Friday, 29 July 2011

A quick update...

With the shop opening a week tomorrow, you can imagine that everything is SHOP SHOP SHOP! So not much in the way of personal creativity is going on yet! However, on the shop front we have now finalised the workshop list starting in September through to December. 

We have some real highlights coming up with a visit from the fabulous Jennie Rayment doing her manipulating magic with "All Squared Up" in November:

"Unique and innovative designs all created by manipulating squares in ingenious forms. Use these designs for quilt blocks, garments, home d├ęcor or where ever you wish. An excellent class for all fabric manipulators or ‘wannabees’ – no experience - just a desire to tweak and twitch a little. (All designs 5” square) "

Kathleen Laurel Sage will also be paying a visit in November doing some exciting jewellery with organza and a soldering iron!

Gina Ferrari with be teaching her ever popular "Machined Books" using machine embroidery techniques to produce these unique textured works of art.

The talented Anne Stacey will be teaching a regular monthly class for the less confident quilter based around a sampler quilt and the delightful Jill Adamson will be teaching her twisted Bargello quilt, a stunning Christmas dinner setting with crackers as well as getting us all started with some knitting classes.

So we are well on our way!

Here are some graphics of the leaflets as I cant work out how to embed a pdf into this blog. If anyone is interested in the pdf, please leave me a comment with an email addy and I will fire one off to you!

Anyway, that is probably enough now... where did I put that pricing gun?

Monday, 25 July 2011

And the fish are jumping....

Paul & I took a trip to a shopping centre in Spalding the other day and we were admiring the gardens. Aren't these fish sculptures lovely! I need a couple for my garden... when I finally get a pond!!!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

The countdown has begun!

With less that 2 weeks to go, I am officially running around like a loony trying to get everything done!
The stock has begun to arrive and it now looks less like a shell and more like a shop! Here are a couple of sneak peeks!!!!

Obviously still a work in progress but with less than 2 weeks to go until we open it is a relief to see some stuff going in!

Also, the Bee Crafty Facebook page is up and running as we count down to our opening on 6th August.

Monday, 18 July 2011

A new (surprise) member of the family

Just in case you thought my life was all work and no fun, I thought I would introduce you to the newest source of amusement in our house! If you don't like cats then I suggest you stop reading now and come back later hehe.

Meet Captain Jack Archibald Pemberton the Third!
Our neighbours found him stuck in a bush out the back of our houses on Saturday morning when they heard him crying. Poor little mite! They know I already have 2 cats so asked if I could look after this sweet little kitten until we worked out what to do with him. I couldn't refuse.... I mean.... just look at him!

So join us he did! Since he arrived there has been a bit of a Mexican stand-off interspersed with a lot of hissing but I hope that wont last for ever. Anyway, I took him to the vets to get him checked out and see if he had a chip (which he hasn't). Until then we thought he was a she, but now he is correctly labelled, and carbon dated at about 14 weeks, and now we have named him he must be staying, unless the notices I put up in the area result in his real owners coming forward. I don't hold out any hope for this though, as the circumstances he was found in suggests he may have been dumped out of a car!

But as you can see that doesn't seem to have bothered him! He got a clean bill of health and was wormed to boot!

Before you ask about the name, he is debonair and I think he looks like he is wearing a grey trench coat, hence Captain Jack (which has nothing to do with my deep love of Doctor Who, Torchwood and all things Barrowman...) and for a fella with this level of sophistication; one name was never going to be enough! He may have started off in the gutter (hedge) but he is rising to greater things lol!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Things are coming along apace!

Things are moving with my new shop! Stuff is beginning to be delivered now that my lovely Dad has (almost) finished the shop fit! There is still the top for the coffee bar to arrive - but that is not coming until next week.

Today there was some excitement as we got the first of our fabric deliveries, some King Tut threads and we got around to hanging a couple of quilts.

This is one side of the workshop area....

We will be teaching the twisted Bargello on the left in September and October and probably the middle Bargello in 2012.

Then to greet you as you walk in we have one of mine - made of Moda Citrus to brighten your way!

 This may become a class if enough people ask for it as well!

Well, best get back to it now! Plenty of work to do.....

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Now that's a talent!

A bit more of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from Friday.  One section of flower show was called the "Thailand Zone" and there was a chap sitting there carving fruit. The results were amazing! Here he is carving a melon into a bunch of roses....

In this bowl he has carved melons, carrots and a beetroot, and the parrot is the top of a pineapple!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

A riot of colour

Paul has had a couple of days off this week, and I deserved a few days break from work, so yesterday we headed to London to the wonderful Hampton Court Flower Show. Neither of us have been before, so it was a totally new experience! As it was, the sights and smells were incredible! There was so much to see so I won't bore you with ALL my photos, but I can't resist sharing a couple!

Some orchids don't quite look real...

 Some of the stands were amazing - so perfect that they didnt quite look real!


I will share a few more pics another time - don't want to overdose you on flowers!

All was lovely! A great day out, despite the rain!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Dad's 66 today!

My brilliant Dad has made 66 today! It has been great to spend time with him as he worked on my lovely bathroom, and now he is about to help us fit out the new shop!

Thanks Dad

Dad and his grandchildren

Saturday, 2 July 2011

the secret is out!

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed some thinly veiled references to some changes coming up in my life that I couldn't really share. Well now I can reveal all! I am opening a craft supplies and workshop centre just outside Huntingdon! It has taken a lot of work and a huge amount of planning but we are finally on our way. The idea was first suggested to me by a friend in later January and here we are, 4 months later, with the keys now safely in my pocket!

Bee Crafty (hopefully) opens it's doors on 6th of August. Talk about not hanging about!

We will have a blog for the shop very soon, but until then I may share a little here!

Firstly, here is our new logo!

Isn't it just the cutest! We certainly have been running around like busy bees meeting with suppliers, yelling at BT, and learning about how you run a limited company. But it is finally coming together and the stress will all be worth it when we finally open our doors! Can't wait to start taking delivery of all our lovely stock!

We have a basic website at until the full website goes live just before we open!

The excitement (and fear) is rising! Bring it on!!!!