Shirley Rainbow News

Hello everyone, how are you?

We are all okay at Shirley Rainbow, taking each day as it comes and trying not to fall out with each other. I’m very grateful that all I have been asked to do during this pandemic is to stay at home and home school my children, however it’s a lot easier than it sounds! At the beginning of the lock down I shared a few online places that you can access free colouring in, patterns and so on, I’ve included more of them today, and some creative projects I’ve done with my kids too.

First up though, I’m taking part in the Home and Family Online Market, hosted by Pedddle on Sunday 17th May, from 10am to 10pm. It’s full of lovely products for your home or to share with family. All products in my shop will be available to purchase at the market, and I’m running a 10% discount on the day of the market too, use code HOME2020 at checkout.

Can you tell who coloured which doll?!

I’ve certainly been very grateful for all the resources the internet brings over the last few weeks, its been a great way to entertain the children with colouring sheets and school work. Through Instagram I came across Of Unusual Kind, who have some beautiful paper dolls to download for free, colour and cut out; my daughter and I have really enjoyed doing them. I also found a great website which has lots of fun colouring in pages to download (some for adults only!) called the Together Gallery. Project One features the work of loads of fab designers and illustrators sharing their work for us to colour in at home.

One quick project we have done at home was making rainbow fridge magnets, using card and magnets that originally were stuck on the back of notebooks for the fridge. They cut into smaller pieces quite easily so with a bit of glue we were pretty pleased with the new magnets and sent some in the post to friends and family. I also had a lot of fun making origami stars from this method on Pinterest and we have hung them in our living room window.

I’ve got a couple of new products heading into my shop over the next couple of days ready for Sunday’s market, here’s a preview of one of my favourites!

I love their little faces!

I also hit 101 sales in my Folksy shop this week! Feeling proud of me!! Thank you so much everyone for your support and sales!

Teresa x

Still wishing you a Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that now? I said it to my hairdresser yesterday and it still felt right! It’s been a bit of a slower start to the year than I expected, the two weeks off the school routine definitely made my brain go all fluffy round the edges and its taken a while to get back into action.

Here’s a little update on the world of Shirley Rainbow. I had a great time during craft fairs in the run up to Christmas, it was, as ever, great to spend time with other stall holders who run their own small business and have a good chat between customers. Doing the fairs is also a great way to get instant feedback from customers, which I will definitely be paying attention to. I’ve also popped a couple of new embroidery pieces in my Folksy shop and updated my Lavender bag collection, the link to them is Here.

Unfortunately a shop that I stock my work in (The Shop at Sneinton Market) will be closing this January, due to many changes behind the scenes. So I’m on the look out to apply for some new bricks and mortar opportunities- any suggestions for shops would be welcome!

As usual I’ve been working on some projects in the background, just to keep me ticking over, and also to have a break from making items for my Folksy shop. I finished a very long term project over Christmas, a tiny model of a kitchen. It was very fiddly, and very rewarding, to make it, and see everything come together. Sewing tiny curtains is certainly a lot easier than full size ones. Have you ever tried making anything like this?

I started a piece of embroidery from a free pattern on the DMC website, really looking forward to framing it up over the weekend. Sewing with metallic thread is such a pain though, I did it in small sessions so my fingers didn’t hurt too much!

I have also decided that 2020 is a year to try and do a bit more dressmaking. I hardly did anything last year- a skirt and a pair of dungarees, both un-blogged as yet! For Christmas 2019 I received a beautiful piece of cord fabric and the Ness Skirt pattern from Tilly and the Buttons, which I cut out and then never got round to sewing up. I have made a start this year! I am hoping to squeeze in time to finish it very soon.

So on that note, I’d better go and actually start doing stuff,

Thanks for reading,

Teresa

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

Sherwood Art Week- it’s all over now!

As yesterday was the last day of Sherwood Art Week I’m starting this week with a round up post of the whole week.

Many of the shops in the area turned their windows over to locals artists and crafts people, here’s a few of my favourites, I’ve included links to websites as possible and I apologise for the dodgy photography, it’s so tricky to take photos through glass!

