Sunday, 13 January 2013

New Year, New Website!

Well I didn't keep my blogging resolution last year despite all my best efforts did I?! But I just had to pop in today because I have a sparkly brand shiny new website and I can't keep it under wraps a second longer!!

It's been a work in progress for quite a while but I'm so pleased with how it has turned out - it's clean, fresh, colourful and easy to use and I'm so happy with the design and layout, I think it really reflects me and my style which is just what I wanted. 

It's made me realise just how far I've come over this last few years since I had my old website built. I have practically changed my whole product range since I started out but things are very much going in the right direction now so it's definitely onwards and upwards!

If you've got a few minutes, do pop over and have a nosey, I would love to know what you think! xxx

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Where did the last four months go?!

Oh my gosh it's been so long since I blogged I've almost forgotten how to do it!!! I'm so sorry for the abrupt lack of posts since the Summer, things just got so incredibly busy that I didn't have the time to blog for a few weeks, then I went on holiday, then it was just super busy when I came back and it hasn't stopped since! I've been meaning to write a post for weeks now but it's hard to start again once you stop.

Anyway enough excuses.... it's nice to be back, I've missed blogging! I kind of don't know where to start though as it's been so long and I've added so many new products to my range over the last few months. 

Think I'd best blog about my Halloween things though - if I don't then I'll have a whole year to wait before I can show them!

I haven't gone too overboard but I have lots of Halloween badges and compact mirrors, great for kiddy's party bags as well as Halloween party games - one lovely customer this week bought some to use in a spooky game of 'Pass the Parcel' which I think is a fab idea, way better than sweeties!

Halloween badges are available in packs of 5, 10 and 25 here in my Not on the High Street shop - and if you use the code OCT10 at the checkout, you can get 10% off until this Sunday 28th October. 

I've got lots of fabric covered handbag mirrors too, great for teenagers and older girl's Halloween parties.... available here and here.

You can also purchase direct with paypal through my facebook page, there are some special prices for fb fans too :) Just see the Halloween album for more details...

Anyway hope you have a fab Halloween night whatever you're doing! Ours will be a quiet one I expect, though we will probably get a few trick or treaters calling! Sorry this post's been a bit of a hard sell on the Halloween goodies by the way but at least it's got me back into the swing of writing again! Hopefully I will be back soon, my mission is to write at least one post a week, not sure that'll be possible but will definitely give it a go xxx

Saturday, 23 June 2012

We have a winner!

Ooops I'm a day late at announcing my giveaway winner.... sorry, things just ran away with me yesterday! But better late than never, I've popped all 220 names into the random number generator.............. 


So a little counting later... and number 66 is Caroline from Beautiful Thinking! Congratulations Caroline, I will be in touch soon, hope you will be able to find the canvas a good home!! 

Thank you so much to everyone who took part, and hello to all my new followers both here and on my facebook page. I've been a little out of touch with blogging this last week, but I hope to have a little time later to catch up on everyone's posts! 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Mollie Makes and a giveaway!

Last week, I got back from my parents to my copy of Mollie Makes on the doormat.... I'm always quite excited by this as it is one of my favourite magazines but this time I was especially excited.... and I mean completely over the top excited.... as I am in it!!! Yes, me and my little studio are featured on the last page of the current issue... eeek!!!

I am over the moon and I think the feature looks great! If you don't know Mollie Makes yet (and if not, just where have you been) check out their website for more info and subscriptions.

Anyway I've also got news of a giveaway to announce! I've been overwhelmed with the online kindness and support over the last few weeks in a month that has been truly awful. I really have appreciated all the messages, emails and comments I've received so to say a little thank you I've been making the prize this week in between father's day orders and I hope you will all really like it...

It's a textile embroidered canvas of a pretty jug of roses on a spotty table! It measures approx 31 cm x 31cm and is stretched around a wooden frame, ready to hang.

