Tuesday, 26 April 2011

NEW RANGE - Craft Accessories

It's been a little while since I've had the opportunity to post something, but better late than never!
These are the first of many new products which I hope will be tempting you to reach for your purse ;) I am particularly excited about these as it is expanding into a new market. My best ideas usually come to me because I think, "wouldn't it be great is I had something that....." and these new products were no exception.

So with out further ado I give you my new range of ..... CRAFT ACCESSORIES

The first items are sewing needle books, because I was always losing my needles, now I have a stylish way to store them and no more scrabbling around for a needle.















Next on the agenda somewhere to keep all my Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks!
I give you the Crochet Hook Roll - Expert!















Available in any of my stock fabrics but shown here in Kitsch Cherry's
this is ideal for crochet addicts with lots of needles to store.
This could also be used as a make up brush roll.


And now for the knitting needle rolls...



























Again plenty of storage for your needles of varying size, and could also be used as a paintbrush roll.
Then I had the best idea ever, a needle roll that hold knitting needles AND crochet hooks!



This roll can be custom ordered in anyone of the 16 fabric choices available, what more could you ask for!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

My First Craft Fair

Sunday 3rd April (Mother's Day) was the date of my first official craft fair. I had done a shopping event at my local casino a few months ago but this was my first proper craft fair and I'd been building up to it for about 6 weeks. Panicking about what would sell and how much should I make, laying all my bits and pieces out on the table to see what I had and making sure everything was clearly branded.
A lot of effort went into it I can tell you!

So Hubby dropped my off at 9am at the Kings Hall, in Herne Bay with all of my bits and pieces and I started to set up my table.


The board was my husbands idea, he thought it would be a good idea to have pictures of me at my sewing machine so people could appreciate that each item was made by hand, by me.


My friend arrived a little after 9.30 as she had very kindly offered to help me man the stall in case I needed loo breaks (frequently) and food (which was questionable, should have brought a sandwich)
I had a stand for all of my larger bags:


This proved to be invaluable as I never would have fitted everything on the table otherwise.



All of my other purses, new craft accessories (more on that in another post) brooches etc were laid out on the table with their price cards.


These are all of my little fabric brooches and felt brooches. The cupcake ones did very well, and I sold all of the poppy ones, it always fascinates me what sells at events like this at the casino it was the coin purses that got snapped up.



The keyring stand made such a difference and I was really glad I'd bought it the week before, it really showed them up and I sold so many keyrings, it was looking a little empty by the end!


I had a really great day and it was so lovely to hear all of the nice comments about my things and the thrill when someone bought something. I will definitely consider doing another one again and I'm already looking for my next fair.

All day long the bag I had finished the night before had been getting quite a bit of attention and had been catching people's eye. I kept secretly hoping no one would buy it as I really liked it and didn't have enough fabric to make another for myself. In the end no one did so I decided to keep it :)

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A day out in London

My husband is a huge Lost fan so when he found out Matthew Fox was doing a play in London he booked tickets for us straight away. We decided to see a matinee as it was easier to arrange the childcare for our son then him staying over night.

So off we went on the train early on Saturday morning, I took some of my sewing and managed to make another few brooches on the journey, so that was productive much to my husbands dismay.

When we arrived at Charring Cross we saw the scores of people participating in the protest which I hadn't realised was on. We headed to Pizza Express for lunch/dinner as it's our favourite restaurant and the afterwards to Lucy In Disguise a new vintage clothes shop run by Lilly Allen.


The shop was done out to a really high standard, and there were some lovely clothes, way out of my price range but it was still nice to browse.

I also managed to get a fab stand for my keyrings from a shop just down the road



This will be perfect for the craft fair this coming Sunday in Herne Bay at the Kings Hall. (3rd April, 10-4)

The play In a Forest Dark and Deep was very good, I have to say I'm more of a musicals girl myself, but it was really good. Matthew Fox was amazing! Afterwards we went to the stage door to see if we could catch a glimpse of him. Hubby doesn't get star struck very often and in his line of work he crosses paths with celebrities from time to time, but he has such respect for Matthew Fox as an actor that he was over the moon to get his picture taken with him.



Look out for my next blog post were I will be unveiling the new lines I've been working on :)

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Knitting and Stitching Show 2011

Last Saturday I attended the Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia in London. The show was spread over three floors, the bottom was knitting, the next floor was stitching and the third floor was paper craft. I went along with my mum who is an avid knitter and my friend Sarah who is a textiles teacher. We went down to the knitting floor first, there wasn't as much knitting stuff as I thought there would be but what was there was great, including the largest pair of knitting needles I have ever seen! Maybe even the largest in the world! As you can see from the picture below they were giant sized needles, they were being used to raise mooney for charity, you paid a £1 and got to have a go at a couple of stitches, they were knitting a giant rug.



There was a stall which had large needles (although not as large as the other ones) which I had a quick go with. I don't think I'd be able tonight with them for very long as they were quite awkward to hold.


Something else that caught my eye were the amazing tea cosies by Loani Prior That were more like art.

There was also a beautiful display of replicas of famous works of art that had been knitted.


We moved fairly quickly round the paper craft floor, although there is a new magazine called Mollie Makes which comes out in May which I would definitely like to take a look at.

There was also an amazing scrapbook artist who's work was on a level I've never seen before. Including some amazing 3D pieces.



