It’s February already!

How did this happen?!  Last time I checked it was the new year and I was failing miserably at all of my new years resolutions!

Well, here I am, again 6 weeks after my last post. Sorry.

I have however added a new bag to my on-line store today which is possibly a first this year.  Here it is!

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Unfortunately I have had to take a break from custom orders (I’ve made 4 of those this year!) to enable me to re-stock my little store which is looking pretty bare!  For that reason I have also dropped a few of my prices to try and have a good winter clear out to make way for lots of lovely spring/summer stock!

I am optimistic that I will have some beauty’s online ready for you all before the month is out.  I am determined to get things moving and not allow my proper job to consume my entire week. I love it but some weeks it wipes me out!

Right, enough grumbling and excusing myself, i’m off for a bubble bath and early night to ensure I’m topped up on sleep for the coming week!

I know this quote has been over done for the past 20 years but it’s affective…

“I’ll be back”

x

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HAPPY NEW YEAR (and we’re having a sale!)

Wow!  The six weeks since my last blog have literally whizzed by.  I sincerely apologise for the lack of updates from HBT HQ but isn’t Christmas just hectic!  I don’t even have any children and I still resembled that manic woman from the M&S advert (or was it asda?), with a lot of lists of things to do and much too-ing and fro-ing admist all the socialising, dinners & festive drinks events! Phew!

I have suffered probably 19 ailments including hangovers, colds, sore throats, coughs and unexplained bruises over the festive season but I have at least made it through alive!

I sincerely hope all of my lovely readers (and of course any future readers plus everybody else in the world) had a most enjoyable relaxing holiday season. and of course HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I was talking to my BFF yesterday eve about the whole festive season and how much we love autumn and winter (when we think about it in the middle of a dreary summer not when it actually arrives) but actually, when you get half way through the short days, long dark and damp nights and break through to January you actually start to crave the longer days, slightly milder weather and the pleasure of going outside without wearing five jumpers!

I am positively bursting with excitement about 2013 and have grand plans to make it the best year yet for HBT.

For me, Christmas was a most sociable time and obviously was lovely to have our first Christmas in our own home.  The boy insisted we have a real tree which was awesome!

Christmas at The Manor!

Christmas at The Manor!

I attended my works Christmas bash which was a grand affair with lots of free wine (!).

Gathered with many friends for a good old curry and a catch up.

Took the mothership for a fabulous birthday lunch at a most fancy french restaurant (by now my waistline is already suffering).  Jazz and I had fun with garlic bread (garlic bread!)

Good 'Tache Jazz!

Good ‘Tache Jazz!

Christmas was spent at the boys parents and we received an abundance of handy new home gifts which excited me no end (The boy was less excited about my new Pyrex and electric whisk).  Boxing day was the usual gathering at Grandma’s with about 30 extended family members.  Bring a plate kind of thing. I decided onesies should make an appearance for a change so this happened…..

Onesie Boxing Day!

Onesie Boxing Day!

Even the mothership wore one! Genius!

Next year we’re going to get Grandma one for her Christmas present!

The boy and I also attended the third instalment in our very own Come Dine With Me which started in June.  We weren’t keen on doing them all in one week so we dragged it out half a year or so.  I don’t think that’s too excessive!  The theme for this one was favourite movie characters.  Can you guess who we are?

Brilliant 'Tache!

Brilliant ‘Tache!

NYE was spent at a live music event which was rip-roaring and then back to work with a thump.  Although I worked all over Christmas on the non-bank holidays and all of the aforementioned events happened over a period of 10 days so didn’t really feel like I had much of a break but it was brilliant fun all the same.

I made a couple of bags for Christmas presents which were made in such a rush (on Christmas EVE!) that I completely forgot to take photos!

Soz!

I have however added a new bag to my Etsy store and have decided to have a little January Sale all of my own!  So if you pop along to my Etsy store right now (you can click the blue words and it’ll take you straight there) you can enjoy a huge 20% off by just entering the coupon code NEWYEAR2013 when you check out.  How generous am I!  I’m planning to head straight to the studio this week for a good old de-clutter and re-group! I’m really keen to get some new designs together this year and branch out with my patterns so please bare with me if my online store isn’t full to bursting straight away.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated as much as is feasibly possible (as usual i’m ever the optimist!)

So, having just cooked and demolished a monstrous roast dinner with the fam I must love you and leave you as I continue my quest down my ‘January To Do’ List.

Have a brilliant January, good luck with the new years resolutions and don’t forget to tell your family and friends about my online sale!!!  Pop along to my store stat!

xxx

Christmas, Handbags and Zombies

I admit it.  I am rubbish at this blogging.  I’m not sure where everybody else finds the time to sit down for an hour and write about stuff when I have to schedule it into my diary. Alas, I’m here now so panic over.

