I will be manning the till at Sew Vintage today and we are having a sale. I have already bought myself a lovely bright rug for my spare room and have got my eye on a pretty mug….and a bowl… that’s today wages gone!

Could really do with more customers coming through the door. It’s tough having a shop in such a small place, another shop,a general store,  is closing in a week (not surprising though, with a Spar shop offering better quality it could not compete). There are more houses being built here and there seems to be more younger families so fingers crossed there will be more people popping in.

Don’t forget that I shall be at the Quay in Exeter tomorrow 10 til 5, so please come down. The weather is full of sunshine and showers but we are undercover 🙂

As well as my work, I shall also be selling some Sew Vintage items including handmade bags and embroidered vintage linen. If there’s space I will have a few picture frames made by another friend.  Worth a look!

See you there x


Post Xmas Rest

So, did you all have a good Christmas?? Managed to gain some more followers while I have been away, thank you very much! Just returned from a few days with family which was great, especially as we got to spend time with our lovely neice. It was a very chilled out Christmas and hardly had to lift a finger….of course I found a bit of time to crochet!! A friend bought me some gorgeous chunky wool so I made myself a cowl….


Also got to finish another button up cowl, using some lovely vintage buutons and soft yarn in a silvery grey.


Here’s a close up of the buttons


I think I will be selling this one, £15 +p&p, though I may change my mind!

I now have a bit of time so am going to have a go at making other items, maybe some crochet animals. Watch this space!


Christmas is coming!

Not long to go now. Have you though about pressies for your family and friends yet? Buying hand crafted gifts is so much more rewarding than trapesing round the generic shopping centres and more fun than clicking on some online shopping site. Plus, you are sure to be giving a unique present and supporting independent crafters. Its win win! Of course, I would say that! But we should all support local, small businesses as much as possible.

Yes, I still use the supermarket for my main shop, but I try to spread my meagre income where I can, including all my yarn – though recently I did buy some online, only when I received it did I realise I ordered the wrong colour!! That’ll teach me!! I am lucky to have two shops in my local town that have a good choice in yarn. Now and then I do pop down to Bude, Cornwall to treat myself to some gorgeous alpaca/merino wool from a great little shop by the canal –

I am busy trying to make up more stock for a couple of fairs. One is at the National Trusts Finch Foundry in Sticklepath, near Okehampton on 22nd November – this coincides with the annual Blacksmith competition. The second one is at the village hall in Belstone, also near Okehampton, on 30th November. Come along, there should be a nice mix of gift ideas to suit all.

I have just finished a few cheery brooches with vintage buttons and am now making some baby booties, mitts and… well, the list goes on! Here are some brooches

20141109_141341-1Will put more pics up when I finish making.

Get your Christmas pressie thinking cap on!!