Welcome to the Savvy Sister's Blogg

Wendy (my sister) and I had this idea to create an on-line community for like-minded women (both young and old) who wanted to share knowledge, skills, ideas. Generally supporting each other in the same way neigbours would support each other in the days when you knew who lived next door or down the road!

Day by day we are building on this idea - our blog will track our journey and you are welcome to join us.

Jill

ps. The photo is of 3 sisters who used to live in our home town - our dad took this photo in the 1960s.

Friday, 16 September 2011

My Glass Projects Have Arrived!

As promised here is a photo of my finished glass pieces - the underwater scene didn't quite turn out as I'd envisaged but it isn't too bad:

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Great Fun @ Class Fusing & Slumping

I had a great time and met some great people at the Glass Fusing & Slumping workshop last week.  The tutor, Becky and the workshop at WarmGlass were excellent - I really wanted to bring all of their glass home with me, they had some lovely stuff.

I finally found out what glass fusing and slumping are - basically the fusing part is where you fuse two 3mm sheets of glass together with glass powder, pieces of cut glass, fritz (larger granuals of glass) or glass paint in the middle or on top.  Its then put into a kiln and fired - WarmGlass are going to post me my finished projects sometime this week but here is a photo of my pre-fired coasters:

My four coasters are in the bottom corner
My slumping project combined fusing and then slumping - which is basically sticking it in the kiln again and melting it over a shaped over a kilnproof mould.  I decided to do an underwater scene with sea urchins - but you wouldn't guess from my photo below:

Underwater Scene Honest!
And Finally.... thanks to Lesley, we've now got 4 people on our next Felt Making Course on the 1st Oct!!!  And in case you know of anyone who may be interested - I've reduced the cost to £30 for one or £50 for two!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

What a Week!

Busy Bee
Loads seem to have happened in a flurry this week.  Firstly, I booked our next felt making workshop at the Comeytrowe Centre on 1st Oct and already have two people booked (so please spread the word amongst any of your craft friends). 

Then I received an email from Coldharbour Mill - they have sold 9 of our felt making kits and need some more!! 

Yesterday I received an email from Kate, from The Makery in Bath asking if we can hold a workshop on November 11th, followed swiftly by an email from Katie from Cafe Culture in Taunton saying that their room above their cafe is ready to hold workshops - so much is happening!

Finishing Off
Although not completely successful in completing 1/2 of my outstanding crafts I have finished one - my mosaic door number:


Jeanette and Lydia also grouted their mosaic projects at our last Thursday craft club night so I am hoping that they'll send me some photos to stick on our blog. 

Ebay Shop
If you have an Ebay shop, Ebay provide graphs and reports on how well you are doing - ours showed that we've sold £280 of goods in the last 3 months - but it doesn't show you how much you profit you make after they have taken their fees. 

So - I decided to analyse my sales and calculated how much I had made after taking away the actual cost of the stock and the Ebay listing fees - in our case coming to £57. 

I then took off the cost of the monthly Ebay shop fee - £50, which means we made the grand total £7!!  To cut a long story short - we've now decided to ditch the shop and just list as a normal seller.  Another business lesson learnt :-(

Birthday Treat
I'm so excited...  Mum, Wendy & Bob have paid for me to go on a Glass Fusing and Slumping course for my birthday and its on Friday!!!  Heres the link: warm-glass.co.uk - I will let you know how I get on next week!

Crafting Hols Again
We've done it at last - Mum, Wendy and I have booked a week at the The Manor House Hotel, Okehampton for our annual crafting holiday - we're going the first week of November

Its bliss - not only do they have a whole range of craft facilities on site, they provide inexpensive pampering services, swimming pools and saunas and excellent food - what more do you need for a superb holiday.

Jet Setting Wendy!!
Wendy is off to the Big Apple tomorrow to celebrate the 50th birthday of her sister-in-law, Gill
Happy Birthday Gill!

