bring some joy to someone or rather just bring that/ those item/s back home instead?”. Fortunately, the answer wasn’t a hard one for me and I hope you can all understand where I’m coming from.

Of course, I won’t be able to make everyone happy, nor am I trying to do that. I just wanted to compromise where I felt like I could and so it ends.

Thank you everyone who took the time to read this.

Sending you all joy and good vibes only!