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Thursday, December 03, 2009

You are awesome

Thank you so much for all your comments about my table at the craft fair. You are all so bloody nice and now I don't feel nearly as bad about the outcome of the fair. As some of you have said; wrong crowd and/or tasteless crowd. ;-)

I wish you guys could have come to the fair, might have had a different result at the end of the day! Well, let's remedy that, I'd like to invite you to a, er, virtual version of my table. Below are pictures of some of the items available in my shops (I have a few differnt ones, trying to figure out which is the best option..). There's a direct link to each of the listed items below the image, but here are links to each of the shops:

My paintings on Etsy - polar bears, ladies and little girls in their own little universe
The Polka & Bloom Emporium on Etsy - mostly zipper pouches and the magical phone cozies, but other things will soon be there too.
The Polka & Bloom Emporium on Zibbet - lots of different goodies: several softies that are on Sale. Skinny crochet scarves which are also on Sale. Gocco goodies and more!

As a thank you (because you are a-w-e-s-o-m-e!), if you mention the blog in message to seller, I'll send you something nice. Nice stuff for nice people, yay!




Set of 3 Gocco Bookmarks (I love these!)

My head with 3 hairbands. Sorry, my head isn't for sale. ;-)





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Monday, November 23, 2009

Some happy shop news


Apart from embroidering up a storm (maybe that's why it's so windy here today? It's kinda scary to listening to the wind howling like it is!) I have also been busy setting up another shop on Etsy. I thought it'd be a bit confusing with embroidery patterns along with other 'stuff' in the same shop. (What do you think?)

So these are some of the items in my new shop, the Polka & Bloom Emporium. They are some of the stock I brought to the craft fair (which I just realise I haven't told you about yet - maybe tomorrow..). For now there's my gocco printed pouches/pencil cases and the Magic Mobile Cozies. Which I love. Love, love, love. I have been using mine for the last... 4 months maybe and it's just one of those things that is so simple and makes me so disproportionately happy.

So I went and did a silly little video of how it works. If it doesn't work for you, here's a link to the video on Flickr.



These were all listed today, more colours will be up later in the week. So you see, I've pretty much got your Christmas presents covered, eh? ;-)

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Handmade Galore craft fair

To those of you who have asked about the craft fair on Sunday, here's all the info - tell all your friends!

Handmade Galore

Sunday 15th November

2.30 - 5.30pm

Murray Hall on Borders Lane, Loughton (near Epping College) for a unique shopping event. Address: Murray Hall, 109 Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3SB

Costume, Silver, and Gemstone Jewellery ~ Childrens & Ladies Clothing ~ Homewear & Gifts ~ Artworks & prints ~ Contemporary Wall Clocks ~ Personalised Wooden Placques ~ Handbags & Hats ~ Beautiful Handmade Cards ~ and much more.

There will also be a refreshment area where you can get a cuppa and maybe some cake. And also a gift wrap table! As you can tell from the map below is close to the Debden Tube station (on the central line), it's only about 10 minutes walk.

I hope to see you ALL there, m'kay? ;-)

If you do come along and fancy picking up a little somethin' from my shop, print off this coupon and hand it to me. Or Tony. It obviously only applies to my wee shop/table. ;-)



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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

3 patterns for $10

Here's a bit of happy news: you can now buy 3 embroidery patterns for $10, that's pretty much 3 for the price of 2. Not a bad deal at all. Any pattern, nomatter their individual price. Doesn't include Small Stitches the e-book, though. ;-)

By the way, did you know that there is now a 'leftie' version of that very e-book? :-)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

How to discourage repeat customers

About a month ago, I bought something on Artfire - to see what that it is like, seeing as I have a wee shop there myself.

Purchase went through fine, as did payment. Then I got an email thanking me for my purchase. Strangely, the email subject title said something like "thank you for your purchase from xxxx on Etsy". Er, ok.

Well, a couple of weeks went by and I didnt receive my order, but I thought, 'well, they are in China so better give it a bit more time before I get in touch'. The other day I finally contacted them and this is their reply:
Dear Carina,

We are so sorry to tell you that your order didn't ship. I just noticed this when you Emailed me. This happened with several Artfire orders. Please accept my apologies! We refunded your money a few minutes ago...

Most Sincerely,
How can you not notice that (several!!) orders haven't shipped? What kind of operation have they got going on? Not a very organised one, it seems, seeing as they can't even keep track of where they get their orders from.

Atleast they simply refunded the money, so I didn't have to argue with them about that or wait for the order to actually be shipped.

I wonder if they don't realise that buying stuff online means that you need to be able to trust the person/company you buy from. If they are this careless, I certainly won't (attempt to) buy from these people again.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Now with pincushions

Oh my, how did this happen? I have a new little shop with pincushions. Because, um, well... I get kinda obsessed with making them and, really, how many pincushions does one person need?

