Friday, 30 September 2011

Crochet Lessons!

Today I had two crochet lessons in my stall - a superstar Mother and Daughter Duo! Sophi was a beginner and made a granny square. I was so impressed at how quickly she learnt to do trebles, she's a natural!
And I showed her mum how to make flowers, as she had some crochet experience.
They both did so well, and I just love passing on the know-how to new people! It was certainly a new challenge for me to be teaching two different things at once, I hope I did as well at teaching as they did at making!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

My Creative Space

Well, it's been a beautiful day in sunny Shropshire and my best laid plans went a little astray... Instead of working away behind the computer screen, working on new designs, I took the day off to sit in the park under a tree with my bestest boy pal Darren. We had a picnic of fresh fruit and I worked on my second crocheted cushion back, it's looking good!
This was the view from where we sitting, it's been a lovely day and I'm all set ready to get back to work tomorrow!
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Lovely Post...

I had a delightful parcel this morning from Lynne over at Tea for Joy, after winning her giveaway! I'm so thrilled, look at all of the lovely pretty things that came...
Vintage stickers
Pretty paper and envelopes
Gorgeous wax tag
Tartan and Blue Check tape
and list cards.
It's all really gorgeous!

Sunday, 25 September 2011


I've been a busy bee this week. Here are some of my makings...
Little Blue-Bird... A pair of Festive Robins that have already flown away to spread some cheer...and a special custom necklace!

As well as all of the actual makings, I have been having a bit of a change around in the stall, in preparation for the arrival of a new counter. I wanted to open the space up a bit and use one of the walls for display, which is a good idea in principle, but it means that some of my work space will be given over to selling. Which leads me to the problem that if my cabinet full of making supplies overlaps the "selling" space a bit, it will obviously lead customers to think that my books and buttons and yarn are for sale. So the way to get around that was to add a bit of Dottie Angel inspired cleverness to the cabinet to make it more private, but still pretty and suitable to display stuff (like festive Robins) on. I think it looks really quite fabulous.

Some Random and Interesting Facts About Me...

Thanks to Shelly for tagging me for this one! I'm not going to pick on anyone in particular to join in, but I'd like to point out that it's fun and encourage everyone to do it!!

A-Age: 26 and 3/4

B-Bed size: Double

C-Chore that you hate: Ick, washing up. I hate wrinkly fingers

D-Dogs: I have kitties, but my parents have a crazy excitable pooch that I like to torment with throwing/chasing games...

E-Essential start to your day: Tea with Soya milk and one sugar. And brown toast.

F-Favourite Colour: That's a really, really tough question, it changes regularly, but at the moment it's mustard yellow.

G-Gold or silver: Silver, both to work with and wear!

H-Height: Teeny tiny 5' 4".

I-Instruments you play: Nope, hideously un-musical.

J-Job title: Self employed general dogs-body...

K-Kids: Nope

L-Live: Oswestry, Shropshire

M-Mother's name: Libby. She's ace.

N- Nickname; variations of Gemma - Gem, Gems, Gemzy, Gemmipop, and most recently Gemrah (thanks to Dinosaur-Darren...)

O-Overnight hospital stays: Far to many, but none recently. Touch wood...

P-Pet peeves: Rudeness drives me crazy, along with two-facedness.

Q-Quote from a film: I'd love to be able to say it's something really profound, but it's actually "there's wasps in my brain" from "Paul". It kills me every time.

R-Right or left handed:The same as Shelly funnily enough "Right handed, with the exception of cutlery, which I have to use 'the other way around' "

S-Siblings: My little sister Hollie, known as Doll since she was teensy, now aged 21 - a beautiful and brave lady.

T-Time you wake up: Depends entirely on where I'm working - for market days it's 7.30 - 7.45 and on working at home days it is usually substantially later. I justify this by the fact that I often work until 10pm, so I feel I am entitled to sleep in a bit!

U-Underwear: Every single day...

V-Vegetable you hate: Brussels Sprouts. I know they're just teeny cabbages, but they're still yucky. And Beetroot. Bleurgh.

