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!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

My ideal event- A Crafting Convention

I have been asked by Eventbrite to write about my ideal event. Now this is easy for me as always disappointed with the modern events held in cold modern buildings.

My ideal event would be held in a beautiful country manor house with lots of rooms, each room would be themed. 

Separate rooms full of ribbons, lace, fabrics, ex-designer fabrics, vintage lace and trims, beads the list goes on but not forgetting books on all things creative.

Separate rooms would be a joy like browsing indie boutiques in the Lanes of Brighton or Walton Street off the King's Road in Chelsea. Each door would open to a world of delights.

Rooms holding classes on quilting, embroidery, Sashiko, Tambour, fabric box making and beading techniques.

Pattern rooms with vintage patterns going back through the ages.

Exhibition of beautiful Victorian dresses up to 1950's dirndl skirts.

Beautiful papers to use for scrapbooking, cards or a multitude of crafts.

Vintage wallpaper sheets to buy to look at or use.

Yarn made in the UK by individual wool suppliers, with demo's of hand dying and weaving.

Tea rooms dotted about in rooms for a break with a cup of tea and homemade cakes.

Somewhere to sit in and relax contemplate your purchases made, check off in the guide rooms visited and rooms you want to go back to.

Not forgetting a garden to walk around and get inspiration for some creativity and more purchases

Would have to be a beautiful summer day with the sun in the sky and to come home with bags full of goodies

Finally a hall of vintage and handmade crafts, beautifully displayed a place to find wonderful gifts to keep or give.

I hope you enjoyed a tour of my ideal event, what would yours be?

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Until next week, enjoy

All images used from Pinterest

Sunday, 29 January 2017

A quiter week

Been a quieter week and less productive for me, mainly because met up with a friend for coffee for a lovely chat. Had a new cupboard delivery which then meant moving things around ie books into the new cupboard etc. Very tidy now and we have cleared the DVD cabinet of the books now have room for more DVD's, that and cleaning not a lot of crafting to show for the past week. 

Did have a play with a new in the hoop design, a cover for sticky notes, ideal for your handbag

Forgot to mention last week, those that know me know I love stationery and notebooks, went to M & S Food and found this wonderful daily journal, just right for some extra planning in the business front. That and my bullet journal think will have to behave and not buy any more.

On saying that did buy some journal cards, they are so pretty and plan to write on them and add to the journals. A sort of product brain storming session.

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Hope to be more productive next week but having a big declutter of my sewing room. This seems to be taking ages and keep getting distracted with found goodies that I could not remember buying or where I had put them. Think this is going to be a long task and not sure when I will resurface.

That is it from me this week, stay safe, warm and dry

Sunday, 22 January 2017

A year of change

A moment of revelation, after being turned down for some events and having grown tired of 'Craft Fairs' in general got a bit down, then stood up and dusted myself off and thought all things happen for a reason. The whole point of my business was to work from home online. That is now what I am doing and working hard to make my site more visible plus reopening my Etsy store. This will save me rentals, petrol, attending time and travel time. Just think what I could be doing with all those hours lost? CREATING which is what I love doing.

On a positive note a lady through my sister bought a pair of my Swarovski elements Christmas tree earrings and when she gave to her daughter she was so thrilled with them. Another lady shopping in Tesco in Aldershot saw the cashier wearing a pair of lace embroidered tree earrings, recognised and yes they were mine she had bought them from an event I attended last year. As her sewing ladies do get asked where they got their earrings from plan to send them some business cards to hand out. All good marketing and promotion.

Not done so much on the making front this week as have had a migraine most of the week but did complete a pink Swarovski Elements necklace, got this idea from a design worn on 'Murdoch Mysteries', so pretty and delicate.

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That is it for me this week, have fun and stay warm as sooooo cold in Hampshire atm.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Teacups, roses and more

Well January is flying past and making as fast as I can. Saw these rose teacups on ebay, a set of 3 no saucers but what I had planned that did not matter, adding lace, Elizabethan potpourri, roses, diamantes and pearl diamantes. So pretty and smell delicious.

Earring cards (a card and gift in one) with Swarovski elements heart earrings, come in a matt gold box

Decorated spoons

Image printed onto fabric and embellished with ribbon, beads, flowers and German glass glitter

Altered alarm clock

Embroidered image of Jane Austen writing in the back, embellished with flowers 

Baby fox and Bunny pictures

Found these shabby chic style frames and felt this new design fitted them well.

Fairy wishes bottle

Not to waste anything this tiny bottle held Anbesol, adding glitter, roses and a fairy

Bluebird image box

Again another recycled project, this 4 section box had wood ornaments of snowflakes and reindeer. Painted in cream chalk paint beautiful images of bluebirds, diamantes and flowers with ribbon for hanging.

Think that is all for this week but on a roll and now nothing is safe as if I think could be upcycled will be used.

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Have a good week, stay warm, safe and dry

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Working Hard

Started off the week well on the making front, then decided that my sewing room was a tip. On Friday started the big tidy up, using the Julie Morgenstern's method, which is very logical and works, once you start and that for me is the biggest problem, finding the energy and enthusiasm to start. On this occasion it has all got a bit overwhelming and needed to do something, namely wanted to move a desk from my workroom to the sewing room for the embroidery machine to be in a permanent location, so something had to be done.

Sort: Going through everything in a given room and grouping it according to categories that make sense to you — which is why the previous point about identifying your own preferences is so important. Resist the urge to return items that you think belong in another room straight away; put them in a dedicated box and return them at the end of the process, or you'll be endlessly distracted.
Purge: Getting rid of items in each category that are broken, useless, superseded or otherwise irrelevant. Morgenstern is a firm advocate of the "if you haven't used recently, ditch it" school of thought, but this is another area where your own personal judgement becomes important. That said, if you fail to purge anything during a cleanup, you'll probably find it harder to keep everything organised.
Assign: With purged and sorted groups of items, you can assign each group a permanent home (which won't necessarily be in the room where you've done the sorting) — again making use of your own preferences and existing habits, and bearing in mind any space restrictions. Ideally, this should involve saying "this goes in this item of furniture/area", rather than just in a particular room.
Containerise: Minimising clutter means having somewhere to put stuff away, and that's where storage containers (whether that's a new bookshelf or a container to keep batteries in) become important. However, it's always better to hold off on buying (or recycling from what you've already got) until you've done the first three stages, reinforcing the point we made recently that you shouldn't shop for organising gear until you know what's there to organise. Having dedicated locations for everything also makes it easier to put everything away, which is the next critical stage.
Equalise: The final key to staying clutter-free is dedicating time every day (or every week for less frequently used rooms) to equalise: returning everything to its home. If you've been thorough with the previous stages, this shouldn't be time consuming. Morgenstern advocates revisiting the clutter-clearing process every six to 12 months to make sure that equalising doesn't take too long.
Makes for this week

A good friend sent me some lovely gifts and wrapped around them was this linen ribbon, not wanting to waste it as so pretty, have made up into some flower pins

Another vintage style card, bit concerned as these take so long to do but could also be framed and kept.

Finally finished the 4 scarves, love this yarn reminds me a bit of the pencil shavings, when you kept on and on sharpening to produce a curl as long as possible. Shows what I got up to at school, little things.....

That is it for me this week, have a god one and if you do not hear from me next Handmade Monday, please send out a search party as could be buried under a ton of fabric.