There are three ways to enter - please read carefully :)

For one entry, simply become a follower of my blog
For another entry, become a fan of my facebook page and share my giveaway with your friends or your business page if you have one

For a last entry, you can blog about my giveaway or add it to your sidebar (feel free to use one of the images above)

Please please please remember to leave separate comments on this post telling me which of these you have done as I will be numbering all comments and choosing the winner by random number generator and I would hate for you to miss out!

This time the giveaway is UK only, due to the weight and size of the canvas for posting and will end next Friday 22nd June, at midday.

So that's it I think... except for good luck and thanks for entering xxx

Saturday, 2 June 2012

An apple a day...

Well hello hello... I feel a bit out of touch with my blog at the moment as I've been so busy lately I've not had much chance to post. Mainly it's been fathers day and wedding orders, but I also made some 'apple' mirrors as teacher thank you gifts this week and boy did they go down well!! 

I was selling them direct through my facebook page at first as I didn't even have time to list them and I completely sold out within a day.... I've now got hold of more of the fabric and so they are once again back in stock! It's funny how certain designs and fabrics capture people's imaginations isn't it, I don't think I've ever made anything which has been in such demand :D

If any of you lovely bloggers would like to jump on the apple mirror bandwagon, they are a special price if you can purchase direct through paypal - £2.95 each for one, or £2.50 each if you are buying more than one. Postage is a flat £1.00 regardless of how many mirrors you purchase... email or message me at with your paypal address and I will send you an invoice. Or if you prefer I have listed them in my Etsy shop too!

Anyway as well as all the father's day cards and apple mirrors being made, I also had a little run on badges this week so have been frantically making up more...

 ...available here in my Etsy shop :)

I've also been in the press which is always exciting for me! This time it was my London Bus compact mirror which is in the current issue of Now magazine!

And I've also got a few new stockists which I need to post about soon. Things are going really well with my business and I am so pleased! I work hard at it and I finally feel like I am getting results which is fantsatic. I will never be a millionaire (unless I win the lottery - which considering I never play it, is looking quite unlikely) but if I am able to make a comfortable living with something I love doing then I will be happy!

Anyway hope you all have a fantastic Jubilee weekend - I am actually going to visit my parents for a couple of days - so my shops are now shut over the weekend (not sure if this affects the links I've put into this post actually, sorry if it does) but I will be back soon, and will still be around to answer emails and send invoices if needed! I'm taking my neglected hexagons with me, so hopefully when I get back I might have figured out how to join them and have something resembling a cushion cover, wish me luck with that! Happy weekend xxx

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Cards for daddies and some red, white and blue!

Hello.... isn't this sunshine just glorious?? I LOVE it! I am very much a summer girl and I love to feel the heat. I am super pale though so can't really go out in it without a very high SPF on, but I am loving not being cold all the time.  And the sunshine just makes everything seem more cheery doesn't it, I always get out of bed with more of a spring in my step if it's sunny! I dug out both my flip flops and the suntan lotion today - ooooh I love the smell of sun tan lotion don't you? Reminds me of the beach! 

I've been out in the garden doing bits and bobs this week, mainly planting up the other flower bed with geraniums and petunias and mowing the lawn - yes get me, I can now mow the lawn! AND I changed the blade all by myself! Believe me, it was an achievement :D Tomorrow I hope to get rid of a load of the rubbish (old turf, stones...etc) which is currently clogging up the side path, into a skip bag that we hired and then it will nearly be done! Hope this weather lasts so we can enjoy it. I will do a 'garden ta-dah' sometime, maybe when the flowers have bloomed in a few weeks!

Anyway I've also been working on all sorts of things this week... more wedding cards, and Father's day orders too which are now coming in. I don't think I've posted about any of my Father's day things yet have I? I didn't get around to designing as many as I wanted, always the way, but here are the ones I have so far...

I always find it quite tricky to design things for men, as I am so girly, and my taste in fabric and design in general really is not very masculine! In fact I think these are the first 'men things' that I've ever really made. 

I'm planning on keeping them in my range after Father's day is passed, well, the football and the boat ones anyway as I think they would make cute birthday cards for boys!

Many of the designs can be personalised so hopefully lots of daddies around the country will be receiving them in a few weeks time! You can find them all, and the rest of my personalised range here.

