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Shrink plastic anyone?

I have just ordered shrink plastic.

its one of those impulse purchases that I’ve been thinking about for years…. Maby not that impulsive then.

I have loads of little drawings and whatnots thoughts and type faces that I would love to make into tiny pieces and pretty things.

but short of paying a company to print them onto something in a bulk order of a million pieces I had no way of transferring them from sketchbook to fashion piece.

I have long been a fan of tatty divine jewellery and its inspired me to speculate The £7.50 and go for it!!

results to come!!

also if you would like to see what harm idea I’m thinking today then search Elephants Hankie on pinterest and twitter!!

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So you wanna be a crafter!

I think this phrase should be barked in some kind of Sargent major voice in a loud American accent coz its just that hard!!

How do you do it? How can anyone do it?

I’m finding it hard to even get motivated to go for a run after 10 hour shifts and yet to sit there and use my brain is just even harder.

can anyone give me a few hints? Is there a magic potion or something that no one has told me about?

Praying too a copy of Mollie makes certainly didn’t help and craft fairs seem to be few and far between in my neck of the woods unless you want to pay a months wages.

And   of course at some point I expect to pay that much but I’m not even sure I my work is any good.

In short……. HELP!!!

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COFFEE!!

I never thought I could love a drink as much as I love coffee!

 Honestly it’s like a hug for your senses when your not feeling too great.

I would love to set up my own little coffee shop and just give it for free to anyone who looked a but peeky….

unfortunately giving things away for free never got anyone a business so I guess ill have yo charge you.

the city I live in seems oblivious yo good coffee as well as adventurous food and interesting films.

any ideas where a country living subscription holder can move to find herself?

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Well, that escalated quickly!

I have stock, as in products! I actually have things I have made which I can put up for sale.

I may sound shocked at this and I probably am as I just looked in my “finished” box and there are loads!

The problem is now that I don’t have a decent camera and even if I did how do I take photographs of products?

To Mollie makes!! for inspiration.

It just seems so complicated making things, taking good photos, getting them online, describing them correctly, packaging, business cards, blogging, updating, sharing, linking and then sitting staring hopefully at the screen waiting for someone to buy one.

The last time I started something like this I rushed and then ended up in this horrible place where I was desperately putting up posts of half finished frankly rubbish pieces to make my site look full.

WELL NOT THIS TIME!

This time i’m going to hide under a blanket until my work is finished then I might peek out lol

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5 things I’ve thought

So here we go again, its been a few weeks but I’ve been thinking lots and thankfully designing!!! Which felt very good

So….

5. My business, its even closer than its ever been, and with good news that’s due to come Friday (sorry but that’s all im alowed to say) my little dream may become a big dream.

And its been a long time coming almost worried it won’t happen.

Elsie’s is the name I think although that may change.

And Cardiff is the goal. Can’t wait!!

4. Christmas!!!!

I’m so excited my presents are almost done, my wrapping is taking some serious thought and my tree is being nagged for, he he he he.

3. Last week I started sewing again, its a really nice feeling, sitting at a table like uni and working at something. I need to think out some more patterns and characters coz once im done with Brenda bunnie I want to make more!!!

2. Hankies, I found a load of beautiful hand sewn hankies in a charity shop by my house 2 days ago and the stitch pattern is extremely kitsch but I have big plans for them!!!

1. Don’t we all want a collection? I used to collect stamps and still have a soft spot for them, but now I want to collect something I enjoy.

I had a think about the traditional choices and found them all a tad expensive and a bit boring.

Then I read about the button tin a beautiful little store/cafe on a pier and its owner who collects ( you’ve guessed it) BUTTONS!!!!

Its such a simple idea and so obvious, and the best part i already have an amazing amount!!!

So im collecting buttons and possibly hankies it only seems right, stay tuned to see what I do with them!!!

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5 Things

another week and another mind full of thoughts to think. and here I will share my top 5.

5. my business. this week my workplace (which shall remain nameless lets just say its a coffee shop) has gone through some huge changes, no ………HUGE changes, and that makes anyone think. I want to be my own boss in the future I want to be the one making those HUGE  changes and seeing them impact my life. so I’ve ploughed some good working hours into my plan which is almost finished and I’m looking to the future. SavedPicture-201498113445.jpg

4. workshops. I’ve always had an idea to be a teacher since I was very little and now its popped back into my head again in the form of workshops, teaching people to knit, crochet or sew would be very rewarding and I’m making notes on places and projects I’m just not sure if Swansea is ready for me! InstagramCapture_a75ea5e3-885a-42ba-9190-4958a8aa8866_jpg

3. we have all had the flu recently and while going through my craft cupboard I found some old hankies I bought in a charity shop a while back (yes I know I try not to think about it too much). I see a project in the future and it involves these cute little things. WP_20140930_004

2.sprucing up my wardrobe. I have bought 3 books on making your own clothes and have started making some tops and blouses, first attempt looks good but doesn’t fit. watch this space I’m not giving up yet!

and 1. Christmas pressies, I’ve been making and searching for a while now, I’m not sure in domestic bliss has turned me into my mum or I just love Christmas even more now but I have started making pressies, decorations and looking for recipes for cakes. I can wait but I’m not going to bore everyone with it just yet!!