Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Will someone find me a few more days in the week....?

Oh my how I love to be busy! But with deadlines looming left, right and centre, I sometimes feel that a couple more days in the week would suit me a treat! I am sure I am not alone in having more projects on the go than I can possibly fit in!
We have been very busy in the shop since the move - with local and national press coverage of the reopening bring many more enthusiasts to our door, and I am working on more and more workshop ideas now that we have more space. My creative juices certainly seem to be flowing!
As well as that, I am now a regular guest presenter on Create & Craft with all the extra work that entails (with samples simply coming out of my ears). It is great fun - and not too nerve wracking as long as I concentrate only on the people in the room... and try to forget about the people watching. As soon as you think how many people might be staring back at you the tummy starts to go a bit wibbly!
Another bit of excitement on Saturday as my complimentary copy of Fabulous Festive Makes by P&Q arrived with my 2 Christmas projects published in it. Jack was very interested indeed!
It was so exciting to be asked to be involved - but it seems like ages since it was completed and sent off. I made a wall hanging - and we were all asked to create a Christmas decoration too - and my Robbie Robin made the cover! Uber-exciting! Here's a couple of snaps so you get the gist :)

Now I am sitting in a hot sewing room finishing yet another Christmas project to be included in the November issue of Patchwork & Quilting. One cannot possibly feel less Christmassy than I do right now but deadlines are deadlines. I can't share pictures of that one yet for obvious reasons but will when I can. There are further projects in the pipeline that need to be completed soon, and I will be happy to share about them too... soon...
And I am technically on holiday until Thursday, so if some one could give me a few extra days a week I would be eternally grateful!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

playing with roses!

I've had a great day today sharing one of my designs with some ladies keen to learn how to do foundation piecing with paper.  The pattern we used was 'a rose by any other name' and from a standing start they ALL  completed at least one block, with Jube making a start on a third! You go girl!
I am truly lucky to be able to share my passion with other people!

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

What Fun!

Well last week was one of the most amazing of my life! We opened in the new bigger shop premises and the response was both emotional and unexpected. I am so proud of what we have achieved in just 2 years and immensely grateful to the support of friends, family and customers who have made all the hard work so much fun!

We were open as normal on Saturday 3rd August as normal - and then we move EVERYTHING on the Sunday & Monday (which are the days we are usually closed). So on Tuesday morning we opened not quite sure what to expect! What we certainly didn't expect was a queue!

So I thought I would share a few pictures from last Tuesday - which was our first day in the new shop. We were visited by the FABULOUS Stuart Hillard from the Great British Sewing Bee. What didn't come across during the show was that he is a very keen quilter with regular features in magazines including Patchwork & Quilting so he was right at home with us! He was signing copies of the GBSB book as well as enjoying a chat with lots of our lovely ladies! He was thoroughly spoilt!
The lovely Stuart signing books - here with our friend Nicki from Anbo!
This Nicky's little girl who wanted to share her tortoise with Stuart.

It was a tremendously busy day for a Tuesday. At one point there were 80 cars outside the shop, not counting more that were spread out over the rest of the farm. I had one lady say that her daughter lives in the village and had trouble getting out to work that day with the all the traffic running through the village - so it will be a day they remember for a while :)

Here is a picture of a lull!

Friends and family came along to help with the move and special mention has to go to my lovely Dad - who did so much work building the fabric units and putting up about a million hooks and quilt hangers. And he even dressed up for the opening in tux and bow tie (and fitted the microwave in that outfit!). Thanks Dad - I love you xxx

My lovely Paul and his parents came along. Paul (bless'im) worked like a trooper all day Sunday and Monday with the move - and then helped with opening day. What a star!

Some of our ladies enjoying a bit of cake in the workshop area - we raised £160 on the cakes for the Brittle Bone Society.

We also had a fantastic raffle on Tuesday for some stunning prizes including the fabric for a 90inch square quilt! Along with a more alcoholic raffle on Saturday, and the cake, we made a total of £1000 for the Brittle Bones Society.

So after a very long day, Julie and friend Fiona test out the Man Crèche area and it certainly passed!!

Well that was a hugely busy week, and now things should settle down a bit - with some time for me to get back to my creative buzz rather than running around like a made thing organising telephone lines or sourcing mdf! Phew!