Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!


We've spent a lovely weekend relaxing with my parents, eating good food and chatting. I am yet to make a start on our chocolate eggs but I'm sure later on this evening when we get home I will manage to make a hole in a few ;)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

A long weekend ahead...


Today was the start of a very long weekend for me, no day job now until next Wednesday!! *punches the air*

So ashamedly I have spent most of the day in my PJ's, in my defence I have done ALL the ironing and made some lemon and vanilla cupcakes, oh yes as well as vacuuming the house. So not bad for having a day off.


I've also been busy adding some new items to my website, including these gorgeous clutch bags and trying to get through the mountain of emails that have been building up this week. We're travelling up north tomorrow to spend a couple of days with my parents and then I intend to spend Monday and Tuesday working on some custom orders. Over the past week my order book has started to fill up fast. They all seem to be varied projects too which I like so cant wait to get started. 

Going to try really hard not to spend the weekend scoffing chocolate eggs but I just cant guarantee that will happen so lets not mention it on Monday ;) 

Have a great Easter everyone xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

They're back...

 THE EASTER BUNNY EGG COSIES ARE BACK!!!!!!


Those of you may remember these egg cosies from wayyyyy back 2 years ago, well they are back again and I couldn't resist making some myself. These cuties are available to buy for £8 they come gift wrapped and include your choice of chocolate egg (creme egg, lindt egg or kinder egg). Postage is included in the price. Just contact me if you're interested.


They come in pink....


Lime green....


Turquoise....


Lilac...


Yellow....


and of course white!! 

If you want to make your own follow this link here.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

I haven't done this in ages...

Just talk.....

Now I know that will sounds peculiar to people who know me, but I really cant remember the last time I came here and just talked?

Yes its lovely that I post photos on here of all the things I make, and that people stop by every day to take a look at those photos, which I appreciate more than you know.....but, there is almost no interaction any more. This makes me sad as there used to be so much. Could this be because of the introduction of Facebook? I remember back in 2008 when I started my blog that Facebook never even registered on my radar, I know it had been going since 2004 but it just wasn't that popular here in the UK. Now its part of most peoples day to day life!

I now follow and read all my blogs through Bloglovin' so I try to read and comment as much as I can, its important to me to keep in touch with all the people I met when I started out blogging. This was the main reason I started to blog, I wanted to be part of the crafty community in blog land and all the encouragement and support it gave me to start up my business and keep it going.

Could it be because I stopped talking about myself? I think that pretty much happened after we moved house. We've been moved about a year and half ago now....really that long??? I cant believe how fast the days and weeks are flying by.

Things are very different now.

We have a lovely house, where we can actually sleep at night, those of you who knew what we went through at the last place we lived with our asbo neighbours will know how important this fact is to us. Its quiet and peaceful and we really have 'settled' into the house. Things with my day job are evolving and I can see that my priorities in life have taken a shift.

Its never been 'make as much stuff as I can to make as much money as I can' its always about the enjoyment of the process for me and making items for people who really do appreciate what goes into producing something handmade. I've never professed to loving my day job, its a means to an ends, it means we can live in this gorgeous house and have relaxing holidays in nice places. Bagladee is where I can let my creativeness run wild and go on a journey of self discovery and feed my creative spirit. Those of you who craft will understand this. I could quite happily sit in my studio all day long and create, it doesn't matter to me so much if no one ever bought anything, its fantastic if they do but its more than that to me. Its knowing that these hands that I'm typing with can take something as simple as a metre of fabric or piece of felt and turn it into something 3D and beautiful without anyone showing me how or using other peoples instructions/patterns.

The mind is a wondrous thing and different people are good at different things, I've never been great at anything academic (anyone will tell you that of me) but one thing I am good at is applying myself, I will always do something to the best of my ability and due to being very stubborn will never give up on something I do.

That's why I know that no matter what I make and who (if anyone) buys the things I make, Bagladee will always be here. Which is why its important to me to keep my blog going so I can document my journey and the creative paths I have taken and will take in the future. Its not that I am constantly seeking approval from you all its the constructive criticism that I thrive from, comments and interaction make that possible, that is how my creative process evolves, reading feedback and other peoples opinions. After all the things I make are for other people.....see a need fill a need.

Well if you have stuck with me through this post, thank you and well done for not a) falling asleep or b) closing your browser because you were bored stupid ;) For those of you who do take the time to stop by and read my blog and comment, a huge thank you to you all! I promise from today I will post more about me and life and be more than just a blog with photos.......

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, see you very soon x

Saturday, 12 April 2014

New mini's...


These little cuties are now listed on my website, they may be a smaller version of my usual size clutch bags but they are surprisingly spacious. I can get my smart phone, purse, keys, lippy, eye-liner, pack of tissues and pretty much anything else I can squeeze in ;)


At £20 I think they are a real steal.....unique one off clutch bags.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Box it up....


Perfect solution to pretty storage! These storage boxes I actually designed for myself quite some time ago. I had asked my lovely friend Rachel to make me a sewing machine mat for my work desk out of some very gorgeous sewing themed fabric. Since there was quite a decent amount of fabric left over I made 3 storage boxes for all my threads.

So here they are available for you all to pretty up your workspace/dressing table/bathroom, or you can fill them with goodies and give away as gifts. 

Of course there is a sewing themed set for you sewing ladies out there, but only one set available.

All the box sets have been added to my website here FABRIC STORAGE BOXES

I'm currently working on a special order for some Office storage boxes for a lovely lady called Kirstin, which include a very large version of these fabric boxes. I'll show you some photos once they are finished.

And if you are reading this Rachel, my sewing mat is still one of my most prized possessions in my sewing room :D thank you xx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Rainbow rings


I think I may be slightly addicted to making these, I love the fact they are so small and intricate. I started making these after I made the new felt brooches and I wondered to myself, how small could I actually go and still make them work. So after fiddling around with different sizes these were the smallest I could go to still keep the detail.


I think they make a fun and colourful accessory for your outfit. I have to admit I'm not really a person for wearing jewellery I have and engagement ring and a friendship ring that I wear, I wear the same pair of earrings and necklace everyday and of course I wear a watch. So the fact these can be worn to match an outfit is perfect for me. 


I made an extra set of these just for myself and wear some colours more than others as they match more of my wardrobe. 

They are made in two sizes of flowers, the larger one being 3cm in diameter and the smaller 2.5cm and the ring itself is adjustable.


These will be added to my website this week....and they will be available in more colours too (I just picked these ones to photograph as I liked the colours together).


You can even get a matching brooch....soon to be added too :)