Anyway I have an excuse (as always), i’ve been getting ready for my CHRISTMAS FAIR!!!  “Hurrah” I hear you cry!  Now I am not the biggest fan of Christmas normally, my family is enormous and I usually spend the time broke and drunk but laughing till I wee as my sister and I regress over dinner, however now that I get to sell things at Christmas Fairs I LOVE it!  My favourite bit being decorating my table with festive shenanigans and sending smallest sister off to buy Santa hats!  You won’t miss my table at this one!

So, after you have read this very paragraph, go and get your diary and in THIS ‘Saturday’ (10th November 2012) write down XMAS FAIR, ANTROBUS HOUSE, AMESBURY 10am-4pm. Then come back to your computer and finish reading this blog…. Go on then. Do it. Do it. DoitDoitDoitDoitDoitDoitDoitDoitDoitDoit! 🙂

Done? Good.  Hopefully you made a cuppa on the way back as this is going to be a long one, it’s been forever since my last blog!

Most exciting-ness took place over Halloween, me, my Ma & baby sister were involved in a world record attempt!  I know, how EXCITING! For those that haven’t heard of Thrill The World basically somebody decided that it would be really cool to get as many people together all over the world, all doing Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance at the exact same time.  Somehow it turned into a Guinness world record attempt and happens every year.  MJ himself even knew about it (God rest his soul) and apparently used some of the footage in one of his music videos.  If you’ve never heard of it, check out the website, it’s all in aid of charity and raises loads of money for great causes (and of course is brilliant fun!)

I can safely say that I ‘know’ the dance (I may have had a small reminder of the moves written on my hand which unfortunately didn’t work because i’m a donut and forgot it would be dark when we did it!) and am hoping to do it for many years to come cos it was a blast!

Here’s me, Ma & Jazz rocking the zombie look!

We don’t really do mornings!

BBC’s Children In Need filmed the actual dance so keep your eyes peeled for us on the tele-box and the local paper even popped along….(Love this photo)

A few of the zombies broke away from the group for the paps!

If you fancy seeing our attempt in all it’s creepy glory you can find it HERE!  (I’m at the back with all that hair – possibly my best back-comb ever!)

Strangely I’m terrified of zombies but still managed to join 90 of them for this.  My sister and I actually had this very conversation this afternoon when  she popped round for lunch (she too is terrified of zombies).  We know the odds on a zombie attack (actually we don’t) but then I found this and this!  Now I must confess I haven’t actually read these articles (they just came up on google) because they put pictures all over the web page and it freaks me out to just look at them.  It’s the eyes! Ask aforementioned sister.  I could go on for days about why zombies freak me out but i’m pleased that somebody has written a book on what to do in the event of an attack, I must remember to put that one on my Christmas list.  I have even, on occasion, made the boy switch the light off at night or come to the toilet with me due to fear of a zombie lurking behind the bathroom door.  You know it’s love when your boy takes you for a midnight wee because your scared of zombies (even when you are 28 years old!).

Speaking of the boy….

We’ve moved in together!! It’s taken nearly 4 years together but we got there in our own time. I have now lost at least 6 hours of my life to Ikea (I am painfully aware that I will never get them back), I have thrown away things that I have for some reason been hoarding for years but never thought to throw away before and I’ve gone all grown up and spent ridiculous amounts of money on things like hoovers, cutlery and hand towels which are purely for the guest toilet! I’m broke (until pay day) but I LOVE IT! Waking up with the boy every day is just an added bonus. If I ever tell you that i’m thinking of moving again please slap me and tell me not to be so stupid!

In other, bag related, news I have a new plan!  As I have been so utterly rubbish at getting my website moving and functional so that you lovely folk can buy my lovely bags, I have decided to take a smaller first step to online flogging and start using ETSY.com.  If you haven’t been there before, don’t delay! Click here and go have a browse.  There are some gorgeous things for sale and i’m pretty sure the majority (if not all) are handmade.  I once read a blog on there by a lady who makes handbags from old leather coats and she has managed to quit her day job and works for herself making bags all day!  What a dream, it’s a lovely site and I think it’d be a great starting point for me while I get my head around my website and what I need and want from it.

So the plan is to attend aforementioned Christmas Fair on Saturday with all the lovely bags I have been making this week and then whatever is left will go straight up on Etsy THIS SUNDAY and will be for sale in time for Christmas.  So even if you cant make this Saturday there may still be some bags left over for you to have a look at (and buy) from my Etsy store.  I will post further details on Sunday provided I don’t sell out like last year.  I promise i’m sewing as many as I can as fast as my little machine can cope with.  It’s making an awful noise at the moment and I sincerely hope it doesn’t pack up on me before Saturday!!!

