Just a quick note today! Here is the finished work in progress from yesterday -a daffodil calico bag. Super pretty and ready for Spring, it’s a sneak peek of some more products arriving in my Etsy shop this Weekend.
Spring is my favourite time of year. I love seeing all the beautiful flowers popping up everywhere, unannounced and adding colour where there had been none just a day or so before. We were really lucky to have moved into our house when we did, as every day over the past few weeks, the garden has looked different every time we’ve looked at it, and each time a flower or plant has appeared that we didn’t know about, it’s been like opening a Christmas present.
I love the view out of my craft studio. My favourite patterns are floral, so being able to see a selection of flowers and birds from my sewing table is perfect for inspiration. The Beryl Cushion was designed and created with this very view, which is just ideal as far as I am concerned.
Everything in the garden so far was put there by previous owners, but I’m more than happy to keep it like that for now. I’m not very green fingered, so having plants that mostly look after themselves works well for me! We have put some new soil into the vegetable patch though, and my husband did all the hard work of turning the soil over, so pretty soon we should be getting some veggies planted. I can’t wait to cook a meal with things we’ve grown! In the meantime, I am quite happy to just keep watching nature work its magic and see the garden develop without any meddling from us.
Ladies and gents, please form an orderly queue. Rose Petal Cottage is now open for business! And to celebrate we’re offering 10% off of our entire range for the next month. Just enter the coupon code RELAUNCH2017 at the checkout!
Here is a selection of the lovely new products that are now available:
Here is a behind the scenes tour of my lovely little craft studio, all ready for launch day. I’m not going to lie…it’s not normally this tidy! I’m completely in love with this space and plan to spend a lot of time in here getting things made!
So I’m now at just under 24 hours until my official relaunch of Rose Petal Cottage. Am I stressed? Yep! Does my house look like a fabric and wool hurricane has flown through it? Double yep! Am I excited? You bet! I love making things and can’t wait to get started with online sales again. I’ve had some success in the past with Etsy but this time I’m really ready to go at it all guns blazing. I’m really excited about my new products that I’ve been getting ready this week and am looking forward to getting them all up online tomorrow.
Here are some behind the scenes pictures of what I’ve been up to this week and some sneak peaks at our new products.
See you tomorrow for the big relaunch!
Over the past week, whenever I’ve had a spare hour or so at the new house, I’ve been getting my lovely new craft studio up to scratch. As you can see in the pictures above, it was pretty much your typical garage before I got started. I found about a billion dead spiders (not an exaggeration. Ok, maybe a little bit of an exaggeration…) and spent a good 3 hours scrubbing the walls and the floor before I could start any kind of decorating. Then the fun started!
I decided to go with just a bright white paint on both the floors and the walls as I felt it would be the best way of brightening the room up. I love colour, especially pastels, so my plan is to add colour through soft furnishings and accessories. We got started on painting and so far all of the walls have been painted white and so has most of the floor. I probably won’t get the floor finished this week, but at least I have got enough of it done that I can move my furniture in when it arrives on Friday (along with all my craft supplies. Yay!!!)
Two exciting things happened today. Firstly, I set up my little hallogen heater in my studio so that I’m no longer sat in there shivering. Crocheting when your fingers are numb is neither easy nor recommended. Secondly, I started painting my new shelf. I came across it in a vintage furniture store in Cleethorpes and I fell in love with it (The shop is called Vintage Lincs and if you’re ever in the area I would recommend it). I love the overall shape and style of it, as it has a beautiful country cottage look to it, and the wooden rail along the bottom will be perfect for storing wrapping paper or ribbons. It was a cream colour, but had a few marks on it, so I decided to paint it sage green. It will be my first big splash of colour in the studio. I’ll post a picture of the final result once it’s all finished.
Anyway, this was just a short update on the makings of the craft studio for now. I better go and do more painting!
As previously mentioned, I am somewhat of a craft hoarder. I don’t really shop for clothes or make up and I’m really not one for wandering around the shops aimlessly, but boy do I love to shop for craft materials. Sometimes I have a set idea in mind when I buy something, but often it’s an impulse buy (“ooooh… a pack of 60 wooden bows. When won’t I need these?!”). However, if you’re just dipping your toes in crafty waters or just like something to keep you busy once in a while, I believe that really there is only a handful of stock supplies that you need. Obviously some things will be product specific, but these things should provide a good starting point.
