Saturday 24 December 2011

T'was the Night before Christmas ----

Nothing was stirring-----
well not exactly true --
I've been stirring tablet, ginger fudge , truffle mix !!! this evening
And am sharing an early Christmas present to me from
which she allowed me to open yesterday --- a lovely surprise visit ---
Thank you Kath -- I love it --

Taking a prime spot on the shop wall !!!!
Time has flown at
and lots planned for
The New Year
Thanks to all my friends and family for their support
and wishing everyone the best time this
Anne xxx

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Only me !!!!

OOOOO So Long Since My Last Post !!!!!!
Almost forgot my password to sign in !
Well so much been happening -----
with the opening of
the sew room
but it was so great to take some time out on Sunday
and meet up with Kath,  Alison ,  Erika,  Mary and Charlotte
over at
The Papeterie

The first very painty--
just loved the rust technique !

 Then a break for lunch.
thank you Kath for a fabulous spread ---

 After lunch--
more paint , Gesso and dry brusing --

 Great texture and methinks I'm going to cut it up an do some stitchery
as it has such a flexible finish .
(maybe get it done over the Christmas break !)

I really enjoyed the time out and came home with some of Andy's stamps
to use in the shop---

Tomorrow Tim starts this years
Twelve Tags
but will probably be playing catch up again--
however Kath is all ready for action !!!!!!

Wont leave it long to post again
and hope all well with everyone
and remember today is
so join in over on Julia's blog !!!!

Anne x

Wednesday 19 October 2011


Take time out and travel round lots of fabulous blogs this
over on Julia's.

On mine today is.....
finding space in the sew room
for the gorgeous new fabric
cabbages and roses
which arrived yesterday.
(after I had just merchandised !!!)

Also will be finishing the prep for tomorrows childrens workshop.
Have a great day everyone

Anne x

Sunday 16 October 2011

Uninvited visitor

eyes on stalks and breakneck speed !
the spider not me !
but I still managed to catch him and escort him outside .
I've never seen a spider with feelers like these before .

The ladies attending the workshop were well pleased he had vacated the premisis.
Workshop updates and news over on

Anne xxx

Thursday 13 October 2011

Report from the sew room

this morning was the Childrens workshop at

thank you girls
it was great fun

next week
a halloween treat bucket
anne x

Friday 7 October 2011

Just Home ------

and  all set for

Only to finish setting the table !
Door opens at 10.00 am
so do call in and find out what
the sew croom
is all about .

Spent a very busy day unpacking the new fabric
and with the help of a good friend
cut all the kits for Sunday's Workshop .
And Samm and Lily out to get me organised !!!!
So all shipshape and ready for action !!!!

Hope to see you if you're in this neck of the woods.
Anne xxxxx

Thursday 6 October 2011

Phew !!!!!!

Mr Delivery Man made it !!!!
Early afternoon today saw the arrival of new fabrics to

Just in time for the official opening on Saturday
and the shabby raggy cushion workshop on Sunday

looking forward to the weekend
Anne x

Wednesday 5 October 2011


Or in my case what should have been on my desk this Wednesday!!!
Loads of new fabric for the shop ----
The shipment arrived in Aberdeen at 7am   and at 6pm there was no sign of it !!!
So much for a half day !!!
But there's always a silver lining .......
Samm and Lily came out to Alford instead of me going in to them and we spent a super afternoon
doing jobs in the shop and Liiy was just charming the socks off all the customers .
I stayed open whilst awaiting Mr delivery man and had lots of new faces popping in .
And there's more ...
after the girls set off home I stayed on and took time to make the sample for a childrens class next week,
as those in this neck of the woods know it's the tattie holidays

 The class --- 
a cute little cushion with a heart applique
they learn blanket stitch and practice sewing on buttons
then finish by constructing the cushion
and tah dah
their own creation

The class is at --- the sew room
44 main street

on Thursday 13th October
10am - 12.30

Fee -- fifteen punds

email ----
to book a space

off to feed the troops  --- (hubby and dogs )

anne xxx 

Tuesday 4 October 2011

GJWTHF --- The Projects -----

Well , Kath and Debz -----

As for me will post pic as an edit tonight ----
who left camera at shop ???????

 8.30 Tuesday evevning
my project .....

Have to say again what a fabulous day
and if you want to keep up with what's next click

still been busy
Had a super day with Moira at Rustiques . yesterday
Six lovely ladies had fun discovering the versatility of
Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.
Off to the shop soon ---
more deliveries  -- bit like an early Christmas !!
Anne x

Sunday 2 October 2011

What a fantastic day !!!

Yes , it really was great fun yesterday at
at the Papeterie
with chums Kath and Debbi and a host of fantastic ladies

They really were stars.....

intense concentratuon and a hive of industry

Working away on the shabby chic Christmas Cone....
which was renamed Rustic Christmas ....
although other names may be available over on Tina's blog soon  -- Eh Tina ????
he he !!!
great hilarity as Tina and chums "modelled " their finished pieces ---
Tina has the pictorial proof !
And special thanks Tina for the pressies

Beetroot chutney opened and enjoyed with the curry and wine last night ,
before putting my feet up for the evening !!!!!!
Tired but happy .

