Sunday, 19 November 2017

A week of doing nothing.....

Another Handmade Monday and now only 36 days until Christmas.

What have I been doing this week? well basically nothing, so shocking! Did order some linen and silk which arrived for my Wedding collection next year. 

Posted a lot of old stock onto Ebay. Got a sale of a bag within 30 minutes. Sadly selling a lot cheaper than I should but want to clear the space for new makes.

Talking about new makes my head is buzzing and have to carry a notebook or phone with me to write or tell Siri to keep a note of ideas. In fact I have overworked Siri this week and think she is getting a bit petulant with me, lol. She will have to get over it.

Bought some amazing embroidery designs, ideal for cards but so special and cannot wait to start them. Am giving myself a break until Christmas starts as still have a lot of wrapping to do, mounts to cut to hold some sheet music for DH and some Game of Thrones trading cards. Vouchers to buy and parcels to post off. Will make a start on the Christmas cards today.

I have a plan for a day then in a blink of an eye find myself in bed and realise did not complete half of what I had planned. Not even sure where the hours went and convinced either I am getting slower or less minutes in each hour.

So many of my crafting friends are struggling at events this year with sale, events which have proved fruitful in years past. Wonder how it will impact on the high street if sales will be down or a mad rush of spend, spend, spend on Christmas Eve. A lot of crafters who do this for a living are having to decide can they continue or some having to take part time work to pay the bills. Very sad and would hate to see the demise of handmade. I do feel though that so many have jumped on the crafting gravy train thinking an easy way to earn a buck. Churn out goods not really up to spec, give up and move on, leaving others to try to pick up the pieces and convince the public that there are some excellent craftsmen and women out there, who genuinely love what they do and are good at it.

Have a good week

Sunday, 12 November 2017

43 Days until Christmas

Bought the wrapping paper this week and have been busy wrapping gifts for F & F. All done and put away until needed.

Updated my website this week, the theme has been carried over to my blog, facebook and twitter page. I have made a decision with regards the business, will carry on until end of 2019, then review. If things have not improved will downsize in a big way. This is a hard decision but getting fed up with lack of sales, I know from talking to other's I am not alone and feel particularly bad for those that have to rely on sales to live. Even friends who do the large shows which have normally been successful for them have struggled to earn a profit, add the rents, travel and possibly an overnight stay, near impossible. On a plus note I feel that the smaller fairs have picked up and maybe the way to go is select events with less stalls but a keener eye on the quality of products on display.

I have toyed with the idea of putting on my own events but organisation shared with at least 5 other crafter's. Have a pop up tea room.  Something to think about for the New Year, only problem is finding 5 crafters near me who can work up the enthusiasm and prepared to commit.

Sunday: Last week's blog post checked and published. Can also show you a card done for an old schoolfriend as by the time this post is up she would have had her Birthday.

Monday: Website planning and vision board for future makes.

Tuesday: Spent the morning at the hospital with DH for his 6 monthly check up and popped into 
M & S on the way back.

Wednesday: Sweeping leaves, so many down and so many more to go

Thursday: More leaves....... Made a change to my website, blog headers etc. Now feel can start 2018 with new vigour.

Friday: Not a lot as am poorly

Saturday: Due at a fair today but had to cancel as still feel so rough and not fair on other stallholder's and visitors to have me coughing and spluttering all over the place. Staying in bed and making DH look after my every need, lol.

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Have a great week

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Another week and only 50 days until Christmas

Another week in my world, have started to wrap gifts already, early but find it so tiring to do all in one go. My attention spam is that of a gnat when doing something not very keen on. Little and often is the best way to go.

Sunday: Another 2 chef pot holders, sorted out next project. Got everything I need ready for the start.

Monday: Clean the bathrooms and cloakroom.
Sort my stock for the next event into different baskets, want more height which gives me more table room.

Tuesday: Christmas Tree ornaments x 10. Made from wood shapes, covered in a musical score, lace edging and diamantes. Posted to Facebook and sold 5 within 5 minutes, not bad.

