Saturday, 13 December 2014

Oh Christmas tree...

Oh how I do love putting the tree up at Christmas! We always have a real one and this year we went for this handsome fellow.

My theme is always red and green, very traditional I know and we have a mish mash of baubles. Some are shop bought and some are handmade. Sadly there are no gingerbread men on the tree as I just never have time to make them for myself.

But I do rather adore these stag head decorations Mr.B bought me this year. Maybe now my order books are closed I can sit and make some gingers for our tree! 

I'm most definitely on Christmas Countdown now......not long to go! :D

Getting that Christmas feeling?

Where have you been? Well where do I start! As my order books are now closed I've been off enjoying the festive season like no year before. With no Christmas craft fairs planned in I was able to visit Lincoln Christmas Market. Even though it was about an hour away in the car it was worth it. 

Everything was so Christmassy, given the fact I drank way to many samples of festive tipples I was definitely "Merry" :D  

I left with some goodies for us, elderberry port, some homemade chutney and a cute ceramic robin ornament. This really got me in the Christnas Spirit. What was next on the list??? Oh yes, works (dayjob) Christmas party....

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas goodies

Before I get the paint out to get cracking on with some more decorating I thought I'd just pop by and tell you about my day yesterday at the Christmas Market at The Round House, Derby. 

We decided to buy VIP Tickets as we hadn't been before and it sounded like the perfect way to experience the Market first time round. I have to say I was very impressed right from the start. VIP parking was right in front of the entrance and the stewards in the car park were very helpful and friendly. 

It was all very well planned and the layout was very good. There were 3 seperate rooms full of handmade treats. I liked the fact that the ratio of handmade to mass produced (there were a couple of gift shop stalls selling well known brands) was biased towards handmade. And the standard was very impressive. 

The tickets also included prosecco and cake in the VIP area which was beautifully decorated and a goody bag packed full with samples and leaflets from the sellers. We felt very important indeed as we were given VIP lanyards to wear which also entitled us to 10% off and additional offers to a large selection of the stalls. 

Later on in the afternoon after we had sampled an Artisan Toasties from one of the food stalls we visited the Vintage tea room. All of the ladies were dressed suitably vintage and were very efficient in a very busy pop up tea room. 

I had such a lovely day, I got to catch up with my friend Andrea and spend my well earned pennies on some fantastic handmade gifts. Oh and bought myself some goodies too. 

Can't wait til next years Market already, I'll be sure to reserve my VIP Tickets again. I definitely recommend if you live in the area of Derby or neighbouring counties you should make the trip, it's the best Christmas Market I have been to.  

Friday, 14 November 2014


Oh I've only just realised I missed last Saturday's post!! We had a visit from my Dad so we had a nice relaxing weekend, no decorating and no work.

Still working my way through my gingerbread army, this weeks parcels have been jetting off to USA, Canada, Australia and a few for the UK.

I'll be taking the day off tomorrow to go to the Christmas Market at the Round House in Derby with my friend Andrea.

I'm so excited to be going to a Christmas Market as a buyer rather than a seller. I cant remember the last time I did.....

I've been saving my pennies up so that I can buy some Christmas presents and of course support designers and makers like myself. They even have a vintage tea room and a Prosecco bar!!! I've started to feel a little Christmassy this week, well its hard not to when you're making Christmas decorations, so this will really get me into the festive spirit.

Maybe I will even think about signing up for next years ;)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

It's all in the planning...

Normally I am oblivious to everything at this time of year, frantically prepping and making stock for up and coming Christmas fairs. But not this year. I decided it was finally time I took a little step back and actually enjoyed the festive season.

So this week I have planned in my remaining holiday allowance at the day job and started popping dates into my diary. We really want to have the majority of the decorating finished before Christmas so that will be many a weekend spent in overalls. 

Ironically tomorrow is mine and Mr.B's 12th Anniversary and in those twelve years we have only spent one of those having Christmas in our own home. Now since we have this beautiful home to accommodate everyone we are having both mine and Mr.B's parents here for Christmas. I'm sure it will be chaotic and stressful at times but I am so looking forward to it. 

Can you believe at 34 years old I have never cooked a turkey? I know how shocking is that!!! Well they say there is a first for everything but at least I will have my Mam here to bail me out if it all goes a bit wrong :) Writing this post I have just realised how excited I am for Christmas it's been such a long time since I have been. 

Anyway enough waffle about the festive season. Since it's Saturday morning it's cup of coffee and To Do list writing. Have a lovely weekend whatever to have planned. See you next Saturday! :D

Saturday, 18 October 2014


As you already know we have two fury babies in our family who have made many appearances on my blog over the years. Well three weeks ago this little lady came to live with us. Her name is Summer and she is two years old.

Due to circumstances at her previous home she felt she no longer wanted to stay there and was visiting our garden all day, every day. After a long chat with her owner she asked if we would consider taking her in. She was very thin from not going home to be fed and on quite a few occasions she would sit staring at our two through the window. 

How could I say no to this adorable little face?!? That's right I couldn't and she moved in on the Sunday. 

There's been a few grumbles to the other cats in the first week or so but that has subsided and they are all quite content to eat their food and snuggle on the sofa together. 

Oliver still thinks he's ruler of the roost and needs telling every now and then that girls don't really like to wrestle but I'm sure in time he will get the message.

Three cats! Well I never thought this would happen but all three came to us as they needed homes so we of course obliged and let them in. I love my fury babies :)

Don't tell him I said this but Mr.B is totally smitten with Summer and she seems pretty hooked on him too. Not bad considering he always said he never wanted cats :D I knew he'd come round eventually.  

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Edge stitching heaven

Ok so this week I have been busy finishing another custom order. This one is a Mama bag but I've made a few adjustments to the original design. The strap on this one is slightly different having two square 'rings' rather than just the one with the slider. This also means that each side has it's own tab making the bag even more sturdy along side with an extra layer of sew in interfacing. I was thinking of putting a zip closure on the opening but since all the pieces were already cut I will have to stick with the magnetic fasteners for this one. 

I was actually thinking of moving on from this design but it still seems to be popular and everytime I make one I really enjoy doing do. So maybe it will stick around for a little while longer yet :)

Also this week I managed to get my hands on one of these little babies! I've been looking for one for a while but couldn't find one for my old or should I say vintage Janome. It's an edge stitching foot. Now not blowing my own trumpet but I would consider my edge stitching to be very neat but as a bit if a perfectionist when I saw you could get one of these I thought I've just got to have one. So here it is. 

Can't wait to see how 'perfect' it makes my edge stitching.