So for now I will stop warbling and leave you with a sneaky peek of some of what’s for sale on Saturday!  Hope to see you there! xxx

Bags in my bay!

Sunday Funday!

Oh dear Oh dear… another 10 days or so has passed since my last post, I really must try harder…

I was going to write an epic exciting fun filled post last Sunday night after an epic exciting fun filled day but unfortunately a glass of Merlot and a DVD got in the way (Friends With Benefits… Nice movie… Mila Kunis is my girl crush right now, can take or leave Timberlake) and I had driven over 100 miles across 3 counties that day so my eyeballs were twitching at the thought of staring at screen for an hour.

Alas, I am here now!  So last Sunday the boy was busy in a recording studio (that sounds mighty grand now doesn’t it… he’s a drummer) and I had various offers on the table over what I should do with my day.  Naturally I should have been sewing or working on my website but I was in need of a creative kick start and it was a nice day so I pleased myself!

First stop – Frome Artisan Market!  My good friend and handmade superstar @gingergeek had previously recommended it and as it is only held every quarter I thought I’d best hop along.  More info here – http://www.stcatherinesfrome.co.uk/artisan-market/

So I poodled along to Frome in the micra, drove through a variable range of weather, spent 20 minutes looking for somewhere to park the micra and then got lost.  I mean proper lost.  Frome is like one of those little puzzle games you have in crackers where you have to get the ball into the hole by twisting and tilting the board. I was the ball.  It’s BEAUTIFUL and quaint and old and the architecture is gorgeous but at a mere 5ft I couldn’t see over the hoards of people milling around the centre and got myself well and truly lost.  I did however smell A LOT of body odour!

The Farmers Market in the centre (you can’t quite see it but it goes all the way down the hill!)

I was trying to find the mothership who was also there with pals and was gasping for a cup of tea after all the weather and driving and walking, I eventually whipped out the iPhone (never ceases to amaze me), phoned the mothership and within 2 mins had received her co-ordinates by text message which I promptly told my little iPhone to show me how to get to and done, I was there.  BRILLIANT!  I am still in awe over what we can do these days!  I was also practically a mile away from where I should have been and quite possibly would never have found her with her pals directions which were ‘go to the top of the hill’ to which I proclaimed ‘which BLOODY HILL!’ (it was hill central!)

Anyway, along the lost path and the quest to find the mothership I found many exciting things…

This big old ball of fur who was soaking up some rays who unfortunately wouldn’t quite fit in my handbag!

This quaint little side street that I now want to live in with the boy! (Although not sure his aforementioned drumming would go down too well!)

Millie Moon! I had a good old perv at the book shelves…

Millie Moon is a brilliant shop filled with gorgeous fabrics and beautiful haberdashery.  I have been wanting to go along for ages as they run all sorts of classes and things for adults and children, I’m all for getting kids sewing and enjoying good old fashion stitching fun.  Kids these days! Pah! (i’m not actually that old but old enough to say that!)  I would recommend checking them out online or following them on twitter even @milliemoon or http://milliemoonshop.co.uk/#/shops/4563394318

So I browsed Millie Moon’s many bowls of buttons, ribbons, pins, fabrics, BOOKS and things and did buy myself a little something despite having a studio FULL to bursting of pretty things….  I LOVE LOVE LOVE these little sew in ‘hand made with LOVE’ charms! I just can’t decide what to put them on yet!!!

Lunchtime arrived (according to my stomach) and yes I had done all of this before lunch and my sister was already on the blower trying to find out where I was as I had promised to pop along to The Great Dorset Chilli Festival (http://www.greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk/) with her and Big T (he’s my IT department… ha! He’ll like that).  So off I go to find the micra (this took some doing) and after what should have been an hour of driving but what turned into an hour and a half of variable and mildly terrifying weather and dodgy roads and many many wrong turns I arrived in the beautiful village of Wimborne St Giles and the SUN WAS SHINING!!

Locate skin and blister and aforementioned IT dept and realise that I didn’t get any cash out on route.  Sister and IT dept had also run out of cash and the nearest cash point was 5 miles away but they were undeterred in there quest to kill me by going back to the 2million schoville chilli sauce that they had previously found and making me eat it.  WOW. THAT. BURNS! Temporary facial paralysis is an understatement.

Spent the next hour on a death defying chilli session, by now working our way down in heat (1 million, pah that’s nuffin!) with no money for beers, yoghurts, water or food and a tongue that I can no longer feel.  Sibling rivalry is a powerful thing and there is no way I was going to back down and NOT put these things in my mouth, imagine the ridcule! Ha!  I tried it all, my eyes leaked, my nose ran, my lips felt swollen but I can hold my head high knowing I dunnit! Or something.  I won’t go into details about the state of skin & blister, IT dept and myself the following day but we weren’t so smug by then I tell you!

