Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Tando - heart shaped printer tray

Now - just because something starts out life with a purpose - does not mean that it will end up being used for that.

You know me - never do what I am told.

This is one of the layers from a Tando printer's tray kit.

I wanted to experiment with some of the new Decoupatch papers - and remind myself how their glue behaved against the normal PVA - so I had the daft idea of wrapping the lattice work in strips of the papers.  Just as well I like being mucky - you should have seen the mess I got myself into.

I wanted to make a hanger with all sorts of wires wrapped and beads and dangle bits

The centre of the flowers are the new sparkly 'fruit pastilles' looking things - they look really yummie - the paper flowers are the Dove Craft little boxed ones - and the rest is bits and bobs out of my beads tray


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

New dog coat

What a beautiful day today - let's hope it carries on forever ;-)

Someone gifted me a couple of sacks of unused yarns - scraps, half balls, bit of left overs.  And in among it all there was a couple of sleeves that had obviously been knitted for a jumper - and never had the rest done.

so - what do you do with an odd knitted sleeve  (or 2)

You add a button - and a belly band


Baby's got a brand new coat

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Saturday Journal page

It's Saturday - and I am having a go a bash at Zen tangles for my journal page.  I have a feeling  that it won't be finished today - but it's great fun.

I am getting more confident the more I do and I have just added all the loopy lines.

Also in the pipeline - a crochet kit for all of you who are asking for more crochet.

This is the prototype - it's a heart hanger with a bit of flower decoration.  Just got to make sure the pattern has no missed bits it ;-) - should be ready for next weekend.

Also - I concocted this - had it in my head for ages

It is knitted - building on the colour change work we have been doing - and a new technique to get the tops matching.  Not decided if it will be a cushion or a hanger yet - still working on the pattern.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

new illustrator - Dave Livingstone

We have a new  artist - Dave Livingstone - with us for the next month.  He has a very 'illustrator' type style of working that I like very much.

He is up for taking commissions more than selling the pictures that he has left with me - so drop in for a look and pick up his details.


New cushion knitting pattern

Don't talk to me about computers - hate them!!!!  ;-)

New knitting pattern for you - it's called 'Ribbon Stitch'

A dead simple introduction to colour work - it's only 2 row of knit and 1 row purl - if only computers were this simple!

Pattern to sown load from the shop and on kindle


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

new tablet for kitten

I did my bit for the British economy yesterday - I went and bought a new tablet computer.  It's all so that we can take payment by card really. 

 I spent a couple of days on the phone last week getting more and more confused - then I found a broker - rather like an insurance broker - that could look at everyone in the market and all the different systems.  he reckoned that it would cost me AT LEAST £30 A MONTH to have a terminal on the phone line - and he suggested that I had a tablet computer - bought a device and downloaded an app - all of which would be considerable cheaper and would justify itself in about 8 months - and if I didn't take payments - there would be no ongoing charges.  All I have to do now is get to grips with this **** new gadget.

Just remember when you use a dabit card in a small shop - it costs them a lot of money to actually get the cash. 


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Saturday Journal page - on Sunday

I didn't forget that Saturday os journal page day - I  was just fitting it  in between things so finished late.

So here it is posted today


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off

 (apart from getting loads done for the launch of Izzy Knits this Saturday)

I have



Izzy Knits - market stall

Hi all - today sees the first day of the market stall opening.

It's an off shoot of the shop - run by Izzy - all natural pure 100% British wool - most of it from local sheep and local mills.

It's going to be a glorious day - so pop over and say 'Hi' to Izzy (she's a bit hyper ;-)

I shall loose half a stone running up and down between the shop and stall today.


Friday, 18 April 2014

open Good Friday

I don't know about you - but Easter has been so long coming that I had forgotten about it!

I am open - no one else is - so I am 'everything out' spread down the alley and cleaning the corners out!


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday Journaling again

I have been so looking forward to today - and another page of my journal.  I have been so good and not fiddled during the week even though I wanted to.

I treated myself to a new stamp - I have wanted the 'Crowned Bunnies' from Crafty Individuals for age and ages but never got round to it.  I totally adore their stamps - would love to stock them in the shop but I am not sure how they would go down.

This page is called 'Hare today - - gone tomorrow'

Brayered background with Jenni Bowlin inks Seed Packet and Soap Powder - stamped tree line (crafty Individuals stamp as well) in Spice Tin - white acrylic paint fence - clouds sponged through sequin waste with white paint - bits of grass and flowers overstamped in the same colour - rabbits heat embossed with old copper on a dark blue paper that has crowns on it.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Zutter Bind it All

I dusted off my trusty old Bind it All today.

My son has a load of 'Magic' playing cards that are no good for playing - but he wanted to 'something' with.

I made a load of little note books for him for his stall - I would have made loads more - but he has swiped my wire cutters!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Natural agates

We now have loads of really pretty agate beads in the shop.

When I thought about stocking jewellery making items I wanted to have something a bit different from the normal 'bog standard' trays of acrylic and plastic beads that you see everywhere.  I have a really good wholesaler for the finding, stringing and fittings bits (Beadtime - also known as Beadfairy - super quality and very reasonable prices - loads of choice and ideas) - but for the beads I have decided to buy mostly directly from the East - China - Singapore - etc. I did train as a jeweller after I left school and worked in  the trade for about 15 years - so I have the basic knowledge to find you something pretty and good value for money.

We have loads of really pretty beads - The chances of me actually getting them listed ion the website are slim - in fact I am seriously considering dropping the princesskitten website and just keeping the shop one - I just can't keep it up to date and the costs are going up so much to keep it running.


Monday, 7 April 2014

day off

Monday is kitten's day off


Sunday, 6 April 2014

100% Cumbrian sheep wool

Izzy is expanding the wool side of the shop.  We met a chap at the Show who uses sheep fleeces that are very local to us - literally across the road - and the mill is only about 20 miles away.  So we are now going to add Bronte Glen knitting wool along with Herdy wool - along with hand knitted cushions - tea cosies - draught excluders - and pouffes like the one below - bargain at £55.00.

You will find Izzy in the market square every Saturday from Easter Saturday all through the summer selling her wares.  She is also in the shop 11.30am - 1.30pm (ish) during the week if you would like to place or collect an order.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Let's Journal

It is so long since I got any  REAL work done - crafting that is ;-) - I am going to take myself in hand with a firm foot and try to do a bit more hands on stuff.

The Stationary show a couple of doors down have started keeping a journal in the window - and he has inspired me to get mine out again.

My book is a very old accounts ledger that was my mums - so it's a bit different - touch on the small side - but - hey - it will make me work harder.

The challenge is - keep everything  flat.  I can add sheets of paper - ribbons etc - as long as it stays totally flat.  The means no layering - no embellishments - no 3D work - no gems - how am I going to cope!!! - on the allowed list - all my inks - pens - heat embossing - paint effects - distressing - stamping - glitter and glitter glue (phew!)

This has a Fireworks spritz background - gorgeous and sparkly - and a grungy atlas stamp.

I am going to make a real effort to do something every Saturday - so let's just hope.