Friday, 3 February 2012

Books, Cooks and Scarecrows

Barleylands are running a special event for the children during the half term holidays called 'Books, Cooks and Scarecrows. Each day there will be a different book and a different recipe in the Barleylands Kitchen; you will also get a chance to make a scarecrow. There will also be a trail around the Craft Village, and participating studios have been asked to display a scarecrow in their window. It was suggested that we all make a scarecrow for display, but I won't have room for a full sized one, and I wanted to play with the Brother Ie sewing machine, so I traced a scarecrow using the graphics tablet and it stitched this for me. Now, some people might say that was cheating, but I say it is using the resources at your disposal!

You can find out more about the scarecrow event at the Barleylands website.

Yesterday I went to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts show at Glow, Bluewater. It is a small but well thought out show which is on until Sunday 5th February, so if you get a chance do pop along. It was a lot less busy than Ally Pally which meant there was time for a nice long chat with Kim Thittichai.  If you haven't had a chance to see Kim's latest book, you must take a look. I have a couple in stock.

Mr & Mrs PaperArtsy were also there, together with Lin Brown who made me this lovely tag using one of the new PaperArtsy Vintage stamp sets. I don't usually buy much at retail shows, but I couldn't resist this set which includes buttons, lace and a bit of a dress pattern. I just have to think of something to use it for now!

I now have a Bargain Basket in the shop (well, it's more of a big red fabric box!) and things will get added to it as items are sold, so do come and have a peek to see what's hiding inside.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Catching Up!

A bit of catching up to do today. It is the last day of our sale, so this evening I'll be putting some things back on shelves, and packing the rest away. I'm thinking of having a 'Bargain Basket' going through the year; what do you think?

Stitch, Quilting Arts and Mollie Makes magazines arrived in the week, together with a new Debbie Bliss pattern book which has sold so well that I've had to order more already!

The last issue of Stitch sold out very quickly, and this issue has some lovely projects inside. Quilting Arts continues to inspire, and the article by Pauline Verrinder is a must for me, particularly as these are the lines my brain seems to be working on at the moment too! There are also projects on combining photography with textiles, sketchbooks, birds and monoprinting together with fabric houses and fabric design.  Mollie Makes as some great felt, fabric and stitch projects, as well as crochet.

Can't wait to get back my studio so I can do some creative work!