Monday, 28 February 2011

Another new addition

I am happy to say that i now have a new set of wheels! We drove down to West Sussex this weekend to fetch my car, it's a bright red Hyundai - not my favourite colour but the price was good and it looks in really good condition. I couldn't say no. I still have to name him though, i'm thinking of Hadley the Hyundai..... or Redro. In South Africa growning up there was a sandwich spread, think it may have been fishpaste, called Redro. On TV it was advertised with a little boy who was being 'interviewed' because he called everything Redro. When asked why, he replied ' I call everything i love Redro, don't i Redro?' and then looked at his mum. For some reason that advert has stuck, with my car being red i thought it was quite apt. I've never named a car before, do most people have names for their cars?

In my previous blog i mentioned a design which started me on my folksy shop adventure. I though it was about time i printed it on one of my bags to put in my shop.... and here it is!
You can see it in my folksy shop:

I am currently working on a new design which i hope to put in my shop very soon, it has a very African feel to it. I did a trial run on a tea towel and it came out really well. I won't post any pictures just yet as i did quite a small print for the trial run so it looks a bit more basic than how it will look on the bags.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Let the crafting begin!

Last night was my first work-free tuesday in ages. Even with the extra hours i still didn't seem to manage to get much done. I did pre-cook tonights dinner and made sandwiches for lunch for me and CJ for today. I chatted to my sister for almost an hour and then worked on a new bag design. Funnily enough, the design i was printing last night is the first one i actually came up with, but have just not used. Once i have completed the bag i will post pics.Now that i have a bit more time because i'm not working at the pub anymore i hope to complete some more bags to put in my friends farm stall.

Here are some pics of my napkins i've recently added to my folksy shop:


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Good news/ bad news

Last night i worked my second last shift at the pub. They are closing their doors on Saturday - business has been bad and there is no money. It's a bit short notice although we were told a few months ago the plan was to sell, but things have obviously gotten worse and now it's drastic measures. I think the manager knew we were closing the doors a lot sooner than the all staff did. He has been slacking off lately,not ordering stock and generally not putting much effort into running the place. It's a bit sad, i don't know if the regulars have been told yet but i'm sure it will be a bit of a shock to some.

I feel a little relieved really, to have a bit of time off now. I may look for another job in a few weeks but i think i will use this time to work on some more designs and get a few more bags in my shop. I can also work on some bags to put in my friend's farm stall and see if they generate any interest.

The guy who asked me to make a bag for his girlfriend for valentine's day gave me some feedback on it yesterday. He came over and gave me a big kiss on the cheek! Apparently the girlfriend loved the bag, especially the fact that it had been handmade just for her. He was kept on raving about it! What a great response!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

New items in my shop

New addition to my shop

I have been fairly busy crafting lately. I have added a new item to my shop and made a customised bag for a valentine's gift for a friend. He asked me on Tuesday if I could make something for the weekend, I almost said 'no' but decided to give myself the challenge. As it turned out i managed to finish sewing it on Friday night and did the final touches on Saturday. He wanted a special message on the inside of the bag, deciding how to do it and actually sewing the message onto the bag was probably the most time consuming. But i was pretty pleased with the end result. I will find out tonight what she thought of it!



Thursday, 3 February 2011

My baby's getting big!

My naughty kitty Marley.