Monday, 7 November 2016

Winter comes early

Apparently there's snow forecast for tomorrow. I shouldn't be surprised I suppose, we are on the edge of the Peak District, but October was so mild.  Still, as soon as we shifted into November the temperature's dropped sharply.

It seems very appropriate as I've been in a festive frame of mind. Like many makers I've been surrounded by handmade Christmas decorations and giving the website it's winter wrappings. Its all snowmen in the workshop itself this week and last Saturday last I had great fun doing an angel workshop at Betty's Sewing Box.

The ladies made some beautiful little angels using 'girl' peg doll shapes, felt, lace, net, linen... lovely materials. Betty's is such a lovely atmosphere and a wonderful place for workshops.  Wonderful place for tea and cake too, well worth a visit if you haven't discovered it yet,

My photos of the angels made on the day were terribly blurry so there's one below from one of the participants (thank you!).  The little angels have a cheeky windswept quality (much like we will have by tomorrow evening) and are great fun to make. Perhaps a tutorial?

Peg doll angel class at Bettys Sewing Box

Little peg doll angels in linen jackets

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sorry Emily

Well I thought I would post this because if I read about someone else's numptiness it's sort of nice to know I'm not alone.  Perhaps other people will be comforted by the knowledge that there's someone out there doing it worse than they are.  It's me.

I took a day off my other job to go to the Simply Staffordshire member's coffee morning today, organised by lovely Emily Whitehead; a young woman of such graceful efficiency that numpty probably isn't even in her dictionary.  There was going to be a talk by a lady from Katherine House Hospice about how small businesses can support local charities, which I wanted to hear (I'm hoping someone will be kind enough to give me a quick catch up).

I think it's fair to say it didn't go entirely to plan.  I got a bit lost and couldn't find the venue, principally because Granville's Brasserie is in Stone and I was driving in circles round the one way system in Stafford.

As I changed course (time's ticking on now, mind you) the car started wailing warning lights at me when I accelerated, or braked, went down-slope or turned leftwards.  I drove on trying to use only right-hand curves and then went round in circles a bit in Stone for good measure.

By this time I was beyond desperate for the loo and I figured the walk from the car park might be a step too far, so I found a pub on the outskirts and dashed in. Having narrowly avoided flooding the car, or their car park, I left the pub (much relieved) and turned towards Barlaston. For those of you that know the area - no, I don't know why either; it is in the opposite direction. What can I say, I don't know my way round the area all that well. Clearly.

You know. There's being early, there's on time, a few minutes late, there's really-quite-late-and-I-missed-the-coffee-but-made-it-for-the-talk, and then there's just plain laughably, rudely late. So I'm afraid I threw in the towel. Bought a fruit cake, listened to the car squeal all the way home and put the kettle on.

So, sorry Emily.... thank you for all your hard work but I'll look forward to seeing everyone another time.. :D

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Making some new creative mates

They say that to keep in touch with your customers you should post and blog consistently.
Oh dear. Chalk up my entry on the social media smacked wrist list; I'm really much too random.

However, inspired by Joan Kennedy Artist and her heroic assault on the 30-day blogging challenge (which I am far too cowardly to even think of) here is a post from me at last.

It's a little celebration of a group of brilliant and imaginative ladies who I am getting to know.
We had a meal out last night, recharging our creative batteries; finding out about each other's art and business; talking over and solving some challenges.  We laughed like we had all known each other for years. And so, I hope, we will.

Here are some of the lovely things they make and links to their sites.
Really nice to meet you all ladies, I hope it will be the first of many.

Joan Kennedy Artist
Joan Kennedy's Facebook page