Sunday, 15 October 2017

A week of a bit of this and that, plus first event of the year

Another week in my crafting world. The trees are turning but the colours are fantastic.

Sunday: Check blog and publish, start blog for next week (well this week if you are now reading my exploits)

Monday: Snowmen treat bags in calico

Tuesday: Went to M & S simply food this morning, more goodies bought for Christmas

Wednesday: Trying to sort out the display for the bunting.......

Happy with it now, after doing thought should have got a printed version from Vistaprint, maybe next year

Thursday: A Birthday card for Lee's cousin

Friday: Birthday card for one of Lee's friend's

Plus loaded up the car with all my stock and props for Saturday, had to hunt for the flask as not where it should have been!!!!

Saturday: First event of the year

Photo not that good as can never hold the phone steady. A good event, everyone friendly visitors and stallholders alike, typical of a Hampshire village. Managed my goal of 3 times the rent so a happy bunny. Tomorrow plan to start on some Christmas gifts for friends and family.

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Until next week......

Saturday, 7 October 2017

October, flu jabs and more or maybe less!

Welcome to another week in my world, of ups and downs, this week more down as have aggravated an old riding injury. Started the week off okay though:

Sunday: Pricing stock for the fairs. This took ages and continues for several days, have now added pricing to my 'To Do' list of new makes as I go along. A thankless task. Still have boxes of stock but as they are web based not as bothered but at some point am going to have to bite the bullet, so to speak.

Monday: More of the same, see Sunday and sort into baskets etc. This way makes it easier when unpacking at an event, a lot quicker.

Tuesday: Met up with Jenny who runs Women only Connected for coffee and chat, had a lovely morning.

Got home to find that Lee had started to mow the back lawn, caught the cable under a stone and ripped said cable out of the mower. At the same time fusing half the house. Ordered a new mower which arrived same day, this time cordless and he is now a happy bunny. Also means I do not have to have the windows open to allow for the extension and free to death in the house.

Idiot that I am I lifted the old mower into the boot of the car, to take up the dump, my hip and back go. Been hobbling around in agony for most of the week.

Wednesday: Still in pain and cannot sit or lay down for long, Movelat getting good use.

Thursday: Feeling better today and managed to complete an order for some bunting and book collection. Forgot to take pictures, slap on wist.

Friday: Waitrose delivery and everything in stock! Yay!!. Made up 2 'I love my cat bags' and added the charms to the dog ones and cats as finally arrived.

Went for a walk half way round thought Lee would have to go and get the car, back bad again.

Saturday: So far so good pain wise, couple of panadol's helped. Made up a doggie bandanna for an order, packaged and posted off on the way for our flu jabs.

Checked blog up to date, the first thing I saw was a blank page! had filled nothing in this week at all.

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Until next week

Sunday, 1 October 2017

October has arrived

Well Autumn is well and truly here but I do love this time of year, providing no rain. Crisp mornings, dog walking through crunchy leaves, the mist rising from the ground, squirrels frantically charging around to collect for their winter hibernation. I think we are lucky to have four seasons to look forward to, if hot all the time would get a bit boring and let's face it as Brits we would have nothing to moan about.

Firstly had to show a beautiful piece of work by 2 fellow crafters. Pete turns the wood and Mo decorates. In this case a beautiful wedding platter. Their work can be found here: Bodrighy Wood

Okay my crafting diary as follows;

Sunday: Check blog is okay to publish, copy images of new makes to paypal app.
On the making front some Christmas Cards. Done on the embroidery machine then stitched to card blanks with a zig zag stitch. Simple but different. These are the first 2 designs, another 3 to do.

Monday: More Christmas Cards

Tuesday: A day of wandering round Country Market for some apples, Forest Lodge for some evergreen plants for the porch and finally Frensham Garden Centre to check out the farm shop and anything else they had on display.

Wednesday: Not sure what happened to Wednesday but nothing to show for it. Oh yes got an order for some letter bunting, ordered the fabric.

Thursday: fabric for the bunting arrived but did not like the so called ivory with red spots, actually a cream, more searching online. However, the Christmas fabric arrived for the final card design:

Friday: Photographing the cards and adding to my paypal app along with some other makes for my event in 2 weeks.

Saturday: Two I love my dog bags, still have the cats to do.

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Next week have got to start sorting my stock and props for the fair on the 14th Oct. Although just under 2 weeks to go this is part of my new regime to be ready and prepared well before the day. Have left until the day before and that is hectic, then realise forgotten something when I get to the hall.

Until next week, have fun!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Hello from a chilly Hampshire

Welcome to another week of my musings and creations. This week has been more productive and sure something to do with putting the heating on and not stuffed into about 3 jumpers!

Diary of the week:

Sunday - Stitched out 18 Teachers Thank You apple key fobs

Monday: Santa Milk and Cookies mug rugs were on the 'To Do' list but then realised had not got any red and green plain fabric. Sure I had some but must have used last year. Ordered.

Tuesday: Went and saw my sister, spent the morning chatting, sorting out her iPhone calendar and looking at the wonderful embroidery she has been doing. The plain red and green fabric arrived that is what I call excellent service, next day delivery.

