Friday, 12 February 2021

2021 Please let it be better than 2020

Good Morning folks, been a long time since my last blog post and think 2021 should be when I start again and post at least once a month.

Well 2020 has been a dreadful year, news full of doom and gloom, so many people died from this dreadful virus, at least we now have a vaccine and I for one will be having the jab. Been in lockdown since last March and cannot wait to be able to browse the garden centres again, selecting plants for a new garden project. This year will be the year of a raised mini pond with a few small fish. Right in front of the gazebo seat.

During this lockdown have not been idle restarted and finally finished my Poldark cross stitch that DH bought me about 4 years ago. Framed and in the garden room.

Started a sampler style little black dress chart, this will be for my sewing room.

Also been working hard on new collections for my Folksy shop, going back to my shabby chic/vintage styling. Sometimes tempted by modern but deep down I am a vintage girl and can no longer resist the call of lace, beads, sumptuous fabric, threads, designs the list goes on.

One of my plans is after a merging of my work and sewing room was to use all the in stock supplies I have. DH has decided I have enough to have a shop! do not know what he means, lol. Still have to buy a few things though as just need certain items.

Well on with my showcase of new items posted to my Folksy shop so far starting off with 2 styles of brooches and a brooch pillow





Some keepsake cards





Today’s posting an frame full of Inchies, tiny works of art.


All of these creations appear in the ‘Amelia Rose’s Attic’ section. Stepping into Grandma’s attic and finding wonderful trunks filled with beautiful clothes and treasures.

That is it for me for a few weeks, maybe less. 

Stay safe and with this weather stay warm.







Thursday, 8 October 2020

Pumpkins and spooky tales

Halloween or All Saint's Eve

Celebrating the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

Normally children would be out trick or treating but doubt will happen this year.

Why not have your own trick or treat at home, hide sweet delights around the house, or garden if dry. Have fairy lights festooned and maybe some pumpkin banners and decorations.

My makes this week have been Halloween inspired and finding some beautiful fabric from Dash Haberdashery on Folksy to make into pumpkin bunting was a delight.

All on my Folksy Store Halloween section



Have a Spookylicious tim





 

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.


Monday

Dreaded housework part 1

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

Housework part 2, still hate it!!!!

Thursday

Finished the rosary mini bags



Friday

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



Saturday

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

Sunday

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.

TOTE BAGS






CLUTCH FRAME BAGS




MAKE UP BAGS




LAVENDER SACHETS



SKIRTS FOR 2/3 YEAR OLD






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