Snapdragon goodies.

The lovely Jane, of Snapdragon has been running a few giveaways lately, clearing out old stock, one offs, items that didn’t make the final cut etc, and I was lucky enough to receive some goodies 😀

The package arrived and the first thing I noticed was the lovely address label. Upon opening it there was a beautiful catalogue, full of colourful, gorgeous photos, which made me long for the day that I am so organised with my own, very new, business!

Then, unwrapping the tissue paper, there was my lovely machine embroidered piece, complete with black cat strolling across it.. I don’t know what I will make it into yet, but it will be something for my bedroom, something just for me 😀

There was also a piece of fulled wool, for me to have a go at machine embroidery on. As this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, this seems like the perfect push towards it!

Thank you so much Jane, I really appreciate your generosity and your lovely work, you’ve inspired me to try new things.

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Vegging and craftiness

So, the last post was all excitement and anticipation – planting the seeds and waiting for the veg to start growing.

Look at it now!

In the foreground we have sprouts, and around those we have a tub of lettuce, lots of different varieties, we also have beetroot, and lots of cabbage, and radish (the dandelions you can see have been the bane of my life recently, but I may attempt to make wine with them – seems a shame to waste something that grows so prolifically in my garden!)

Oh, and the strawberries! How could I forget those?! (Not that you can see them in this pic..) They have lots of flowers, and there are even the beginnings of fruit. Ripe strawberries, front doorstep, early morning, heat and sunshine. Can’t wait!

We haven’t grown much veg before, so this year is all about learning what works best, and where. I over-did the cabbage seeds slightly, so have been giving away a lot of the seedlings, but we have some growing indoors, some in the ground with mini cloches (used plastic bottles) and some in the ground left to fend for themselves. The ones in pots are doing really well, the others a little smaller, but they also have slugs to contend with, ah well, we’ll see..

Currently waiting for new pots to become available are my peppers (still residing on the bedroom windowsill) and we’ve just sown carrots into a large planter, and tomatoes are just sprouting. Don’t like tomatoes on their own, but am looking forward to being able to make sauces for pasta etc from them.

Am becoming slightly addicted to this veg growing lark!

The mystery seeds from the last post turned out to be sweet peas btw!

Burning, wood, vase, flowers

And on a crafty note, this is the latest piece I’m working on. Have been getting back into my pyrography lately, and have lots of ideas for new items to be put in the shop – one of which will be a large ‘Green Man’ burn, looking forward to getting started on that.

I may be exhibiting my burnings at a local gallery at some point in the future – Gallery 36 – but this is still to be arranged. There is some beautiful photography to be seen there, by Ray Worsnop, the Facebook group can be found here.

Look what I won!

How cute are these little Chinese Luck Cats?!

I entered a giveaway held by Sooz at The Bead Shed and was delighted to see a post yesterday saying I’d won 😀

And like the speed of light, these little beauties came through my door this morning.. They are so lovely, at just over half an inch tall they are tiny little bits of gorgeousness. I have no idea what they will adorn yet, but they are sitting on the shelves in my sewing area waiting to inspire me, and making me smile every time I look at them!

Thank you so much Sooz! 😀

Ooh it’s been a while..

Well where to start?.. It’s been far too long since I updated, so lets see..

Obviously we had the usual mad run up to Christmas, in between making a large custom order of monkeys, and the even larger order for little girl’s handbag sets (pics in the previous post) I also set about making as many Christmas presents as possible, I think I ended up making 4 pairs of socks, 4 scarves/neckwarmers, 2 pairs of wristwarmers, and more besides no doubt, but my memory fails me.. Next year I’ll be more organised, and not try to complete everything in the last week, although I say that every year!

I participated in a ‘Secret Santa’ over at Misi, I was chosen to make a gift for Amy from Ciren’s Call, so made a scarf & wristwarmer set, which she tells me she really likes, and uses almost daily, which I was so pleased to hear! I also put a couple of gifts in for Peaches, her little rescue dog, which were scoffed quickly! Please check out Amy’s beautiful jewellery, she donates her proceeds to the rescue organisation she got Peaches from, so gorgeous jewellery that supports a very good cause!

I was lucky enough to receive a very pretty glass pendant as my Secret Santa gift, from Rachel of GlamGlassGifts, thank you Rachel!

GlamGlassGifts

I was also lucky enough to win some gorgeous loveheart magnets from Vicki at Lilley’s Handcrafted Lovelies I love everything Vicki makes, so was over the moon with these!

So, after the lovely gift giving/receiving, I then had to put up with technology conspiring against me.. my sewing machine started behaving erratically, then my main computer started making awful noises, so I have been trying to fix these things.. I wish things would just work, I don’t have time for fixing! In between the hectic normality, and trying to make enough stock for my first two craft fairs which are coming up soon, I have been busy trying to get my business plan together, and get to grips with cashflow spreadsheets, (thank you Gordon). And non-craft related drudge like wallpapering and removing leylandii! So, now you can see why the blog has been a little neglected, but I’ll try harder (a clone would come in soo handy sometimes)!

See you soon! 😀

..And the Winner is..

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition over at my Meg&Millie FB page, we have just picked a winner..

We decided to make use of our lovely pumpkin to draw the names out of, and the winner is…

Congratulations Eleanor! Please send me your details and the plaque will be with you soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and look out for more giveaways in the future 😀

10 Nov 09 – A quick shot of the plaque that Eleanor requested as her prize, it’s on its way to you now! 😀