I did start a journal page yesterday. Decided to do a 'painterly' one - not the best option on a cold damp day - it's taking ages to dry between layers. I will post it in the week when I get finished. The BEST news of the week - the roof is holding. They have not repaired it - it is still covered in tarpaulins and sandbags - but I don't care - as long as the wet stays out. Love kitten
I will be open on Mondays in December 10am - 4pm (ish). The first Monday I have a chiro appointment and the goat will be in charge until lunch time.
I will be keeping my Thursday early closing @ 3pm.
Monday 21st 10am
Tuesday 22nd 10am
Wednesday 23rd 10am
Thursday 24th 10am
Friday 25th CLOSED
Saturday 26th CLOSED
Sunday 27th CLOSED
Monday 28th CLOSED
Tuesday 29th CLOSED
Wednesday 30th CLOSED
Thursday 31st CLOSED
Friday 1st CLOSED
Saturday 2nd CLOSED
Sunday 3rd CLOSED
Monday 4th CLOSED
Then from Tuesday 5th
we are back to normal!
I will be taking my annual holiday over the Christmas / New
Year - and I am taking the extra Saturday to finish the week - after the summer we have had with all the roof stress I think I deserve it. The shop will be closed so no one will be picking up the phone - as
always I will be on email and Facebook (search princesskitten) - shout out if
you want anything.
Well my lovelies - it's all happening now. christmas is a-coming! The shop is as stocked as it's going to be - and I have finished all the shopping. Here is a quick little roundup of what I have been organising for you all. I have tried to find you a wide selection of different kits for all ages and all crafts - that is a little bit different from anything else. All your yarn craft needs are covered - with our own knitting, crochetand French knitting starter kits - as well as The Craft Factory First Kits for girls knitting and crochet. Plus our own knitting and crochet project kits. There are a few larger kits of our own - bit more of a challenge for those with a bit of practice (full backup and advice is always on hand from me). And I have added a few needle felting kits this year - for those who have been experimenting with this. Sewing has really stepped up this year - we now have a few of our own sewing project kits - and my new fabric supplier continues to wow us with his choices - did you catch the Tartan range - or the Dinosaurs? The tartan went out soooo fast. He has sent us some simple cushions and apron projects for those of you just starting out with your sewing machines along with a couple of bigger patchwork kits. Sewing boxes - let's talk sewing boxes - such great value - I picked these up in the big Groves sale for you - and as always - if I get a good deal - I pass it straight on to you guys. I don't pad my prices so I can offer big discounts - you get solid value ALL the time xx. Only here in the shop - these never manage to get listed on line. Still on the sewing theme - I have finally found you some tapestry kits. Seriously - there is so little out there - unless you want to spend £50/£60+++. I have found you a range that uses thick cottons instead of 100% wool at much better prices. I have loads of starter kits for the kiddies - as well as some larger, harder kits for the 'biggies'. There are still some Fat Cat kits - boys and girls beginners - and a few bigger ones - not sure if I will continue these through next year. Nothing wrong with them - they are great - you just need new stuff. As for the 'other' ideas - there are a couple of soap kits - still some paper mache dolls - couple of airfix sailing ships - few wood slot together figures - painting Russian doll kits - managed to get you some dream weaver kits this year. I have added stamping and inking starter kits to our own project range - perfect if you want a taster or something a bit different. Or - create a gift bag of your own. My own range of handmade gift bags are available - free if you spend over £15 - or £2.50 / £3.50 / £4.50 depends on size if you just want a bag to make up your own themed bag. Add a few fat quarters - lace / ribbon bundles - reels of thread - pins - tape measure - buttons - for a perfect sewing gift - - - or go for ink pads - patterned papers - embellishments - to make a paper crafting goodie bag - - - or - and this is new - add all sorts of beads / jewellery findings / tools / stringing equipment - and make up a jewellery making goodie bag.
There are loads of little pretties to add as stocking fillers - glitters - gems - kits - papers - ribbons - lace - Robin yarn - crochet hooks - knitting needles - paint - ink pads - Decoupatch figures and papers.
I have topped up on the basics - loads of double sided tape - pva glue - foam raisers - glitter glue - heat embossing powders - A4 / 12" card stock - card blanks - paints - gems - embellishments - die cutting - embossing folders - chipboard shapes - 6" / 12" scrapbook papers - felt squares - beads. Love kitten
Right - I am open today. The police advice is don't travel unless you really need to, but I have just walked round the corner from my flat and I have tons to do. I am just starting to get organised again after the last flood - just beginning to get the work tops clear and things done - planning for the day. Every time I have got this far in the last few weeks the roof has leaked - so just wish me luck. I haven't put much out the front - so you will have to excuse the pickle inside - and I do have a few jobs in the town to do this morning. Henry has been very brave and faced the rain. He did ask if he really, really had too - but I told him he wasn't getting a day off just because it was raining and everyone would expect to see him. So we are here if you want us - but don't put yourself at risk - email or facebook me if you want anything. take care Love kitten
I lovemaking the new Posh Dog harnesses. I love choosing the fabric - finding a matching ribbon - co-ordinating a bias binding - and cutting out the lovely soft, fluffy lining - and I have created a simple step guide for myself so they are really fun to sew up. I am quite pleased with myself - this pattern came together fairly easily without any big battles to get the design right.
When the last fabric delivery arrives there was some super cut dinosaur pattern fat quarter fabrics in different colours - and I finally got to make a harness up in it.
Something a bit different for you today. Remember when I said that the new challenge was 'think outside the box' - I think this is outside the box and in the next street ;-) I used a pretty flower stamp as an embroidery guide.
The other week I had someone screaming and shouting at me that I should take down my princesskitten page on Facebook because they owned 'intellectual property' on it. I am sure they did not really understand what it really meant - and I know a lot of people are unsure on copyright issues as well. I found this chart which helps explain if you 'own' your design / idea.
It's quite a minefield - and people do get seriously over critical when they claim someone has copied them. In truth we are all inspired by each other and although I do feel physically sick when someone says they are buying my product just to take it home and copy it - I have to get used to it - it does happen - and then, they are the ones with no skill or imagination Love kitten
Now here's a bit of a giggle for you today Last night was the dreaded Kendal firework display - and those of you that visit Henry Shop Dog will know he is just dreadful with noises. Last night I actually remembered to close the curtains so he could not see any of the flashes and when he had a bit of a grump - I told him it was those nasty old bangie builders on the roof again - and he believed me!!! Only at the very last finale did he get really upset.
So there is an upside to the builders being in and out for the past 8 months Love kitten
I am spending a day or so catching up and tidying round so I can start putting up the Christmas tree in the shop. I am getting my sewing under control thanks to my new tidy space - and I have to say that the cotton reel holder is working out the best thing I have ever used to store my threads. You can see instantly the colours - all the bits are together - and the tails don't get in a tangle! I have screwed it directly to the outside of the airing cupboard door so it's right behind me when I use my sewing machine. This morning I was finishing off some collars and sewing on velcro - one seam - change colour - sew velcro - change colour - hem bandanna - change colour - etc - absolutely brilliant!
What you need is lovely customers - which I have in spades - then if you have one that is an amazing baker - you get treats when the do the Made in Cumbria events. Check this out - Carrot and walnut with orange buttercream swirl - and gluten free. Baked by Simply Special Cakes by Sarah - She is opening a mobile tea room caravan next spring. And - yes - that's edible glitter!!!