1. A mini glue gun.
These are fabulous for quick fixes. I use mine most days. They do get super hot though and, I say this with personal experience, really hurt when you catch yourself with them, so I would definitely not recommend these for any crafts you’re doing with little ones. Hobbycraft sell a good one here.
Not only do these look pretty on display in a jar, but they can be just the perfect finshing touch on a whole range of projects.
3. A needle and thread.
You can often get little sewing kits in pound shops and these give you a choice of needles and colours of thread. Well worth having.
I like to save any ribbon I acquire through gifts sets and other packaging and keep them in a lovely little tin. I also like to stock up on a reel or two in colours that I regularly use (green, pink and cream, in case you’re wondering). Ribbon makes everything look a billion times prettier and is great to have in stock for making last minute gifts look…well, less last minute.
5. Safety Pins.
Just handy generally.
You’ll want a set of general use ones that are a decent size and some little ones for your more fiddly projects.
Again, just generally useful.
I love, love, love felt. It’s a great medium for all sorts of projects and is nice and easy to work with. I also like that it’s fairly cheap and available in a range of colours.
9. Nice Paper.
I have a little collection of nice papers that I’ve got free with craft magazines, as well as rescued wrapping paper that I’ve felt is too pretty to throw away. I also like the big pads of scrap paper you can buy in most craft stores. They can be quite expensive, but they last for ages. I use the Back to Basics range by Dovecraft (available here).
10. Mason Jars.
When we moved house recently, one of the chaps helping us pack commented ‘you guys have a lot of jars…’. Yes, yes we do. My husband doesn’t like clutter and prefers to have as much as possible tidied away out of sight, but I have somehow managed to get away with having decorative mason jars all over the house. Need somewhere to keep pens? Mason jar. Toothbrushes? Mason jar. Cotton buds? Mason jar. Dog treats? Mason jar. I could go on. They are however, also super useful for arts and crafts. I make pin cushion sewing kits out of them (I will publish a link once my Etsy shop is no longer on holiday), but they are useful for a whole range of crafty loveliness.
As well as jazzing up plain wrapping paper, washi tape can be used for a whole range of crafts. I’ve used it to recover picture frames, decorate and label draws and for various papercrafts.
12. Double Sided Tape.
Always useful and much less messy than glue.
13. Alphabet Stamps.
Hobbycraft have an adorable Dovecraft lucky dip available here. I have some like this and I love them to bits.
14. Paper Tags.
I think handmade gift tags are so much nicer than generic shop bought ones. These tags are also handy for card making, labelling and all sorts.
15. A Cup of Tea
This is arguably the most important thing on the list. So get the kettle on, find your slippers and get crafting!
So, six weeks after I ran down the stairs with rightmove open on my phone, shouting ‘Matt, Matt I’ve found our house!’ we’ve had confirmation that the contracts have been exchanged and we will be getting the keys to our first house on Monday. To say we’re excited would be a bit of an understatement. The house couldn’t be more perfect. It’s a three bedroom semi-detached cottage in a small village not far from Louth. The house itself ticks all the boxes. You walk in through the porch into a little kitchen-diner, where we’ll have just enough room for a sofa and a dining table with four chairs. The kitchen is small, but the space has been used beautifully, so we’ll have no problem cooking up a storm in there. Even with my tendency to turn into a hurricane in the kitchen. There’s a double oven, so I will be able to bake to my heart’s content. The living room is off to the side and has a wood burning stove! We have plans to make it look like a country manor in there, with tartan blankets, tweed cushions and a wooden stag’s head for the wall (don’t worry, no stags will be harmed in the making of our living room decor. I’m insistent on fake taxidermy.) Upstairs, we’ll have three decent sized bedrooms. The smallest will become an office for my husband, for now, and the second bedroom will be the guest room. It will be lovely to friends and family to stay without having to put guests on the sofa-bed in the living room! None of the rooms are overlooked and we’ll have a lovely view of the Lincolnshire countryside from all of the bedrooms.
