Sunday, 23 April 2017

Bluebirds

Bluebird
by Wings:

Late at night when the wind is still
I'll come flying through your door,
And you'll know what love is for.
I'm a bluebird, I'm a bluebird
I'm a bluebird, I'm a bluebird


Been working on a new collection this time incorporating bluebirds, love these little birds. They match the handbag tissue covers from last week.

Key Fob


Glasses Case


Coaster


Happy with what I have accomplished this week, had been ready to make a couple of make up cases to compliment but realised that I did not have long enough zips. With making zipped items in the hoop on the embroidery machine, the zip has to be a lot longer to avoid the needle  hitting the stoppers of the zip pull. Consequently needed 8" and only had 6". Oh well more on that next week, I hope.

My new raised shady rockery bed is comping along well, got the large rocks need some large pebbles now to go round the edges, to ensure no earth cascades onto the lawn. Then the plants. Have plenty of small pebbles but none large enough for my plan. More expense at the garden centre, ll. Thank goodness have a £10 loyalty voucher to spend, this garden malarky can be very hurtful to the debit card.

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Same place, same time next week, have fun





Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Well did you gets lots of Easter Eggs? I am not that into chocolate so only DH to worry about and he prefers the Lindt mini eggs and that is what he got. Give me a bag of crisps any day over chocolate.



Busy in the garden this week digging out a new bed, using the turfs, as Monty Don, to start a shady rockery under a tree. Looks a bit odd at the moment as no stones or plants in either the bed or the rockery. Hopefully after a trip to the garden centre next week that should all be sorted. Our cherry tree is out though, love this tree as right in front of my sewing room window and casts a beautiful pink glow.


Sewing? well Teriann (US Stitch designer) has done some new designs this week bluebird tissue case, love this and a matching key holder still to do.



Not much else done this week on the sewing front. Check out the other blogs at Handmade Monday


Until next week......






Sunday, 9 April 2017

A beautiful week

Another Monday has arrived am sure these weeks are getting shorter as only seems 5 minutes ago. 

Well what have I done this week? did get some makes done for my new collection a cabbage rose clutch bag, made in white cotton with a hint of glitter.




A Swarovski pearl bracelet.



The rest of the time de-cluttering my stock area and workroom, all done now and looks so much better, can actually see the floor lol. Even have a desk to work at if I feel like it or for wrapping and packing orders. So good to be organised.





Had to take a pic of one of the front flower beds, so pretty with the primulas and tulips out. Lee weeded the bed and have some gaps for the bedding plants in a few weeks.


Off to frame up my new cross stitch design which I got for Christmas, this is ideal for those long summer days in the garden under the wisteria and roses. The colours worry me a bit as all look the same but hope to finish by Christmas.


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Until next week, have a good Easter.





Sunday, 2 April 2017

Missing last week

Apologies for missing last weeks Handmade Monday, got distracted by the beautiful weather and the garden. Not that I do much actual garden but I do have to ensure that DH is planting things in the right place, well someone has to supervise him, lol.

Less of this


and more of this needed


Could be because I am procrastinating a bit or could be because spent ages making a bag only to find I had measured the wrong frame, hence had to order and await for the delivery. Anyway arrived and made up and think now back on track. Image in the framed picture below.

Met up with a friend for a coffee and chat this past week. Have mentioned Jenny before she runs Women Only Connected, worth a look as free to join and advertise. For women only, the aim to support and help other women. 

Any way Jenny agreed to send out an image of some of my designs in the next newsletter, fingers crossed, selection made and played with 'Image Capture' for the frame:


Also added an Easter Mug rug, I love this design vintage in feel and so cute.


Finding Events or Not!!!!!

Since I got turned down for the Home and Vintage fair been struggling to find a suitable venue. Either far too expensive, got to be sensible here, or just not right. Talking to a friend on Sunday from Gloucester she said the same as me that craft fairs are almost dead. Her and her DH tend to do the Agriculture shows over 3 days. 

