Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Moving On

devon sunset

I've written before about my struggle with the concept of 'work'. I brazenly wrote about never wanting a proper job in the 'about me' section of this blog. I so wanted to make a go of my crafting. So wanted to spend my life just making and blogging (and selling). When I started this blog my son was 6 years old. I've had a pretty good time of it. I've done a lot of making and continued to write (not as often as I should have) and carried on engaging with the ever growing craft community at a local level and of course all over the internet. I've made a lot of friends. But my son is now 9, my daughter is just about to enter her 3rd year of school. And me? Well I have only gone and got a job.

And what a job. The last couple of years I've kept an eye out and been open to the idea of joining the world of work again. In the last year, between the making and mothering, I have found time for the Bearwood Pantry. This takes up a lot of energy but I'm reluctant to ease off as we still have big plans for our food cooperative and I really couldn't go back to supermarket shopping now anyway. But my family is growing and we need an income boost if we're to ever get the extra living space we need. So when a young internet start-up company called Hobzy advertised not just a job that would suit me, but my actual perfect job, I obviously jumped at the chance to apply. I started last week, and I'll be writing blog posts, engaging with users of the site and running events and workshops part-time. And it will all be focussed on craft! See how perfect that is?

And what's Hobzy you say? Well, it's a content (you know - tutorials, videos, photos, tips etc.) network built all around hobbies and craft interests where users can find ideas and inspiration, share projects, exchange feedback and sell their makes in one place, in a simple way. It's early days for me and Hobzy but I'm hopeful that things are going to go from strength to strength. I'm really looking forward to this new challenge. I have a million ideas rushing around my poor little brain. My colleagues are extremely nice and my workplace is both familiar and awesome (I worked in the same place way back in the nineties!) But the flexibility means I'll still be there for my kids. I'll still be able to make what I love to make.  And I'll still be here for this blog.

See you soon.

We have an awesome blog at Hobzy too so why not check that out here.

Knitted socks

hand knitted socks Blog post pics 20/8 by jennie from your block

Just look at these gorgeous socks my pal Erin knitted for me. I love them. So comfy and toasty. I don't want the summer to end, but when it does, at least my toes will be warm

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Bearwood Handmade Summer

Hello, little update on some lyric hoops I've been a-stitchin' recently, and some I'll be a-sellin' at Bearwood Handmade this Saturday!
embroidered song lyrics dexys midnight runners
The often mis-sung lyric from 'Come on Eileen' from local legends Dexy's Midnight Runners.

embroidered song lyrics minnie ripperton
The amazing Minnie Riperton hitting those high notes as only she could. Love the sentiment of her classic.

embroidered song lyrics stone roses
And finally, from the Stone Roses, full of youthful swagger and Manc attitude.

If you're local, I hope to see you on Saturday and if not, well, please join me in spirit.

bearwood handmade flyer

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Belated Updated

Life is so busy at the moment, but as the sun streams through my window on this bright Spring morning I thought I'd take a minute to update this old blog with some new photos.

The hoops were made to commission for local peeps who obviously love our little community.

My tea cosies were a big hit at the Bearwood Handmade spring fair back in March. I had great fun as always making the pompoms.
These little fellas sold well too. Who couldn't love a smiley little cloud with a rainbow of raindrops?
And owls. Always owls.
I have some work to do if I'm to be ready for our summer Bearwood Handmade event, coming up on 22nd June. As well as the sewing, there's the flyers to get printed and delivered. I'm just hoping the sun keeps shining and the good people of Bearwood and beyond keep coming.


Thursday, 24 January 2013

There, there, my deer

Have wanted to make a little deer ornament for ever it seems and just before Christmas, I finally got round to it. I enjoyed the tiny stitching and fiddling with sequins and seed beads so much that I actually made 10 more to give out as little gifts to some of my friends.

I rarely keep hold of the things I make. I have a favourite owl on the mantelpiece and now this little cutie.
Though it seems to have been bundled up with the Christmas baubles and put in the 'high cupboard' so I won't get to see it for another year!