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Thursday, 24 December 2009

2010 - it's going to be a good one!

Best wishes for the upcoming new year
I'm taking a break, see you in a week or so all bright, breezy and refreshed.
I have really good feelings for this next year
2009 was pretty amazing
2010 is going to be a happening one!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

A Mermaid and a Fairy

I’m trying out one of the mermaid dolls (Beatrice in green) in the new felt shop to see how she goes and I also put a new fairy doll (Pip in pink) in my etsy shop last night.

The market was incredibly busy, lots and lots of “isn’t that cute,” and “do you have a card” no sales though, seems to have been a trend with the other stall holders so I wasn’t too upset. I enjoyed chatting to everyone and met a fellow that used to live on a sheep station who used to spin wool and knit his own jumpers, he told me that lichen off a gate post will dye wool orange. I love learning new titbits like that

The barbecue is well and truly christened, we used it Sunday and Monday and plan on using it tonight too. It’s so much easier to cook outside when the weather is warming up. The cottage has a tin roof so when the sun has been shinning all day it gets incredibly hot inside.

I thought I might try my hand at writing a tutorial over the holidays. I’m off work until the 11th January so I’ll have time to write the steps and take progress photos. I just have to decide what it is I’d like to share….

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Felt like Etsy :-)

I found a New Zealand site that has some similarities to Etsy and ArtFire so I'm going to try it out and see how it goes :-)

This is the shop www.JacBer.felt.co.nz I've taken some stuff from the shophandmade shop which wasn't doing well - I'd basically opened it, put some of our stuff in it and left it to itself, and after 4 months we were averaging about 2 views a month which was pretty crappy, so we'll see if we do better here. It's also were I can point New Zealand customers too without having to worry about exchange rates. I just have to wait for the first 5 listings to be approved, so hopefully that will be soon!

We're christening the new Barbecue tonight! We're having posh sausages, chicken drumsticks and vegetable kebabs

Last craft market of the year tomorrow and I'm predicting a total sell out!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Featuring an Etsy Blogger

Another part of being in the Etsy Bloggers team is to feature the team member of the month. And December is all about the lovely ladies who have all of these shops!

Here I am just handling the one I’ve got lol!

What it does mean is that there is a plethora of fabulous items for me to choose from!
And they have free shipping worldwide until New Years Eve!

Lotus Fairy

Fairy Mold

And they blog: http://calkatthejewelryjunkie.blogspot.com

Monday, 14 December 2009

Hypnotic Treasury

One of the loo roll dolls got itself in a Treasury on Etsy.
I do believe that this is a really good thing

She might be picked for the front page if they decide to do pink stuff, and from what I've read, to be on the Front Page is like winning the lottery!

So I thought I'd share the linky thing should you want to check out other pink stuff, it's there for a day or so http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=99970 and big ups to http://www.etsy.com/shop/FancyFairieGirl who chose her for the treasury.

We had my 'work do' on Friday night. They had a hypnotist and people volunteered to go and be hypnotised and do silly things. I think people making fools of themselves is great (it takes the spotlight off me for a bit!) for some reason though, the being hypnotised and doing it really got to me, the whole mucking with someones head, I have no idea why, just that I didn't find it entertaining. At least I know not to go and pay and see someone hypnotise people now :-)

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


My move from the great and fantastic granny square to other types of crochet began with Loo Roll dolls. I wanted to make kitschy stuff that was a bit funky and I am quite passionate that Loo Roll Dolls will adorn the cisterns of toilets everywhere.

For the past 8 months I have been trying to convince the world that no loo is quite complete without one.
My passion was begging to wane.
I was starting to give up hope.
Perhaps my dream wasn’t to be.
Hello etsy……
One of my favourite ones was featured on etsy storque a couple of months ago!
I had hearts and views – hurray!
There are other Loo Roll doll lovers out there!
Last week I sold 3 of them!
Toilets around the world are being glammed up.
The resurgence has begun!

Even better - now I've got a great excuse to make more :-)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

A Kind of Kiwi Christmas

One of the badges on our blog is for the etsy bloggers team. I’m just a new member and I’ve found that one of the things we do is a blog carnival where we blog about a certain topic. One of the themes at the moment is “The month of December is filled with many traditions from around the world. Share one with us.” So I thought I’d share some stuff that happens for our Kiwi Christmas

Moving to the summer Christmas of New Zealand from the freezing winter Christmas of north of England 25 years ago was quite a culture shock!

For the first couple of years my mam and dad tried to keep up with the English Christmas day tradition of a big roast turkey lunch with all of the trimmings. After finding that sweating through our lunches in the humidity and mid day heat wasn’t the nicest way to spend the day we started to do what most people do. Barbecue. So now we have pancakes, strawberries and bucks fizz for breakfast, and a late lunch sat outside in the shade eating salads, ham steaks and prawns from the bbq .

Also New Zealand tends to close shop, from December 24th to about January 11th a lot of businesses close and heaps of people take their summer holidays, the cities are quiet and the beach towns swell to 3x their usual size. We also have 2 public holidays for Christmas (the 25th and 26th December. The 26th is Boxing Day, which is an English tradition) and 2 for New Year (the 1st and the 2nd January)

So that’s a bit about our Kiwi Christmas. And talking of bbq’s ours is broken beyond repair and after a very successful couple of hours on our stall at my work we now have enough to go and buy a new one this weekend in preparation for the summer ahead - hurray!