Friday, 18 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
you can make one too, the tute is here --->http://matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/if-marie-antoinette-had-been-hedgehog.html
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
They were also running an open sewing day today so I went along and had a lovely time putting together a christmas table runner which may or may not be heading towards a close family member the December. Um, Michelle...don't get excited, it isn't for you!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
That being said Ilford 'craft' Market was a complete wash out and certainly does not live up to its name but you live and learn. I have the second of the three fairs being held in Bishops Stortford on Saturday. It is free to get in and there were lots of good vendors last time so I would recommend popping in if you are local.
I have been busy getting together images of my designs for an article going into Sew Hip next month so that has been a lot of fun and I am really excited about seeing the outcome!
Other exciting news is that I am launching a new range, it will be available in January.....I may put a sneaky preview up over the next week or so :)
I am still loving piecing onto paper and have tried out a wonky log cabin block for a baby quilt that I am working on for Laurie. If you haven't seen pictures of her nursery go and check out Michelle's photo gallery - there is a link on my website. Mark and Laurie commissioned a custom range of fabrics when they were designing their nursery and it looks fab, now we just have to wait for their daughter to arrive!
Thursday, 5 November 2009
If it looks a little wonky that because, well, it's a little wonky! Ooooh, speaking of my inability to make unwonky things (totally not true BTW if you're thinking of buying anything I make!) I have been having a go at string piecing using paper, wow, it's so much fun and everything comes out so neatly! In fact I am in two minds as to whether I will ever use the blocks I have made so far because that will mean taking the paper off the back and then it won't look so beautifully neat anymore! I followed a link to a tutorial from http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.com/ after seeing the gorgeous spiders web blocks she was putting together and now I have
'scuse my toes in the first pic! I have tried out two different blocks, I'm not sure what I will do with them except maybe keep making them whenever I have a spare couple of hours. I highly recommend trying it if, like me, you have a box full of strippy shaped scraps!
Right, wish me luck, Ilford needs to be a good one!
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I got a call from one of the organisers of Northwood Craft Market yesterday evening to say that they had a cancellation for this Saturday, I am very excited because-
a) Northwood is only 10 minutes away!
b)They have a Craft Market once a month all year 'round.
c) They had been fully booked until January
Other exciting news......I have just finished an interview for Sew Hip magazine, so much fun! I will let you know when it will be out, there might even be a sneak preview of a new range!
Less exciting and rather annoying news is that my new camera still hasn't arrived, hmmmm. In fact, when I checked it's status today it hadn't even been sent yet. I am not impressed seeing as I ordered it a week ago yesterday and they said it was in stock. Their quoted delivery times are 3-10 working days, we are now on working day number 6 so they haven't failed that yet but I just can't see why they can't get it moving already. It frustrates me that when they say 'in stock' they obviously mean it is 'in stock' with their supplier rather than with them. It feels dishonest and I will not buy through them in future.
Sorry, moan over!
Friday, 23 October 2009
It came with white, red, black and blue back drops and it has hooks and loops so you can hang your own fabric as a backdrop and/or suspend a product. It is big enough for all the products I make (save quilts!) yet it packs down to fit in this bag.
I will be busy gradually updating photos of my fabric and products once my new camera and the tripod arrive, I ordered them on the same day but the light tent arrived super fast (thank you Steve's Photo Shop!)
This is the camera I have chosen, it's a Panasonic DMC ZX1 - it has 12.1 Megapixels and 8x optical zoom and lots of lovely extras to stop your photos blurring and face recognition so your chosen people always have the best pictures!
I am upgrading from my old Pentax Option 750Z that I got about 4 years ago, I LOVED this camera when I got it, LOVED the retro styling that concealed 7MP and 5x optical zoom (top spec in those days for a compact!) I still love it but the picture quality is not making the mark anymore and the lens cover doesn't retract properly :( poor old friend, I will try and remember to miss you when your replacement comes!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
I have been busy booking myself into small, local craft fairs over the last couple of days and so far I can confirm that I will be at -
Bishops Stortford - 22nd October, 14th November and 12th December
Ilford - 6th November
Much Hadham - 22 November
I am also very excited to have made 2 more Etsy sales this evening - both to the same person in Spain!