Wendy is going for 5 days and will investigate the crafting scene over there - she'll feedback on her findings when she gets back.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Starting and Not Finishing

Its been over a week since I last blogged - 'Why' you may ask - well I've started loads of things and not finished any of them and I always like to post some photos of something that I've made or that someone else has.  So this week I haven't anything to show for my time, which leads me to think I need to start focussing a bit more. 

Here are a list of projects that I have on the go:
  • Felt purse with white hearts - half beaded with seed beads
  • Nuno felt waist coat - felted but needs shaping and edging
  • Mosaic door number - waiting to be grouted
  • Knitted rabbit - only the head exists
  • Mosaic cottage name - the name is almost complete, but its still waiting for the background
So, this week I promise that I am going to complete at least half of these projects and will finish them all before I move onto anything new!

Talking of new projects, our little Thursday night craft club is going to move onto making something from recycled material after we have finished our latest projects.  I think we should have a competition to see who makes the best recycled product - I will think of a suitable prize!!



Wednesday, 17 August 2011

New Ebid Shop

We set up a our Savvy Sister's shop on Ebid.co.uk this week - SavvySisters Ebid Store.  So far, we haven't had any sales but fingers crossed.  We are getting quite a few sales via Ebay, a few through Amazon and of course we seem to be selling a steady trickle through Coldharbour Mill.  Wendy has taken our felt making kits to some of the shops in Oakham to see if they will stock them and she has also made contact with a lady who is interested in running felt making workshops with Help the Aged.  So, slowly but steadily our little business grows.

We have also been playing around with Nuno Felt - this is where you felt wool into silk.  Wendy has made a cape, which isn't quite finished yet and I made a bag to go with the scarf I made a couple of weeks ago.  Here a photo:

My nuno felt bag


Mosaic has been the focus of our Thursday night craft club, we haven't got any completed articles yet, they still need grouting so watch this space - we should have some lovely photos for next week. Sadly we are losing a member of little club - Eva, she is leaving Taunton to start a new job in Gloucester.  We'll miss her cheerfulness but wish her good luck with her new venture!

Eva off to Gloucester




Sunday, 7 August 2011

Quite A While

Well, its well over a week since I last blogged - I've been soooo busy. 

Dunster Country fair on the 27th July was very hectic - there seemed to be thousands of people coming in out of the craft tent, Jeanette, Lydia and I must have made 100s of flower brooches between us.  We sold about 8 felt making kits and a bit of wool - just enough to cover costs.  Rob Lock, an old work colleague and his wife Fiona visited us - they rolled up their sleeves and made a flower brooch each:

Rob found a new use for the wool!
Rob & Fiona Felting


We met a fascinating lady at the show who worked in Tajikistan, next door to Afganistan, as a teacher.  In addition to working with children she also worked voluntarily with women who were ostracised from their community.  She believed that felt making would be an ideal confidence builder for these poor ladies and possibly a way for them to earn a little money.  She is going to keep in touch and hopefully will be able to write a regular piece about her work over there on our website once its up and running.

Next event on the 30th July - Coldharbour Mill Wool & Craft fair was excellent - we all really enjoyed ourselves and met many like-minded folk.  We used the new gazebo in anger and it did marvously, we were the first stall people hit as they came over the bridge into the courtyard:

Ready to go!
Scott & Zac at the Gazebo

We did really well, sold loads of starter kits, wool tops and made quite a number of flower brooches.  One young girl (Pickle Lily) from the comment below - was really interested and is now spending many a busy  hour making felt presents for her friends and family.  Its great when we spark off such enthusiasm, she has even written her own instructions!!  Pickle Lily's Felt Flower Brooch Instructions.
Coldharbour Mill had sold 3 out of the 4 kits that I originally dropped off at their shop a few weeks ago and asked me to give them 9 more, we've hopefully started a little felt making craze.

