Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Crafting for friends



Alice and I went shopping on Monday. I don't know if I've already mentioned Alice and that her and Christopher are getting married next September and have asked me to do the wedding stationary. Anyway they have and I'm really chuffed and honoured and excited. Alice would like something plain with silver, white, stars and another colour depending on what the bridesmaids dresses turn out to be. What fun! Do any of you have any tips or ideas? I've never done a wedding before so any advice gratefully received! And I've been making bags...again! This one is a present for a mystery friend (don't want to give it away quite yet) but I was so pleased with the rosette I wanted to share. I know you don't really need a pattern for a rosette but the ones from this book 'Kokoro no Te' by Kumiko Sudo come out so neat that I think I may have a new obsession!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Random facts tag.


I've been tagged by Daisy! And so I have pasted the rules for this tag and added a random picture of Will and his 4th birthday party and will have a go, because it's Sunday and Daisy's really made me chuckle! 1. Link to the person who “tagged” you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when you have answered.
Right here goes;
1. I don't know my left from my right and failed my first driving test because of it.
2. I was a Sunday school teacher for a good few years. (have lost the whole idea since)
3. My fingers are double-jointed and bend backwards in a really freaky way.
4. I believe that people who die leave an imprint and maybe sometimes people pick up on it. It bothers me that I believe this as I now feel uncomfortable with any ccncept of 'the soul'.
5. I used t be able to turn my tummy button inside out-(now I struggle to find it)
6. I love drinking pints of bitter, which was acceptable in Dorset but in Kent gets you funny looks, or two halves!
I would like to tag; Karen, which is frankly cruel because I know she is quite a private person. (have I introduced you to my dark side?) MarmaladeKiss; she's on holiday and when she gets back she may want a break from the washing...or rinsing out her bikini! Fan my Flame, I've just discovered this Blog and am intrigued. Florence, she hasn't posted lately and I'd like to know she's well and happy. Felting in Fibrespace, another new discovery, just look....cool huh? And finally the ace Juicy Fig, if you hurry you can take part in her giveaway. Phew.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

The farmer wants a....button ring?!


Well, today was the day. My first Farmers Market at Sandwich. It was not a rip roaring success. I covered my pitch and a tiny bit more but with four hours in the sunshine and lots of prep I was a little disappointed. The other stall holders were really friendly and assured me that regulars in our slightly reserved town would need to get used to me before they bought from me! It wasn't all bad though, Tracey came to keep me company for an hour (bringing cold Coke), Bev asked me if I would like to set up a pitch at her ladies pamper night, (yes please!) and I had a really nice lady selling jewelry next to me. We chatted and she said that a shop in Deal sold her necklaces and might be interested in my brooches and bags. I mentioned it to lovely supportive Simon (who had had the two children all morning) and he suggested we went over this afternoon. The lovely lady in the shop said she would take some knitted bags in the winter and she bought every brooch I had taken to show her straight off me....yippee. Taking the day as a whole I feel that I've made some progress. Not only have I got some more leads, and a really nice shop selling my stuff but I have learnt from todays stall and had some feedback and now feel really positive about next month.

Look out on Folksy and Etsy for things that I didn't sell today but am stll rather proud of!

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Off to buy a lottery ticket!




I won again! Could this be a streak? (should I do a celebratory streak?) Swirly was having a clear out and invited takers for her tinselled bits and ribbon from Ikea. (hmm maybe I could do a partial streak, dressed only in wired organza?) The children were so excited to see a parcel, I tried to explain that it would just be ribbon for mummy and that there would be nothing for them but they saw the cartoon chickens and were not convinced that there wouldn't be something lurking inside and THERE WAS! Just look at those cute knitted bags/disguises. (We were all so excited I took pics without checking for in shot junk!) There were extra treats for me too, a notebook, badges and stickers. Just a massive thank you again for my goodies, and for your thoughtfulness Swirly. Three little days well and truly made! xx (by the way don't panick even Simon hasn't seen me naked and upright since the 90's!)

Saturday, 19 July 2008

I have been so lucky, lucky lucky lucky....


I don't want to gloat or rub salt in any ones wounds but....I won!!!! Yayyy. Look at all my lovely loot courtesy of Ethel and Edna! The jiffy bag that was waiting for me when I got home from a particularly gnarly day at work was stuffed full of cool and interesting things. I don't want to give anything away but I have already started to use some of it, and the knitting mag has details of a sort of knitting freecycle that will be useful in disposing of some of those knitting patterns I have been given. Will helped himself to two brooches and three buttons. I have a feeling that Mum might half-inch the ladybird books if I'm not careful too! Thank you so much.
There seems to be a common quandary over pricing hand-made/crafted items. I have been trying to settle on prices for things for next weeks (gulp) farmers market. I have had lots of comments through the blog, from friends, Simon and emails on this subject. I am having thought whirling 'round my head on....costs of materials (sometimes this is actually 0!)...cost of pitch(£10)......who will be there(probably mostly older ladies with wicker baskets!)....how good my stuff is (floodgates of insecurity and self doubt just about holding on that one).....why am I doing this anyway (self actualisation??? too deep!- shift some stuff? I like it?- final verdict-I'm not sure!) At the end of the day I want some things to sell so that I can review what I make get some feedback and decide whether this might be a way forward to developing my own signature. Still not sure what those price tickets will say!
On another self-promotion front I was lurking in quiet reverence on Bugs and Fishes when a new web-site was mentioned billed as a UK Etsy!!! (I didn't quite wet my pants!) So I've been over and set up my Folksy shop put one measely item in with the idea that it can be filled after next weekend. Pricing here was less traumatic as I won't actually have to make eye contact with the 'customer' or say it out loud!

