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Monday, 29 September 2008

Cough and splutter

I promise, I will be posting some pictures of new things soon!

I am a little behind schedule I'm afraid as I have a nasty cold and have been coughing and spluttering everywhere! Coughing and spluttering on things I am sewing is not a nice thing to do, so for now I am restricting myself to things like drawing designs and going to the post office.

I have, incidentally, been to the post office today and found out while I was there that although my branch is one of the many that are being closed down by the silly silly Powers That Be the alternative branch in town is so bad, my branch is forced to stay open until it gets sorted out. Most post offices that are being shut down have a choice between working one or three month's notice before being closed, but my one is being kept open until January or possibly February. I'm partly glad that it will be open in the run up Christmas, because this will make it considerably easier to post sales in the busy period. But it's sad nonetheless that they are being strung along in such a way - knowing that the alternative branch, which is staying open due to being in the town centre, is not as popular and hasn't the same friendly community feeling. I'm going to miss my little local post office. :(

So far, any items that I sell on etsy I have taken to the post office as soon as possible - usually within 24 hours on a weekday - but when I have a longer journey to make to the post office I think I'll have to review this. It may work out more practical to set specific days and times for going to the post office - in which case, I'll be posting my 'shipping timetable' on here and in my etsy policies, closer to the time.

In the meantime...plans for scarves, money purses and bags a-plenty!

Rewarding awardings

I'm pleased as punch to say that the lovely Becky at has given this blog the Arte y pico award -

This is an award for interestingness, creativity, design and contributing to the blogging community. What a lovely idea! :)

The rules for this (which I have pasted from Becky's blog - hope you don't mind Becky but you phrased it better than I could!) are:

Award “Rules”: The rules of Arte Y Pico are - you must pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting content, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language! Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to their blog. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself. The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of the Arte Y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

I would like to give this award to...

Gretel of All Around Us - I featured Gretel's wonderful needlefelt creations a few posts ago. Gretel lives in beautiful rural Oxfordshire and knows far more about nature than I ever could - check out the little film of the view from her bike ride.
Erica of Erica's Attic - Erica makes beautiful pictures and dolls - scroll down a bit on her blog to enter to win a charming Ottoline doll!
Kajsa of Sykossa - I love the little glimpses into her life and her quirky Scandinavian style.
Debbie of The Imagination of Ladysnail - Debbie is an illustrator who does lovely screenprints as well as adorable cuddly robot plushies.
Paula of Paula Bowles - Paula is a professional illustrator who shares pictures of her work and life in Bristol.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Parting of the blogs


Regular readers will have noticed by now that this blog is, in a way, two blogs in one - one for each of my etsy shops. Nearly a year ago now, I decided to seperate my creations into two shops - Scatterbox Originals for my cute and kitsch-ish creations (try saying that five times fast!) and Treacle Toffee for my more mature jewellery and accessories.

Balancing posts between the two shops was fine to begin with, but now I have definite plans for both shops, so many ideas and things to show, I have decided the time has come to give both shops their very own blog.

So, without further ado, I introduce to you...

Please do take a look if you're a fan of Treacle Toffee :)

As for Scatterbox Originals, this blog will be dedicated to that shop (and maybe the occasional miscellaneous rambling and posts about my etsy heroes...) I do indeed have new things in the pipeline for S.O. so check back soon!

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Sneaky peeky


The first of the Treacle Toffee scarves is now complete. I'm going to make a couple more and then hopefully get some really nice photos done of them modelled by someone I know (who just happens to be a model). There should be a host of autumn/winter things in the shop a couple of weeks from now - but I can't wait to show you so here is a little sneaky peeky at Shoal scarf number 1...

The scarves really do need a model to show them off best, and I also hope to have a bag or two made for the photoshoot. In the meantime I will be periodically listing more brooches and earrings in the shop - like the pair I just listed which, incidentally, match the scarf pictured above. Now, how many places can you buy a matching scarf and earrings? :-)

Monday, 15 September 2008

Beyond the Sea

Hello hello :)

I'm back from my holidays in the hills of the north and the village by the sea. In the past two weeks I have...
* Had a horrendous 12 hour journey up north to the village I grew up in.
* Spent a day recovering from aforementioned journey.
* Been to the dentist (all ok, phew!)
* Got my hair cut. For those who don't know me in real life, it was pretty much waist length and now is a layered, shoulder length bob. For the first few days I kept brushing my hair and being stunned that it ended so soon. Catching a glance of myself in the mirror I couldn't help swishing my head from side to side and singing 'short hair short hair shorty shorty short haaaaair' to myself (I honestly am 26, not 6...)
* Gone shopping with a friend and bought lots of autumn/winter clothes.
* Been to see old family friends on the way back south and met their adorable dwarf Labrador. (I am not typically a dog person, but this one is so cute)
* Stayed in a gorgeous little cottage in a lovely fishing village.

* Met two friendly puddy tats and several beautiful seals and sealions.
* Seen some of the tall ships taking part in the Funchal 500 race.

* Eaten a very great deal of cake and cream.

AND purchased The Fabric I Have Been Looking For for scarves. Deciding on the best colours etc took me a while, but I am pleased with the ones I went with. I have lovely cotton jersey (with a little lycra for softness, stretch and reduced crinkledness) in sky blue and pale cream.

I've made a start on my first scarf already (I got today off work after all, yippee!) All this sea air* has encouraged me to continue on my theme of shoals of fish and pebbles, ripples and reflections in water...and on the cream fabric I have plans for designs on themes as disparate as butterscotch, barleycorn and tree growth rings. Piccies to follow shortly.

In other news, my generous dad has suggested that I make a picture for the new living room of their house, and in return he will buy me a printer :D This means that hopefully it won't be long before I can recommence with plans for Scatterbox Originals that pivot around having a good printer...and I can make the return address labels I mentioned here:

and also some lovely packaging stickers for Treacle Toffee.


Have a great week, folks.

*You may say that it is odd I mention sea air as if it is not something I usually have, living in a seaside town. But, as the grass is always greener on the other side, the sea is always bluer in a place you don't see all the time...if that makes sense!