Finally - I spent whole of last week on a Prince2 Project Manager's course up in Bristol.  It was very intense and I'm not sure that I've passed :-( fingers and toes crossed I would rather not have to retake it!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Dunster Country Fair T-1 & Some More Makings

Dunster Country Fair
We are off to Dunster Country Fair tomorrow and are busy getting the stall together.  Jeanette from our Thursday craft night is coming to help me as Wendy is working.  I'm determind to travel a little lighter than last time - I think I took everything including the kitchen sink to the Taunton Show - my challenge it to fit everything into the car including Scott.  I've coerced Scott (my son) into helping us with the fetching, carrying and setting up of the stall - no doubt it will cost me dearly, probably a new pair of trainers!

Workshop Results
Although we didn't get enough folk to run our first Taunton workshop, the adverts for the workshop found us a new member called Maria for our Thursday craft get together.  Maria came along to my house on Saturday and we spent a very pleasant day felting under the new gazebo in our back garden.  Maria made a felt bag, she has promised to send me a photo of the finished product and I made a silk nuno scarf.

My Nuno Scarf
Maria Laying out the Wool
As usual Wendy has also been busy, she has finished off her felt underwater scene that she started on holiday.  Its truly beautiful - I don't think the photo does it justice.

Close up
Underwater Sea Scene






Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Quiet & Sad Week

Workshop Update
Its been a very quiet week - we've still only one person booked on our little felt making workshop on the 23rd.  Its a bit disappointing but we've come to a number of conclusions about this:
  • Its the wrong time of year - start of the school holidays
  • Financial climate
  • Not many people are aware of what felt making is
  • A whole day's workshop is too long to start off with
  • Cost
So, we have a plan to remedy these issues:
  • Hold the next on in the autumn
  • Run the workshop for just 1/2 a day rather than a full day at half the cost
  • Have stalls on as many garden fetes and low cost events to spread the word about felt making
Onwards and upwards!

Website Update
Stuart, our web designer has been busy putting our website together - he has now produced the first draft.   We still have a few more changes to make - but here is your first preview:


Sad News
Wendy had some sad news this week, her father-in-law Arthur died on Monday after a lengthy illness.  Arthur was a veteran of the wartime Russian conveys and the liberation of Jersey, he was a quartermaster on HMS Beagle and after the war worked for the water authority .  Wendy's husband Mick was very close to his dad - so our thoughts are with him and the rest of the family.

Next Craft Shows
We have two shows coming up, firstly http://www.dunstercountryfair.co.uk/wordpress/ on the 27th July and also don't forget the Coldharbour Mill Wool & Craft Fair on July 30th

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Cold Harbour Mill!

Brilliant news - Cold Harbour Mill has agreed to sell our felt making starter kits!!  I left one each of the Deluxe, Hunky Dory and Bare Essentials kits with them.  They are also interested in me doing some mini brooch workshops like we did at the Taunton Show - we have an outlet!!!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

My Sister's Wonderful Blanket

Wendy really puts me to shame, she makes such wonderful things, works full-time, looks after her family, walks her dogs and cycles, I just don't know how she does it!  Anyway, she has knitted this lovely blanket - its absolutely amazing and what am I knitting you may ask??  A chicken - hardly in the same league lol!
Wendy's Knitted Blanket


Sunday, 10 July 2011

Funny Old Week

Its been a strange week after last weekend's excitement.  The advert for our Felt Making workshop on the 23rd July went out in the Somerset Gazette and we had our first booking - so even more excitement!  We now need 9 more bookings - fingers crossed that there are other crafty people out there.  I've submitted an article about  starting Savvy Sisters to the Gazette in the hope that it keeps up the momentum, lets hope they publish it.

Wendy has been very busy, firstly she held a workshop for the Edith Weston Brownies in Rutland.  Each Brownie made a small, purple and pink brooch:

Edith Weston Brownies Felt Making
Then she made a snazzy cushion and a very funky hat:
Cushion Back
Cushion front

Funky Hat

They put my small mobile phone cases to shame, I must step up my game this week - any suggestions as to what I should make??

