I’m not sure where to start, it’s been a hot sunny day here and I’m tired so watch out this could be a load of mindless wittering!
Following on from my last blog post I had a message from the lovely Thomas of Scrap Vomit fame offering to send me some of his duplicate squares, funnily enough I jumped at the chance, he also asked that if I had any black or primarily black fabrics could I send him some squares. I lay in bed that night thinking about what fabrics I might have that fit into that category, I could only think of one. I made Bethan a twirly skirt out of a black cotton with a white spotty floral print (rubbish description I know), I don’t have a photo of the skirt (shocking? yes) and had to go into the loft to find the scraps. If you have any prints that fit Thomas’s requirements I’m sure he’d be delighted to hear from you – they only need to be 2.5′ square.
In case you’re wondering what Scrap Vomit might look like, here’s one I made earlier this year:
Yesterday was my daughters school summer fete, last year I had my first ever stall and did really well so was keen to do the same again this year. I spent time over the last few weeks sewing up stock, making general preparations and mocking up the stall at home. Bethan announced on Thursday evening that she would like to help me out and wanted to teach people how to knit! She can’t knit with needles, Grandma has tried to teach her but it usually ends up with Bethan watching Grandma knit. However she has recently become an expert at French knitting after I bought her a knitting bee. She wrote a sign ‘children’s nitting this way’ ‘nitting competition’ (sorry there is no photo as it was in pencil and not easy to read!), I tried to get her to think about what the competition might be and she didn’t really have much to say on that, she decided that she would show people how to ‘french knit’ and then let them have a go. Great, I thought, ‘they have to pay £1’ she told me! I suggested 5p and she agreed!
I didn’t have a great many sales, but chatted to some lovely people, received lots of great comments (which is always a bonus especially when you’re not selling much!) and you never know what will come next. Bethan had a great time, off enjoying herself and drumming up business for her little enterprise, it was really so lovely to watch, she took it all very seriously and demanded payment first before showing them what to do! One girl offered to pay her 20p to teach her more another time, Bethan is very excited about this and was telling me she could go round to her house every Tuesday and Friday after school! I think I may have an entrepreneur on my hands! Maybe if she realises there is money to be made she might try harder next time with Grandma.
I don’t have any photo’s from the fete, they probably wouldn’t have looked great as the sun was so bright and we all looked a bit frazzled. Instead here is one of my latest creations that I made for sale (and is still for sale if you’re interested):
A gathered clutch purse (pattern by Noodlehead) made from these Boden trousers I found in the charity shop:
So it wasn’t the best day, but the children had a great time (made easier as Mathias slept for at least 2 hours of it), pony rides, bouncy castle and far too many sweets!
Come the evening, children in bed, Tobi cooking dinner I was relieved to collapse on the sofa and check my reader and emails etc. Oh my delight to read an email from Julie at The Intrepid Thread telling me that I’d won a giveaway of fat quarters from the Eleni Palette from Anna Marie Horner’s LouLouThi line – if you want to have a look, hop on over to Anna Marie Horner, just be warned you might be there for a while! To say I was pleased is an understatement, I’d planned that if I sold lots at the fete I would be able to go fabric shopping and already had a list in my head of what I might buy, I knew that was not to be but winning some was awesome! To top it all I left a comment to say thanks and how it was great to win such a lovely range especially as it contains a fair amount of orange, Leah’s favourite colour, Julie emailed to say she would see what extra orange bits she could find to add to my parcel!
So today I thought I would share the lovely winning feeling by having a giveaway myself. Not wishing to make it to simple for myself I’m offering to custom make a patchwork A5 or A6 notebook slip cover for you! (Pattern by Gingercake) Something like the ones you see here:
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what size cover you’d like and more importantly what colours you’d like included. It’s not difficult, no hoops to jump through just tell me what you want. Do you know what if you want a selvedge one I could probably even do that! (If you’re not in the UK I guess I’ll need to check with you on sizes).
Open internationally, I’ll close the giveaway in a weeks time, so Sunday 3rd July 10pm BST and I hope to get the cover made and off to the lucky winner within a week. Obviously if you choose black the cover you get won’t be that exciting!