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 😉
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the sunshine everyone! I hope your month has been a good one – stop by and let me know what you’ve been doing.