My last bit of  news is that I am going down to Cold Harbour Mill to meet with David and to hopefully discuss the possibility of the Mill Shop selling our starter kits, so watch this space on Wednesday for an update.





Monday, 4 July 2011

Amazing Taunton Show

Saturday 2nd - After much effort and downsizing Bob and I managed to pack all we needed for the Taunton Show into the car - thank goodness we could remove the car's back seats else we just wouldn't have fitted everything in.

Sunday 3rd - arrived at the huge craft marquee at Taunton School for 8am and with the help of my son, Scott managed to trail our stuff to position no.7.  It was all a bit overwhelming as I had been expecting something the size of a garden fete and Taunton Show was massive. 

Lesley and her daughter, Millie arrived just as we were unpacking and Tracey arrived a short while later.  We all rolled up our sleeves and got stuck in and et voila our stand:

Savvy Sisters Stand @ Taunton Show
10am - people started arriving and from that point onwards till 3pm we were non-stop, showing folk how to make flower brooches and selling the odd item!

Happy Customer
Lesley & Millie with another happy Customer


Although we didn't sell a great deal and certainly didn't cover the costs, we met some great people.  A reporter from the Taunton People Community Website, took our photos (Photo Link) and later gave Savvy Sisters a great review  (Taunton People Link). 

We were in stitches when one lady told Millie that she thought Savvy Sisters was a convent and that we were all nuns, she suggested that we wear our habits next time lol!

All in all - it was a great day, I certainly couldn't have done it without the help of Bob, Scott, Lesley, Millie and Tracey, so a very big thank you to them. 

And finally - you may have realised that there was one very special person missing from the Savvy Sister's first show - Wendy!!  This is where the 200 mile distance between Wendy and myself proved too much of  hurdle.  Wendy had only just returned from her holiday in Tenerife, she couldn't get down to Somerset and back again in time for work on Monday morning.  So although not there in body, she was definitely there in spirit, we displayed all of her work and had a photo of her and her childhood bestfriend Cheryl on the stand:

Cheryl & Wendy Baking in the Garden


Monday, 27 June 2011

Trip to Bath

Mum and I took a trip over to Bath to meet with Kate from The Makery.  Its an amazing business with similiar aims to Savvy Sisters.  Kate and her partner moved from London and set up a workshop teaching people traditional skills such as sewing, knitting and crochet etc.  Their workshop was so successful that they have expanded to a shop in Bath city centre.  I'm hoping to take my felting workshop to them and possible make mobile phone/purses with their customers. The Makery link

Taunton Show is looming and I've been preparing our kits - my question is how many??  So far I've sold 4 at our first workshop and 2 on Amazon, not many I know but what if it suddenly takes off?  Questions, questions.  Also, how should I prepare our stand?  Gosh, I just didn't think a craft show would cause such dilemmas.  I really hope that it is a success.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

New Ebay Shop!

Well, I've finally bitten the bullet and set up an Ebay Shop to sell my starter kits.  Here is the link Savvy Sisters Ebay Shop.  I've created two more starter kits - Hunky Dory, which is mid-range and Bare Essentials, a basic set that contains just enough to get going.  Our Amazon escapades appears to be going well, we have sold one Deluxe kit on there so far - all very exciting.

I've been busily advertising our workshop on the 23rd July and getting soaked at the same time, I think the skies open each time I set foot out of the door.  I've targeted craft related shops, pubs and hotel's, its strange really I thought I would have most problem with the pubs and hotels yet I have received more no's from shops - they must think of us as competition!

We have an advert going into the Somerset County Gazette next week and another going into the small, Galmington & Comeytrowe letter - so watch out for these.

Our Facebook page - Savvy Sister's Facebook Page is doing really well, we now have 41 followers!

