Saturday, 31 December 2011

January 2nd 2012

Happy New Year !!

(Yes I am a few days late with that but if I manage to post this before Friday then I will be on target for a weekly blog:)
© Jan 2012

This is me with my soon to be 9 year old son on top of what I will call Beeston Bump today. Behind us is Cromer and in front of us along the coast is Brancaster and Cley where we went walking today. It was a beautiful but chilly day. I am wearing what I call my "Simon" beautifully and unexpectedly made by textile genius Mhairi Wild.

The sun has now set on what was a lovely family day full of laughs and delicious food from the pub just outside Holt called "The Kings Head" - Leatheringsett. My Haddock filled the plate and arrived swooping on the chunkiest chips as if it had been battered in mid dive! I think we only managed to get a table because we arrived just as the pub opened.

Wishing all my blog followers a year in which life moves on in the right direction. X

Friday, 30 December 2011

I'm just going to write something to break the dead lock. Shocking that I haven't blogged for over 6 weeks! In the grand scheme of things of course it isn't.

This is one of the garlands I painted between now and then which I particularly liked as is this Mr & Mrs garland which I will be developing as an item to offer as standard - probably in different colourways. This was a specific customer request to go with her wedding flowers. It was a really grey day when I photographed these.

This was the last fair I did in Holt on November 26th...the Pick'n'Mix organised by Lisa Smith Clare aka Bobobun on Twitter. At some point I will magic some time to do a proper post about it. I photographed all the stands with mixed results but I need to cross reference the pictures with the business cards that I have ....somewhere!

But if you can't wait to see do look at PlanetPenny because she has some great photos of the event and actually did a far better job than I might do. In this particular instance;) This is her picture of me looking sheepish:

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Some of last weeks commissions

 Just a handful of the last weeks commissions....I can't quite believe that I have almost 100 orders outstanding as I write. I am staying calm..... I am really really glad that i took photos... as I was cropping this one I realised that I had not finished the glittering on the nearest pink spot. I can't quite believe that I didn't notice it. However I have contacted the customer this evening to let her know I will put it right if she'd like me too!

Good night, x Gabs

Monday, 7 November 2011

Thank you postcards and a winner

Thanks so much to all the contributors to my last post! I used a random number generator once i'd assigned you all a number and the winner is....."Little Brown Rabbit"!

Well done Emma, and thank you for your comment - that's how I felt about the tilting letters. You can't throw letters in the air and expect them to line up! Which thank you's would you like - boy or girl?

Here are the final versions - very close to what I originally did but with some fine tuning:
tilted fairy and "You" tilted up more... essentially version 1 which most people preferred on balance; and for the boys one - a slightly smaller but more distinct T with a smaller pirate boy - position a bit different and I think it works better.

Now to print some out - photograph them and get them on my site asap. Thank you so much for your help, let me know if I can do the same for you. x Gabs

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Help - your opinion needed! Comment and win result..

I need some opinions please... I'm designing some thankyou postcards to go with these invites...  I was quite pleased with the first versions but then asked my husband and he felt the letters should be all tilting the same way.. and the fairy tipped up a bit. Now I am really confused! He may well be right *grits teeth*. Don't let that influence you!

Version 1:
Version 2:

Could  you comment on what you genuinely think works the best please? I could scale up version 1 text wise or scale down version 2 text wise of course, just to confuse matters!:) Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Here's the boys' version 1:

and second version:

As a thank you for your time I will choose one of you at random to win a prize in the form of a pack of 8 of the final thank yous - either boy version, girl version or half and half - whichever you prefer.

Fire away! Hope some of you want to help. Ends Monday 12pm just so I am forced to make a decision and get on with them! x Gabs

The competition is now over and the winner has just been announced - thank you all very much for your comments.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Thank you Forest Flower!

These lovely Christmas spiced decorations arrived yesterday:

I really didn't expect them so soon but Andrea ( Forestflower23 on Twitter) is more nifty than me - or perhaps she very sensibly has stock piled up just ready to be beautifully wrapped and posted off! I was the first to order so was delighted when I received this as an extra thank you:

Andrea has just launched her website, I had a look and really liked the traditional fabric she uses with the simple contemporary treatment of the decorations.  I loved the little thank you sticker on the tissue paper she used to wrap up my order too. You can see the website address on this little swing tag too:

Thank you Andrea, they will look perfect on my tree :) with some of my Moobaacluck wooden stars too - same colours!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Autumn weekend

On Saturday I had to work but the children and Tony went to the Ecotech Centre in Swaffham and climbed up the only wind turbine that will allow you to in the UK! Very jealous. It swayed a bit and there are 300 steps to climb.
There's an unusual garden there too...
On Sunday though it was very much a family day, the children drew out their pumpkins for cutting by Tony in the kitchen....
...while I painted horsehead backgrounds at the other end of the table. After lunch we all drove to Sheringham park and did the spooky trail surrounded by glorious trees and views. 
How blue the sky was... and I loved the autumn colours underfoot ....
And this stunning Acer.. Tony's pic looks amazing large but it runs over the text at extra large :(

No moans or tears and the children were great too. Even though I took great delight in scaring my daughter twice!! Love you FB.
  We climbed the viewing tower and this is me at the top squinting in the sunshine:
And a muddy coloured pic I took of a view through the bushes to the sea:
We pottered when we got back. Funny how that extra hour made the day extend, we seemed to pack so much in! I have a lot of work to do to tame this garden. I did make these beds myself but have been so busy this year I just let it grow and did nothing to it. I am determined to be more self sufficient next year so am getting down to clearing things in readiness for spring. One day I will buy myself a greenhouse to get a head start with seedlings.

