December is marching on! I’ve not finished doing my Christmas shopping yet have you?
As it’s cold and I’m snowed in today my best bet is some on-line gift shopping, I do enjoy being able to shop from the comfort of my sofa!
Just in case you haven’t finished shopping like me, I have some ideas from my shop that might be just the thing for your loved ones – amigurumi that will deliver that cuteness factor, beautifully crocheted blankets that you know will be treasured for generations and unique bags with loads of personality!
The links at the top of my page will take you directly to my Etsy shop, but you can click on the pictures here too if you like.
Happy shopping! And of course – a big Happy Christmas from me!!
Hello! I am indeed still here.
I have a few craft fair dates to tell you about, this year has flown by so fast! It’s November already and the festive shopping season is upon us!
I am in the Buttermarket in Hay-on-wye on the 7th November 10am – 4.30pm with lots of other lovely craft stalls, we’ll be giving this one a bit of a christmassy feel as it’s our last one in Hay for the year.
On Saturday 21st November I am back in Brecon Market Hall for our monthly craft market 9am – 4.30pm
This was how my stall looked last month – I trade with the lovely Jeni from Pentre Designs, she makes all those lovely wooden plaques you can see.
Last one for November is a local one, in Builth Wells High School.
On Tuesday 24th November I’ll be in Y Bwyty at the High School for the Cyclch Meithrin Christmas Fair / Ffair Nadolig, this starts at 5.30pm.
Then we’re into December. I have two dates only in December both in Brecon Market Hall.
Saturday 5th December 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 19th December 9am – 4.30pm
Hope to see some of you these events, do drop by and say hello if you’re around!
I don’t know about you but I’ve had enough of winter. It’s time for spring now surely! My garden is starting to show signs of life so I’m feeling hopeful.
These daffodils do have flower buds hiding away in there somewhere. Soon then….
As my first lot of craft markets for the year are coming up I’ve also been thinking about Easter, in preparation for this I’ve been busily making little nests for chocolate eggs to nestle in. My two boys are hoping they don’t sell very well so that they get to eat the eggs – I’m wondering if there might be a couple left for me too!
The nests are adapted from a pattern I found on mooglyblog.com, I recommend you go and look if you enjoy all things crochet!
As well as these I found an adorable little pattern on lookatwhatimade.net (also a very fabulous blog) – little chicks! I adapted the pattern slightly so that I could CE mark them successfully and added a version of the paisley wings from the larger bird. They are so cute!!
Well they are the new items I’ve been making, I’ve also been replenishing my stock of amigurumi bunnies. Keeping to a spring time theme, they’re all in delightful pastel shades!
Not to be outdone by the crochet, the sock bunnies have also requested an appearance – here they are:
I especially love the larger ones ears – they’re enormous!
I’ll be adding a few of my bunnies to my Folksy shop very soon, the ‘shop’ tab in the menu at the top of the page will take you right there.
I have a few craft fairs booked up for this month:
Saturday 7th March – Llanwrtyd Wells Farmers Market 10.30am – 2pm
Saturday 21st March – Brecon Craft Market 9am- 4.30pm
Saturday 28th March – Builth Craft Fair 10am – 2pm
Saturday 4th April – Wyeside in Builth Wells 2pm -5pm
Ooops one for April too in there!
All my nests, chicks and bunnies are looking forward to getting out and about, I have to say I am too.
I’m in the process of changing the look of my website, making it more appealing and visitable (new word?).
I don’t have many visitors but if you do happen to pop over, please bear with me while I sort it all out.
January has been so gloomy and wet, hasn’t affected my leeks though!
I’ve finally got around to making some larger sock toys, using fabulously cuddly bamboo socks! I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like my own larger version of the little cheeky chaps that I usually make – but no! I love them!
Sock monkey family – awww!
The to do list that I made last year is still ongoing it seems!
I did manage to tick off most of what was on it……. I’m trying to give myself a kick up the posterior and get an on-line shop sorted. Folksy? or Etsy? or both? I must admit it’s the initial sorting out bit that’s putting me off – making sure my T&Cs are correct, working out the postage, measuring my toys and writing decent descriptions for them – perhaps writing this will spur me on to actually do it!
It’s not like I’ve been resting on my laurels though, I’ve been super busy re-testing my current range of toys to Toy Safety Regulations, putting the poor test subjects through the rigours of EN71 parts 1 and 2, writing up new technical files, and so on.
(here are some links for anyone who needs help with CE marking: Department of Innovation, Business & Skills, One of the CE marking support groups on Facebook for soft toys, CE Marking Sock Toys support group on Facebook, CE self certification support page on Facebook)
My new big sock monkeys I’ve mentioned already, I’ve also been sourcing fabrics for a rag doll I’m so looking forward to making. My Mum made me these when I was little (the hair on Katy has been re-done by her as I scalped her – I know! What a terrible child I was!)
Belinda and Katy are pretty old and worn now!
They are made from a pattern from ‘Golden Hands’ magazine – very popular in the 70’s! I managed to track down the copyright holders and they have given me permission to make a limited number of these to sell! I’m so chuffed (and slightly nervous!)
That’s all the news for now, I will try to write more often now – it is on my to-do list after all!