Hi, I’ve been really busy with the lead up to Christmas this year. I’ve exhibited at a local Christmas craft fayre and am working my way through Christmas orders. So far, my farthest order has been a retro pink heart decoration to a lovely woman in Texas!
Plus, I finally achieved 100 sales with Etsy! Yahoo! It’s taken awhile but I’ve got there in the end.
Also Simply Sewing magazine contacted me with a view to a Christmas advert in their magazine. It was bad enough trying to put together a half decent photo of my Christmas crafts, let alone writing a maximum of 20 words about what I do and who I am! Still, here is the finished proof. The publication was out a few days ago….
In the meantime, Happy Christmas to everyone and may you all have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
As my followers will know I specialise in making crafty products from retro fabrics or anything just that little bit different!
I started on my Christmas shop early October after having sourced some lovely retro Father Christmas fabric from Doughtys in Hereford. Last year I used a similar fabric and could have sold many of the items ten times over, they were that popular. I think it’s the fact that the items I make are distinctive. I mean who wouldn’t want a pink heart shaped retro Christmas decoration on their tree!
Last year I sourced some great fabric from Hobbycraft in the form of fat quarters a lovely pink and blue retro reindeer print especially sold well. Sadly I can’t seem to find that lovely fabric I had so many queries asking me where I sourced it from! I can’t find it anywhere online either!
This year I’ve concentrated on making Santa bags, albeit quite large ones ranging to small ones for little gifts! I’ve also been making lots of pretty bunting as well as the retro Christmas tree decorations
I do admit to quite liking making bunting its methodical and you get a quick return for your work it’s a good choice to channel your inner creativity too!
I hope you like all these handcrafted items and when you want a present that’s a bit quirky or different, please bear me in mind! If there’s a certain fabric or item you like then I can always custom make you something too
You will find these items plus many others in my Etsy shop. Just follow the link at the top of the page.
I started my Etsy shop in September 2015 and I didn’t really properly prepare for Christmas, I was just learning the ropes, trying new things out and researching what sold and what seemed to be the most popular trends.
This year, I started Christmas earlier than I meant to! It came about on a trip to my local Hobbycraft, in Shirley, Solihull. I was looking for some cottons and happened to spot their Christmas fabric displays and homed in on some lovely retro looking material. It was a fat quarter of 6 different Christmas themed fabrics. My favourite was the pink fabric featuring a reindeer. Very kitsch! (The reindeer design also comes in a blue fabric).
I started making some hanging decorations with these fabrics and decided I was going to make a heart decoration. This is a completely non-traditional shape and colour so a bit risky, however I thought it would appeal to all those retro fans out there who are looking for that something a little bit different and eye-catching.
Making the hearts was relatively straight forward – I previously wrote a blog post on how to make a seamless heart which you can reference.
Fingers crossed, all those retro fans out there will like these lovely decorations. A touch of nostalgia is all that is required!
See the shop link at the top of my website for links to my Etsy shop. Also, see Hobbycraft for lovely retro fat quarters.