Did you know you can grow purple chilli’s:

Purple chilli’s!

A FUN FUN DAY I have to say!  Sometimes I relish in the fact that I am lucky enough to be alive, own my own car and be old enough to do what ever I feel like just because I can.  This was one of those days! Woo!

I believe @stormplum and @dabigt enjoyed a Chilli themed date night the following Wednesday which involved Ghost Chilli’s sent from our brother in Shropshire.. I haven’t read the results yet but you can find them here… http://stormplum.wordpress.com/ – I predict much hilarity in her writing as usual!

So now I have reached Saturday and the end of my working week (until Monday) so will be spending the rest of the weekend working towards this website actually going live.  Tomorrow I am off to see my mate @gingergeek with a freshly baked Lemon Drizzle for tea and cake and web design discussions (He’s my consultant creative director or something).

Back soon, I promise xx

Is that the time?

Right, firstly please let me apologise for my absence.  I want to say it’s not my fault, it probably is but right now I don’t feel like taking the blame.

Secondly, I would like to apologise for any grumbling in the first few paragraphs of this blog, you see I have already written a rather witty and informative blog post today (and several more prior to today).  However the Gods clearly decided it wasn’t good enough after I had spent nearly an hour perfecting it so they crashed my computer.  Much groaning commenced.  So here I am again….

It’s not like I have an abundance (love that word) of time on my hands either, I mean it has taken me literally weeks to write another post and I have suffered all manner of guilt over this coupled with the guilt I feel over not producing a website as yet as promised!  Woe. Is. Me.

I have been pretty hectic through this so called summer though, frolicking at the very muddy but beautiful Larmer Tree Festival with the boy, attending my niece’s 5th birthday party (5!!! OMG!) amidst my proper job, visiting parents, friends, sisters and the like I have barely had time to put away the mound of washing that I keep moving from bed to chair to bed to chair to bed again.  I’m not really complaining, far from it, I LOVE my life! I get ALOT done in a relatively short number of hours, I’m always tired but I do have a lot of fun and very much enjoy life.  The guilt thing I can’t cope with though, it’s why I intend to stay baron, I couldn’t cope with child related guilt.  I already do that over the 6 nieces and nephews that I have, if they were my own I’d probably be sectioned with anxiety issues.

NEWS THIS WEEK:

  • My darling sister fed me rabbit without telling me… MEAN! (The recipe and her evilness can be found here http://stormplum.wordpress.com/)
  • My sewing machine has been in for MOT and today I get to pick her up again, the man told me that I had managed to damage my beloved Janome through sheer brute force. I was mildly smug about this until he gave me the bill. Atleast she’s back and I can sew again!
  • I have sorted, tidied, hoovered, de-spidered and itemised the studio ready for world domination to recommence.
  • I hate my proper job just a little bit more.
  • I have decided to do a mini bag giveaway on my facebook page! I was feeling warm & fuzzy from all the lovely comments people have been leaving me and thought it would be nice.  See http://www.facebook.com/tiffanyhandmade to be in with a chance to win a FREE BAG!

So basically what I am trying to say in a fashion is that things ARE happening in the world of me, I AM working on that website that I keep harping on about, I WILL be launching it this ‘summer’ and I AM VERY EXCITED about EVERYTHING!!!!! I could just do with a PA or sorts to tell everybody these things by extracting them from my brain whilst i’m doing something else.  I even took to speaking my blogs into the voice memo thing on my really cool iPhone and then planned to type them up after all of the brilliant thoughts had flowed (as they don’t tend to at the time of night that I get home).  I am hopeful that I will come up with a system that will enable me to update you lovelies more regularly.  I’m attempting to train @Stormplum up as my PA of sorts as she has an absolute abundance of time at the mo what with her being a student bum and all that (Joke, don’t cry about it).

Either way, very soon my plan for handbag world domination will start taking shape and I will be ON.IT!

Thank you for reading, I absolutely promise to be back soon. With photos! And news!

Love xxx

 

Here is my brand new shiny blog!

I’ve decided to get all the millions of busy thoughts I have in my head out and give them to you. I will attempt fill these pages with things I love, bags I’ve made, fabrics that excite me and ideas I’ve thought up when drinking my 35th cup of tea of the day.

I’d love you to read, enjoy, share and give me feedback on anything I post. I try to make my bags exactly as people want them so that will love them as much as I love making them, so if you have any thoughts do tell me!

My website will be up and running very soon but this is an informal way of me sharing what goes on in the brilliantly busy bag making world of Tiffany. (that’s me by the way)

Tiffany

x