Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
I then wanted to add a little extra, and use up some more fabric, so I made a furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth) and matching cloth gift tag pouch. We want to try and offer complete gift sets at JeMbellish, so I thought it would be good to offer a range of reusable, eco-friendly wrapping options too.
Now I just need to practice my furoshiki wrapping techniques. I love the idea of reusable gift wrapping. I think I'll make up a selection of different fabrics and sizes for our next market stall.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
I settled on a reversible bucket hat and reversible tote bag. These will be added to our market stall and website.
The third item I don't think will make it past my two daughters! I made a set of fairy wands in a roll up case. My girls seem to go through a lot of cheap plastic and very breakable wands, so hopefully these will last a bit longer!
The handles are made from fabric covered dowel rod, and the heads are soft stuffed fabric. I made 3 different shapes, which one is used will depend on what type of spell the fairy wishes to cast!
They may not have a button to press for twinkly music, but they do sparkle and I filled them full of magic!
And I still have more of the fabric left!
This week, I have more new fabric to play around with! At the markets where we have our stall there's a lovely lady who makes baby and kids clothes. She has started to give me her leftover fabric, and comes over each month to see what I've made with her donations! This week she gave me a whole bag full of pieces!! I want to try and do something really diffferent this time. No ideas springing to mind as yet, but I will be looking everywhere for inspiration and will return next Monday with something! Please come back and check it out!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I've been so excited about getting some more of my work out there to see what response I get, but now that it's come to crunch time, I'm extremely nervous!
A while ago, I had the thought that I would try and use my writing somehow to promote our market stall. The idea I finally came up with was this. We give out half a romance story, just before our Valentine's weekend stall, to anyone and everyone. But only subscribers to JeMbellish will be sent the ending. So if people like the story enough to want to know what happens, they have to send us an email and subscribe!
I'm now in the doubting phase of, is the story too short to create the interest? Is my writing really any good? Will anyone at all bother to email for the ending to the story?
I've just got to think positively. We're hoping that our little giveaway will create interest, both in JeMbellish and in my writing. It feels good to be taking action! I dropped copies off at the radio station this morning, so I have my fingers crossed that we'll get a mention on the morning show over the next couple of days! Tomorrow and Friday, I'll be visiting local shops and businesses to try and give more copies of the story away.
All this marketing is WAY out of my comfort zone, so my stomach is full of fluttery butterflies! Here's hoping it's all worth it!
If you would like to read my story, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Fijian Sunset'.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I've discovered that charity shops are a fantastic place to buy fabric. Every now and then, somebody with an amazing selection of unused fabric seems to have a clear-out, so I'm now a regular visitor with my two girls sometimes coming 'treasure hunting' with me!
So, I've been trying to think what I can make from this fabulous fabric. I made this little fairy doll this morning while pondering (little characters are not my forte, but no matter how strangely shaped things come out, my girls still seem to love them!) - nice to have such loyal fans of my work!
Anyway, after a thoroughly fairy filled morning (even the latest book I'm reading is a fantasy romance about fairies!) I do have the beginnings of an idea that I shall now work on through the week, and post the results of my efforts next Monday.