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Swap virgin no more!




A while back I signed up for a kitchen swap hosted by Pink Petal. I was paired up with Sara and was a bit nervous because (blush) I've never swapped before. I started off with knitting some dishcloths using a pattern from http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php(I want to try the fairy next!) Then I decided to make a pot holder. I made one side patchwork and I just went mad on the other with pretty ribbon. I have never owned a pot holder or made one and now I am a total convert! How sensible; something to pick up a toasty pan lid which won't trail on the hob and scorch. I then edged a hand towel with fabric and added more ribbon. I was quite pleased with the results, although Sara had told me that her kitchen was duck egg blue and my stash was painfully bereft of this colour so this might not actually match her kitchen! (sorry Sara!) Unfortunately the Royal mail ripped all the packaging so I hope her chocolate and hand cream arrived too! x

Friday, 11 July 2008

Tea towel totes, or 'bags made of dish-cloths'-how glam!



A while back I was

tempted by the tea towels in our local linen shop. (Our town is very old school; this shop is brilliant, linen, towels, lingerie (!) and lovely friendly ladies.) Ethel and Edna was good enough to send me a link to a tote making tutorial which I started to follow late last night and finished this bag this morning. The straps were a bit of a fiddle, and I'm afraid, as usual, I ignored the pre-wash instructions but it has actually come out with straps the perfect length. I think the whole thing cost me about £2.50 to make which I think makes it a bargain. I will be trying these out at the market too, and if they don't go I will be more than happy to fill them with goodies for friends for birthdays or.......dare I say it........Christmas! Hmm just had a thought..I wonder if I could get two tiny ones out of one tea towel as bags for little people. The local schools wear red and blue gingham and the private school wears purple so might look out for something in those colours. What do you think; does a lunch-box bag need to be waterproof? The local schools already use waterproof book bags so they would be just for lunch...I would definitely need to pre-wash these as they would need to be chuck-in-the-machine-able. Hate it when my head runs away with itself....come back!!!!!

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

I think this is actually quite nice!


Do you remember that piece of embellishment I did with Will that looked like some sort of Dr Who costume? Here it is again, with french knots and beads and black velvet sashing and everything. And look now it has been joined by some glitzy log cabin work (my first attempt!) and it's own constellation of sparkly bits. The bag is lined with the shot metallic-ish fabric which I bought for £2 a fat quarter at New Year, hooray! The bag went together really well with a simple technique taught by Fay Maxwell on an embroiderers guild weekend I went on. I like this bag, but I have to say, I bloody hate Bondaweb (used to bond calico to add rigidity to the log cabin side) and I don't like velvet crawling up and away from itself when your trying to sew it. Anyway another one for the stand at the market.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Pick a card, any card.




I have done a couple of craft fairs in the past and have tried to sell handmade greeting cards with varying success. So many people make their own cards now and with Wilkos selling kits it's pretty cheap to do your own. But I like making cards, (she whinged) it's fun and I like buying things to make cards with...I can't stop. This is my latest idea, and really it's a last try. I have made three packs of six 'notelets' in gift boxes to go on the stall at the farmers market. These are made with some Papermania Laura Ashley paper and various other bits and pieces. I'm really pleased with them and if they don't sell I'll be doing a give away! What do you reckon? Do you have any joy selling your cards? If so can I ask how much you charge for them? Questions, questions.....in-securities!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Reduce, reuse, recyle...hack!


So, now my baby girl is 2 I have broken out some more of Wills old clothes and moved out some of her old T-shirts. Put the two together and what do you get? That's right some tarted-up boys clothes which now may be acceptable for a princess! I really enjoyed doing this as I hate chucking out stuff with even a little life in it, (even if it is only a pilled £2 Tesco fleece!) I have saved the rest of the pretty T-shirt material and am going to have a go at suffolk puffs to decorate some little hair clips....watch me go!

Saturday, 5 July 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEE!!!!!






Sorry, I know this is very self indulgent but it is my birthday! 32 today and still think that bums are funny and sherbet dib-dabs are an acceptable meal. I have been spoiled rotten by my lovely family and friends, just look! I had all these amazing home made cards, thanks Mum and Dad, Auntie Barbara, Nila, Tracey and Barbara. Simon, Grandpa and Rachel clubbed together to get me my Cuttle bug machine. (Simon refuses to call it this though and renames it something daft every time he refers to it...today it is a monkey punch?) Av and Cassandra from work gave me a voucher for Craft Central so die shopping on Monday! I had some gorgeous jewelry, fabric and paper from the Japanese shop and some ace books. The cute cake kit and the other crafting beauties are from Jen. Am so pleased with all my lovely things and really want to just sit and play and eat cake! I've booked a stall at the farmers market for the last Saturday of the month so can't get too distracted as I need to make sure I actually have something to sell. Hope you are having as nicer day as I am!