Monday, 31 January 2011
I have to say I was a little intimidated at first, lots of buttons and settings......had no idea about aperture or any of the other complicated features (obviously learnt nothing in my Photography class :D ha ha). And since my Dad bought me the camera when he was in China the manual is in Chinese....this I did not study. I had full intentions of downloading the English version, but so far that just hasn't happened :o/
Nope, taking after my Dad on this one where I felt the need to just dive in there, pppfff to the instruction manual. I then went through the motion of frustration, thinking to myself I can do this so why are the photos coming out crap?? Anywho after lots of encouragement from a fellow blogger, many links provided to very helpful tutorials and posts and re-charging the battery about 6 times (yes, I really did take that many photos) I am finally getting the hang of it. Who needs instructions???? I do ;)
Ruthie who has been helping me with all the links etc sent me this beautiful camera charm, which ingeniously can help you set the white balance on your camera (no I don't really fully understand this either but I am most def going to learn). The photo above is taken with my camera trying to get the white balance right. Not bad for a 'sort of' beginner??
I wonder if you can tell which photos were taken with my new camera, there have been a few so far here, here (Second image) and here.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
I am super excited about my new range of bags......they couldn't have turned out any better. Keeping them under wraps for the moment but I promise a reveal soon.
Friday, 28 January 2011
Some time (ages) has passed and sadly to say things have been a bit slow here at bagladee HQ (economic climate v's post Christmas season) so there hasn't been any need for speed on making new tags. I am thrilled to say that the drought is over, had my first trade order and things are picking up, new bags on the horizon too......so here they are :)
Thursday, 27 January 2011
....yes I'm well and truly out of my funk! I've been beavering away at a new pattern for a clutch bag, one that I have been meaning to get round to for quite some time. After making 2 mock ups I now have some very pretty and summery fabric cut out waiting to be sewn together. So that's my queue to make a coffee and get up into the studio. Photo's soon I hope :D
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Has a lovely bushy tail round back!
Monday, 24 January 2011
I'm not in the least bit worried about it, every now and then I have a 'blip' where there is no point planning anything out because it just wont get done and usually I know when I am out of my 'funk' and ready to get back to it.
My second 'off' would be this gorgeous full length apron (which was sat in the 'make me' pile along with the Christmas aprons. I love this print I'm just so sad that I didn't buy more of this when it was on sale at IKEA :( the kitchy alpine print is sooooo cute, my favourite part of the design are the mountain goats locking horns at the top. Its an 'off' because there is only 1. If you are interested in this apron then please feel free to drop me a line (email@example.com) it is £10.00 plus £1 for delivery.
Today I have felt a little bit better as I have been working on some new patterns for new bags......this bit is always exciting! I'm not that great at maths but the great thing with fabric is that if it doesn't work you can always unpick it and start again :D
Saturday, 22 January 2011
I had ordered some gorgeous satin (from a supplier who has let me down in the past) which never turned up (and still hasn't...grrrr) so I improvised and used some very gorgeous cotton.
And this was my labour of love, made the pattern from scratch and I bought some pretty ribbon for the tie and handle.
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Alas time ran away from me and they never got finished....nor for this Christmas just gone, plain and simple because I forgot they were tucked away in a cupboard waiting to be sewn together :( How sad.
They are all sewn together and waiting to be worn, now I'm not going to do a crazy thing and go listing Christmas items in any of my shops just yet, but if anyone were interested in buying these beauties then please feel free to drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) they are £7.50 plus £1 for delivery.
Something wedding themed for tomorrow :) (not my wedding though).
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Monday, 17 January 2011
A huge thank you to Rachel for sending me a card and gifts including this beautiful bunting, thanks Rach. I plan on putting it up in my studio tomorrow :D
My quirky gifts from Chris consisted of:
a potato ricer, a gourmet grater, a days cup cake making course and he took me out for a very posh meal at one of my fave restaurants (Darley's) on Saturday. (I've always wanted a potato ricer ever since I saw the lovely Nigella use one on TV).
I also treated myself to a selection of ribbon from here.....no I'm not addicted, I do actually use it and not hoard it away like a squirrel ;)
The photo's in this post were taken with my new all singing all dancing Nikon D5000, I have lots of links and books to read as I have no idea what I'm doing with it at the moment but I hope to be able to progress off the automatic settings and start taking some fabulous product shots.
You would laugh if I told you what I have been making today but I will save that for another post, don't forget you still have until Midnight tonight to enter my giveaway!!
Saturday, 15 January 2011
And then I will be coming back home to watch Sex and the City 2 before getting ready. Tomorrow I'm going to make Devils food chocolate cupcakes and sticky ginger cupcakes, partly for my birthday and partly for C's birthday which is Wednesday. (Oh I should say I did not make the ones in the photo above I found this in Google images, so thank you to the lovely person who did make them and took a photo of them :D)
Friday, 14 January 2011
Even though I have been registered on eBay for many years I think in total I've only sold about 3 items (non bagladee related) the most hilarious item being a bean bag sofa that I had made that was the same size as a double bed!!!!