1- Helen Lamont, Illustration (Instagram account)

2- Sophie Robins, Sophie Robins Mosaics

3- Lucy Hall, Juicy Glass

4- Beryl Winch, Mini B

5- Mandy Barnes, Textile Art,

6- Kirsteen Hoare, Made By Stitch Studio

The exhibition I took part in showed many different mediums of work from local artists, including sculpture, watercolour, textiles and photography.

1 Janet Brown, Janet Brown Art

2 Benjamin Michael Clubbs Coldron, Paint, Pastel, Wood

3 Philippa Rice, Crochet Sculpture and Art

4 Oksana Holbrook, Oksana Originals

I always love to see the yarn bombing, this year the whole of Sherwood was pompom bombed! My children loved these lovely pompom sculptures.

And here’s a few photos of my work from the exhibition. I really enjoyed the whole experience, it was great to meet some of the artists and makers who were taking part. The private view was a really nice way to show some friends and family what I’ve been up to for the last few months!

As I didn’t make any sales the embroidery I made for the exhibition will be put in my Folksy shop, and will be available far the craft fair I’m doing next week at the Creative Quarter in Sneinton Market, Nottingham.

I also made a couple of purchases from the Secret Garden Craft Fair, for my mums birthday, I bought this lovely card from Amy Primarolo, the cute trinket dish from Rolling Roses and the little badge from Faye Baines.

And I think that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed my virtual tour of the Sherwood Art Week, and if there’s any more info you want on it please check their website here. Thank you so much to all the organisers, it’s been great, see you next year!

Shirley Rainbow HQ – craft space tour

Happy new year blog readers! I’ve had a bit of a slow start to the new year, all is well and I’ve enjoyed a bit of a break from online shenanigans.
I’ve made an attempt to get my house in order. Kitchen cupboards have been tackled but it’s slow progress and I felt very pleased when my first wholesale order of the year came in and I had to tidy my craft space. I’ve had a proper shuffle around, trying to make space for new craft supplies acquired recently and generally making the whole area work better. So as its tidy (ish) I thought I’d give you a little tour. Which sounds very grand but I can assure it isn’t! 

I have my craft space in my bedroom, which is quite big, I take up two walls of space with my desk and storage unit. I have a very laid back husband who doesn’t mind that he sleeps in what must occasionally feel like a haberdashery. Or yarn shop. Or pure crazy craft mess! I do my embroidery and dressmaking up here as well as all the boring admin, and the exciting packing up of orders. Crochet is mostly done on the sofa downstairs (with the tellybox on). 


On my desk is the vintage sewing box I bought from eBay. It came full of old sewing stuff and was a little bit bashed about. I repainted it pale blue with a tester pot and gave it a bit of varnish too. I covered the worst dents and scrapes with flowers cut from pieces of wallpaper, which I also used to line the inside. It now stores lots of sewing equipment. The big shelves have all my Shirley Rainbow stuff in, my dressmaking projects, patterns, yarn and many other bits and pieces. 


I’m definitely not a minimalist! I like to be able to look around my space for inspiration. There’s lots of books and magazines to for reference. It might look messy to the untrained eye but I can assure you that every sewing pattern I’ve downloaded has its own plastic wallet and is carefully stored! I’m planning on making some more nice labels for my drawers so I can find stuff again after my reshuffle. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peep into my craft space!

Teresa x

Ps. Sorry the photos aren’t the best, it’s just so gloomy today!

Dates for the diary

Hello, just popping by with a quick post to let you know the craft fairs I will be at over next month.


Also, I will be accepting card payments at all fairs too, I have a new snazzy machine! 

So if you in the Nottinghamshire area and fancy a nosey amongst lovely stalls filled with handmade goodies perfect for Christmas presents come along! And please say hi! 

Teresa xx

Early Festive Cheer

I know it’s a bit on the early side but here’s a little update on Christmas goings on here at Shirley Rainbow HQ. Well, my living room really! I’ve been making a few Christmas decorations recently so it’s time I spread the word. My Folksy shop has been updated with festive goodies, and there is free 1st Class UK postage on all orders. 

