We got a couple of mentions in Sew Magazine recently, one was the Trinny fabric bundle (Farm Fresh fabrics from Riley Blake Designs) in the November edition. The other was the ‘Hoo’s In The Forest’ fabric which featured in the ‘Fabric Shopping’ section in October. I was amazed to receive a call last week from a lovely lady who didn’t have email or the internet but who had seen the ‘Trinny’ fabric bundle in Sew Magazine. She had discarded the magazine and ended up calling Sew Magazine direct to track down Emma’s Fabric Studio.
Coincidentally, at the same time, Emma’s Fabric Studio is the subject of a local college project where some of the students have been asked to create a leaflet for a local business. They have decided their project will revolve around how internet businesses reach people without the net, I look forward to seeing what they create for me!
FYI Tara is currently crazy busy in the run up to Christmas, I miss her Tuesday posts but she is working with the Fabric Fruitloops of Crowborough at many of the Christmas Fairs, which will hopefully provide us with some humour and hopefully some tales of success!
No one would have believed….
That these knitted reindeers would be SO damn popular! I started making these last year and had several order requests which I just managed to keep on top of! I’m not talking hundreds but they do take time to make even thought they are quite small! The actual knitting is the easy and quick part, it’s the putting together and faffing that takes the time!
ANYWAY, I had made these three lovelies for the Christmas Market that my friend Kerrie Harman organised in my village this weekend. The proceeds of the raffle went to the charity SANDS which is a stillbirth and neonatal death charity which supports anyone affected by the death of a baby and promotes research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Kerrie has worked EXTREMELY hard to get the event organised and as you will see later on from the pictures, her hard work paid off! The Fair was held in our local Village Hall and I pitched up early to help set up as I hadn’t helped distribute the leaflets that Kerrie had made up so was feeling slightly guilty! Typically it was raining when I arrived but I managed to help Kerrie ferry her bits and bobs into the hall and helped her to get her stall looking nice. My girlfriends Gin, Mags and Mary joined me a a bit later on and then we faffed and rearranged our two stalls to try and get them to look inviting and appealing!
The Fair was from 10-2pm and was packed for pretty much the whole time which was great for all the stall holders! We were next to a lovely couple that were selling jams and chutneys and home made scotch eggs and sausages rolls and the smells kept wafting over my way making me really hungry! I couldn’t resist in the end and bought a couple of scotch eggs for Si and me to have when I got home later on! They were delish by the way!
There were lots of different stalls which included cards, jewellery, yummy cakes, chilli jam and pickles (my favourite stall) and lots more! I took some shots of some of Kerrie’s gifts plus her beautiful display that greeted you when you walked in to the hall. I had hoped that she might not notice if I snuck it into the back of the Landy but alas no, I didn’t have the courage to do it!
I was delighted because my Mum and Dad made a special trip to come and see and support me as did my two friends Cat and Becky from work! Becky won a lovely raffle prize which she was really pleased with! I also had a chance to catch up with my friends in the village leaving Mary and Mags to hold the fort! Thank you ladies! We had a very successful day and between us managed to make a good profit! I was delighted as I sold my reindeer and 3 of my stockings as well as some other bits and pieces! Now all I have to do (as well as everything else including work before Christmas) is GET KNITTING & MAKING as I have 10 reindeers to make plus more stock for my next Fair in 2 weeks time! When I got home and after my scotch egg and branston pickle, I did make up a Brighton Rock Rooster yarn reindeer which is small progress at least!
The whole day was a great success for Kerrie and I hope that all the other stall holders enjoyed it as much as we all did! Am looking forward to doing it again next year which I think will be it’s 5th year?! How awesome is that!
Oh and one last thing, the honeycomb that I bought from Liz at the Copper Kettle Kitchen stall was THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD! WOW!!!! A definate need for capital letters me thinks! FOOD FACE!!!!
Note from Emma: I’m woefully behind with posting Tara’s blog, many apologies Tara, here is the birthday special you sent me for last week!
Birthday Celebrations – The Beginning
As you may know, I celebrated my 40th birthday recently and was joined in my celebrations by my husband Simon and our dear friends Andy and Claire. They arrived on Thursday night and we had some vino and a huge catch up before venturing to bed at 2am! Unbeknown to me, they were actually up until 3.10am (more on that later!) I was instructed that I wasn’t allowed to enter the kitchen or the dining room on Friday morning as it was out of bounds! When I woke up I was greeted with this small pile of gifts! A cup of tea was brought up to me and I was then summoned for breakfast! Andy and Claire had decorated the kitchen and dining room for me and prepared pink grapefruit and Bucks Fizz, followed by eggs Benedict on warm buttered muffins! What a delicious treat!
After breakfast I was allowed to have my cards and the first round of my birthday gifts and opened this box of 40 items picked especially for me along with some other goodies from Simon! Andy and Claire had picked out 40 things which remind them of me. One gift was a bulb of garlic. I laughed hysterically when I opened this as I clearly remember one weekend when they stayed with us when Claire had been shopping ALL DAY! She returned home with just a bulb of garlic! No shoes, handbags, makeup or clothes, just garlic! Another gift was a carton of pineapple juice and a small bottle of greek Ouzo. Simon and I met Andy and Claire in Lesbos, Greece several years ago now and as you do on holiday, we used to drink Ouzo and pineapple! The thought of it now makes me shudder slightly as I suspect it is probably ever so sweet, it is amazing how your taste changes over time as you get older! Also inside the box were chocolates, strong teabags (I ALWAYS moan at their weak tea when we go and stay with them) Sanctuary smellies, bird feeders and treats, yarn, sweeties, jam, horse treats (Bomber will be delighted on my next riding lesson) and much more! Simon had treated me to my Miss L Fire shoes and some Keane goodies, along with some DVD’s and a fab embroidery kit! The DELL box contained a helium balloon and theatre tickets for the Saturday to see The 39 Steps which were also from Andy and Claire! Spoilt or what! Part 2 of the gifts were to follow on our return home from London the following day! EXCITEMENT FACTOR!
Several months ago I had booked Gordon Ramsay at Claridges for my birthday as we have been going together every other year for the last 6 years. After months of waiting the time to glam up had finally arrived! We weren’t planning on staying in London originally but Andy and Claire had arranged the theatre tickets as a surprise for me, so it made more sense to stay overnight. They had booked us into a hotel and we decided to go up at midday to check in and chillax before we needed to get ready. We checked in and then had a mooch around Leadenhall market as well as a much needed Pret as we weren’t eating dinner until 8pm! I think that the 7 months break from commuting has made me realise that I actually like London a little bit again. I didn’t think I would feel like this yet but did which was great! We were staying near the Gherkin and came across this gorilla statue which I just had to pose with, I’m not called Silverback Blackwell for nothing! Claire and I had bought some seamed tights to go with our outfits which topped them off perfectly. I was really pleased with how my dress looked and how my hair and make up went. My shoes were really comfy too!
We had already had a sneaky look at the menu Prestige and over a G&T I decided on the foie gras and the veal followed by the cheese! The whole meal was absolutely delicious but the dessert was just the BEST EVER! The staff all really looked after us and even sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me and presented me with this little birthday cake! We were there for several hours as the meal wasn’t rushed and we made our way back to our hotel for a nightcap before a much needed sleep! I had an absolutely fantastic evening and was really excited about what the rest of the weekend had in store of me, more on that next time!