Sunday, 25 January 2015

Polka Dot Teapots and Aprons

My New Years resolutions to be ahead of the game are working. So far have made a start on a Birthday gift, completed 3 Birthday cards and 1 Christmas card plus finished a Christmas gift, doing well.

Having a break as received an order for 3 aprons from a group I am a member of on Facebook. Just goes to show the power of non-advertising works. Made in cotton fabric, cream with rosebuds and fun polka dot teapots in pink. So pretty and hope my customer likes them. They will be used with her business of vintage china hire.



Have also received an order from a old school friend for a 105th Birthday card, how great is that. A 30th anniversary card and 20 change of address postcards.

Must admit love being busy and these orders give me a break from the gifts and cards for family and friends.

I have joined this week with a new home for Handmade Monday with Lucy Blossom Crafts, click on the link below to view all the blogs taking part.


See you next week if not before and stay warm poked my nose out to photograph the aprons and oh boy is it cold.



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

New Look and a New Year



For some snow and others mizzle and fog, in fact typical British weather.

A New Year time to plan, look back what worked what did not. Planning for events coming up in the first half of the year: Valentines Day, Mothering Sunday and Easter. Looking forward to the Spring my favourite time of year when flowers reappear hidden in dark soil for the winter, tete a tete, crocus, and Hyacinth. The birds wedding day then a deluge of babies chasing Ma and Pa round the garden.

A new look for my website and blog, gone back to PINK and polka dots, both of which I love. Have felt the plain white a bit clinical and had to choose a colour. Did consider others but at the end of the day it had to be Pink. My new ranges will include other colours but muted such as pale turquoise, green, pale blue, taupe, winter white and maybe just maybe a splash of red (so Nordic) with the odd bit of lilac. I find these base colours so calming and whilst do not suit everyone makes my focus so much better than dodging from one colour to another. Have also been reading up about websites and one of the recommendations is keep your products colour coded, you will then get to be known by those colours. Fabric not in these colours will be put on ebay, hopefully someone will be happy with them and put to good use.


EASTER

Finally finished the Easter selection will be adding to my site under the heading Spring, another new idea split the site into seasons, with the current season at the top. As we all know us makers all work ahead of the game so Spring it is. Okay back to mug rugs, bunny egg cosies (so cute), lavender bunnies, lace Easter baskets, (ideal for mini eggs) Easter bunting, non fattening chocolate bunny earrings (guilt free) and finally a few applique bunny cards.



When using the blue print for the mug rug edges found these lovely tea cup prints on one side. Not to waste made into sachets and filled with delicious lavender


Now onto my next projects not sure what they may be yet but starting a Christmas gift early and thinking of sun, sea, sand gentle waves lapping on the beach. In a blink of an eye summer will be here.

Have a good week




Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year and a fun take on creativity


Happy New Year to you all and wishing us all a prosperous new year with good health.

2015 is here hope you are not too worse for wear after the celebrations last night. I love a New Year to open a new diary and yes do start a new ideas notebook, turning a new leaf, time to plan for new products. Working on Easter atm and that is coming along nicely, in fact ahead of the game. Wonder how long that will last until panic sets in as I discover only have a few days left to my first event.

I love being Creative and my passion is to make. Not everyone gets that and think I am a bit weird. Sales are not always good but making is part of my life and I love creating. The following are 2 quotes both of which I love. 

10 THINGS NOR TO SAY TO AN ARTIST OR CRAFTER

10. I'll just get my friend to make me one of those.

9. You know what you should make .......

8. Do I get a price reduction if I buy two?

7. I can make that myself.

6. Why does it cost so much?

5. How do you make this?

4. Will you donate your artwork to our event? We can't pay you but it will be great exposure.

3. My nine year old makes this kind of stuff too.

2. Kids. this is what happens if you don't go to college.

1. I can buy that at Walmart for $3.99 or if in the UK the £ shop.

How many times do you hear these when exhibiting at a show"




I admit I do have a fabric addiction though and this does get out of hand, still does not eat or drink. Well that is what I tell my DH, not sure he is convinced and he does point out that I have 2 rooms filled with my crafting stuff and he is in the smallest room, lol.


See you in 2015




Sunday, 28 December 2014

Saying Thank You


I was taught both at home and at school that you should always say Thank You for a gift or invitation. This does not seem to happen as often as it used to and can be confusing, thought I would copy a section on Thank You's from my Etiquette bible:


Thank-You Letters
As a general rule, a thank-you letter should always be handwritten and sent within a week to ten days of an event or receipt of a present.

THANK YOUS FOR PRESENTS

Thank-you letters are necessary to acknowledge presents given for Christmas, christenings, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. Refer to the present directly and include some details to personalise the tone of the letter.
Remember that in our digital age, a handwritten letter is always appreciated so, for maximum impact, make the effort to write promptly.

