Wednesday, June 30, 2010

off on a tangent

I have 4" zips!

perfect for using in my free felt purse tutorial that I did last year

who knew they were so hard to find???
bright pink in the shop now...more colours to follow (when the suppliers get them back in stock)
oh, and it's freebie day TOMORROW...maybe I'll see you then?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

can't stop kitting

no that's not a's a made up word!
I normally dis-like starting to produce a new kit, there's not enough sewing involved to keep me on track...but right now I'm on a roll !!
Perhaps it's the heat? makes me want to do sitting-in-the-garden-in-the-shade craft rather than workshop machine sewing, or cutting out lots of felt pieces....I wonder how many kits I can knock off my forever-to-do list before the heat disappears??
If you've ever wanted a kit of paper-and-string things now is the time to leave a comment and I'll see what I can do!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


i am super sad about the football.
but I am also super happy that I am working on something new ::

a new kit in the making...
there's no keeping me down, as long as there's stitching I'm happy :-)

Friday, June 25, 2010

a scorcher!

today was hot! hot! hot!

so I got up bright and early to do the ironing that I had planned and finished off these packs of iron-on flowers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

pins ... pins ... pins

I've just completed a special order for drawing pins.

They are to be used on a new art wall my customer has just created in her home.
Isn't an art wall just one of the best ideas??

just imagine the many hours moving pictures and drawings around until they were just perfect...and many many more hours cutting out pictures from magazines!
and in case I'm giving the impression that I'm a sewer with superhero powers, I'm not, most of these were made already...I just made an extra dozen to make up the numbers :-)
and anyway superhero sewers wouldn't have a nearly empty drawing pin shop would they?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


at the beginning of the month I cut out some cupcake totes

a week later and one had been sewn

and today I finally finished all 3!

AND listed them on the website~hurrah!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

an evening off

yesterday John surprised me with a gift ::

I'd seen this rabbit a little while ago in a window of a local shop and John decided I must have it!
Isn't he great??? Such a lovely way to start a Monday :-)
We had a relaxing evening off ... after work & the post office trip we went for a drink in the evening sunshine with friends then went for a tapas dinner...yum yum!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


my big orders are complete!

my 'handmade by' labels are attached

and photos have been taken of :: penguins

reindeer ::

owls ::

and cupcakes ::
I had a lot of fun making these and seeing them all packed up and waiting for the Post Office to open tomorrow makes me happy!
Oh, and Dad?
Happy Father's Day...I love you xxx

Friday, June 18, 2010

where did Thursday go?

yesterday was a whirlwind day

but I did manage to fit some sewing in!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

this should keep me busy!

On Sunday I received an order for ::
12 x penguin ornaments
6 x owl ornaments
12 x reindeer ornaments
12 x cupcake softies
and on Monday morning another order for 12x cupcakes!

I've made good progress so far... fact it's been a pleasure to have to make myself sit down and sew, sew, sew!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

quick re-fill

filling up on swatch cards ::

and a quick re-order for swivel clips, so if you missed out after this post there are 50 more packs in the shop right now!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I love Sundays.
Today John and I had a lazy morning involving a bacon-y breakfast, lots of coffee & some web browsing.
I went to the workshop at 12 o'clock and got started on Kit Making, John went to his garage and got started on car mending!
more cupcake & owl kits have been ordered for Fabric Rehab
and I made a few extra to stock up my own shelves too!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

new supplies

OOhhhh look what I have found ::
large size swivel clips ... just perfect for attaching cute felties to bags, purses...anything you like!!
they are in the shop now!

Friday, June 11, 2010

super-cute felt sewer

remember the other day I showed you some penguins that had been made by a class of sewers? well today I'm showing you some A~M~A~Z~I~N~G stitching by one of my customers ::
piles of felt and ribbon turned into super~cute key rings
aren't they lovely?
The sewer in question is called Claire and she has a blog chock~full of different crafts called Love Poppet ... thanks for sharing Claire ~ I love seeing what gets made from with the parcels I send out!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm a happy stitcher

Some items on my website are listed as 'made-to-order' purely because I haven't had time to make more....and over the weekend I had an order for a 'made-to-order' Robot Cupcake Maker Softie.

I haven't made one for weeks and weeks and I had fun making this little fellow.
He seemed to like the workshop and visited all the areas... one point I couldn't find him & discovered him hiding behind the curtain!
bye bye little robot, I hope you enjoy your new home xx

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

prizes for everyone....

the 3 winners of a Free Craft Kit are.....

comments number 1, 60 & 124
comment 1 was ::
Saskia said...
Wow! That's great!!I'll keep my fingers crossed! :)Greetings, Saskia :)
comment 60 was ::
pinkflowercube said...
What a cool way of rewarding your buyers!
comment 124 was ::
totally gorgeous, and what an awesome idea! :)
well done winners! I shall attempt to contact you straight away...I need your snail mail addresses ... please email them to mail {at} paper-and-string {dot} co {dot} uk
extra prizes
and for all those who didn't win I shall extend the bonus sticker offer for another few days...any order placed before Midnight on Sunday 13th June will receive THREE extra stickers on their loyalty cards (which would normally be awarded for a £15 spend)
so good news all round :-)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

cupcake bags

Yesterday my Mum & Dad came to visit, along with my sister & niece...the day went by in a flash, I had such a lovely time and was so sad to see them all go :-(
Today I busied myself with packing orders ... the loyalty card system is working well~lots of stickers are being earned and I'm having fun sticking them all on!
This afternoon I did a lot of cutting out and then I decided to start stitching the cupcake bags I cut out a week or so is finished, the other two are getting there!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see if you've won the freebie!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

pack :: un-pack

a felt delivery arrived and it's now unpacked
and my packed orders looked so cheerful on the rug, waiting to be bagged & carried to the Post Office that I thought I needed to take a photo!
the orange spotty one is a return to Boden...I treated myself when they had a bargain 20% off offer but the jacket I ordered wasn't great so it's going back and I'm getting another pair of summer trousers ,not white ones though...they'd be guaranteed to get covered in felt fluff!!
the freebie is still open :: here

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Freebie Day June 2010 :: LOYALTY CARDS

Today I am launching paper-and-string Loyalty Cards!

It's my way of saying a BIG Thank-You to all my lovely customers for shopping with me.
It's super-easy to join in and once you've filled it up you will receive a Free Craft Kit.
Each Free Craft Kit contains :: 5x squares of 12" felt, 5x metres of ribbon, 1m of felt ric rac, a bag of buttons and a selection of metal findings
I've devised a way to keep all the records so it's super easy to join in don't have to do anything, just come shopping and I will do the rest for you!
for more details please visit my website

To celebrate the launch I will award 3 extra bonus stickers for every order placed between now and next Wednesday (9th June)

AND because it's freebie day I have 3 Free Craft Kits to give away in the usual way...just leave a comment below and your name will be entered into the draw.
1. I absolutely MUST be able to contact you via your comment
2. you must enter before the end of next Wednesday (9th June)
3. one entry only please