W-What makes you run late: Hitting the snooze button.

X-X rays you've had: Legs, ankles, tummy-area (suspected appendix blow up), and MRI scans, which are thoroughly unpleasant.

Y-Yummy food that you make; I love pasta with veggies, simple but effective.

Z-Zoo animal: Rhinos. Every time.

Flea Market Finds

Yesterday, on a quick walk through the Saturday Market in the square I noticed a sweet little face hidden amongst a mountain of random bits and bobs. I knew straight away that this was one of those moments of fate, and that this little kitty was destined to be mine. So, with my bag still being in my stall and not having even a penny on me, I smiled and asked the (somewhat grumpy) stall holder man if he could keep her for me. He looked slightly bemused. But I returned mere minutes later with my pound coin to exchange for her and she was mine!!
So now she has taken pride of place on top of the cabinet in my stall, and I hope she will be happy with me, away from Mr. Grumpy-Pants stall holder. I like to think that I am a cheery stall-holder. I like to set a good example.
For more Flea Market Finds, pop on over to see Sophie Isobel

Keep Calm and Crochet On!

My very own "Keep Calm..." poster!Thanks to Sam for posting the link!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

My Creative Space

I'm working on some more granny squares this afternoon. Had a little jaunt to town this morning and picked up some more navy blue yarn, so I had a play around with the order of the colours, and this is what I came up with! These squares will also be made into scarves, I think a white edge would look spiffy.
My next job this afternoon is to work on a new design that I started thinking about yesterday - I hope it will be as good as I imagine...
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Back onto Granny Squares!

I am about to head off for another exciting day in the stall, but I thought I would share the granny squares that I made last night...
It's starting to get dark earlier and earlier in the evenings now, so granny square projects are the perfect thing! These squares will become a scarf. I liked the vintage colours (the peachy orange in particular is quite lovely!). I have packed my hook and yarn, so if I have a sneaky moment to spare today I will be making some more!
And this was the scene that greeted me this morning - William has worked out his swing and he loves it!! Bless them, they've settled into our funny little family quite well!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

New Projects!

Today I'm playing around with some ideas for a new crochet project. I'm trying colours in various orders to get an idea of which combinations work best. I think the second from the top is the one I'm going for...
I'm going to be making some scarves for the stall, I'm trying to diversify a bit and incorporate more textiles.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Shopping List Sunday

I'm a little late with my list this week, but here it is, with a special theme (which I think my gorgeously delightful friend Shelly will like in particular)...

Flea Market Finds

Yesterday, on my way home, I picked up this gorgeous vintage fabric! At first I was concerned that it was very brown, but then I noticed the little birds in the pattern! (I'm sorry it's a bit creased, I haven't had a chance to iron it yet!)
The pillow case is particularly sweet with the oval section. I already have some plans for this fabric (and some of the rest of my stash) - tomorrow I will be making some cushions for my stall - I'm having a re-shuffle and will be having more counter space, so I will be taking the opportunity to make some bigger stuff!
For more Flea Market Finds, pop on over to see Sophie Isobel at Her Library Adventures!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

New Brooches!

My new brooches are all packaged up and looking pretty, if I do say so myself!
They're all listed in my Etsy shop now

Friday, 16 September 2011

Idle Hands...

Today was quiet in the Market. Fridays are funny that way. Some are busy and some are not. Today was not. So by 9.30 I was busy putting all of my stock onto strings on the wall. It took a while, but I think it looks pretty spiffy. The idea is that people don't always like to ask if I have a certain colour in a design, and so now they are all on display and it is easy to see what's what. And they don't take much space, unlike when they are under my counter.
I also packaged all of my new stock, made up a whole bunch of star and heart earrings, and stitched another Robin. They'll be needing legs, but they are still quite sweet.
After work I walked home. It was not raining when I left work. I got so far and had to hide under a tree because it was really, really rainy! So when the rain calmed down I made a break for it. I had put my scarf into by bag to cover my books, so when I emerged I moved my scarf to cover my books more thoroughly. At which point a little waspy chap in yellow and black stripey jim-jams, who was hiding all cosily in my scarf, decided my hand look like the ideal place to stick it's sting. It really hurt but it would seem that I am not allergic. Which is lucky. My mum suggested putting vinegar on it, which apparently is also good for jelly fish stings. So I am now prepared with useful knowledge.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

