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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Clamming up

As you can see, there's no more big white gap on the right of this page under 'Treacle Toffee'...
over the next few days I'm going to be re-activating the listings, with a few improvements to the necklaces in particular. They now have lovely neat endings with what are called clam bead tips, and some necklaces now have extension chains on them for adjustability - hooray!
There will also be some new things listed like leaf brooches and that leaf necklace I posted a sneaky look at a while ago - all re-photographed with the fancy new fastenings of course.

I'm also going to be making some nice packaging for the necklaces etc, watch this space for piccies :D

Monday, 21 April 2008

Bumbling along

Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments recently, its so nice to have feedback :) Mobile number one is completed now, and will be listed just as soon as I decide on things like pricing and work out how much shipping would cost. Here's another sneaky peek:

(note the addition of blue and turquoise buttons and beads)

The change purses I doodled before are in progress, as well as another mobile. (I'm also going to endeavour to get that midnight blue bag finished that I started a while back.)

Tune in soon for pics of the new improved felty necklaces - I'm in the process of upgrading them all to nice professional clasps now that I have the proper materials. In addition to the necklaces have a new product range in mind for Treacle Toffee that I'm really excited about and can't wait to show you all what it's going to be... there's a few details I need to sort out first but hopefully they'll be popular...they won't be ready until May at the earliest but Treacle Toffee will be back up and running before then.

So many ideas, so little time!

Friday, 18 April 2008


This is attempt number one...
not quite 'there' yet, and I will probably manage better pictures tomorrow when the light is better, but here they are so far, my bumblybees all a-dangly!

Getting the balance right has been tricky but hopefully with practice they won't take so long. :)

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Zippedy doo dah

Firstly, I apologise for the lapse in blogging. The great monster from the land of Stock-Take-on-Account-an-sea demanded my attention for a gruelling ten days, but it is finally done, and I'm back in the land of the living! Its a wonderful feeling and I've been back to crafting away with gusto.
The Treacle Toffee shop is currently hibernating but the items will be back up soon with some improvements (I'll be blogging about that in the near future...)
For Scatterbox Originals, new things are in the pipeline. Doing the stocktaking I discovered a big stash of zippers that I'd almost forgotten about, so there will be some variations on old items... something I've never made before, featuring things like these:

that I designed in Photoshop and have printed out onto cotton, which will be combined with things such as buttons, beads, string and wooden dowling (can you guess what they're going to be?)

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Finally... last, real and glorious sunshine! These past two days have had beautiful weather. My room has been flooded with light - perfect photography conditions, great for long days of sewing, a little walk along the beach perhaps. Just what I've been waiting for all this time...

Only it's one day away from the end of the tax year here in the UK, which means... its stocktaking time. Argh! The next few days are going to be given over to measuring, counting, calculating and working through my accounts books. Hopefully, by the time this is done and I'm able to get back to the fun part (making things other than lists of numbers) , Mr Sun will still be here to help me take nice pictures of bags, wallets, brooches, necklaces and all the other things on my To Make list.

I'm making the most of the sunlight while it's here with this cool gadget I got for Christmas called the 'sun jar':

You leave it out in the sun, and the solar panel slurps up all the sunshine goodness...

...and then at night you switch it on, and you've got a lovely blue nightlight :)

April also heralds a new tariff from the post office, and I'm sorry to say I've had to increase my shipping costs a little bit. On the plus side, I've now got around to adding a shipping option in both shops for Ireland. In the past, all customers outside the UK have had the same shipping fees, as listing every single possible country is just too long-winded for me, but this is not really fair on more local customers.
So, from now on, customers in:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Corsica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia (the country not the US state!), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madeira, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Spitzbergen, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the Vatican...

can all get in touch prior to purchasing, to arrange to get the same shipping fees as Ireland

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

What has it got in its pocketses?

A while ago, I posted an image of my workboard, and right at the bottom of the pile was a green shape of felt. I knew back then that this was going to be another copse of trees on a hilltop, but it wasn't until I stitched it onto the bag panel that I realised these were not ordinary trees...
I had just enough red buttons to make the trees into a little apple orchard.

While making this bag, I decided it was about time I tried out an idea I'd had a while ago, for pockets. Pockets are always handy, and I especially wanted to solve The Problem Of Pens. Whenever I'm out and about, I carry a pen or two with me so that I can write things down if I need to. Pens seem to have a special type of gravitation towards the bottom of any bag or pocket they are placed in (I believe it may be a scientific law, much like the law about bread landing butter-side down) So, I made a felt pocket inside the bag, with a little oblong shape at the side. This is just about big enough for one or two pens, so they stay nicely upright and easy to find :-) The rest of the pocket is just right for a coin purse, pocket mirror, phone etc, and closes neatly with a button.

I was so pleased with my new pocket design, I made another bag so that I could do it again!

I'm thinking of this bag as a book bag, because its the right size to fit an average-sized book - I based my pattern on it being big enough to fit a hardback book plus a few essentials. The strap on this one is long enough to hook over your shoulder.

I've got more ideas a-brewing, so watch this space :-)