Working with wood, it’s incredibly handy having a joiner Dad. He’s on hand for advice and he’s constantly drilling holes for me!
I remember when I was little, being sat at the end of our garden watching Dad working in his workshop. To make me feel like I was helping, I would have a block of wood from his offcuts box and a pile of nails to hammer into it. I started young!
My parents have got used to me popping over for a cup of tea, complete with a box full of new wooden bits that all need holes of various sizes drilling into them. Many a good idea has also come from these tea visits and my latest product is no exception. Vintage wooden signs.
I love old signs, packaging and typography and my house is literally bursting – from blown up old wine labels in the kitchen to place name signs in the bathroom.
Dad could source me lengths of wood with a rough unfinished surface, perfect for creating that ‘its been around forever’ look. The first sign I painted cheekily landed back into Dad’s hands as a Christmas present! Finally I’ve got round to painting more.
Hopefully the finished product reflects all the work and care that has gone into it. Now all it needs is a loving home!
I was right – my holiday isn’t a holiday at all, and if I’m honest I don’t mind too much.
My website is online and there’s a few products on there to browse through, I’ve got some cards designed and made ready for Valentines day and I’ve been experimenting with some new products and materials. This afternoon my coffee table was covered with clay! I remember doing a workshop at school with clay and I absolutely loved it, but that was a long time ago and the itch was still there to try and create a Bumbleblue product in clay.
I had no idea what I was really doing, so decided to start small and simple. Using my hairspray as a rolling pin (yeah, didn’t think about how to flatten it out) I concentrated on making some little love hearts.
I found the metal letter stamps on Ebay and I already love them. It’s so quick when I’m used to hand painting everything. This was instant results and I’m really happy with them – even half finished. Now I’ve just got to wait for them to dry before I can add finishing touches.
I’m slowly learning, when you hand make your own wares you have to always be a few months ahead.
I was baffled when people on Folksy were saying they had started making products for Christmas…in June! Don’t get me wrong, I’m Mrs Christmas, but I couldn’t imagine painting snowflakes without some festive music – and believe me, Ed would be less than impressed if I was blaring out Jingle Bells for more than one month a year.
Apparently I’m a bit late already for Valentines Day, so I’ve had a little assembly line on the go to include a few loved up goodies, especially for the one area I always struggle to shop for. Cards.
Every year on the run up to Valentines Day, I wander round card shops picking up cards reading super soppy verses and seeing far too many ‘horny devils’ for my taste. I like nice cards, and I’ve had a go at making some simple and stylish designs.
I know not everyone will like them, but at least I will have one ready to give to Ed!
The festive season is over for another year, and what a season it was!
I really got stuck into Bumbleblue, both online in my Folksy shop and out and about at craft fairs. Lots of sales, positive feedback and new contacts can only be good news for the future and I intend to make the most of it!
I’ve never really been one to make new years resolutions. Probably because I’ve never decided on anything to stick to or give up! This year it seems a little different, and I’ve got a spark of enthusiasm for getting Bumbleblue very organised (I’ve even bought some file dividers, oh yes)
It’s funny that most of my new ideas come to me when I’m busy making orders up, or getting ready for a craft fair. New projects and products flood into my head and of course, there’s no time to do anything about them there and then and usually, I end up forgetting them.
Towards the end of last year, I made an effort to make a note of those random ideas and keep them for when I had some extra time. Well, I’ve got a week and a half to let some of these ‘forgotten’ ideas come out and shine.
As is always the case, I’ve planned to do so much in my time off, I don’t think ‘having a rest’ will feature much! The excitement is keeping me spurred on, and I can’t wait to see my new website up and running! I’m not at all very adventurous when it comes to technology so I’m completely surprising myself and dare I say it learning something new was quite satisfying.
I know we’re well into January now, but Happy New Year and I hope all your plans for 2012 get off to a good start!