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!
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!
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.
This is again in a 10 inch squared box frame — this time the picture is un-mounted and takes up the entire frame.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, my new project I have been working on (and tweaking) since the start of January is ready to show you. I’m only going to show you one today — but there are more in the pipeline and one finished and photographed to show you tomorrow!
Again, along the lines of a personalised gift for a new baby, or for child who has practically everything (having three boys, I don’t think there is one boys toy out there that we haven’t / have owned!) — but a little more fancy than a Name Banner. So, here we go (gulp), I give you all my new Felt Box Frame
The art is in a white Square box frame measuring 10inches, this one is in a mount which makes the felt picture 4½ inches square. In this frame, everything is hand cut and hand stitched by me, right down to the little flowers lining the path. The toadstool is slightly padded (you can’t really tell from the picture, must take one from the side so you can see the details) and the butterfly overlaps the mount slightly.
This is an example of what can be done, and a few more examples will be coming over the next couple of days, but the possibilities are endless and this is something that I am genuinely excited about! I’m not going to give too much away, but the one I have to show you tomorrow is a lot more detailed than this one.
Prices for this start from £20, prices will vary depending on the amount of detail required in each picture — remember everything is hand cut & hand stitched by me and no two frames will ever be the same.
I really hope you like it, keep your eyes peeled for the next one tomorrow!