There were a few marigolds still flourishing among the parched seedlings so I gathered those up and arranged this to decorate our table when we ate our roast lamb in the evening! Bit of a domestic goddess day :)
How was your weekend?

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Do you live in Somerset or Norfolk?

Find out all about what promises to be a very special event run by Rebecca Larsen of Edamay. You can find her own shop here but click the picture above to find out more about the event she is organising to run for the weekend of 26th - 27th November.

I will be in Norfolk that weekend exhibiting Moobaacluck in Holt from 10 - 4pm on Saturday 26th November.
This lovely design was commissioned by Lisa Smith- Clare the event organiser. It was created by  Jane of TeawagonTales. Find out more about the people exhibiting here . I was asked to participate by Lisa a.k.a Bobobun and I am really looking forward to seeing her work in person. The blog about her own life and work is here.
And if you are up there do visit a great clothes shop called Annie and Boo; if  you can go there on a Thursday you get wonderful attention from Norfolk's answer to Gok Wan ( only much more delicate and female) in the shape of Sarah Morgan - colour and style consultant. If you are a twitterer you can find @sarahmakeover there too. She'll be walking the Himilayas in the Spring for charity and has organised what looks to be a fantastic evening event on the 18th November at the West Runton hotel; I am hoping to go - depends if we can find a babysitter... ;) Ask her about it if you are local x Gabs

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The postman brought good things today

I was very pleased to see the postman today as he had a nice stack of goodies for me; @whoatemycrayons had sent me my latest batch of Moobaacluck labels and two other things I'd ordered turned up! I hadn't known when this one would arrive as I'd ordered from a seller on Etsy who lives in America...

Bunny Dee aka Danielle Gundry- Monji makes beautiful things, I love her illustration style. I stumbled across her from a mention on someones blog ( sorry someone I am like a butterfly flitting with little memory) and then contacted her through her Etsy shop asking if she would post to the UK. Danielle immediately got back to me and made sure I could order the 3 badges and something else she'd been working on.... may know I rather like bunnies... this was what was inside the box:

I am wearing it now. The chain is just long enough to go over my head without undoing the clasp and it is lovely to find something in gold too rather than silver which doesn't suit me. Love it Danielle - thank you x

I also received these lovely goodies from Valerie at Snapdragon in Scotland for Jane Lindsay.

Now I am not sure whether Jane had time to have a hand in making them herself as she was on holiday in London last week but I was so impressed with the quality and speed with which my order was dealt! and the generousity of the set of stickers and yet another handsome postcard to thank me for my order. Very pleased with these :) I am sure my daughter will love hers. Thank you Snapdragon x

Friday, 14 October 2011

Made by Artisans Christmas Gift Guide

Woohoo!! Ms Tia @whoatemycrayons has pulled off a gorgeously designed brochure featuring 8 designer makers including her own Christmas card designs on the back page and a selection of my work on page 2-3. The other makers, who can all be found on Twitter too are : @3BlondeBearsLtd @Lizajdesign @melandersondes @hwrdesigns @kyleigh @HUSHGIFTS

Well done Tia - we know how hard you worked on this and thank you XX

P.S  Free delivery UNTIL November 1st on any order from my site

Monday, 10 October 2011

Happy Anniversary Theo Paphitis' #SBS

I realised last night when I was designing these little cards with (with my Klout bonus)) that it must be almost a year since #SBS launched. 
Happy Anniversary to all fellow winners! and thank you Theo for choosing me so early on, it was very encouraging for me.

When I won I didn't really know what it was all about  as it has only been going for a few weeks, but I think the effect of winning can be cumulative. I'm not one to bang on about things - ahem, so I didn't do a press release but I did have a little flurry of interest and followers and its something in common with let me see...6 x 52 = 312 winners.. that all have the Theo Paphitis seal of approval.

It was lovely to be chosen by Theo when my humble little site was without a shop:) He must have seen something he liked. I just hope he'd like my new site!

Find out more about Theo's business tips here  and more about how #sbs works here

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Bargains and not such

Let loose from the shed I went off to Aylsham in Norfolk yesterday morning. I was in search of bargains but as we had to buy sweets for the children ( a Saturday ritual) I left the rest of the family choosing and wandered down the street to window shop. I ended up buying a pair of intriguing earrings that I saw in an antique shop which were only £2.50, almost eyptian like - very dangly and definitely not for everyday wear! But fun. Forgot to photo - sorry.

I forgot to add this bargain from a charity shop, very housemaid:

and here is Freya modelling it! It is a lot smaller on me...

It was incredibly nippy after the heatwave of last week so, (and this is where I really fell down on the bargain hunt), I bought these from "Blossom and Green" an off shoot of Holt's "Annie and Boo":

I had on an odd collection of clothes - a summer tunic over jeans with thin yellow cardigan and last minute green mac - I was freezing!! Those wrist warmers are gorgeous and I kept them on all day. The stripes are a long cosy scarf.

We wandered away from the town to "The Big One" - a large field car boot sale. I'd never been before and its only running until the end of October and although enevitably there were only half the sellers that there seemed to be in the summer ( having driven past several times), there was enough to see on a chilly day. Here are my finds!
OOoodles of this gorgeous artex type material, what shall I make with it!!?? £3.50 :)

Then this little cup for 50p which is very damaged but I just liked it.
Any antique experts out there who know anything about it? Looking at the mark and damage!?

And I also bought these because they made me smile and I have an idea for a photographic project next year in which I may use these!?

Teddy was a pound.  And pig was 10p! I also found a very nice glass bowl for 10p perfect for trifle. Which I have never made but will have to now.... I suppose....

 In the meantime I will try to be good and use the pig to save up for some more bargains. What bargains have you found recently? And seriously what would you sewers make with all that material? I think possibly cushion covers or even a table cloth might be good... do you think it will wash well?