Saturday, 28 March 2009

I finished a batch of 4 yellow embroidered anglais dresses for the Zapf Baby Born dolls. I've done these oepn backed, so they are ideal for childrens play dolls rather than doll collectors. I love using the embroidered anglais cotton as one side comes with ready made embroidered edge which is great for hemlines. It also gives a unique finish to the dresses making them individual.

I'm a little more forward with the fairisle socks - which are an experiment. I'd never knitted socks before now and it was a challenge getting used to working with 4 needles - but as the knitting grows, and I get used to it, then it does get easier.

I sometimes do bootsales on weekend - but when I got up this morning, I checked the weather and it didn't look too promising - a combination of sun and black clouds (the weather forcasted rain showers for our region), so I didn't bother going. Most of my stock isn't water resistant, and I didn't fancy rushing to get it all packed away before it got soaked. Typical - murphys law happened, and cos I didn't do a bootsale, it turned out quite nice, even if a little windy - but you can guarantee, if I DID do the bootsale, within half an hour of me setting everything up, it would have bucketed down and I'd have had to pack it all away and come home. Oh well, there are other things that I could do instead.

Our forum cookbook project seems to be one step nearer to the collecting recipes. I'll have to get a couple of my favourites ready to email accross.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Just set up this new blog page

I've got a little blog page on My Space, but decided to give google a go to see if its easyish to set up. This is the finished version. I hope that you like it.

We are Babs n Ray - a husband a wife team - Ray does the post runs and I do all the listing, packing, and making of things that we sell online. We've been selling online now for somewhere around 4 years, although last Aug we moved our main selling home to eBid - and are glad that we made the move. We do still sell occasionally on eBay and have got a few items that are duplicated on Etsy. To see what we are selling and where - the links to our listings and stores are all below. We are dotted about in different places on the www, and can be found on Twitter, Flickr, MySpace, and Facebook. All under the same user name and poppy avatar.

To update you on recent activity - I've spent the last month uploading new pics to our Flickr photo stream, busy making hand knit bed cape, hand knit doll trousers to match a fairisle matinee jacket - in white with blue. I've also been very busy in the sewing room making doll dresses in embroidered anglais fabric, glasses cases, phone cases, cushion covers and table linens. I've also been going out on sat and sun mornings - before the sunrise - to do bootsales. We are meant to be downsizing and bootsales are a great venue for selling large items like chairs, cabinets, etc where carriage is ridiculously high enough to prevent them from being saleable online. Bootsales are also useful for heavy items of china and books where postage would push the price of an item up beyond what would be classed as reasonable.