Monday, 11 March 2013

A bit of a change from the usual....

... but we have a visitor at the school where I teach.
Pastor John Kahindi, who oversees the orphanage and feeding programme which I support with my bags, is visiting the UK and our school.  It is courtesy of a British Council grant, and today was his first day in school (of four).  The weather welcomed him with his first ever experience of snow - just one among a plethora of new experiences!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Mini keyring purses

I found this design here and have had it stored on my pinterest pages for some time!  I finally got time to make (or adapt and make!) it.  A lovely little design to make, and a great addition to my purse range I think.

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Cambourne Craft Fair

As ever this was a lovely, friendly event, and very well organised by Laura.  I had lots of new lines to show, and (as ever) too much stock to display.  One of these days I will figure out what I need to take, but I haven't got there yet.  Part of the trouble is that I want to take everything, part is that I am never totally sure how much I need.  I am now keeping a list of what I sell at each fair in the hope that, in time, I will be able to work out stock needs and plan better.  However, my findings so far are that different sales are very ... different!
I didn't sell a massive amount today, and that was a bit of a disappointment, but I did have some great conversations.  I'm hoping that some of the people who took my card will find their way to my blog.  I also got a lead for a new venue and have booked a sale there for - wait for it - December!  This new venue holds a monthly sale, but December was the first date for which I do not already have another booking on that date.  My intention was to do one sale a month, but I have already booked far more than that.  Oops.  Still praying for someone else to come alongside and take on some of the dates.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Reworked pouches

This is one of the alternative versions of the pouch I posted a few days ago, which was far too time consuming to make in large numbers.  I am not convinced that this was entirely successful - it depends if a flat pouch will be needed, I suppose.  I'll just have to wait and see.
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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Kindle cases mark 3

This is the third of my designs.  This has a flap closure and an external pocket.  The pocket can go on either side of the pouch, as shown in the picture.  On one side the flap is denim with a patterned trim, while on the other the lining fabric shows.  Open to the preference of the user!
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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Embroidered pouches again

I was intending to make ten of these, but after the first one rapidly adjusted the pattern, because it turned out to be SO fiddly to make.  Pity, because I do like the shape, but far too time consuming for my purposes.
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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Kindle cases mark 2

This is the second version of my kindle cases.  The principle is the same as the previous one, but this time I used a jeans pocket for one side of the case.  Useful for storing cables, I think!
Again, these use a jeans button and a simple elastic loop as a closure.

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Camera cases

The pattern for these came from a super little book: Pretty Little Cozies. It made up beautifully and I hope will sell well, though I am concerned whether people will not buy in case their camera doesn't fit.  We shall see.

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