Saturday, 21 February 2009

New ventures

I think this year is going to be really exciting. The main event will definitely be A Makey 'do' and yesterday saw the fist interview with someone who will be selling their wares. Niftyknits makes the most amazing knitted and crocheted creations and has a strong presence on Folky and Etsy. I'm really pleased with the way the event is shaping up, and am looking forward to doing the next interview.
My other new venture is to dip my toe in the water of workshops. I had three lovely ladies 'round last night to see how an evening of brooch making might work. My idea is that I would do this as a kind of home selling party. Instead of going to a friends house and drinking too much wine and buying things that then arrive two weeks later and you having to smuggle them home and hide them because you said you weren't going to but anything........(just me?) guests would pay £5 each up front for a kit and instructions and could then relax and create. Again I don't want to make money from this as I am not a registered business it is just a jolly thing to do.
I found it really easy to share my stash and didn't fret at all about what people used, I thought I might so that's good. What I found hardest? The fact these lovely three made brooches on their first attempt that I would be really proud of myself.......ahhhhhh.....the student out-brooches the master!


Lyn said...

I so know what you mean about smuggling stuff back in the house and pretending you've had it ages, always doing that. I had a good teacher though, I use to aid and abet my mum in just the same practise!
Anyway, I love the idea of the workshops, I would go if you lived near me! the brooches look wonderful!

twiggypeasticks said...

Wish I lived closer that's a great idea Jenny, why not do them mail order so we could have little workshops all over the UK. Jennyflower UK domination :)
Good luck
Twiggy x

SallyK said...

Hello.... it's one of your guinea pigs here.... just wanted to say thanks for a lovely evening..... the brooch making was fun was the company...... I'll be 'round later to make another one!!!!!!

Sally xx

Fabric Nation said...

This looks really good fun. I did something similar for my wedding and had buttonhole making parties as these were all crochet flowers. I also plan to celebrate my birthday with a craft party! Have a look at They run craft parties in a pub in East London. Looking forward to nifty knits interview! Fab brooches. x

Jacky said...

I love the idea of the workshops and the kits too... wish I lived closer!!!

Kitty said...

Gosh, what a brilliant teacher you must be, because those brooches are fab! Great idea to do workshops. x

Helen said...

Thanks for a lovely evening, Jenny. I'm really proud of my brooch. What a good idea to be able to socialise and create something. I wish you every success with the venture and would certainly be interested in hosting an evening for you.
Love Helen x

Indigo Blue said...

Lovely brooches. I bet you were chuffed with the results. How did you find the three ladies? Hopefullyit will spread by word of mouth too.

niftyknits said...

What a great idea! And I'm very proud of you for sharing your stash. I think I'd have been tempted to put some wools away for safekeeping!

Sandi said...

Oh, I wish I lived closer as I love to teach and would find it so fun to do a "makey do" with you and your friends!! I think the cost of airfare might be a big stumbling block in getting to "your side of the pond". Do have fun!!

Latharia said...

Sounds like a fun time, all around!