Sunday, 25 November 2012


Many apologies to people who wanted to take part in pay it forward. Unfortunately a fire in our home back in June wiped out our home for several months and I still haven't been able to do any sewing. Hopefully things will be back to normal by Christmas though.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Folksy Listings and Some New Stash

I've been working away at listing some new items on my Folksy shop this weekend.  I still have more to list but I'd been asked to put a few things on by my next door neighbour, whose daughter in law had one of my bags and has been asked by all her friends in Cambridge where she got it from - nothing ventured and all that...

This was the bag she had, I liked doing the applique on

it and am planning a couple more applique designs on some nice strong canvas I just bought.

I'm doing a giveaway on my other blog but don't seem to have attracted many takers - go an have a wee look and see if you're interested...

As I sit here blogging, I'm listening to 'Round the Horne' as I copy it from a cassette to my PC for Hubby.  Unfortunately we no longer have the technology for playing cassettes, except for one side of the old hi fi which still works - and I don't want to lose all the comedy radio shows we have.  I've already done two hours of Dad's Army, Two hours of Hancock and two hours of John Shuttleworth - I'm all comedied out now really!  Hopefully I'll be able to educate Hubby in the art of using an MP3 player so he can listen to them all again.  I've used this great little free program called Audacity which you can download really fast.

I just paid a visit to the Fabric Guild for some new stash.  I don't go very often but find its well worth buying up a job lot when I'm there.  I'll be posting about that later.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


I'm struggling to get bags made at the moment.  I know I need to make some more as I have very few left, however, actually getting around to making any seems to be quite impossible - I just don't feel like it!  I'm hoping my enthusiasm will return soon because I'm doing a craft fair in March and will look very silly with nothing to sell...

Here are a couple I have managed to make.

This is a crazy patchwork bag in velvet with lots of embroidery and beads, lined with purple satin.  

I've used this fabric before but this time I've added some wooden rings and made the bag a different shape, it has a cross body handle.  Unfortunately I managed to get the up the wrong way, sorry about that!

I would welcome a little encouragement to help me get started on the bag making again friends!

Saturday, 15 January 2011


I know there's been no news on here for a while, mainly because I've been pretty busy at work and have had very little time for crafting, as such.  However, I am keeping busy helping to organise a big charity craft fair at my church, The Riverside Centre in Pride Park, which will take place on Saturday 14 May 2011.  We are hoping to raise funds for two organisations the church supports, Celebrate Recovery and a charity which helps vulnerable and at risk women in Sri Lanka.  Hope you don't mind the little advert!

So now I need to really get my finger out and actually DO some crafting, otherwise I'll have nothing to sell!  With this in mind, I'm heading off to the Fabric Guild annual sale tomorrow to stock up on some new stash with the hope of getting a quilt finished by the time May comes round.  Not sure whether I'll actually manage it, but I'm going to have a jolly good go at it!

Happy crafting!

Friday, 10 December 2010


A couple of weeks ago I took part in the craft fair at Melbourne, which was a fun day and a great success as far as sales went as I sold lots of bags and A QUILT!!

I only put the quilt in my case at the last minute as an afterthought, as I had made it for myself and then didn't like the colours in the room I made it for - so had put it away in the top of the wardrobe.  A fellow stallholder kept coming over to take a look and eventually decided to buy it - which was amazing as I never expect to sell something so big and expensive at craft fairs.  It just goes to show that you never can tell - that's my Christmas money sorted!

Here's my table, looking a bit Christmassy.  After trying all sorts of table covers, including quilts, I have decided that a plain white cloth is best to show off the colourful bags I make.  I'd love to be able to show you the quilt I sold but can't seem to get the Flickr link to work - another time perhaps.

Saturday, 13 November 2010


Hi there, sorry I've not been around for a while!  It's a long story but if you're curious to know why then go over to my other blog for more of an explanation :-).  Anyway, thanks for hanging in there and not deleting me from your bloggers list!!

In a couple of weeks' time I have a table at the Melbourne (Derbyshire) Artists and Makers Craft Fair.  This group has really only just started in the past year but has already become successful and they are planning to have a monthly craft fair next year.  Consequently, I've been madly making bags ready for the onslaught of eager shoppers looking for Christmas presents :-)

Here are a couple of my latest which I'm hoping will go to a good home.

I used this leaves and berries fabric on a previous bag and it was the first to sell at Tissington.  This is another pattern from the Bag Makers' Bible and I really love how the bag turned out.  I really like the messenger bag design.

This fabric really makes me smile!  The bag is very simple to make and very effective with the bamboo handles. The inside even has sunflowers too!  Very cheerful in this gloomy autumn weather don't you think?

This music print was also popular at Tissington.  As I only buy a metre of every fabric this was the last few bits used up on a boxy zipped pouch and a fold over top bag.

I've made a few of these folded stars for Christmas.

So in a couple of weeks I'll be at the Melbourne Leisure Centre with my little stash of goodies so, if you're anywhere near, do pop in and say 'hello'.

Monday, 20 September 2010


When I took a stall at Tissington Craft Fair earlier in the year, sales were really disappointing; I didn’t even make enough to cover the cost of my table.  I decided to give it another go though, and booked two days last weekend.  What a difference!  I sold loads!  I had people come back for more! I’ve had people phoning for items they didn’t buy on the day!  It helped that John told people from his art class to visit and they bought stuff too, but generally it had a good feel about it and I’ll definitely be booking a few dates there for next year.

Em came to visit for a few hours and we had a nice mother and daughter natter while we sat at the stall.  I also managed to do a bit of hand sewing in the quiet periods and completed quite a few hexagons for my quilt.

I sold seven cushions which I made about a year ago and, up to now, hadn’t sold even one.  I sold eight of my bags, twelve flower brooches and a few small purses.  Strangely (I thought) I didn’t sell any of my denim and floral purses, which were the ones I was sure would be most popular.  It just goes to show that you can never really predict what people are going to like!  I’m now going to concentrate on building up my stock again for the next fair in November at Melbourne Leisure Centre. 

These were two of my most popular style of bag.  I sold both of these to the same lady, who wanted them for presents.  I took an order for another, similar bag the next day but I do try to make my bags one of a kind so need to vary the design slightly.

The first bag I sold was the one with bamboo handles I made from a pattern by Lisa Lam on U-Handblog.  It's the first time I've used bought handles on a bag but I'll definitely be doing it again.  I used a pretty autumn berries and navy print which went really well with the handles.

I do really need to find a new supplier of good quality cotton, linen and canvas fabric for bags.  I only like to use natural, good quality fabrics and don’t always like to use quilting cottons as I find they need a lot of extra interfacing to make a good, sturdy bag.  My regular supplier of furnishing fabric remnants appears to have gone out of business L.  Ikea is good, as is The Fabric Guild, and there are a couple of shops in Derby I use, but I’m always on the lookout for good furnishing fabric shops!  If anyone out there has information to share I'll be very very grateful!

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