Wednesday: Hair cuts early, back for coffee with our departing neighbours.
Treated myself on my Birthday to a book and kit from a dear online friend in the States. We call her the bunny lady as she adopts rabbits. Michelle May (The Raspberry Rabbits): her work is wonderful and been after her book for some time, the kit 'Bird on My Berry Tree' is fantastic and the instructions very clear. Arrived today and that was really quick delivery from NC. Cannot wait to start this project over Christmas, in the meantime reading the book.

Thursday: Picking up leaves in the garden with the mower. Lee did the raking and I buzzed up and down with the cordless, so much less hassle than a corded mower. Came in and within half an hour lawn covered with leaves again!!!!!

Friday: Sewing eye masks and lavender sachets. Selling as a set.

Saturday: Back to the embroidery machine, will have to wait until next week for a show and tell.

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

My Birthday Week

Celebrated my Birthday this week a goal post of '60' eek. Still feel 21 but my body tells me different every day. Getting old is not fun but seems only a few months ago I turned 50. My advice is to experience every day, love what you do and only have people around you that are positive.

Enough of the doldrums, what have I been up to this week:

Sunday: Pottered around and rethought the props for my stall, in particular as I will be having a 4ft stall for March and April need to elevate more stock, just about got it sorted.

Monday: Not a lot, caught up on Victoria and Criminal Minds. Oh did make a New Home card for our new neighbours moving in next week.

Tuesday: Had to tend to DH as he was very poorly, he sees his consultant in a couple of weeks, may get some answers then.

Wednesday: Weather improved and went for 2 lovely dog walks, quite warm at times and pleased only wore a wrap and not a coat.

Thursday: Large sheet of paper and brainstormed collections. Sorted out a new project for Friday

Friday: Mr Waitrose delivery. Chef pot holders

Saturday: My Birthday, had wonderful cards and gifts, lovely lunch and watched the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, bliss.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

A lot of work but cannot show yet

Another week ever nearer Christmas. Been busy making gifts and cards for F & F, cannot post images yet until early January, which reminds me must take some pic's before posted off.

Succumbed and bought some fabric, I have a plan they will be turned into something girly, pamper and restful, all will be revealed next week.

Stretchy lace

Need to resort my stock and swap some props as not happy with some of the layout at my event, will use the 3 tiered wire baskets for the hair bows as felt they could not be seen properly.

Weather has not been good with the incessant rain then Storm Brian, at least did not get as bad as Ireland.

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Until next week, have fun!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A week of a bit of this and that, plus first event of the year

Another week in my crafting world. The trees are turning but the colours are fantastic.

Sunday: Check blog and publish, start blog for next week (well this week if you are now reading my exploits)

Monday: Snowmen treat bags in calico

Tuesday: Went to M & S simply food this morning, more goodies bought for Christmas

Wednesday: Trying to sort out the display for the bunting.......

Happy with it now, after doing thought should have got a printed version from Vistaprint, maybe next year

Thursday: A Birthday card for Lee's cousin

Friday: Birthday card for one of Lee's friend's

Plus loaded up the car with all my stock and props for Saturday, had to hunt for the flask as not where it should have been!!!!

Saturday: First event of the year

Photo not that good as can never hold the phone steady. A good event, everyone friendly visitors and stallholders alike, typical of a Hampshire village. Managed my goal of 3 times the rent so a happy bunny. Tomorrow plan to start on some Christmas gifts for friends and family.

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Until next week......

Saturday, 7 October 2017

October, flu jabs and more or maybe less!

Welcome to another week in my world, of ups and downs, this week more down as have aggravated an old riding injury. Started the week off okay though:

Sunday: Pricing stock for the fairs. This took ages and continues for several days, have now added pricing to my 'To Do' list of new makes as I go along. A thankless task. Still have boxes of stock but as they are web based not as bothered but at some point am going to have to bite the bullet, so to speak.

Monday: More of the same, see Sunday and sort into baskets etc. This way makes it easier when unpacking at an event, a lot quicker.

Tuesday: Met up with Jenny who runs Women only Connected for coffee and chat, had a lovely morning.

