On saturday we had our own nod to remembrance day, we made silk poppies all day and gave 10% of all our takings on the day to the British Legion. We were all really pleased with the poppies we made with the gorgeous silk ribbon we brought back from america, and it was good to see lots of new people in the shop – including some really cool kids who came in and put us all to shame with their talents! I can’t tell you how much was raised in the end because it all went into the sealed British Legion collection pot. If they let me know at any point, I’ll pass on the info!
Well, I make lots of cards. But I thought I would post one. I quite liked it. We have these stamps in the shop which I love, stampendous’ polka snowman, and I didn’t think they were getting the recognition they deserved! I have also – yeah, I guess I’m pretty slow on the uptake – recently started stamping on calico with stazon, and machine sewing my stamps onto paper. I really love the effect of sewing on paper – either fabric to paper or paper to paper, there’s so many more options.
I just wanted to say a seperate THANK YOU to Becky who took over running the shop at the last minute so we could still get to Houston. She took it on having never even visited us before but has done a stirling job at keeping all our customers on the straight and narrow. And the good news is that she is coming back to do Saturdays between now and Christmas!
I love having other people around in the shop, it’s so much more fun in the down times when we’re quieter. Today in the shop there was me, Becky, Mum, Grandma & our friendly neighbourhood teen, Shanice. A full house! Although there’s always room for a few of our beloved customers ; )
Aaarrgh i am rubbish at this! I honestly dont know how people can do this everyday – I really wish I could, I totally mean to, but then one thing after another happens and suddenly it is months later and I am sooo behind in updating this. I cant even say I have been working on any cool projects, (the list of things in my head just keeps getting longer) I have just been uploading item after item to our website. But here and now, in the presence of all of you (anybody out there?) I hereby promise to update this blog every day…every other day…ok, at least once a week. Promise. Fingers and toes uncrossed I am not lying I promise.
So, apart from the website I do have a legitimate excuse this week. This week I have been internetless because we (mum, me & the lovely corinne) headed off to houston, texas (yee hah!) to bag me a cowboy. Ahem – sorry – I mean, to learn us some stuff about quilts. and oooh boy did we learn good. I had been warned about the excitement of the quilt market out there, but even so, nothing can quite prepare you for it. And the impact it has on your bank account. We definitely spent a lot of money we didnt have (the shop is still very early days yet and we are still paying off the initial startup costs) but I think we’ve bought a lot of very cool stuff. And most of it we ALL agreed was lush (if you know us, especially me and mum, you’ll know that agreeing on something we like is something not to be taken lightly, when it happens, you know you have to just go for it, to hell with the money!)
So we have some gorgeous fabrics, loads from Japan and Korea (after working there it seems I can sniff them out a mile off and just have to have them) Amy Butler’s fabric to go with the patterns (you’ve all been asking for it so I kinda had to, huh?
I can only find a pic of some ribbon we ordered in the japanese range – we ordered this with fabric to match… aw, it’s so kitschy and cute I am gonna be in heaven the day this fabric turns up!
And check these out – perfect for a mix of japanese and Amy Butler fabrics?
These patterns are by Melly & Me and were so fresh and vibrant we all just gravitated towards them. These aussie girls really know how to part a girl with her money! We were sat on the floor of their stand picking out patterns for a fair while, getting totally in the way of everyone else, luckily they didnt seem to mind! Unfortunately we only got there on the last day so we missed out Magoo the Monkey’s pattern (have to wait for that one I’m afraid) although we did get most of the others – including mad mozzie (check him out at the back, he’s the one with the crazy eyes – ok, the one with the REALLY crazy eyes!)
We also went to classes, overslept for classes, giggled like naughty schoolgirls in classes, nearly fell asleep in classes and learnt some pretty good stuff in classes. On the Saturday 10th Corinne will be in the shop (she hasnt had enough of us yet yay!) showing you all some of what we learnt and some cool new products we brought back. We didn’t quite have to pay excess luggage fees (phew!) but let me tell you, on more than one of the cases the weight was exactly on the top of the tip of the scales. And that’s a skill worth having. Although i wasnt such a fan of the skill of filling cases to overloading at gatwick where a lovely worker there wrongly told us the bus to the carpark was downstairs when it was on the floor we were on. 5 cases filled with fabric down a large ramp is bad enough – but up???!! Good thing I’ve been working out and lifting all those boxes of buttons.
So now I have a list of things to make as long as my arm inspired by all I have seen – hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll have some cool stuff to show you. But I’m sure I’ve said that before!
I haven’t written for a while – but I guess thats because I have been soooo busy because last tuesday we finally opened the doors to The Eternal Maker. I am so pleased with the response we have had – everybody has been saying that its about time chichester had a shop like this. We have tried to make it feel welcoming, and everyone has said how nice it is. It’s nice when you feel you have succeeded.
Well, not succeeded yet. Our main problem is getting people in the shop. We aren’t in the centre of town, and when we took flyers to the market in chichester we had a phone call from the council saying we weren’t allowed to advertise there (boo, chichester council, boo) and advertising in newspaper (which we have done) is so expensive. And let’s face it, we spent all our money filling the shop with lovely things!
Our ethos for the shop was to fill it with abit of everything – enough for people to do things with, not too little, but then when people ask for something else, if enough people ask, well- we’ll get it in for you. At the moment we have a lovely range of paper (as you might guess, I love paper) fabric, rubber stamps, inks, cardmaking supplies, BUTTONS!!!, ribbons, haberdashery, silks, stitchery, oooh, lots.
The next step seems to be embroidery as chichester seems to have a large contingent in the embroiderer’s guild. So any advice, people, once more we have no idea!!
Oh, and look at our stained glass window – my mum bid and lost against our landlord for this window 15 years ago in an auction at chichester market. Now we have it! I keep telling mum thats it’s quite a long way to go to get it, opening a shop just for a window. but it certainly is beautiful.
Well, I should have guessed that paper buying would be one of my favorite bits… when I was little I absolutely loved stationery products, and let me tell you, when I was little paper didn’t look like this!
So as the website is not quite ready yet (it’s there, but there are no products!) here’s a sneak preview of some paper, at least:
This beautiful range of paper completely fulfills my illusions of grandeur.
I just love Basic Grey’s “Fruitcake” range, how’s about these for cool snowmen? We’ve also bought some stamps to match, with little pudgy snowmen, brilliant!
I have only just discovered just how cool Cosmo Cricket are: this Storytime range is just soooo cute, – note to friends, I’m expecting one of you to have a baby some time soon, it is urgent that someone has a baby that I can fill in this Itty Bitty Storytime kit. And the cloud paper – imagine the possibilities with such a beautiful blue sky as this.. Check out the rest of the range at www.cosmocricket.com!
If it were up to me, we would have ten times the amount of Rusty Pickle products. Unfortunately the budget only allowed for some, and we have picked carefully. Expect to see more in coming months! But in the meantime, how’s about this for a summer blockbuster?? Cap’n Jack paper, the only thing better in my book would be if we had Johnny Depp in the shop….