So here’s the thing….

The thing….
It’s cold.

I mean its really cold and has been for EVER!!! I am so fed up of feeling cold I’m seriously considering selling everything I own and moving to Crete or Morocco or anywhere hot! Ok maybe not but if the British weather doesn’t buck up its ideas soon I’m going to be pale, uninspired and poor.

AND I’ve eaten more cake so far this year than I have in my entire life! No jokes!

So the main issue I have with this arctic weather is that my studio is basically like a fridge/freezer … in Iceland …. With all 4 walls exposed to gale force winds… In a… You get the picture!

My studio is actually built inside the boys workshop which is in the middle of nowhere approx 13 miles from my warm, toasty home. As I’m sure you can imagine, donning 8 jumpers and heading out there after getting up at 6am and working till 6pm just isn’t quite the most appealing event of the day!

And you wouldn’t believe the GUILT I feel over all of this lack of sewing!

Which is absurd!

The other thing is the whole summer bags in winter. I’m still battling with my next lot of designs and struggling to find the fabrics I want to use to make these aforementioned bags!

Moan. Groan. Whine. Blah.

I honestly don’t mean to sound negative. I LOVE to sew and I really want to turn my bag thing into an entire empire! Employing all of my creative friends while we earn our millions making the ‘next big thing’ (Think Cambridge Satchel Company!)!

So here’s the new plan! (yes despite all the moaning I so have a plan)

1. Move studio somewhere warmer, motivating, inspirational and cosy!

This may end up being our spare room but I’m working on finding anywhere closer to home first! Perhaps splashing out on some antique French style furniture!

2. Find leather, tweed and gorgeous fabric suppliers!

3. Take some time out to create without the pressure of made to order. You heard me right… I’m sorry to say that I’m taking a little sabbatical. Take it as annual leave if you will! For 2 years I’ve been working on life, bags and full time on whatever job I’ve managed to hold down at the time.

I’m going to spend a couple of months working on designs and building up my stock ready for a big unveil, relaunch thing later on this year!

Don’t forget about me now will you! Ill try and keep you all in the loop and update you on my progress but now that the pressure is off I can already feel my creative juices flowing!

Ill be thinking of you xxx


Festive success!

Hello again, this is a new blog and it’s been less than a week since my last! Shocked?  Don’t be, i’m turning over a new leaf!  Especially since discovering that people (well, Jim at least) are actually reading it!

So, I’m not sure if I mentioned it before now but I was at a Christmas Fair selling my bags this weekend.  Oh? You hadn’t heard!  Well let me tell you all about it then!

Unfortunately the weekend did not start well after waking up on Friday with that familiar imploding head, snot filled face, aching, crap bag feeling which spelled a bloody cold.  I do not have the time or patience for ill.  Perhaps i’ve over done it? My mother would say i’ve been burning the candle at both ends.  I always told her this was not true even if it was. Anyway…the fair!

Smallest sister Jazz came to help as she has just spent 9 months working away using the hard sell/silent close sales pitches that dodgy car salesmen would be proud of.

My stall was festive, strangely nobody else’s was… it was a Christmas fair so I don’t know why everyone else missed the Christmas bit!

Looking chipper at the start of the day!

Jazz and I were full of festive cheer…

Happy helper!

We had the saddest little Christmas tree ever….

97p Tesco value tree….

We bribed small children with the candy canes to allow there parents to browse for longer….. I hope none of them were cursing me by 4pm when there smalls went into meltdown!

I fear I look like the child snatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in this one!

Then I got a little tired what with my cold and long long week….

Santa’s little helper needs a nap! (or some Beechams)

Luckily for me and all my efforts (and much thanks to Jazz and the motherships sales techniques!) the stall was looking much emptier by 3pm…..

Where’s (the) Wally!

Jazz and I started a little game during the quiet period… can you guess what the game was?

The new ‘travel’ bag, you can take a whole sister anywhere you go!

Now where did my sales rep get to? I’m sure I left her here somewhere!

I don’t think she’s actually in this one unless she’s exceptionally good at this game!

So that was my Christmas Fair.  I had some great feedback and have a few bags left to get on my store. (I’ll post details of the actual store when it’s ready)  I did attempt to take some nice photos of said bags this evening as promised but unfortunately I’m still working on getting the lighting right so please bare with me for just a few more days while I overcome this technical hitch.  I’m heading out in my lunch break tomorrow to get some lamps and will endeavour to get them up by Wednesday (i’m optimistic as ever but please don’t hold me to this!).

I’m also rather hopeful that now I have got all of the big life changes out of the way, I will have more time.. blah blah blah. You know the drill, i’m going to stop apologising and justifying myself here.  I don’t see you making handbags.

Right, off to my other social networking sites to update the world on my shenanigans   Thank you for listening. And. Goodnight x

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  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!