Sunday, 28 June 2015

Bumble Bees have taken up residence

We have a nest of Bumble bees in the soffits above the garage, varying sizes buzzing around their daily business. Checked with the local Bee Keepers Assoc and they say they will be gone by mid August at the latest. As protected they can stay, must admit they do not seem bothered about DH,dog and myself. I hang my washing out there and they just swerve to avoid me, peaceful fluffy creatures.

Funny about the bees as started my Bee Hive collection, maybe an omen that I have chosen right. Must admit do love bumble bees they make me think of long hot summer days, picnics in a park, reading in the garden under the scented roses, ahhhh! bliss. What better than an English summer.

Weather has been so good this week must admit struggled to actually work and find early morning is the best time. We get up about 5.30 most days and out for a wonderful walk with Shiloh, only see a few dog walkers (we are a mad bunch) and all the nature just perfect. Back to work did get some items done and still working on some more:

Bumble Bee clutch bags in a bee print cotton with a bumble with 3D wings


Bumble pins


Coasters


Honey Jar and Honey Bee Mug Rug (this took almost 3 hours of stitching each and not sure will repeat)




Key Fobs


Honey Bee fabric bowl


Think that finishes the Bee Hive collection for now, have to sit and plan what I am going to do next week.

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Have a great summer week and judging by the forecast temperatures stay cool.





Sunday, 21 June 2015

On Holiday, hmm!

Been on a sort of holiday this week but finally pulled my finger out and made some more stock for the Sewing Room collection:

Scissor Keepers



Needle Cases



Pin Cushions



Key Fobs


The key fobs are a new in the hoop design and think they turned out well.

I have a break from events until the 12th September, this gives me plenty of time to add new products but mainly I must tidy my workroom, bought a new chest of drawers and filled the drawers with 'stuff'. None of it sorted and boxes under the desk. Being a cold room ideal to do this when we get the summer heatwave, okay don't laugh but can live in hope.

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Have a good week and hope the weather is kind to you all



Sunday, 14 June 2015

Artisan Market and stall props.

Spent most of the last week making stall props and sorting stock for the Artisan Market on Saturday. 
Wanted to have something at the back of my stall,  I do have a large trellis section already but these are getting so heavy and find hard to carry very far. Came up with the idea of covering 4 canvases with batting and fabric, backing with a taupe sheeting, hinging together and making 2 lightweight backing boards. Very happy with how they look and handy to drape things over. 

My new shelves also arrived, again been looking for some small shelves, kept looking at wood but never found what I wanted then spied these Gisella Graham ones, expensive but perfect and easy to carry. The fit in the bag I made for the canvases. Think they highlight my clutch bags perfectly. sorry about the photo think I had the camera on close up and forgot to change, just typical of me.



The Artisan market was very quiet, on every month but this year only going 4 times and think may miss June next year. They like to change the stalls around so you are never in the same place twice, keeps returning customers walking round to give all stallholders a fair crack at the whip, so to speak. Not sure I have the stamina to go every month and think can make customers complacent if they see the same stalls over and over again. I also try to alter what I take so not the same thing, have my iPad with me so they can look at my full site if they want.

More for my Sewing Room collection, only had a small amount of this fabric, must have been an eighth as only managed to make the scissor keeper, pin cushion and a needle case. Plan to sell these as a set




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Have a good week a dodge the rain showers if possible.



Sunday, 7 June 2015

A wonderful week

Started off not too good weather wise but got better as the week went on. Had coffee with a new friend and business colleague on Wednesday, a lovely chat and excellent coffee. Hair cut on Thursday with another visit to the garden centre, this time for pebbles, did not cost anything as had some loyalty vouchers from them, now that is the type of buying I love.

Finished the new bed with the pebbles, so much neater than before.

When looking for sewing themed fabric for the scissor keepers last week came across these wooden spools. Had bought about 4 years ago and never used, although did have a plan.




As dismal on Sunday wanted something where the machine did the work and I could just embellish. Spool pin cushions with sewing mice round the centre.


Think they feel quite Vintage in style and enjoyed making them.

Not a lot of crafting done as had to 'help' DH with the kitchen ceiling. What is it with men that they always need help, grrrr!!!!! 2 washes and 2 top coats later looking good, all ready for Andrew to finish the lights on Monday, then will be able to see again. Not good fumbling round the kitchen with just a hob light on, lol and I am a tad clumsy.

