Sunday, October 19, 2014

Re-purposing Near Forgotten Purchases

Mason Bee - Re-purposed Tin

Hi Everyone! 

Hope everyone is good spirits and having a nice weekend. I am not really around today as I am off to go to a British Film Festival screening of an Alan Rickman directed film. Can't wait! This is the second year I've nabbed some tickets, last year I saw Only Lover's Left Alive, and this year I am off to see 'A Little Chaos'. So I'll be diving out the door shortly to head up into town, which means a short blog post from me.

So what have I been doing, well it's been a busy time at work so I've been rather shattered of late which is a bit of a shame as I've been getting back into doing a spot of stitching in the evening. Was also somewhat wiped out last weekend so I didn't actually do a great deal, hence the lack of posting. But other than that I've been making stock for the Christmas fair, and sorting out a few orders over on Etsy.

There is one thing I just wanted to show off and that's that smashing looking tin (See above piccie), now I bought that last year, not long after I moved to Farnham. There is a great second hand furniture place in town and I saw it and had to get it. Of course, at the time I didn't really know what I was going to use it for, but hey, I love up until yesterday it's been sat on shelving unit gathering dust. 

Then I thought sprang to mind that its about time I did something with it and I need ways of displaying stock for the Christmas Fair. And that's how it happened. With a spot of measuring, I've managed to wedge fabric covered card into the lid and into the bottom, handily there is a bit of an inner ledge on the bottom half so that covered card slotted in well. Rather pleased with it :)

And you know what you don't need to be a perfectionist when it comes to wrapping fabric round card, the proper way I am sure would have seen me lace it with a needle and thread, instead I used sticky tape....HELL if it works what does it matter? And anyway, you can't see it. 

That's it for now folks, if you've got any re-purposed projects you've recently completed do share!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Heading to Farnham Xmas Fair

Merry Bee Christmas Baubles - Mason Bee 2014

Merry Bee Christmas Bauble - Mason Bee 2014

Christmas has properly arrived at Mason Bee the new Christmas bee bauble has been designed, stitched and made up, well the first very batch at least. More will be made over the coming weeks, all the way on the run up to Christmas, reason being because I'll be at Christmas fair this year, not done one in...well a few years now.

I've just paid for my stall and with that bit of admin sorted, I can now announce (for sure) that I will be at the Farnham Malting's Christmas Fair this coming December. Which will be exciting and a touch nerve wracking as I do now need to start upping the anti with the making of stock, without getting too worked up over it. pressure then. Thankfully, as mentioned previously I've been doing a little bit of planning over the last couple of months, and will be mainly concentrating on small items. Which was the reason I forked out for this little bundle of fabric. Can't beat the plain colours of Kona fabric. It's enough to make you smile.

So it's a short post today, mainly because I must crack on with the day, not only to get on with stock making but with the change in season, god I love autumn, I feel more in the mood for cooking. So lots of large vat sized portions of stew, soups, pies are on the horizon. Good, simple, tasty fare. So I hope everyone is snug as a bug this weekend. Do let me know what your up too! Also if your on instagram let me know, and I will be sure to follow you.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fairs and a Christmas Bee

So last week I mentioned last week that I had an opportunity to go to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court, courtesy of the lovely gang over at We Make. I am hope wining tickets to the fair might mean I would win the lottery. But you know to do that you have to first buy tickets....

It was surprisingly, and perhaps a somewhat unfair comment to make, that the fair was rather good. Now I did only go for just over an hour and half which might not seem a long time but it was a bit of an early start on a Sunday to make sure I got there early enough. I like to get to show's early, not a big fan of crowds, and when you have tents...the heat. Now a lot of it was geared towards classes, and talks which I wasn't there for as my ticket didn't allow me to do any, and honestly not sure I would have wanted to. There was, however, a nice mix of craft folk and suppliers. Though it would be nicer to see if they do it again next year they could attract more independent suppliers, the niche stuff that you nine times out of ten have to order on line to see it. And it was some what of a surprise that the RSN didn't take a stand, would have been worth the outlay which I know was fairly substantial, or even have the workrooms open for the day. 

Fabric a gift from my best mate, she knows me so well, some uber cute Christmas Decorations and yes might have picked up some more papercraft stuff. It's an addiction...

Anyway, I picked up a few bits, was being good given I had just come back from the States with a bucket load of supplies, and I knew that the following week I would be off to Threads....

Which like the Handmade fair is still in its infancy. 

For those crazy long term followers of the blog, god love you all, I talked about it's inaugural show last year. Which was a little bit...well I wasn't sure what to make of it, and I am still not sure it's got the mix right. Like with the Handmade fair, I would have loved to have seen more niche suppliers of kits and materials. Not sure it's the fair for purchasing finished products. Especially in a few weeks time is the Malting's big Festival of Crafts. It was also I think a little smaller than last year, or that could have been my imagination. Still it was a good couple of hours of wandering around with the lovely Laura Howard aka Bugs and Fishes wandering about and talking to the stall holders. 

Of course I did buy a few bits...

So much pink...

Such as more wonderful threads from Zoe Acketts, who I have spoken about before, and now has the most delicious range of silk threads to compliment her cotton threads. All hand dyed and produced by her. In due course she'll have a website to sell the threads from which I can't wait for. Really was great to see her again. 

I also got the chance to meet Sophie Simpson of What Delilah Did, so great to put a name to a face. And seeing her new book, which I have to say you have to get because it's so darn cute, Stitch the Halls. Prompted me to purchase the skein of hot pink cotton thread from Zoe, so I can stitch the bunting design featured in the book, which is of winter animals, polar bears and so forth. Sure I have enough to be doing at the moment but a little project for the train can't hurt...

Well, I'll squeeze in around all the other oodles of sewing I've started to get into doing. In particular I mentioned as well last week that I was designing this year's Christmas bee bauble design....well here it is. Well, in it's near finished state:


Yes, the little Merry Bee is back, in miniature size sporting a Swarovski crystal nose. Bling for bees. I have to admit it did take a couple of attempts to get back into how to stitch the bees, nothing like brain freeze but having just stitched another one think I am getting back into the zone. Just have one more to stitch up and then I can get them turned into baubles, so hopefully by next week I can start looking at getting them listed. Might try out having them just on my website. I'll keep you posted. 

My tea has now been drunk, and so that means time to step away from the computer. Hope you lovely lot are well, and that you have had a nice weekend.