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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Grab a coffee...this a long one!

Did you think I went back to Birmingham??? wouldn't believe how much work goes into preparing for these shows. You have the prep before the shows and all I can say is thank goodness for my amazing DT because there was no way I could have done it all myself. It's bad enough having one show to prepare for but two within a month is pretty crazy. I don't know how some of the retailers do as many of the craft shows that they do. They must not have any kind of life!!

I'm just about caught up on all the orders from Stitches. The new BFF's should be coming Tuesday/Wednesday which is quicker than I thought :-D I've also been catch up with the washing...I don't think the machine was turned on once while I was away lol. The main thing I've been catching up with is sleep! You're on your feet for 9 hours so it's physically as well as mentally exhausting as you want to make sure everything is just right.

I did manage to catch 40 winks on the 3rd leg of my journey home. Karen dropped me off at Rugby train station just before 11am and I got home at 5:30pm!! I had 3 trains with only 6 minutes in between the 2nd and 3rd. I didn't dare fall asleep until I was on that last train in case I woke up in Wales or something lol. (I know you're going to say Wales was in the opposite direction!!) A lovely little old lady came and sat beside me on the 2nd train and we chatted for a bit. I told her about my 6 minute change over and we were waiting for the announcement for my stop but it never came....I think she started to worry before I did lol. When they finally called my stop I started collect my bags and headed  for the door. The LLOL called me back, rummaged in her bag, pulled a bag of Minstrels out, gave them to me and said they were so I wouldn't get hungry! How lovely was that...It felt like when I was a kid and my grandma gave me candy lol.

As you know apart from selling my stamps on  my website I dabble in a few embellishments. This is mainly because of storing so much stuff and I'd probably want to use it all and won't have any left to sell! Well, I had to make an exception. One of the stands I wanted desperately to visit at Stitches was May Arts. Like a lot of us I believe I have an addiction so what better way is there to indulge it? There were so many beautiful ribbons and there was no way I could justify buying rolls of 25 yards for my own personal use so I took an executive decision and ordered some to sell on the website!! I'll have the best of both worlds..I can snip some off any time I want and share it with you. I've gone with ribbon that was a little bit different so I hope you'll like it... I cannot wait till it arrives!

I mentioned I was going to add felt to the website and guess what? I did it last night! It's 100% wool (none of that acrylic stuff nope), super soft and I've got 10 stunnalicious colours to tempt you. You can check them out here. If there's a colour not there that you'd like me to stock just let me know.

It was a beautiful day here in Glasgow today. I took the pups to CB this morning and it was mobbed to say the least. Well, the carpark was but the place is so big you'd never know it. Believe it or not I took these pictures with my phone! I love this first actually felt like spring was on the way...

And look at this lushalicous stash. I ordered the 8 x 8 pads and dotty ribbon from Hayley which she brought to Stitches. I bought the Copics from Wendy and Stamps and Memories and she also brought them to Stitches...great service girls, thank you!

They don't look very exciting but I felt I was lacking in E's and believe it or not some of these E's are used for blonde hair which is something I struggle with. I came across a flabulous website called Copic Creations and not only do they do great tutorials they also have a section where they group colours that go together in bundles of 4 or 5 so if you've not quite got the hang of Copics it's a huge help.

Hmmmm...I think I've waffled on for long enough. I haven't had any crafting time but I'll need to get organised for this weeks TLT or I may just get sacked!

Thanks for visiting my blog even though I've not posted much this last while but hopefully things will get back to normal this week. I'm glad you enjoyed the Blog Hop and the new designs. They have been a HUGE hit and although the stamps are coming this week, you'll still be able to get them at the discounted price of £5.99 until March 8th. We've had some wonderful entries for last weeks challenge and lots of answers to the mathematical question so good luck to everyone who has entered.

Anywho, I'd better get these pups walked and get to my bed. Hope you have a great week.

Catch ya later x


Lisa Jane said...

My Coffee has gone cold!! lol
You sound to have had a really productive time.. now its time for a rest Mrs !
LOve the photo's its been so wet and miserable here - so nice to see a bit of dry weather !
Cant wait to see the new ribbons
Lisa x

theCook said...

Now you've stocked felt, you'll need to stock dies to go with it :-D
Can't wait to see the ribbons as well!
Thanks for the pictures - I want to go hiking now!

Amanda R said...

Love the pictures of the dogs, they seem so happy. I think stocking felt and May Arts ribbon is a great idea and you are gonna love those patterned paper pads, just got a couple myself. Congrats on doing well at the shows so now you can sit down and pat yourself on the back for a job well done, you deserve it.

pinky said...

Looking forward to seeing all that new stuff on the website, need to order some more stamps too:) Glad everything seems to have went well for you. You just need to train the family how to turn on the washing machine lol.

Mary J said...

Ooohhh, I saw the felt yesterday - going to be putting an order through for them! And so pleased you will be stocking those ribbons - they have gorgeous stuff!

Whimsey said...

Oh you just HAD to add felt eh? Gosh; what scrumptious colors; love 'em!!

After vacation, when I've recovered a bit, I'll place an order!

Sounds like you had quite a few orders from Stitches - YEAH; how did the orders turn out from CHA? You probably told us and I missed it - sorry!

Oh and ribbon - Hayley is addicted to ribbon; I'm right behind her. LOL

Glad you're home and getting settled; sorry you didn't know the washing machine can ONLY be operated by YOU - HA HA HA!!

Annette said...

Hey Girlfriend!! glad your back,can't wait for a catch up, felt AND ribbon!!!!! suppose I better order some then..........AX

Pami said...

Hi Kerry, wow you really deserve a rest now!! Thanks for sharing your photos, it looks wonderful. Oh and extra goodies to spend our money on, yippee!!! Pami x

Jane Aldridge said...

welcome to temptation.... I'm like it every time I order for the shop... never knew I had such will power.. if only the same could be said for cake!! Glad you had a good show.... Oh and your dogs are lovely :-)