I've also been working on a new magazine commission this week though it won't be out for a few months yet. Because I have been a bit useless at posting recently (especially as I have been otherwise emotionally occupied!) I forgot to show the project I did for the June issue of Crafts Beautiful - and now it has gone off sale, oops! But here is is anyway...

 For more crafting ideas, visit

I'm going to dig out the bunting next week for the Jubilee celebrations... not that we're particularly doing anything here but there is a little 'street party' going on in the park opposite the house and I think there are going to be lots of celebrations in town too! What are you doing to celebrate the Jubilee, anything or nothing?

Anyway better go, the sofa and a box of chocolate fingers is calling my name but hope you have a lovely rest of the sunny weekend, back soon x

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Flowers and a spotty windmill

Things are still very much up in the air at the minute... To try and take my mind off everything that's going on, I have been trying to keep busy doing bits and pieces in the garden... it's not finished yet, the other side needs quite a lot of work still but this side is nearly done at least. Mum came down at the weekend and we built a flowerbed with log rolls and some tent pegs! Not the way you are supposed to do it I don't think, but it worked! Do you like my spotty windmill?


p.s thanks so much for all your comments, emails and messages from my last post. Even if I haven't replied directly, please know how much I appreciate them all at a time when things are so very difficult.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Squares, hexies, plants and weddings...

I've started another crochet project... which is actually very bad as I have quite a few on the go now. I really hate to have projects unfinished but I can't stop starting new things!

I made these teeny squares last night whilst watching telly... I tried three round ones too but they looked too big somehow, so I've decided two round ones are the way to go. They are super small though so will probably have to make over a hundred of them! I want to make a second cushion for the sofa, one which will kind of match the hexie one I'm doing... 

The duck egg blue in the hexie one I have substituted for pink and red in the little squares one. I don't want them too samey but hopefully they will co-ordinate nicely as they will both have the green/cream in them.

I have nearly made all my hexagons, I think I need four more to go then I can start joining them. I was supposed to do this before I started on the squares but I just couldn't help myself. I bought a couple of new balls of yarn yesterday, (the deep pink and the red) and I *needed* to see what they looked like made up! I also stocked up on some more Tilda fabrics, aren't they just so pretty??

This week has been an odd one really. I have been here by myself for a whole week now, as Karl is away abroad. I'm usually quite good with my own company but I have been quite bored this week though I've tried to keep busy to pass the time. At the weekend, I spent quite a while in the garden doing odd jobs - not pretty planting ones, but mainly ones that involved being up a ladder with a saw! I was chopping down a load of branches that were overhanging into the garden... I think if anyone saw me doing it they would have laughed -  especially as I was wearing bright blue 'mad professor' safety specs! I am one of the least practical people you could meet and I'm quite small (only 5' 3'') so it was quite a tough job to do by myself but it looks loads better now.

Anyway we're going to give the grass it's first mow soon (excitement eh??!) I've ordered the compost for the flowerbeds and have been trying to decide on the plants to get. I am thinking a mixture of summer bedding plants and perennials such as...

Pictures courtesy of here and here

To be honest, I'm just going for plants and flowers which I like the look of. I have no idea really whether our garden/conditions will be right for them but I guess I will find out soon! I think I am going to be very much a trial and error gardener :)

Anyway I have also been busy with work... lots of weddingy things mainly. I have had quite a few orders for these as wedding favours lately...

Also had an order for 8 of these to do this week for wedding favours... and quite a few of these too. In fact there was definitely a wedding production line going on!

And keeping on the wedding theme, I also designed a new card this week...

These has been an idea in my sketchpad for so long now, months and months, I'm really glad I've finally got around to making up the samples!

Right, I think I better go. I've been writing this post for ages and I'm not even showered or dressed yet! And actually I haven't even had breakfast! I did get up at seven though so not really sure how it is now 10 o clock. I do love working from home sometimes :) Anyway hope you have a good weekend... Am very much looking forward to it myself after my lonely week... the sun is supposed to shine (here at least) and Karl is coming home tomorrow, yay! Back soon xxx
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