The children are sat drawing whilst I reflect on the past week. Our wonderful childminder is on holiday, so George and I had some extra time together, and I gained some extra afternoon nap slots:)
A request for blue/turquoise knitting needle cases led to playing with different fabric combinations. With the addition of knitting needle cases my shop views on Etsy have rocketed, and I have had to restock:) With mass production of knitting needle cases I carefully sewed all items that required white thread at once, then green etc.. to save time in respect to swapping threads on the sewing machine every five minutes. There is no doubt this saved time but did leave me disheartened when I had no finished products midweek!
This has led to some reflection on the products I enjoy making, the materials they are made of, and the time they take to make. It is very clear that the majority of my sales come from knitting needle cases, and jacket bags. Thankfully I enjoy making both:)
This week two business tips have been well worth implementing. Firstly, and excitingly, a sale as a result of having a link to my blog on my personal e-mail signature. Secondly I have checked the links on my blog still work (three of mine required some attention).
With the shop restocked, and half term this week I am planning on lots of fun activities with my children. In amidst I am going to continue mulling over new product ideas (storage baskets, upcycled cushion covers, and a variation on a theme bag).. and hope to drop stock off at The Craft Room.
Whatever you have planned I hope you have a good week:)
Last week I have had a delightful couple of days with my mum who came to stay..
A trip to the local toddler group for some superb singing, followed by lunch out at one of my favourite cafes in Holt, plus just a little clothes shopping. I was very pleased to pick up a pair of trousers and top which make me look a couple of sizes smaller than I really am!! I am planning on upcycling my old jeans (too big) into some gorgeous baskets.
But my favourite day was a trip to London, for a girly day out. We visited The Design Museum to see the exhibition Unexpected Pleasures.
Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who challenge the conventions of jewellery design. The exhibition features prominent UK and international jewellers who explore new processes and move away form financial value to personal association.
To be honest I had no idea of the range and number of contemporary jewellers, and found some of the pieces more a piece of fine art.
The pieces that interested me the most were of course the upcycled pieces. A necklace made of jagged glass bottle necks, a dress which had many circular holes, which had been stitched into a necklace to wear with the dress, a necklace made of many little action type men.
These images of the exhibition are poor quality but do give you a taste… I regret now not taking notes of who the artist was per piece.
Whilst tidying my studio and making knitting needle rolls I have been contemplating various ways of storing my precious knitting needles.
Why not reuse an item from around your home?
Although I have to admit to craving a beautiful upcycle wine crate:
How do you store your knitting needles? Check out my knitting needles case tutorial here.