The stitching floor was naturally my favourite, there were about 4 fabric stalls and I got these beautiful fabrics which I've already got plans for :)


I also came up with a new design this week. With Easter round the corner I designed a bunny rabbit felt brooch which you can see below, I also want to make an Easter Chick if I have time.


But I'm frantically working away to make enough stock for the craft fair I'm attending next Sunday and I have two new products that I want to have ready for the fair, more about those when they're ready.
I also decided to offer a wholesale price list this week after a few enquiries from shops so if you are interested in stocking any of my products please email me for a price list.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Productivity!

It's been a little quiet on the blogging front namely because we were on holiday last week in Butlins! But never fear, I wasn't about to let a little thing like a holiday stop my production, so I gleefully packed myself my travelling sewing box. Which I have to say was met with much eye rolling and "you are joking?" type comments from the hubby.
I don't know about you but I'm the sort of person if I'm not doing two things at once I feel like I'm wasting valuable time, so I will quite happily sit in front of the TV watching a film and doing some sewing.
Which is just what I did while we were away, after a hectic day at Butlins surrounded by swarms of other peoples children (all lovely I'm sure) I needed to be able to unwind.

So whilst on my travels I made Mr Brown Owl brooch


A blue elephant to add to the elephant brooch collection:


A pale blue whale as stock replenishment:



And last but not lease a brand new design which I have to see is my absolute favourite, I received two compliments on it the other day when I wore it out, I give you.......Cute Tree Brooch!!!!


I also received 2 trade enquiries yesterday, one from a shop in Bristol and the other from a shop in Belgium, so we shall see what happens there.

I was extremely productive last night whilst hubby was occupied with his roleplaying group and I've cut out loads of new clutch bags and coin purses as well as some zip purses and larger bags.



Tomorrow I am off to the Knitting and Stitching show in London, so I'm sure there will be a blog post about that next week. Happy sewing!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Unveiling a new creation and my slightly disorganised workroom!

Well I have just created a new little critter and I thought I would share it all with you, it's been a bit slow on the posting front as I've had the dreaded lurgy this week. So I'm doing a double post today, if like me you LOVE seeing other crafters working spaces then this post is for you. I have taken some pictures of my disorganised workroom. We actually converted our garage to make a office/workroom/library/gym. We were trying to get as much use out of the room as possible and to be fair I probably spend more time in here than any other room. But first, onto my new creation. I am expanding my range or felt brooch animals, my sketch book is chock full of my little drawings it's just getting round to making them into actual brooches, but I have finally completed hedgehog brooch.


Little hedgehog brooch started life as this little doodle:


After deciding what colour to use and which thread, hedgehog brooch was born, you can now purchase him from my online shop here or through Etsy here.

And here is where the crafting magic happens:



My trusty sewing machine, which I could not live without. Whilst I sew all my brooches by hand, all of my bags are sewn using the sewing machine. This was a birthday present a few years back, just a bog standard model, it doesn't have lots of fancy stitches but it does the job :)


Now this may look like a bit of a mess and well yes, it is. But this is were I keep all of my fabrics and bits and pieces that I use to make my bags. This workroom isn't actually finished yet, there is another whole unit with shelves that isn't finished yet. Once that's done all of my fabric and knick knacks will live there and this will go back to being a bookcase :)


These are where my finished creation live whilst they're waiting for a new home.


Why has she taken a picture of her window ledge I hear you say, well this is were I photograph all my bits and pieces apart from the larger items. But all my purses, brooches and keyrings are photographed on this window ledge on some sparkly net fabric. Now you know my secret!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Kensington Bear Fair 2011

Well today I have been at the Kensington Bear fair in London, my mum is a regular attendee since I introduced her to the world of artist bears many years ago. Now that I've stopped collecting bears myself I haven't been for a couple of years, but as the teddy bear supplies shops are the only place I seem to be able to buy the ultra suede I use to make my keyrings I thought it would be nice to go along and stock up while I was there.


The fair was busy as always and is spread over 3 floors, Rita of Woodland Teddies had kindly offered to feature some of my mum's bears on her stall. So she has been working hard all week to get them finished so they would be ready.


This was a very proud moment for my mum, the first time her bears have been available to buy at a teddy bear fair. The mohair for these bears was hand dyed by Rita of Woodland Teddies so it seemed appropriate that these ones were showcased.


You can find more information about my mum's bears at www.lottielollipopbears.co.uk So with the bears in place it was off to explore the fair, my dad went and sat on the balcony with his book, (his usual position) I have a sneaky suspicion it was also so he could see the reaction to mum's bears from the fair goers. I photographed some of the bears and animals that really stood out for me, they are as follows:



This little fella really stood out as he was so unusual, available on an exclusive basis from www.sillybears.co.uk


I loved this display from Jody Battaglia in particular the whale toy on wheels.


Apologies for the slightly blurry picture, but I loved the style of these bears by Kreft Bears


There was a set of four of these little mohair birdies, by Little Hugs by Susan Gam, amazingly Susan remembered be buying a bear from her many years ago, I was sorely tempted to take this little buy home with me, but resisted the temptation...for now at least :)


This amazing sculpture is the work of artist Shelly Allison from The Rabbit Maker




This artist Katie Rae Bears blew me away. The bears were so detailed and I loved the style they even had gemstones pressed into their noses, some of them even featured real diamonds!

So mum and I had a great day at the fair :) Her bears didn't sell this time but they did get lots of hugs :)


And I also picked up an old back issue of 'Stuffed' magazine about softies and plushies which I was really happy with. I love craft magazines! Especially import ones :)