I think it is such a shame but have considered where the problems lie, from my perspective the following have contributed:

1. Wrong venue
2. Lack of advertising
3. Too expensive to be realistic for hand makers to recoup the costs, hence given up
4. The public's perception of handmade to not much above jumble sale quality.
5. Organisers not selling stall space therefore let in franchises
6. Probably many more reasons and too many to think of

Had looked at organising my own events again but the Grayshott village hall is taken up with renting out to dance classes for a few, hence not really for the community. Closed on Sunday. Macmillan managed to book a Saturday in December for a Christmas Fair. I know village halls need to make money but always thought they were for the benefit of the surrounding areas not a privileged few, turns out I am wrong. Yet our rates go to keeping the halls going.

There is another one in the next village and this is where I do the Christmas Fair, may think about that for future use as only ever booked during the weekdays and some evenings. Weekends are free for anyone to rent and use, a far more sensible way of organisation.
Well that is me off my soap box for the coming week, lol. 

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Have fun and see you next week.











Sunday, 19 March 2017

Spring has spung



I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o'er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

by William Wordsworth


I remember having to learn this poem as part of English Lit and always think of the words when I see daffodils. Our parish council has planted hundreds of bulbs along the verges and now out in full flower looks beautiful.

Lee has been out in the garden pruning and turning over the beds ready for the summer bedding season. We both love this time of year with more energy and seeing the happy face of the sun makes all the difference.

On the de-cluttering front my sewing room the last 2 boxes are sorted, labelling done and everything in it's own place. No excuse for trying to find and item now. Has cleared my creative blockage and raring to go.

Mentioned last week that I had done some more stitching but no battery for the camera, forgot my iPhone which actually takes better pic's in my opinion and goes straight to the iMac without all the faffing of uploading etc. Anyway the final pen holders in turquoise and lilac plus some sticky note covers, left the ribbon ties off this time as think get in the way.




Not forgetting a card for one of Lee's relatives, only took about 20 minutes but still happy with it.


A busy week as the man from Stitch Right is coming to service my embroidery machine on Tuesday, at least with him coming to me no being without the machine for days on end.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

A week of creativity

Okay folks, de-cluttering all done in my sewing room, may tackle the large loft next but when a bit warmer.

On the making front this was a card order had to wait until after last weekend to post:


Finished the pen holder and key fobs in turquoise and lilac and some more post it note covers. sorry no photos as need batteries for the camera. did have some but Lee used them for his clock, just typical, there's me trying to be super organised and can rely on DH to wreck the procedure, lol.

I also had a newsletter through with a brilliant article from Made Urban about wondering which handmade sells best. I think this eludes us all as frequently get back from a fair or have a discussion with other stallholders "What do customers want". Now I am guilty of making too much variety, think I have the colour way down pat now and know I am recognised for this, in my case pastels (pink, taupe, grey, aqua, cream and white). 

Years ago I started making just clowns and they sold like wildfire, found it hard to keep up with the orders. Then cute mice, again the same result. Gradually over the years I have added more and more to my repertoire, now I think that is fine for websites but do agree fairs are a different kettle of fish. Funny as before this article had a discussion with my sister about the same thing and had decided for fairs to stick to frame and clutch bags, bracelets, scarves, handbag accessories. That will make my stall co-ordinated. Brochures would also be easier to produce and maybe have different brochures for different facet's ie baby,  wedding, bespoke cards etc. A lot to think about, now must get making, lol.

A very interesting read for us all:


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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Ceramic Art London



Fair Dates
31 March – 2 April 2017
Opening Hours
Friday 31 March, 10am – 6pm
Saturday 1 April, 10am – 6pm
Sunday 2 April, 10am – 5pm
Venue
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
Tickets
Adult £15, Concessions £13 (Senior Citizens,
CPA Members, Unemployed, Students in
fulltime Education, Wheelchair Users) Ages
16 – 25 £10, Under 16 FREE, 3 Day pass £35
(Valid for re-admission throughout CAL
2017). All tickets include a free exhibition
guide and catalogue.
For details go to www.ceramicartlondon.com

The world’s leading contemporary ceramic art fair returns for a 13th year. Organised by the Craft Potters Association, CAL showcases the work of 90 makers in the light-filled atrium of Central Saint Martins. Offering a rare opportunity to buy unique, handmade pieces directly from the makers, items on sale range from contemporary twists on functional tableware to sublime sculptural pieces and experimental work that pushes the boundaries of this ancient craft. With prices ranging from £25 CAL offers collectors of all budgets the chance to take something home as well as a programme of talks and events.