Monday, 8 June 2009

Hey ho and off we go!

Well I've burned out the belt on my sewing machine. If you're up this way I know a lovely man in Norwich who has it all fixed for me already and I'll happily share his phone number with you because he's so honest and reliable!
But before the machine gave up the ghost I managed to build a bit of stock for the fair!
and hopefully enough to open my new online store before the end of this month too!
I always underestimate the time it takes to do all the bagging and tagging.
Brooch cards are so fiddly, but I love any excuse to use pinking shears. I have never lost the wonder of using scissors that give you crinkly edges like jam tart pastry! And I have my granny's shears so they are the same ones that I first used to make crinkly landscape pictures with her fabric scraps!
All the puppies, dogs and owls were labelled up just like the nice man at Trading Standards told me to. If you are selling anything that might reasonably be interpreted as a toy (even if you don't think it is one) then I really do recommend getting in touch with your local team. Mine were so helpful.
All packed and stacked and ready to be loaded...
a bit undignified but needs must!
And as it was time to drive away the black clouds opened and the stormy wind and rain followed us on our short drive to the coast and stayed there all day!!
More on the fair tomorrow. Lots of scrummy pictures and lovely people for you to meet! But now I must unpack and try to find the house under the accumulated piles of stuff and laundry and homework (sorry Mrs lovely Teacher - we've got a bit behind!) and I suppose I ought to go food shopping..... Back soon! t.xx

24 comments:

comfortstitching said...

What a tremendously wantable haul of eye-catching stitchiness! You certainly pulled your finger out for all your talk of procrastination!!
I can't get the hang of using my pinking shears, they always get stuck...maybe I need lessons....

Menopausal musing said...

What a load of lovely stuff!! The "undignified" photo made me laugh. Oh, and thank you for the loveliest of comments on my last post. Cathy x

Gillian said...

Love your brooch packaging - I inherited my Grannie's pinking shears but its very dull! Looking forward to the fair photographs. G

Faded Splendour said...

yippee you have a new subscriber!!
Lovely to have met you yesterday...
Promise I will update our blog today (honest)
T & C xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

What lovely, colourful gorgeousness! Poor doggy - you really should let him have a bit more dignity!!

Glad the fair went well for you!
Jayne

Kathleen said...

stunning cushions and really good advice on the labelling, especially after what happened in the USA about standards for children's goods

Kathleen said...

oh forgot to say...well done with the machine...wish i had a little guy who could do that...my machine cost more to repair than a newer version of the same machine!

bex said...

glad the fair want well! htanks for posting about the labels you have to put on toys. im opening a shop soon and new i had to put something on the stuffed monsters i make but didn't know what! thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I so wanted to come to this fair but my daughter had ballet. Are they doing another? I'll have to get that chap's number off you too although my machine is more likely to seize up through misuse than anything else! Ruth (Kittythimble)

Rhiannon said...

Poor sewing machine :(
Very glad the fair went well though, and it looks like everything you took was as fab as ever :)
xxx

Cowboys and Custard said...

Now I could say something very rude about the upturned dog.. but it would not do amongst our gentile folk.. but something to do with your hoard of loveliness being the dog's ........

Oh dear.. shall I go now!

Hope it was a lot of fun!

Mx

Mandy said...

Oh I so want one of your owls and dogs. Can you let me know when they go into your online shop I really want them x
Your so clever x

lottie said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Sal said...

It all looks lovely.Hope the fair was a success,in spite of the weather! ;-)

Kitty said...

So many beautiful things, I look forward to browsing your online shop.

Floss said...

Oh, well done. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the fair...

LittleGem said...

Ooh the photos in this post are just gorgeous, so much colour and pattern. I love your Union Jack cushions they are fab. Looking forward to seeing more fair photos! X

conversationpieces said...

So much cuteness! Not wonder your sewing machine needed fixed!!

homemade said...

I love those retro fabrics, thanks for your comments too. I hope you like the book.
R x

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I loved reading your blog today. It has been so much fun making new friends through the blog world. This is my fourth month to have a blog. I am amazed at all the unique and fun sites. I am posting about our recent Disney trip and have a couple more posts about our visit with the "Mouse" ....then I will have more than a few posts about a new "grandson" arriving in just a couple of weeks...

vanessa said...

Blimey! No wonder your sewing machine broke down, you've been producing so much! It all looks fantastic, those brooches are very delicious looking, and I love the way you present them, all part of the buying experience, the very nice buying experience!
Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

pinkfairygran said...

All your crafts look so beautiful. I am constantly amazed at the sheer creativity of some of the people in the blogging community, the flair and artistry, the industriousness too! You all inspire me to be less dilatory, pull my proverbial out and get on with doing those things I want to do, learning those new skills as well. Love puppy, and will be interested to know when the shop is up and running, as I don't get into Wells often... next time will be December!!

cocoa and blankets said...

Hi Teena...first of all, everything looks wonderful, even the puppies bottom!...I am sure you will sell tons...secondly, I have a question, can you sharpen pinking sheers my are really blunt now....I love the way you display things...have a lovely lovely time..

Pom Pom said...

I love those little felt pins! Everything you photographed is delightful!