My Creative Space

This is the little surprise project that I mentioned earlier - I made this huge Star Wars cushion for my hubby, so he has somewhere comfy to sit when he plays vintage video games. I hope he likes it! It's made from a duvet cover that I picked up this morning, and it's pretty cool. Although I am concerned that it is a "Return of The Jedi" cushion rather than an "Empire Strikes Back" cushion - I'm sure he'll love it regardless, but I feel that it is rather important that he knows that I know that "Empire..." is better... something about Ewoks I believe. I happen to think they're pretty cute. But then I'm a girl.
I will be making myself a giant cushion too - however it's more likely to be made from some kind of crochet/knitted type of shenanigans.
And I would like to point out that I made this cushion instead of doing the work that I was supposed to do earlier...I am the queen of procrastination today...Oh well, there's always tomorrow.
For more spaces pop on over to Our Creative Spaces

Some little Snippets from my Day...

Today has been lovely! It was supposed to be a work day but what can I say, I got caught by a flight of whimsy. Here are some of the highlights;
It all started with something perfectly peachy dropping through my door...
and of course something so delightful had to be enjoyed in proper surroundings. So I packed my crochet hook and yarn and my lovely new book into my vintage floral tote bag (with the super gorgeous embroidered flower pocket) and off I went.
Aroma is my favourite little cafe, the staff are lovely and always know that I like my big cup of tea to come with soya milk. So I spent ages in there sipping my tea and enjoying Dottie's "ponderings" and "ramblings".
After the tea was all gone I went for a lovely wander around the charity shops. I found a sweet geeky V-neck jumper (which will be perfect for chilly days with my pretty purple floral skirt and some bright tights!) and a nice little stripey cardigan, as well as Yann Martel's "Beatrice and Virgil".
I also got something special for my hubby, but it's something to make into something else and it's a surprise for when he gets home tonight!
And I went to my favourite bakery to get a fresh loaf of bread, which was quite yummy with rhubarb and ginger jam...
And my last little sweet thing for the day - I wore my polka dot cardigan with my little grey bunny brooch. It reminds me of Daisy and it makes me smile.
I'm going to go and do some work now. Honestly I am. I will not be putting the kettle on, or getting more jammy bread, and I certainly will not be curling up on my squishy new sofa with my lovely new book. Honest.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

My Button Stash...

Lovely Emma Lamb has asked to see some button stashes, and who could resist?! This is my shelf of buttons in my stall, but I can't seem to find a more recent one that features my huge jar of white buttons. I have sorted them all by colour into glass jars for ease of finding just the right button for the right project, and so far my obsessive compulsiveness has paid off - I never have to search for the right colour!!
Today has been a busy day - I glued up all of my new brooches, and packaged all of the new necklaces, and stitched all of the eyes onto the fabric Robins that I am making for Christmas. This afternoon I stitched up the first of the twelve Robins, and it's jolly festive. I will photograph them on Friday when I've done a few more! Tomorrow is a working from home day, and I have some more new designs to work on. Busy busy busy!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

New Makings...

Some of my new makings today...
Necklaces in new colours.
Hippos and Elephants to join the Rhinos, Parrots and Flamingos in the zoo!
Some farm animals...
and a woodland critter to be friends with the foxes...
and some aquarium dwellers!
As well as all of the new animals, I have been making a bit of seasonal stock - some bat necklaces for Halloween...
and snowflakes for Christmas trees! They are made from white acrylic and some fancy opalescent silvery acrylic and will be hung up with some pretty red ribbon, I think they're jolly festive! I have also been cutting out fabric to make some Robins...
I'll be getting started with some sewing tomorrow!