I know a lot of people do it but I had never thought about selling clothes on there. Recently I had a big clear out, 1. because space was getting a bit tight and 2. because there were things in my wardrobe that had not even had the tags snipped off. Most of the worn items I had went into bin bags and then off to the charity shops, but the new with tags or new without tags I decided to list on eBay.
I took advantage of the 2 day free listing on the 8th & 9th Jan and listed 6 items. 3 sold and 3 I have re listed as people were watching them. I have to say I am a little overwhelmed by it (I know strange as it sounds) as now I have funds (it maybe only a little) in my Pay pal account to buy YUMMY CRAFTY SUPPLIES!!!!!!! Now that's a result!!
And since I am part time in the day job, the extra cash has been something of a little blessing. All hail to the wonder that is eBay, I shall visit you again when I can bring myself to part with more items from my wardrobe. Thinking it might be shoes next!?!?!
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Here it is then, my first GIVEAWAY of 2011. It seems such a shame for this lot to be just sitting in my studio with no where to go :( so I thought it would be nice to find them all new homes to go to :D plus its a nice way of saying thank you for all your support in 2010.
1. Leave a comment on this post to enter.
2. Make sure I can contact you via your comment (email add or link etc)
3. You can gain extra entries by Tweeting, blogging or facebooking about this post, just pop back here and share the link.
4. My giveaway is open to international entries.
The give away will close Midnight (GMT) Monday 17th January and I will post the winners on Tuesday 18th January.
***Comments now closed!!***
Monday, 10 January 2011
I have a Mam who has fallen in the snow and broken her wrist and chipped her shoulder bone, a poorly cat who has not eaten for 3 days who is now on antibiotics, the bank accidentally lost £500 that I deposited into my bank last week (this is all sorted now thank goodness!!), C has been feeling wobbly again (not good).....and I am feeling pretty exhausted.
These are my very first attempt at some homemade cupcakes (shocking I know) they are zesty lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting and they are d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!! Super easy recipe and take 25 minutes in the oven. Can you tell that I received some silicone cup cake moulds and a food processor for Christmas? I took some into work to let my colleagues taste test them.....verdict : Yummy! Best go and grab one before C eats them all.
**Big, big Hugs to my Mama, wish I was there to hug you properly (and I could have drawn some flowers on your cast to make it look pretty). xx**
Friday, 7 January 2011
I am thinking about maybe making some more and putting them in my Etsy and Folksy shops, maybe not with initials on them.....hhhhmmm I will have a think about that one.
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Once this was out of the way I rearranged the contents of my cupboards and since Chris added an extra shelf under my desk the week I was ill pre Christmas I thought I'd have a move around.
Now all my supplies (felt, finding etc) are all stacked neatly under the desk, my new camera has a home, all my packing supplies are stored in one cupboard and all my other least used stuff is in another cupboard. Just need to sort my fabric pile (I love that job) and have a quick vacuum and dust.
I had a load of old stock of which some is no longer listed in any of my shops so I've packed it into a bag and will photograph it at the weekend and have a new year giveaway. I'm also going to have a sale on my felt cushions, I have new designs planned and the ones in stock need new homes as they are taking up valuable space in the studio. Needs must an all!! Nothing like a good clear out to start the year.
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
I always have an air of panic when I'm working on something new thinking that its going to turn out rubbish. But I have learnt now to reserved judgement on a new project until its completely finished.
I was given a whole bag of A5'ish leather samples a little while back and its took me until December to figure out just what I was going to make with them. These are Andrea's favourite colours and thankfully she loved it :D I was so surprised at how nice it is to sew with, there was something really satisfying using my new leather needles on my machine. Keeping the seams together was a little tricky but using masking tape to hold them together made it easier.
Top Tip: I used double sided sticky tape for holding the letters in place while I sewed!!
I am now tinkering with little leather purses, I'll post photos when they are done.
Monday, 3 January 2011
This photo was a late order placed a couple of days before Christmas and they went on their travels this week. Today I have written my first To Do list of 2011. And my is it a long list!!!
Lots of new projects, tutorials and events to prepare for. I'm looking forward to tackling the list this year. And it all starts tomorrow :D
Sunday, 2 January 2011
C gave me this awesome tray for my hand sewing projects, I did have one which sat on my lap but this meant that Nell (my cat) couldn't sit on my knee and when I moved, the thread and beads rolled around all over the place....well No more!! :D This tray is perfect.
Saturday, 1 January 2011
January saw my 30th birthday which was planned to perfection by Chris and I moved into my studio. April I attended the BCTF for the first time and took my first trade orders. May saw the launch of my first 'How to' book and new and revamped website and blog. We had quite a hot summer which was unusual and in July I went part time at the day job, which completely changed the way my life was planned out......for the GOOD. We had a fantastic holiday in Madrid and I came back with the most gorgeous engagement ring :D October I met Russell Brand and Autumn really set in with a beautiful array of colours. November and December saw my first attempt at felt Christmas decorations and Christmas tutorials and a little feature on the Elle decor Spanish website.
So that was 2010.....I want to say a huge thank you to all the support, encouragement and comments from you all over the year it really means a lot to me and I always feel that blogland is the place I can come to and feel that I am among good friends.
Thank you so much, here's to a prosperous and fortuitous 2011 for us all.