Thursday, 26 February 2009

Mmmmm soup

Yesterday i was inspired by Paper Cakes who had posted a yummy recepie for Cheese and Broccoli soup. So, after spending 8 hours yesterday trying to make even a dint in the 5000 word essay i have to do by tomorrow, i decided soup was in order!

The picture doesn't do it justice but trust me when i say - it was yummy! Definatley a hit with Martin and i shall be making it again soon!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Mug Arrival!!!

My Mug Swap goodies arrived yesterday from the wonderful Purple & Paisley! I was so excited when i got up and there was a big box of goodies waiting for me - after a lot of jumping up and down and ripping of wrapping i eventually uncovered a beautiful mug - its soooo pretty, two wonderful knitted hanging hearts, and two fabulous books - one for the new knitter and one for knitting and felting!

I am delighted with my goodies and can't wait to see what everyone else has sent/received!
I have posted pictures of what i got (except the hearts that are already hanging in my shop so i can look at them everyday).

Thank you soooomuch Purple & Paisley!


x x x x

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Funny Stuff

A bit of light relief, that i found here, after a busy day:

Your Real Name: Sarah

Witness Protection Name:(mother and fathers middle names) Ann Jamieson.

Secret Spy Name: (your first name spelled backwards) haras

Nascar Name: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad) Albert John

Detective Name:(favorite color, favorite animal) Pink Elephant!

Soap Opera Name:(middle name, county where you were born) Ann Yorkshire (haha)

Super Hero Name: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning) The Purple WooWoo (I love it!)

Fly Name:(first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name) Sath

Street Name:(fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie) Vanilla Choc Chip

Rock Star: (current pet, current street) Pip Watling

Porn Name: (1st pet, street you grew up on) Buttons Mitten

Your Gansta Name:(first 3 letters of real name plus izzle) Sarizzle

Your Goth Name:(black, and the name of one of your pets) Black Rhona

Stripper Name: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav. candy) Anna Sui Fruit Gums! hahahahaha
Hmmmm, my favorite is definatley my Superhero name - The Purple Woo Woo - classic!

Also, remember the new gerbil house that i ordered? It arrived aaaages ago and took about 3 hours to assemble but then silly me forgot to post a photo of it, ooooops.

Well here it is in all of its glory!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

First day...

Today was the opening day of my shop! I still don't have a lot of stock as most of it is arriving during the coming week, even so i think it looks ok so far!

Yesterday, with the help of my amazing mum, dad and boyfriend, i managed to get the shop fitted out and all fo the lighting in place. This morning I was up and out of the house at 7.30 as I had all of the stock to put out before Botany Bay opened at 10am - it has certainly been a hectic few days.

The day got off to a slow start but at 1pm I had a sudden flurry of customers - i could have jumped up and down!

I also had a visit from Sarah Whittle to deliver some of her embroidered lovelies.
Here are a few piccies of how it looks at the moment - hopefully it will be a lot fuller very soon!

On the top shelf are some beautiful earrings from Philippa at The Cats Whiskers...

I love these original canvases by Kim Onyskiw...

And these too (also by Kim Onyskiw )

I love my cake stand full of yummy gift bags....

These beautifulbag charms are from Ooops A Daisy

And these are some of the pin cushions from Sarah Whittle.
I am aiming to profile each of my suppliers on here over the next few weeks... i just need to get a little more orgsanised!
I need to go and sleep now as i have anotyher busy day ahead of me.
Finally i must thank everyone for all of the supporting messages - they have kept me going!
x x x x x

Friday, 13 February 2009

A very quick, quick one tonight!

I've spent all day setting up the shop today - i feel like i have slatt wall and flat pack furniture coming out of my ears! I thinki would still be there now if i hadn't been kicked out of the building at 7pm.

Theres still loads to do and i have all of the stock i have so far to put out - i will be there very early in the morning! As soon as i'm all up and running i am going to profile each of my lovely suppliers on my blog - they are all so nice and make such lovely things!

I am hoping to take somepictures tomorrow of the shop - as it is at the end of the day. I expect it still to lookpretty empty though as lots of things are not arriving until next week and the week after.

I now need to go and sleep as i am exhausted - but looking forward to tomorrow verymuch - i will have real customers!

x x x

Monday, 9 February 2009

Night Out & Fairy Cakes!

I am having a very very busy weekend/week! I have bought all of my shop fitting purchased now and will be fitting them on wednesday and then hopefully i can get the stock in on Friday - all very exciting!

Me and martin went out on Saturday night for our friends birthday, it had been so long since we have had a night out (way before christmas) so as expected we got very drunk, very easily! A good night was had by all.

And even though i've been busy i still had fun making and decorating these....

...and Martin had fun eating them!



Thursday, 5 February 2009

Shop Shop Shop

I am sooooooo excited. The last few days have been really really busy ones but i am now the proud owner of my own little shop!

It located within Botany Bay where i have a small unit at the moment. It has all happened a lot quicker than i had planned but when i saw that my ideal shop had become available i just had to go for it. I am hoping to have the shop officially open by next saturday - fingers crossed. Tomorrow will be spent shopping for shop fittings (mainly at Ikea!). I had no idea how much work i would have to do, but i'm enjoying every minute of it.

The theme of the shop is gifts and handmade treasure from across the UK. I want it to be a treasure trove of handmade lovelies! I have found some lovely crafters and suppliers that i will be stocking and i will be posting more information about them on here as soon as i have sorted everything out.

Yesterday i payed a trip to SpringFair at the NEC. I had been planning to go for a few months but it has fallen at a really good time as it let me see lots of new and different products that have potential for my shop. It was a really busy day but well worth it i feel. I won't be able to buy wholesale on a large scale for quite a while as most companies have minimum order amounts of £300+ - its just not feasable for me yet.

I've been so busy sorting out the business and logistics side of things i haven't made a single thing all week :( I need to get making fast so i can have some of my own treasures in the shop!

As well as all of the shop madness i have also found time to pay a vist to Daisie, make a trip to SAMs, visit my mum and dad, clean my whole house to within an inch of its life, clean out the gerbils and the fish and i even slept a little too! I think it is the excitement that is keeping me going.

As i am planning to be open next saturday i want to make a special event of it - so suggestions for exciting opening day things are welcomed!


Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Just a quickie..

I feel i have seriously neglected blog land in the last week :( In my defense i have been sorting out my new shop! I am very very excited about it - it has happened much quicker than i ever imagened. I am going to be a good girl and give blog land some serious attention!
x x x xx