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Angry Birds

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Wow — it’s been a very long time since I updated the blog, apologies for that.

Family wise, it’s been total chaos here with all of Jack’s fundraising efforts over on Jack Draws Anything, but that’s a post for another day! We've also had Noah back in hospital again, Toby starting nursery and a little trip to London to appear on the Fern show as well.

Not updating the Blog hasn’t meant that I have stopped making and taking orders — I have made numerous Name Banners and have quite a few email enquiries to get through over the course of this afternoon and this evening, then I can get on with a few more Blog posts and showing you what I have been making!

But before I do, I wanted to show you what I made the boys for Easter, with the help of a fantastic online tutorial over at Obsessively Stitching.

Angry Birds on the stairs

A set of Angry Birds! Having three boys, our house tends to be over-run with chocolate that lasts well into the summer, so I wanted to make them something that wouldn’t be rationed every day and that would last a lot longer than a chocolate egg, and these really have done the trick!

Angry Birds on the stairs with Noah, Toby & Jack

Not a day goes by where I’m not hit by an angry bird being thrown at something or other!

Jack with a green Angry Bird

The only thing I would change in the pattern is stitching on the beaks and sticky up bits a bit more securely, as they get carried by whatever sticks out, as Toby is kindly demonstrating.

Toby with a yellow Angry Bird

Even Noah has the hang of them — even though Toby and Noah have never played the game they still understood the concept of taking an angry bird and throwing it at whatever structure they had made out of Duplo or the contents of the Recycling box. The games they have came up with these are fantastic and just goes to prove that the most simple of toys are the best ones to play with.

Noah throwing a blue Angry Bird

Although when I say simple, making one certainly isn’t for the faint hearted — they took quite a bit of cutting out and pinning in order to get them just right. And don’t even get me started on how difficult the beaks were to attach.

Jack on the slide with the Angry Birds

Though when you see them all playing together and jointly making up structures, I don’t mind that my finger is still raw from shoving the needle through numerous layers of felt!

Thanks for taking the time to read, more Blog posts should be coming over the next few days including one about our adventures in London! Note, it will contain a lot of ranting about attempting to use the train to travel from London — Edinburgh on a Friday, really big mistake!

Jack Draws Anything

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Apologies for the silence on here, Facebook, Twitter, email recently! Things are temporarily on hold for the moment, however a big announcement will be coming soon.

However, things have been fairly busy here despite me not working. My eldest son, Jack, asked if he could sell some of his pictures he draws to raise some money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. The Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh has treated my youngest son since he was three months old for Bronchilitis, he has had seven hospital visits in 20 months each requiring up to a weeks stay — so when Jack approached us and asked if he could help raise some money for them we were delighted.

The idea sort of snowballed from there — his Dad set him up a simple site and a JustGiving page — Jack Draws Anything (JustGiving) — and he set a target of £100. That was one week ago.

1 week on, and Jack’s fundraising idea has had coverage in The East Lothian Courier, The Edinburgh Evening News, The Big Issue, STV news, BBC Scotland news which then trickled onto BBC News 24 and BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning! His total now stands at £6,896.34 and his new target is £10,000.

The success of his site is phenomenal — we cannot comprehend the sheer volume of emails, tweets, Facebook messages and just giving donations. My week off has turned into one of the most chaotic weeks we have ever had, plus we put our house up for sale last week too!

So, if you haven’t already, please pop over to Jack Draws Anything and check out my very clever little boy’s website!

Find us on Twitter

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Twitter blue bird on white background

Just a quick post to let you know that Red and Rosy are now using Twitter. Please follow us at @redandrosyhq.

As we gain followers and spread the word we will be running some Twitter ONLY offers and promotions.

Give us a follow today and help spread the word, thank you.

Strawberry Name Banner

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Good afternoon, and what a beautiful sunny afternoon it is here in East Lothian! It is so lovely in fact, that my children and I had a little picnic in the back garden for lunch, and we didn’t even need coats! (to be fair, the back garden is South facing and a sun trap so it does tend to be much warmer than out the front.).

It was a fantastic weekend, I am just about up to date with all of my orders and I managed to get some work done on a few ideas for new products to take along to fairs (my first one of 2011 is Saturday — eek!). Plus, I took some stock along to Sweet Treat which is based in Tranent (122a High Street to be exact!) which was very exciting.

In addition to the usual batch of Name Banners, I was asked to make one of the Name Banners with individual letters — this time in pink with strawberries at either end. I was more than happy to oblige!

felt strawberry Name Banner

I’ve had that strawberry ribbon sitting in my ribbon box for months now, and I have never quite found the right project to use it with — I have now! The letters in these are 4½ inches tall (so quite a bit bigger than my other banners) which makes the length of the banner longer too.

These are priced £12 for up to four letters (£2 for each additional letter) until the 28th February 2011. I will be having a complete price re-structure on the 1st March and these will be considerably more expensive because of the amount of time put into making each one.

On with preparing more stock for the weekend, have a lovely, sunny day wherever you are.

Personalised Felt Box Frame

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As promised, the next box frame.

Felt Box Frame 3D picture orchard summer personalised

This is again in a 10 inch squared box frame — this time the picture is un-mounted and takes up the entire frame.

box frame felt cloud butterfly flowers 3D apple tree Again, the possibilities for this frame are endless, but I really enjoyed putting this together on a cold, wet and windy January day. You can see a bit more detail in this one, like the padded cloud, the 3D butterflies and the flowers.

Again, with this frame everything is hand cut by me, the tree and the hills are machine stitched and the rest is hand stitched and embroidered. I have had a lot of very good suggestions from friends about how I could add to this and different ways of displaying different names, if you have an idea in mind of one you would like me to make then pop me an email to rose@redandrosy.com .

By far the thing I love the most about this frame is that it makes me feel all summery and reminds me of staying with my Grandparents during the summer holidays in the beautiful Welsh countryside, if I could have put grasshoppers in this I would have! And, as a little nod to my Aunt and Uncle and their flock of black sheep, I had to pop one in there.

This frame will cost £30 because of the detail in it, if you are interested in commissioning some Felt Box Frame art then please do get in touch — you can contact me by emailing rose@redandrosy.com .

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend — mine is going to be taken up with preparing stock for next week’s Bumps & Bairns sale in Haddington. If you local, you should pop along, there is a fantastic cafe with home made soup and proper coffee, and lots of bargains to be had (last time we got a giant rucksack full of Transformers for the boys for just £2!)  And if your interested in hiring a table, for either craft or pre-loved baby/child items then please contact Natalie on info@bumpsandbairns.com.