CHILDREN'S THANK YOUS

It is appropriate for parents to respond on behalf of their offspring before the child is able to write. The child should write their own, however, as soon as they can. Children should be encouraged to specifically refer to the present in the letter, and make a detailed comment about it ('Thank you for the teddy you gave me for my birthday. I have named him Edward'). An extra sentence of topical news about the child's life adds a personal touch ('For my birthday treat, I am going to the cinema with my friends').
Traditionally, children should always write a thank-you letter for presents, but it is becoming more permissible for children to say thank you in person if the giver is there when the present is actually opened. Much will depend on the expectations of particular families or individuals.

THANK YOUS AFTER AN EVENT

When thanking someone after an event, the form of the invitation signals the appropriate format of a thank you. Engraved invitation cards require a formal thank you letter. An at Home card suggests a short letter or note.
Traditionally addressed to the hostess, nowadays letters can be addressed to either the host, hostess or couple as appropriate.
A verbal, telephone or email invitation needs only a telephone call of thanks after the event; telephone and email are interchangeable if all parties use both frequently.

OTHER THANK YOUS

Thank-you letters should also be sent after being a guest in someone else's home, for example after staying for a weekend or Christmas.
Support during a key event or task - bereavement, wedding, reference for a job - should also be acknowledged with a brief letter of thanks.
Nowadays, however, email is generally acceptable for brief and informal thank yous.

I tend to use e note cards and cards from Jacquie Lawson but if I do not know an email will send a handmade Thank You card. The cost is minimal but know that I love to hear that my visitors enjoyed themselves or that gifts were well received. In a busy world does not take long to do and always make sure I have a stock of cards, stamps and envelopes ready to hand, that way takes approx 5 minutes to say Thank You and hopefully makes the host or gifter feel good about all their hard work and thought.





Monday, 15 December 2014

It's Christmas


The last fair has been done, stock packed away until next year. Notebooks being filled with ideas, making a start on Easter first and may do some cards for Valentines Day. I always think Valentines day gets forgotten as busy up to Christmas, then celebrating our own Festive season. After eating too much and cold outside get a case of the hibernations for January and work seems a distant activity. In a blink of an eye the 14th February and again not ready for Valentines day.

Plan of action: Valentines cards being made between Christmas and New Year, well that is the plan and you could say part of the 2014 resolution list. 

Now what happened to that list? did I do one? not sure. In other words if done, now a distant memory and long forgotten. Wonder how many others make resolution lists only for them to end up in the bin by late January. Will we stick to them this year?

Wishing my wonderful readers and their families a 
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year

&



Monday, 8 December 2014

Another Christmas Fair

An all day event this time, up early car packed and off we go. The journey was good well only 7 miles so should be. The hall did not open until 9 which gave an hour to unload and set up, a bit rushed but we all managed by the skin of our teeth. Doors opened at 10.00 and we waited and waited for the rush to begin. By about midday had lost the will to live and the clock watching started. Am sure the time slowed down to an almost crawl as the last 3 hours lasted at least 6! One consolation sat next to the lovely Marion who makes come fabulous jewellery items, we chatted the time away and know without her would have been even worse. Some pic's of the day a bit lack lustre and it was a case that the stallholders and organisers out numbered the customers.

My battery lights failed as must have forgotten to check the batteries from last week but did remember the tealights.





Next week is my final event this year optimistic as back almost on home turf. Also the final date for posting from my website. Will still post orders but cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas. 


Happy shopping





Sunday, 30 November 2014

Christmas Fair

Now I know there is always talk about only going to proper 'Craft Fairs' but the Christmas village fair I attended today and which I have been going to for over 30 years is very good. The village hall is picturesque, well decorated, happy Christmas songs playing, aroma of mince pies and bacon rolls and not to mention the friendly stallholders and customers alike. A typical Hampshire village where everyone knows everybody. Approx 20 stalls and I did very well, in fact very happy with my sales today. 




My stall, forgot the battery tea lights for the houses. Just typical but still sold one have already added the box to the stock for next weeks fair. Took the pic's on my new iphone and must admit am quite happy with the results, did miss the anti shake though and perhaps not as clear as the camera but mighty handy.





One thing I have learnt over the years is that prices need to be pitched right and this year my stall was full of goodies £5.00 and under. A few of my frame clutch bags for £10.00 of which I sold one. The best sellers where the Christmas Tree earrings for £4.00, maybe it was getting change for a fiver but sold all apart from 1 pair. Guess what I will be making this week. The mini bags also went down well.




Two beautiful Golden retrievers came round part way through the girl about 2.5 years and a boy puppy (almost as big as the girl) 13 weeks, missed mine and wondered what he was up to with DH and apparently this is the result:


Hope you have a happy creating week and will report on next weeks whole day in Alton.