Creative Fun

When you run a creative business it can be quite tricky at times to actually enjoy doing the creative side of the business! For example, when you are making a batch of 80 hand stitched badges it’s pretty easy for creative fatigue to set in. The run up to Christmas is very draining this way, and I always try to set aside some time in January for some fun, experimental creativity and making. This January didn’t go quite to that plan, with three commissions quickly lined up at the start of January- obviously that is not a bad thing! But at the end of January I was still feeling a bit dull and fed up that I hadn’t had the time to have some creative fun.

So, February then! I took one day last week to make a little project completely for fun, and I really, really enjoyed myself. Here she is…

(Quite a while back I started a Pinterest board called Little Dolls, with the vague intention of creating a little doll at some point. That’s half the problem with Pinterest though, you spend loads of time getting ideas for projects and pinning them, but never actually making them. However, I have now made a tiny, doll shaped inroad into my Pinterest wish list.)

Making her certainly got my creative juices flowing again so I made a pincushion out of English paper pieced hexagons. EPP is something I tried last year and never got around to picking up again, even though I enjoyed it. It’s a great way to use up small scraps, of which I have many.

I did a punch needle workshop last spring; its taken me until this week to actually try doing punch needle again. I rather enjoyed getting the hang of it again, I think I need to choose a more tightly twisted yarn than the DMC Natura I did use, which is loosely twisted. I love the colours though!

So I guess the moral of this blogpost is to take the time to have fun creatively, just one little project can give you the confidence to try some others!

Teresa x

Cozy at Folksy

It’s been a while since I shared a Folksy Friday with you all, and this week, as the weather turned quite chilly in the UK I thought it might be the perfect opportunity to share some of the lovely products available on Folksy that I would rate as super cozy.

So to set the scene, we definitely need some cozy socks, and these socks from look perfect. They are hand knitted with a wool blend yarn so would definitely keep your tootsies toasty. They are from SockySocks.

Being snuggled under a blanket is one of the nicest things about a chilly evening, this blanket gets to join my cozy list. It’s from The Stitching Hour.

I like these little candle holders too, they are from By Shelly Lee (heart design) and Ceramics by Rachel Lavender, and would help create a cozy atmosphere.

I also spotted these beautiful hand poured candles by Melted Glass by Steph, the detail is fabulous.

I think a cozy cushion is in order to snuggle up against, I really like the patchwork effect and mix of hand printed fabrics. From Bailey Whin.

If you need to pop out you’ll need a scarf and gloves on, this colour block scarf is so bright it will ward off any dismal feelings. I think its fab! All my favourite colours together. It’s from Holly and Evie and is made to order.

These hats from Maya Croft look so warm and snuggly. Liezl is also Folksy’s Featured Maker this week, you can read her maker interview here.

I really like the pattern of these fingerless mitts, from Dream Time Treasures.

And for really cold days these beautiful Nordic style mittens will keep the frost out. I love the pointed shape! From Fir Tree Knitwear.

Next on my cozy list is a lovely mug of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate!), this hand thrown mug looks just the thing to wrap chilly hands around. By Church St Workshops.

And finally, an alarm clock cozy, to take the edge off getting out of bed on a winter morning!! It’s from Cat Thomas.

I hope you are feeling much more cozy now, if you’d like to see more of the beautiful (-and cozy!) products available on Folksy that caught my eye I created a Pinterest board and you can view it here.

Thank you for reading!

Teresa

Craft Fairs 2019

Hello everyone, just a quick post to say I hope you’re all well, and that my line up of craft fairs for the rest of the year has been sorted. This is where I will be! I’m really looking forward to them all, hopefully I might see some of you there!

I’ve got a few new products coming with me, including these sleepy lavender bears. Lots of badges are in progress at the moment and also some new embroidery wall decorations. And I’ll be adding some new pieces to my Folksy shop too… so much to do!

Teresa x

Folksy Friday- my sewing themed Folksy finds

It’s Folksy Friday! A wonderful day where Folksy Shop owners share the wonderful wares of their fellow shop owners across the World Wide Web.

I’ve decided to theme my Folksy Friday on sewing. I’m missing sewing, especially dressmaking, at the moment, as I’m so busy making Shirley Rainbow stock for craft fairs at the moment. I’ve had a lovely browse of sewing themed products on Folksy and found some gorgeous items I’d be very happy to find under the Christmas tree (hint hint!)

These beautiful scissor earrings are from Rock Rose Jewellery . I love the detail on them with that tiny little screw!

This cute whale kit really appealed to me, I like his happy face. The kit is from Windswept Girle.

I’m sure this beautiful Singer Sewing Machine Print would look lovely on the wall above my sewing table. It’s A4 in size and is from By Charlie’s Hand .