Don't forget we will be at the Taunton Show on Sunday 3rd July - Taunton Show Link

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Business Cards, Sale on Amazon and Wendy's Challenge

Our business cards have arrived - I feel like a proper business woman now!  I also some postcards printed (top)  to advertise our workshops. 

Savvy Sisters Business & Postcards



The other bit of news is that we have made our first proper sale on Amazon - woop woop!!  I sold a starter kit to a lady up in the north of England. 

And, finally - Wendy has set a challenge to make something on this wet and windy weekend on our Savvy Sisters' facebook page.  The best item will be voted on and the winner will receive a box of choccies!    Click on the link Facebook Challenge

Monday, 13 June 2011

Jeanett'e Knitting Needle Case

Jeanette has made a brilliant job of finishing off the knitting case she started last Thursday at our little craft club:

She loves crafts and like many of our little club makes all sorts of things.  Here is some of her knitting - I just love the teddies.  She has also made the Mad March Hare for a Guide raffle.


Saturday, 11 June 2011

Our Little Craft Club and Wendy's Beautiful Makings

Before escaping work my friends and I used to meet every Wednesday after work for a craft evening.  We started off with jewellery making, moving onto mosaiq, felt making, crochet and papier mache.  We usually met at either Jenny's or Sue's house - everyone taking turns at either making dinner or a sweet, followed by crafting. 

However, Sue had to have an operation - I left work and the evenings stopped.  As Bob (my husband) has cleared out my conservatory, we've started them again - this time at my house.

I've been practicing my felt tutoring techniques on them and have been making felt paper weights and assorted cases.  This week, Lesley had a go at needle felting, making a small heart.  Sue made a paperweight and bangle.  Eva made a case for her glasses and Jeanette a knitting needle case - all very industrious. Jenny, Leanne, Tracey and Marion couldn't come this week - probably a good thing as sometimes there are so many of us that we have work outside and we had heavy rain!  Here are some photos:

Sue & Eva
Jeanette & Lesley
Wendy's Flower Picture
Wendy has been busy - she has finished off her flower picture and all I can say is wow:






Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Benefits of Crafting - Guest Blogger Counsellor John Sayer

Wendy and I strongly believe that crafting is therapeutic - we use it to escape the hustle and bustle of today's busy life.  We've also found that women attending craft workshops quickly get to know each other and start to share life experiences, being really supportive of each other, thus proving that the old adage 'a problem shared is a problem halved' is true.

We invited our friend and colleague John Sayer, a counsellor in the West Midlands to write a short piece on our blog explaining the benefits of having 'time out':



John Sayer



John Sayer - Me Time

It was a pleasure to be asked to make a contribution to the SavyySisters blog, especially as a lot of what they stand for, I believe passionately about within my work.

So, a bit about me first. I’m a fully qualified counsellor and deal with many, many issues in my work.  However, in the vast majority of cases what underpins the main problem is the issue of low self-esteem.  I offer one-to-one counselling in the main as well as workshops on a variety of subjects.  

Self-esteem.

There are various reasons why people don’t feel good about themselves but by addressing the issue(s) they can improve their quality of life and start to feel better about themselves in general and also the world around them.  It’s not an easy or short process in the main, but for those who really want to change, the results can be literally, life-changing.  An improved level of self-esteem can open new doors and opportunities and reduce associated problems such as depression and anxiety as well as isolation and poor assertiveness.

Someone once said that having low self-esteem is like driving through life with the handbrake on and I think this is a fair description.  I run workshops for people who wish to banish the low self-esteem  they feel and there have been some amazing results. It just takes a bit of time, some application and the desire to try new things.

One particular area I discuss with my clients is the need to have ‘me-time’, a part of the day when everything else is laid to one side and you can indulge in something simple – something just for you.

It is no exaggeration to say the pace of life is much faster now than ever before and with that comes ever increasing demands on our time from all around us. I believe it is the very tempo of our lives that has led to much of the emotional distresses  such as depression and anxiety now seen in our society.

