Commissions, local shopping and cream teas!

Commissions are always a joy to complete and this month has seen quite a few coming my way (thank you all so much).  One in particular put a big smile on my face, a bi-fold fabric wallet – an item I haven’t sewn for quite a long time.  It was good to get the batiks out of the fabric drawer and start the long hours of cutting, pressing and hand sewing.  There’s a tiny chance I may start making these again for the shop as they have always been popular due to the striking colour schemes and handy size – we’ll see 😉

hand sewn batik and upcycled fabric wallet purse

I can’t believe our luck with this long run of glorious warm weather (I’ve done it now, it’ll probably rain tomorrow).  The garden is coping well and the vast majority are sturdy enough to not need a good dosing of water, just those that are potted need a little help every other day.  I think it’s the first time in the 11 years we’ve been here that the water butt has been drained dry so I’m trying to be as economical as possible with water from the tap.  Flowers are so beautiful to have around the house too so I pick a little posy each week to display near my desk.  The small glass jar is one of a pair we found buried in the garden when we first  moved in … I do love hidden treasures of history.

picked from the garden summer posy

In a mission to step away from the PC and sewing basket for a short while and spend some time with friends, we recently headed out to the small market town of Long Sutton.  As it was market day we had a little mooch around the stalls and picked up a few bargain pot plants and dainty lace.  We also discovered a little haberdashery squeezed in among the other shops – so teeny tiny you could probably only fit 4 people in there at one time, but it was crammed full of colourful fabrics, felt, wool and all the embellishments you could possibly need.  I would never have know it was there, right on my doorstep, if I hadn’t ventured out to explored my local area and this started me thinking how I have slipped a little into becoming a slave to internet shopping.  Yes it has its positives, as in prices are often cheaper, but there’s also many downsides, most notably the lack of face to face contact, those friendly exchanges between customer and shop owner/assistant that can easily lead to a beneficial relationship for both of you.  Popping out to the local shops to support them and help keep them running is vitally important in this day and age where so many small businesses are struggling to make a livelihood.

shop local haberdashery

Before heading home we popped into another small business – Mal’s Vintage Tea Shop – a treasure trove of vintage and handmade items surrounded us as we sipped tea and coffee from pretty mismatched china and enjoyed the delights of perfectly baked scones, butter, cream, strawberry and blackcurrant jams. This tea shop is a real find and I’m planning on returning with hubs in tow.

Lincolnshire cream tea

Enjoy the sunshine everyone! I hope your month has been a good one – stop by and let me know what you’ve been doing.
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Instagram: March Meet The Maker

March Meet The Maker 2018 on Instagram

Last month I took part in an Instagram hashtag challenge run by Joanne Hawker called “March Meet The Maker”.  Designed to take a peek into the lives of creatives, which, apart from being a little nosy (and aren’t we all from time to time), helps to get to know the person behind the wonderful creativity you see popping up in your timeline.  It’s also the perfect way to find new people to follow and interact with.

The idea is to post a daily photo that is relevant to the daily challenge title.  Finding a window in the day to prepare, photograph and post each day was fun (I did get a little behind at times and even had to miss a couple of days) but I actually miss the relaxed discipline of taking a daily picture and adding it to my Instagram feed.

Each daily pointer gave the viewer an insight into how the maker started their craft, their routine, their down time and all the little ins and outs of creating and running a small business.

Of all the daily titles, the following three were my favourites:

Day 14 Dreams & Plans – where I shared my dream of owning a bricks and mortar shop.
Instagram March Meet The Maker 2018 Dreams and Plans

Day 22 Sketchbook & Lists – photographing my 90s Filofax which holds all my notes, supply information and new idea lists and sketches.
Instagram March Meet The Maker 2018 filofax and creative work in progress

Day 29 Community – a chance to thank my online community for their support which is a vital and necessary part of running a small business.
March Meet The Maker 2018 - Community

You can see the photos of all participants by clicking this link: #marchmeetthemaker – I hope you get inspired as much as I did when viewing the amazing array of photographs.

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