Friday, 14 March 2008

Every Good Turn...!

I just bought myself a little treat from a new Etsy seller. It's a gorgeous necklace. I like to think of it as helping a fellow Etsy seller to get her first sale! I can always come up with excellent reasons to spend money. The thing is, just as the payment left my account, a lovely person bought one of my sock monkeys. One of my favourites too -Blue Retro Monkey. It was meant to be!

On the subject of sock monkeys, my Green Stripey Monkey has been featured in ellebeestudio's blog. Have a look, it's a great blog. Here is a link to her fab Etsy shop too!

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Sunny Thursday

Yay! It's a lovely today and I got up early. I've had a very productive day already. As it's sunny I thought I'd take the opportunity to take lots more photos. Here's my latest card order which I have just finished..

My other new products soon to be for sale in Storeyshop are simple graphic canvasses. Here is the first one. I made one like it for Dave for Christmas to put in our bathroom (we have a bit of a secret Sudoku habit!). The range will include other puzzles and quotes too.

Monday, 10 March 2008

Baby Cards and New Little Bags

Here are the two personalised new baby cards I made this morning. Both customers asked for specific imagery so these are my first ever rose and elephant details. I was planning to try some new imagery so it was good timing. I especially like the roses and they will work in birthday and anniversary cards too.

I have also made a new little bag today. I was sure my bag making technique wasn't very efficient so I found a tutorial a while ago on how to sew simple bags with zippers. It's neater and faster than the way I was sewing them and I'm pleased with how my first try turned out..

I thought I'd add a link to the tutorial as I love it when people go to the effort of publishing lessons like this complete with photos and everything just because it's a nice way to pass on their knowledge. This one was so helpful and clear to understand.

Happy monday!
Ta ra

Sunday, 9 March 2008


Living up in the sticks miles away from most of my friends and family means visitors up our way are a bit few and far between these days but, this weekend, we have had quite a turn out! My little brother came all the way up from Brighton on friday and Beca and her man popped up today from their holiday cottage in the Lake District.

We took my brother for a walk up to Hadrians Wall on saturday morning and got caught in a torrential downpour on the way home to the point that even our undies got soaked through. Phil ended up with one muddy sock after losing a shoe in the mud!

Today we took Beca and Tom for a big ol' roast dinner in this brilliant old lady canteen-style pub near us. Hard to explain but it just makes you think of wedding receptions as you're eating your lamb and yorkshire puddings on a table positioned on the wooden 'dance floor' area. Lovely food though and such a bargain. You don't get places like that in London.

On the Storeyshop front, I had my fastest ever monkey sale on friday morning. My Yellow and Grey Retro Monkey sold in under a hour and to a fellow Northumberlander. He was only sat on our sofa for a few hours but the time we had with him was special! As well as packing Monkey up and sending him on his way tomorrow, I have a couple more New Baby card orders to make and I'm also going to start on a new product range. Look out for more little bags and animal purses (hopefully) very soon!

Ta ra