But to bounce back from some of the symptoms of life’s overload is possible, it just takes the application and desire I mentioned above.

So, what’s this got to do with the SavvySisters site?  Quite simply they promote the basic premise of relaxation, me-time and creativity.  I know Wendy and Jill well and they have proved the value to themselves of indulging their spare time to create something that is unique, something that calls on their imaginative and creative juices.   

I have counselled some very sick people who, despite their illness, have incredibly been able to express themselves through creativity be it painting, writing, photography or music to name but a few.  Words may have failed them but they  found something quite unique not only to show how they might be feeling, but to express an inner antidote to their problems. 

Some counsellors will hold specific workshops based on art therapy for example. In my workshops, as well one-to-one counselling, I act merely as the facilitator, allowing the individual to find a trust in themselves so that they may then go away and create on their own. Many bring the results back to the counselling room and I am always humbled at the results I see. 

Yet creativity, or the results of me-time, can be as simple as reading a book, experiencing being able to let go in a warm bath, to sit and watch the rain, or to hold a flower. As long as it takes you away from the humdrum, the monotony, the unexciting, then you will have found a new set of feelings and emotions. And that is what SavvySisters is all about.

If you would like to find out more about John's work please email him  - empowerment@btinternet.com  Thank you John!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

New Email Address & Taunton Show

Email Addresses
At long last, Wendy and I now have SavvySister.co.uk email addresses in preparation for our website.  So if you would like to contact us on these addresses email:

Wendy - wendy@savvysisters.co.uk 
Me - jill@savvysisters.co.uk

Taunton Show
We've booked a stand in the craft tent at the Taunton Show at Taunton School on the Sunday 3rd July, so please come and see us.  You can try your hand at felt making by making a brooch or mobile phone charm.

Also, don't forget to like our Facebook page!!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Latest News

Quite a bit of news for this posting - firstly our Savvy Sisters Facebook page is up and running, please take a peak:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Savvy-Sisters/138916219510605

We are still waiting for our website but will let you know as soon as it is available.

Also - I received my ITIL certificate on Saturday, after the long slog to get it I am now very proud to be an ITIL Expert and the owner of a lilac (I think it is lilac) badge, if you blink you may miss it, its at the bottom of the photo!



Over the weekend, I experimented with the 3 dimensional method of felting around a former - usually when I make a bag I fold the edges over; however, this time I decided to leave them and then cut away the excess.  I've made an Apple iPhone case and think its turned out quite well - a bit organic looking but most of my felt making seems to turn out that way. 

iPhone Case



Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Wendy's Huge Birthday Muffin lol!

Happy Birthday Wendy for yesterday.  She had a lovely surprise when she arrived at work, colleague had baked and decorated an amazing, large muffin for her birthday!

Happy Birthday Wendy
I wanted to make her something for her birthday too - so I got out my Silver Art clay at the weekend and made her a small pendant.

 I used an old button I bought from the last Stitch & Craft Show I visited to make a mould out of quick setting modelling clay.  Once the modelling clay became hard, I pressed the Silver Art clay into it - making the back concave to reduce the overall weight.

I left it in the mould overnight, taking it out the following morning and after a quick sand with ultra fine sandpaper, fired it on the gas hob for 8 minutes.

Once fired and cooled, I brushed off the white coating with a wire brush and painted the leaf petals with some Gold Art paste that Bob & Scott, my husband and son bought me last Christmas.  Left it to dry for 1/2 hour before firing the pendant again, this time for 5 minutes.

I followed the same procedure as before, removing the white coating with the wire brush, then carefully sanded it with ultra fine sand paper.  Using the burnishing tool I made the whole piece shine beautifully.  Last step was to drill a hole, fit a silver loop and add the chain - and et voila:


I used a scrap of felt to make the small buttoned pouch.

