Saturday, 28 December 2013


Not at all craft related but, oh, have we had rain?

This is our lane, probably about 6 inches under water. It leads onto the bottom road, which is probably about 4 feet deep in places.

This photo came out really well. I may print and frame it!

None of this  is unusual round here. I had a good look a the pubs and houses on the river and they are still dry. Maybe this year they will be OK, it depends on next week's rainfall.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

New job, New Year, new beginnings.

Hello, sadly ignored blog. How are you doing?

Me? Well, I've finished the first term in my new role and all seems to be going well. I'll know more when we get the first set of results come through.

I am actually making things. No, really, truly, I am! I have bought a craft light and am cutting at weekends and hand sewing during the week... sort of. I found I needed pattern weights so I can make some rub off patterns of the few clothes that actually fit me. I found a book (No! Did you Stef. Going to review it? Waste a bit more time?), the review, and piccies of my makes, will follow. But it gave me an idea, a new one! It is a pincushion book and, taking the authors advice, I am stuffing some with aquarium sand. Weighs down patterns and fabric and keeps my pins sharp and clean too. Handy and fun!

I have had a wander round a number of town centres close to me and may have found a place I can begin to sell. I will go and have a chat with the organisers in the New Year. I am having a good think about what I will sell and have based my decision based on my own needs as a sewing newbie. So that means pincushions, needle books, knitting needle rolls, sewing bags, project organisers, pockets, pockets everywhere... that sort of stuff.

I wouldn't ask to do aprons and other kitchen stuff as a lady there already does those. So I thought notions for crafters always seem to need organising, I always seem to lose a thing just as I need it. So maybe some notion solutions might be nice for beginner and seasoned bod alike. I have quite a few patterns already and could make a nice list, create a couple of 'lines' and see what happens.

So, the hibernating months will be spent researching (yeah, I know, more procrastination), practising, pricing, and making lists. As soon as the winter lifts I will be back out trawling charity shops for materials, making like a demon and, hopefully, selling!

All in all, blog dear, this means that I will be back more often, prattling on about my trials and tribulations.

So, cheer up, I will be back, very soon xx