Saturday, 30 October 2010

Well its coming to the end of our October half term and we have had a great week off work. The in laws came to visit for a few days during the week, bringing Bouncy Buster with them!

Buster surfing at the beach

We've had lots of walks on the beach and ball throwing! We've also been busy getting things ready for the craft Fayre's I'm doing at the end of November. Linda has made some gorgeous chutney for me to sell, and my mum has also mucked in and made some beautifully bright wrist warmers and a scarf.

Knitted scarf and matching wrist warmers

Knitted Wrist Warner's

Its only about 4 weeks to go now, so I'm starting to label up pieces and price things. I find it so hard to know what to price items at. I've seen a few people blog about this issue before. The problem is, the crafters of you out there know how long it can take to make things, but we also all like a bargain! So its hard to find the right pricing in the middle. I have done a few items that i can charge more for, like the scarves, and Linda has sorted me out with some cheapy items i can sell for a pound. So hopefully i will have a nice range, varying in prices.

Crochet slippers

Felt needle cases with vintage ribbons and applique.

Squiggly key rings!

Felt and knitted hearts

Have you all had a nice half term? Not looking forward to going back to work on Monday but its only 7 weeks til we break up for Christmas! he he.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Busy Busy Busy!!

I had a lovely weekend, lots of chilling out but also very productive! Saturday while the boy went to watch football, i got a move on with finishing some items to sell. There is an inset day at school at the end of November and i am going to have a stall set up selling some of my crochet items. A couple of other members of staff also have stalls, some with jewellery and one with gorgeous wood turned bowls etc. The caretaker, that makes bowls and plates and jugs etc from different kinds of wood, said it is usually quite busy (its only done over lunch time, for all the staff), so i am hoping it will go quite well! I have got Linda on the case too and she has done loads of stuff for it! Including homemade chutney, gloves, washcloths etc. There is also a Christmas Fayre on December 4th at school, hosted by the PTA. I haven't signed up for a stall yet as i am not sure how many items i will have. I want to have a good stock there otherwise the table will look empty and rubbish.

Here are some of the items i have finished so far...

So that was my Saturday, popping into town with my mum, crocheting... a lot... and watching x factor of course ha ha. Then on to Sunday..
Making tomato rice soup, tomato and Basil Foccacia bread and getting treated to a fantastic dinner by my hubby. He got inspired after watching Jamie's 30minute recipes and made us fillet steak with a rosemary, thyme crust, potatoes with garlic and herbs, glazed baby carrots, watercress salad with lemon dressing, Yorkshire puddings and red onion with red wine gravy! Absolutely gorgeous! If you didn't see it i suggest you look it up on Channel4 On Demand.
So due to my productive weekend i didn't have time to do these.... so i did them this afternoon when i got back from work...

Chocolate cup cakes from Linda's American cook book. They're really nice and i kinda owed the hubby for the lovely dinner last night!
Did you all have good weekends? Back to freezing cold weather and boring old work now!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Goodies to share!!!

My mother in law Linda and i have had a very productive few weeks! Our hooks have not stopped and i have the first lot of special hand crafted goodies to show you! They will be perfect gifts for loved ones, especially with Christmas and the Winter months coming up.

These items and more are available to purchase and you can see them all in my 'Handcrafted SharkyKnows Orgininals' page (Featured in the side bar). I will be adding to it soon so keep popping back. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Enjoy!