I had another attempt at the process with a larger button, but this time for some reason the Gold Art paste didn't fix to the silver ribbon pattern.  So - I used some sulpurising solution to give it an antique feel:




Monday, 23 May 2011

Sweet Little Slippers

I just had to add these sweet little slippers that Wendy has made - you can make slippers for any size, but possibly not as cute as these.

Wendy's Disaster Turned Into a Success

The beauty of felt making is that if something doesn't turn out quite as expected it is possible to turn it into something else.

This weekend Wendy decided to experiment by making a whole bag in one complete piece of felt, unfortunately the handles didn't work out. So, she cut them off and made a smashing make-up bag.

Felt is so versatile - don't worry if what you make ends up looking like a dogs dinner, cut the felt up and use to make a mobile phone case, purse, flower the list is endless - its so easy to recycle. I often use scraps of felt to make small buttoned jewellery pouches for my handmade jewellery - it just adds a lovely finishing touch.

Problem with the handles
Make Up Bag
 Handled bag turned into a make up bag

Friday, 20 May 2011

Noodes & Next Workshop

I've ordered a whole load of items for the starter kits, my conservatory is rapidly filling up and I can't blame my husband this time!

Today a large box of swimming noodles arrived - these are for the rollers, yesterday 500 bottles for the vinegar and soap, 500 bottle top waterer for sprinkling the soapy water and a 40m roll of tuile netting for holding patterns in place. Next step - I've got to put them altogether, a bit of a mammoth task.

We've finally booked our next felt workshop - its going to be on Saturday 23rd July at the Comeytrowe Centre, Taunton. Wendy and I are so excited!! Email me - on jill.nutton@sky.com if you'd like to come and want more info.

I've also been experimenting to try to find small items that can be easily made within 5 to 10 minutes for when we hold stalls/stands at craft shows - first attempts are these two flower brooches, we want them to be simple so people can have a try themselves. What do you think?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Wendy on The Stall

Routing through my Dad's old slides, I came across some lovely photos of Wendy sat next to Mum's market stall.  We were born to start Savvy Sisters!!  She looks soooo cute with her pudding basin haircut....

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Our Mum, Jean

Mum has been felting - as I mentioned in a previous post, she started off Wendy & I's love of crafting when we were very little.  She is very creative and as a brilliant eye for colour, I've added some of the photos of her at work below.

Mum was also very entrepreneurial in her day - she started many a successful business from a market stall selling wool and children's clothes back in the 1960s, opening a second hand clothes shop in the 70s and selling hand-made cards in the 80s & 90s.  All to help make ends meet for our large family - she has 5 children, all grown up with children and in some cases grandchildren of their own.
Completed Wall Hanging
Using Pre-felt
Mum on her market stall in the 1960s


Selina Came To Visit

Selina Barker, my coach from the Screw Work Lets Play programme, stopped off from her travels around the UK in her camper van called Beryl.  Selina was returning from in Cornwall & Devon and popped in to have a go at making the felt bag inside Beryl.

We videoed the whole process and Selina is going to edit it into a video for Youtube - it was great fun.  Here is an excerpt from the video - we are making the handles!

video

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Tea Cosies & Website News

Sam, who attended our first workshop has been a busy bee with her felt starter kit and has emailed us photos of two lovely tea cosies she made.  She has grand plans and as she lives and works in the Yorkshire wolds would like to make some felt pictures of countryside around her - hopefully she will email us photos of these too.


We've commissioned a web designer to build our website - so hopefully won't be too long before we can start our little business up properly.  Wendy and I want to have different sections on our website - an area for selling materials and supplies, another for crafters to sell their finished wares, a forum for sharing knowledege and supporting each other, a gallery and a blog - a proper on-line community. 

Another avenue is to sell our starter kits at craft shows and exhibitions - so we have been busily bulk buying the components parts for the kits ready to make up our pretty bags.   Next step is to find a show!