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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See you all next week

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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Until next week have fun

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
Central Saint Martins
1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
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

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.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Almost Done

Well it has taken a long time mainly delayed due to illness but can now see the wood for the trees. Have to sort the fabric into correct boxes ie all the stripes, gingham and spots together. Plains, Floral etc. Do the labels when the new ink cartridge arrives, not sure how it happened as normally on top of ordering but ran out of black ink. The labels have been done already to print though and just need to be printed and clipped to the canvas cubes. 

This is part of the cupboard, all tidy with the ribbons in their boxes for ease of use.

Have been working on Saturday and Sunday some in the hoop pen holders and matching key fobs. My machine stitching away

The finished article. Will be sold as sets for £6, including pen, which I feel is a good price for a small gift.

With my sewing room all tidy my creativity is now flowing, the blocks and lethargy have gone. Can highly recommend de-cluttering it makes you feel so much better.

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Until next week when hopefully will have a lot more creations to share with you

Sunday, 26 February 2017

De-cluttering almost done

A week of still coughing, this cold is hanging around still hopefully only 1 week to go.

Been de-cluttering like mad as fed up with it now, we plan to go to Farnham next week and want to drop off boxes to the RSPCA shop. This has been the kick I needed top restart my efforts, amazing what you can get done when you put your mind to it. Only about 4 mores sections plus my books to go, then I know what I am keeping just need to make sure all boxes labelled and in their right places.

Will be so glad when done, the work room has been sorted just needs to be placed correctly, then we may start on the large loft at the top of the house. Did clear some last year but have an 8ft x 2ft shelf still to do. This is mainly Lee's stuff and he needs to make some hard decisions.

I cannot believe how much 'stuff' we accumulate over the years, could have opened a shop and stocked for a month at least. Have found though that the space is clearing my creative brain and helping me focus on what I want to make next. Now I can find things!!!!!

Made this card a few weeks back but could not show you until after the Birthday date, just in case the lady concerned reads my blog. Oriental styling:

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

A poorly week

Been really poorly this week and still not over it. Apparently lasts about 3 weeks, oh joy. Sore throat, hacking cough, blocked nose, streaming nose, temperature you name it Lee and I have had it.  I am not a good patient as hate not being able to do what I want when I want. My sewing room is calling but no energy.

Will check out all your blogs and hope to be back to some form of normality next week.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Decluttering continues

I set myself a goal for the New Year to declutter and get myself to the point where I know where everything is and do not have to spend hours looking for an item I know I have. Then get distracted by other finds on the way. Well update still decluttering and still getting distracted by finds, good job I have no event until the end of November to attend.

In the cupboard in my sewing room have a unit which is divided up into cubes, always had a problem finding suitable boxes that fit. Browsing ebay, as you do, found some wonderful canvas cubes that are perfect, they will be holding all my large fabric pieces.

My ribbons have also had a makeover and now in special boxes which enables me to pull and cut, not like before in one large box where they escaped from and ended up all over the floor.

I am getting there but taking so long as sometimes feel split between making and decluttering, so end up doing neither. Keep telling myself if I concentrate should all be done by the end of February, then can do the workroom in March not to mention the rest of the house. I do feel better when decluttering has been done and amazed at how much 'stuff' we accumulate for 2 people. It is hard to sometimes make the big decision and let go of items though as always think 'what if' but know if not used in 5 years unlikely to be used in the future. The last time we did this sort of thinning out was when we moved into the house in 1989, this property is considerably bigger than the last and when we got the keys from the builders thought we would never fill it and be rattling around. That is so funny 26 years later we are full to the brim, hence why the workroom was built to accommodate all my non sewing crafts. Also needed a stock room as swell for all the craft bits I make, lol.

Love the Marie Kondo's Japanese philosophy of living, this is an extract from a review of her book:

"Kondo invites readers, particularly Western ones, to fundamentally re-think their relationships to the objects in their everyday lives. With a few simple, though radical, rules, Kondo’s approach promises to transform the way you relate to the things in your life, forever. The verdict’s still out for me on the ‘forever’ part, but her rules are refreshing. “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too,” she writes. Finding inner peace by way of a more organized life? "

I agree that in the Western World we are very wrapped up in 'things' and let's be honest as I get older I realise cannot take it with me and as have no children, no one to leave it too. So I am now taking the stance if not being used or potentially useful will go.

Until next week, Happy Crafting!