Making pincushions is a fun way to play with different prints and colours. And it's a great way to use some of my thrifted/vintage fabrics. Like that bear in a boat in the top right picture. A bear! In a small sailboat! How cute is that? :-)

Hope you like it. :-)

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday sun

Hey!

How are you doing? We are enjoying our holiday to bits! We've just had a few friends round for lunch and cake, which was very nice! Especially when you haven't seen your friends in ages! :-)

Tomorrow is my little sister's birthday - she'll be 30!! That's OLD, man! And obviously, her being younger than me, makes me even older. Yikes! For obvious reasons, we're in Denmark and she's in the US and there doesn't seem to be anyone waiting with a private plane to take us there, so we won't be celebrating with her/them in person. Which totally blows, of course!

So I thought I'd have my own little party - with you! In my Artfire shop (and only the Artfire shop) you can use the following coupon code when you buy any embroidery pattern in the shop: HAPPY30. When you use that code you will get another pattern, of your choice, completely free. Yay! It is only valid today (Sunday Sept. 13) until tomorrow, Sept. 14th. :-)

Hooray for my sister!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Herb patterns

I am so happy to finally be able to tell you that my herb embroidery patterns are now available. I really don't know why I have been so slow with these - they have been ready for a little while!

But anyway, here they are! Five of them: sage, oregano, parsley, chervil and basil. Available in the shop, of course. This week only (until Sunday) you can buy one and get one free, just quote "gimme some free herbs" in note to seller and let me know which free herb you want. :-)

I love them to bits. So far I have embroidered them on tea towels and placemats. I could also see them looking really lovely on a table cloth. But that's a bigger project so that's not going to happen right now... ;-)
I have worked them in either white or some variation of green, but I think it would be pretty to use other colours. Maybe red on pink or white on blue. I guess that's one of the best things about embroidery; it's so versatile. Changing the colour of the size of thread makes for so many different expressions.



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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bicycle patterns - BOGOF*

Hey, right now Tony is out there on his bike, clicking down the 60 miles to Southend. In a couple of hours, Tony's dad will come pick me up so we can go meet him at the finish. He is aiming to do the 60 miles in 4 hours or less! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will stay dry!

As you know, through July I am donating the proceeds from the 2 bicycle patterns to the British Heart Foundation because that is what Tony is doing this bike ride for. I thought I should support my man, right? ;-)

Well, if you've wanted either of the patterns, but haven't got it yet, now's the time to strike! Until 9 pm (UK) tonight you can buy one bicycle pattern and get the other bicycle pattern for free! Click here to see when 9 pm is in your time zone.

Right, you can head over to either the Artfire or Etsy shop or use the Paypal button below.





And now I think I better go get ready and make some sandwiches and stuff. Have a great Sunday whatever you're doing!


*BOGOF = buy one get one freeeeee! ;-)

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

My not so creative space

My goodness. What was supposed to be an hour's worth of work turned into an all day kind of thing. Just because bloody software wouldn't cooperate! If any of you are Scribus experts, I'd love to hear from you: Scribus keeps crashing, especially when I save a document!

I finally succumbed and downloaded a trial version of InDesign, which I can barely remember how to use, which took a wee bit to install and stuff. Oi. Don't you just hate it when tech misbehaves?

Anyway, I have managed to put together a pattern for the Tree of Life embroidery. Not terribly creative today, but I did play around with different colour ideas and stuff. I have done some cushion covers for my mum which are white embroidery on blue and that's the inspiration for this particular one. I 'owe' her another one, so I may just have to make her one of these. :-)

The pattern is available in my shops (Etsy + Artfire) or you can email me and we can sort it out directly. :-) Anyone who purchases this pattern (until June 30) and quotes "I wanna beat my computer with a stick" will receive an extra little embroidery pattern. :-)

And here's to hopin' that tomorrow is a bit more creative and bit less frustrating!

More folks with more creative spaces!

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Red Ridinghood totes

It's Little Red Ridinghood! With her little red cape and her basket with goodies for Grandma. But why she's got 'ears' I really don't know. Maybe there's a bit of a wolf in her too? ;-)

She looks a bit uncertain, but I guess that's only natural if you're about to walk through a wood with a wolf in it!

I played around a bit with there to position her on the bag.

I think this is my favourite so far.

I also quite like this one. Although, is it weird to have more than one Red? I think maybe it could look nice with a few more, a merry band of Reds all together.

There's a couple of bags in the shops (artfire + etsy), but I've also added her to some things in the t-shirt shop. One of them is a kids tee. Very cute. :-)

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Happy creative space

My creative space is obviously not on the clothes horse, but here is my granny square blanket, taking a break from being put together. This part of the process is one I could do without, but I have come up with a method of joining the squares that is fairly quick, so another couple of evenings in front of the telly and it should be done. Can't wait to see it finished! :-)

This is my 'actual' creative space today: embroidering and making more Happyscapes while watching Il Postino. Has anyone seen this amazing film? If you haven't, but decide to do it, I strongly recommend watching it with the audio commentary by the director. Makes the film even more special.