I am off to bed now, I have an early start tomorrow morning...I am doing a car boot sale to try and offload some of my books - I have a terrible supermarket paperback habit and I've decided I need to cull my collection!
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Michelle - "they were at the festival of quilts"
Paula - blank expression
Michelle - "she was looking at our stand this morning, she must've waited to do her spending in the afternoon"
Paula - blank expression
Michelle - "Paula, you just asked that girl if she had a card when you gave her one yourself an hour ago"
Paula - "ohhh"
I sincerely apologise if I have failed to recognise you when we have already met!
We are having a sale today on my handmade products, I have sold about half of the stock and some items are sold out. I was going to keep any left for Etsy or for following shows but then I wouldn't get to make so many new ones!
I also made my first Etsy sale yesterday and it was a lovely lady who had already bought fabric at the show on Thursday (Hi Marion, if you are reading!). I am very, very happy to be having repeat customers already.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Day one went well, it was a lot of fun again to get people's reactions to my designs and products. I particularly enjoyed the fact that there were a lot of school trips there....I don't think a single 15 year old girl walked past my stand without pointing at this fabric and squeaking!
It also made me smile a lot that GCSE and A Level students were taking photos and (lots of) business cards to add to their coursework. I even saw a student from my old school (Hi Lucy!) who did a huge double take to see 'Miss' there!
The most exciting part of the day was being approached by a couple of buyers for stores (one of which will remain nameless but its name begins with an 'L' and it is on a street that begins with an 'R').
More from the show to follow over the next couple of days, I will try to remember to take a picture of my stand to post too.
If you are visiting the show, come by stand K33 and mention the blog to get a free lavender bag!
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Covered diaries and address books, they have loops at the side that hold the book closed when you slide a pen through.
Here are the covered notebooks, I bought more this morning so this collection may grow if I have time!
Sorry it is on it's side....this is the baby quilt. I put the top together while I was in France and I quilted it on Thursday - it's backed with baby blue fleece and I used the cheaty sew and flip method instead of binding it.
After finishing the quilt I whipped up some tissue cosies. I didn't have enough packets when I took this but I got more this morning so they are all full now :)
Yesterday's project was cushions - you can see my fabric mountain in the background - the tall boxes are fabric still on the roll and the ones to the right are fat quarters all packaged and ready for sale and the stuff on top is the fabric set aside for me to use.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Mum and Michelle were making lavender bags today so they have been busy as well :)
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
I must get started on some work now...I am going to finish my bunting then get started on a baby quilt for another show kit.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
I am most excited though that I found a gorgeous length of embroidered mantle edging, I will post pics tomorrow I promise...I left my camera behind in England so I will have to wait to borrow one. I am going to need to wash it and try and get out a few small rust marks, I am guessing it was pinned up.
I also bought a tiny wire basket in the shape of a heart and I am thinking that I should collect together all of my heart shaped things together on one shelf when I get back, maybe in the kitchen.
Oh, and I bought some ribbon because yesterday I was making bunting then realised Mum had no plain ribbon for it....I keep getting thrown by not being surrounded by my mountains of craft supplies! The lady in the fabric shop laughed because I stopped by and then only spent 1 euro 10 cents :)
Monday, 14 September 2009
So, by way of an introduction; I have recently given up my paid employment as a teacher in order to start a business designing fabrics and making products, patterns and kits. My sister (Michelle) is working with me and handles all of the business, marketing, financy type stuff and I get to immerse myself in all the yummy creative side, how lucky am I?
We have been working on this since spring, me building up 6 ranges of designs and Michelle writing an enormously detailed business plan, sourcing printers, base fabric, organising samples and getting well and truly up to speed with with the textile and craft industry.
We launched at the Festival of Quilts in August and had fantastic fun hearing what people had to say about our fabric, so much fun in fact that we decided there and then to book a stand (bigger and better!) for the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace 8-11th October. Whoop! I am so excited, this is my favourite show to visit and now I get to have my own stand!