Sunday, 19 January 2020

New Year Part 2

Well almost 3 weeks into the New Year, have been busy making for Valentines Day. Plus missed last weeks Handmade Monday, where did the time go. My Folksy store has been on sale mode, busy backwards and forwards to the Postbox. Thought it would be quiet but no, sales have gone through the roof. From my point of view good, means I have space for all the new ideas. Sale ended now and back to posting Valentines makes.

Makes so far this year:

Key rings, all done in the hoop on my embroidery machine

A Love Pillow

Tag pockets

Couple of cards

Learning new techniques.

I am passionate about all forms of crafting and made a decision to learn something new this year. The choice has been vast but settled on Weaving. George Weil based in Farncombe, not far from us do a small frame, which for me is perfect as can make into bags etc.  After the sale has finished something I am going to look at treating myself.

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A bit behind this week, DH and I met up with some old colleagues from BT we have all retired now. Sewing machines serviced on Thursday am finally got back to working on Friday.

Should make next week okay as nothing on the cards.

Have fun

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Happy New Year and I'm Back

Well after a long break, my last post was in June! My batteries are recharged and a lot of changes have taken place.

Firstly I had major problems with my website, had already changed hosts once but it continued. Got to April and had had enough, so closed my website down and reopened my Folksy shop. It was a risk but have had huge success and never looked back. More sales in 3 months than I have ever had on my own website. I do work at it though and list either something new or a relist every day, visit the other posters on the challenge thread, love and pin their items. Daily promotions on Facebook, Instagram etc.

New Year for me is a rebranding hence a new banner will gradually get my business cards etc changed but as have quite a lot atm, not going to just throw away. New items to make, so many ideas and my NY journal is filling up already. Hope you will join me on my journey.

Have missed blogging and hope Julie will let me back into the fold but needed time away as my batteries were running on empty.

Concentrating on Valentines Day, I know you may all groan as a few weeks off but time goes so quickly and in a blink of an eye it will be the 14th of February. A few makes so far some vintage styling and some not.

Made some lip balm cases out of remnants of vinyl and glitter fabric, they have gone down well. Done from a design in the hoop on my embroidery machine.

Did the usual Christmas Fair in the next village, only 1 I am doing now. Went well good atmosphere and sold lots of goodies. Meeting up with a lady I got chatting to for afternoon tea at the local pub on Wednesday.

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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Handmade Monday #133

An odd week weather wise warm on some days then so humid with thunder storm and needed the lights back on! Typical British summer that we have grown to expect. On the plus side the garden shrubs are growing at a rate of knots and looking so good.

Back to a daily life for me:

Sunday 23rd

Updated and published my blog, long overdue and had not realised how long I had been awol. Must do better!

Made up the finger rosaries today and happy with how they turned out. Plus started some of the rosary mini zip bags.


Dreaded housework part 1


Trip to M & S food, spent too much but that was DH's fault. Farm shop on the way home for some plants.


Housework part 2, still hate it!!!!


Finished the rosary mini bags


Free standing lace cross bookmarks. A 50th anniversary gift and card which I cannot show yet see Handmade Monday #136


Photography and blog update, so hot today so did not do much of anything.


Blog publish

Looking back did not do much at all last week, did spend a lot of time in the garden, planting etc. Need to water the pots twice a day atm. Off for a relaxation day.

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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Handmade Monday #132

A three week break and have been sorting my craft supplies, done about 15% and still a long way to go. Plus my mojo went AWOL. However, on Monday the 10th, did masses of cutting out as on my sort found some fabric I had forgotten about. Stags, foxes, hedgehogs and fairies. 4 tote bags, 4 clutch frame bags, 2 make up bags, 5 lavender sachets. Not to forget 2 children’s skirts.

On Thursday started sewing and finally by Saturday had a lot to show for a few days enjoyable work.






Met up with a dear friend for coffee Tuesday 11th and talking to her my thinking changed. She is at a crossroads in that her website has been closed and she now can make decisions as to what is next. I suggested to take her time and enjoy the freedom making decisions when she is ready. I decided to follow my own advice and do things that bring me joy, are not a trial. Creating makes me happy but have always set myself deadlines which make me stressed. It is okay to step away and enjoy life as it is now, in this moment. DH has long been at me to do what I want to do, not what I feel I should do. I digress slightly in that having this new outlook I have achieved more than I have for a long time. Next week may take a break either way I will go with the flow.

Made the decision to give up on events apart from the 1 local one I have been doing for years. Then saw a post on Hampshire Crafters on FB that a lady is looking at renting a pop up unit in a local Farm Shop only about 3 miles away. Have requested more details and will see costs etc and if I am accepted. Update application form sent off, not sure I will get in as noticed contemporary and not really contemporary, will wait and see.

Well that is it for an inspirational and productive week, let’s hope many more to come.

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Handmade Monday #128

Another week and just seen a Grinch post only 31 weeks until Christmas, just saying lol.

What a beautiful week with the weather, have done a lot of gardening. My DH keeps coming up with projects that inevitably involve my input for the final touches.

Have managed to get some work done, my plan atm is to look at the fabrics I have and make something out of the whole length. Bought this linen effect bunny fabric a while back, cannot even remember what I was going to do with it. Have made 3 tote bags, so handy for the summer all lined.

With some fussy cuts two pretty little frame bags.

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Until next week, have a good Bank Holiday

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Handmade Monday #127

What a beautiful start to the week weather wise. did so much in the garden, spent money at the garden nursery. wisteria is now out and pretty shades of lilac and white.

Not doing as much making atm, mainly due to the fact that when I did a stock take and loaded all my products onto the Folksy shop. had a shock as to how much I had in stock. Wanted to use up some fabric I have had for a while and made 3 herb oven mitts and 1 tea cup one.

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See you next week

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Handmade Monday #126

Another week has gone and ever nearer Christmas, lol. Did do some sewing and pack the car for an event, more about that lower down.

The first creations were some Bee skirts, made from strips of fabric. with a happy bee applique design to the centre left.

Have a stash of vintage linens and doilies, been meaning to use for a while. Bought them at a vintage fair then put in a box and promptly forgot about the. Still have plenty plus vintage linens that I plan to use up mainly in a boho chic clothing range.

A doily pansy top/waistcoat was born. The blossom fabric gave a good base using my own drafted pattern. The pansies were a trim round some of the doilies and felt they looked better as centre pieces. Took an age to remove them all from the centre piece but got there in the end.

Had an event yesterday, only sold 1 card in the morning. Exhausting and soul destroying. Have cancelled the next 2 bookings and would rather stay home and promote. On a plus note heard from the good local one and booked in for November.

Today helping DH dig a path out round a bed, well I will be standing on the hose and supervising.

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Have a good week x