However, the joy of all of this pales in comparison to how excited we are about the outside of the house. As mentioned in my last post, both my husband and I wanted a workshop and thought we’d end up with a house with one workshop that we would have to fight over. THIS HOUSE HAS TWO WORKSHOPS!!! Both come with power and lighting and I’m happy to say, I’m getting the particularly nice brick one. I could not have asked for a more perfect studio for my crafty ventures. Finally my craft stuff will all have a home and no more will I be squirreling away balls of wool all over the house. It’s going to be a couple of weeks until the things we shipped from America will be delivered, but in the mean time, I will be giving the craft workshop a lick of paint and getting it looking all beautiful. I should probably put a kettle in there as I don’t think I’ll ever want to leave!
The house also comes with a lovely garden, complete with a vegetable patch, fish pond and a couple of fruit trees. I’m determined I’m going to become a green-fingered wizard and will grow all kinds of fruits and veggies for us to eat, freeze, pickle and make into jams. We’re planning on getting some chickens soon too. I’m claiming it’s for the eggs, but really I’ve always wanted some as pets. Not sure what the dog will make of the chickens, but we’ll see how that goes.
This is all for now. I need to get packing!
It’s now just under a month until we move into our new house. I am crazy excited. Not just before it will be the first house that we’ll be buying, not renting, but also because I am almost at three months without my craft stuff and I am starting to get withdrawal symptoms! I’ve already got my craft workshop earmarked and have been busy planning where everything will go. It’s going to be the perfect space and I cannot wait to get all of my jars of buttons and piles of fabric on the shelves.
So what’s a girl to do without her supplies for 3 months? Book craft fairs, of course! I now have seven booked for the coming year across Lincolnshire and I’m getting more and more excited by the minute. I love love LOVE craft fairs. Granted, I get super stressed in the run up and everything in the house normally ends up covered in wool and fabric during my last minute panic, but it’s still one of my favourite things to do. There is nothing like the feeling of looking at the table once I’ve laid everything out at the fair and knowing that I made everything by hand. I also love chatting to fellow stall holders and customers. I nearly always come away with something I have bought from another stall and pick up plenty of tips for the next fair, and people visiting fairs are always super complimentary about my products and table. I love talking to people about things I’ve made and always like to hear people’s plans for things they hve bought from me.
One of the plus sides of not being able to do the usual amount of making that I do is that it’s giving me extra time to plan for the fairs. I already have my table lay out pictured in my head and am much more organised with my paperwork than normal. Who knows, by the time I moved into my new craft studio, I might even have got my emails organised. Now that would be a miracle!
Our first fair is the Easter Bazaar at the Beachcomber, Cleethorpes on Sunday 16th April, so if you’re in the area that day, make sure you stop by to say hello. We promise it’ll be a good one!
After an exciting two years away in the USA, Rose Petal Cottage is now back in the UK. It was fantastic having the opportunity to sell my products at US craft fairs and to meet American crafters. I’m certainly going to miss the great big craft super stores that I had down the road from me! Packing up my craft workshop, I realised just how many more craft supplies I had acquired while being over there, and I can’t wait until it makes its way across the Atlantic so that I can start crafting again. There’s only so much wool you can fit in a suitcase when you also have to bring clothes! We also brought our little dog, Otto, back from the USA with us and he is looking forward to starting his role as craft assistant in the UK.
Now that we’re back, it’s super exciting to be getting settled. We’re currently looking at buying our first house, and naturally, I’ve got my eye out for the perfect craft room. As my husband is also looking for a house with a workshop for his woodwork, I can see us getting into a craft-related turf war. Sawdust vs buttons. Lathe vs sewing machine. Lumber vs wool. I can see it getting messy. I can’t wait until we’ve found the right house for us and all of my crafty stuff can finally get a permanent home.
I’ve now got my first couple of craft fairs booked in Lincolnshire, starting at the end of March, and I am very much hoping that we get settled by then. It’s going to be great to be able to start attending craft fairs regularly, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to start attending them on a weekly basis. I like selling online, but nothing beats being able to talk to customers in the flesh as they buy my lovingly made creations.
2017 is going to be a very exciting year for Rose Petal Cottage!