HUGE thank yous to Kath and Debbi for all their organising
and making the day run like clockwork.
You are two SPECIAL people !

Charlotte at the Papeterie was as always the perfect hostess,
even making us yummy cupcakes --- thank you Charlotte x

Well , today am  off this morning to work in the shop
(the sew room ,alford ----- just a reminder lol !)
then in to Costco

Tomorrow over at Rustiques

Busy Busy Busy
Anne xxx

Saturday 1 October 2011

My Bags are packed and.....

I'm ready to go ....
leavin' in a fast car-------

well leaving in plenty of time in case I get stuck behind the tractors and harvesters that are out at this time in the morning
Papeterie here I come .

anne x

Friday 30 September 2011

Sleep Perchance to Craft !!!

Only one more sleep !!!!!
See you in the morning
girls just going to have fun too !!!
anne xxxxxxxx

ps  Sorry
 the sew room
closed tomorrow .but girls just want to have fun first ...
then ....
join me next Saturday for the launch !!!!
sewing machines at the ready !!!!
edited ... maybe that should read glasses at the ready !

Thursday 29 September 2011

Bags of Fun.....

the first ever workshop at
the sew room

I enjoyed a relaxed evening with Alison and Janette ,
I even made a bag too, we were so laid back .
The workshop will be run again for those who wanted to come,but were working or had prior arrangements.

as promised pics of Tina's fab card and Alison's  amazing shadow box

Thank you both x
Anne x

Wednesday 28 September 2011


Today am off into the shop to enjoy my new workspace
and am slowly getting my stash installed ready to get making !
looking forward to this evenings workshop
the reversible bag,
marking the start of many more fun classes at
the sew rooom

More boxes to unpack too............
from the Buttonbag

Children's sewing and craft kits

fabulous kits for children and great for , dare I mention the
Christmas word !

 more pics later , along with the promised pic of Tina's fab card
and another gitft from the very talented Alison-----
who I must ask again-----
Alison makes the most wonderful things and really needs to share them.

well have a great day everyone and take time to pop to Julia's
for peeks at lots of inspiring workdesks

Anne x

fast approaching ---yay !!!!!

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Am I Keen or What ?......

Setting up early for Saturday ???

Just kidding--pic from last time---
but it wont be long til
look forward to catching up with everyone.
see you all soon
Anne x

Sunday 25 September 2011

Do you Know what it is yet ???

Both Kath and Debz have Sneaky peeks up
Girls Just WanT To Have Fun 2..... 
so this is mine ....

maybe too much information ?????

Well I'm off for an ice cream --- ??????

Will be at Rustiques Tomorrow catching up on all the new stock

Am sooooo looking forward to Saturday !!!!
With all the shop decorating etc ,  feel I've been out of touch with all that's going on in
craft land !!!
Have a Happy Monday
see you all soon
Anne xxx

Friday 23 September 2011


Reversible Sling Sac Bag
 Hamble & Jemima
Wednesday at 6.30 -9.30pm
the sew room
44 main street
forty five pounds
all materials provided
and a cuppa .

fabulous fabric and a must have bag !
let me know if you need a machine
have new singer machines that need running in !!!!
short notice but was awaiting deliveries
so thank you Emma and Beth for the great service.
hope you can join us
Anne x 

Thursday 22 September 2011

First things First ....

Huge Thanks to family and friends for all their help and support .
Today was very special....

Just love this gift  Kath brought ....

Was so good to catch up with both Kath and Debbi today,
seems ages since we've been together and not long now  til GJWTHF !!!
Talking of which another big hug to Tina who travelled down from  Lossiemouth to visit !!!
Pic of her fabulous card tomorrow
Tina is the queen of all things jam and chutney !!!
(beetroot being my fav Tina !!!)
Thanks for popping in Janette, and so great to see you  Emily, been ages !!
Look forward to seeing you soon Alison for a sew in !!!
and hugs to Archie and Max .
Hope the fabric matches well with your chair Heather -- see you soon at the workshop x
Nice to catch up Mike, Catherine and  Jan , after NEOS...

gosh this could go on a bit -----
lots of local support too
and a welcome visit from Mr Postman !!!
So can now toot about the reversible bag workshop on Wednesday now the supplies have arrived !
Starts 6.30 pm
to book
Will post pic tomorrow.

Talking of pics an update on the shop...

My last but very special visitor was cus Moira ,
after a busy day at Rustiques she made a big detour home to call in and treat me to a
refresher tutorial on lampshade making !!!
kits available in both shops .
Remember to check out her paint workshops here

Lookin forward to tomorrow ....
Anne x

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Open all Hours ??????