I’ve made loads of these baubles recently, some for a craft fair at the end of November, but some have gone to my new stockist, The Focus Gallery in Nottingham. I’m so excited to have my work in an actual shop! The Focus Gallery is on Derby Road, which has a really good selection of independent shops, an excellent bakery (Tough Marys Bakehouse, where the brownies are AMAZING) and a couple of nice pubs too. It’s well worth a walk up if you are in Nottingham for Christmas shopping. 


The Focus Gallery shows the work of many local artists and craftspeople, and has a great selection of jewellery, glassware and artwork, as well as some embroidery from me!  The website link is here.


I will have a stall at Southwell Garden Centre Christmas Craft and Food fair on 25th and 26th of November, I will have lots of Christmas gifts and decorations for sale. 

So I’m feeling (mostly) prepared for the Christmas season. I’m looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping too, hopefully with as many local, independent and small businesses as possible. It’s a fabulous feeling when someone buys from my shop, or craft stall, and I’m hoping to pass that on as much as possible. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

The Handmade Fair- Guest blog tutorial by Shirley Rainbow 

If you pop over to the Handmade Fair website you will now be able to find a tutorial by Shirley Rainbow! 
This is a piece of work I was asked to do over the summer by the lovely people at Folksy (who were sponsors of the Handmade Fair this year) and I’m so excited to say it’s available for people to see now! It’s a step by step guide to stitching and finishing an embroidery hoop for display. 


The link is here if you would like to go and have a look.

The Handmade Fair is a craft fair created by Kirstie Allsopp.  There are lots of lovely tutorials on the Handmade Fair blog featuring all kinds of crafts, it’s definitely worth a look for some inspiration. 


Many thanks to Folksy and the Handmade Fair, and also to my friend Lucy for letting me take photos in her beautiful home! 

Sale time at Shirley Rainbow! 


I’m not very good at the hard sell, but I wanted to let everyone know that I currently have a sale in my online shop, Shirley Rainbow, at Folksy. I decided to have a sale to celebrate my birthday (which was yesterday), so if you fancy having a look in my shop, the discount code to use is 21AGAIN which will get you a lovely 25% off! Along with many other makers and small shop owners any sale in my shop makes me do a very happy dance! 

You can visit my shop by clicking here.


The code will be valid until midnight 31st May and can be applied to any item in my shop. Happy Shopping! 

Teresa xx

Creative time and recent commissions

Hello,

I’ve recently been feeling in a bit of a funny mood creatively, which is starting to do my head in!  I think it has a lot to do with my very limited time to make stuff, leaving me with too many works in progress and no time to work on them.  As the summer holidays are now upon us I think that is only going to get worse.  My three year old daughter has stopped napping in the day too, which is lovely to spend more time with her but also a teeny bit frustrating… As she is off to pre-school nursery in September I need to appreciate my time with her, not be grumpy, but I am looking forward to having undistracted time to make every morning! (Not sure if undistracted is actually a proper word…) 


Anyway, lack of making time aside, I thought I’d share a couple of recent commissions, both crochet ones. I was asked by a lovely fellow folksy seller to make some Crochet Picture Frames in cream cotton. It was a real pleasure to make these, and has inspired me to make some sets of single colour frames for my Folksy shop. When I get the time! I think these would look lovely framing candid wedding photos.


I also made a Crocheted Bag for my auntie. The pattern is from the book Crochet in No Time by Melanie Griffiths. I think this is my most challenging crochet project to date. I’m not sure I got the gusset right, and I only made one handle (with my Auntie’s permission!) as it drove me potty, 7 double crochet stitches in a spiral for 40cms! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and my auntie looked beautiful in her mother of the groom outfit for my cousins wedding. Even though I’ve stalked my family’s Facebook pages I can’t find a photo of her wearing it! If I do I will share it. 


And before I forget, these are the coasters I made for my mother’s birthday! From the book 75 Crocheted Floral Blocks by Betty Barnden. 

Have a good week! 

Teresa xx