Tuesday, 1 June 2010

a super weekend...


sunshine, veggie bbq, garden sorting and much planting out of vegetables, reading, sewing , laughing, and playing with hounds and lambs...
not bad eh?

now
a book suggestion for your summer reading...


if you are going camping this summer then take a copy of this book..
perhaps refrain from reading it before you take off for your trip under canvas especially if you have a slight fear of camping toilet facilities (or lack of)....
never have i laughed out loud so much whilst reading
real howling belly laughs
i love emma kennedy
she is also on twitter making me laugh daily


the book also prompted me to finally make these badges which have been floating around in my head for the longest time....




and the badges in turn made me think about the badge machine dilemma i am having...
i used to make badges years ago in the days when i was a nanny and then a dress wearing shopkeeper...
i made them for children's parties, weddings and for the shop...
when we packed up and headed north the badge machine was shoved in a box and that is where it has remained...
with so many other beautiful badges being made i felt totally unsure of bringing out my dusty machine and having another go.....
i have carried on making these by hand and they have sold reasonably well ....




- my panic only rises when i receive a wholesale order for them as they do take time, but as i am hopeless at finding shops to supply and wholesale orders are few and far between i have not worried....
now my mind is turning to getting back to promoting myself and my wares a tad more i have to attempt to streamline a wholesale range..
my hand embroidered badges have to be part of the collection so i have to accept that the old badge machine will cut down making time a great deal...

i have checked that the part needed for rectangular and square badge making will fit my old girl and they do - now i have to just swallow deeply and invest the ridiculously large amount they want for the extra parts...

in other news...

poor bella boo has cystitis and is totally miserable as you can imagine - treatment is working but as far as she is concerned it is taking its time :(
she is however enjoying the extra cuddles, being allowed to be first in line for the best bed right next to the Rayburn and tuna.....




... and joy of joys i have found a recipe for Vegan coconut macaroons...
and folks they are good



very
very
good

t x






10 comments:

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Love the look of the macaroons ... and your badges are gorgeous. It's about time you got promoting yourself again, so great that you've invested!!!

Glad it was such a lovely weekend ;o)

Sxx

Fiona said...

Just love that little caravan badge.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Cute badges there and I wish your lovely cat a speedy recovery poor thing. Now I am off to rummage in the kitchen for something sweet after seeing those lovely macaroons!

Alexandra Mason said...

Love your badges they are lovely, Hope Bella Boo is on the mend xx

winnibriggs said...

Hi Fiona
Thanks for the comment, That book looks hilarious. As a family who spent years camping I will have to get a copy.
The antique and collectibles at the Lincolnshire showground is every month around the 14th, but don't know the exact date of the June one. I suspect it will be
13th June.
You may find out on the Lincolnshire showground website, if they have one.
Sorry can't be more specific.
Jenny x

mollycupcakes said...

my poor baby girl please, please give her a few extra cuddles from me. I know i shouldn't have a favourite but you know she's mine because she reminds me so much of my old fella Dougel.
Hope she well very soon. The odd thing is my old furry friend to suffered from this illness. Maybe they where brother and sister in a live before lol
Gorgeous badges honey, loving the tent one and must find that book, i sounds good. Not that I'll ever read it LOL i'm crappy at starting and never finish them hehe!
Sending you lots of love,
Catherine x

Bobo Bun said...

Love your caravan brooch Tracey, my favourite of all three.

I'll email you about the raffle as I offered to send something when you first mentioned then in the busyness of life I forgot to ask for your address to send on.

Lisa x

Smiffy's Blog said...

Oh dear, my girl kitty used to suffer from that too....really makes them feel off colour doesn't it. Hope she's better soon. Sue x

Poshyarns said...

I think you badges are totally charming and thank you for the book tip, it sounds like just the thing.

Deborah said...

I bought the book, read the first chapter, now going to hide the tent and and stay well clear of old cars! HILARIOUS read, thanks for recommending it.
Deborah x