Saturday, 26 October 2013

A break from crafting

The past week has been busy not with crafting but the personal stuff that gets in the way of being creative. Saying that had to take a picture of this beautiful tree near our home, just starting to show it's Autumnal colours.

Sadly whilst no rain it was blowing a gale at the time so looks a bit lop sided. The picture also does not do it justice but with the sun out the colours glistened.

Those of you that know me know I love books, kindles? not for me I know they are convenient especially if on a daily commute but I have to have a book. This is the first book by Joanna Sheen in collaboration with Julia Wherrel called ' A Sticky End'

Set in a village in Devon in the lead role Victoria West, she inherits a cottage from her Aunt but soon becomes embroiled in a suspicious death. Right up my street and as a big fan of Joanna's had to have the signed edition. Not started to read yet as plan to set an afternoon aside, the fire lit, box of choccies and peace to sit and read. Love to read when cold outside as seems so much more special, although I do read anytime, any where, any place but some books you just have to set aside special time.

The next find this week is a new publication called 'Dapne's Diary'. Happened upon this in the new's agents and just by the cover alone had to buy. A magazine with a hint of romantic times, written like a diary about the author's love of antiques, vintage and more and her weekend trips to cities in Europe, such as London and Paris sourcing brocante items. Comes out every 6 weeks, have not found a subscription site yet but will make sure I get the next one.

That is all folks for this week, currently beavering away at my new collection 'The Bridal Boutique' only 2 weeks now until the wedding fair in Catherington, Hampshire and have quite a bit to do. Why do I always leave until the last minute? must get myself organised next year and try to be ahead of the game. Start each year with a resolution that I am going to plan but get so distracted with new fabric, designs, ideas that it goes out the window. Forgot one last buy which should help me in my former dilemma: 

Saw this on a blog and yes Amazon did have in stock in the UK, the plan? well to read and complete and be prepared in 2014.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Liss Triangle Monthly Market

My second attempt at the Liss market and not too bad, quieter than I think most of us would have hoped but then the weather was awful. Got drenched just taking a box of stock back to the car at the end and must admit if I did not have to go out would have stayed inside in the warm. A lovely lady who wanted some of the golf towels came back as promised from last month, she was happy and now has 3 of her Christmas gifts sorted. Oh the joys of the British weather.

Must admit not sure about this event, I do try to give new events at least 3 tries but as the November date clashes with a long running fair I have been going to my decision is based on just the 2 days. After consideration think that will be it, maybe I am getting too old to deal with the argy bargy to get a table and would rather have a more sedate approach. Next year my plan is to be more internet based I get less stressed as does the husband and not to mention the dog, who seems to think we should be in a pack of 3 at all times 24/7.

A couple of snaps to give a flavour of the morning not exactly a Harrods at sale time type crush:

This week making a start on the 2 ring pillow samples plus some silk covered horseshoes, you never know may have some makes to show in my next post.

I also have a new logo and a fresh look to my website and blog, gone away from colour and kept simple. The reviews so far is that the new look is liked, less fussy

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

On a Roll

  Surname Applique Initial 

A special gift for a wedding or anniversary, a keepsake of a special day. Brown and gold letter appliqued onto natural linen, embroidered in brown.

Holly Lace Angels

Delicate machine embroidered lace Angels with nativity scene edged with holly, and a silver or gold star. Beautiful on a Christmas tree or to decorate place settings at the Festive time.

Ballerina Back Packs

Saw this fabric and it spoke to me, adding more pink, embroidered ballerina and appliqued slippers, perfect for all those dance classes

Ballet Mask Decoration

A bit of a theme this week and what little girl does not like the ballet

Halloween Rosettes

I am getting quite addicted to Rosettes, you can do so much with them and with all the cute ribbons around crying out to be used, well what can I say?

Attending the monthly market at the Liss Triangle Centre on Saturday (19th October 9.30 to midday) if in the area please pop in and say Hello.

That's all folks for another week, will be posting some pic's of the market next Sunday then making some more samples for the Wedding Fair, only 4 weeks away now, how time flies when you are having fun.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Been a while .....

Seems so long ago that I blogged and for me that is sooooo bad, life just got in the way and have been so busy creating and playing nursemaid to my DH. Hopefully back to normal now. My last event at Liss Triangle Centre was very good and due there again on the 19th, this time must remember my camera to take some snaps.

Well what have I been up to?  Preparing for Christmas and a Wedding Fair. There you go have gone and said the 'C' word and to make things worse have added a countdown widget to my blog not to mention Halloween. Where does the time go? Have said before am sure as I get older there are less hours in the day or maybe as my DH said I have slowed down and not going out to work can put off until tomorrow and we all know tomorrow never comes

The Bridal Boutique

Not completed all the samples of the ring pillows but have done the bride and groom hearts, plus 'Bride to Be' rosette a must have for a hen night.

Joyeaux Noelle

Candy cane snowmen and Santa's fun to hang on the tree or for those end of term gifts.

Pink Santa gift bags, now I love Pink and this image is so cute

To help Santa out the key to the North Pole workshop, this may disappear on Christmas Eve as Father Christmas will need access to collect all the gifts

Whilst I will be selling the North Pole tags complete with key am happy to supply the tags on their own and then you can add your own ribbon and charm.

Have a happy Autumnal week and will be back next week with some more handmade gifts