I have many many handmade Christmas Decorations, but no sewing machines! This is so detailed, and is made with free machine embroidery by Emma Louise Corry.

This is a truly amazing piece of kit for any sewer, and the story behind it is very interesting. Its made from an original Victorian sewing pattern, and is called a sewing casket! It’s from Katrina Krafts.

I couldn’t resist including this cute cat Needle Case by Kate Rowe Design . The cat has such personality!

Büchertiger Supplies stock beautiful sewing threads and embroidery floss. I was particularly drawn to these 3ply French Linen Sewing threads, the colours are gorgeous and I like the little cards they are presented on, too.

Tote bags are always handy, I’ve got quite a few and can always find a use for more! Craft themed ones are best (obviously) and I really like this one by Woah There Pickle.

Finally another pair of earrings, super cute Button Studs from By Victoria in sterling silver. I had a lovely pair of earrings like this years ago that I bought on a holiday to Barcelona, unfortunately one of them broke and I’ve never seen a pair like them since, until now!

And that’s it, all my sewing themed Folksy Friday finds! I’ll be sharing these across my social media too, to support Folksy’s campaign to support handmade and small businesses. Every sale to a small, independent business really matters, to read more on why check out the Just A Card website!

Folksy are also offering 20 free listings to all shops, old and new this weekend, so if you are thinking of setting up an online shop maybe now is the time!

Teresa x

PS- I’m not being sponsored by Folksy for this post, I just really want to support them! I love the community I’m part of through Folksy and have learned so much with their support!

I’ve not been idle!

Hello! How are you? My goodness it’s been a while since I wrote a blog post! Hope you are all okay. I’m fine and very busy getting ready for the festive season. I’ve got quite a few fairs lined up in November and December which will hopefully be lots of fun. I’ve put a full list of the fairs and so on on my events page, and there is (will be soon) more information on my Facebook page. It would be great to see you if you are in the Nottingham area!

I’ve got a few new products I will be taking to the craft fairs and thought you might like to see them on here too.

My sewing machine has been getting quite a bit of use lately, as I’ve been making these zipped pouches. Each purse is lined in cotton and features a hand embroidered patch, which I’ve hand stitched in place. I’ve made them in two sizes, a small coin purse (which fits a bank card in too) and a larger pouch, which could be used for all sorts of bits and pieces. Sewing and crafty bits and bobs, makeup, or a handy pouch for all those odds and ends that end up in the bottom of your hand bag. I think they’d be suitable for all ages!

I’ve also been making a crocheted version of the small purses. This is a pattern by Rosina at Zeens and Roger which she has kindly given permission for me to use and sell from. They are so much fun to make, and I’ve really enjoyed choosing the lining fabric too, I’ve used quilters cotton which comes in so many fun prints I always want to buy loads. These purses have been a great stash buster and I’m hoping they will be popular at my fairs.

And badges… lots of badges have been made. I love the pink and gold ones especially. They are perfect for filling festive hosiery! A selection of badges (no two are ever exactly the same!) are available at the Victoria Walker Boutique, Leeds, and The Focus Gallery, Derby Road, Nottingham.

Thank you for reading,

Teresa

Hand made for Black Friday

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Hello,

I’m joining in with lots of other fantastic sellers of hand crafted  products on Folksy and offering a discount of 20% on everything in my Folksy shop. The discount will be valid from Friday to midnight on Monday.

This is a great chance to support independent online shops selling hand made unique gifts and Christmas goodies!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share some of the discounts in my favourite fellow Folksy sellers shops!

Here’s a  link to my shop:

Shirley Rainbow shop

Happy Shopping!

Teresa xx

 

Embroidery and Craft Fair Preparation

Hello!

I’m in full swing with craft fair preparations at Shirley Rainbow HQ- I’m having a stall at The Bird in Borrowed Feathers Mini Market, at Cobden Chambers, in Nottingham city centre. It’s on the 24-25 October 2015, and I will be there on Saturday 24th October, from 11 am until 5 pm!

BIBF Market Poster

I’m busy preparing lots of products to take as well as making a name sign, display cards and display boards ( well my husband actually made them!). It feels like I still have a lot to do but I’m really looking forward to it.

Little Street Embroidery by Shirley Rainbow

This is one of the products I’m planning to take, I’ve called it Little Street; it’s a hand embroidered and appliquéd hoop art, inspired by one of the streets near my house. I made it entirely by hand, starting with a sketch, from which I created templates and cut the felt out by hand. Everything is hand stitched into place using a variety of embroidery stitches.

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If you are in the Nottingham are it would be lovely to see you at the Mini Market, there is going to be 16 stalls per day, with different craft people and products each day, hopefully something for everyone!

Teresa X