Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Countdown to the show!!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  The weather wasn't  too bad.  I am glad I was not in America as they had some rather freak weather to deal with.  Pam arrived home safe and sound and she looked extremely well.  I am looking forward to seeing her holiday pictures.

I am getting really excited as it's not long to go to the show at UWE Bristol, 8th, 9th and 10th September.  Michelle and myself spent a great deal of today discussing what demo's she will be doing on Thursday.  I think you will love them all and I know it is going to be very very busy. I still have a few tickets left for the show which will be given away on Saturday to some lucky people.   New Christmas crafty bits are arriving daily and I will endeavour to get them listed on the website as soon as possible.

The workshop on Saturday is fully booked and I am sorry I have had to disappoint some of you.  We will try to fit in another date after the show is over and we are back to normal.

I have been stamping up some of the new Christmas stamps and they are all lovely.  I know you will really like them and as quick as I can I am doing samples for the boards next week.  I think it is time I put a Design Team together - another job for after the show I think!

Well off for some hot chocolate now and bed as I have another busy day tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by.


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Bank Holiday

Just wanted you to know that I am closed on Monday sorry! but will be open Tuesday onwards. As this is the last bank holiday before christmas I thought I would have a rest.  However I will be busy planning the Bristol Show as it is only 12 days to go.  I just love this show as I get to meet lots of my customers from the West Country and Wales who don't manage up to the store very often.  There is always a great atmosphere and excitement within the show which is down to the organisers and of course the craft companies who attend it.

We had a lovely Parchment class today with Sue and welcomed a new lady called Jenny.  She did very well for her first time with us and look forward to seeing her again soon for a stamping class.

I have  added some new clear stamps to the website today so take a look.  I love them all but I have my eye on the "Jolly Holly" one this week.  Take a look at the picture I have posted here of it.

Do have a lovely weekend and will speak with you all sometime next week

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Hello Everyone, have been busy yesterday and today with deliveries so not had much time to myself or time to write blog, so sorry.  We had a lovely weekend but it is always over too quickly.  Saturday's workshop was really good and everyone as usual went home full of inspiration to start their Christmas Cards.  We were using a lovely Stampendous cling rubber stamp -  Christmas Lantern.  This stamp can be used in so many ways.  Claire made a really nice unusual shaped card but unfortunately someone by mistake took the sample home so I am unable to load  a picture of it on the website.  Hopefully they will realise it is not theirs and bring it back to me. .  Otherwise a few pictures are now able to be viewed on the gallery. We also completed a couple of  cards using a cling stamp, Boston Lighthouse from Stampendous, these are also shown on the workshop gallery  I also took some pictures of the workshop  class so will load them on as well.  They were all happy bunnies beavering away, the time flew so quickly.

Some of the new christmas designs came in from Woodware but sold out quickly on Saturday but never fear they are back on order again and should be in very soon.

Have just had some news about the lovely JustRite stamp collection so watch this space for a further bulletin.

Off to make hubby's tea now so will speak to you all soon.

Friday, 19 August 2011

It's Friday!!!

Nearly the end of another week, time flies so quickly when you are having fun!  It has been very busy in the store  with loads of visitors from afar.  Some of them saw my advert in Making Cards and thought they would pay us a visit.  How nice was that.  We all had a good chat about what type of cards they loved doing;  in between the coffee and biscuits.  I sent them away with loads of ideas and project sheets from the previous classes. Hope to see them all again, sometime in the future or  possibly at the Crafts For All Show next month in Bristol.  Talking of which it is only 20 days to go and counting!!!!  Still got some free tickets left so why not visit the store and try your luck at winning one of them.

Now onto new items arrived and in stock.  Lovely new clear stamps from Woodware.  I have a favourite which is the Robin on a Boot.  Must have it!!!  Sheena Douglas's new Christmas Paint Fusion stamps are also in and they are lovely as usual.  Grab one of the DVD's you will not be disappointed. Xcut Dies and Sizzix Framelits.  I particularly love the Pennant Die.  I can imagine doing lots of things with this one.  Will sign off now as must get to bed.  We have a full house for the workshops all day tomorrow and it will be extremely busy.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Hi everyone, sorry no posting last week.  It was a pretty grim week.  I had to have my beloved cat Dusty put to sleep on Monday and I was completely heartbroken.  I had him from the day he was born and it was a complete loss to me.  However, as I was told his quality of life had gone, it was kinder to let him go peacefully than trying to carry on.  My other two cats spend most of the day looking for him as he used to be very protective towards them.  So its lots of love and cuddles all around at the moment!

We had a great workshop on Saturday, everyone enjoyed it and went home full of ideas for creating more.  It was amazing to see how well they managed to distress the cardstock using the ink brushes to give a much softer look.  I have some Project Sheets which are available for anyone wishing to buy the stamps.

Saturday's workshop with Claire is using a Stampendous Christmas Design and a Lighthouse.  Looking forward to seeing what she has created with them.  I will get the cards on the website as soon as possible.

We have some masks in stock with more designs on order, one of which you can see here.  Also some Marianne Design Creatables.  I love the Snowflakes and Christmas Tree.  We also have some new Embossing Folders in so take a look on the website.

Have a good week!


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Had a lovely day on Sunday, made my Plum Jam from the plums in the garden and then chilled out rest of day and had a barbecue.  Weather was just perfect.

It has been all go Monday and Tuesday making cards for the workshop on the 13th.  Will load a picture of one of the cards for you to see.  I am using a Stampendous Clear Set.  Very versatile for almost all occasions.  

Today has been hectic and had to set up a new Hub for my internet access.  Just my luck the connections were lost due to a faulty Hub and could not access anything.  Thank goodness for the BT Helpdesk.  They were great and talked me through the whole process.  I think my blood pressure went through the roof, thank goodness all is well and am now sifting through all my work to do list! and emails along with a nice cup of coffee.

The judging for the Britain in Bloom contest takes place for our little town today.  The Cricklade in Bloom team have done a wonderful job with all the floral displays around the town.  The shops and pubs all play their part in decorating their windows and fronts too.  Lets hope we win again this year.

Had some visitors from New Zealand yesterday and later on from Holland.  The Dutch couple  found out about the store in a Hobby Magazine in Holland and said they just had to pay us a visit.  They loved the store and the town so you can well imagine I was chuffed to bits!

Thats all for now but keep checking website for new products as they arrive.