Dotty bunting

Dotty bunting by Samantha Halliwell
Dotty bunting, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

Here is some more of my bunting. This bunting measures a little under 5 metres in length and has 15 flags on it at 5 inch intervals. Perfect for those summer garden parties or BBQ, or to hang in your house or for those important occasions like birthdays or family get togethers.
This will be available to buy on Etsy later and if you mention this blog post you will get free P&P. I will refund your P&P after purchase.


Boys Crayon Roll

Boys Crayon Roll by Samantha Halliwell
Boys Crayon Roll, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

I have fantastic news. I have a new job. Many, many reasons for applying and just fab to have got it! I will miss my friends on the ward where I work at the moment but I am really looking forward to getting to work with patients with long term conditions and building up a rapport with them that means I can help them live the life they want, and try to be proactive in reducing hospital admissions so their quality of life is better. And as an aside it is a more sociable job I won’t be working weekends or late shifts and I won’t have to get up at 6 am for an early. I am quite excited :o)
Other news then sun is shining, it is not quite as warm today as it has been but who cares the sun is out. I am a little sad this morning cos Savannah and I were growing sunflowers and this morning I discovered that the rabbits had found them and eaten them so no more sunflowers. Will buy some seeds and start again.
The picture you can see here is my crayon roll. This one is for the boys, made with a gorgeous animal print fabric and blue cord pockets. It holds 24 crayons and I am selling this. I hope to be sorting an Etsy shop very soon so this will be for sale there. I have material to make girly ones as well so expect to see more of these real soon. Oh and the crayons are included in the price!
Happy Saturday to you all, be sensible in the sun unlike my eldest daughter who was traditionally British yesterday. First sign of the sun and she has got sunburnt shoulders. Protect your skin from the sun but enjoy it all the same guys.
TTFN xxx

Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom by Samantha Halliwell
Spring Blossom, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

I have been looking around the internet at some of the most gorgeous fabric postcards that people have been making and decided to have a go for myself. This is my first attempt and I am very pleased with how it has turned out. I am thinking one of those deep photo frames to place this in and to hang it around the home! It measures 4 inches by 6 inches and is hand and machine sewn by me!
Other news I still have not heard about the job that I was interviewed for last week. The waiting is killin me I can tell you I hate the suspense!
I am also in the process of setting up an Etsy shop and once I have stock in I will let you all know.
TTFN peeps Happy Tuesday xxx

My dilemma

I am not sure that I am going to do myself any favours here but I need to form some thoughts!!! and I guess that part of the reason for a blog is to help me do that!

I make glass beads…except that I simply don’t have time right now! I work full time doing shifts and to make beads I need a good couple of hours free. It is not simply about making a glass ball on a stick it is more complex. Ok I don’t have to fire up the kiln I can batch anneal but I lose more beads that way (potentially anyway). So to make beads I have to have a few hours free. On top of that I am finding it frustrating. I don’t feel that I have moved on in my bead making skills for some time now and more frequently I find myself sitting in front of the flame totally at a loss at what to make. I fail to see colour combos like some people. I have tried lots of different ways of beating this lack of mojo but quite simply I have not made much since the beginning of this year! On top of that the book keeping is a complete bind for the end of year tax return. I struggle to keep my books mostly my own fault cos I am quite undisciplined like that but I also fail to see the point on a business that runs at a substantial loss!

Another factor is my home life. Tony has been fantastically supportive with the things I have done over the last year and going back to shifts has been quite difficult for him to come to terms with. Running my own business on top of that means that I spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet promoting myself and keeping my profile up. Working on a computer is not really something I can do with my husband especially one who is completely computer illiterate. I like my time off to be with my family and not sitting on a computer!!

On the other side I have spent time and money building up my skills and my business and collecting the equipment that I have and am totally reluctant to sell. But do I leave them in the shedio collecting dust just in case one day I decide to make beads! If only someone lived close by that I could buy torch time off when I wanted to make stuff. I thought I had a friend nearby but something seems to have gone wrong with that and I am not sure what which saddens me a lot!

When I went off sick last year Tony bought me a sewing machine cos I wanted to make bags and this week I have started quilting. There is no way I can sell what I make cos the price of material works out to be quite phenomenal. I have just ordered some stuff to make a quilt for me and the price of materials is £80 so to sell will cost something like £160, would you buy a handmade quilt for £160? I can’t sell £20 beads so highly unlikely that I can sell quilts!

My dilemma simply then is – do I keep my torch or do I sell it? Do I give this up as a bad idea now or do I hold some more???

Arrrggghhhhhhh!!! why do I have to make things so difficult and overthink stuff !!!

BTW as a final thing there are still a few bits in my Etsy sale here not sure how much longer I am gonna leave the sale going so if you have your eye on something get it before it goes cos once it has gone it has gone! These prices are the final reduction so  quick get in and pick up a bargain!


Barking mad super summer sale

I have actually managed a little torch time over last couple of weeks and whilst bagging up my little beauties for listing some time in the autumn I have decided that a good ole clear out is needed. So…….I am having a super mad summer sale!

Click here to go to my Etsy shop and have a look. Be quick I think (hope) things will fly off the shelf!!!