Monday, 18 May 2015

Change is Good... I think!

Sometimes change is looking into a big scary abyss with no idea where we are heading. Sometimes it is a leap of faith where you screw up your eyes, your courage, and then simply jump. Other times it is a more considered decision when you know that it is time to move on to pastures new.

My journey into change is the third one! I have loved the 4 years I have spent with Julie building up Bee Crafty from nothing into a thriving business that brings a lot to the community. Julie is going to continue with the same ethos that has made Bee Crafty so popular, but it is time for me to leap!

For me there are new challenges on the horizon. I will continue to teach my workshops at Bee Crafty, as well as being freed up to teach anywhere else where people want me :) My shows on Create & Craft continue to grow in popularity, and I am now a regular on the US channel, and a demonstrator for Jo Ann Craft & Fabric and Craft stores in the US. It also gives me time to work on my book as well as take a sneaky trip to the US to teach if the need arises (Paul has kindly offered to carry my luggage!) So staff rotas and VAT returns will no longer be on my list - new quilt designs and teaching will be!

Fingers crossed that this change will be one of the best!


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Star Wars Day

If you are on FaceBook or just about anywhere, it can't have passed your attention that Monday was Stars Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you). As a dyed in the wool sci - fi fan, I was thrilled at the plethora of TV shows and articles about one of my favourite genres - but I was even more pleased that my first foray into the world of Jo Ann Fabric & Craft stores as their newest demonstrator on Create & Craft in the US was based around my two favourite things - fabric & science fiction. A whole show based around Star Wars Fabric!!!!! I was a happy bunny/Ewok!

I even got my very own Star Wars Style opener! I really rather like the title of Galactic Overlord :)

 The set dressers went all out with the theme! Only a couple of the figures were mine - there rest belong to the crew. I think they were as excited as I was :)
I made a mistake - I claimed the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel run in 6 parsecs - when in fact it was 12! But things always seemed faster when you were younger, and I don't think Hans Solo would mind :)
Don't worry - there are pictures of fabric etc at the end. 
So with all these lovely fabrics to play with, I couldn't resist running up a couple of 'samples' for myself - all in the name of research of course! The tote bag is just the right size to carry my long ruler, and the front pockets are perfect for a rotary cutter and scissors!
I also made a little zipped bag and a storage basket for good measure. One really should try these products out!!!!!!
I have had some requests for tutorials for these, because there wasn't time on the show - so over the next few weeks I will try to find a little time to sit down and write something!

Here is my existing Star Wars stash (nearly enough for a quilt... for ME!) - which will now find a new home in the flannel black & white Star Wars box I made. It's like I planned it!