Wednesday: Spent the morning updating the paypal app for my events. Have to make sure have photos, prices, options etc takes a while to do and something I must try to do after each item made. Trouble is some items are purely for events and do not go on my website, plus the other way round. Thinking about it I could post to paypal anyway just in case. If I did an open day would have everything on display anyway. Must add to my list of things to do after each creation.

Thursday: got on and made 4 of each of the Feltie pins - Fox cub, lamb and a cute mouse. Mounted onto some tags that have had hanging around for some time.

Friday: Milk and cookie coasters

Saturday:  Reindeer and dragon pins 4 of each, plus painted and decorated some mini pumpkins. All in all not a bad week for creating.

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Until next week......

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A week of procrastination

Well this week has been odd, I spent a lot of time doing nothing and thinking about doing nothing. Feeling guilty that I was doing nothing.... you get the drift. Days of should I shouldn't I and in the end wasted time doing? Nothing!!!!!

Achieved a lot on Thursday, shouts from the bedroom that the new sky Q box had packed up, on checking no the tv which was 15 years old had packed up. Went online chose another tv ordered for next day delivery. Then realised as bigger would need a console table again online and ordered for next day delivery. Friday came and both items arrived within 20 minutes of each other, now that is what I call service. All up and running by 2pm. DH now happy.

Back to what I should have been doing.....

More Teacher gifts, some variations on the mug rug pattern

Finally got the samples for the letter bunting and add on's done.

Okay Diary time:

Sunday - Teacher mug rugs
Tuesday - Trip out with DH
Wednesday - Add on's for the bunting
Thursday - Nothing a lazy day and sorting out the new tv
Friday - A Birthday card for a friend, cannot show yet
Saturday - Blog, another Birthday card and a Sympathy card for a neighbour who has lost her Dad.

As you can see it was defo a procrastinating week, let's hope next week is better.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

106 more days until Christmas.

I know still a way to go but I love all things Christmas, the church bells, snow, glitter, snow, giving gifts, cards, snow, snow and snow. To wake up to a quiet but clear morning and know with the hush it is white outside. Not good if you have to get around and being in a village have been snowed in before. Sadly now the army have left think we will remain snowed in if we get the white stuff.

Dog walks through the white stuff, bliss. Okay back to normality and Autumn which I am sure is a month early, the trees are turning already but do think we had summer in April through to July.

Creating this week? Made a bandanna for Shiloh, dreadful behaviour for a model and had to be blackmailed with a supply of doggie biccies to finally get one shot. Spent most of the time with his head as a blur or his tongue stuck out! Such a diva, not sure would employ again, think will make a soft toy dog to use in the future.

Put on Facebook and had an order for 2 within 5 minutes

All done and posted off last Monday.

Just goes to show how good FB is for advertising. Noticed an increase of visits to my page as well. Maybe doggie things are the way to go.

This weeks diary:

Sunday - Bandanna order, packaged ready for posting

Monday - Trip to Godalming so nothing creative done

Tuesday - Should have been adding new makes to my website but DH took over the iMac

Wednesday - Adding 2 new makes to my website at a time as find this part of the business boring, love to make. Okay actually added 8 items today.
Plain contrast fabric arrived ready for the sample bandannas tomorrow.

Thursday - More website updating, all finished now and must do as I make.
The champagne glass silver die cuts arrived, mock up for 60th Birthday invitations sent off for acceptance. Still waiting on delivery of the cards though.

Friday - Samples of the different bandanna patterns added to my website.

Cards for the invitations received, printed off and champagne glasses added. Have blurred out the details top and bottom of the card. I can assure you they did not go off with black smears, lol Booked for collection by courier tomorrow.

Saturday - End of term Teachers gift ideas started: Best Teacher mug rugs

Also started a list of the items that I am taking to the fair in October, plan to transfer to the paypal app on my iPad, this needs to be done by early Oct but hoping to start on that task next week.

That is another week from my crafting diary, what will I get up to next week? What have I learned this week? to take photos and add to my website as I go!!!!

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Until next week, have fun

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A week in my crafting shoes

Thought would do something different this week and take you through a journey of my crafting week, day by day.

Monday - Found some head bands and pony tail bands, not sure when I got them but thought may as well use up for the fairs this year.

8 X knot bow hair bands

12 X knot bow pony tail bands

Tuesday - Cleaning upstairs. It is official I hate housework with a passion. Knitting.

Tuesday/Wednesday - New project started and knitted 1 pair this afternoon, a cute pair of bootees/sneakers

Wednesday - A trip to M & S food, spent more than I should but so many goodies, afternoon more knitting.

Thursday - Matinee jacket. Bought the yarn for this but somehow ran out, panic set in but the supplier had 3 balls left of the correct dye lot. Got another ball delivered Saturday and after knitting like mad all done. The dark teal ribbon arrived today and looks good, had to order by eye as online but happy with how it turned out.

Friday - Bandanna for Shiloh, he was not a professional model and acted like a Diva spending most of the time sticking his tongue out.

Posted to Facebook and got an order for 2 within 5 minutes, now that is what I call productive advertising.

Saturday - Order for the 2 bandannas done, all packaged up for posting later today.
Blog updated all ready for Sunday and now the start of a new week.

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