Not exactly,
 but will have the door open tomorrow despite not having all the stock deliveries !!!
No update photo so you'll have to come see for yourselves !!!
But this little gem is so cute ...pincushion and tape measure ....
great pressie ....

Love to see you if you can pop in
Anne xxx

the sew room
44 main street

and don't forget to visit Julia for

Thursday 15 September 2011

Sew News Headlines .......!!!!


the sew room
opening soon
44 main street

an exciting new retail sewing destination,
where you can create and make in the studio workroom,
 support and inspiration always on hand.
 workshops , sew socials and private tuition.
not forgetting retail therapy.

The view from the opposite direction ........
The Retail Space ......
and the prep so far......

The past few weeks have been a complete whirlwind and yes I am opening a shop in Alford.
I hope you will come and share my workspace.
Hope to have the doors open next Thursday, followed by an opening party at the beginning of October,
After Girls Just Want to have Fun .
Am excited to be stocking
Annie Sloan Fabric and Chalk Paint
so  workshops have been launched in conjunction with Moira,
details on the Rustiques blog
All the shop fittings are being chalk painted,
so still lots to do.
Sass and Belle stock arrived today !!!!
Love it.

AND more workshop news to keep you all busy.....
debbi  , THE promarker queen,   has "next step" classses coming up......

Debbi says ........
"The first class will be on Tuesday the 27th September from 10am - 12noon at The Papeterie, will cost £15 and we'll be concentrating on embossing with die-cutting machines.
You should take along a basic kit e.g, trimmer, scissors, double-sided tape/glue and other favourite tools.
To reserve your place please call Charlotte or Rachel the Elf at The Papeterie on 01224 802337
If there is sufficient interest I'll be running the classes fortnightly."
Back soon with more updates
Anne xxx

Wednesday 14 September 2011


Late again !!!
A before pic of my new workspace from the opposite direction..........

An upto date pic in the morning !!!!!
Hope you all had a good
Am off to Julia's to catch up
Anne x

Saturday 10 September 2011

Important reminder---

Today is the fundraising event in aid of Mistletoe for cancer
in memory of Angela
so come out to Alford and lend your support !!!!!
Alford Village Hall

Also in Alford is NEOS
The Heritage Centre
10th-18th September
Sundays 11-4

Textiles by moi
and hosted by

have a great weekend
Anne x

Friday 9 September 2011

Quick Workspace Update..........

Amazing how quickly you can run out of space !!!!!!!!

And the Annie Sloan projects to finish ......

Busy day today ..prep for NEOS and more waxing .
Have a great weekend everyone
Anne x

Wednesday 7 September 2011


Today will see more Annie Sloan , this time waxing to finish the pieces,
will take photos  but meantime....

pictures from Monday and Tuesday at Rustiques....


What's on your workdesk today ?
Pop to Julia's and wander round lots of exciting desks this

Have a great day everyone
Anne x

Monday 5 September 2011

Sew much to do --- so little time ----

This week sees a host of things to do---
NEOS fast approaching ---
and  ????? what else am I up to !!!!

well today and tomorrow at Rustiques--
Moira down in Birmingham getting heads up on all the hot picks for the next season .

I've been doing a lot of Annie Sloan painting---
and working on a new space----

workspace that is --
and chums Kath and Debbie have been  sitting on my news for a little while now,
so promise to give update before  the weekend.
WOYWW will certainly have a new meaning for me after trying to work on the kitchen table all this time !!!!

Also remember Saturday is the fundraiser at
Alford Community Hall
so do go along --
Anne x

Friday 26 August 2011

Firstly...... For Angela.........

A Special event in Memory of
to raise funds and awareness of

The details of the event can be found

hope you will support
Anne xxxx

Secondly --- my news later xxx

Thursday 11 August 2011

Jobs Done .....

The pincushion Kilner storage
and the Moon Fabric cushions delivered....
(ooops forgot to take pics of them)
however missed
but will pop round and visit over the next few days .

Just to update you all, I am no longer at
I have  moved on to spend more time on my own projects,
although I did love working there and meeting all you "crafty" customers,
and a little bird tells me there's a chance to grab some
"back to school" bargains  in the shop!!!!!!

Talking of "little Birds"
pop to
and see the new feathered friends in stock .

Anne x

Saturday 6 August 2011

Saturday Night's alright alright !!!

In the words of the song!!!
No not dancin' , but nice to unwind at the end of another working week ----
Should be finishing projects---but---
we all need time out ---
normal service will  be resumed tomorrow ---
Lily sitting and sewing !!!
Neos is fast approaching...
10th - 17th September

Have a great weekend everyone
Anne x

Thursday 4 August 2011

What's in Store ?????

Having been chatting to Heather about the old style Kilner jars...
how delighted I was when she appeared at Rustiques with.......

So today will be making my pincushion/buttonstore  !

And sharing a pic taken on Monday at Rustiques....
So many gorgeous items !!!
Off to work , catch you later