I feel awful. I have really neglected my blog. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it or checking it or ignoring the blogs that I follow. I’ve been busy. Both working at the day jobs (who’d be a freelancer?! Love it!) but also I’ve been busy crafting, making things for the Oxford Bake Off. I’m really nervous that I won’t have enough stock. I’m not worried about not selling stuff, because if I don’t then it’ll all go on my Folksy shop or the stock will be ready for birthdays & Christmas for the next year!
I have been busy knitting. Last week I was looking after my mum who fell & broke her wrist (she’s on the mend!) so I took my wool stash with me. Every free opportunity was spent knitting. I made some cards a few weeks ago so this week will be spent soldering silver jewellery & making a few vintage suffolk puff brooches.
I am so nervous but super excited at the same time. And this explains my absence! I have missed blogging so am taking a little time this morning to get some posts written and scheduled. And I will be blogging about how the sale goes at the weekend! Wish me luck!
I sometimes feel that I enjoy buying crafty bits & pieces more than making anything with them. When shopping for craft supplies there is the wonder, the dream, the flow of ideas, the possibilites of what might be made. Oh, and of course, all the pretty things! I love looking at all the pretty things, as my very patient OH knows only too well.
On the last day of our holiday in Wales we went to Narberth with my sister. It’s a lovely little town full of indenpendent shops like Damson and Slate, who sell Welsh handmade products and The Golden Sheaf Gallery, who sell lots & lots of lovely pretty things!
There were a couple of new places to explore this time so off we went. One of the first places we visited was Giddy Aunt Clothes. Here they make clothes from vintage fabrics, as well as selling remnants, buttons & other cool vintage & retro pieces. I bought a lush piece of fabric & some blue buttons. There were some really lovely clothes in the shop & I’ll definitely be going back.
We wanted to try out the cafe, PlumVanilla, where we had the most awesome brownies. They were so good that I couldn’t wait to eat it, hence the lack of photo here! They had an excellent range of veggie food on the menu so I know I’ll be going back to sample some of that!
On the way to the cafe we stumbled across Canvas & Cloth. Now with a name like that how could I not go in & buy something! I bought some lovely buttons & my OH bought his first Christmas present. There were loads of lovely materials, packs of things to make & other fab sewing bits, but I had to restrain myself as I’ve got plenty of things to be getting on with, like making new seats for some old chairs I’ve got. I’m going to use some of the remnants that I bought at Melin Tregwynt mill so that’ll keep me very busy! x
I love a bargain. Recently I bought an old style glass sweet jar for £6 in an antique shop in Henley. I was struggling to think about how to use it as it’s really quite big. Then I was looking at some images on Gabrielle’s (The Green Gables) pinterest board & saw the idea to store cake cases in it. Genius! I think it looks so lovely & it means that these lovely pretty cases are out on display instead of being shut away in the cupboard. The image originally came from Such Pretty Things. There are some beautiful images here so I’m sure that I’ll be able to find tons more inspiration here.
I also bought this cute little bowl & a pretty pottery cutlery drainer from a little shop in Little Haven, Pembrokeshire. The shop contains products made locally by local people. The little pink bowl is perfect for holding popcorn, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, smarties…the choices are endless! And it’s really pretty. Lush.
A few weeks ago my OH asked what I wanted to do for my birthday. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for that but I said that I did want to go to Burford Garden Company. After a massive lie in this morning, we headed out in the car to have a look around. I’d heard lots about how lovely it was so I was eager to have a good old mooch about.
I wasn’t disappointed, especially as there was cake! After a look around the huge number of plants that they had, their lovely sheds & summer houses, it was time to cuppa. I had a lovely pot of breakfast tea served in this lovely handmade pottery (They even had soya milk available at no extra change – take that Starbucks!). After much deliberation I went for the Bakewell Tart. It didn’t disappoint. The cafe promoted local & organic ingredients and better yet, there was a separate children’s section. Much appreciated!
Their cafe was a mixture of old & new and it seems that they are really trying to branch out into something like Petersham Nurseries, which is fine with me ‘cos I loved it there! There was a lovely food section, surpassed only by their massive selection of gifts, cards & antiques.
My favourite spot of the afternoon was this beautiful antique till that had the prices in shillings! I know that I will definitely be going back for a load of lovely plants including some tasty herbs and some wonderful roses. I know that I will be taking my Mum & Sister there when they come & visit – they love a good garden centre too!
I think Christmas will warrant another visit too as I imagine that it will have loads of pretty glittery things that will need to be in my home. Phew! Better start putting some dates in the diary!