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Thursday, 9 May 2019

UP CYCLED BAGS


At the beginning of this year I decided to ditch my oilcloth bags and concentrate on a range of up cycled ones.  I felt like a combination of up cycled clothing and plastic was a bit of a contradiction! Here are a few of my unique bags........available on the website (if they haven't sold already) but I'm making more all the time. 



This bag is made from unwanted tweed from a Scottish waistcoat maker, leather from a local shoemakers, denim from a pinafore dress and striped fabric from an old cooking apron.


Found a huge pair of mens camouflage trousers in a charity shop, and managed to make two bags, this is the first. I added some denim,  leather butterflies and trimming 



Various pieces of unwanted tweed and leather stars for this one.  Lined with striped ticking. 


This huge tote was made from various Scandinavian fabrics left over from dresses and unwanted denim.


Left over superhero fabric and some denim jeans 



Denim and tartan, incorporating jean pockets


Lots of different little remnants of Scottish tartan


Faded jeans, leather, tartan and handles made from leather belts.



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Friday, 5 April 2019

HELLO BETTY THE DACHSHUND

On 2nd January we picked up the sixth member of our family (i only have 2 children but we do have a cat) Another female, a little dachshund we named Betty. Betty is my gift for getting through my cancer treatment, and although Harry was very much against having a dog he couldn't really refuse.





Enjoying taking her on our walks on the beach 


travelling in the car 






And what a much loved member of the family she has become. A complete puppy pain sometimes but very cute, loveable and funny.




Of course My Sister Mabel now has a range of various up cycled dachshund fabric dresses, bags, and tops (available on the website) 




Sunday, 10 March 2019

CATCHING UP

Can't believe we are already three months into the New Year. and four months since my last post. I should've made it a New Years resolution to do at least one post a month (but I didn't).  So a quick synopsis of the last four months.

At the end of November I set up a stall for The Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market. Lots of preparation, and a lot of commitment both financially and manpower. I met some lovely people and made some money ....but i won't be doing it again!







Christmas came and went with a beautiful Christmas tree, presents and a poignant moment when I realised that this would be the last Christmas that Mabel would believe in Father Christmas. She even asked me several times as I tucked her in on Christmas Eve, but I didn't think this was the right time.  I must say I felt kind of sad that the magic would disappear for both of us after this year.   




Lots of walks on Dartmoor and the beach to blow away the cobwebs





We finished the year with an impromptu New Years Eve party, which left me with the mother of all hangovers the next day!!





Goodbye to 2018. It was definitely a lot easier and better than 2017, but not as good as 2019 is going to be.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

FOR THE LOVE OF VALENCIA

Can't believe so many months have passed since my last post. 

Sometimes keeping a blog feels just like another commitment, another social media platform I have to update, along with all the other admin type rolls that go with having an online business. 

But then I remind myself that this wasn't started just for my business, this is photo documentation of our family life. `When I've asked the girls if they think it's a good idea and something they will look back on they have always genuinely said yes.  

I remember spending many hours looking through family photo albums old and new. It doesn't happen anymore, and and boxes of photos (someones memories) turn up on a market stall or at a car boot. I'm not about to start printing photos and putting them into albums, so I will carry on (albeit with a six month gap) and I will continue to write this for my girls and hopefully they will enjoy sitting one day flicking through their pages of memories. 



We all made some great memories in the Summer, when we set off for our holiday to Valencia.  This year we were really please to invite my friend Becka and her boys, it was so lovely to share the Spanish experience of wonderful sunshine,beaches, food and drink.





Barely a month back. kids were back at school I have an impending Christmas Market to stock, but I was back in Valencia. This time we stayed in the city for 4 days and experienced all that it gave us. An amazing fiesta, wonderful food, a modern art gallery, warm climate and travelling through the city on an electric scooter for the first time. I can definitely say I'm in love with Valencia, and Harry and I would very much like to divide out time between the UK and Valencia in the future.




So it was back home and to work making stock, for a month at the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market starting on 15th November until 16th December.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

MORE SUMMER FUN

Two great weeks of festivities at our Carnival and Regatta 











An amazing achievement for Mabel, she learnt to ride a bike.  As she  has a left side weakness, which causes her problems with balance it was an extra proud moment!


and there was no stopping her. Here on the boardwalk on Torquay seafront. 


We are normally away on holiday when the British Firework Championships take place on the Hoe in Plymouth, but this year we were lucky enough to be able to attend.








New lined tote bags available on the website in September 




and still making more and more Christmas decorations 


Sunday, 22 July 2018

OUR LOVELY SUMMER


With the continuing beautiful weather, we set up The Back Beach Club a few weeks ago, and it's become a Saturday afternoon/evening regular. We get there when we can, bring the children, booze and food and sit back and enjoy the company and the view. We're thinking of ways in which we can carry on through the Winter. Maybe a problem keeping tabs on the kids in the dark!








A few weeks ago we were invited to a mini festival (Frogfest) in a field in Shaldon. Another beautiful evening with the most spectacular sunset over the river.






A little excitement hit the town last week, with the discovery of a WWII unexploded bomb under the pier. The town was cordened off and the bomb taken out to sea and eventually exploded by the Navy. 

 

I haven't done any events for sometime but I did book a few this year. The first was a two day event in Dartmouth which was a very hot but successful event. 



The second was The Exeter Craft Festival the weather was absolutely sweltering, which didn't help to bring the crowds out, and England played in the semi-finals on Saturday which completely killed the trade! All that aside it was a good three day event.


And so the kids are just about to break up from school, and it's looking like it could be continuing good weather. I've started the Sumer sale, and I've also been accepted for a pitch at the month long Exeter Christmas Market starting in November, so lots of stock needs to be made (I'm excited and a little worried) We're heading off to Spain at the end of the month, and all is good!