Nobody said anything about rabbits…
This morning I got the email about my booth in Portland. I’ll be number 928 if you are popping by. I read about curtains and poles and lights and carpet and giant structures and rules and regulations and I ate some chocolate and had a very quiet ladylike panic.
This morning I had ‘booth panic’ , what colour carpet do I want ? I have no idea ! (Does anyone really choose purple?) Googling booth images is not a good idea, its all Amy Butler and giant Moda elephants. No-one seems to take photos of the teeny booths.
To stem the panic I checked out the floor plan and googled my neighbours (they both seem very nice). See Jodie, its real people with tiny booths as much as it is fake gardens and custom built scenery.
I will be visiting Ikea (and Wal-Mart which I am kind of excited about) in Portland and creating a booth from whatever catches my eye.
I am out of my comfort zone here people. In the past when I have had to create a booth, I have carefully mapped out the dimensions and had a complete set-up weeks in advance. I tweaked and swapped and changed and drove everyone around me absolutely mad. I also had a ute full of furniture and accessories, rather than a suitcase full of toys and a few pairs of undies.
And yes, of course it will be fine and yes I have a vague red and white theme in my head, but just this morning it is suddenly very real and I figured if we were having a cuppa this morning I’d be asking you.
Should I take the frock along? (see sidebar) I mean I don’t actually have a pattern for it or anything but its a great conversation starter.
What about bunting (you know I am not a huge fan of bunting), it looks festive but surely we are over it.
How about pom-poms. I bought a pom pom maker with the idea of creating a kind of garland, but the pom pom I made was ugly. I want to make teeny ones, but then that seems like a lot of work for not much impact.
How do I display all these toys at kind of eye-level without it looking like a dogs breakfast?
Pole scrunchies ? To cover the front poles? plain or striped?
curtains? tablecloths? signs?
I’d pass you another biscuit and refill your cup and look at expectantly………..well ?
I haven’t organised a bucket load of teaching for the first part of this year as I am working hard behind the blog scenes , making samples for Portland, thinking about a booth for Portland, organising paperwork for Portland and generally obsessing over Portland.
But I am teaching a new Print & Sew class at Millrose Cottage in Ballan on April 9th. This class is designed for beginners but if you don’t mind spending a day with kids, you would be welcome to join us.
Each participant will create their own design and screen using Mr Gocco and we will then print our own fabric and turn it into a basic bag.
I will show you how to clean your screen so you can take it home and use it again as a mini screen printing screen.
I am really excited about this class.We are all going to do multiple prints of our design so we can share and I have a few designs already printed for people to take home as well. If you want to join in please ring Millrose and grab a requirements list. I need to order in screens and inks and bits and bobs, so we need to be organised for this one.
I’ll be teaching a much less need-to-be-organised Rag Rug class on Saturday 13th April at Ballarat Patchwork.
This class is a quickie – You can book in for 10am, 12 noon or 2pm. We were almost booked out all day last time and some people made huge progress in a short time. Just ring Ballarat Patchwork to book in for that one. I am looking forward to adding a few more rounds to my rug while I am there.
I know people whinging about the weather is really dull, but I would just like my extreme displeasure to be noted and passed on to the highest authorities. As the mercury rises, so to does my propensity for narky, crabby snitchy behaviour. Consider yourself warned world.
Greetings and welcome to another instalment of Tuesday Rotate.
Today I am going to tell you about my friend Mary’s shop in Gisborne- Patch ‘n’ Quilt. I met Mary years ago on my very first trip to sewjourn, when my friend Annie convinced Mary to stock my patterns. Now I get to catch up with Mary every time I go to sewjourn.
My visit to Mary is always a bit of a sewjourn joke, as my arrival may be delayed somewhat when I pop in to Mary's. (Ok Mary and I once spent three hours chatting over the counter …but only once and we have never lived it down !). I love hanging out in Mary’s shop, everyone gets a cheery hello when they enter and as much help as they need. The customers all strike up conversations and offer suggestions, it really is fun. There is always lots of laughter coming from the back room where the classes are held…..
There is a huge range of really diverse fabrics, lots of bright and lots of more traditional fabrics. Mary also stocks both acrylic and wool felt, buttons, masses of hardware and gadgets, threads, doo-dads, gizmos and whatchamacallits.
On this trip I got some great little clip thingo’s that I had been searching all over the internet for, a little top-up of delicious wool felts as I had run out of black, some fabrics for a new bag, cotton – a little bit of everything.
I did ask Mary if it was Ok to take all the photos and I told her about Tuesday Rotate and told her it was a little bit about sharing the love and a little bit about me being sick of talking about me all the time.
So, in her usual gorgeous Mary style (the woman is insanely generous) she gave me a fat 1/4 pack for one of you guys.
So tell me, folks, what makes a good shop experience for you? Are you a leave-me-alone kind of shopper or a chatty shopper. What brings you back to a shop or what scares you off?
I’ll randomly pick a winner and send them this great set of fat 1/4’s courtesy of Mary.
I have been sewing like a whirling dervish. Ever since I got accepted into the Spring Quilt market I have been busy sewing samples to take with me. I thought it might all be a bit dull and boring to share, but then again I guess not everyone has been hanging out here since that ark ran aground so maybe not.
Did you know that the Kinder girls was my very pattern? In fact, it was the kinder dolls that made me open an Etsy shop and start on this whole crazy adventure. The Kinder girls are still one of my most popular patterns.
I usually make them with doctors flannel but these guys are made with linen and I think they look pretty awesome. I did most of this sewing last weekend at sewjourn and just added their faces this week.
There is a bit of handsewing in this pattern, the head and arms are handsewn on. A veeery long time ago (like over 21yrs) when I was pregnant with Jemma, I made her two rag dolls. Once she was big enough to play with them, their arms ripped of, but not only did they rip off , they ripped right across the bodies. I thought at that time if I ever made more dolls I would hand sew the arms on so they could come off without wrecking the whole doll. (I never thought in a million years I would end up designing sewing patterns.)
I can’t imagine how many variations on these dolls I have made over the last few years. If you have a look in my Flickr thingo, you’ll see a few of them. One of my favourites was the little cowboy.
My all time favourite accessories has to be the coat and although I usually gravitate towards red, this little girl below in her gorgeous Liberty frock, needed an olive green coat.
Have you ever made a kinder girl or kinder boy? You can add them to the Flickr pool thingo if you like or send me a photo and I’ll add it for you.
Each of these little people have been given a kiss on the nose and packed gently into the tub labelled “Portland”.
(It has air holes, don’t worry)
Ever hopeful, I went off and had my passport photos taken this morning.
The neutral expression stuff proved quite difficult because I kept smiling at the woman behind the camera.
I do feel though, that she captured just a little of my personality in this shot.
Would you let this woman into your country?