Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hurrah for Wednesdays!

I'm back in my normal routine now... working Saturdays but having Wednesdays off, and yesterday (being Wednesday) was a pretty near perfect day off :-)

I had a lovely lazy breakfast of bacon and eggs, then spent the best part of the day making these needle cases.

I updated my folksy shop, my etsy shop AND my ebay shop because my latest felt delivery has arrived and everything is now back in stock.
I popped to the Post Office with a few orders and from there went to the end of the seafront and back (4 miles in all) walking west I wander through the streets of Worthing and look at all the lovely (and not so lovely!) houses and gardens and then on the way back home I go along the seafront. And I have Kings of Leon on my iPod. Like I said...perfect!

My evening was spent constructing mini rainbow sample packs, I even roped John in but he got bored pretty quick!

Hurrah for Wednesdays!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

a lovely surprise

today I had a lovely surprise in the post
a thoughtful gift from a friend I have never met, except in blogland of course!
Jojoebi found some iron on felt in her craft cupboard, promptly thought of me and sent it my way, along with a gorgeous ornament and a clever origami cat which is also a letter.
Aren't bloggers the kindest people ever?

Monday, February 23, 2009

you can craft

A while ago I was asked to send some felt samples to You Can Craft magazine for a felt feature
and what a feature ::
It made my heart beat a little faster when I saw my shop in amongst the big guys :-)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

filling up

yesterday I took advantage of the sunshine and took lots of photos of finished felt items and today I have taken advantage of the gloomy day by sitting in front of the computer for a few hours, editing photos and updating my website! It's nice when the weather fits in with your plans!
So now for some website plugging ::
there are cupcakes
and more cupcakes!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

felt picture badges

A mini tutorial by me.
You will need :: transfer paper, computer & printer, felt, sewing thread & needles, brooch pins.
The instructions inside the transfer paper pack are pretty foolproof so I won't repeat them...I used transfer paper for light coloured t-shirts...I picked a few favourite photos, cropped them square and then ironed onto beige felt.

cut out leaving a border and stitch onto some contrasting felt (I used teal)

trim the teal felt to size and cut round to make a matching piece.

prepare the back of the badge by adding a brooch pin and a label, if you like :-)

stitch the two layers together using blanket stitch
and voila! you've made a felt picture badge!
experiment with shapes and make a whole heap of badges
a fun way to spend a couple of crafting hours :-)

Friday, February 20, 2009

fun with transfer paper

Last night I had a bit of a sort out and found a pack of transfer today I decided to make some new paper-and-string sew on labels....the idea has been in my mind for a while, and it looks as though I'm in good company too!
I have used felt (of course!) and made super-tiny labels for the backs of brooches and mini softies...I can't wait to sew them on everything!
I also got a little carried away and have made something else with transfer paper, but you'll have to come back tomorrow for a tutorial on that :-)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

round & round

I've just finished a special order ::
A customer asked for 50 felt circles that would be iron-on-able, all in different sizes.
I duly got the bondaweb, compass and scissors ready and voila! order complete :-)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

blanket stitching

I finished my notebook covers ::

So that's one cupcake order more special order to do....then I've just got the website to fill up !!

Expect a lot of making from me ...

Sunday, February 15, 2009


last night we had a lovely meal here to celebrate our friend's daughters 21st birthday.
of course, I had to make a badge :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

days off the day job

Hurrah! I finally have some time off the day job :-)
Yesterday I had a relaxing day, did a little shopping, had drinks in the pub and went home to a lovely dinner.
Today I woke up with more of a spring in my step so went for a walk to a beach front cafe 3 miles away, treated myself to black coffee and toast, then walked back again. It's a glorious sunny day today and it was great fun :-)

Tonight a whole group of us are going out for a posh dinner ... I can't wait!!
In between all these activities I have finished the WIP cupcakes I showed the other day and now have a pile of notebook cover WIPs ...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

what's this then?

goodness me I'm actually making something!!

this week i'm working 4 days instead of 5 (to make up for the weeks of 6 days at work) so I've started to get into gear :-)

and what better way to ease yourself into crafting than with a cupcake or twelve?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

winner announced

Felt Ric Rac is a crowd pleaser for sure!!

I've done the magic number generator and the winner is Comment number 57
Which is this comment ::
greetingarts said...
Felt. And rickrack. Together. How could I possibly resist entering? I can't. Thanks again, I'll bet you sell out of that stuff in a jiffy!
YAY! well done...please email your address to me and I will pop your ric rac in the post :-)
Short and sweet today, got a lot to do before we go for Sunday Lunch at the pub!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Freebie Fun for February

Welcome to the first freebie of 2009 ::
If you're a regular round these parts you will know I have been working 6 days a week in my day job for quite a few weeks now & handmade goodies will have to wait for the next freebie!

So this months freebie prize is a set of felt ric rac...that's right SIX whole spools of the in every colour I have.

As usual, all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this very post, I post worldwide so everyone is welcome to enter...the ONLY rule is that I can contact you via your comment :-)

Easy as that!

I shall pick the winner's name out of the hat on Sunday.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

piles all round

Piles of parcels

Piles of printed and cut pieces for my kits

Piles of iron on appliques all packed up with instructions
That's a lotta piles!