I finished 3 Happyscapes today- that's got to be a new record! And I put them in the shops already. Getting 2 hours sleep apparently makes me hyper-active. ;-)

More creative spaces thissa way!


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Phone cozies in the shop- hurrah!

Finally got round to listing these phone cozies in the shop. Why so late? Why, only because I've had a hard time prying myself away from the telly and all the, er, Bartlett action. Man, I love the West Wing. Intelligent people babbling on about stuff I have no idea what is. Lovely!

This one (which I love love! I have one myself) is available both on Artfire and Etsy.


On Artfire. It has two colours too, but I just love that ribbon so much and I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing it like this rather than the 'double colour' shot.

Tomorrow we're going to see Angels & Demons - has anyone seen it? Good/bad? Can't wait to see some Roman street scenery on the big screen!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Polka & Bloom bargains

I have set up a tiny shop over at Big Cartel. It is a place for me to sell some of the softies I have made. At a happy reduced price. There's only one of each, once they're gone, they're gone.

If you want to make sure that an item is indeed available (unfortunately, Big Cartel doesn't allow for automatically updating this unless you have a 'premium' shop, which I haven't at present, so bear with me) please email me before buying. :-)

Let's call it my 'outlet' shop, a place to grab yourself a bargain. I'll add more things from time to time. Polka & Bloom @ Big Cartel.


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Friday, April 24, 2009

Off to Denmark

This is one of my favourite photos from Rome. This is the Trevi Fountain -in case you didn't know. The photo was taken on a rainy day -stating the obvious- we had walked from our hotel to the Fountain and on the way there black clouds gathered and by the time we got there, it was raining - we didn't have umbrellas, but we'd brought rain ponchos. Which are a very good thing, except that they get wet and when it gets time to take them off again, where do you put it?

But nevermind that. Because it was raining I put my camera under tha poncho and then I thought, well hey, I am going to take pictures like this. I like how it makes the picture seem slightly out of focus. And I also like how it reminds me that being on holiday isn't always ice cream and sunny skies. Holidays are like life in that way.. ;-)

Anyway, why am I posting this now? I have no idea - I guess I just needed a picture for this post. ;-)

However, it does sorta tie in with the fact that we are going on holiday tomorrow - a week in Denmark! Yay! I am so happy. I get to celebrate my birthday (on Sunday) with my parents and my friends. I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday.

I don't know if I'll be posting while we're away, but I have prepared a few posts that will appear as if by magic through the week, so you won't be completely deprived. ;-)

To celebrate my birthday, there's 33% off all items in my shops with a price tag over $10 until Saturday May 2. All you have to do is write 'CAKE' in the message to seller and I'll refund you the 33%. This only applies to the actual item, postage is not included in the reduction. So if you want one of the crochet blankets, now's the time to strike! Artfire shop & Etsy shop.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rubber ducky not included

I made these two bags a little while ago and only just got round to listing them in the shops.
Green and pink one is here, pink and yellow one is here.

Absolutely perfect for toting around your wips. They are a larger version of the one I made for me a while ago (sorry, I can't be bothered to look for the link ;-) ) and I think I could probably do with a large one like this. Or maybe a larger one!

And don't forget, there is still a couple of days left where 50% of the proceeds from anything in my shop will go to the Italian Red Cross. :-)

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Happyscape embroidery pattern revealed!

Here it finally is! My first embroidery pattern. I am so happy about it! It is called Happyscape Spring. Oh what else could it be? I love my little abstract fairytale world of Happyscapes! It is my plan to do more of these, embroidery patterns, not just Happyscape ones (although they are fun to make!)

I loved sketching it all out and inking it (well, as ink-y as it can get on the computer, eh?). Going through my stash of embroidery thread to find the right colours. Stitching my version of it. All good.

It's a special little world, drifting along in a cloud. Fairies live there, I think. In little smurf-like houses; colourful toadstools. Maybe they will offer you a cup of tea in their fairy tea cups?

It's funny, just a few years ago I never in my wildest dreams imagined draming up my own embroidery pattern. And if you had told me so, I think I would have asked you (in the nicest possible way) to F*** off! But here we are, pattern in hand! I don't know if she would have appreciated the image, but I think my grandma would definitely have appreciated the fact of it and the effort. She was a craft genius and even owned her own yarn shop for a number of years!

The pattern is for sale (Artfire + Etsy) and this is what you get in the pattern:

- the original pattern in 2 sizes
Approx. 6.5" x 4.5" and 5.5" x 3.5" - - 16.5 x 11 cm and 13.5 x 9 cm

- the same images in reverse

- enlarged elements from the original pattern (both in a 'right' and 'wrong' version)

- extra patterns using these enlarged elements

- instructions for pattern transfer

- suggestions for stitches and colours to use


Want to win a copy of the pattern?! Leave a comment telling me/everyone about your favourite thing about spring. Please fill in the email thingy so I can contact you! You have from now until Monday.

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