Friday, 8 November 2013

Making things Festive...

My stall is jolly and bright in preparation for the Festive Season! I have been busy making lots of decorations and gifts, and I'm very pleased with how it's looking!
I made lots of gingerbread men for the tree...

 And some pretty stars too!
Christmas is my favourite time of year, I'll be very busy with fairs and making but it's the best thing in the world to be a crafter at Christmas! 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

{Sunday Snippets}

{sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words.
Let the pictures tell your story.

Friday, 1 November 2013


I'm really very thrilled to share this - I've been featured in Craftseller magazine again! This time the article is all about winning awards, it's jolly exciting!
The article is in the November issue. It's so amazing to see my work in print!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Vintage Birds

Last week I finished some more vintage birds! I love the sweet little flower design.
So now there are five little birds in the same fabric, I think they're rather pretty!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hat Happiness!

Something very exciting happened last week - our hat delivery was featured on Innocent Smoothie's facebook page! Isn't that ace?!
"Gemma sent us this email before visiting Fruit Towers to hand deliver 2800 hats for the Big Knit: "I love to knit and started knitting the little hats about six years ago, just sending a little parcel in every year. In 2010, after I finished my degree, I opened a stall selling my jewellery and handmade crafts in Oswestry Indoor market and the market is such a big part of the local community that I decided to make it a collection point for the hats! In 2011 I collected 827 hats, in 2012 there were 1160, and this year (with a target of 1500) we made it to 2800! The best thing about it is that so many people get involved, and every year I meet new people who want to contribute - it's really great to offer to deliver the hats in person too, so that everyone knows that their hats arrive safely!" To Gemma and all the Oswestry knitters, on behalf of Age UK and everyone at innocent, thank you for being so brilliant"

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Oswestry Makes!

It's been a long time in the planning, but last week was the very first Oswestry Makes fibre festival. The first meetings happened well over a year ago, and there were lots of different ideas flying around, so it was very exciting to finally see it happen! There was knitting, sewing, crochet, spinning and all sorts of other crafts, but sadly I missed out on having a proper look around because I was so busy myself!
I ran free drop-in crochet workshops in my stall on both Saturdays, as well as in the library on the Thursday evening, where I taught the basics of how to make a granny square, and it was fantastic to start so many people off on their crochet adventures.
I made sure to photograph every single square, I'm so proud! 
I'm already making notes for next year, things that I could do differently (maybe have appointments rather than drop-in sessions, it was rather busy!) and things that I'd like to try, and we're having a meeting soon to hatch some new plans. It's the start of something really very exciting!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

New Birds...

I've been working on some more little birds for my shop, including vintage birds and robins. They are such a pleasure to make!

Floral birds made from vintage embroidered linens
and cord robins with tartan chests. I'm feeling rather festive! I've made an album of my robins over on my facebook page, it's been lovely to see them all in one place!