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That is all for this week, enjoy the good weather and maybe summer has started




Sunday, 31 May 2015

Kitchen changeover and not much crafting

We have lost our minds and decided to replace the kitchen, last done in about 1998 and now looking very sorry for itself. Started with the first stage electrics on Tuesday followed by the skimming of the ceiling on Thursday, to get rid of the Artex. This week Lee will be doing washes to seal and top coats. Am beginning to wonder why we started this and still to select and have the units fitted. I know will look good when done but the upheaval is stressing me out. Love my kitchen organised.

Hence not a lot of crafting being done as have to make sure the worker is happy, lol. Did manage to make some cuff bracelets, another personalised scissor holder, for my website some plain scissor holders and pin cushions.






Finally a pink flower organza pin, plan to use at the Women Only Connected meetings and my events. May make some more to sell as do love these with the sparkly centres.


Feel I am drifting a bit atm and need to get back on track perhaps a visit to the Packhouse may inspire me to start working again.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Crafting and Gardening

This week has been productive with a new bed in the side garden, our beautiful tree of no name comes into blossom, new plants for the Hebe bed and the lawn is looking good too.


DH has worked very hard just have to get to the dump with all the turfs, now that will be fun. A bonus the first half of the week was glorious, sun and warm, perfect gardening weather.

Making this week, now I had a list of things to do, maybe a bit over ambitious and not saying got them all done but did well all things considering. The deluge of the wet stuff on Thursday worked wonders as inside in the dry stitching, nothing could be better.

MINI PHOTO FRAMES

I love these and able to use odd bits of fabric. Done in the hoop but altered the design, as should have been all over free standing lace. Thought this would be too expensive to make to sell, with 2 hours of stitching. Cut out the lace bit and just jumped the machine to do the outlines and the centre place for a picture, with a pocket.



KEY FOBS

Now these should have been clippie holders but as I have sort of stopped doing kid's things, again altered the design to make into fun key fobs.



SAUSAGE DOG BAG

I love the sausage dog in this design, again done in the hoop and he ends up following his own tail, lol



Teriann from Pixies Rules added my rose quilt bag to her website, one thing rang a bell is she called me a stitch artist. Never thought of myself that way but thinking about it sums up what I do quite aptly. Therefore I now have a new title, thanks to a US friend and loving it.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Rain and sun what a combination

Happy handmade Monday to all. Been a week of sunshine and showers. You may remember our cherry blossom tree in a previous post, well woke to a pink carpet the other day, so pretty and have banned Lee from getting out the mower to collect up the blossoms.


A new Magnolia planted last year is just starting to flower, love this colour


Lee has started a new project in the garden, which will mean a visit to a garden centre to stock up on goodies. Been planning to go to Leckford Estate for a long time, owned by John Lewis aka Waitrose.  Longstock Nursery with a cafe, yumm! and also the Leckford farm shop apparently the first supermarket to have a farm shop. Looking forward to this visit, not scheduled in yet but hopefully soon.

On the making front went all nostalgic as Downton is currently off air and had to use up some of my Andover fabric for 2 frame bags, with machine embroidered lace on the front and a lace fan on the back. Not wanting to waste a scrap managed to get 3 lavender sachets with complimenting ribbon and a bit of diamante of course.




Another piece of Downton fabric, this time with branches and berries, adding a free standing lace peacock to the front.


Found out on Friday Lee's aunt's 90th Birthday on Monday, so panic set in but managed a card just hope she gets on time.


Have some embroidery deigns for large postcards as not used before thought would have a play. This is just 1 of the designs done in a vintage tone and pink and grey. Stitched straight onto mottled card stock, the backing card is secured in place with the star design round the outside. Think will be doing a few more of these.





Trading Cards, ATC's and ACEO's

Been a lot of talk lately about ATC's and thought would give some more information. 
Trading Cards have been around in the US for some years and can depict sports to Disney, also known as  Baseball Cards. We had the original football cards or PG tips cards from Nature to Places but I think these were never as good as the USA version. Size for a start.

ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) and ACEO's (Art Card Editions and Originals) should measure 
212 by 312  inches (64 mm × 89 mm). Being this size means they fit inside the standard collectors sleeve, which holds 9 cards. inches

ATC's are given away or swapped, ACEO's can be sold. Both are normally made in collections and are numbered, dated, titled and signed by the artist on the back, these can be bought from most craft shops or you can print your own:


Being this size means they fit inside the standard collectors sleeve, which holds 9 cards. We have quite a few ATC's in the house namely my Disney Signature limited edition collection



ATC's were originally traded between artists, then artists began to sell the ATC's which made them ACEO's. Although the same format they are different as ATC's are never sold. There is a very good inspiration book about ATC's, full of samples of ATC's in different media, a good buy and a fantastic read: 



Hope this helps with a bit more info about ATC's and they are fun to collect and buy

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