Got home to find that Lee had started to mow the back lawn, caught the cable under a stone and ripped said cable out of the mower. At the same time fusing half the house. Ordered a new mower which arrived same day, this time cordless and he is now a happy bunny. Also means I do not have to have the windows open to allow for the extension and free to death in the house.

Idiot that I am I lifted the old mower into the boot of the car, to take up the dump, my hip and back go. Been hobbling around in agony for most of the week.

Wednesday: Still in pain and cannot sit or lay down for long, Movelat getting good use.

Thursday: Feeling better today and managed to complete an order for some bunting and book collection. Forgot to take pictures, slap on wist.

Friday: Waitrose delivery and everything in stock! Yay!!. Made up 2 'I love my cat bags' and added the charms to the dog ones and cats as finally arrived.

Went for a walk half way round thought Lee would have to go and get the car, back bad again.

Saturday: So far so good pain wise, couple of panadol's helped. Made up a doggie bandanna for an order, packaged and posted off on the way for our flu jabs.

Checked blog up to date, the first thing I saw was a blank page! had filled nothing in this week at all.

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Until next week

Sunday, 1 October 2017

October has arrived

Well Autumn is well and truly here but I do love this time of year, providing no rain. Crisp mornings, dog walking through crunchy leaves, the mist rising from the ground, squirrels frantically charging around to collect for their winter hibernation. I think we are lucky to have four seasons to look forward to, if hot all the time would get a bit boring and let's face it as Brits we would have nothing to moan about.

Firstly had to show a beautiful piece of work by 2 fellow crafters. Pete turns the wood and Mo decorates. In this case a beautiful wedding platter. Their work can be found here: Bodrighy Wood

Okay my crafting diary as follows;

Sunday: Check blog is okay to publish, copy images of new makes to paypal app.
On the making front some Christmas Cards. Done on the embroidery machine then stitched to card blanks with a zig zag stitch. Simple but different. These are the first 2 designs, another 3 to do.

Monday: More Christmas Cards

Tuesday: A day of wandering round Country Market for some apples, Forest Lodge for some evergreen plants for the porch and finally Frensham Garden Centre to check out the farm shop and anything else they had on display.

Wednesday: Not sure what happened to Wednesday but nothing to show for it. Oh yes got an order for some letter bunting, ordered the fabric.

Thursday: fabric for the bunting arrived but did not like the so called ivory with red spots, actually a cream, more searching online. However, the Christmas fabric arrived for the final card design:

Friday: Photographing the cards and adding to my paypal app along with some other makes for my event in 2 weeks.

Saturday: Two I love my dog bags, still have the cats to do.

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Next week have got to start sorting my stock and props for the fair on the 14th Oct. Although just under 2 weeks to go this is part of my new regime to be ready and prepared well before the day. Have left until the day before and that is hectic, then realise forgotten something when I get to the hall.

Until next week, have fun!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Hello from a chilly Hampshire

Welcome to another week of my musings and creations. This week has been more productive and sure something to do with putting the heating on and not stuffed into about 3 jumpers!

Diary of the week:

Sunday - Stitched out 18 Teachers Thank You apple key fobs

Monday: Santa Milk and Cookies mug rugs were on the 'To Do' list but then realised had not got any red and green plain fabric. Sure I had some but must have used last year. Ordered.

Tuesday: Went and saw my sister, spent the morning chatting, sorting out her iPhone calendar and looking at the wonderful embroidery she has been doing. The plain red and green fabric arrived that is what I call excellent service, next day delivery.

Wednesday: Spent the morning updating the paypal app for my events. Have to make sure have photos, prices, options etc takes a while to do and something I must try to do after each item made. Trouble is some items are purely for events and do not go on my website, plus the other way round. Thinking about it I could post to paypal anyway just in case. If I did an open day would have everything on display anyway. Must add to my list of things to do after each creation.

Thursday: got on and made 4 of each of the Feltie pins - Fox cub, lamb and a cute mouse. Mounted onto some tags that have had hanging around for some time.

Friday: Milk and cookie coasters

Saturday:  Reindeer and dragon pins 4 of each, plus painted and decorated some mini pumpkins. All in all not a bad week for creating.

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Until next week......