Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.  Yes there has been a miracle this Christmas at No.23,   The computer has decided it is not quite ready to be replaced (but for how long, who knows)

We had a lovely Christmas, the usual pressies, nice walks between the downpours,  played new and old games, and drank and ate far too much.

Looking back on last year, a quick recap of the better parts.

Best Buys of the Year are ...In no particular order, Ive been wanting to share these for a while now.
This vintage Sole Mio blanket (which are still available to buy, but now made in  Belgium  not Britain .  They now retail from  Euros 265. This blanket feels like new with a texture like a scourer,  springy but extremely soft,light and Soo warm.  I had intended to keep in downstairs but it is so bulky, that it now sits and the foot of our bed,  a much better place for it. What a find, and it only cost my £3.00.

I also picked up on my travels this lovely patchwork blanket.  However can such a lovely piece of work end up in a Charity Shop is beyond me.  Such time and effort making this hand stitched blanket,  I truly appreciate this (excuse drab picture) I would never have the patience to make one of these, so lucky to come across it. 

I am so looking forward to getting back into dressmaking after knitting Christmas pressies, I am definately a season sewer, thinking about Spring and not having to wear coats etc.  I purchased the above pattern V8355 last year. We have been invited to a wedding in August this pattern would be ideal.  I love the line of this outfit.  When I went to The Shuttle in Shipley in September I bought these fabulous fabrics.

The silver grey with the net overlay is patterned at both ends, but it has a slight pull.  You could probably  get a cocktail dress at a push out of it, or maybe the skirt.  The pink is a linen/cotton  mix, dress weight. Im not sure if they are too much of a contract.  I have plenty of the pink for a suit, but would it be too much.  Come on ladies inspire me. Of course being the thrifty Yorkshire lady I am, these two fabrics only cost £16.00,  But also a step on the bathroom scales tells me I have over indulged this Christmas and will need to loose some 1lbs first....

Toward the end of the year, my own personal achievement was the sale of my bears which I have previously mentioned.  Selling my work at a proper price  was a  fantastic result.  It has given me such a boost.   I hope to continue making and selling.  Any advice would be appreciated.  After 2 hours with a careers adviser just before Christmas  they only conclusion I came to, was my crafting urge was much too strong for me to be in a 9-5 job.

Anyway, I have been a busy bee creating something new and exciting , and Im pleased to say I have already sold one even though they are not  finished yet,.  I promise to show you them when they are completed. Here's a little peak inspired by this lovely picture of 1920's fashion that I came across on the internet, such an elegant era.

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  1. They are some great finds. And I'm with you - Love the look of a patchwork quilt without the skills or patience to make one.

    Great news about the bears. I teach small business management - my suggestion would be to actually write a comprehensive business plan if you haven't already done so. It helps to cement your ideas - makes you research opportunities and competition, helps you understand you strengths and weaknesses and puts some goals in place. This is for if you want to take it to the next level from hobby to actual viable business (even if part time).

    Good luck.

  2. V8355 made up in that gorgeous fabric will be just perfect for the wedding. Can't wait to see it finished!

  3. Happy New Year! I'm so glad to hear your bears are selling well, although it is no surprise as they are fabulous. Love the fabric and the blanket. Can't wait to see the pattern made, I bet it will look fabulous.


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